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Fox News takes issue with Hillary Clinton’s criticism of US media

A Fox News executive said he was surprised and “curious” at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent praise for Al-Jazeera and criticism of US media. “We’ve got leadership issues there, the safety of people, the safety of our own people,” said Michael Clemente, a senior vice president of Fox, according…

Britain clears way for News Corp/BSkyB deal

LONDON – The British government Thursday cleared the way to approve News Corp’s bid to win control of broadcaster BSkyB after it agreed to spin off its Sky News operation to address competition concerns. The decision to allow the Rupert Murdoch-owned group to proceed sparked a furious response from rival…

Spielberg studio buys rights to WikiLeaks book

LONDON – Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios have bought the rights to a book written by two British journalists about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, their newspaper said Thursday. “The rights to the book have been purchased by DreamWorks,” said a spokeswoman for The Guardian, which published the secret US diplomatic cables…

Beyonce donated Gaddafi-linked money to Haiti

LOS ANGELES – Grammy-winning singer Beyonce donated money received for a New Year’s Eve concert reportedly for Moamer Kadhafi’s son to help Haiti relief over a year ago, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. Beyonce gave the money away as soon as she learned of the Kadhafi connection to the concert at…

Murdoch offers to sell Sky News channel: report

LONDON — Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has offered to sell its Sky News TV channel to clear the way for the media giant’s proposed bid to gain full control of pay-TV giant BSkyB, the BBC reported on Wednesday. The sale of the rolling news channel is seen as a move…

Michael Jackson ‘chemically castrated’ as child: doctor

MARSEILLE – Michael Jackson may have been more prince than king of pop, a French doctor says in a new book alleging his wide-ranging voice resulted from a childhood chemical castration to fight acne. “When he died, I realised that he was an unusual phenomenon,” Alain Branchereau, an opera buff…

O’Reilly uses video from California to call Wisconsin protesters ‘violent’

In the wake of one Fox News reporter apparently lying about being “punched” by a “hate filled” protester in Wisconsin, some media outlets appear to have been too quick to label another Fox misappropriation as outright deception. In a segment broadcast during last night’s O’Reilly Factor, the same reporter who…

NYTimes.com to start charging readers ‘shortly’

WASHINGTON — The New York Times said Wednesday that it is in the “final testing phase” of its plan to charge readers for full access to the newspaper’s website and will start doing so soon. The Times Co. announced in January of last year that it would begin charging readers…

Fox News suspends Gingrich, Santorum for signaling presidential runs

Fox News has suspended contributors Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum for 60 days effective immediately, citing their apparent intentions to launch presidential campaigns Fox News anchor Bret Baier made the announcement Wednesday that the former House Speaker and Pennsylvania senator will be “suspended” as they have “signaled possible runs” for…

Charlie Sheen keeps fans happy with cheeky tweet

WASHINGTON — Troubled actor Charlie Sheen posted a single tweet on his newly-created Twitter account Tuesday, after over 200,000 people signed up within hours to follow him on the micro-blogging service. The tweeted picture showed Sheen — who let rip in a series of TV interviews on Monday prompting his…

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