Blair shows his boss exactly what he’s paying for. Hot on the heels of John Hartigan’s claim that News Ltd deals in facts while bloggers deal in secondhand opinion, News Ltd blogger Tim Blair notes:

“Barack Obama’s global warming bill requires 60 votes to pass the Senate…”

No, Tim, it doesn’t. It requires 51 votes to pass the Senate. But 41 votes are sufficient to filibuster it, so that it doesn’t come to a vote. If you don’t understand the US political system, why write about it? Furthermore counting all the Democrats — 60 now — and then subtracting those that have problems with the bill is a tad wishful, unless you also count Republicans — such as the two senators from solidly democratic Maine, who may vote with the Democrats to maintain their own moderate state-base.

Apart from that it’s … what’s the phrase? Solid professional journalism. — Guy Rundle

Like rain on your wedding day… The producers of Bruno were taking no chances at the film’s Sydney premiere, making the Chaser boys sign agreements not to disrupt the show prior to being allowed in, and having them watched by security gorillas throughout.

According to the SMH: “Chaser executive producer Julian Morrow later tweeted: ‘Universal Studios must have a sense of humour … but obviously they don’t have a sense of irony.'”

This might be a reverse morissette*, in that the only way Australia’s leading pranksters can get into a movie about the world’s leading pranksters is to be temporarily renounce pranksterism. Therefore, it’s Morrow who lacks a sense of irony, while Universal studios has it in spades. What they don’t have is a sense of humour, whereby they would tolerate a pranksterish interruption to Bruno.

Must lie down now. Brain hurts.

*morrissette, a form of meta-irony, named after the blessed Alanis, for her song in which symmetrical bad luck (rain on your wedding day, free ride when you’ve already paid) is mistaken for irony, thus making the one ironic thing about the song, ‘Isn’t it ironic’, the fact that nothing the song describes actually is. A reverse morrissette is, well, see above. — Guy Rundle

Canwest thrown another lifeline. We’ve lost count. The struggling Canwest Global Communications Corp has had its lifeline extended again, for the sixth or seventh time this year (if this keeps up, the story will go into a second series).

It said on its website yesterday that Canwest Media Inc. (“CMI”), a subsidiary:

… is continuing discussions with the members of an ad hoc committee (the “Ad Hoc Committee”) of 8% noteholders of CMI regarding a recapitalization transaction.

The holders of the new 12% senior secured notes of CMI and Canwest Television Limited Partnership as well as CIT Business Credit Canada Inc., the provider of a senior secured revolving asset-based loan facility to CMI, have agreed to extend to July 17, 2009, the date by which CMI must reach an agreement in principle with members of the Ad Hoc Committee in respect of a recapitalization transaction, as well as certain other milestones that were to be achieved by June 30, 2009. The date by which CMI must enter into a definitive agreement in respect of a recapitalization transaction has been extended to July 31, 2009.

CMI and the members of the Ad Hoc Committee have also entered into a further extension agreement and forbearance to July 17, 2009.

So instead of the usual 14 day extension, it is now 17 days. Canwest is due to reported its third quarter results around the middle of this month after Ten Network, 56% owned, reported a poor third quarter result last week. Ten’s results were two weeks later than they were in 2008. So Canwest is running late as well (understandably). — Glenn Dyer

David Rohde returns to NY Times newsroom. The New York Times‘ David Rohde, who spent seven months as a hostage to a Taliban warlord in Afghanistan, has just returned to the paper’s newsroom … The assembled Times staffers were in tears. — Gawker

Coverage of Jackson’s death seen as excessive. About two-thirds of the public (64%) say news organizations gave too much attention to the death of the 50-year-old performer. — The Pew Research Center

Politico‘s Washington coup. Politico is the website (and accompanying newspaper) launched by two former Washington Post reporters to cover the 2008 presidential campaign, and which, with 100 or so staffers, is defying all reason and expectations by continuing to prosper beyond the election season. — Michael Wolff, Vanity Fair

Oprah lets indie books into her club. On Friday the 19th, subscribers to Oprah’s Book Club were urged to “Start Reading a New Book Today” and were introduced to The Oprah Magazine Books of Summer. A few independent publishers must be “joyful and glad of heart”. Of the “25 Books You Can’t Put Down,” seven are published by indies. — MobyLives

Fired Fox columnist sues News Corp. Gossip columnist Roger Friedman wants more than $5 million in lost wages and damages from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. for firing him after he reviewed the company’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” based on a pirated copy of the movie. — LA Times

Goldman Sachs sour about Rolling Stone sledge. Sources said senior [Goldman Sachs] executives are miffed at a 12-page story in the current issue of Rolling Stone that advances a long-circulated theory that the gold-plated firm has rigged the game on Wall Street. — New York Post

JB HiFi no longer smashing prices on CD singles. The music format suffered a fatal blow after JB HiFi ceased stocking CD singles yesterday because of declining sales … Australia’s singles charts are now predominantly compiled from legal downloads, the preferred choice for purchasing individual tracks. — News.com.au

Keeping the fizz in the journalism biz. The cheap tools and affordable devices the average Joe has at his disposal to produce precision journalism and distribute it around the world are enough to make the reporters of yesterday sob in envy. It’s the difference between digging ditches with a spade and excavating a canal with dynamite. — Jack Shafer, Slate

Michael Jackson to Madoff: A tale of two media circuses. For journalists — and their employers — it doesn’t get any better than the Jackson-Madoff bonanza … The coverage of the dynamic duo was predictably breathless and relentless. The pandemonium was grotesque. We were riveted. — Jon Friedman’s Media Web

Let’s screw up the entire internet to save newspapers! The hot new idea among people who think about “journalism,” and the sanctity thereof: let’s ban linking, on the internet! …This whole argument is premised on the assumption that we must save newspapers. At the cost of making the internet into an inefficient mess! — Valleywag