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A Thank You Note for Jimmy Fallon

Thank you… for making The Tonight Show monologue your own.

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Three months ago, when you took over the NBC late night franchise, many wondered how you would deal with the heavy burden of following the Jay Leno and Johnny Carson monologue format. The solution, as you have shown, was to sidestep their version of the news in favor of a broader, goofier and slightly shorter rundown.

Your populist approach begins each night with the refrain, “Here’s what people are talking about.” Cleverly, that leads you to talk about everything under the one-liner sun. Not just politicians, pundits and Presidents but also YouTube videos, last night’s TV programs and more. It’s an approach that basically combines the best of Leno and Kimmel.

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Toronto Sportswriter Bemoans City’s Newest Buffoon

MasaiUjiriPicToronto Sun columnist Steve Buffery has wasted no time committing the misdeed of a local sports team GM to the public record. In case you missed it, Raptors exec Masai Ujiri (pictured) was done in today by an Instagram user and had to quickly apologize for rallying local fans, pre-Game One against the Nets, with the cry of “F*** Brooklyn!”

Here’s Buffery’s article intro:

Could Saturday’s NBA playoff opener at the Air Canada Centre against the Brooklyn Nets be any more of an embarrassment for the Raptors and the city of Toronto?

The only thing missing was Rob Ford juggling plates at halftime and then falling on to a coffee table.

In a drunken stupor, of course.

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NBC News Investigates Justin Bieber ‘Pot Plane’

Just when we thought the Justin Bieber press couldn’t get any worse, along comes the NBC News Investigations team of Richard Esposito, Tom Winter, Jeff Rossen and Monica Alba. The quartet’s exclusive report outlines a litany of additional recent Team Bieber offenses that occurred during Friday’s Gulfstream IV flight from Waterloo, Ontario to Teterboro, NJ.

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It’s becoming increasingly clear that much like Lindsay Lohan and the Kardashians, the Biebs has a parent very much in the middle of the mix. Bieber’s dad was on the flight and apparently did nothing to try and stop the reefer madness:

“The captain of the flight stated that he warned the passengers, including Bieber, on several occasions to stop smoking marijuana,” says the official report of the incident. “The captain also stated he needed to request that the passengers stop their harassing behavior toward the flight attendant and after several warnings asked the flight attendant to stay with him near the cockpit to avoid any further abuse.”

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Next Media Animation Production Cycle Reduced to a Ridiculous Two and a Half Hours

Whether it’s Mayor Rob Ford or President Barack Obama, the gang at Taipei’s Next Media Animation has turned spoofing breaking and current news events into one fine, accelerated science.

From a recent report on All Things Considered:

Animation is painstaking, time-consuming work. When it first started seven years ago, the animation staff produced one story a day. But after years of trial and error, Next Media, which now employs 200 animators, perfected its pipeline to the fastest it’s ever been — going from story conception to a finished product in less than 2 1/2 hours.

NMA presently cranks out more than four dozen animations per day. Their YouTube channel registers 40-million-plus views per month.

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The Toronto Sun Sets on Mayor Rob Ford

Last night, the media boom fell on Toronto mayor Rob Ford. The Toronto Sun, a paper that had been one of the embattled politician’s staunchest supporters, shifted their opinion page strategy. And this morning, they followed that op-ed jab with a front-page upper cut:

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Rob Ford’s Brother Says Oprah, Dr. Phil Among Media Suitors

It remains one of FishbowlNY’s favorite TV offerings of the year: the single episode of talk show Ford Nation, which aired in Canada on the Sun News Network Monday November 18 right before the program was canceled Tuesday November 19.

Now, according to an interview given Thursday by co-star Doug to the National Post‘s Jake Edmiston, the program will return before Christmas as a YouTube series. But that’s not the scariest part:

In the aftermath of a series of scandals, U.S. and Canadian production houses have flooded mayor Ford’s office, said his brother Doug, all pitching a reality show concept. Councillor Ford said they have passed on all offers. “Everyone from Oprah to Dr. Phil. You name the person, we’ve got calls from them.”

