Barkha Dutt, Target the Dog and other morning musings
Morning coffee-time musings:
Poverty in America
Last year, the poverty rate rose to 14.3 percent, the highest level in more than 50 years. The Post's Wil Haygood offers up one woman's tale: Chrissanda Walker, whose American dream has taken a punch to the gut.
While the U.S. had its Roger Ailes vs. NPR dust-up yesterday, India found itself in the middle of a media brouhaha of its own. Recordings surfaced of what the Indian magazine Open says are lobbyists, politicians, journalists and industrialists discussing who would become Indian ministers after the 2009 election. Reactions to the recordings have been accusatory of the media, with accusations that the tapes show Barkha Dutt, one of the country's top-leading network newscasters, works for the Congress party of India and, therefore, is biased in her news reports. Dutt took to Twitter to defend herself, saying, "Amazed, angered and saddened at inability of some to distinguish between gathering info and ridiculous labels like lobbying/power-broking."
What is the Internet?
Target the Dog
In depressing dog news, Target, an Afghan dog who helped stave off a suicide blast, had a hero's welcome when he was brought to the U.S. (Oprah had him on her show!). But the dog escaped from his new home in Arizona, was picked up by a local shelter and euthanized before her owners could reach her. The reaction, to say the least, has been an outpouring of anger and grief.
Stirring up scandal as is his wont, James Frey, the memoirist-who-wasn't, has launched a new publishing company designed to factory-build young adult novels with movie potential. He's stocking the company with young MFA graduates, and people are not excited about it.
Rupert Murdoch's tablet tabloid has media watchers in a tizzy. The tabloid, called "The Daily," has been making some high-profile hires and will only be available on e-tablets. It will launch around Christmas. Murdoch has been vocal about the tablet saving the news industry, and this tabloid is seen as his strongest statement of that belief yet.
Stiller & Meara
And Justin Bieber as an Italian castrato:
| November 19, 2010; 9:35 AM ET
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