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Romney Addresses Melissa Harris-Perry Comments: ‘People Make Mistakes’ (TVNewser)
Mitt Romney has accepted an apology from MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry after she and several guests mocked a Romney family photo that included his adopted black grandson, the former presidential candidate said on Fox News Sunday. “I recognize that people make mistakes, and the folks at MSNBC made a big mistake. They’ve apologized for it, and that’s all you can ask for. I’m going to move on from that; I’m sure they want to move on from it,” Romney said. The Root When asked about the so-called attack on the baby, Romney said, “If you get in the political game, you can expect incoming. But children, you know, that’s beyond the line, and I think they understand that, and feel that as well. I think it’s a heartfelt apology. I think for that reason, we hold no ill will whatsoever.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Harris-Perry offered a tearful and passionate apology to the Romneys on Saturday for remarks she and her panelists made about the family’s adopted black grandchild. In her apology on Saturday, Harris-Perry said she had intended to say “positive and celebratory things” about the photo. “But whatever the intent was, the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive, and showing the photo in that context of the segment was poor judgment,” she said. Daily Caller Harris-Perry’s apology to Romney drew derision from yet another one of her former colleagues. “If I cry, will I be forgiven of all my transgressions?” actor Alec Baldwin tweeted on Saturday night, before quickly deleting it.

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Adam Savader, Former Romney Campaign Intern Arrested for Sexploitation, Shares Anderson Cooper’s Breaking News Problem

Three obstacles stand in the way of former Mitt Romney campaign intern Adam Savader‘s political career.

  1. Being arrested for allegedly cyberstalking young women and blackmailing 15 of them into sending him nudes
  2. A creepy smile — a smile some may say should have indicated his potential for sexploitation and the fact that we missed it a sign of the Obama administration’s degradation of national security (we’re lookin’ at you, Lindsey Graham)
  3. A breaking news problem

Last week, BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw diagnosed Anderson Cooper with a “breaking news problem,” abusing the terms to describe news events that were neither new nor breaking.

The boy-who-cried-wolf use of the term has, as Shaw put it, rendered it all but meaningless.

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Former Advisor Says Only Paper President Obama Reads is The New York Times

In a New Republic piece titled “Get Rich or Deny Trying,” a former advisor to President Obama is quoted saying “There’s only one paper the president reads, that’s The New York Times.” Now before all you haters (Mitt, you’re turning red man, try breathing) blast Big O, let’s think this through.

Is it possible that the president only reads the Times? In an interview with Rolling Stone last year, Obama said he reads the Times, but also The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. As The Huffington Post notes, this was the second time Obama mentioned perusing those three papers. Obama has also admitted that he enjoyed magazines like The New Yorker and The Atlantic. He even mentioned FishbowlNY as a “Great blog run by ruggedly handsome dudes who can throw fantastic spirals.”

It certainly doesn’t seem like Obama limits his paper intake to the Times. He has mentioned WaPo and WSJ and the quote in the New Republic is from an anonymous ex-advisor. However, that probably doesn’t matter. Haters, as they say, are going to hate. The media will cry that the White House has a Times bias and Republicans are going to fire up the rage machine. But give the president some credit: At least we know he can read. That’s more than we could say about George W. 

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Mitt Romney’s Chief Strategist Joins The Daily Beast

Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney’s chief strategist, has joined The Daily Beast as a columnist. “Stuart’s eclectic background and prodigious writing talent make him a wonderful addition to our team,” said Tina Brown, in a memo to staffers.

This is the second big political hire for the site this month. Jon Favreau, President Obama’s speechwriter, recently came aboard.

The full note from Brown is below.

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Pretty Much Everyone is Rumored to Buy The Boston Globe

Ever since the New York Times Company announced that it was selling the Boston Globe, people have been speculating about who/what will purchase the paper.

Because the media is nothing but precise, that list has now been narrowed down to about 834 potential buyers. Below are all the ones we found mentioned, but we’ve surely missed one or 500.

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Harvey Weinstein Fashions Faux Mitt Romney Trailer

This afternoon, Harvey Weinstein has shared on The Huffington Post the kind of entry that brings back memories of the website’s earliest beginnings. Before the AOL acquisition, before the New York conference room SEO nanosecond expertise, before the third-party content mirroring, it was just Arianna Huffington’s celebrity friends posting their random observations.

Folks like Weinstein, who follows up last night’s lively appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight with a faux trailer for the Mitt Romney drama Hindsight. This Democratic ditty was put together with the help of John Stockwell, Meghan O’Hara and Weinstein’s Silver Linings Playbook star Bradley Cooper.

For good measure, there’s also some soundtrack assistance from Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. Enjoy or – as several already have in the HuffPo comments – dismiss.

Bloomberg Endorses President Obama

Michael Bloomberg has been avoiding offering support for Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama, but Hurricane Sandy changed that. Bloomberg has officially endorsed Obama, citing the President’s work to tackle climate change.

“Our climate is changing. And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be — given this week’s devastation — should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action,” wrote Bloomberg, in an op-ed for Bloomberg View.

“We need leadership from the White House — and over the past four years, President Barack Obama has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption, including setting higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks.”

Bloomberg even took some time to jab Romney, for that pesky habit of flip-flopping:

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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.”

Medill LGBT Journalism Project Makes Impressive Lift-Off

Earlier this week, Northwestern University rightly heralded their journalism school’s laudable new effort known as the Medill Equal Media Project (MEMP). Put together over the summer by a group of students led by editor-in-chief Camille Beredjick (Class of 2013), the website filters LGBT issues through the prism of the 2012 Presidential election.

In a separate op ed by Beredjick for The Advocate, where she has interned, she explained why MEMP is such a big deal:

It’s easy to understand why LGBT media might be overlooked in a university journalism program. The curriculum often emphasizes national rather than community news. We’re taught from the beginning to be objective, leaving little room to acknowledge our LGBT identities in our reporting. Though some schools, like the University of California, Los Angeles, are home to LGBT-specific student publications, LGBT student media are pretty uncommon compared with general campus newspapers…

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The Newspaper Endorsements [Update]

A newspaper endorsing a presidential candidate doesn’t carry as much weight as it used to, but still, it’s fun to keep track of them. Because we like fun (it’s fun!), here is a list of which paper has endorsed which candidate. So far, Barack Obama is in the lead. What does that mean? Probably nothing!

You can use this list as a way to figure out who is going to win — Obama or Mitt Romney — in November, or simply as a reminder that newspapers still do this kind of thing. We’ll keep updating this list as more papers publicize their choice. Please let us know if we miss any.

UPDATE:
Obama maintains lead, 31 to 27.

Newspaper Endorsements for Obama:

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