Confusing Austria and Australia. I get a little upset when overseas countries confuse Austria with Australia, but when it’s the editorial staff at the Melbourne Age, I am at a loss for words: — Crikey reader Peter

Blasphemy at Radio National. Did you hear the replacement program for Stephen Crittenden’s Religion Report yesterday on Radio National (Irrational)? They chose a repeat of this fabulous program on blasphemy — speaking out against the gods and the repercussions of such. Quelle amusant.

Drudge unplugged: How his campaign influence has collapsed. As the White House campaign hits its final stride under the ominous shadow of the Wall Street meltdown and the deep recession that’s hurtling this way, perhaps the only silver lining — the one unexpected pleasure — has been watching the Drudge Report be completely neutered by current events. — Media Matters America

Readers do care if their magazines are green. Magazine readers are concerned about the environment and are already taking steps to live more sustainably, according to a survey of Hearst Magazine’s subscribers aged 13 and up. — Advertising Age

Don’t blame the journalism. The economic and technological forces behind the collapse of newspapers: When the obituaries are written for America’s newspapers, count on journalists to indict themselves in their own demise. You’ve heard it before: we were too slow to adapt, too complacent, too yoked to our tried-and-true editorial traditions and formulas. — American Journalism Review

Islamophobia and the op-ed pages. Colin Powell rushes in where columnists previously feared to tread: The former Secretary of State has said in a few sentences what the progressive group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting has been trying to do for months: push back on anti-Muslim media bias, which they term “Islamophobia.” — Columbian Journalism Review

Why Do a 72-Part Project on Drinking?: “Wasted in Wisconsin”. The project examines the culture of drinking that is well-known in that state. It consists of five main stories that examine Wisconsin’s drinking culture, where more people per capita drink and drive than any other state in the country. — Poynter Online

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