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Posted at 9:35 AM ET, 11/19/2010

Barkha Dutt, Target the Dog and other morning musings

By Melissa Bell
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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.

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Barkha Dutt

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."

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What is the Internet?

Still having trouble understanding what this here Internet thing-a-ma-jig is all about? Google Chrome offers up an online illustrated ebook with 20 lessons about the weird and wonderful Web. Do you really know the differences among CSS, JavaScript, and HTML5? It's a good cheat sheet for the non-Silicon Valley residents of the Web.

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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.

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James Frey

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.

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The Daily

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.

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Stiller & Meara

And Justin Bieber as an Italian castrato:

By Melissa Bell  | November 19, 2010; 9:35 AM ET
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Comments

Great news piece!
I have been following this news since it broke out on twitter and facebook yesterday!
Here is the COMPLETE COVERAGE of Barkha Dutt controversy:
http://bit.ly/a3mOG9

Posted by: SwathiPradeep | November 19, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

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