Tortured metaphor of the week. Courtesy of this tasteless Gold Coast Bulletin editorial:

Australia movie marketing a flop? I received this advertisement from Newscorp this afternoon. The Cairns tourism industry, decimated by Qantas service cutbacks and a 20% decline in tourism, has been hopeful that a coordinated marketing campaign around this film Australia would breathe some life into our town. What hope do we have when the folks marketing the movie can’t even spell the director’s name correctly?

Crikey Reader Rick Plinz

Obama vs FDR: Time magazine Democrat comparisons. Drawing on the oft referred to parallels between Roosevelt and President-elect Obama, this week Time has contrasted an article from 1940 about FDR, the man who had been president for nearly a decade and another about the challenges ahead for Obama:

Prelude to history: (June 10, 1940). The Mystery. Although he was in his eighth year as President, although he had moved, worked, eaten, laughed, exhorted, prayed in the intense glare of public scrutiny; although his every facial grimace, the tone of his voice, each mannerism, the dark mole over his left eyebrow, the mole on his right cheek—although all these were public property, intimate to every US citizen, still there was no man in the US who could answer the question: Who is Franklin Roosevelt?

The new liberal order: The death and rebirth of American liberalism both began with flags in Grant Park. The coalition that carried Obama to victory is every bit as sturdy as America’s last two dominant political coalitions: the ones that elected Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. And the Obama majority is sturdy for one overriding reason: liberalism, which average Americans once associated with upheaval, now promises stability instead. — Time Magazine

Anna Politkovskaya trial to be open to public. A Russian court has ruled that the trial of the three men accused of involvement in the killing of journalist Anna Politkovskaya will be opened to the public. — The Guardian

CBS’ 60 Minutes brings in record audience for Obama. Barack Obama’s first televised post-election interview gave Sunday night’s 60 Minutes its biggest audience in at least nine years. — Media Week

Top 30 US newspaper sites for October. October, the final full month of election campaign news, continued a good run for newspaper Web sites — most in the top 30 reported double-digit monthly unique gains. Only two, The Seattle Times and NJ.com had slight decreases, according to the latest data from Nielsen Online. — Editor and Publisher

Reading, writing and reporters. How a newspaper like The Times should deal with minors — as news sources and as the subjects of articles — is a continually troubling issue. — The New York Times

Journalists, please take your ritalin! It’s official: The USA has ADD. One week after an historic, 22-month election — with a new cabinet not yet named and the first African-American president still 68 days from inauguration — we’re on to the next election, with news segments breathlessly speculating on the future of the GOP: not its philosophic crossroads or demographic dead-end, but the likely cast of characters. — The Daily Beast

Death of Detroit would wallop ad world. The world’s top four agency companies — Omnicom Group, WPP Group, Interpublic Group of Cos. and Publicis Groupe — count on Detroit’s Big Three for as much as 6% of revenue. If one or more of Detroit’s carmakers goes away, gets smaller or goes into bankruptcy, “all media companies need to be concerned and there will be an impact on agencies, which derive a substantial amount of their income from [Detroit],”. — Advertising Age

Celebu-word-palooza! The prominence of celebu —  is more than an unholy union of tabloidism and wordplay; it’s the subject of academic study. David West Brown, a lecturer at the University of Michigan, tackled the phenomenon this fall in the linguistics journal American Speech. — Good Blog

Peter Fray

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