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News Corp. sets up staff hotline to report ‘illegal activity’

News International, a branch of the Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corp., has set up a dedicated line for journalists and other staff of the media conglomerate to report “illegal activity”. According to The Independent, the hotline is available “24 hours a day, 365 days a year” to employees, who are, according…

Colbert: Raw Story ‘twisted my words with misleading articles’

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert called out Raw Story Thursday for reporting that he had explained how money could be laundered to Karl Rove’s American Crossroads SuperPAC. Unlike American Crossroads, Rove’s Crossroads GPS is a 501c4 organization that does not have to disclose its donors. Crossroads GPS can then transfer donations…

Carlos Slim ups stake in New York Times to 8.1 percent

NEW YORK — Carlos Slim, the Mexican magnate believed to be the world’s richest individual, has increased his stake in the The New York Times Co. to 8.1 percent, regulatory filings showed Thursday. The latest buying of shares this week came less than two months after Slim increased his stake…

Publisher pushes up Jobs bio release to October 24

The release date for the first authorized biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been pushed forward to October 24 following his death, publisher Simon & Schuster said Thursday. The 656-page book by Walter Isaacson, entitled simply “Steve Jobs,” had been scheduled for release on November 21, according to Simon & Schuster’s publicity department, but the death of Jobson Wednesday…

Discovery Channel’s marijuana reality show still a go, despite massive tax bill

Despite recently receiving an enormous tax bill from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Oakland’s Harborside Health Center will still be the subject of a Discovery Channel reality show this winter. “As they say, the show must go on,” Joshua Weinberg, Discovery Channel’s vice president of communications, explained in an email…

Hank Williams Jr. cut from ESPN’s team for good

ESPN announced Thursday that the network had permanently severed ties with Hank Williams Jr. after he publicly compared President Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler. Bocephus had told the hosts of Fox & Friends Monday that Obama playing golf with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was ‘like Hitler playing golf with…

Colbert: Herman Cain chooses not be gay every day

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert applauded Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain for making the difficult daily choice not to be gay. “To think that gay is a choice, I don’t know how to respond to that,” The View co-host Joy Behar told Cain Tuesday. “I mean, don’t think anybody in this…

UK activists call for board shake-up at News Corp

LONDON (Reuters) – British pension funds should oppose the re-election of James Murdoch to News Corp’s board to draw a line under the hacking scandal that has engulfed the company, a shareholder activist body said Thursday. The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum, whose members have combined assets of 100 billion…

Keith Olbermann: Media ‘too corrupt or too dense’ to understand ‘Occupy Wall Street’

Keith Olbermann blasted the mainstream media on his show Wednesday night for being either “too corrupt or too dense” to understand the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. Numerous media outlets repeated the criticism that the protest had no specific purpose or demands. Fox News host Charles Gasparino called the protest “idiotic”…

Roger Ailes: I hired Sarah Palin ‘because she was hot’

Roger Ailes’ latest comments about Sarah Palin will be further proof to many that the Fox News chairman is sexist, but he probably is too rich and too powerful to care. In an interview celebrating the 15th anniversary of Fox News, Ailes told The Associated Press that he hired the…

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