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Media briefs: Crikey and pictures … Tharunka prank … hand-drawn newspapers …

Tharunka’s prank landed a big fish, and other media tidbits of the day.

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Freedom of speech and dangerous ideas

Crikey readers talk racist cartoons (or are they?) and whether Bernard Keane has fully researched the issue of vaccination for children.

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Fairfax sorry for the ‘throw away’ racist cartoon that made it to print

A Fairfax newspaper has run a cartoon poking fun at African people for having fat lips, rejected elsewhere for being “too offensive”. The Bendigo Advertiser has offered a full apology.

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A right royal comp … Grimshaw’s mags swipe …

A Crikey reader wrote in suggesting a competition for the lamest local angle on the royal wedding story, offering up his nomination with this piece of purple prose. Got any vomit-worthy contributions?

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Paper scoops rival … Skype is dead! …

Journos’ union the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance may have been hacked. Plus

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Sam the Koala’s popularity has yet to wane

Sam the Koala, symbol of hope from Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires, is still as popular as ever, while the Bendigo Advertiser has an interesting editorial.

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Tips and rumours

John Howard was very close to appointing a female Governor-General after Bill Deane. The vetting and security checks had been complete, Buck Palace had been informed, but at the last minute the candidate pulled out for family reasons. Instead we ended up with Abp. Hollingworth. Telstra’s Phil Burgess just gave a speech at the CommsDay […]

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Tips and rumours

Clearing out Howard’s office furniture is not Kevin Rudd’s only purging of the past. For his Australia Day diplomatic corps bash at the Lodge, Rudd or his office have chosen a jazz combo, replacing the old bush bands singing Aussie songs that Howard used to favour. And I thought Rudd was an Australian music fan! […]

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Media controllers now busier controlling their media

The most significant changes in the wake of the Howard Government’s controversial cross media laws can be seen in the television and newspaper markets judging by data provided to Crikey by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, writes Andrew Dodd.

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