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May Media Miscellany, for the last time: 5.31.05

Do as I say, not as I do: CNBC chairman Pamela Thomas-Graham is the newest member of the board of Idenix Pharmaceuticals, and received 15,000 stock options as a result — despite a strict company policy precluding all CNBC employees (and their spouses) from owning individual stocks. “How can CNBC cover the drug industry when she’s a director at a drug company?” says an insider in Page Six (by simply declaring bias, which apparently special people at CNBC can get away with). Unspecial people, like the blind writer who asked for special dispensation and was refused, are apparently NOT happy. I’d guess Pamela Thomas-Graham is feeling all right though. [Page Six]

Methinks the lady doth protest too much: Today NBC released a press release crowing about their 494th consecutive week as the top-rated morning show. Very effective, it totally distracted all of us from the latest New York Magazine cover. I know, it’s getting old. But come on, 494 weeks! [TV Newser]

Something for everyone, a comedy tonight! (Er, except Village Voice readers) The Village Voice doesn’t have a comedy section and the folks at The Apiary think that’s a crying shame, and calls into question the Voice’s cred as the arbiter of all things hip and downtown. It’s a thin line between comedy and tragedy, isn’t it? Whatever, keeps life exciting. [The Apiary]

Okay, have a lovely night. See you in June!

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