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Paul Krugman Blasts Media Over Presidential Debate: Press Can't 'Handle Flat-Out Untruths' (HuffPost)
Paul Krugman hammered the media over its handling of the first presidential debate, specifically its failure to fact-check Mitt Romney. Talking Points Memo / TPM LiveWire On ABC's This Week roundtable Sunday, Krugman said Romney is exploiting a press that is ineffective at holding politicians accountable for lies. "The press just doesn't know how to handle flat-out untruths," he said. "I don't know whether to blame [the debate moderator Jim] Lehrer or the president, but it was kind of amazing because Romney was not only saying things that are not true, he was saying things that his own campaign had previously said weren't true," said the economist and New York Times columnist. Forbes / Minding Your Own Business With more than 65 million people tuned in, Romney bolted from the starting gate and never looked back. It seemed the consensus of even the mainstream media that President Obama stumbled out of the gate and never seemed to recover the ground that he lost. TVNewser Rachel Maddow, S.E. Cupp, Rev. Al Sharpton and Chris Matthews all got the SNL treatment Saturday for MSNBC's post-debate coverage Wednesday night. "I feel bad for whoever had to move the podium afterwards because Obama took a giant dump behind it," said the Jason Sudeikis version of Matthews. WSJ / Election 2012 When Rep. Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden debate Thursday night as their parties' vice presidential nominees, there will likely be more fireworks than when their running mates met on stage last week, advisers predict. Mediaite "I think Joe Biden gets a bad rap as a politician and as a communicator and as a debater," said MSNBC co-host of The Cycle and columnist Steve Kornacki. "I'm not sure when it started, but sometime in the last five years, this caricature of Biden as everyone's crazy uncle has taken hold."

Fancy Footwork but No Knockout Blows as Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly Spar (TVNewser)
Was it a mock debate? A mockable debate? A debatable mock? Whatever it was, Jon Stewart's and Bill O'Reilly's "Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium" Saturday night was a lot more fun to watch than was last week's presidential debate. HuffPost Moderated by former Fox News and CNN anchor ED Hill, Stewart and O'Reilly clashed over the role of government, President Obama's foreign policy, Social Security and Medicare, and the media industry, among other things. Stewart's opening line was typical of the tenor of the exchanges: "My friend Bill O'Reilly is completely full of shit." Chicago Tribune / Reuters O'Reilly attacked PBS funding; Stewart took swipes at the Iraq War. O'Reilly bemoaned the debt; Stewart decried tax cuts. O'Reilly lambasted the welfare state; Stewart pointed out that O'Reilly's dad was on disability for colitis. "You've been begrudging people all night... but when your family needed [disability] it was 'oh it was colitis, and it was through the private sector,'" Stewart said. ABC News / OTUS After one hour of debate at two podiums, Stewart and O'Reilly fielded pre-selected audience questions. Questions ranged from, "If the U.S. were burning, what famous person would you save?" to "Who is your political hero?" Mediaite On ABC's This Week, O'Reilly told host George Stephanopoulos that despite some technical glitches, the debate with Stewart went off without a hitch and was a lively "battle between socialism and capitalism."

Blaming Poor Audio, Arnold Schwarzenegger Now Admits He Was Not Prepared for Matt Lauer Question (TVNewser)
On Meet the Press Sunday, David Gregory cornered Arnold Schwarzenegger about an interview Matt Lauer conducted with Schwarzenegger in 2003, when he was running for governor of California. Now, out of office and writing his memoir, the actor admits he put on a performance during that Today show interview, blaming poor audio for his unpreparedness to answer Lauer's tax return question. LA Times / Politics Now Schwarzenegger said Sunday he doesn't think the scandal over his affair with a family housekeeper has cost him credibility as a high-profile political voice in the nation. Politico / Politico Now Promoting his new book Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story, Schwarzenegger says he deserved every bit of public and private scorn directed at him over the affair that ended his marriage. "But let me tell you, if the people are angry with me, I deserve that," Schwarzenegger said in an interview aired Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press. The Daily Beast Schwarzenegger weighed in on the upcoming election ("the race is wide open"), bipartisan cooperation ("see yourself as a public servant, not a party servant"), and that it takes "balls" to get things done in Washington. NationalJournal "Your No. 1 interest is you should not worry about keeping your position and keeping your seat... our politicians are afraid of losing their seats." Schwarzenegger said. "So that's what we need, political courage to go in there and to fix the problem."

Twitter Welcomes UK Prime Minister @David_Cameron (AllTwitter)
In a move that further underlines Twitter's growing importance as a credible platform to raise awareness and connect with an ever-widening audience, Saturday, a little before 6 p.m. UK time, British Prime Minister David Cameron sent his first-ever tweet. Daily Mail He initially followed just four other people: health secretary Jeremy Hunt, London mayor Boris Johnson, foreign secretary William Hague and the official Conservative party feed. Sunday he doubled the size of his inner circle, and followed Tory party chairman Grant Shapps, communities secretary Eric Pickles, culture secretary Maria Miller and Welsh secretary David Jones. NYT "I promise there won't be 'too many tweets... '" he wrote in his first message, as if quoting someone. Give him points for effort. But Cameron, who had already attracted more than 80,000 followers by Sunday afternoon, clearly had not reckoned with the sharp, anarchic sense of humor that Twitter can unleash, particularly among the annoyed and the restive. AFP The 45-year-old father of three had once said he did not want to post his own messages because he was worried that "too many twits make a twat" -- mangling the term for a Twitter message, called a tweet. HuffPost UK Since joining Twitter the prime minister has already received some rather negative tweets (many of which are not printable), including from Labour's shadow health minister Jamie Reed. "Ay up Dave lad (northern) why do you keep telling lies about the NHS?" he said. Chicago Tribune / Reuters "It's cool that you've got time to kill, as well as the dreams of our young people, and the working class," wrote a user called Jonno Turner.

