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Fox News’ Shep Smith: Obama now in the 21st century

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith reacted to the news that President Barack Obama had endorsed same sex marriage by coolly remarking that the President is “now in the 21st century.” Smith later said Republicans who opposed same sex marriage were “on the wrong side of history” and compared same sex…

News Corp reaffirms support for Murdoch

NEW YORK — A top News Corp. executive on Wednesday reaffirmed support for embattled magnate Rupert Murdoch and “flatly” rejected a British parliamentary report calling him unfit to run the media conglomerate. Murdoch is “one of the smartest and most forward-thinking executives of our time and both I and the…

Limbaugh launches ‘babe’ outreach effort

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has launched “Rush Babes for America,” an outreach effort conceived as a pre-emptive strike against activist organizations trying to have “The Rush Limbaugh Show” pulled from the air, according to Politico. The group’s Facebook page declares itself to be “dedicated to the millions of conservative…

Rothko’s ‘Orange, Red, Yellow’ nets record $86.9 million at auction

A sunset-colored painting by Mark Rothko became the world’s most expensive contemporary art work when it fetched $86.9 million in a stunningly lucrative auction at Christie’s in New York. “Orange, red, yellow” was as hot on the Christie’s block as the colors on the bold, large-scale abstract canvas. A thicket…

Travolta lawyer blasts second masseur sex lawsuit

LOS ANGELES — John Travolta’s lawyer dismissed a second lawsuit in two days alleging sexual battery by the Hollywood star on male masseurs, saying it was as “absurd and fictional” as the first. Both lawsuits have been filed by the same attorney, and both fail to identify the alleged victim…

News aggregator Ongo to shut down

WASHINGTON — Online news service Ongo, which launched last year as a paid “aggregator” for various newspapers, said Tuesday it would close down by the end of the month. “We’re in the process of formally winding down the business,” chief executive Dan Haarmann told AFP, noting that the company was…

Marilyn Monroe ‘last’ pics fail to sell

NEW YORK — Nude photos from what is said to have been Marilyn Monroe’s last formal photo shoot, just six weeks before her 1962 death, failed to sell at auction Tuesday in New York. The collection on sale as “Marilyn Monroe — Last Sitting” had an estimated value of between…

Al-Jazeera closes bureau after China bars reporter

Al-Jazeera said on Tuesday it has shut its English-language bureau in Beijing after Chinese authorities expelled its correspondentMelissa Chan and failed to grant visas to other journalists. The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) said it was “appalled” by Beijing’s actions, calling the refusal to grant Chan a new visa a…

Delta Air Lines drops ads from Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show

The Catholic League announced Monday that Delta Air Lines had pulled its sponsorship of Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show following a boycott launched by the organization. “I encourage everyone to choose Delta the next time they fly,” Catholic League president Bill Donohue said. “We need to support advertisers who act…

Nancy Pelosi pays tribute to Adam Yauch

Former Speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) released a statement on Saturday evening paying tribute to musician and activist Adam Yauch, according to a post at Talking Points Memo. Yauch was a founding member of seminal rap and rock group The Beastie Boys who shed his party-boy image…

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