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Sam Zell May Have Bankrupted Tribune Co, but He’s Still Got Some Money Left for Karl Rove

Interesting little tidbit from an LA Times piece on Karl Rove‘s “American Crossroads” super PAC–which has brought in $18.4 million from wealthy oligarchs in the past year. Guess who’s name turned up on the 2011 donor roster?

The end of the year tally  included $100,000 from Sam Zell, whose properties include the Tribune Co., owner of the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, among other papers.

It gets better. Guess what Zell’s money is helping to buy? Videos like this one, attacking President Obama’s track record on jobs and unemployment. Isn’t that just the cow’s knockers? Incompetent billionaire bankrupts a company, lays off thousands, and then has the sack to spent a reporter’s salary or two funding political attack ads accusing Obama of devastating the middle class.

Watch Zell’s video after the jump if you feel like retching.

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FNC Villified NPR Does a Flow Chart of GOP Cash

NPR fired Juan Williams. FNC hired Williams and is now trying to “ACORN” NPR because they enjoy carnage. Yes, there’s another scorched earth campaign at FNC. They’ve decided that the most reputable and respected news organization in the country should be curb stomped. Yes, the model of integrity, Karl Rove said “45 percent of NPR listeners were Saddam Hussein.”

And now NPR put up a flow chart of Rove and his buddies we’ll call “Show Me the Money 2010.”

Go here for the interactive graph.

After the jump, the Daily Show clip.

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‘Turd Blossom’ Gets Treated Like Crap in Beverly Hills

Geez, people, where can the architect of an unpaid for preemptive war based on a false premise get some respect while shilling his self-serving tome in an attempt to legitimize himself these days? If NOT Beverly Hills then where? Sorry Karl Rove, they are usually super tolerant of slime-ridden festering douche bags in Beverly Hills. Those people you encountered must have been bussed in from the Valley or something.

On The Menu: Politico’s Calderone Talks About Terrorism Coverage

mmm_2-3.gifToday, Politico.com staff writer Michael Calderone joined hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu to discuss the media’s recent coverage of terrorism.

Calderone discussed his coverage through Christmas of the attempted terrorism attack in Detroit and his blog post yesterday about The New York Times Magazine‘s decision to print its recent story on terrorism online two weeks before its scheduled print date.

“This is actually the longest stretch of time that the paper has ever published a magazine story online that’s going to end up in print. It’s still not going to be in the print edition for two more weeks,” he explained. “It shows something about how the Times thought that there was such an urgency to this story. And it also raises questions about the newspaper industry and whether you can sit on great material for a couple weeks or do you have to get it online as fast as possible.”

Also discussed: political memoirs to watch out for in 2010, including Karl Rove‘s upcoming book and what Calderone will be covering during the coming year.

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

Sarah Palin’s Resignation Catches Media Off Guard

It’s a classic technique: dump bad news late in the day on a Friday and hope the news media and the public mostly ignore it. Bonus points if it’s a holiday weekend. Double bonus for a summer holiday weekend.

We kept one eye on Twitter all day on Friday, waiting for some crazy news to break. Who knew it would be about former VP candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin? In the afternoon, news started to trickle in. The first reports from a press conference in Alaska without a live transmission were that Palin would not run for a second term. Then it became clear that she would be resigning, at the end of the month, and her lieutenant governor will be taking over her role for the remainder of her term.

In the days that followed, talking heads and critics have attempted to make sense of the unexpected turn of events, but Palin’s reasons for her resignation are still unclear. CNN‘s Anderson Cooper interviewed Palin’s spokeperson Meg Stapleton on Friday but didn’t get any closer to understanding the decision (see video above). Conservative pundits Karl Rove, Mike Huckabee, Chuck Grassley and George Will all appeared on Sunday morning talk shows questioning Palin’s unprecedented move.

Some have (not surprisingly) managed to find the humor in the situation. Political analyst Andy Ostroy suggested a few other jobs for Palin including Alaska tour guide and personal shopper, while Berkman Center fellow David Weinberger listed the top 10 reasons she resigned. Number one? “Desperate bid to be mocked by Tina Fey one last time.”

Expect more weighing in over the next few days as all the “media elite” start to return from their holiday weekend vacations. No rest for the weary!

