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Who's Paying The Pro-War Pundits?

The Nation | Braden Goyette | September 13, 2014 | Media
Talking heads like former General Jack Keane are all over the news media fanning fears of ISIS. Shouldn’t the public know about their links to Pentagon contractors?

Cecily Strong Responds To 'SNL' Change: 'I Don't See This As Me Leaving Update'

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | September 13, 2014 | Comedy
Don't worry about Cecily Strong, y'all. The "SNL" cast member who anchored "Weekend Update" during the last season, has made it clear she's very happy to be stepping away from the desk when Michael Che takes over on September 27. Strong posted this message on...

Bill Maher's Pretty Sure Fox News Is Why America Is So Polarized, Jerry Seinfeld & Haley Barbour Disagree

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | September 13, 2014 | Comedy
In his first show back after an August break, Bill Maher wasted no time in taking a swipe at Fox News, squarely blaming the conservative cable news network for causing the polarization between right and left in America. "Talking about the polarization in Washington ... I think maybe it's that...

Family Of British Hostage David Haines Appeal To ISIS To Make Contact

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | September 13, 2014 | World
LONDON, Sept 13 (Reuters) - The family of a British aid worker being held hostage by Islamic State (IS) jihadists have appealed to his captors to respond to their messages. David Haines, a 44-year-old father of two from Perth in Scotland, was kidnapped last year while working for the French...

Video Of Workers Reacting To Michael Brown's Shooting Shows Witness Raising Hands In Air

AP | Braden Goyette | September 13, 2014 | Politics
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cellphone video that shows a witness raising his hands in the air immediately after the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer in Ferguson appears to support previous accounts and could bolster arguments that Michael Brown was surrendering when he was shot,...

James Foley's Parents Warned Of Prosecution For Ransom Fundraising

AP | Andrew Hart | September 13, 2014 | Politics
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — In a story Sept. 12 about slain journalist James Foley, The Associated Press erroneously reported the first name of another journalist slain by the Islamic State militant group. His name is Steven Sotloff, not Jonathan. A corrected version of the story is below:

More Americans Think Media Underplaying ISIS Threat Than Overplaying It

Michael Calderone | September 13, 2014 | Media
Over two-thirds of Americans report they've closely followed news coverage this week about the Islamic State, or ISIS, as the United States escalates its war against the militant group in Iraq and Syria. Twenty-seven percent of respondents said they were “very closely” following the news, with 41 percent following...

Comedy Sketch Nails Media Portrayal Of Black Victims To The Wall

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | September 12, 2014 | Black Voices
We're not surprised that there's a PR firm specializing in protecting the public images of black teens wrongly targeted by cops -- we're just surprised that it's only in a satirical Funny Or Die sketch. The firm promises that after a black teen's all-too-likely experience with police brutality,...

Mindy Kaling: 'I Misspoke' About Abortion And Sitcoms

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | September 12, 2014 | Women
Mindy Kaling doesn't think sitcoms can't tackle abortion. She just doesn't think it's right for her sitcom specifically right now, she told HuffPost Live on Friday. Earlier this month, the multi-hyphenate star told Flare Magazine that she doesn't plan to feature the issue of abortion on her series...

Australian DJ Apologizes For Kate Middleton Radio Hoax

AP | Catherine Taibi | September 12, 2014 | Media
LONDON (AP) — An Australian DJ who made a hoax call to a hospital caring for the Duchess of Cambridge tearfully apologized Friday to the family of a nurse who committed suicide after the broadcast. DJ Melanie Greig posed as Queen Elizabeth II during the call to the London hospital...

Greg Abbott Campaign Files Complaint Regarding Wendy Davis' Book Tour

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | September 12, 2014 | Politics
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's (R) gubernatorial campaign filed a complaint Thursday with the Texas Ethics Commission about the legality of the book tour of his Democratic opponent, state Sen. Wendy Davis. Abbott's campaign claims Davis violated Texas law by converting "political contributions to her personal use,"...

Digital First Media, Second Biggest US Newspaper Publisher, To Consider Sale

AP | Catherine Taibi | September 12, 2014 | Media
NEW YORK (AP) — Newspaper company Digital First Media said Friday that it is exploring strategic options, which could include a sale of the company or parts of it. The privately held company is the nation's second biggest U.S. newspaper publisher by circulation. Its publications include the Los Angeles Daily...

News Anchor Battling Cancer Tells Viewers He Only Has Months To Live

AP | Catherine Taibi | September 12, 2014 | Media
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A television news anchorman fighting brain cancer in Illinois has told viewers he has only four to six months to live, but he hopes to work as long as he can. During a newscast Thursday, Dave Benton told viewers of WCIA-TV in Champaign that doctors recently...

We're So Excited About The 'Saved By The Bell' Musical Because It's Completely Bonkers

Jessica Goodman | September 12, 2014 | Entertainment
Jessica Goodman: So, should we talk about "Bayside"? Stephanie Marcus: Yes, we need to talk about "Bayside." JG: I have so many feelings, mostly because Bob and Tobly McSmith spent so much time dissecting every episode of "Saved By The Bell" enough to make fun of...

Fusion's Alicia Menendez Calls Out Vanity Fair Over Sexist Story: 'Stop The Madness!'

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | September 12, 2014 | Media
Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez has had it with sexism in the media, and more specifically, the media's obsession with white men. Menendez took issue with an article published in Vanity Fair Wednesday entitled, "News Disrupters." The article highlighted a list of people they defined as the "new...

New York Times Casts Doubt On Obama's ISIS War Plan

Michael Calderone | September 12, 2014 | Media
NEW YORK -– President Barack Obama, the fourth U.S. president in a row to drop bombs in Iraq, vowed Wednesday to destroy Islamic State militants there and in Syria, a country mired in a three-years-long civil war. Under Obama's new strategy, the U.S. would strengthen the Syrian opposition, currently...

'Apparently Kid' Has Already Starred In His First TV Commercial

Sarah Barness | September 12, 2014 | Comedy
Noah Ritter, better known as "Apparently Kid" does not rest on his laurels. Apparently. After making his "first-ever" television appearance on Pennsylvania news station WNEP at the Wayne County Fair in August, he landed an interview with Ellen, and now apparently is the star of...

CBS Sports' James Brown Calls For The NFL -- And All Men -- To Stop Domestic Violence

Chris Greenberg | September 12, 2014 | Sports
While some NFL announcers have struggled in addressing domestic violence amid the Ray Rice scandal, CBS Sports' James Brown did not. The veteran broadcaster delivered an impassioned plea on the topic, issuing a "call to men to stand up and take responsibility for their thoughts, their...

China Shuts Down Major Newspaper's Website During Extortion Scandal

Catherine Taibi | September 13, 2014 | Media
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has shut a respected business newspaper's website and opened an investigation, state media said on Friday, after executives confessed they extorted "huge payments" from companies in exchange for quashing critical stories. The official Xinhua news agency reported last month that eight suspects, some working at the...

Journalists Have A Serious Coffee Addiction

Catherine Taibi | September 12, 2014 | Media
That image you have in your head of police officers and detectives being the only ones who sit at their desks all day downing cups and cups of coffee? Scrap it. There's a new coffee addict in town (and yes, I may have had two or more cups before writing...
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