YouTube Takes Original Programming Venture Abroad (ABC News / AP)
YouTube is taking its original programming venture to Europe, announcing a slew of new partnerships aimed at internationalizing its array of tailor-made videos with content from Britain's BBC, London-based FremantleMedia, Netherland's Endemol, and dozens of others. AllThingsD YouTube says it will put money into more than 60 new "channels" -- branded destinations that show a mix of original programming and clips pulled from around the Web. The idea is to make the site more "TV-like" -- and convince viewers and advertisers to spend more time and money there. TechCrunch TV production studio Endemol is among the new partners, with plans to launch a line-up of channels in France and Germany. Other new channels include HuHu's ChannelFlip and The MultiVerse, BBC WorldWide's OnEarth, The Jamie Oliver Food Channel and Superfood's Mahalo. THR As THR had reported exclusively, Sarah Silverman and Adam Carolla are also launching YouTube channels with Daniel Kellison's new production company HaChaCha. Michael Cera, Tim & Eric and Reggie Watts have partnered with Silverman to provide content to her channel. "Some of the most successful formats on TV come from Europe," Robert Kyncl, VP, global head of content, said in a statement. "The expansion of original channels in Europe allows more content creators of all stripes, from top producers to talented up-and-comers, to build their audiences all over the world."

iPad Mini Design 'Could Outshine the New iPad' (AllThingsD)
More grist for the rumor mill ahead of the so-called iPad Mini's expected debut later this month. Chatter from Apple's overseas supply chain indicates that the company has not been cutting corners in its efforts to keep the iPad's diminutive sibling price-competitive with what will surely be its two greatest rivals in the 7-inch tablet space, Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire. SlashGear Apple has ordered more than 10 million iPad Mini units in anticipation of significant demand for the smaller, cheaper tablet, sources among suppliers claim, with a Q4 2012 launch expected. ZDNet Previous reports stated that production has already begun for the smaller tablet, which is thought to be announced this week -- although invitations are yet to be issued to the press.

Lois Smith, Publicist to Stars Including Marilyn Monroe and Robert Redford, Dies at 85 (The Washington Post / AP)
A longtime New York City publicist who worked with celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford and Martin Scorsese has died. Lois Smith was 85. THR Lois Smith, along with Pat Kingsley, Gerry Johnson and Pat Newcomb, formed Pickwick Public Relations in 1969. "We called ourselves Pickwick because we were amiable eccentrics -- the staff and the client list," Smith later said. In 1980, the firm merged with another agency Maslansky/Koeningsberg and was renamed PMK, where Smith and Kingsley were also joined by Leslee Dart. The Wrap Smith's clients also included Gina Lollobrigida, Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty, Liza Minnelli and Whitney Houston. Smith won the Publicist Guild's Life Achievement Award in 2003.

Facebook Gifts Just Might Work (PRNewser)
You've probably heard that Facebook just hit the one billion user milestone. The company celebrated the announcement with a teary-eyed commercial and a typically understated blog post by the Zuck complete with a "one billion fact sheet." While the stats on the sheet are fascinating, they also bring attention back to Facebook's biggest challenge: How can they turn that unbelievably huge data pool into real-world revenue?

Reader's Digest Is Alive and Growing in the Digital World (TechCrunch)
Hey, remember Reader's Digest? It's a magazine that I remember seeing on lots of shelves when I was growing up. Now editor-in-chief Liz Vaccariello tells me that the magazine has undergone a "digital transformation," especially this year, and it's finding a growing audience on tablets, with digital sales set to exceed newsstand copies by December.

Now Playing at a Living Room Near You (LA Times / Company Town)
Struggling to compete with big-budget movies at the box office, indie films are increasingly finding a lucrative niche in one of Hollywood's fastest-growing markets: video on demand. The number of films released in theaters and video on demand at the same time nearly doubled from 2009 to 2011 and is projected to jump about 30 percent this year, to 68.

Campaigns Use Social Media to Lure Younger Voters (NYT)
In 2012, it is not enough for candidates to shake some hands, kiss a baby or two and run some TV ads. They also need to be posting funny little animations on the blogging site Tumblr.

Coulter on Alter: 'Is He Considered a Journalist?' (FishbowlDC)
Former Newsweek editor Jonathan Alter responded to conservative author Ann Coulter's comments in an email to FBDC. He said she named him the least fair reporter "because we appeared on television many times together before she was famous and she insisted on going on alone, and each time I owned her."

A Paris Review Mobile App (NYT / Media Decoder)
Literary magazines have taken their time emerging from a solely paper-and-ink world, but now it is routine for them to supplement their printed material with websites, blogs and Twitter feeds. On Monday, the Paris Review, the venerable journal founded in 1953 by Harold L. Humes, Peter Matthiessen and George Plimpton, will go a step further, introducing an app for the iPad and iPhone that is almost a year in the making.

Big Marketers Get Home-Schooled (Ad Age)
Who are the biggest influencers in media today? Well they might just be people like Jackie Healey and Maddie and Shawn Allen. These names probably won't ring a bell among most media practitioners -- and for good reason. They're the children of Jodi Allen, Procter & Gamble's VP-North American marketing and operations, and her boss, Melanie Healey, group president for North America.

Consumer Reports to Make Dozens of Layoffs (FishbowlNY)
Consumer Reports is falling on hard times. A tipster tells FishbowlNY that CR is facing a $7 million shortfall. We're told that Consumer Reports needs to make 70 layoffs to make budget.

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