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Convicted Baldwin Stalker Gives Daily News Another Jailhouse Interview

ShutterstockAlecBaldwinHilariaThomasIf you thought the end of the Alec Baldwin-Genevieve Sabourin trial would bring her moment in the media spotlight to a simultaneous close, there are now two Daily News articles to prove you wrong.

In the first item, published last Friday, Sabourin – who has begun serving seven months at Rikers Island – claimed she has been sleeping on an excrement-covered floor and had suffered a heart attack while in prison. Both charges were denied by prison officials.

Today, the News has more Sabourin news, courtesy of a ten-minute Saturday sit-down at Rikers:

The busty actress, first arrested in April 2012, accused the media of ignoring her side of the story in the case.
“Where have you been for the last two years?” she asked a News reporter. “Where were you journalists two years ago? Nobody asked to interview me then.”

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Toronto Tabloid Bemoans Rob Ford ‘Bad Ink’

Today’s edition of the Toronto Sun, Hogtown’s version of the New York Post, promises “8 Ford Pages Inside.” Above a headline and great illustration combo that hates on the city’s “extremely, extremely inebriated” mayor for continuing to attract a mountain of sordid international media coverage.

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Earlier this week, before that crazy new video of Ford surfaced, the paper was leading with: ‘The world is cracking up at Toronto’s expense.’ We are indeed, although interestingly, in one of the more thoughtful bits of coverage, Washington Post columnist Clinton Yates – who was eight-years-old in 1990 at the time of the Marion Barry scandal – suggested today’s social-media-buttressed mocking Merry-Go-Round will actually mean this has less of a damaging impact on Toronto’s collective psyche than the Barry episode did on D.C.’s.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: FoxNews.com Defaced | Finke, Deadline Split | Ford Blames Reporters

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Fox News Website Defaced, ‘Internal Production Problem’ to Blame (The Verge)
Fox News’ website briefly appeared to be defaced Tuesday afternoon in what the network is calling an “internal production problem.” For several minutes, the site’s foremost story was changed to the headline “WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE,” with the blurb beneath it reading, “STUFF YO.” Another headline read, “HERE IS SOME STUFF FO YO,” but the website — aside from what were seemingly a few display glitches — was otherwise untouched. Even the headlines regarding zombies and Apple’s “Maverick Sea Lion” were actually old stories that had been resurfaced. NY Observer Fox News addressed the glitch on social media, tweeting, “As you may have seen, http://FoxNews.com is having issues. It’s an internal production problem and will be fixed soon. #FoxNews” AccessAtlanta.com / The Buzz “During routine website maintenance, a home page prototype was accidently moved to the actual site,” Fox News’ chief digital officer, Jeff Misenti, said in a statement. “As with any mistake in testing, engineers noticed the error and quickly brought the site back to its normal function.” FishbowlNY We take back all the mean things we’ve ever said about Fox News. “WEEEEEEEEEEEEEE” and the simplistic, yet startling accurate “STUFF YO” is some of the most concrete reporting we’ve seen on the site in quite awhile.

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Gawker’s John Cook: ‘I Think of Media Ethics the Same Way I Think of Plumber Ethics’

The journalist who crowdfunded $200,000 to try and break the story of a Toronto mayor’s alleged crack use wide open is back in that Canadian city. Tonight, Gawker editor-in-chief John Cook will chat with Jeffrey Dvorkin, director of the journalism program at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus, as sponsored by the Canadian Journalism Foundation.

Ahead of the event, Cook spoke with Toronto Globe & Mail media reporter Simon Houpt about this and that. FishbowlNY got a particular kick out of Cook’s answer to the question, “What do you think of media ethics?”:

“I think of media ethics the same way I think of plumber ethics: I think that, as a human being, I’m bound by certain ethical precepts I try to live my life by, but I do not think as a profession that reporters and editors need to think of themselves as bound by an additional, secondary set of ethical restrictions – the way that, say, lawyers or doctors think of themselves as bound by an additional set of conditions.”

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