Zsa Zsa and Her “Prinz”
Zsa Zsa and David Letterman Plunge Into a Piggy Fast-Food Pilgrimage
Prinz von Anhalt Makes Cameo Appearances
Prinz von Anhalt Takes Lie-Detector Test
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America’s Obsession with Celebrities
netXnews has published an interesting opinion piece that examines the media scrum surrounding Anna Nicole’s Death:
“The American public’s obsession with celebrities has hit an all-time high–or low, depending on how one looks at it–thanks to the death of Anna Nicole Smith.
At the root of this problem is the media, who grossly over-covered the legal proceedings following Smith’s death. John B. Bogart, former editor of the New York Sun, once said, “When a dog bites a man, that’s not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that’s news.” The Anna Nicole Smith controversy was certainly newsworthy by this standard, and the media should have given it some airtime. What they did instead was sell out to sensationalism.
For a week, it was impossible to turn on the news without getting in-depth coverage of the legal proceedings, reminiscent of the Florida ballot count and the Clinton impeachment. The difference was, the latter two had tremendous political implications. The Smith debate had next to nothing, but because it was sensational, it remained on the air.
This could be excusable if there really was nothing else to run a story about. It’s a fact of a journalist’s life that some days in the newsroom are just slow, and what better way to spruce up a daytime news program than to cover a live case? The problem here is that those days weren’t slow.
On Feb. 21, for instance, British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced the withdrawal of 1,500 British troops from Basra, Iraq. This was “man bites dog” times two–not only were troops being pulled; they were being pulled BECAUSE THEIR MISSION WAS SUCCESSFUL. That day, people should have been asking questions about Blair’s decision. Was Britain’s mission really complete and successful? If it was, what could American military leaders learn from it? Are the British doing something we aren’t? Why is there so much cooperation in Basra, while there is so much sectarian violence and a general lack of cooperation in Baghdad?
Instead, Blair’s announcement was for the most part confined to brief news updates and the bottom ticker, while Judge Larry Seidlin’s personal anecdotes and Vergie Arthur’s antics took center stage. People were asking questions like, Is Larry Birkhead the father of Smith’s child or is Howard K. Stern? Or could it be Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, Mark Hatten or Alexander Denk?
During the Anna Nicole melee, Denmark announced that it would pull all of its 460 troops out of Iraq, and Iranian president Moumad Ahmadinejad refused to end his country’s nuclear development program. These were big stories that have an impact on the global community, but they too fell by the wayside as the media force-fed America the much less important Smith hearing.
The news media have a responsibility to inform the public. Instead of cashing in on the sensational, they should leave the live courtroom coverage to E! and give precedence to the truly important stories occurring in our country and around the world–the ones that will have serious implications for all of us. As unfortunate as it may be, Anna Nicole Smith is dead. Let’s hope the news media didn’t die with her.
On this weekend’s edition of “60 Minutes,” Simon Cowell tells Anderson Cooper that he regrets saying no to a Hollywood couple who wanted to pay him $100,000 for a private critique of their bedroom lovemaking.
If only Frederick Prinz von Anhalt had also been blessed with the wisdom to remain behind closed doors this week. The alleged second-youngest man in Anna Nicole’s life coughed up a new definition of German irony this week. Here’s a guy who, by many public accounts, is about as close to a royal bloodline as Minneapolis’ Prince Rogers Nelson (all von Anhalt did in 1980 was get adopted by a real princess and change his name to Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt), but this week he took exception to being called a “fraud” by FOX News host Bill O’Reilly, and this week filed a defamation lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court. By his own admission, von Anhalt married Za Zsa Gabor sfor friendship, not love; but for the love of Beverly Hills, at this point, it should be her slapping the prince, rather than him slapping O’Reilly with a lawsuit.”
Prinz von Anholt Submits DNA
On Saturday, ABC News reported that Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband provided a DNA sample Friday in the ongoing dispute about the paternity of Anna Nicole Smith’s infant daughter, and said he wanted to raise the child if he was the father. The ABC account went on to say:
“Frederic von Anhalt said he’s “almost sure” the test will prove he’s the father of 6-month-old Dannielynn. He says he carried on a decades-long affair with the former Playboy Playmate of the Year.
“I’m almost sure the baby’s mine, almost sure,” von Anhalt, 59, said after having a cotton swab brushed along the inside of his mouth. He added he hopes to gain custody as soon as possible. “Oh yeah, if it’s my baby, it belongs in my home,” von Anhalt said. “I’m going to take good care of it. I will be a good father.”
A judge in the Bahamas on Tuesday ordered a DNA test on the girl at the request of Smith’s ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead, who has also claimed paternity. Howard K. Stern, Smith’s companion, is listed as the father on the baby’s birth certificate.
Immediately after von Anhalt gave his sample at the Identigene Lab, his lawyer, Edward Lee, called on Stern, to do the same. Stern’s lawyer, James Neavitt, did not immediately return a call for comment.
Smith, 39, died Feb. 8 in a hotel room in Miami, but no cause has been given. Authorities plan to release autopsy results Monday.
Stern has been caring for the girl in the gated, waterfront home where he lived with Smith in the months before she died. The Bahamian courts have ordered Stern not to leave the country with the girl before a custody ruling.
The baby, whose full name is Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern, could inherit millions from the estate of Smith’s late husband, J. Howard Marshall II. Smith had been fighting the Texas oil tycoon’s family over his estimated $500 million fortune since his death in 1995.
Von Anhalt acknowledged that his 90-year-old wife was angry after he announced last month that he could be Dannielynn’s father, but added that she has since forgiven him.
“If it’s my daughter, it’s my daughter and Zsa Zsa can’t help but love her,” said von Anhalt, who uses the royal title prince, which he says was given to him by a German princess who adopted him.