Photoshop fail: Sydney Morning Herald gets photo of the year! Readers of the SMH online were flabbergasted to see Richard Pratt’s two families — wife Jeanne, mistress Sheri-Lea Hitchcock and love child Paula Pratt — gathered around outside Raheen.
So would the Pratts — because it never happened. It’s an obvious mock-up, which should have been labelled so — “around him are gathered” gives the impression that the paper had somehow persuaded them all to stand in the one place without the catfight of the century. — Guy Rundle
That’s how they roll in Cairns. What will you spend your stimulus on? Tattoos? Guitar stuff? Or the ladies? From the 17 April Cairns Post:
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Headjob, I mean headline of the day! Thankyou Phill Wainewright and ZDnet:
China defies media cuts and closures with new newspaper launch. These are gloomy times for the media, with cuts and closures around the world. But in Beijing yesterday they were celebrating an opening, and doing so in some style. Glasses clinked beneath crystal chandeliers at a lavish launch for China’s new newspaper. The editor has said that he expects to lose 20m yuan in the first year of publication. But the English-language edition of the Global Times is about more than profit. It is part of the Chinese government’s drive to promote its views to an international audience and reshape the country’s reputation. — Guardian
South Korea acquits blogger of spreading false info. A popular South Korean blogger, who was initially touted as an economic prophet for his dire predictions on the global economy, was cleared Monday of spreading false information in a closely watched case that sparked heated debate over freedom of speech in cyberspace. Park Dae-sung, 30, an unemployed Seoul resident, was acquitted by the Seoul Central District Court. — Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Yahoo to cut 700 jobs as profit plunges. Yahoo says its slump worsened in the first quarter as the recession made it more difficult to sell the ads that generate most of its profits. The company says it will cut 600 to 700 jobs, or about 5 percent of its work force. Yahoo says it earned $118 million, or 8 cents per share, during the first three months of the year. That represents a 78 percent drop from net income of $537 million, or 37 cents per share, in the year-ago period. — Newser
Twitter over specialises. Now while Crikey understands that Twitter is another social networking type thingy that lets people of all shapes and sizes express themselves freely, surely there is a line of craziness that should not be stepped over? This woman creates home made dog food. Then she blogs about it. Then she tweets about it. And that is ALL she tweets about:
America’s newest profession: bloggers for hire. In America today, there are almost as many people making their living as bloggers as there are lawyers. Already more Americans are making their primary income from posting their opinions than Americans working as computer programmers or firefighters. The best studies we can find say we are a nation of over 20 million bloggers, with 1.7 million profiting from the work, and 452,000 of those using blogging as their primary source of income. — Wall Street Journal
NYT gives Bono a column. The New York Times is not going to fade away. It will attract the Youths! And how does a newspaper go about attracting the Youths? They hire Bono to write op-eds because it’s not like there are any qualified journalists out of work. And, surprise!, Bono is a terrible writer. His column is the closest thing to Larry King’s scattered, random and confused thoughts about celebrities we’ve seen in print. — Wonkette