Peter Kafka

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Rupert Murdoch Gives Jon Stewart Seven Minutes of Material (Video)

Tough times these days at News Corp. (which, as we always need to point out, owns this Web site). Still, an upside: The phonegate scandal provides Jon Stewart with a big, fat, juicy target.

And what’s particularly great/terrible about this clip from last night’s “The Daily Show” is that Stewart and correspondent John Oliver don’t need to do much more than simply recite the main points of the PhoneGate scandal to date. The facts are awful/funny enough on their own.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald