Copping an eyeful at the G8. Though it turns out that the now famous shot of Obama and Sarkozy ogling a pretty young thing at the G8 is not the full story (Obama, as the video shows, is actually turning to escort someone down the stairs; Sarko however is grabbing an eyeful) the world-wide frenzy to find out who she was did not abate. A Brazilian news report did not help matters,”The Brazilian representative, the carioca (from Rio de Janeiro) Mayara Tavares, a 16-year-old beauty on its way to meet Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva….” ‘His’ and ‘her’ being the same word in Portuguese in this context, but still… Meanwhile, a more revealing photo turned up capturing the G8 perfectly — six nerds hanging out with the alpha black kid:
Obama’s look says it in one: “guys jeez show some class or you’ll never get laid for free”. — Kim Serca
Priests with condoms are okay, but kicking bullies is not, rules ad watchdog . A Vodafone ad breached the code of conduct covering the depiction of violence, Australia’s advertising watchdog has ruled. The scene where a girl kicks a bully in Clemenger BBDO’s “What are you waiting for” ad for Vodafone was inappropriate, said the Advertising Standards Board. However, the ASB ruled that images in the same ad of a Catholic priest giving out condoms were okay.
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The ASB investigated the TVC after complaints about the scenes, plus a post-watershed cut of the ad that showed a supermarket employee giving his boss a rude hand gesture as he resigned. — Mumbrella
Murdoch: media still supports Obama — for now. The world’s most powerful media moguls are “very bearish” on the economy, but they don’t seem to be blaming President Obama for the tough times, Rupert Murdoch says. Apart from Fox News and the Wall Street Journal , both owned by News Corp., the media “remains very supportive of him, perhaps not of all of his policies,” Murdoch told Stuart Varney of Fox Business Network. He predicted that, positive press not withstanding, opinions among Americans about Obama could sour significantly by year’s end if the economy doesn’t improve. — Editor and Publisher
Conservative Free Republic blog in free speech flap after racial slurs directed at Obama children. “A typical street whore.” “A bunch of ghetto thugs.” “Ghetto street trash.” “Wonder when she will get her first abortion.” These are a small selection of some of the racially-charged comments posted to the conservative Free Republic blog Thursday, aimed at US President Barack Obama’s 11-year-old daughter Malia after she was photographed wearing a t-shirt with a peace sign on the front. Though this may sound like the sort of thing one might read on an Aryan Nation or white power website, they actually appeared on what is commonly considered one of the prime online locations for US Conservative grassroots political discussion and organizing — and for a short time, the comments seemed to have the okay of site administrators. — Vancouver Sun
New targets of tabloid phone hacking claimed. A top BBC executive and the former Metropolitan police commissioner Sir Ian Blair were targeted by the News of the World’s phone hacking operation, it was claimed today. Blair was named in a report in the Sunday Times, part of Rupert Murdoch’s News International, which also owns the News of the World. However, tonight police sources denied his name was on the list. The names emerged as the Met said it had begun to contact people who allegedly had been the subjects of hacking by the tabloid newspaper, but warned that the process could take some time to complete. “We are not discussing who we are contacting at all,” a spokeswoman said. — Guardian
Timely Michael Jackson feature in Q magazine. The latest issue of British music magazine Q will be a collectors item. Not because it is a tribute to Michael Jackson, as it appears from glancing at the cover, but because the magazine was sent to the printers before Michael Jackson died. Paul Rees, the editor of Q posted a statement online about the unfortunate timing including an apology to anyone offended by the content. “Work on this issue was completed a fortnight ago and it was printed shortly thereafter. When news of Michael Jackson’s death broke in the early hours of Friday morning, it was already being distributed. As such, we have had no opportunity to change any of the editorial content within the issue. Such is the risk inherent in producing a monthly magazine — that events may overtake a story that you are committed to”. — Australian Newsagency Blog
Exiled Iranian cartoonist Nik Kowsar is crazy. Iranian-born political cartoonist Nik Kowsar has been jailed because of his commentary. He has received death threats. He has refused to cease his cartoon criticism of the Iranian leadership. And he has received the international Award for Courage for Editorial Cartooning award from Cartoonists Rights Network. So what is it that compelled him for years to draw cartoons within Iran’s borders, knowing full well any metaphor could be misconstrued and lead to his arrest? Was it the national fame? Sense of purpose? Passion, courage or political conviction? No, Kowsar quickly replies. “As a cartoonist in Iran, you should be nuts,” he says. “I was nuts.” — Washington Post
The power of the real time web. Twitter is the topic de jour. And, as far as I can tell, most people don’t have it quite right. While it is true that Twitter is a social network. And it is also true that Twitter is filled with much more ambient noise than curated knowledge. The power of Twitter is, first and foremost, the fact that it is a “real time data stream.” The ability to communicate in real time, to and from remote locations, has had profound sociological ramifications. — Shelly Palmer
I Put on Pants Today. Did You? In case you forgot, Friday was the first annual “Freelancers Put On Your Pants” day. In the wake of the global media sacking crisis the American Society of Sh-t-canned Media Elite created the pants on event for July 10, encouraging freelancers to send in before and after shots of themselves doing something office dwelling employed journalists do pretty much everyday, putting on their pants (or skirts). There is a photo gallery. Here are the before and after shots of ex- Jossip editor Drew Grant:
When shall be the Australian “Freelancers Put On Your Pants” day?