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Most Front Page Election Stories Written by White Reporters

A study and infographic released last week by 4th Estate reveals a lack of diversity among newspaper reporters covering politics. The study analyzed election coverge on the front pages of 38 major news outlets between January 1 through October 12, and found that 93% of stories were written by white reporters. According to the U.S. census, the overall population is only 63.4% white*.


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Does Target Know Something About the Presidential Election We Don’t?

Michael Schneider of TV Guide Magazine spotted these Mitt Romney masks at a Los Angeles-area Target store. They are labeled, “Mr. President,” which strikes us as a bit premature, as the presidential election hasn’t happened yet.

As Schneider points out, “Regardless of who wins the upcoming election, as of October 31, 2012, Barack Obama is Mr. President. And he does not look like this.”

Further research reveals that Target is also selling “Mr. President” masks that look like Obama, for a politically balanced, if not factually accurate, Halloween section. Neither makes for a particularly creative costume, though. We suggest “binders full of women” or “Obamacare death panels.”

Video: ‘Clipper Darrell’ Wants You to Rock the Vote

Both the NBA season and Election Day (Thank God) are right around the corner and Los Angeles Clippers superfan “Clipper Darrell” has teamed up with Rock the Vote to record a PSA.

I’m begging the Clippers organization to treat Darrell Bailey right this season so I don’t have to write any stories similar to the ones FishbowlLA penned in February.

Roseanne Barr vs. the ‘Duopolistic Fundraising Machine’

Roseanne Barr dropped by The Young Turks to chat with host Cenk Uygur about her presidential campaign. Ahead of tonight’s airing of the interview, the show has posted a teaser clip.

Barr is likely the only 2012 candidate you’ll hear talking about the domestic prison labor force being used to manufacture 90% of house paints sold in the U.S. She calls herself the “legalization candidate” and says she’s all about “common sense solutions.”

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Grantland Film Looks at Schwarzenegger’s Teen Years

Arnold Schwarzenegger has pretty much turned into a punch line at this point in his life.

But before he nearly destroyed the state of California and acting as we know it, Schwarzenegger was part of the Austrian Army as a teen.

Arnold’s Blueprint, as part of Grantland’s 30 for 30 Shorts, touches on this topic in a 12-minute film that was released on Wednesday. If you ever wondered how Schwarzenegger got involved in bodybuilding, then this is the film for you.

Michael and Jeff Zimbalist, the two men responsible for the incredible 30 for 30 film The Two Escobars,  directed the short.

The 30 for 30 Shorts will air monthly on Grantland and Schwarzenegger will join Bill Simmons on The B.S. Report podcast on Tuesday.

Glenn Beck’s Website Asks LA Times: What About the Obama Secret Videotape?

Before joining theblaze.com as Middle East correspondent, Sharona Schwartz was a coverage editor for CNN’s Washington, D.C. bureau and a scriptwriter for Wolf Blitzer. With credentials like those, it’s no wonder her post today about a certain Obama recording is so solidly put together.

Schwartz starts off by culling renewed questioning, in the wake of the Mitt Romney/Mother Jones bombshell, of the LA Times’ refusal to release a recording of some controversial 2003 remarks made by Senator Barack Obama at a dinner honoring departing Chicago Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi. She then shares the response theblaze.com received from Nancy Sullivan, vp of communications for the LA Times:

In April 2008, the Los Angeles Times reported first, and in explicit detail about the dinner event and the tape of it. More than six months later, just days before the November 2008 election, the McCain campaign demanded the public release of the tape. As we stated then, the Times did not publish the videotape because it was provided for review by a confidential source who did so on the condition that we not publish the tape itself. The Times keeps its promises to sources and nothing has changed in that regard.

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Obama Tweets Response to Clint Eastwood

A good comeback, but the Obama team has always been adept at social media. Clint Eastwood, on the other hand, doesn’t even appear to have a Twitter account. But the empty chair he scolded last night does:

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What the Hell, Clint?

Clint Eastwood‘s surprise appearance last night at the Republican National Convention managed to upstage even Mitt Romney, but that wasn’t due to the iconic actor’s star power. Rather it was Eastwood’s long, rambling speech that stole the show, an episode so bizarre we’re almost reluctant to make fun of it.

For reasons unknown, Eastwood tossed aside a prepared speech and decided to ad-lib it. Bad idea. The veteran actor should know that improv is harder than it looks, and he isn’t exactly a graduate of The Groundlings. Though only scheduled for 5 minutes, Eastwood spoke for over 10, addressing an imaginary President Obama in an empty chair, whom he imagined to be hurling obscenities, and veering wildly from topic to topic without making much sense.

The Romney campaign responded to the disaster by saying, “You can’t look at him at through the same political lens that you would other politicians. He’s Clint Eastwood.”

Anyhow, watch and cringe.

Rage Against The Machine Guitarist Pens Editorial Blasting Paul Ryan

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has named Rage Against the Machine as one of his favorite bands, but the fandom isn’t mutual. In an editorial for Rolling Stone, Tom Morello, guitarist of the Los Angeles-based group, said he found Ryan’s love of Rage Against the Machine “amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades.”

The right-wing Ryan’s politics are certainly at odds with those of RATM. Ryan denies the existence of global warming, opposes gay marriage, and supports increased tax cuts for the rich while voting against increasing the minimum wage. Then there’s the whole issue of gutting medicare and killing Social Security. Morello rants:

Don’t mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta “rage” in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he’s not raging against is the privileged elite he’s groveling in front of for campaign contributions.

Read the full editorial on the Rolling Stone website. Maybe next we’ll hear from some of Ryan’s other favorite bands, including Metallica and Nirvana?

LA Filmmaker Wins HuffPo Journalism Contest

Beverly Hills-based documentary filmmaker John Wellington Ennis already blogs for the Huffington Post. But via video message from founder Ariana Huffington, he was recently gifted with a major additional assignment: helping with on-the-ground coverage of the upcoming Republican and Democratic national conventions in Tampa Bay and Charlotte.

Ennis is one of eight winners of an OffTheBus sanctioned video competition launched in February that sought Ustream citizen journalists. The winners will be divided into teams of four, remotely trained and then sent to one of the two events, with travel, lodging and expenses reimbursed. Here’s Ennis’ winning entry:

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