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Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Hot Topics I nominate Barbara Walters for dumbest journalist of 2005. Last night, she picked Camilla Parker Bowles (left) as the most "fascinating" person of 2005. Only to Prince Charles, Barbara. Only to Prince Charles. Outside of getting a potential king to say he wished he was her tampon, what's she done? How about new Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts? But no. He couldn't knock Michael Jackson's lawyer off Walters' list.
How about Angela Merkel, Germany's first female chancellor? Sorry. Far more "fascinating" to find out that preteen actress Dakota Fanning doesn't want to be treated "like a kid."
Better idea: Redo last year's top choice, Karl Rove, a key figure in the CIA leak case.
The rest of Walters' top 10: Condoleezza Rice. Couch-jumper Tom Cruise. Grammy winner Kanye West who said, "George Bush doesn't care about black people." Beth Holloway Twitty, mother of Natalee Holloway, the student who disappeared in Aruba. Jamie Foxx. Lance Armstrong. Teri Hatcher.