Voodoo doll Rudd, always read to say nothing. Producers at Adelaide’s top-rating 5AA talkback radio station were frustrated by rejections to their invitations to the Prime Minister to appear on the show. So they created a replacement. “Now we have him in the studio any time we want,” afternoons producer Monique Bowley said. “He’s perfect. He doesn’t say anything.”

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Nine goes back to London to feed ‘appetite for coverage’

“Nine News is to re-establish its bureau in London after closing it down in September 2008. LA correspondent Peter Stefanovic will move to the UK to become the London correspondent while Denham Hitchcock moves to LA to work with Robert Penfold.” — TV Tonight

FBI used social media to apprehend a potential killer

“Death threats, multigovernmental law enforcement, and Facebook have come together in a high-profile case in the UK. Late last week, a potential killer was arrested before he could attack his fellow students at a UK technical college. But there was no metal detector, guard dogs, or old-fashioned sleuthing involved — sophisticated search technology was the real detective in this case, with the FBI acting on evidence from a highly irregular string of death threats and other disturbing Facebook status updates on the suspect’s online profile.” — Social Times

Is Rupert’s Wall Street Journal dissing Obama?

“A case could be made that President Obama’s address bombed so badly that liberals, Tories, fascists, libertarians, communists, moderates, Green Party members, and philatelists pelted it with bags of decomposing pelicans wherever it was heard. But the Journal doesn’t demonstrate that. In its 850 words, the article quotes just one person — Robert Reich, a secretary of labor under President Clinton — knocking the speech.”Slate

New Orleans launches controversial morale-boosting ad campaign

“The people of New Orleans are still as resilient and funny as ever. And both qualities will be on full display tomorrow when the city Convention and Visitors Bureau kicks off a $5 million PR and ad campaign carrying the tagline: ‘This isn’t the first time New Orleans has survived the British’.”Advertising Age

Perez Hilton avoids criminal charges, but will his career survive?

“While it’s becoming increasingly clear that Perez Hilton won’t face any jail time for his bordering-on-child-p-rn misstep in which he printed an alleged upsk-rt of the (under-age) teen queen, justice seekers can take heart: he’ll still face plenty of fallout from his unbelievable lapse in judgement.” — E!

Apple reverses decision to ban Ulysses

“Apple has approved a graphic novel adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses for the iPad after initially demanding that illustrations of n-dity be cut.” — The Australian

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