X marks the spot. Via The Daily What, how The Washington Post mixes up Barack Obama with Malcolm X is anyone’s guess …


John Prescott: PM’s bigot gaffe is a Murdoch plot

“… today, the Murdoch family reached a new low in their desperate attempt to turn the election for the Tories. News International’s Sky News broadcast a private conversation between Gordon and his staff.” — The Guardian

Wolff: Redstone ‘walks into walls’; Murdoch ‘in a trance’

“Sumner Redstone thinks Rupert Murdoch’s obsession with the Wall Street Journal and with newspapers in general is cockamamie and nearly suicidal.” — Newser

Google unmatched in global media

“Google’s tribulations in China have failed to knock the internet giant from its perch as the world’s most powerful brand, according to a report.” — The Guardian

Post‘s politics portal a Politico pulveriser

“Watch out Politico. There’s a new destination for political news in town. The Washington Post today launched a politics mini-site, called PostPolitics.com, which gathers all the paper’s political reporting in a single place.” — WebNewser

American news network bloodbath over

“A brutal round of cuts at ABC News came to a close this week when executives laid off 22 employees Tuesday, a far smaller number than they had expected.” — Los Angeles Times

No Idea, but Bec backs away from law suit

“Former soapie starlet Bec Hewitt has decided against suing the publisher of New Idea for defamation over the gossip magazine’s discredited ‘Minder Mark’ article and photographs that claimed she had a new man in her life.” — The Australian

Chavez condenses to 140 characters

“Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president well known for his marathon TV addresses to the nation, has taken to Twitter to share his thoughts.” — BBC News

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