Fairfax flubs air crash ad: The ingenious automated ad system at The Sydney Morning Herald showed its sensititivity on this story covering this morning’s mid air collision in suburban Sydney, in which two people died:

The African Congress of North Carolina? Crikey was not aware that North Carolina was the party of Nelson Mandela. The New York Times global publication, The International Herald Tribune, had this interesting typo in a report about the ANC split in South Africa:

Ben Cousins: bringing the worst out of subeditors. A Crikey reader sent this to Crikey, purportedly from the Bendigo Advertiser…

Fox greetings: may your what be what? The corporate headquarters for the War On Christmas is sending out their seasoned greetings, but the message may be getting somewhat muddled. First of all, the wishes being conveyed are not for Christmas at all, but for some vague, unspecified “holiday.” And the graphic treatment of the message makes clear that what Fox is really wishing for is a season of conservative ideology and partisanship. That’s the spirit!

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But wait it gets better!! oh those crazy Christmas antics at News Corp!

The Fox Biz Christmas card. The Fox Business Network’s Christmas card arrived in the mail Wednesday. The cover had the face of CNBC’s Jim Cramer on the body of the Grinch with a Christmas ornament that had the CNBC logo on it broken in half. To the tune of Mr. Grinch, here is what it said:

You’re a mean one, Mr. Cramer; You rant and rave every day;
You told us all that Bear was fine, there’s nothing more to say,
Mr. Cramer; Take your money out of the market right now is what you said on Today!

You’re a mean one, Mr. Cramer; You put fear in your viewer’s minds;
You said to buy Wachovia, how can you look ‘em in the eye
Mr. Cramer; Can’t believe you told us all to —  buy, buy, buy!

Now FOX Business is the place to be; We’ll make sense of it all for you;
We don’t believe in fear mongering, we only stick to the truth,
unlike Cramer; FOX Business Network — is your place for business news!

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Love at first site. Greek chocolate brand Lacta wanted to be seen by young people as a romantic and compelling brand in order to drive sales of its chocolate bars. An interactive web film provided the perfect solution. Lacta created a 17-minute-long production Love at First Site a love story that centers around the holiday romance between local boy Petros and British tourist Joanna. The website combines the actual brand with narrative and game-play elements to develop the plot. Throughout the duration of the campaign, chocolate wrappers are printed with special codes. When users can’t get the story to move on, they can click a chocolate-bar icon, type in the code from a wrapper, and unlock tips and advice to kick-start the romance again. — Advertising Age

Brown’s Black. I’ve just gotten my first jailhouse book review. It comes from Conrad Black, who Tina Brown has recruited to write for her new website during his free time sitting in federal prison for all manner of financial misdeeds (although nowhere in his article or bio is there a mention of his current situation). This is a new sort of Web journalism: dramatically discredited people reinvented as Web opinionists — Slate just hired Eliot Spitzer in this vein — who will work for free. (Tina Brown herself, dramatically discredited in her own way, is using the Web for a similar type of reinvention — though she, presumably, is not working for free.) — Michael Wolff via Newser

Blackberry vs newspaper. Obama is concerned, writes the Washington Post‘s Richard Cohen, that as President he will encounter “the Bubble,” which prevents sitting Presidents from hearing much opposition. They become surrounded by yes-people and sycophants (so far, so good). Obama’s planned solution to this problem is to rely on his Blackberry. To which Cohen has a scathing retort:

For some odd reason, Obama has fastened on to his BlackBerry as an antidote to The Bubble. It won’t work. When[sic — probably] the BlackBerry is valued for e-mail, it is no different from staff. It will be only as candid as the people on the other end. The First BlackBerry will lie.

There is a remedy of sorts. It is called The Newspaper. It’s somewhat antiquated and often awkward to use, but it will bring news to the president he does not want to hear. The paper is not written with him in mind. The paper does not set out to please him, and it is not seeking a job.

Nevermind the fact that this so called “newspaper” does in fact reside on that series of tubes called “the internet.” Furthermore, this “internet” thing can be got at through a Blackberry. Or, of course, if he wants, Obama can get newspaper headlines via e-mail like I do from the New York Times. Shocking. Eat Sleep Publish

Propaganda of the year. One of the favorite new charges mounted by amateur media critics is that journalists have adopted the “frame” advanced by a politician’s handlers in their coverage. When it comes to Barack Obama, magazines are falling for his tinted lens and posterization technique, as well. There is little surprise that Time decided to name Obama its “Person of the Year,” and the magazine takes its usual pains to make the world-historical case for its choice. But the image the magazine chose for its cover strives for little such distance: Time is decorated, quite literally, with an Obama campaign poster. — Boston.com

Mary Christmas readers… Mexican Playboy puts nude Virgin Mary on cover. Stunning model Maria Florencia Onori poses in the December issue in nothing but angelic white cloth with a stained-glass window behind her. The Christmas edition was published the day before the traditional Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a national celebration that commemorates an apparition of the Virgin in the country. The Spanish headline translates ‘We adore you, Mary’. The Basilica of Guadalupe, in Mexico City, is an important Catholic pilgrimage site and one of the most visited churches in the world. — Daily Mail