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Jane Austen’s novels heavily polished by editor: expert

LONDON — Jane Austen, one of the greatest novelists in English literature, had her work heavily edited to fix original manuscripts littered with spelling and grammatical mistakes, an expert said Saturday. Professor Kathryn Sutherland studied 1,100 original handwritten pages of Austen’s unpublished writings and concluded that her efforts had been…

Alaska Senate candidate’s guards handcuff editor

Update below: Editor responds to arrest: The editor of an online Alaska news site says he was handcuffed and detained by private security guards working for Republican Senate candidate at a town hall meeting. Watch: Tony Hopfinger, editor of the online Alaska Dispatch, tells KTUU-TV that security pushed him as…

New Republic editor defends as ‘fact’ his claim that ‘Muslim life is cheap’

Under fire from prominent journalists, the top editor of the influential magazine New Republic on Monday apologized for suggesting that Muslim Americans be denied First Amendment rights, but stood by his broad claim that members of the Islamic faith don’t much value human life. “[My] other sentence is: ‘Frankly, Muslim…

Ex-Murdoch tabloid editor denies phone hacking allegations

Pressure mounted on Prime Minister David Cameron’s media chief Monday over allegations he knew about illegal phone hacking by reporters when he was editor of a tabloid newspaper. The use of hacking on the News of the World, which Andy Coulson edited from 2003 to 2007, was under renewed scrutiny…

Bush-Cheney campaign manager, ex-chairman of Republican Party comes out as gay

Raw Story revealed effort to keep sexuality quiet in 2004; Led aggressive anti-gay effort in Ohio in 2004 Ken Mehlman, the erstwhile chairman of the Republican National Committee and campaign manager for George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection effort, has come out of the closet as gay in a column published…

Editor: Deal in works to sell The Washington Times

Executive editor says deal under way to sell financially troubled Washington Times The executive editor of The Washington Times says the owner of the financially-troubled newspaper has reached a preliminary agreement to sell the paper to a company affiliated with the Unification Church. Sam Dealey said late Tuesday that the…

Gay-baiting Coulter gets caught up in ‘homoconflict’

Update: Coulter calls editor who dropped her as keynote speaker at its ‘Taking Back America’ conference ‘swine and publicity whore’ WorldNetDaily Editor Joseph “Farah is doing this for PUBLICITY and publicity alone,” Coulter wrote in an email to The Daily Caller. “[T]his was an email exchange [between] friends and even…

MSNBC host: Media paints Petraeus as ‘towering, colossally awesome dude’

Washington Post editor suggests Petraeus is acting as Obama’s ‘front man’ in selling the Afghanistan War and might ‘try to define downward what it means to prevail’ if his counterinsurgency strategy doesn’t work General David Petraeus, who stepped down from his position as head of Central Command in June to…

Nation editor: Obama ‘feeding zealots’ by not standing up to right-wing media

The Shirley Sherrod controversy has shown that the White House needs to stand up to conservative media attacks, or risk “feeding the zealots” in America’s political debate, says the editor and publisher of a leading progressive magazine. The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel told NBC’s Today Show Friday that the…

Former E&P editor slams ‘horrible’ AP report for treating Breitbart as an expert

An Associated Press report on the Breitbart-Sherrod controversy seems to have attracted the weighty criticism of a former editor with Editor and Publisher, who slammed the piece as “horrible” for its reliance on Andrew Breitbart as an expert. Greg Mitchell, who now blogs for The Nation, also cited as “horrible”…

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