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Mighty Taco Takes On Mighty Putin

How does a Western New York Mexican food chain generate favorable AP coverage? By firing off a press release and posting this on Facebook:

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Besides the national media attention and, we assume, inevitable late night monologue punchlines, the fun of this is reading the reaction on Facebook. A couple of highlights:

Nik Malahosky: Give me a summer internship in public relations. I promise I’m a good worker, and even kind of funny sometimes. Your move.

Katya Babchuk: LOVE YOU!!!!!!!! Coming from a Ukrainian with wonderful family that lives there! God bless you guys!!

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UK Journo: NYT Op-Ed Errors, Ironies ‘Too Numerous to Detail’

The March 8 New York Times op-ed, headlined “London’s Laundry Business,” was contributed by Ben Judah, author of last year’s Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love With Vladimir Putin. The piece did not sit well with another author, Sean Thomas, who writes thrillers under the pseudonym Tom Knox and is currently working on a memoir.

LondonShardThomas, responding over the weekend in London’s Daily Telegraph, has some laundry business of his own to share – namely, a laundry list of Judah mistakes and false arguments. Right from the NYT opening paragraph:

The essay begins with a series of bizarre inaccuracies and insults – “London’s buses are still dirty” (no they aren’t), “Londoners are passive-aggressive” (no they’re not), “London’s planning regulations have been scrapped,” (no they haven’t). Then we get to the nub of Judah’s argument. He’s hacked off that we aren’t supporting America’s vigorous stance against Putin.

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Commenters: An Early Favorite For Person of the Year

At this point we’re almost as tired of writing about the demise of journalism due to commenters as we are about Barack Obama. And yet, we soldier on. At the moment the one thing both subjects have in common is that we’re betting they’re early favorites for Time‘s ‘Person of the Year’ award. James Poniewozik seems to agree with us, on the commenter front, anyway. He also says that ability to use the caps lock key will not in and of itself sink the Times. Lewis Black, however, says that commenters are worse than ultimate fighting (see video below). Still, Time crowned Vladimir Putin last year, and George W. Bush twice, not to mention, You, so we figure all you commenters at least have a shot at the title.

Vote for Time’s Most Influential, and Please Let Nikki Finke Beat Perez Hilton

Time has a poll–the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Go on, vote for Nikki Finke. We did. She’s ahead of John McCain, Nicholas Sarkozy, and Vladimir Putin.

Perez Hilton is at # 5, which is a sign of the end times.

On the bright side, Nick Denton, at #204, beats Eliot Spitzer and Rhonda Bryne, both of whom allegedly know about secrets.

And there must be a secret to this as Korean pop star Rain is in first place.

‘Money Honey’ To Interview Condi

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Somehow, we doubt Condi will get derailed like Michael Moore last week:

CNBC MEDIA ALERT: CNBC’S MARIA BARTIROMO INTERVIEWS SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEEZZA RICE ON “CLOSING BELL” TODAY AT 4:20 PM

What: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be interviewed on “Closing Bell”

When: Wednesday, July 6th at 4:20 PM ET

Where: CNBC’s “Closing Bell”

In a sit down interview with CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, Rice will discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s U.S. visit, U.S.-China relations, the war in Iraq and the Middle East. Transcript to follow.

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