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  • February 28, 2006
    By webteam

    This should give Howard plenty to shout about. (Earlier in the day, he held his own pre-emptive press conference.)

    Text of the CBS release below:

    "CBS Radio today announced that it has filed suit against Howard Stern, his company One Twelve, Inc, his agent Don Buchwald, his agent’s firm Don Buchwald & Associates, Inc.

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  • February 28, 2006
    By webteam

    There's been a Jane Christo sighting, of sorts. Since she resigned in October 2004 during a roiling management scandal after 25 years at the helm of WBUR, Christo -- who is credited with the programming brilliance that turned WBUR into a major NPR flagship and faulted for her autocratic stewardship of an unhappy, turbulent workplace -- has laid pretty low.

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  • February 27, 2006
    By webteam

    Sure, all the tributes to the late Don Knotts pay understandable homage to his memorably bumbling Barney Fife role in the classic TV comedy, The Andy Griffith Show, which is still viewable every night at nine o'clock on TV Land.

    But has there really been enough discussion of his nuanced, subtle performance as the swinging, ascot-garbed Mr.

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  • February 24, 2006
    By webteam

    Tuesday's Media Log post -- "Labor Pains at the Globe" -- contains a number that has been a bit of a bone of contention. A Feb. 7 letter written by the Guild to Globe publisher Richard Gilman complaining about company labor practices cites a bonus of $1.55 million that the publisher received in shares and stock options -- a number published in a February 2006 Boston Magazine story on the Globe.

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  • February 24, 2006
    By webteam

    Congratulations to the Associated Press for a legal victory that forces the government to lift part of the veil of secrecy at Gitmo.

  • February 24, 2006
    By webteam

    I'm as willing as anyone to rant about the cable news networks' willingness to replay one piece of attention-getting video ad infinitum. But in this case I can't get enough.

    I don't know how many of you have seen the clip of Jason McElwain, aka J-Mac -- the autistic senior student and team manager who got into his last high school basketball home game and scored 20 freakin' points in four minutes, mostly by burying six long-range three pointers.

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  • February 23, 2006
    By webteam

    Not that he didn't deserve this. But when Oprah "Freys" you, you stay fried.

  • February 23, 2006
    By webteam

    I'm a couple of days late picking up on this, so I apologize. But CBS's "Public Eye" online feature, which performs an ombudsman-like function for the network, had this post from the network's well regarded Pentagon correspondent David Martin explaining why, at the request of the military, he spiked a story about how the U.

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  • February 23, 2006
    By webteam

    Folks of a certain age, me included, may remember "Candlepins for Cash" -- a pretty entertaining bowling game show first hosted by sportscaster and former New York Yankee announcer Bob Gamere and then former Red Sox star Rico Petrocelli -- that ran on Channel 7 from 1975-1982 and then on Channel 25 from 1982-1983.

    There was also a candlepin bowling show hosted by Don Gilllis on Channel 5 from 1967-1996, "Candlepin Superbowl" hosted by Bill O'Connell and Brian Leary on Channel 5 in the 70's and early 80's, and "Candlepin Doubles" hosted by Leary from 1983-1996.

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  • February 23, 2006
    By webteam

    In today's Washington Post two world class moralizers and pontificators -- William Bennett and Alan Dershowitz -- are the latest to continue the tsk-tsk assault on the mainstream media for having chosen not to publish images blasphemous to the entire Muslim world. There are the same wrong-headed analogies (Ariel Sharon depicted as Hitler is an offensive image, but one that involves a modern day politician, not a Prophet and cornerstone of an entire religion) and the same stale platitudes about the "surrender" of the "free press" as if fealty to the First Amendment demands that we publish anything and everything without regard to its impact.

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  • February 22, 2006
    By webteam

    Well, it's happened for the second time in less than a year. Jim Mullin, editor at the New Times of San Luis Obispo County, has resigned after the paper ran a "Meth Made Easy" story that outraged the community and prompted an apology from the contrite Mullin.

    What makes the San Luis Obispo tale so amazing is that it's basically an instant replay of what happened at the Miami New Times (no relation to the SLO New Times) last summer.

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  • February 22, 2006
    By webteam

    Editor & Publisher is reporting that the Boston Globe is closing its Baghdad operation because of budget concerns.

  • February 22, 2006
    By webteam

    Moderator and the Kennedy School of Government's Sultan of Oman professor of international relations (I kid you not) Joseph Nye said he hoped for an evening that would "put a little light on [the subject] perhaps, instead of heat." Given that the topic at last night's Harvard forum was the raging Prophet Mohammed cartoon controversy -- and that the guests included two Islamic studies professors, a priest, and a First Amendment expert -- there was a reasonable expectation of such an outcome.

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  • February 21, 2006
    By webteam

    I think Jeff Jacoby was trying to deliver a back-handed compliment to the Phoenix this week with his Sunday column charging that the American media were simply too afraid to publish the inflammatory cartoon images of the Prophet Mohammed. It's true that the Phoenix was candid in listing security concerns as a key reason for not publishing the cartoons -- and I believe they were a factor, to varying degrees, in some other media outlets' considerations as well.

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  • February 21, 2006
    By webteam

    Okay, so Bernard Goldberg has had himself a nice career going around pointing out all the excesses of the nation's liberally tainted media in such subtly titled tomes as "Bias" And "Arrogance." It's not exactly a unique line of work, but it helps pay the bills.

    So here's my question. How can Goldberg continue to draw a paycheck from HBO's "Real Sports" which is anchored by one of the conservatives' ripest targets, Byant Gumbel, after Gumbel created a major controversy with his recent trashing of the Winter Olympics and his famous reference to "a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention?" (Given the lack of real sports news and the listless Olympics, sports talk radio has jumped all over the subject.

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