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Colbert Report reviews

Stephen Colbert's Daily Show spinoff, the Colbert Report, launched Monday. Here's a few reviews I was able to find: NY Daily News: … The only element of “Colbert” reacting directly to current events was Colbert's “Threat Down,” a Top 5 countdown of the day's scariest threats to our national sense of security. Avian flu was […]

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Mary-Lou Findlay to leave As It Happens

After eight years as host of CBC Radio's iconic As It Happens, Mary Lou Findlay wants to retire and move on to other projects. Here are some excerpts from a CP story on globeandmail.com: Finlay, 58, had nothing but praise for As It Happens but added that at this stage in her life hosting the show […]

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Democracy Now! on the Palestine Hotel charges

Democracy Now! ran some excerpts from the documentary Hotel Palestine: Killing the Witness, produced by the Spanish TV network Telecino. It contains interviews with two of the wanted soldiers.

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Saturday Night dead

Saturday Night, the venerable Canadian magazine, has been shut down by St. Joseph's Media, the current proprietor. An excerpt from the globeandmail.com story: The magazine was purchased by St. Joseph Media from CanWest Global Communications in November 2001. It is distributed inside the National Post newspaper. “Despite a superb editorial product under the leadership of […]

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Guardian reporter freed in Iraq

Rory Carroll, the Baghdad correspondent for the Guardian, has reportedly been freed and is unharmed. Here's a link to the Guardian's coverage.

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Award night tonight for Paul William Roberts

The writer gets a courage award from PEN tonight, much to the annoyance of the Globe and Mail's editorial board and pretty much anyone else with a pro-American bent. An excerpt: More journalists have died in the two-year war in Iraq than were killed during 20 years in Vietnam. Most of these, writer Paul William […]

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Story of a Pentagon whistleblower

Bunny Greenhouse made $137K US/yr working as a procurement bureaucrat for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. But her work habits apparently went to shit not long after she started asking questions about fat contracts for Halliburton in the run-up to the Iraq war, and she was demoted. Some excerpts from the Washington Post story: […]

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What next for Judith Miller?

Judith Miller plans on taking a leave of absence from the NYT, and many are betting she won't ever return. The Village Voice's Jason Vest comes up with the next 10 possible rungs on her career ladder. An excerpt: 1. Becomes recipient of new Prisoner of Conscience Chair at American Enterprise Institute (endowed by Conrad Black and Richard Perle, […]

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Schanberg on l'affaire Miller

Sydney Schanberg, a former NYT foreign correspondent and now the media columnist for the Village Voice, adds his voice to the Judith Miller imbroglio. An excerpt: The Times' revealing self-examination makes it clear that the paper had allowed her to become a sacred cow. No one seemed to want to rein her in. The piece […]

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When bad things happen to good people — or is it vice-versa?

A Texas court has issued an arrest warrant for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on conspiracy and money laundering charges. He'll be making a court appearance on Friday. And speculation is growing that Karl Rove, Dubya's most important adviser, and “Scooter” Libby, Cheney's chief of staff, could well be indicted over Plamegate. An AP […]

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