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Fun With Newspaper Layouts

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[Good News]
[Newspapers]
Working on the layout for a newspaper cannot be that easy-- you have to produce editions constantly, day in and day out, and sometimes you just miss something. Here's my favorite example of something somebody missed.

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FCC Decides American Media Isn't Screwed Up Enough

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[Newspapers]
The head of the Federal Communications Commission has circulated an ambitious plan to relax the decades-old media ownership rules, including repealing a rule that forbids a company to own both a newspaper and a television or radio station in the same city.

Good f*cking grief! Is anybody paying attention? We've been railing for years about how eradicating The Fairness Doctrine and the passage of the 1996 Telco Act gutted media and created the mess we're in now, and the Bush administration's FCC is again, pandering to corporate interests at the expense of Americans ever having any hope of decent news and other media options.

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Today We Call People Heroes For Doing Their Jobs

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[Sociology]
Rosa Brooks at the Los Angeles times has penned a provocative editorial we think is worthy of mentioning:

Civil service is commendable, but worshiping soldiers and police for doing their duty has gotten out of control.

'Everyone's a hero, everyone's a star," sings Jon Bon Jovi on his 2005 album, "Have a Nice Day." It's an insipid song, but a fitting anthem for what has become a thoroughly insipid age.

Once upon a time, you had to do something truly exceptional to qualify as a full-fledged hero: single-handedly hold off a battalion of enemy soldiers to allow your platoon to escape, or rescue 100 children from a Nazi concentration camp. But today, just showing up at your Army recruiting station makes you an instant hero -- and getting yourself hurt or killed doubles your heroism, even if you were sound asleep when your supply convoy went over an IED.

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Coulter Column Dropped By Newspapers

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[Beating Dead Horses]
[Newspapers]
In the last week at least seven newspapers have dropped the syndicated column of conservative firebrand Ann Coulter. Speaking at the American Conservative Union's annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. on March 2, Coulter said "I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot,' so I -- so kind of an impasse, can't really talk about Edwards." Newspapers that have dropped her column include: Sanford Herald (North Carolina); Daily Chronicle (Illinois); American Press (Louisiana); Lancaster New Era (Pennsylvania); The Oakland Press, (Michigan); The Mountain Press (Tennessee); and The Times (Louisiana). The editorial director of The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, David Hampton, said that while he disagreed with her opinions, the paper would keep her column. "I think her popularity will continue to wane. I believe ideas rise and fall on their merits, and I haven't seen much depth in hers," he said.

Imagine that, Jackson, Mississippi will keep Coulter's column? Surprise, surprise.

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Your Tax Dollars At Work: Fake Articles In Iraqi Newspapers

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[So-They-Say]
The U.S. military plans to continue paying Iraqi newspapers to publish articles favorable to the United States after an inquiry found no fault with the controversial practice, the top U.S. general in Iraq said Friday.

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Newspaper Fires Writer Who Plaigerizes WikiPedia

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[Liars]
In a surprise announcement, the Honolulu Star Bulletin fired entertainment writer, Tim Ryan after it was discovered that he was lifting content from the Internet online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, without attribution.

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Actual Headlines From 2004

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[Humor]
THE YEAR'S BEST [actual] HEADLINES OF 2004:


Something Went Wrong
in Jet Crash, Expert Says
[no, really]?

Police Begin Campaign
to Run Down Jaywalkers
[now that's taking things a bit far]!

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New York Times Silences Inauguration Protest

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The anti-war organization Not In Our Name contracted with the New York Times to run a Statement of Conscience scheduled to run on Jan 21, unfortunately, according to the e-mail they sent out (read more) the NYT refused to run their ad, then decided to run it days later (when the organizers felt their message would not be heard in accordance with the Inauguration and otherwise buried in a much larger Sunday version). This must be more of that "Liberal New York Times" the pundits talk about.

Interesting that the President's speech was loaded with references to "freedom" and "liberty" but our nation's most prestigious newspaper took it upon themselves to refuse to allow some citizens to purchase and run an ad espousing their viewpoint on key issues.

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Students say media should get Government approval for stories

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[Polls]
[Newspapers]
A Connecticut organization polled thousands of high school students and found that 36% believe newspapers should get "government approval" of stories before publishing; 13% have no opinion, and 32% feel the media has "too much freedom."

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