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Flash: Obamacare Girl FOUND!

November 13, 2013

Flash: Obamacare Girl FOUND!

Amy Robach of ABC News spoke with “Adriana,” the “Mona Lisa of Obamacare” whose photo mysteriously disappeared from the Healthcare.gov homepage:

“The smiling woman who was once the face of the Affordable Care Act’s website has come out of the shadows to stand up to the ‘cyberbullying’ she says she suffered after the law’s flawed kickoff.

Speaking exclusively to ABC News, Adriana, who asked that only her first name be used, said she was speaking out now to defend herself after weeks of enduring online lampooning.

‘They have nothing else to do but hide behind the computer. They’re cyberbullying,’ Adriana told ABC News’ Amy Robach.”

– “Exclusive: Obamacare’s Mystery Woman Says She Fell Victim to Cyberbullies,” Abby D. Phillip, ABC News

More:

“Mystery ‘Face’ Of Obamacare, A Colombian Immigrant, Says She’s Victim Of Cyberbullies,” Fox News Latino

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Blockbuster Waives Late Fees, Waves Goodbye

November 10, 2013

Blockbuster Waives Late Fees, Waves Goodbye

The last 300 Blockbuster Video stores will close by the end of the year. The brand will live on in the video-streaming service of parent company Dish Network and on the facades of 50 stores owned by franchisees. The Blockbuster video rental chain was once the country’s largest, with 60,000 employees and 9,000 stores.

More:

“OBITUARY: Blockbuster Video: 1985-2013,” Alex Pappademas, Grantland 

“I Loved You, Blockbuster,” Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic

“The miseries and pleasures of Blockbuster Video,” By Dana Stevens, Slate

“As Blockbuster Prepares To Close, Fans Line Up To Stock Video Libraries,” CBS Los Angeles

“Why Blockbuster’s Death Doesn’t Matter,” Daniel Carlson, Pajiba

“Blockbuster closure could cost Dish $30M,” L. Wayne Hicks, Denver Business Journal

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Wall Street Journal Health Care Expert: Suzanne Somers

October 30, 2013

Wall Street Journal Health Care Expert: Suzanne Somers

“As a writer of 24 books mostly on health and wellness and by using my celebrity to get to the best and brightest doctors, scientists and medical professionals in the alternative and integrative health-care world, I have come to the following conclusions:

 First of all, let’s call affordable health care what it really is: It’s socialized medicine.”

 – “The Affordable Care Act Is a Socialist Ponzi Scheme,” Suzanne Somers, Wall Street Journal blog

“You might expect the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal to pit its own expert against the Obama administration, seizing on this opportunity to argue for the dismantling of the program. And it did: Its blog The Experts delivered a blistering guest post by an ‘expert’ on health care: Suzanne Somers, the developer of the Suzanne Somers Toning System with ThighMaster Gold and ButtMaster, and the former Chrissy Snow of the sitcom Three’s Company.”

“The Somers commentary is appalling. But that’s not our concern.

 The issue is that a distinguished news organization has risked its reputation by calling this the work of an expert. With the publication of this piece, the Journal is a little less distinguished than it was the day before.”

“Wall Street Journal features the actress Suzanne Somers as an “expert” on health care,” -Paul Raeburn, Knight Science Journalism Tracker (MIT)

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Washington Post — Now With Special Offers!

August 6, 2013

Washington Post -- Now With Special Offers!

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is buying the Washington Post. Responses to the surprise deal are noted by Jim Romenesko (here and here) and Ed Kilgore; journo tweets Storified by Mallary Tenore.  Reactions by Hamilton NolanLydia DePillis, Neil Irwin, Andy Borowitz, Ezra KleinPost publisher Donald Graham and Jeff Bezos. Paul Farhi wrote the story for WaPo.

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What’s Black and White and . . . Mostly White and Male?

July 12, 2013

What's Black and White and . . . Mostly White and Male?

“The American Society of News Editors (ASNE) recently released its annual study of newsroom diversity. The results only confirmed what many who have lived through the industry’s deep recession have already experienced: a steady decline in minority journalists and stagnation in prior progress. Despite claims by news organizations that they value and promote diversity, the numbers in this year’s study show 90 percent of newsroom supervisors from participating news organizations were white.”

– “Newsroom Diversity: A Casualty of Journalism’s Financial Crisis,” Riva Gold, The Atlantic

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Brouhaha Over New NPR Spa-HQ

June 24, 2013

Brouhaha Over New NPR Spa-HQ

NPR (formerly “National Public Radio”) showed off its new 400,000-square-foot headquarters to media rivals last week, and reporters’ attention wandered from the state-of-the-art digital production facilities to the wellness center, employee gym with a trainer, green roof complete with beehives, and the gourmet cafe with its resident chef. Seems pretty luxurious for a nonprofit outfit.

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Lucas and Spielberg: The Film Industry is Dead.

June 22, 2013

Lucas and Spielberg: The Film Industry is Dead

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg were on a panel at the University of Southern California with Microsoft’s president of interactive entertainment Don Mattrick. The discussion took place in the new USC School of Cinematic Arts Interactive Media Building, and the filmmakers could see the writing on those new-media walls.

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British Newspaper Issues Apology

June 15, 2013

British Newspaper Issues Apology

Following last week’s publication of an article by Paul Sims reporting that flying saucers were seen to hover over British Scientology headquarters, The Sun newspaper issued this apology:

“In an article on Saturday headlined ‘Flying saucers over British Scientology HQ’, we stated ‘two flat silver discs’ were seen ‘above the Church of Scientology HQ’.

Following a letter from lawyers for the Church, we apologise to any alien lifeforms for linking them to Scientologists.”

– “Aliens: An Apology,” The Sun

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Sarah Palin: Fox News Rerun

June 14, 2013

Sarah Palin: Fox News Rerun
Sarah Palin, former Miss Wasilla and once part-time Temp-Governor of Alaska, will return to Fox News, where she previously impersonated a political commentator with the same authority she brought to the losing 2008 GOP presidential campaign. Six months ago Fox News ended their three-year relationship with Mrs. Palin. That’s a year longer than she lasted as Alaska’s governor. She was brought back by Fox News Chaiman Roger Ailes (who has called her stupid) as a stunt to counter competition from CNN, and probably for less money than before. She’ll contribute to morning gabfest Fox & Friends.

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Can the Feds Hear Your Phone Calls?

May 14, 2013

Can the Feds Hear Your Phone Calls?

Did the government eavesdrop on Associated Press reporters? No. G-men subpoenaed the records of phone calls, the numbers of calls to and from AP reporters. Unsavory, but entirely legal. 

But is the Federal government capable of recording and listening to all your phone calls, or are we talking through our tinfoil hat? It’s your call:

“Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government?” Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian

“Is the U.S. Government Recording and Saving All Domestic Telephone Calls?” Bruce Schneier, Schneier on Security

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