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Pearls Before Swine Goes Calvin and Hobbes

novy.

Posted to Media on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 11:11:45 AM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

Stephan Pastis writes and draws Pearls Before Swine, which most people who still read newspapers can find in their local rag. He often makes fun of his own primitive artwork style, but he has become extremely popular notwithstanding.

Twenty years ago, Bill Watterson wrote and drew Calvin and Hobbes. For those who don't know of him or his strip, let's just say he was extremely popular. But when he put down his pen, almost no one ever saw him again. They called him reclusive; he even reputedly refused to talk with Stephen Spielberg when Spielberg tried to contact him.

But Pastis somehow managed not merely to get in touch with Watterson, he got Watterson to illustrate three of his panels recently.

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Fox Too Highbrow For Fox Viewers

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Posted to Media on Fri May 30, 2014 at 11:46:54 AM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

The drastic falloff of "American Idol" has cost the Fox network dearly in terms of ratings and profits, and now it has contributed to the loss of its top entertainment executive, Kevin Reilly.

One consistent criticism of his work was that he selected shows with too rarefied a sense of taste. Programs like "The Mindy Project" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," a show that won two Golden Globes, became critical favorites but were successes only with niche audiences.

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Go, Go, Godzilla!

novy.

Posted to Media on Mon May 19, 2014 at 11:02:17 AM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

3-D monster movie Gozilla made $93.2 million on its opening weekend, just behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier but easily crushing its competition, including Amazing Spider-Man 2. (Amazing Spider-Man 2 couldn't even beat Neighbors.)

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Two great stories from Modern Farmer!

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Posted to Media on Thu May 15, 2014 at 10:10:39 AM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

Why Don't We Eat Swans Anymore?

Artist Sticks with Produce.

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NYTimes Executive Editor Gets The Boot

tomc.

Posted to Media on Thu May 15, 2014 at 07:23:40 AM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

That was fast!

Will Dean Baquet, Pulitzer Prize winner and one-time editor of the LA Times keep an even keel, or move the Old Gray Lady further top the left or the right?

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All the little gnats are stinging

Ephraim Gadsby.

Posted to Media on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:55:37 PM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

A veteran BBC broadcaster's career has come to an end after he unwittingly played a record [from 1932] containing the racist N[igger]-word:

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Gay Marriage Still Newsworthy?

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Posted to Media on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:55:31 PM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. Since then, the legal, political, and social movement to recognize gay marriage has spread significantly. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia now allow same-sex couples to marry. Civil unions or domestic partnerships are legally recognized in three more states.

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A Partisan Media Has Obama's Back

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Posted to Media on Mon May 12, 2014 at 12:55:25 PM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

Not only was Obama the first president to really use the interwebs to help secure his election victories, but without urging, left wing bloggers are defending the President and the White House on a minute-by-minute basis.

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Where is Rob Ford?

port1080.

Posted to Media on Wed May 07, 2014 at 09:23:02 AM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

"Toronto, Ontario Mayor Rob Ford has seemingly vanished after a trip to the United States last week supposedly intended to check the embattled city leader into a rehab center was aborted at a Chicago, Illinois airport."

Editor's note - Gadsby submitted this, in the process of adding the video I munged up the HTML so I had to repost

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Media Bias?

tomc.

Posted to Media on Tue May 06, 2014 at 09:37:26 AM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

"How likely is it that we as citizens will change our minds, or reach compromise with those who have differing views, if all of us are getting our news from sources that reinforce the opinions we start with?"

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Why Won't Hillary Run?

novy.

Posted to Media on Fri May 02, 2014 at 11:52:27 AM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

Because she hates media. I mean HATES. I mean Richard Nixon in skirts.

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RIP Bob Hoskins

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Posted to Media on Thu May 01, 2014 at 07:57:17 AM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

British actor Bob Hoskins, star of films including Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Super Mario Bros., has died at age 71 from pneumonia.

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How Satirical News Becomes Faux News

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Posted to Media on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 07:23:08 AM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

If you see it on Facebook, it must be true, right? Unless it has to do with Wal-Mart selling marijuana in Colorado and Washington State, in which case you probably need to check to see who published that story. In this case, National Report published it. National Report, like The Onion, publishes satirical news, except they try somewhat harder to fool their readers. Wikipedia says of them,

"National Report (nationalreport.net) is a satirical website devoted to often subtle parodies of real news which convince the unwary. It is published by Allen Montgomery. Among headline-generating spoofs are a report that Arizona's governor Jan Brewer intended to introduce mandatory gay-to-straight conversion courses into the state's public school system, and a report that fooled researchers at Fox News Channel, in which the President was purported to have announced his intention to spend his own money to keep a Muslim museum open during a government shutdown. Another report that fooled people in Wyoming claimed that a man in Hanna, Wyoming was the first recipient of a RFID chip which, the report claimed, was part of an Obamacare pilot program. A report published by National Report on November 2, 2013 claiming a fictitious Assam Rape Festival created a furore in Indian national and local media. Several newspapers and blogs reported the same."

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Will Stephen Colbert Replace David Letterman?

novy.

Posted to Media on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 08:19:04 AM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

CBS' top choice to replace retiring David Letterman looks like Stephen Colbert, and Colbert has indicated he would do it.

"Colbert would leave behind the pseudo-conservative persona he's cultivated at The Colbert Report and just be himself at his CBS home... He has stepped out of character on rare occasion, though not on his show, and possesses the same wry, incisive interview skills that Letterman has showcased for decades."

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Should Fascists be shunned?

tomc.

Posted to Media on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 09:46:53 AM EST (promoted by port1080). RSS.

"On Tuesday morning, the country's media watchdog formally cautioned the website after it published an interview with the leader of a Ukrainian nationalist organization that Russia has denounced as fascist."

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Cosmos returns!

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Posted to Media on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 07:40:37 AM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

Thirty-four years after the debut of the much-acclaimed science series hosted by Carl Sagan, Cosmos has returned. The successor series, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, revisits some the original series conventions (notably, the "ship of our imagination") while updating some of the science, to what is accepted today (Pluto no longer a planet, boo!).

Have you seen the first episode? What did you think?

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