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Al Franken on His USO Tours and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t tell was unable to come to debate in the Senate. It’s like a pre-filibuster filibuster. Anyway, Senator Al Franken‘s story about his USO tour is fantastic.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Lady Gaga Takes on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
  • Franken on Net Neutrality

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    Franken on Net Neutrality

    Al Franken was the keynote speaker – the headliner on Saturday night at Netroots Nation. “Net neutrality is the First Amendment issue of our time,” he told the crowd.

    Zucker Lobbied Senator Franken About NBC/Comcast Merger

    The clip above is TheUptake’s Michael McIntee interviewing Senator Al Franken at Netroots Nation this past Saturday. Franken, a SNL alumn, admits that Jeff Zucker CEO of NBC Universal told him the deal would be “good for NBC.”

    BREAKING Air America: No More Live Programming Filing Chapter 7

    We just received this memo:

    From: Charlie Kireker

    Date: January 21, 2010 4:36:59 PM EST

    To: All

    Subject: Air America Operations

    It is with the greatest regret, on behalf of our Board, that we must announce that Air America Media is ceasing its live programming operations as of this afternoon, and that the Company will file soon under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code to carry out an orderly winding-down of the business.

    The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America’s business. This past year has seen a “perfect storm” in the media industry generally.

    National and local advertising revenues have fallen drastically, causing many media companies nationwide to fold or seek bankruptcy protection. From large to small, recent bankruptcies like Citadel Broadcasting and closures like that of the industry’s long-time trade publication Radio and Records have signaled that these are very difficult and rapidly changing times.

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    ABC News’ Rick Klein Checks In To The Menu

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    ABC News senior political reporter Rick Klein joined the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu today, talking about the week’s big political headlines with GalleyCat’s Jason Boog and AgencySpy’s Matt Van Hoven.

    Today’s political topics included Al Franken‘s new Senate seat and the new Vanity Fair profile of former VP candidate Sarah Palin.

    You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

    Al Franken Wins! (Again)|Ex-FoxNew.com Columnist Sues News Corp.|There May Be Jobs In Atlanta|OK! Paid $500K For MJ Photo

    FishbowlLA: The Minnesota Supreme Court certifed Al Franken as the Senate winner after close to a year of fights put up by Republican rival Norm Coleman. Finally!

    TVNewser: FoxNews.com entertainment columnist Roger Friedman has sued his former employer for wrongful termination.

    MediaJobsDaily: A new tool created by WANTED Technologies shows that reporters should move to Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles or New York in order to find work. Well, we all know how crappy the job market is here, so maybe you’ll have more luck in one of those other cities.

    Mediaweek: Sources say that OK! magazine paid $500,000 for the picture of Michael Jackson en route to the hospital it ran on its cover.

    Al Franken Wins Senate Seat…Again!

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    Geez, Norm Coleman, it’s nearly July. How much foot-dragging were you planning on doing?

    AP reports:

    The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered that Democrat Al Franken be certified as the winner of the state’s long-running Senate race.

    The high court rejected a legal challenge from Republican Norm Coleman, whose options for regaining the Senate seat are dwindling.

    Justices said Franken is entitled to the election certificate he needs to assume office. With Franken and the usual backing of two independents, Democrats will have a big enough majority to overcome Republican filibusters.

    Anyway, the important thing about this – besides a comedian being in the senate instead of the other way around, is election oracle, blogger, Nate Silver was also right about this one.

    Previously on FBLA:

  • FBLA Meets Al Franken…and Other Politicos
  • Al Franken Wins…A Senate Seat!

  • With Future Of Media Uncertain, Mirror Awards Honor Journalists Covering Media

    mirrors.jpgToday’s Mirror Awards luncheon at the Harmonie Club uptown was swarmed by all manner of media types. Media critics who were nominated for Mirrors like Vanity Fair‘s Michael Wolff, Rachel Sklar of Abrams Research (nominated twice for her work for the Huffington Post) and The New York TimesDavid Carr (who won for best commentary in traditional media) mingled with colleagues and big name presenters, including Howard Dean and Nora Ephron.

    The awards, which honor excellence in media reporting, were presented for the third year by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. MSNBC anchor and Newhouse alum Contessa Brewer guided the festivities as emcee, and Chris Ahearn, president of Reuters Media, and Bloomberg political columnist Margaret Carlson presented awards.

    Vanity Fair and The New York Times both took home two of the six prizes awarded by a jury of journalists and journalism educators. In addition to Carr, the TimesDavid Barstow won for best in-depth piece in traditional media. VF‘s Seth Mnookin and David Kamp each snagged an award for best single article, for traditional and digital media, respectively.

    Rounding out the winners were Ian Parker for best profile, traditional media, for his profile of Times columnist Thomas Freidman for the New Yorker and Clive Thompson for Wired.com took home the award for best commentary in digital media.

    Read on for more about our chat with Arianna Huffington (above middle, with her daughter Christina and MSNBC president Phil Griffin)

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    FBLA Meets Al Franken…and Other Politicos

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    We got to take a picture (a crappy one from an iPhone) with soon-to-be Senator-Elect Al Franken at the Media Matters party.

    And yeah, we are totally stoked about that. So suck it.

    We also met (and got our picture taken with – but we’ll spare you the grainy horrible photo) political consultant and former President Bill Clinton adviser Paul Begala.

    Plus we talked with Christopher Hayes the Washington editor of The Nation and frequent guest of Keith Olbermann on Countdown…mainly about Al Franken.

    FBLA Crashes Media Matters Inauguration Kick Off Party

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    Don’t ask how we ended up with these people. Let’s just say security isn’t that tight.

    First in the photo above is Al Franken. Yes, the soon-to-be Senator-Elect Al Franken.

    Also spotted was Arianna Huffington, Norman Lear, Congressman Paul Hoades (D-New Hampshire), Baratunde Thurston of The Onion and several hundred other people.

    We saw one woman’s boa catch on fire – so that’s the sign of a real party. We accosted Congressman Barney Frank who was a dismissive to us. Which from what we’ve heard is only surprising if one is from Los Angeles…ahem.

    Another notable was Ben Fishel, who hosts the Media Matters Minute radio segment, he is Andy Rooney‘s grandson. And yes, because we know you’re super curious…Ben’s eyebrows are normal.

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