Morning Coffee 10.30.08

ICYMI: comedian Russell Brand and buddy made prank calls to fellow UK comedian Andrew Sachs about Sachs’ granddaughter. Sachs didn’t think it was so funny, public outrage ensues and Brand quits his BBC Radio 2 programmeon good terms and apologizes to all involved. =0( This sucks because I think Brand is hilarious. [BBC]

Jay Bookman gives his take on the “B” face attack fiasco last week. “But perhaps the most interesting response came from John Moody, executive vice president at Fox News:

“If Ms. Todd’s allegations are proven accurate, some voters may revisit their support for Senator Obama, not because they are racists (with due respect to Rep. John Murtha), but because they suddenly feel they do not know enough about the Democratic nominee,” Moody wrote. “If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting.” Um, actually this statement is “utter nonsense” as Bookman later says. [AJC]

AW MAN!!! Toni Morrison is back! Her new novel is called “A Mercy” and hits bookshelves Nov. 11. “Beloved” is STILL one of my fave books- NOT fave movie though. Be clear. [NPR]

Chasing buglars, an Anaheim, CA police officer accidentally shot an innocent man on the man’s front lawn recently. Sigh. [LAT]

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