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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…

Shuster rips WaPo blogger: Obama’s pot smoking not like Romney’s gay bullying

Current TV correspondent David Shuster on Sunday schooled a conservative Washington Post blogger for suggesting that President Barack Obama’s use of marijuana as a kid should be covered by the media like presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s alleged bullying of a gay student in 1965. During an appearance on…

19th century vampire-slaying kit for sale

Worried about attacks from the undead? The answer could be at hand with a 19th-century vampire-slaying kit, “almost complete and in good condition”, about to be put up for auction in Britain. The kit contains a mallet and stakes — presumably for hammering into the bloodsucker’s heart — plus pistol,…

U.K.’s Cameron to testify in phone hacking probe June 14

Prime Minister David Cameron is to appear next week before an inquiry into press ethics sparked by the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers. Cameron, whose government has been under fire over a series of revelations about its closeness to Murdoch’s media empire, will give evidence on June 14, according…

El Huffington Post opens in Spain

El Huffington Post opened in Spain on Thursday, poking fun at the government’s handling of the economic crisis in typically irreverent style for the growing news and blogging empire. Founder Arianna Huffington, who launched The Huffington Post in the United States in 2005, flew into Madrid to help prepare the…

Estonian president blasts Krugman over GDP graph

Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves mocked Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman on Wednesday over a column published in the New York Times. “Let’s write about something we know nothing about & be smug, overbearing & patronizing: after all, they’re just wogs,” Ilves wrote on Twitter in response to the column.…

‘Family’ leader vows to never stop hating LGBT people

The president of The American Family Association said during his radio show on Tuesday that he views Christianity and homosexuality as so completely incompatible that if he and fellow Christians ever stop hating LGBT people, they just may become the target of similar hatred, or worse. “Every advance of the homosexual…

Sheryl Crow diagnosed with benign brain tumor

Grammy-winning US singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow has been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor, she said. The country-pop star, who survived breast cancer diagnosed in 2006, said in comments published Tuesday that doctors found the tumor in November, after she had a brain scan because she was concerned about memory loss. “I worried about…

Guns N’ Roses Axl Rose robbed after private gig

Thieves stole gold necklaces and diamonds worth around 200,000 dollars (160,000 euros) from Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose as the singer gave a private concert in Paris, a police source said Wednesday. The theft from Rose’s dressing room late Tuesday enraged the 50-year-old singer from the US supergroup and police were called in to calm…

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