Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning, we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Former Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales tells Post publisher Katharine Weymouth what he thinks of her via Facebook, Michelle Williams and Jason Segel are dating, while Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper most certainly are not.
Former Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales was none-too-pleased when Post publisher Katharine Weymouth, who canned Shales in 2010, a couple months after he wrote a mean review of Christiane Amanpour's This Week, recently popped up among his list of Facebook friends. Shales registered his displeasure in a Tuesday night status update, posting: “Clearly Facebook is out of control when someone like Katharine Weymouth, whom I loathe beyond all measure, can be represented as a friend of mine, or me as a friend of hers. This is beyond farce. This is bitter sick tripe.” (Gosh, it's good to have Tom Shales back.) In case Weymouth somehow misses the Pulitzer Prize winner's message in her timeline, or that new, hyper-annoying little box they have going in the corner, Shales took the fight directly to Weymouth's wall. “How did you of all people, ooze your way onto my Facebook page?" he asked. "Something is horribly, horribly wrong." She didn't respond (of course), prompting Shales to go back and clarify the reference to tripe in his original status update. "Tripe," he explained, “can mean something ‘poor, worthless or offensive.” Again: it's good to have Tom Shales back. [Gatecrasher]