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President Obama’s selfie-taking at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service has sparked a lot of conversation—including this biting opinion piece by the AP’s photo director about the President’s “Orwellian” image control. (New York Times)
At a recent party to toast the one-year anniversary of MSNBC’s 6 p.m. hour, one of the news net’s on-air personalities offered up a confession. “I don’t know if I would have brought Al Sharpton on to do a show!” he told the assembled guests.
Ambitious young liberal media-types, start buffing your resumes.
Christopher Hayes, the 32 year-old Nation editor whose performances guest-hosting for Rachel Maddow recently earned him his own weekend MSNBC show, is staffing up.
According to a lefty list-serv, he’s looking for a senior producer, segment producer, and booking producer.
Old partisan hacks need not Read More
New York Times parody site The Final Edition has named Mike Myers a columnist.
The Final Edition was founded by Spinal Tap star, former Spy and National Lampoon editor and Vanity Fair contributor Tony Hendra. As his pedigree might suggest, it’s like a more insidery, lower budget Onion.
Except for Mr. Myers’s column, which appears to be its Read More
It was Wednesday morning at 9:47 a.m. in the White House Press Briefing Room. The president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, took the podium. Major television networks had interrupted coverage to broadcast the president’s address. “Now, let me just comment, first of all, on the fact that I can’t get the networks Read More
ROUND 'EM UP
Rachel Maddow devoted Thursday night’s entire episode of her MSNBC show to an interview with Jon Stewart. The “Daily Show” host addressed criticism of his recent D.C. rally and outlined his issues with MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News.
The Oct. 30 “Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear” on the National Mall was attended Read More
Ride or Die
- Can Rachel Maddow see the future? Note her interesting comments about the First Amendment and broadcasters from October 24th.
- Ha. Ha. Over the weekend, Bloomberg said that congressmen can’t read.
- Things you need: a Barbie foosball table. Come on, it’s only $25k, Read More
Rachel Maddow rose to the defense of her suspended MSNBC “colleague and friend” Keith Olbermann on her show Friday night. MSNBC President Phil Griffin relieved Olbermann of his hosting duties indefinitely following a report on Politico that revealed Olbermann’s campaign contributions to three Democrats in violation of the Read More
Today the web has dragged in more signs and wonders. Signs that critics of Tea Party-backed Delaware Senate Republican primary winner Christine O’Donnell may be onto something in fearing she’s too bananas to be elected, wonders at how porn parodists ever managed to make a Human Centipede ripoff that isn’t illegal in the United States. Read More
On Aug. 11, real estate blog Curbed posted a seemingly innocuous scoop: Rachel Maddow and her partner, Susan Mikula, had bought Michael Stipe’s old apartment at 130 Jane Street for a cool $1.25 million.
The blogger, Sara Polsky, also posted photos and a floorplan for the apartment, apparently attained from Corcoran’s Web site. Read More