Broward News

The Bitch Vs. The Dirt

My sister newspaper's own Jean Carey, author of The Bitch column, and new mystery blog are in a bit of a spat over coke arrestee (and Herald advice diva Tara Solomon's fiance) Nick D'Annunzio. I'm not taking sides here (hell, I'm partial to the Miami New Times, so whatever I have to say wouldn't be worth a damn anyway). I just love a good fight and thought you

might to.

First, Carey's piece, which for some reason isn't coming up on the Internet. Here's the important part:

Real Wyoming-style viciousness has become the calling card of a newer anonymous celebrity-stalker blog, After launching in early August with tsk-tsking over Paris Hilton and Scott Storch, the site lit out on a bizarre, and bizarrely personal, series of attacks on Nick D'Annunzio and Tara Solomon, the principals of public relations firm Tara, Ink.

D'Annunzio was arrested August 10 and charged with cocaine possession following a birthday party in Miami Beach. This proved a flashpoint for thedirtmiami's authors who nine days later asserted D'Annunzio was "a two-bit coke head [sic] douchebag publicist." (D'Annunzio's response: "I've faced bullies before; they don't scare me.")

What possibly, could be the motivation for anonymously posting smack comments such as: "Nicky boy, please ride your fifteen minutes of psuedo [sic] fame by coming out of the closet already.... Everyone knows you are gayer than gay. Who else but a queen could put up with the former Queen of the Night?" adding, "We can't wait to see what the ... press does with this one! For all of �Nick's friends,' you can kiss our Internet asses. We dare you to defend his birthday bust now...."

As The Bitch is fond of saying: um okay.

And here's The Dirt's response, wherein it returns fire.

Enjoy the bout.

Oh, and while I'm on this, Carey also called out Herald gossip columnist Lesley Abravanel for yukking it up on her Herald blog over rumors about Lance Armstrong and Matthew McConaughey chumming together a little too closely on South Beach. To wit:

For the past several weeks Lesley Abravanel's Scene in the Tropics blog on the Miami Herald's Website has primarily concerned itself with jokes, if that's what they are, about the unlikely summer friendship of Matthew McConaughey and Lance Armstrong. The pair has been palling around South Beach night spots, jogging together, and so on. Noting a McConaughey-Armstrong outing, Abravanel, on August 23 posted a comment: "Matt and Lance were at Snatch again last night.... Back Door Bamby, where they partied diligently on Monday night, is 60 percent gay and 40 percent hetero. You do the math."

Then the following day, Abravanel mused again on the has-been athlete/actor duo's appearance at a fashion show. The post was titled "I Wish I Could Quit Them," a reference to a signature line from Brokeback Mountain.

Perhaps the Herald's new owners will next resurrect the phrase "confirmed bachelor" from the near-extinct vocabulary of the veiled. Whatever.

Afterward, the offending posts were deleted from the Herald blog. And you thought McClatchy cared about freedom of speech ...

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Journalist Bob Norman has been raking the muck of South Florida for the past 25 years. His work has led to criminal cases against corrupt politicians, the ouster of bad judges from the bench, and has garnered dozens of state, regional, and national awards.
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