Kevin Spacey, Method Actor is Studying Abramoff Behind Bars

kevin_spacey.jpgThis is a really fun bit from Nikki Finke. Awesome:

EXCLUSIVE: My sources tell me that 2-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey and film director George Hickenlooper (Factory Girl, Hearts of Darkness) are right now visiting Washington DC lobbyist Jack Abramoff in Cumberland Federal Prison. Abramoff, of course, was responsible for one of the biggest political scandal to hit the nation’s capital since Watergate, and is the subject of a screenplay Casino Jack starring Spacey and directed by Hickenlooper and written by Norm Snider (Dead Ringers) and produced by Bill Marks, George Vitetzakis and exec-produced by Donald Zuckerman and Richard Rionda of Hannibal Pictures. A portion of the project is being financed by Brad Feinstein of Titan Multi Media Group in a deal being negotiated by Paradigm. The story is described to me as a modern day GoodFellas set in Washington DC that plays like a thriller involving Karl Rove and others in former President George W. Bush‘s inner circle. Cameras will roll later next month.

I’m told that Kevin Spacey is set to star as Jack Abramoff,

Read the whole piece here.

Morning Media Menu: February 24

mornmm.gifToday on the Menu we welcome back Politico‘s Patrick Gavin to discuss the traits of a top ten DC Twitterer (you can follow Patrick here).

“One of the reasons we included [Barack Obama] — he doesn’t do a lot of Twittering…but he is the most followed person on Twitter…he’s powerful perhaps just because of his potential.”

Also up for discussion the phenomenon of Karl Rove in 140 character doses, will George W. follow, and what would a Bill Clinton Twitter feed look like. Plus! What does Rupe’s chimp apology say about the state of News Corp, and if more people are watching television than ever before how come the Oscar numbers were so low? You can listen to the podcast live every morning at 9amET on BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321. You can also subscribe to the iTunes feed of the podcast by clicking the “iTunes” button.

Cheers (Almost) Reunion for McCain/Palin

Cheers_S8.jpg We got this email alerting us to the fun hoedown today in Nevada.

Nevada Victory Announces “Victory 2008″ Bus Tour

WASHINGTON – Nevada Victory announced today that the “Victory 2008″ bus tour will be in Nevada on Friday, October 10 to rally support for John McCain, Sarah Palin, and the entire Republican ticket. Supporting them, actors Kelsey Grammer and John Ratzenberger, who played Dr. Frasier Crane and Cliff Clavin, respectively, on the television show “Cheers,” will address grassroots volunteers, participate in voter-registration activities, and speak to voters.

Henderson, NV
WHO:Kelsey Grammer and John Ratzenberger

WHAT: Victory Rally

WHEN:Friday, October 10, 2008 at 12:30 p.m. PDT

WHERE:Henderson Victory Office
8935 South Pecos

Suite 22A & 22B
Henderson, NV 89074
Las Vegas, NV

We’re wondering what ‘rally support for John McCain, Sarah Palin, and the entire Republican ticket’ means. Redundant? GOP code? Bad press release writing?

Anyway, can’t post this without saying…guess Kelsey Grammer and John Ratzenberger want to go where everybody knows their name – GOP ‘victory rallies’.

Maybe John McCain Should Draw Some Lessons From Julia Allison

mcallis.pngPoor John McCain now that the press appears to actually be doing their job, everyone is giving him a hard time about all the lies he’s been telling — even Karl Rove thinks he’s gone too far. So what’s John McCain doing about it? Nothing right if the escalating criticism of his campaign is anything to go by. Perhaps he should consider enlisting the consulting services of Julia Allison. Allison was recently interviewed for PR Week and says that with regards to bad press the thing to do is keep on keeping on:

The best way to handle bad press is to overwhelm it with other press. If you try to refute, and think that’s an effective way for that to go away, it’s not. All it will do is increase that particular angle in your Google search. The only way to deal with is to keep on going and take in other press for good things.
We are going to assume that McCain probably doesn’t know who Julia Allison is, or that he is overly concerned with the Google, but still! She makes a good point. No time like the present to hear from McCain on, say, the economy.

Fournier Named Chief of AP’s Washington Bureau

fournier.gifThe AP has just announced that Ron Fournier has been named chief of the AP’s Washington bureau. Fournier, who has been serving as acting bureau chief since May, was a former White House correspondent, a national political writer, as well as, an online political editor for the Associated Press. He has won multiple awards over his career for his political reporting and succeeds Sandy Johnson in the position.

Fournier recently made headlines when an old email exchange between he and White House adviser Karl Rove came to light. In it Fournier, who was an AP reporter at the time, is quoted as telling Rove to “keep up the fight.” He later said he regretted the “breezy nature of the correspondence.”

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