Editorial of the week. This is from today’s Cairns Post:

Hatcher? Pink? Hatcher? Watch out Hollywood, Cairns is on the up.

Pete and Myf axed. Myf Warhurst and Peter Helliar have been axed from ailing rock station Triple M amid rumours they will be replaced by Eddie McGuire and Shane Crawford. The Pete & Myf breakfast show scored its worst-ever ratings in the latest Nielsen survey, dropping 1 point to a 3.2 per cent market share — almost half the 6.3 per cent it began with last year. Guy Dobson, content director of Triple M’s parent company Austereo, said he had “loads” of potential replacements to consider, although he would not confirm whether McGuire and Crawford were among them. But he said the new program would be a “Grill Team-type show” with “sporting DNA running through its veins”. — The Age

The future of Letters to the Editor. Today’s Geelong Advertiser provides a discourse that we can all aspire to. We think the reader wants AFL side Geelong’s Tom Hawkins dropped. We think.

Mediaite publisher is delusional. The opening statement from new site Mediaite‘s founder Dan Abrams combines media hypocrisy, a gaffe, a bit of self-righteousness, and a dollop of stupidity all in one short sentence. The “un-interfering publisher” is one of journalism’s great myths. Every publisher who has the power to hire and fire makes his wishes known, either overtly or covertly. When his signals are ignored or disobeyed, the promised editorial independence always vanishes. Always. Mediaite will be no exception. — Slate

Sarah Palin attorney warns press on “defamatory material”. Ratcheting up her offensive against the news media, Gov. Sarah Palin’s attorney threatened on Saturday to sue mainstream news organizations if they publish “defamatory” stories relating to whether Palin is under federal investigation. In an extraordinary four-page letter, Alaska-based attorney Thomas Van Flein warns of severe consequences should speculation that until now has largely been confined to blogs — about whether Palin embezzled funds in the construction of a Wasilla, Alaska, sports arena — find its way into print. — Politico

Newsweek reporter faces Iran trial. Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari and a number of reformist leaders in Iran are to face trial accused of “acting against national security,” their lawyer Saleh Nikbakht told AFP on Saturday. “Bahari is accused of acting against national security, and I still have not been able to meet him despite going to the prosecutor’s office several times,” Nikbakht said. Less than a week ago, the Fars news agency reported an “interview” with Bahari, in which he said that he had filed “unreal and biased reports from Iran which were driven by greed.” — Breitbart

Iran frees Anglo-Greek journalist . The Anglo-Greek journalist held for more than two weeks in Iran following its disputed presidential elections has been released. Iason Athanasiadis-Fowden, a freelance working for the Washington Times , is expected to depart from Tehran soon, according to the Greek foreign ministry. The 30-year-old reporter and photographer, who holds joint British and Greek nationality, was arrested on 17 June as he was about to fly back to his base in Istanbul five days after the election. — Guardian

Kansas City Star publishes its first same-s-x marriage announcement. The Kansas City Star ended almost two months of controversy by publishing the marriage announcement of a same-s-x couple this past weekend. In Sunday’s “Celebrations” section, the Star ran the wedding announcement of Michael and Charles Hewitt, a gay couple from Missouri who were married in Iowa on May 17. Originally, the couple tried to place announcements in both the Star and their local paper, the Independence Examiner . Both papers refused to print the ads, but the Examiner ran the announcement online for a week before pulling it and refunding the Hewitts’ money. — Editor and Publisher

Online news in Colorado: if at first you don’t succeed… The Rocky Mountain Independent , which officially launched today, is the latest online news project from former members of the Rocky Mountain News — and many of the fourteen journalists involved were also part of INDenver Times , which fell about 47,000 paid subscribers short of its announced goal of 50,000. Steve Foster, one of RMI ‘s editors, and the former managing editor of INDenver Times, admits that this legacy creates some credibility issues. — Denver Westword

Creepy Canadian dismembered eyeball anti-drug campaign. I know they do things differently over there, but seriously, feeding cocaine to an animated eyeball is supposed to keep the kids off drugs? The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse “Xperiment” site developed by DraftFCB Toronto, Rune Entertainment and Jam3Media, uses a lot of fancy (and not so fancy paddle ball game) multimedia to show the effects of three drugs — cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy — on an animated eyeball called Earl. While the scary music, dingy industrial background and creepy floating eyeball Earl are certainly ominous, there isn’t much about the site that is reminicent of actual experiences or situations with drugs, and the eyeball’s impersonation of a nose showing cocaine effects is just silly:

Eleri Harris