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Kris Jenner gripes about media lies; friends say, ‘What did she expect?’

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Updated: February 19, 2013 3:05PM



As Kris Jenner has taken to her blog to blast all the false stories being circulated about her and the entire Kardashian clan, a number of longtime family friends and associates are saying, “What did she expect?”

While everyone understands people being upset when untrue rumors are published as fact, a close Kardashian pal told me Thursday, “After all this time, Kris and the rest of the family should understand that unfortunately this kind of crap is part of the price you pay for being in the public eye. … In the case of the Kardashians they have taken the marketing of their brand to such a high degree, they should expect the tabloids to pile on with all kinds of crazy stories.”Jenner reportedly was pushed over the edge — leading her to pen the blog entry about “toxic, baseless and disgusting rumors” — when she learned some real friends were believing tales that she planned to divorce

Bruce Jenner and that Khloe was not the biological daughter of the late Robert Kardashian.

“When lies are believed as true, by people who truly, truly know you — then you know you have to fight back and hard,” said a second Kardashian source.

YET ANOTHER ROLE: There’s more exciting news for Chicago civic and business leader Mellody Hobson — recently engaged to movie mogul and “Star Wars” kingpin George Lucas.

Hobson, long a business and consumer news contributor to “Good Morning America” and ABC News, has just been named a contributor and analyst on finance and the economy for CBS.

In the words of CBS News president David Rhodes, “Mellody has extraordinary passion for financial literacy — helping people understand and manage their resources in today’s complex global economy.”

Hobson will report on multiple broadcasts on the eye network, including “CBS This Morning” and “CBS Evening News,” plus CBS Radio and online platforms.

The president of Ariel Investments, Hobson is also board chairman of DreamWorks Animation and is on the boards of Groupon and Starbucks.

On top of all that she serves on a number of charity boards — most importantly as the successor to the late Maggie Daley as the chair of After School Matters.

FAMILY FOCUS: Sibling rivalry may have just ramped up again in a certain Kentwood, La., household. Just as Britney Spears has announced the end of her engagement to Jason Trawick, we learn that the entertainer’s younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, is thinking about walking down the aisle with her longtime boyfriend, businessman Jamie Watson.

The younger Spears, 21, has been busy trying to get her country music career off the ground in Nashville, but Watson told the New York Post the couple have indeed discussed marriage and that everything “is going really great” in their relationship.

A TRYING MATTER: There will be quite the gathering of some of Our Town’s most esteemed legal eagles when the National Hellenic Museum stages a re-creation of one of the most famous trials in history — one that is nearly 2,500 years old.

The restaging is of the trial of the iconic Greek philosopher Socrates, a landmark of freedom of speech. Because of the big interest, the museum just released more tickets for the Jan. 31 event at the Grand Ballroom of the Palmer House Hilton.

Judge Richard Posner will preside over a panel that will include William Bauer, former chief judge of the court of appeals, and Circuit Court Judge Anna Demacopoulos. Socrates will be defended by Dan Webb and Robert Clifford. Counsel for the city of Athens will include ex-U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and former prosecutor Patrick Collins.

The jury will also include a slew of famous faces: Ald. Walter Burnett (27th), WLS-Channel 7’s Paul Meincke, John Marshall Law School’s Margaret Frossard, John Calamos, Fox 32 News’ Larry Yellen, Judge Peggy Chiampas, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, Sun-Times colleagues Dan Mihalopoulos and Neil Steinberg and the Trib’s Ameet Sachdev.

For ticket information call (312) 655-1234.

TRUE LANDMARKS: Two prominent Chicagoans and one important national retailer will be honored by Landmarks Illinois on March 7 for their special contributions to Chicago’s civic and cultural skyline. Auction queen and civic leader

Leslie Hindman and former Field Museum president John McCarter — plus Target stores — will be honored as the 2013 “Legendary Landmarks” at the Four Seasons Hotel fete, co-chaired by Janet Rotner and Joe Antunovich.

ON HIS TOES: J.R. Martinez, the very popular actor and Season 13 “Dancing With the Stars” champ, will be the keynote speaker at Advocate Christ Medical Center’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Monday. The event is open to the public.

ANGELIC VOICES: The legendary Vienna Boys Choir performs at 6 p.m. March 17 at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville. It would be a very different way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but trust me, there’s a reason these singers — ages 10 to 14 — have been thrilling audiences since their founding in 1498.



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