Good morning Washington.
In your opinion, the Fox debate had much better format and questions than the MSNBC/Politico debate.
TNR opines that Rupert Murdoch’s “intention to purchase a crown jewel of U.S. journalism, The Wall Street Journal … should be a pivotal moment for liberals — a time to dial back their relentless hostility to newspapers and start crusading for them.”
From a reader, “Re: the poll. Fox sent a message last night with the debate — Dems, listen up — we are fair and will ask more interesting questions. We won’t just go down the line, we will actually tailor each question to each candidate, and oh by the way we will ask followups. This from a CNN viewer who usually think Fox sucks. I was at the Dem MSNBC debate and that one was much better than the GOP one in Ca. Food for thought.”
Tom Glocer writes “the most important letter I have ever written as chief executive of Reuters.”
Variety reports, Calendar editor Lennie LaGuire is “one of those who is leaving the Los Angeles Times as part of a corporate cost-cutting move to eliminate 100-150 jobs at the paper.”
Gilbert Cranberg notes that with newspapers moving full speed ahead online, print readers, including him, “not only do we miss out on what’s put online, we’re shortchanged on what’s in print.”
Public Eye’s Matthew Feeling reports, “truth is that the ‘Daily Show’ is actually just a nice dessert or digestif, after a meal of Real News Roughage.”
A ton of you agree with Christopher Hitchens and some readers weighed in:
Bloomberg reports, “James Ottaway Jr., whose family controls 5.2 percent of the voting rights at Dow Jones & Co., predicted the company won’t be sold to Rupert Murdoch.”
New York Observer reports, “At Forbes.com, the online arm of the 90-year-old Steve Forbes — run publication — which now famously includes rock star Bono as an investor — nine editorial staffers have recently fled, according to a former staffer.” One staffer, Lisa Lerer joined Politico earlier this week.
“Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and CEO of NBC Universal parent General Electric, reiterated Tuesday that he has no current plans to sell the entertainment unit and also said GE has no interest in acquiring Dow Jones & Co.,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Wired reports, “CBS Chief Isn’t Worried About YouTube or Google — ‘As Long as We Get Paid'”
AMNY reports, “XM announced Tuesday that it has suspended Long Island shock jocks Gregg ‘Opie’ Hughes and Anthony Cumia and ceased broadcast of their show for 30 days, effective immediately. The duo had issued an apology last week after airing a segment in which a guest expressed desire to have sex with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, as well as First Lady Laura Bush and Queen Elizabeth.”
Reuters reports, “Time Warner Inc.’s AOL Internet unit said on Wednesday it purchased a controlling stake in Adtech AG, a German online advertising management company, to expand the volume of ads it delivers to big Web sites in Europe.”
“I agree with the Hitch — with this caveat. I may be getting old, but I find the practice of public grave dancing unbelieveably distasteful. Yes, it’s news, and yes, it’s valid to judge someone on their merits. But what’s with the glee to piss on the body before it’s even cold?”
“It is a shame how it only took 12 hours for Hitchens to dance on the grave of Jerry Falwell in an effort to sell more books.”
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