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British PM says politicians and press ‘too close’

British Prime Minister David Cameron said ties between politicians and the media had become “too close” as he began giving evidence on Thursday to a public inquiry into press ethics. “It has been too close and I think we need to try and get it on a better footing,” Cameron…

Fox News contributor calls Scooter Libby’s perjury charges ‘nothing’

In the United States, a single count of perjury is a serious crime — a felony, to be precise, carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years under federal law. But not according to Fox News contributor Monica Crowley. Appearing on a June 12 broadcast of The O’Reilly Factor,…

Yahoo! and CNBC team up for finance news

Internet pioneer Yahoo! and US cable news network CNBC on Wednesday launched a new drive to provide more original content both on the Yahoo! Finance website and on the air. CNBC will dramatically expand its presence on the site, which has a monthly audience of some 40 million users, by providing news articles,…

New Orleans newspaper cuts one-third of staff

WASHINGTON — The New Orleans Times-Picayune said Tuesday it was cutting nearly one-third of its staff as the biggest newspaper in the city planned to cut back to a schedule of three issues per week. The newspaper said on its website that 202 employees, or 32 percent of the staff,…

Photos of Miami cannibal victim revealed by doctors

Doctors at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital have released photos of the grisly damage done to the face of Ronald Poppo, the victim of Miami’s notorious “causeway cannibal,” reports CBS Miami. Poppo was attacked by 31-year-old Rudy Eugene on May 26 alongside the MacArthur Parkway in a case that, due to…

Former British prime minister challenges Murdoch testimony

Former British prime minister John Major told the Leveson inquiryon Tuesday that Rupert Murdoch demanded he change his policy on Europe, directly contradicting the News Corp. chief’s own testimony. Major’s challenge comes a day after another former premier,Gordon Brown, also accused the Australian-born tycoon of misleading the inquiry into press ethics. Major, who was the Conservative prime…

The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi thanks ACLU for Social Responsibility in Media Award

The Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi on Friday thanked the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California for giving him the 2012 Social Responsibility in Media Award. He received the award “[f]or his work on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, satirizing and offering commentary on Islamic, Middle Eastern and South…

Lady Gaga suffers concussion during show

Pop diva Lady Gaga suffered concussion when a dancer accidentally hit her on the head with a metal pole during her final New Zealand show, reports said Monday. The US artist was performing her hit “Judas” at Auckland’s Vector Arena on Sunday night when the accident left her seeing stars,…

Dylan Ratigan to leave MSNBC

Dylan Ratigan, the notoriously opinionated television host, will be leaving MSNBC on June 22, after a stint of only three years. According to the New York Times, Ratigan explained in a phone interview “that he was electing to leave cable so that he could put into practice what he has…

Demand for ‘on-demand’ may force HBO to break away from cable services

Emily Bell, The Guardian In a media world of collapsing revenues and a market where content is not so much king as impoverished dethroned exile, having consumers start a campaign to give you more money is rather unusual. In the US last week, cable channel HBO found itself at the…

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