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OTB Latenight – Halloween Edition – Michael Jackson

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Eagles: After the Thrill is Gone

Don Henley and Glenn Frey of the Eagles, San Jose, CA 30 April 2010

Scanning the headlines at YahooNews, I came across a rather harsh review of a recent Eagles concert in San Jose by the Mercury News‘ Jim Harrington.   He begins with an interesting factoid: The Eagles — whose leader, Don Henley, once famously proclaimed would get back together “when hell freezes over” — are still riding […]

Mary Jo Kopechne

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In my early morning Teddy Kennedy Dead at 77 media roundup post, I observed, “That the Chappaquiddick scandal didn’t make the first several paragraphs — or even first page — of several of these obits is quite remarkable. It would be like writing an obit for Richard Nixon that didn’t mention Watergate or one for […]

Michael Jackson More Newsworthy than Afghanistan?

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Americans’ limited interest in foreign affairs has long been lamented. But surely, the war in Afghanistan deserves more press coverage than the death of a pop star? In my New Atlanticist piece “Michael Jackson Trumps Afghanistan in News Coverage” I explain why this in fact happened — despite Afghanistan getting a seven month head start […]

Manly Things

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Busy day around the Joyner household, so likely not much posting unless Michael Jackson comes back to life, President Obama hosts a mojito summit, or similar earth shattering news breaks. In the meantime, enjoy some of these fine posts over at MANzine. Do Cheaters Make Better Leaders? (Jon Stonger) – Sex scandals have been a […]

Obama: No Pacemaker For You!

Via Megan McArdle, I see that President Obama told a woman whose now-105-year-old mother got a pacemaker five years ago that, under Obamacare, we might just give old ladies a pill: Megan observes, “I don’t know that this is going to hurt the image of healthcare reform.  But it probably isn’t going to help.”  That […]

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

The next episode of OTB Radio, our BlogTalkRadio program, will record and air live from 5:30-6:30 Eastern. Dave Schuler and I will be talk about President Obama’s trip to Russia, the G8 summit, the Afghanistan surge, and anything but Michael Jackson. We’ll also be taking calls at (646) 716-7030. Owing to a high trolls to […]

Bruno La Toya Jackson Scene Cut

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He’s dead and buried but Michael Jackson still dominates the news: The makers of the film “Bruno” have cut a scene featuring Michael Jackson’s sister La Toya because of fears it was in poor taste following the singer’s death, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. The scene in the spoof movie featuring British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen […]

Nicole Bobek Meth Dealer, Michael Jackson Still Dead

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Taking a quick glance at YahooNews before shutting down for the evening, I see that the most popular searches are “Michael Jackson Memorial,” “Michael Jackson Funeral,” and “Nicole Bobek.” I gathered from Twitter and other sources that the Michael Jackson funeral was a ridiculous circus, which is fitting in so many ways.  But, what with […]

Abe Vigoda Still Alive

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The list of major celebrities who have died in recent days is staggering.  Ed McMahon.  Farrah Fawcett.  Michael Jackson.  Billy Mays. Karl Malden. Steve McNair. Ironically, however, Abe Vigoda — who was famously erroneously declared dead by People magazine way back in 1982 — is still alive and kicking at 88.

Failure of Breaking News Reporting?

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Aaron Brazell argues that, with the advent of instant-reporting of rumor via Twitter and other social media, the mainstream press has fallen behind.  He cites yesterday’s Steve McNair murder, the false rumors that Jeff Goldblum had died, and Michael Jackson’s death. He laments that, while the McNair news broke on two Nashville stations but “It […]

Larry King Minutes

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Hugh Hewitt has come up with a brilliant meme: “LKM” stands for Larry King Minutes –the number of broadcast minutes that Larry King would devote to your death if it occurred today.  Michael Jackson has set a very high standard, swamping all other coverage from Larry’s show and triggering hours and hours of extra programming […]

Michael Jackson Dies, Kills Internet

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Not sure this is BREAKING NEWS, as CNN does, but it’s amusing nonetheless: How many people does it take to break the Internet? On June 25, we found out it’s just one — if that one is Michael Jackson. The biggest showbiz story of the year saw the troubled star take a good slice of […]

Rhode Island May Change Name to ‘Rhode Island’

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The only non-Michael Jackson story atop Yahoo News‘ page is “Rhode Island closer to changing state name over slavery.” Not having previously heard Rhode Island was considering a name change — let alone over slavery — I was intrigued. After reading the story, much less so: The country’s smallest state has the longest official name: […]

Michael Jackson News Saturation – Micheal Jackson Tops Iran!

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Michael Jackson died yesterday and given that his death was unexpected and that he was arguably the world’s most famous entertainer, one would naturally expect a significant amount of news coverage.  But methinks this is overdoing it a mite: Amusingly, a misspelled variant of his name (“Micheal Jackson”) is the fourth most popular search right […]

Michael Jackson Dead at 50

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BREAKING: LA Times: Michael Jackson hospitalized – Yahoo News Michael Jackson has been rushed to the hospital, a fire department official told the Los Angeles Times. Capt. Steve Ruda said Thursday that Jackson was not breathing when Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to a call at his Los Angeles home about 12:30 p.m. The […]