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We're approaching, if not looking in the rearview mirror at, a watershed moment in American civil rights history. A majority of the American public now supports marriage equality for same-sex couples. And, despite what detractors have been saying and predicting, this includes black people, too. An ... More >>
Forget the cast of Gossip Girl, Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, and Lady Gaga. Mayor Mike Bloomberg brought in some serious entertainment power to really spice up his press conference this afternoon: Saturday Night Live. Well actually, it was just Seth Meyers. But he got to use the whole stage of S ... More >>
I've finally gotten my bad self way on top of a chart. According to Odyssey magazine's "F" List -- for the fabulous and fierce, not the fucked up and forgotten -- I have the top spot this week. And I did it with no promotion whatsoever!
Remember the album cutthe track deep on a disc that fans knew best, that only cool radio stations would play? Like so many cherished things from before the iTunes era, it's essentially extinct. My evidence for this bold and seemingly facile statement isn't the steady, well-chronicled disappe ... More >>
News of the World? Old news. Months after the that paper was shut down in the wake of phone hacking revelations, the Associated Press reported this morning that four current and former journalists from another one of Rupert Murdoch's British tabloids, The Sun, were arrested for allegedly brib ... More >>
In an OutProfessionals event. This Wednesday, September 14, at 630 PM, Sirius XM OutQ's Frank DeCaro will chat with me about my new book, Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back, and we'll no doubt dig into all kinds of gossipy topics with reckless abandon.
News Corp head honcho Rupert Murdoch received a $12.5 million cash bonus for the last financial year; about the same time period during which the phone hacking scandal exploded into a full-blown crisis, shuttering News of the World and forcing the Murdochs to testify in front of British MP's. ... More >>
A new twist in the seemingly endless News Corp debacle: now authorities in Britain are expanding their investigation into allegations of computer hacking on top of the existing phone hacking and police bribing. Scotland Yard released a statement: "Operation Tuleta is currently considering a n ... More >>
They've outdone themselves! I mean, damn. The obviousness of it. The comparison of the News Corp hacking scandal to the hacking incidents at the Pentagon and Citibank boggles the mind, since the Pentagon and Citibank were the victims of hacking, while News of the World was the perpetrator. Not t ... More >>
The Faithgirlz! Bible from Zondervan, a News Corp company.Common knowledge holds that News Corp owns a lot of stuff. A lot a lot, including obvious things like Dow Jones and Fox News. But if you ever really go over News Corp's properties with a fine-tooth comb, you find some amusingly outside ... More >>
Murdoch, not pleasedDespite the last issue of News of the World being published yesterday, the phone hacking scandal haunting Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid -- and his whole News Corp. empire -- is only getting scarier, with new allegations continuing to surface. Over the weekend, another g ... More >>
Although the website is still offering a four-week free trial, today's announcement that News Corporation will shutter its long-running Sunday tabloid News of the World because of a now officially out of control phone hacking scandal reverberated through the media news sphere for hours today, ... More >>
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Reuters via NYTAn idea getting thrown around on the Internet is that American news networks' coverage of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan is a form of "disaster porn." This post from Tokyo photographer Rikki Kasso's blog reposted on Tumblr sums up the argument: Please everybody do not re ... More >>
On the seventeenth day of protests in Egypt, Hosni Mubarak may finally be stepping down, according to reports from Britain's Channel 4 News. Mubarak is expected to transfer power to his newly appointed vice president, Omar Suleiman. Lindsey Hilsum, a Channel 4 reported, said on Twitter that H ... More >>
""recoverycouch.jpg" viaIt happens: some mornings you get to work without having been home the night before and you pull a freshly starched white shirt from the bottom drawer of your desk, you brush your teeth under the fluorescent light of the men's room with one of those little things you p ... More >>
Less than 24 hours after everyone decided that a special panel to evaluate Cathie Black as schools chancellor had to be in the tank for Mayor Bloomberg, the group voted an overwhelming thumbs down for the publishing exec. So much for assumptions. Black got just two out of eight votes on the ... More >>
Yesterday, upon the arrest of Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, we got a lesson on Twitter reporting, as TMZ scoured feeds for beachfront witnesses of "America's beloved pint-sized troublemaker." Wait, who called her "beloved," you might be wondering. That's the New York Post in today's cover story, a ... More >>
George Carlin would be proud.The United States 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has determined that the FCC's ban on even one small "patently offensive" expletive and other profanity on TV and radio violates the First Amendment. They stated that the current policy is "unconstitutional ... More >>
What do Rupert Murdoch, a former Page Six gossip columnist, a guy who works at the News Corp commissary, and the founder of College Humor have in common? They were all part of what might be the greatest media prank of all time.
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A group of food corps is launching the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a national, multi-year campaign to help reduce obesity -- especially childhood obesity -- by 2015. [PR Newsire] A study reveals that customers at fast-food chains, such as McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, and KFC, ... More >>
The New York Times' financial troubles have been widely reported, especially by the fun-loving guys and gals at the New York Post, who avail a "Pinch-o-Meter" to track the degree of woefulness suffered by the paper and its publisher. But the Times had a rare piece of decent news today: they got conc ... More >>
Was #7 ("I get to hang with the Jonas Brothers. Have you seen those guys? They're adorable.") the closest this nation has ever come to seeing someone say "No homo" on network television?
Television tangles with modern art—Warhol wins
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Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. April 17, 1957, Vol. II, No. 25 'Voice' Gets New Columnist Mrs. Diane Davis is to take up the gourmet gauntlet for The Voice in a regular series on food for the connoisseur, under the banner "dining In." Her first column will appear next ... More >>
The really scary news? Airport security is still so bad
Adult dosage: Take two papers and a website dailyadd grains of salt
CBS parent's stock fell while duo raked in dough for on-the-job training
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New York's new number 1 radio station leads frenzied market drive