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CNN nixes job offer to ‘Fox and Friends’ producer who made anti-Obama ad

CNN has withdrawn a job offer that it made to Chris White, the producer who created the now-infamous anti-Obama attack ad that aired earlier this week on “Fox and Friends,” according to the New York Times blog “Media Decoder.” Earlier this week, Fox News’s morning show “Fox and Friends” unveiled…

Ex-president of Iran calls Facebook ‘a blessing’: report

Facebook is a “blessing” that helps freedom-seeking movements challenge tyranny, a former president of Iran — which routinely blocks access to the social networking site — was quoted as saying in a report by the ISNA news agency. “We see that a Facebook page costing nothing can outstrip several television…

Fox & Friends airs its own four-minute anti-Obama attack ad

Update (below): Fox News pulls video, claims it was ‘unauthorized’ Fox & Friends on Wednesday morning unveiled a four-minute advertisement that attacked President Barack Obama, which was created by Fox News associate producer Chris White. “Lets talk a little bit about what the campaign slogan used to be for Obama,…

Obama honors ‘giant’ Bob Dylan with top U.S. award

WASHINGTON — Fan-in-chief Barack Obama invested legendary singer songwriter Bob Dylan Tuesday with America’s highest civilian honor, praising the gritty folk legend’s never ending quest for truth. Dylan joined other honorees including former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth and novelist Toni Morrison…

Guardian journalist cleared in phone hacking scandal

Prosecutors decided on Tuesday not to charge a journalist from the Guardian newspaper and a Scotland Yard detective over leaks of sensitive information relating to the phone hacking scandal. The Crown Prosecution Service said it would not be in the public interest to charge Amelia Hill, the Guardian’s special investigations…

World’s richest woman increases stake in media firm

The world’s richest woman Gina Rinehart has increased her stake in Australian media group Fairfax, the company said Monday, as she lashed out at the chairman after being denied a board seat. Rinehart, who has a fortune of Aus$29.17 billion (US$28.48 billion) according to an annual index by Business Review Weekly, increased her holding…

U.S. actress Andie MacDowell puts accent on beauty

You wouldn’t think that Andie MacDowell would have confidence problems. But the US actress and long-time face of cosmetic giant L’Oreal insists she is like any other woman getting older. The 54-year-old star, whose latest film “Mighty Fine” is just out — to mixed reviews — also still recalls an early humiliation,…

Bullying drama scoops Cannes new talent prize

“After Lucia”, a harrowing drama about a young girl who falls prey to bullying, on Saturday won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival new talent sidebar, Un Certain Regard. The movie by Mexico’s Michel Franco tells the story of teenaged Alejandra who arrives in a new city with…

British minister called Murdoch aide ‘papa’

Britain’s culture minister faced fresh pressure Saturday after a press ethics inquiry released dozens of light-hearted text messages between him and a lobbyist for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, whom he called “mon ami” and “papa”. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt exchanged the friendly and intimate messages with News Corporation’s Fred Michel…

‘Cosmopolis’ brings capitalism, decay to Cannes

Money, sex, technology and stretch limos abound as David Cronenberg brought “Cosmopolis” to Cannes on Friday, with Robert Pattinson as a billionaire financier looking for a haircut as a killer looks for him. The Manhattan thriller, adapted from Don DeLillo’s novel, follows a day in the life of Eric Packer…

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