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Sadly, Google users finding out-of-date Tribune stories nearly did. An old, no longer remotely correct report of United Airline's demise caused a sell off on Wall Street. Oops! This much is true – today Bloomberg cited a web-based Tribune reports.. more

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Prime Minister Vladimir Putin saved a Russian camera crew from a Siberian tiger attack yesterday. Sorta makes up for killing that dissident journalist the day before. more

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Russia is a scary place. Two days ago, Magomed Yevloyev, owner of a news site critical of Russia’s handling of the Ingushetiya region, was fatally shot in the temple while detained by police. The police have confirmed that the proprietor of www.i.. more

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As a display of national unity, China marched out children from its 56 ethnic groups as part of the increasingly fabricated opening ceremonies. Surprise! The children were all from the Han majority (90% of the population). To be fair, replacing al.. more

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The Olympics are on! And if you saw the opening ceremonies on TV, well, no you didn’t. The fireworks were digitally added and Viewers weren’t warned. Which makes sense, it all happened without NBC’s knowledge. China’s high-concept sequence sho.. more

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A high-five to Glen Mabie out in Eau Claire, who has won the Society of Professional Journalists Ethics in Journalism Award. It’s a great honor – and one that’s going to someone no longer in the industry. Mabie won the award for resigning his post.. more

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If you have heard about this Barack Obama fellow, it might be because the news talks about him a whole lot. National network news gave him 166 minutes of coverage in the first seven weeks after the primary, more than double John McCain’s 67 minute.. more

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If you thought that the New Yorker Obama cover was offensive, well, you sure didn’t show it. The magazine is having trouble keeping up with the demand for issues with the controversial cover. The New York Post reports that the typical 43,000 newss.. more

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If you have never heard of Mainichi Shimbun, you are (a) unaware that the Japanese Newspaper is the fourth largest in the world and (b) not a big fan of stories about odd Japanese sex practices. The English site, called the Mainichi Daily News, wa.. more

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I write this at my own peril. I plan on flying out to Boston in August to visit my family. The Transportation Security Agency has put CNN reporter Drew Griffin on the terrorist watch list. Why him and not, say, the more sinister sounding Wolf Bli.. more

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Those paying particularly close attention to the sports news of the past week might have noticed one Brett Favre attempting to come out of retirement. It has been bad news for most people involved. To Brett’s dismay, the Packers want to move forwa.. more

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What's more iffy than a major web site editing the historical record by "unpublishing" all the posts that refer to their one-time friend? Me, using this blog to link to my Columbia Journalism Review story about it. more

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It’s the Forth of July, and in honor of that great American tradition – the National Pastime – here’s a clip of Fox’s Baseball announcer Joe Buck saying he hates baseball. Buck_0001by bsap11 Enjoy your Independence Day.     more

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To say that the suicide of model Ruslana Korshunova has been sensationalized might be an understatement. Like soldiers on the battlefield, the model was given a posthumous field promotion to “supermodel” by many headlines. But while upping Korshun.. more

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Pretend for a moment that you don't remember Don Imus calling the Rutgers women's basketball team a bunch of "nappy headed hoes." Pretend he didn't tell 60 Minutes that he hired a producer to make "nigger jokes." Pretend you don't know who he is. .. more

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Tim Russert has died of unknown causes. He was the political reporter that every reporter wanted to be. There was no reporter with a broader base of knowledge; no television moderator with a better grasp on when a guest was lying, contradicting hi.. more

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Ted Stefaniak and John Burton, sportscasters for Green Bay’s WGBA, were laid off after Journal Communications consolidated Green Bay’s athletics coverage to WTMJ, Milwaukee. Journal Communications, owners of the Journal-Sentinel, are smart people:.. more

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Mea culpa Monday’s sibling, Tua culpa Tuesday tracks the best accusation of the media that doesn’t result in a correction. Who is the most not JT LeRoy? The JT LeRoy saga was a high-brow version of the James Frey scandal. Both unfolded within da.. more

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When presidential hopeful Barack Obama told Oregon, “We can’t…eat as much as we want…anymore,” most rational people understood it as a consequence of energy conservation. After all, it was in the easy-to-understand context of “We can’t drive our S.. more

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