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U.S. newspaper ad revenue down 7.3% in 2011

WASHINGTON — US newspaper advertising revenue fell 7.3 percent last year to $23.94 billion, according to figures released Thursday by the Newspaper Association of American, continuing a six-year slide. Print advertising revenue fell 9.2 percent to $20.69 billion compared with the previous year while online advertising revenue rose 6.8 percent…

Bill Maher decries ‘false equivalency’: Limbaugh went after a civilian

Comedian Bill Maher said Thursday it was ridiculous to equate offensive language he used to describe Sarah Palin with the offensive language Rush Limbaugh used to describe Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke. “He went after a civilian about very specific behavior, that was a lie, speaking for a party…

Colbert: GOP primary like 2008 minus women and black people

Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert on Wednesday said that he was thrilled that the Republican presidential primary had been extended after former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney failed to win Alabama and Mississippi. “Long, slow and painful!” Colbert exclaimed. “Thank you, Jesus!” “The Democrats had the same situation last time when…

Gerard Depardieu to play ‘smug’ Strauss-Kahn

French actor Gerard Depardieu said on Thursday he would play the “arrogant, smug” former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a film about his fall from grace in a series of sex scandals. “I will do it, because I don’t like him,” said Depardieu, best known for his larger-than-life swashbuckling roles…

Former News of the World chief reporter arrested in phone-hacking scandal

By Lisa O’Carroll– Operation Weeting officers re-arrest former NoW chief reporter, this time on suspicion of intimidation of a witness. Neville Thurlbeck, the former chief reporter of the News of the World, has been arrested on suspicion of intimidation of a witness. He was arrested by appointment at a central…

HBO TV show ‘Luck’ canceled over horse deaths

The hit US television series ‘Luck’ starring Dustin Hoffman has been canceled after three horses died during filming, the channel which makes the show announced. “Luck,” about thoroughbred racing and also starring Nick Nolte, launched in January and had already been picked up for a second season, with production mostly…

Ann Coulter: GOP has a ‘problem with charlatans’ like Sarah Palin

Conservative author Ann Coulter on Monday night lamented that “charlatans” like Sarah Palin managed to remain prominent voices within the conservative movement, according to The Shark Tank. At a Lincoln Day Dinner event in Florida, she was asked about the possibility of a brokered Republican convention. “One of the ones…

Judge deals death blow to copyright troll Righthaven

Righthaven LLC., a law firm that became known as a “copyright troll” for filing hundreds of lawsuits against media companies and bloggers, was forever banished from its business model on Tuesday by a judge who ordered a transfer of all their copyrights to settle the company’s substantial debts. After a…

Poll: Majority of voters want Limbaugh fired

A majority of Americans say that conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh should be off the air after he called a Georgetown University law student a “slut” and a “prostitute” over her support for contraception, according to a recently released poll. An even larger majority said that birth control should not…

Jon Stewart: Fox, shut the f*ck up about how victimized you are

Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Tuesday night took Fox News to task for responding to the controversy surrounding Rush Limbaugh by claiming he was just a comedian. “Nobody is hiding behind comedy,” he noted. “And there are repercussions for what comedians say. When you’re doing it in a club,…

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