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The latest Auto-Tune the News is out. Happy Birthday to Nancy Youssef! Celebrating birthdays this weekend- tomorrow, the semi-mysterious Stephanie Green and Sunday, CBS boys Steve Chaggaris and Scott McCrary. What know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…
And speculation about Sawyer’s GMA replacement has already begun- NYT looks at some options.
The Huffington Post Investigative Fund has launched.
Mediate catches up with Elle magazine’s homeless intern, who says she doesn’t feel exploited by the $150-a-month stipend because most interns doesn’t get paid at all.
The courts agree- the “sequel” to “The Catcher in the Rye” is a “dismal” book.
Gawker: On the morning he was arrested on corruption charges last December, Rod Blagojevich was the nation’s biggest greaseball. So obviously, the national press was willing to say anything to land an interview. And their emails prove it.
Did the media hype up the health care town hall meetings? WaPo‘s E.J. Dionne says media went out of their way to cover town-hall meeting noise and ignored the calmer — or “boring,” from TV’s point of view — encounters between elected representatives and their constituents. (h/t Romanesko)
Is the media’s love affair with President Obama’s White House over? FamousDC points out these pieces: Ben Smith‘s “Blaming the media, again,” Greg Sargent‘s “Obama’s Political Operation Blasts Media For Distorting Story Of August.”
Promotion: Felicia Sonmez has joined the ranks of Hotline’s writing team. After reporting on the ’08 White House race for the Japanese daily, Asahi Shimbun, Sonmez was hired as an Associate Writer for the Hotline in March. This week, Sonmez was promoted to Staff Writer for the political briefing, where she will be covering Senate races.
JOBS after the jump…