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Technology’s pipeline is lifeline
Technology is proving crucial as Southern California residents fight raging wildfires. They’re using text messages, video, blogs, Google maps and databases to describe the chaos, find missing people and share strategies.

PBS Station Invokes Google Maps To Help San Diego Residents Flee Fires
The station also has 588 people signed up to receive Twitter broadcasts, where the updates are pushed to recipients’ BlackBerry devices and cell phones.

Poll: Republicans know Clinton and Obama, but not their own candidates
Who are the best-known candidates in the 2008 presdential election? Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, according to a new survey. More surprising: That’s true even among Republicans, half of whom could not name one presidential candidate from their party.
Good going, Republicans, this is the result of your negative campaigning.

Hardball: Is President Bush Holding Democrats Hostage?
On Tuesday’s Hardball, CBS contributor Nancy Giles… thinks the Democrats suffer from a kind of battered politician syndrome and are just taking baby steps, but [the NYT’s Paul] Krugman says that while it’s unforgivable, some party members say they don’t need to worry about not ending the war immediately because Democratic voters will never vote for Republicans who want to expand the disaster in Iraq into Iran.
Click through to watch the video.

AEI’s Muravchik: ‘I Don’t Mind If We Bomb Iran Next Month Or The Month After’
AEI scholar Joshua Muravchik has consistently pushed for war with Iran. In Nov. 2006, for example, Muravchik wrote an LA Times op-ed called simply, “Bomb Iran.” But as his appearance on MSNBC’s Hardball yesterday demonstrated, Muravchik’s calls for war with Iran aren’t based on any real evidence.
Click through to watch the video.

Important News Item: Chris Matthews Does His Job (by Melissa McEwan)
No, seriously—he uses real questions and facts and logic and everything! With the help of Jim Walsh of the MIT Security Studies Program, Matthews completely PWNS!!!11! Joshua Muravchik of the conservative cesspool known as the American Enterprise Institute. Muravchik wants to bomb Iran NOW, and Matthews basically exposes him as a brainless warmonger.

Horowitz Inflates Number Of Schools Participating In His Divisive ‘Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week’
On college campuses across America this week, conservatives are gathering together to listen to right-wing luminaries such as Ann Coulter and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) as part of David Horowitz’s Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week. Horowitz is claiming that it will be “the biggest conservative campus protest ever” and “a wake-up call for Americans on 200 university and college campuses” about “the enemy.” But on CSPAN’s Washington Journal this weekend, Kareem Shora, the Executive Director of the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee, said that Horowitz was dramatically overstating the number of participating schools:

Stalin, Mao And … Ahmadinejad? (by Fareed Zakaria)
Here is the reality. Iran has an economy the size of Finland’s and an annual defense budget of around $4.8 billion. It has not invaded a country since the late 18th century. The United States has a GDP that is 68 times larger and defense expenditures that are 110 times greater. Israel and every Arab country (except Syria and Iraq) are quietly or actively allied against Iran. And yet we are to believe that Tehran is about to overturn the international system and replace it with an Islamo-fascist order? What planet are we on?

The devil Drudge (by Jeff Jarvis)
Maybe I’m more aware of this because I’m a Hillary supporter, but it does seem as if the New York Times is taking any opportunity to swipe at her. Yesterday’s page one carried a story that was shocked — shocked, I tell you — that the Clinton campaign might actually be feeding stories to the dreaded Drudge Report… Would they be equally shocked if Rudy Giuliani or John McCain tried to get good publicity from, oh, the New York Times?

Valerie Plame Wilson and the Ultimate Betrayal (by Larry Johnson)
Valerie’s problem is her decency and humanity. She has reasons most Americans don’t know to be really angry with George Bush and George Tenet but she has contained her rage. In a new tasty nugget in her book, Fair Game, she gives some details on the 2004 Al Qaeda threat to kill her. The response of the Administration, or more accurately, the lack of any response, is enough to make the Pope curse. What the Bush Administration failed to do and what George Tenet, CIA Director, failed to do, goes beyond cowardice.

Fear Factor (by Jonathan Chait)
[O]ne of the oddities of the entitlement hysterics is that they are far more obsessed with the minor problems of Social Security than with the massive problems of Medicare. Indeed, if you look closely at their dire proclamations, they inevitably follow the same pattern: They begin with an ominous summation about entitlements–thus lumping together Medicare with Social Security–then swiftly proceed to demand that Social Security be shored up forthwith.

Intelligent Design’s Persecution Complex (by Nicole Belle at Crooks and Liars)
Billo brings on Ben Stein to discuss his new movie, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, and how unfair it is that these mean, close-minded, atheist Darwinists don’t want Creationism to be considered on par with other “scientific” theories.

Why is Ben Stein pushing Creationism?  When I first read about his support, I thought it must be a joke.  He is, after all, a comedian economist.  But it looks like he’s serious about this.  Click through to watch the video.

Limbaugh calls female MSNBC anchor ‘wifey’ and ‘whiney.’
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough had on right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh to “talk about the Republican field.” But Limbaugh quickly interjected and said he first had a comment about CNBC business analyst Erin Burnett: “I just heard Erin Burnett sounding a little wifey.” Scarborough laughed and asked Burnett, “What do you think about Rush saying you’re a little wifey today?” “Wifey today he said?” Burnett asked, confused. “Well you were whining,” Rush explained. Watch it:

Women in McClatchy Baghdad bureau receive courage award
NEW YORK — Six Iraqi women who’ve worked in the Knight Ridder and McClatchy Baghdad bureau received the International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award Tuesday.

