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Rebecca Shapiro is The Huffington Post's former deputy media editor. She is currently a senior editor at You can follow her on Twitter @rebeccashap.

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Gretchen Carlson Attempts Twerking And We Don't Know Why (VIDEO)

(576) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 1:17 PM

"Fox & Friends" co-host Gretchen Carlson attempted twerking on Thursday's show.

Why, you might ask? Well, we have absolutely no idea. All we can hope for is that twerking does not replace cable news hosts' penchant for rapping. If given the option, we'd actually prefer...

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Robin Roberts To Return Full Time To 'GMA' Following Labor Day

(115) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 2:30 PM

Robin Roberts will return to "Good Morning America" full time following Labor Day weekend.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Roberts discussed her next big step in returning to the morning show she departed a year ago to undergo a bone marrow transplant. Currently, Roberts hosts "GMA" four...

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Anderson Cooper Mocks Miley Cyrus' VMA Performance: 'It's So Yawningly Formulaic' (VIDEO)

(450) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 9:39 AM

Anderson Cooper put Miley Cyrus and the outrage surrounding her raunchy VMA performance on the RidicuList Monday night.

"It's an affront to stuffed animals, everywhere," Cooper said of Cyrus' performance, his tone dripping with mockery. "That's what people are upset about, right?"

Cooper jokingly...

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Deep Throat Garage To Be Demolished In Redevelopment Project

(183) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 5:12 PM

The garage that was the setting for secret meetings between the Washington Post's Bob Woodward and famed Watergate source Deep Throat will cease to exist pending a planned redevelopment project.

The Arlington garage, which carries a permanent historical marker, will be demolished as developers tear down two...

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Wendy Williams Tweets, Facebooks Her Way Through Jury Duty

(7) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 1:51 PM

Talk show host and wig extraordinaire Wendy Williams spent her Monday in an unfamiliar setting: the courthouse.

Williams revealed that she had jury duty, a role she said she was "dreading" on Sunday night. But by Monday morning, Williams was ready to serve in style:...

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World Association Of Newspapers Hits Out At David Cameron For Press Intimidation

(67) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 10:33 AM

A body representing 18,000 news publications attacked UK Prime Minister David Cameron for his actions following the Guardian's reporting on classified documents leaked by former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden.

The UK publication was forced to destroy hard drives of information as government officials watched after the...

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ProPublica Partners With Guardian On Edward Snowden Leaks

(268) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 9:32 AM

Nonprofit news organization ProPublica has partnered with the Guardian to report on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, BuzzFeed reported on Sunday.

The news comes on the heels of BuzzFeed's exclusive report that the Guardian partnered with the New York Times after the UK...

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Weeks Later, Royal Baby Coverage Fails To Bring In Major TV Ratings

(85) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 9:29 AM

Despite networks' decisions to air television specials surrounding the birth of Prince George, royal baby-related programming has not delivered major TV ratings weeks after Kate Middleton went into labor.

CNN secured the first interview with Prince William following the birth of his son, but according to ratings...

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Al Jazeera Demands Release Of Journalists Detained In Egypt

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 2:38 PM

Al Jazeera has once again demanded the release of journalists detained by Egyptian authorities in Cairo.

The news network posted a statement on its website, calling for the release of correspondent Abdullah al-Shami, who was detained on Wednesday, and cameraman Mohamed Badr, who has been held for...

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Al Jazeera America Takes Out Full Page Ad On Launch Day

(460) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 10:32 AM

Al Jazeera America took out a full page ad in the Washington Post on Tuesday, the same day as the network's highly anticipated launch.

Serving as an introduction to the network, the ad features a photograph of a man seemingly asking, "Shouldn't news just give me the facts?"


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Oprah's Big Weekend Includes 'Butler' Success, Lindsay Lohan Exclusive

(155) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 9:24 AM

Oprah just had a major weekend.

The talk show queen has been everywhere as of late, from Larry King's Internet TV show to Andy Cohen's late night talk show to the hair-focused cover of O magazine. As one of the stars of "Lee...

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Time Warner Cable's CBS Blackout Leads To Class Action Lawsuit

(98) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 10:15 AM

Well, file this one under first-world problems.

Time Warner Cable customers in the Los Angeles-area filed a class action lawsuit against the cable provider this week for interrupting their service with the CBS blackout.

CBS and Time Warner Cable have been instilled in a nasty fee...

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CNN's Max Foster Nabs Prince William's First Interview After Royal Baby Birth

(13) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 9:48 AM

CNN announced on Thursday that the network's royal correspondent Max Foster nabbed Prince William's first interview after the birth of his son, George.

In the one-hour special titled Prince William's Passion: New Father, New Hope, the Duke of Cambridge will discuss adapting to fatherhood and the work...

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Bill O'Reilly Defends Oprah For Sharing Racism Encounter In Switzerland (VIDEO)

(295) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 9:12 AM

Bill O'Reilly defended Oprah on his Wednesday Fox News show after the talk show host revealed that she experienced racism while visiting Switzerland earlier this month.

During an interview with Larry King, Oprah revealed that she had a racist encounter while shopping in an expensive store in Switzerland....

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Keith Olbermann Thinks Al Gore's A 'Clod,' Wants George W. Bush On His ESPN Show: THR

(319) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 2:08 PM

The Hollywood Reporter's Marisa Guthrie sat down with Keith Olbermann for a lengthy magazine piece ahead of the broadcaster's return to ESPN.

In addition to following Olbermann's quest to return to the sports broadcasting network that previously employed him, Guthrie reported on some details pertaining to...

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NY Times Website Goes Down

(275) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 12:40 PM

The New York Times website went down on a particularly news-heavy Wednesday (see update below).

Journalists on Twitter noticed the site was not loading shortly after 11:00 a.m. (EST). After nearly 45 minutes, Businessweek's Edmund Lee tweeted:

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Austin Tice Has Been Missing In Syria For One Year

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 10:11 AM

Freelance journalist Austin Tice, who is believed to be captured in Syria, has been missing for one year.

Tice went missing in August 2012. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Tice had been covering the conflict in Syria since May. Like many journalists covering the...

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Jenny McCarthy Is Officially Part Of 'The View' And There Are Photos To Prove It (PHOTOS)

(120) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 9:34 AM

"The View" released promotional photographs in anticipation of the show's upcoming season.

Season 17, which premieres on Monday, September 9th, will look a whole lot different from years past. Both Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar are no longer with the show, and Jenny McCarthy...

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Wendy Williams Launches Wig Line, Gives HuffPost Media Wigovers (PHOTOS)

(22) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 4:33 PM

Wendy Williams wants you to know that she hasn't just created a wig line. She's created an entire "Hair World." The talk-show diva previewed her new venture for some hard-bitten journalists on Tuesday, and informed them that "Hair World" is more a lifestyle than a mere hairdo.


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Savannah Guthrie Talks Losing Her Father, Wanting To Have Kids In Elle Magazine (VIDEO)

(36) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 10:03 AM

"Today" co-host Savannah Guthrie was profiled in Elle magazine's September issue and spoke candidly about some of her most personal experiences.

The bubbly "Today" co-host, who assumed the role amid tension and turmoil at the NBC morning broadcast, has experienced far more difficult times. Guthrie lost her father...

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