Daryl’s blackfaced moment. Thanks @mariekehardy: 5:45 – 6:40: Daryl Somers demonstrates moral aversion to practice of “blackface”:

ABC rejects cross promotion charges The ABC has rejected suggestions that it is giving free publicity to a new biography on James Packer, following the revelation that the book’s author Paul Barry will be presenting a report on tonight’s Four Corners programme about Packer’s life and career. The broadcast of the programme — entitled “Will the Son Also Rise” — comes on the same day that Who Wants to be a Billionaire: The James Packer Story is being launched. Extracts of the biography published in Fairfax newspapers paint an unflattering portrait of the 42-year-old businessman, and it has already been attacked by Packer’s friends, as previously reported in TSR. — The Spy Report, Media Spy

Careful what you tweet It isn’t as if journalists are saying anything online that they haven’t always said down at the pub. It’s just that instead of a quickly forgotten rant, they are now effectively publishing their thoughts on a permanent, public record. And often during office hours and using work equipment. That is a matter of growing concern to their employers, who worry that what their employees say may reflect badly on them and leave them legally vulnerable. — Sally Jackson, The Australian

NT News story of the week. And no, it doesn’t involve crocodiles:

No oral sex, says ute crash waitress

A woman accused of performing a sexual act on a man when he crashed in Darwin’s rural area is outraged at the allegation and says it is “absolutely wrong”.

Allyson White said the standout burn mark left by her seatbelt across her chest was proof the claims of “amorous activities” with the driver were not true.

“I was not sucking his d*** – and it’s pretty obvious that wasn’t the case … you only have to look at the mark on my chest,” she said. “Clearly I had my seatbelt on, so it’s impossible that I’d be leaning over sucking his d*** unless he is hung like a donkey or I’ve got a f****** rubber neck. — NT News

Politico sucumbs to the 50 point headline. It wasn’t long ago that media watchers, from the crusty to the up and coming, were marking The Politico as a model for success: one half print, one half online, one half arena rock politics. But Politico has been sliding down the pole of “news! right! now!”– the same one that quickly turned The Huffington Post and Drudge Report into large unintelligible masses of pseudo agitprop. The 50-point (no, 75-point) headline — or the siren — is king. Nothing could be closer to this truth than the piece that ran on POLITICO on Wednesday… — Splice Today

Battle of the books. The struggle to set the future course of the Afghan war is becoming a battle of two books — both suddenly popular among White House and Pentagon brain trusts. Washington bureau chief John Bussey discusses two new books with competing Afghanistan narrative on the News Hub. The two draw decidedly different lessons from the Vietnam War. The first book describes a White House in 1965 being marched into an escalating war by a military viewing the conflict too narrowly to see the perils ahead. President Barack Obama recently finished the book, according to administration officials, and Vice President Joe Biden is reading it now. The second describes a different administration, in 1972, when a U.S. military that has finally figured out how to counter the insurgency is rejected by political leaders who bow to popular opinion and end the fight. — The Wall Street Journal

Miley’s Twit wrap. The rumors are true! Miley Cyrus has, in fact, deleted her Twitter account. The 16-year-old Disney started created a video rap explaining why and here are some sample lyrics: “Yo, it wasn’t because my friend [Liam Hemsworth] told me to/ Ya’ll know very well what you say I don’t do/ And the reasons are simple, I started tweeting about pimples/ I stopped living for moments and started living for people.”Just Jared

Kindle looking pricey Not only does the new international Kindle cost more than its US counterpart, owners who want to take advantage of the wireless connectivity will be paying more for it. In addition to the $2 per-book fee for non-US downloads, paidContent has learned from Amazon that it will cost users $5 a week to access their newspaper, magazine and blog subscriptions via Whispernet. (Whispernet is the name of Amazon’s wireless network, no matter which carrier delivers the service.) — PDA The Digital Content Blog The Guardian

The Tom Sawyer business plan. Eight months ago, Mr. Sprengelmeyer, 42, worked as the sole Washington correspondent for the Rocky Mountain News, the Denver newspaper that went out of business in February, but his job these days is a far cry from the Senate press gallery. In August, he embarked on a new life in this isolated little town as owner, publisher, editor, primary writer and sometime ad salesman, photographer and deliverer of the weekly Guadalupe County Communicator, circulation about 2000. — NY Times

Prince Phillip enraged by remote control. The Duke of Edinburgh has launched a scathing attack on the design of television remotes and controls. The famously outspoken Duke, 88, criticised designers yesterday for making handsets small and complicated and for hiding controls on television sets. His words gave an intriguing insight into life at Buckingham Palace. He said: “To work out how to operate a TV set you practically have to make love to the thing. And why can’t you have a handset that people who are not 10 years old can actually read.’ — The Daily Mail UK

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