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U.S. pulls plug on Pakistani ‘Sesame Street’

The United States has cut funding to a popular Pakistani version of the children’s program “Sesame Street” amid allegations of fraud and abuse, a US official said Tuesday. The program, run under the umbrella of the US-based Sesame Workshop by a local theater group, had been awarded some $20 million…

You can’t keep (former) GOOD staffers down

Less than a week after losing their jobs, a group of former employees at GOOD Magazine announced their intention to put together a new magazine, Tomorrow. “It’s going to be about what’s next, what’s on the cusp,” the group said in a statement on Tumblr Tuesday. “We want to get…

Huckabee: Without Fox News, Americans would assume Obama ‘doing a great job’

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R) had an oops moment on his radio show Monday, and this one’s going to leave a mark. Speaking about America’s media landscape in general, Huckabee suggested that without Fox News acting as a counterweight to “mainstream media,” most Americans “will assume that Obama really…

Springsteen favored to write new U.S. anthem: poll

WASHINGTON — Twenty-two percent of Americans think veteran rocker Bruce Springsteen should compose a new US national anthem to replace “The Star-Spangled Banner,” suggests an online poll released Monday. That’s more than the 19 percent who think country legend Dolly Parton is up to the task, or the 18 percent…

Tintin comic cover fetches record price at auction

A rare 1932 cover illustration of “Tintin in America” by Herge, the artist who dreamed up the boy reporter, on Saturday fetched a record 1.3 million euros ($1.6 million) at an auction in Paris. “The work has been sold at 1,338,509.20 euros, costs included, by a person who wishes to remain…

International film festival opens in Transylvanian city

The films of Japan’s Daisuke Miyazaki and Norway’s August Joachim Trier will be the first among 12 movies in competition to screen Saturday at the Transylvania International Film Festival. Miyazaki’s “End of the Night” and Trier’s “Oslo, August 31″ will be showcased on the second day of the 10-day Romanian festival, one of the biggest in the…

Netflix tops Apple in booming online movie business

The US online movie business more than doubled in 2011 to rake in $992 million and will almost double again this year, a research report showed Friday. The biggest surge came from Netflix, which shifted its focus to subscription video on demand and snagged 44 percent of the market, overtaking…

Magazine aimed at ‘reasonable people who give a damn’ purges editorial staff

GOOD Magazine, a quarterly journal and website dedicated to “pushing the world forward,” has abruptly laid off almost its entire editorial staff. One discharged staff member, who did not want their name revealed at this point, told Raw Story the purge included “everyone except the head designer, the assistant editor,…

‘Baltimore cannibal’ has left large online footprint

It may be a new frontier in post-incident police forensics, the examination of alleged criminals’ online profiles. Alexander Kinyua, 21, the accused “Baltimore Cannibal,” whose story has shocked the world in recent days, has confessed to killing his roommate and eating portions of his organs, but he has also left…

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…

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