Bolt the Comic Dog. The Oz has developed a new wheeze in its ongoing exploring of whiny victimhood — graphing the number of words spoken by panelists on the ABC show Q & A to show that surprise surprise the Tories do badly out of it. Hardly a shock when a government minister is usually on the show, and thus has to field questions about the actual exercise of power — and also when so many conservatives simply can’t muster the energy these days.

The words ratio they should really be looking at is on Insiders where Bolt the Comic Dog (he’s never on the sofa, always on the chair at the end. Why? because he’s not allowed on the sofa. They should get him a basket and a chew toy) regularly talks over and talks down the other panelists, particularly women, with only Annabelle Crabbe, the Fairfax Medusa, able to pacify him somewhat. Though his blustering reveals his desperation and is welcome for that, it’s high time someone told him to be a good dog. — Guy Rundle

Journalism: Anyone can do it! Chris Anderson is at it again today on Salon, gleefully poking his finger in the eye not only of news organizations everywhere but all the journalists who work for them by saying that in the future the media may well be a hobby, not a profession.

“The vast majority of people online write for free. We’ve tried paying some of our bloggers and they thought it was insulting,” he says in an interview. “They’re not doing it for the money, they’re doing it for attention and reputation, or just for fun.” — Newser

Sarah Palin’s latest Facebook status update. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s spokesperson Meg Stapleton disputed reports of an impending divorce in a rather unique way today. After the website posted an unsourced rumor suggesting that not only were Palin and husband Todd not speaking to one another at her resignation speech last week, but that divorce papers were soon to be filed, Palin’s Facebook page quickly fired back an official response. — MEDIAite

Media feud ends. It was a media cage fight, televised every weeknight at 8pm. But the match was halted when the blood started to spray executives in the high-priced seats.

For years Keith Olbermann of MSNBC had savaged his prime-time nemesis Bill O’Reilly of the Fox News Channel and accused Fox of journalistic malpractice almost nightly. Mr. O’Reilly in turn criticized Mr. Olbermann’s bosses and led an exceptional campaign against General Electric, the parent company of MSNBC.

It was perhaps the fiercest media feud of the decade and by this year, their bosses had had enough. But it took a fellow television personality with a neutral perspective to help bring it to at least a temporary end. — New York Times

SMH gets it wrong. It’s always nice to see our daily newspapers, those marvellous bastions of free speech, celebrating the moments when the people have their say.

So it was good of the Sydney Morning Herald’s diary column on Friday to run a four column image of a campaigner at the ALP conference. He was, apparently, “a centurion protester pleading with the ALP to enter the 21st century and accept gay marriage”.

Or alternatively, as Joe Hildebrand put it in the Daily Telegraph the next day saluting the SMH’s “thematic narrative”: “The young chap was in fact a model called Jason who was dressed as neptune, the Roman God of the sea and was there to lobby for the conservation of marine life.” — mUmBRELLA

Annie Leibovitz is not good with money. You know the Times‘ Styles section was eventually going to pitch in on the fiscal trials and tribulations of Annie Leibovitz. They delivered, filing a quote-happy roundup on the matter, starring Tina Brown and Graydon Carter, defending their friend…it does a great job of highlighting some of the people who helped enable Leibovitz to get to the point in her life where she might have to divest herself of all fiscal interests, including the rights to her original photographs.

For example, Graydon Carter — one of her standby employers — notes that she’s, uh, not exactly great with money. — Gawker

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