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Meet the satirists who got Assange to don that mullet

Remember Julian Assange’s John Farnham turn during the 2013 election? The brains behind Juice Rap News talk to Crikey about rapping the news, a show with an agenda, and why they are bankrolled by the Kremlin.

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The Sandpit: Casey Bennetto in song

What does it take to be a Modern Man? Singer-songwriter-funny-bugger Casey Bennetto enters the Crikey Sandpit to lay down a tune on the week in politics …

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Is fear of Murdoch scaring off our satirists?

Crikey readers talk world hunger, the genius or Anchorman marketing and who’s afraid of Rupert Murdoch.

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ANU censorship fans the flames of Islamophobia

ANU’s student newspaper ran a satirical infographic poking fun of Islam; ANU responded with censorship. Outgoing Woroni editor Farz Edraki argues, ironically, it’s been more damaging than the graphic.

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@BigHarto translates Kim Williams for his former colleagues

@BigHarto feels robbed of a sense of purpose. But he continues to consult to News Limited, translating Kim Williams’ missive for simple newspaper hacks.

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Columbia Journalism Review | JOURNALISM|

The DIY “future of newspapers” speech

Attention media commentators: have to deliver yet another “future of journalism” keynote at the University of East Bumcrack? Here’s one CJR prepared earlier. Just add water.

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Advertising Age | ADVERTISING|

The biggest brands of 2090

Who will be the Apples, Nikes and Cokes 80 years from now? Media writer Simon Dumenco takes a stab: a successor to Twitter named after teen popstar Justin Bieber, a McDonald’s-Disney hybrid, and, of course, Google, which owns everything.

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New York Times | TV & RADIO|

Watch out Stewart and Colbert: Onion News Network is coming

Satirical newspaper The Onion is getting its own TV show — and if it’s anywhere near as good as its fantastic online videos, it will be an absolute ripper.

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Kurt Anderson | PRINT|

PHOTO GALLERY: Vintage Spy covers

Former editor of the now defunct satirical magazine Spy, Kurt Anderson has put together a great gallery of every cover from his tenure at the rag.

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Group Think | FEDERAL|

Fake Steve Fielding: The devil and Peter Garrett

You can take the devil music out of the boy but you can’t take the boy out of the devil music” says Fake Steve Fielding: Peter Garrett brought rock and roll into Parliament — and now four tradesmen are dead.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Porridge time for Garrett

Only one thing is certain from the foil insulation debacle, says Bernard Keane: Peter Garrett must go to prison. The mere act of providing funding for a voluntary program of household insulation surely makes him guilty of manslaughter.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Forget about My School — what about MyHospital.com.au?

Health economist Gavin Mooney — tongue firmly in cheek — imagines if the government applied the “logic” of its My School website to hospitals, comparing what comes out, but definitely not what goes in.

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Washington Post | UNITED STATES|

The Christmas card the Obamas should have sent

Slate’s Christopher Beam was pretty unimpressed with this year official Obama family holiday card, so he went to the effort of penning them a much better, far more entertaining, version.

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The Guardian | EUROPE|

A Christmas Carol for Gordon Brown

On Christmas Eve, Gordon Brown is visited at Downing Street by three spirits and the spectre of Tony Blair. Bah, humbug!

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Who killed satire?

Tony Abbott!

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GOOD | ONLINE|

How the Fake AP Stylebook took on the media, and took over Twitter

The latest darling of the Twitterverse is the Fake AP Stylebook — an Onion-esque spoof of media style guides dispensing advice like: “When burying the lede always eliminate any witnesses.” Journalist joke? Yup, but non-hacks are loving it too.

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Never mind Hockey, I have a Fielding feeling

I’m a global warming sceptic, I’ve got lots of leadership experience, and I scrub up pretty good on the telly, writes Fake Stephen Fielding: why not run for the Opposition leadership myself?

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Daily Finance | JOURNALISM|

How the Grinch stole Google News

A Web 2.0 twist on Dr Suess’s classic Christmas tale: Every Who down in Whoville liked Google a lot, But the Grinch, who lived up in a penthouse, did not…

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VIDEO: Sesame Street unveils a new character: “Spill O’Reilly”

Conservative pundits recently accused Sesame Street of being “anti-Fox News”. But the Muppet Masters know exactly how to work the PR machine and spin this one in their favour with a new character.

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Fake Stephen Fielding: PMS and a One World Government

Fake Stephen Fielding has been following the climate change and Emissions Trading Scheme debate very closely, and is very excited at the prospect of a One World Government.

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The best Mad Men web spoofs

As we all eagerly anticipate the return of Don, Peggy, Pete, Betty and the gang to our screens for the third series of Mad Men, check out the best spoofs of the show that have surfaced online.

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New York Times | PRINT|

Better than real news: how The Onion is written

The folks at satirical newspaper and website The Onion have a novel way of creating “stories”: they write the headlines first, then fill out the article (just like many real newspapers, we suspect). The NYT sits in on the surprisingly complex creative process.

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Minutes from a Hey Hey Production Meeting

Ben Pobjie presents minutes from Hey Hey’s last Production Meeting, where a creative decision was made between “Jackson Jive”, “Schmuckie the Jew With The Giant Nose”, “The Asian Driver Song”, and “Al-Boomah, the Exploding Arab Clown”.

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New York Times | PEOPLE & IDEAS|

Dowd: Gandhi wuz robbed! Bono too!

Maureen Dowd’s got the real story of what went down when Bill Clinton and George Dubya Bush heard about Barack Obama getting the Nobel Peace prize. It wasn’t pretty.

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The not very cheered up adventures of Andrew Robb

with Dr Kevinruddscat

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