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Americans for Prosperity refuse to retract ‘demonstrably false’ blog post

The conservative group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has refused to retract an article accusing Think Progress reporter Lee Fang of lying to media staff, despite an audio recording that indicates he did not. In an anonymously published blog titled “Lee Fang Lies“, the group said the reporter misrepresented himself at…

Eddie Murphy bows out as Oscar host

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comedian Eddie Murphy bowed out on Wednesday as host of the upcoming Oscars, one day after producer Brett Ratner who had lured Murphy into the role also exited following an uproar over his use of a gay slur. “I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett…

Sen. Franken delivers impassioned defense of ‘Net Neutrality’

In a U.S. Senate debate Wednesday morning, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) gave an impassioned defense of network neutrality, the principle that mandates Internet service providers (ISPs) treat all Web traffic equally. “Net Neutrality,” as supporters have labeled it, was cemented into law by the Federal Communications Commission in 2010 after…

Report: News Corp. spied on Prince William

LONDON (Reuters) – The News of the World, the now-defunct tabloid at the center of the News Corp phone-hacking scandal, paid a private eye to spy on Prince William and a host of other high-profile people, the BBC said on Tuesday. The report, based on an interview with the detective,…

Darren Aronofsky directs shocking new anti-meth ad campaign

Darren Aronofsky, acclaimed director of Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler and Black Swan, has released his latest project: a series of four television ads warning about the dangers of using the street drug methamphetamine. Getting Aronofsky to direct the spots, produced by ad agency Organic, was something of a…

Shake-up sees Murdoch become chair of Australian arm

Rupert Murdoch said Wednesday he will take over as chairman of his Australian arm News Limited with current chairman and chief executive John Hartigan stepping down in a major shake-up at the top. Murdoch, 80, will replace Hartigan in the role with Kim Williams, currently head of Foxtel, a News Corp joint venture that isAustralia’s largest pay television company, taking on…

De Niro could play fraudster Madoff in TV film

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood legend Robert De Niro is lined up to play shamed Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff in a planned US television film about his massive fraud scandal, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. The two-time Oscar winner is penciled in to play the Ponzi scheme mastermind in the made-for-TV…

Reporter wears grape costume to defend boy suspended for banana suit

Let it never be said again that journalism is a humorless business. Covering an odd tale about a 14-year-old autistic boy who was handcuffed by police and suspended for running down the sidelines of a high school football game at halftime wearing a banana costume, Washington, D.C. reporter Pat Collins…

Dick Morris ‘looking forward’ to seeing Cain’s accuser naked in Playboy

Fox News contributor and self-described sex addict Dick Morris says he’s looking forward to seeing a “spread in Playboy” featuring the fourth woman to accuse Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment. Morris told Fox News host Sean Hannity that Sharon Bialek was just looking to make money when…

Conrad Murray found guilty over Michael Jackson’s death

LOS ANGELES — While Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray is facing jail and the end of his career, the star’s fortunes have ironically been resurrected by his death and the furor which has followed. Only last month Jackson was named as the world’s top dead earner for a second straight…

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