By Keith Olbermann Anchor, 'Countdown'
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updated 10/2/2006 4:23:14 PM ET 2006-10-02T20:23:14
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Keith Olbermann rounds up tabloid and entertainment news every night on “Keeping Tabs.” On Tuesday, he had this to say:

Let’s just enter the world of celebrity and tabloid news, where it is official Miss Hilton has been charged with driving under the influence. 

Nearly three weeks after she was pulled over in Hollywood for driving erratically she was told to appear at her arraignment set for this Thursday. Police say a field sobriety test revealed a blood alcohol level of 0.8 percent. The hotel heiress has claimed she only had one margarita the night before her early morning arrest and she may have been speeding at the time, she said, but only because she was eager to get to In-N-Out for a burger.

But no red meat served up by fans who were hoping he’s going to run for president or something...  Mr. Clooney says he will not be seeking political office.  The actor/director has been politically active; of course, he appeared yesterday at an event with California Governor Schwarzenegger. The governor signed legislation that would ban investment in the Darfur region of Sudan. 

Clooney said, “Believe me, you don’t want me in politics.” 

He was asked repeatedly about running for office and when he thought about people wearing T-shirts that said Clooney in 2008, he said he thought they were kidding. He made an observation about starring in “Batman and Robin,” with Governor Schwarzenegger, “He’s gone on to be governor, I think I’m still Batman.” 

And the man responsible for ending Tom Cruise’s business relationship with Paramount Pictures, in part over money, has agreed to limit his own pay. Viacom chairman, Sumner Redstone, exceeding to a 2007 salary and bonus cap of only $4.5 million.  That does not count stock and stock options, however. Six million dollars worth could go to Redstone in the coming year, though it will be tied to Viacom’s performance. 

According to Viacom’s board of directors, altogether, the possible $10.5 million compensation package still represents a pay cut for Mr. Redstone, since his total compensation in 2005 was about $21 million, it was 56 million the year before that. Viacom is trying to bring sanity back to the entertainment industry pay scale. 

Also tonight, Star Jones says she’s suing the “National Enquirer” after one too many stories about her husband’s sexual orientation.  Prompting the dilemma:  Which horse do you back in that contest?

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