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Meet the Media Companies Lobbying Against Transparency

By Justin Elliott ProPublica News organizations cultivate a reputation for demanding transparency, whether by suing for access to government documents, dispatching camera crews to the doorsteps of recalcitrant politicians, or editorializing in favor of open government. But now many of the country’s biggest media companies 2014 which own dozens of…

Levon Helm, drummer and singer with The Band, dies at 71

NEW YORK — Levon Helm, whose gruff vocals and razor-sharp drumming underpinned the seminal late 1960s rock group The Band, died Thursday, his recording studio said. He was 71. “Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon,” said Barbara O’Brien, executive manager of Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York, in an…

Hollywood studios lose landmark download case

SYDNEY — Top Hollywood film studios Friday failed in their attempt to stem the flow of illegal downloads when they lost a landmark appeal against an Australian Internet provider. A group of international and Australian companies, including Warner Bros, Disney and 20th Century Fox, alleged that iiNet authorised the infringement…

Clooney to make Obama the $6 million dinner man

WASHINGTON — Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney will host a $6 million fundraising dinner for Barack Obama at his Los Angeles home as the president fills his campaign coffers to battle Mitt Romney. The event, on May 10, will feature in the “Dinner with Barack” campaign which the president’s political braintrust…

Cronenberg, Haneke films in running for Cannes prize

Films by Canadian director David Cronenberg, Briton Ken Loachand Austrian Michael Haneke will compete for gold at the 65thCannes Film Festival, organisers said Thursday. Cronenberg was tipped for his film “Cosmopolis”, starring Robert Pattinson as a billionaire asset manager, Loach for “The Angel’s Share” about an ex-offender on the mend and Haneke for “Amour” about a woman hit…

Catholic League threatens to ‘mobilize’ boycott against Jon Stewart

The Catholic League, a religious advocacy group, has threatened to launch a boycott against the sponsors of Daily Show host Jon Stewart over a segment that featured “vagina mangers.” “We are asking Stewart to apologize,” Catholic League president Bill Donohue said in a statement. “If he does not, we will…

Legendary TV host Dick Clark dies at 82

LOS ANGELES — Legendary US television presenter and producer Dick Clark, known for introducing rock and roll music to millions of Americans, died of a heart attack Wednesday at age 82, his family said. Clark, famous for shows including “American Bandstand” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” suffered a…

Study: GOP guests dominate Sunday morning talk shows

If you feel like the Sunday morning political talk shows are overrun by Republican politicians, their surrogates and other right-wing spinners, you’re actually right, according to a study by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), a media watchdog group. FAIR’s magazine, Extra! tracked the breakdown of guests featured in one-on-one…

Stolen Tom Petty guitars recovered

LOS ANGELES — US police have recovered five stolen guitars belonging to Tom Petty and Heartbreakers, they said Tuesday, earning thanks from the US rock veteran on the eve of his latest tour. Petty had offered a $7,500 reward for information about the guitars, including one of Petty’s vintage 12-string…

Norway’s mass murderer echos Glenn Beck: I targeted ‘Hitler youth’

Anders Behring Breivik, the Norweigan mass murderer who killed 77 and injured 151 in a series of attacks last year, said at trial this week that he targeted the children of Norway’s leftist political leaders because they were “in many ways similar to the Hitler Youth.” His defense is alarmingly…

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