Amazon: Another Success of Welfare as We Should Know It (by Dean Baker)
While most stores must charge customers state sales tax, Amazon and other Internet retailers enjoy a special subsidy. They need not charge sales tax except in the states where they have a physical presence. (I believe that list is Washington and Utah.) That’s great news for Amazon, if we assume that state sales taxes would average 4 percent on annual sales of $15 billion a year, then taxpayers are subsidizing Amazon to the tune of $600 million a year, more than its annual profits. It would be nice if this subsidy was occasionally discussed in news reports on Amazon.

Media Matters for America headlines

Beck responds to criticism: “We joke a lot about … the Hollywood crowd living in Southern California”

O’Reilly falsely claimed Edwards is for “abolition of all anti-terror measures”

Beck producer: “To most rational people,” Beck’s CA wildfire comments not uncivil

Newsday referred to Romney as “the family values candidate”

The Note flags as “Must-Read” Boston Herald editorial on Clintons’ “off-loading of Socks”

Beck falsely claimed Reid letter called for Limbaugh’s firing

Fox & Friends’ Doocy reported Obama’s “patriotism problems”

On Reliable Sources, Saunders repeated Plame leak distortions

Boehlert: NY Times spins Giuliani’s colossal campaign flop

WSJ editorial falsely asserted that House Democrats want to bar eavesdropping on “foreign-to-foreign terror call[s]“

MySpace, HarperCollins Collaborate on Book
NEW YORK (AP) – MySpace is getting into the book business. The online social network, an increasingly popular venue for authors, booksellers and publishers, is collaborating with a children’s imprint of HarperCollins on an environmental handbook coming out April 22, Earth Day.Google’s access to the information is significant because it gives the Mountain View-based company more tools to draw upon as it tries to target television ads as effectively as it has done on the Internet.

Guardian Rolls Out U.S. Web Site
The Guardian today launched its U.S. Web site with an exclusive interview with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The site,, has been designed for the Guardian’s growing U.S. audience, which now accounts for nearly a third of Guardian Unlimited’s readership.

Hearst receives stake in MediaNews
Under terms of the deal, announced last year and completed Friday, MediaNews picked up papers that Hearst bought from McClatchy Co. in exchange for giving Hearst a 31% interest in MediaNews’ operations outside the San Francisco region.

GateHouse Buying 14 Dailies, Other Pubs, From Morris For $115 Million
GateHouse Media Inc. whipped out its checkbook again, announcing late Tuesday that it has agreed to buy 14 dailies, three non-dailies, a commercial printing operation, and related publications from Morris Publishing Group for $115 million.

The Billion-Dollar Cost of Circulation-Based Pricing (by Rebecca McPheters)
Our current circulation-based pricing system has both reduced advertising revenues and increased circulation costs. It has put print into a dangerous downward spiral as consumers increasingly expect to receive media content for free and yet magazines’ advertising pricing is predicated on a paid circulation model.

Actors Bicker as Writers, Producers Stall in Strike Talks
SAG, AFTRA Face Split in Their Own Contract Negotiations

Obama: Martin’s Call For Early Rules Vote ‘Irresponsible’
WASHINGTON — October 22, 2007: In light of a New York Times report that FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is seeking a December 18 vote on a not-yet-introduced proposal for revised media-ownership rules, Sen. Barack Obama has written to Martin saying such a timeline would be “irresponsible.”

Howard Stern then: 20 million listeners. Today: 1,225,100.
That’s Stern’s weekly cume according to Arbitron’s first-ever report detailing listening to XM and Sirius. It shows his $500 million contract with Sirius buys the company an average 96,700 listeners in any given quarter hour. While his audience is just a fraction of what it once was, his “Howard 100” channel is satellite radio’s top-rated, delivering more listeners than any other channel.

Last week’s Basic Cable Channel rankers…
Last week, FNC ranked 5th in Primetime and 10th in Total Day based on Persons 2+, while CNN ranked 27th and 26th, respectively.

2 Companies That Cater to Women See Marketing Potential in Presidential Politics
Both WE: Women’s Entertainment, the cable channel and, a site for engaged and newly married women, are starting efforts to educate women about the election.

Meredith, Comcast to Launch Parents TV
VOD Channel Draws on Family Circle, Parents, American Baby

Web Editors As Self-Promoters: The Future of News? (by Pauline Millard)
There is a lot of amazing journalism being done on the Web — and little of it gets acknowledged outside of the industry. It’s time to call the “props” department.

Facebook Set to Introduce Major Ad Play
[A]d-industry executives familiar with the company’s plans said the social network is looking to better use the data its users voluntarily offer up on their profiles. Of course, that much seems like a no-brainer (although it’s actually not easy to implement). But less obviously, a couple of industry executives familiar with the company’s plans suggest Facebook could use some of what it knows about people — and their relationships with others on the site, what is known as the “social graph” — to target them off Facebook as well.

Google to Buy Nielsen Data
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Determined to sell more television ads, Internet search leader Google Inc. is sharpening its focus on the medium with demographic data from the influential Nielsen Co. Under an agreement to be announced Wednesday, Google will pay Nielsen an undisclosed amount to obtain detailed information about the kinds of people who watch specific TV shows.

Cable Best at Keeping Audience Through Ad Breaks
Still, Broadcast Networks Hold On to More than 92% of Viewers

Comcast admits delaying some traffic
NEW YORK – Comcast Corp. on Tuesday acknowledged “delaying” some subscriber Internet traffic, but said any roadblocks it puts up are temporary and intended to improve surfing for other users.

Verizon settles probe into data plans
NEW YORK – Verizon Wireless has agreed to pay a penalty and reimburse users who were disconnected for “excessive” use of a cellular broadband service that was marketed as allowing “unlimited” use, New York’s state attorney general announced Tuesday.

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