Health at The Age stagnates. The “Health” section of The Age online has not been updated since 3 November, 2008. Here is the page:

And this is their top story:

News.com says the exact opposite of what it means. News Ltd subs might find that the headline they were looking for with this story was “Magistrate encourages legal drug use”.

Obama speech censored in China. China has censored parts of the new US president’s inauguration speech that have appeared on a number of websites. Live footage of the event on state television also cut away from Barack Obama when communism was mentioned. China’s leaders appear to have been upset by references to facing down communism and silencing dissent. English-language versions of the speech have been allowed on the internet, but many of the Chinese translations have omitted sensitive sections. — BBC

Lousiana paper apologises for editorial support of George W Bush. We supported Bush editorially for president not once but twice. We now believe he will go down in history as the worst president ever and deservedly so due to his ineptness, incredible incompetence, and his lack of truthfulness, intelligence and compassion. Throw in arrogance and you run the gambit of what it takes to be the worst president in history. We are not the Bush haters you see or read about. We wish him well as he rides into the sunset and into oblivion. On the other side of the horn, we are happy that his presidency has ended. We deeply regret having recommended Bush to our readers and profusely apologize for our mistake in character and judgment. — Abbeville Now

Ad placement of the year? From yesterday’s Daily Telegraph:

Journalism 1, Cablevision 0. There aren’t a lot of feel-good stories in the newspaper business these days, so let’s savor this one: Journalism and corporate thuggery went toe-to-toe at Newsday this week, and journalism came out on top. In this economic environment, it’s all too easy for go-along-to-get-along editors to tell themselves they have no choice but to appease their papers’ business sides. Newsday‘s editor in chief John Mancini proved otherwise. — Portfolio

WMA signs Condoleezza Rice. Hours after the inauguration of President Barack Obama, outgoing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has signed with WMA to pursue opportunities that will likely include books and lectures. “It is an honor to represent Secretary Rice as she prepares to embark on the next chapter of her incredible career,” WMA chairman/CEO Jim Wiatt said. “She is a cultural force, and we look forward to assisting her in her ongoing philanthropic initiatives in education and women’s empowerment.” Rice served through the administration of George W Bush, first as National Security Advisor and was named Secretary of State in early 2005. — Variety

CNN sells ‘juggling balls’ t-shirt. Yesterday, I posted on how CNN was making good use of the Inauguration to sell their innovative headline T-shirts, in the hopes that it will raise enough money to open more “CNN Grills” and also maybe have a “cable news division.” As a followup, Matt from 1115.org notes that CNN, given the chance to get the words “Obamas,” “balls,” and “juggling” in a headline, did not pass on the opportunity. And similarly, they didn’t pass on the opportunity to transform their ribaldry into a T-shirt. — Huffington Post

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