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  • November 22, 2005
    By webteam
    Just a reminder to those who might not know but may care. After a quarter century, Ted Koppel signs off on "Nightline" tonight. In recent years, the show certainly lost some of its steam. But whatever you think of Koppel -- and he is one of television's brainiest journalists -- give him credit for getting a major broadcast network to devote that 11:30 time slot to news programming all these years when its rivals were yukking it up with Leno and Letterman.
  • November 22, 2005
    By webteam
    Most days, I can't handle the sugary schmoozing interview style of Larry King, a man who'd butter up Saddam Hussein if he was sitting across the studio from him.


    But I'll give credit where credit is due. He asked some surprisingly feisty questions during last night's hour-long interview with his frequent on-air companion Bob Woodward, who is now under fire for waiting so long to say and do anything about his conversation with a government official regarding outed CIA agent Valerie Plame.


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  • November 22, 2005
    By webteam
    More evidence that surly septugenarian Bob Novak hasn't lost any of the edge off that winning personality of his. I guess it's a good thing he didn't belt James Carville that day he threw a hissy fit on the CNN set.
  • November 21, 2005
    By webteam
    Today is the deadline day for buyout applications at the Boston Globe. And while I've heard a number of new names, the only ones posted here are those confirmed through conversations.

    Among those applying (but who have not yet been officially approved to go by the company) are Renee Graham, Wendy Fox and Tom Long.

    Graham the paper's pop culture writer, has been a Globe staffer since 1988.



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  • November 21, 2005
    By webteam
    What happens when a media critic turns out to generate more headlines than the media he's criticizing? Today's New York Times has a long takeout on the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz. It follows pretty closely on the heels of this in-depth Kurtz profile in the Washingtonian magazine.

    Today's Times piece starts out with what has become the biggest ethical issue lobbed at Kurtz by his critics.

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  • November 21, 2005
    By webteam
    Sounds like exiled WBUR "Connection" host Dick Gordon is getting a warm reception from the folks in North Carolina.


  • November 21, 2005
    By webteam
    My mother told me always to be skeptical of something I read in a New York Post gossip column, but here's some speculation, hopefully informed, about Judy Miller's Golden Parachute from the New York Times.
  • November 18, 2005
    By webteam
    Two interesting tidbits for those of you following the slow but sure erosion of the American newspaper industry. (And statistics would indicate that those of you who care about this are already members of AARP.)

    First, here's an Editor & Publisher piece tracking the loss of nearly 2000 jobs in the past year at major and mid-sized papers.

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  • November 17, 2005
    By webteam
    For you fans of television weather, and that is the biggest drawing card for local TV news, here's Channel 4's announcement of its new chief meteorologist who succeeds Ed Carroll. Carroll departed this summer after the company let him know he was not in their future plans.


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  • November 17, 2005
    By webteam
    As the Nov. 21 deadline for applying for the buyout begins, another well known Boston Globe byline has applied for the package -- theater critic Ed Siegel. A 30-year Globe staffer, Siegel started as a sports department "office boy"(which meant fetching coffee and figuring out Red Sox batting averages), spent a dozen years as the paper's television writer and the last decade working as its theater critic and occasional critic-at-large.

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  • November 17, 2005
    By webteam
    The fallout from Woodward's belated Plamegate revelations, at least on the left side of the blogosphere, is coming fast and furious. For a sampling, check out Arianna's Post And here's Slate's always sharp Jack Shafer.

    Between the outing of Mark Felt, and now this, Woodward is having one rough -- perhaps reputation-shattering -- year.


  • November 16, 2005
    By webteam
    Hey, the second -- and "holiday" --issue of Niche Media's glossy, glitzy, fat and happy Boston Common lifestyle magazine has just landed on our doorstep. So let's compare it to the first issue that was launched in late September with a big bash in the South End.

    1) The cover is much better on the eyes with lustrous "Desperate Housewives" beauty and Massachusetts native Marcia Cross as its centerpiece, compared to fossilized AARP rocker cover boy Steven Tyler in the first issue.

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  • November 16, 2005
    By webteam
    This New York Times piece has the lowdown on what anybody following the situation already knew. Former Coporation of Public Broadcasting chair Ken Tomlinson had launched his own ideological jihad against PBS.

    Here's a release from a coalition of advocacy groups who are calling for a cleanup
    of the CPB:

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  • November 16, 2005
    By webteam
    Well, I can't say I know exactly what to make of today's news that Bob Woodward has told Plamegate prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald that an administration official mentioned CIA operative Valerie Plame to him in June 2003 -- other than to note that:

    a) Scooter Libby's attorneys are already claiming that the information weakens the case against the former top aide to Dick Cheney.

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  • November 15, 2005
    By webteam
    For those hoping, perhaps against hope, that WTKK-FM would choose to replace soon-to-be-syndicated Screamin' Jay Severin with a more thoughtful talker, it looks like tough luck.

    Jay Fitzgerald's Boston Herald piece today revealing that the station's next afternoon drive host is recently fired, Muslim-bashing Michael Graham doesn't bode real well for intelligent talk on the airwaves.

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