… Dan Abrams, an NBC legal analyst and host of the now-defunct prime-time MSNBC show calledThe Abrams Report, was promoted to the position of MSNBC general manager. It was an odd move. Abrams had no management experience and had landed the job on the basis of writing a six-page memo about his plans for the network. It also helped that Abrams, like Griffin, was a Zucker friend and attended the same Hamptons parties as he did.
When asked after authorities called off the manhunt whether the response fit the crime, Nielepko said, “I think the helicopter is what threw more attention to this.” He added that the response was both standard and appropriate.
"Whenever we see there’s a threat to public safety, we’re going to dedicate any resources we have to apprehend that person," he said.
“I wrote Sarah Palin a letter last night about 2 in the morning. And I said: ‘Sarah, I don’t know if I’m doing more harm or more good. I don’t know anymore.’”—Fox News personality Glenn Beck, speaking on his radio show in September, as quoted in a New York Times magazine profile of him. (via officialssay)
As far as I’m concerned, it’s a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity. If this is what you’re trying to get The Sun away from, then I think I’d like to work for you.
His testimony will relate to his experience participating in the Take Our Jobs initiative put on by the United Farm Workers union. The initiative invited people to come and try the jobs that illegal immigrants do now, like farm work, to see if they’re really taking jobs that Americans want. Since Colbert was one of only 4 people who took them up on the offer, he’ll be testifying about it.
Why he’s doing it in character isn’t entirely clear, but I suppose he’s got some fans in Congress who wouldn’t mind spicing up what would surely otherwise be a very boring subcommittee. [via]
The Telegraph has been friendly enough to reveal the Facebook faux-pas performed by the teen. She decided to hold a birthday party at her mom’s house and mom kindly said she could invite 15 of her closest companions.
Being almost 15, what other forum could she possibly have considered than Facebook? So she created a nice little event page and waited, no doubt expectantly, for everyone to say “yes.” Unfortunately, the everyone she envisaged seemed to comprise, well, everyone. At least 21,000 people reportedly said they were coming, before she realized that she had invited the whole world. Or at least the whole Facebook world, which is more or less the same thing.
Worse was the sudden appearance of Facebook groups inviting people to such events as her “clear-up party” and “after party,” as she became the subject of ill-conceived japing. Just to add to the entertainment, she had, unfortunately, put her phone number and address on the invitation.
“If the worlds of heavy metal and commercial aviation were two sets in an unlikely Venn diagram, then their intersection would contain Bruce Dickinson.”—The front man of Iron Maiden, who has regularly flown commercially for an aircraft-leasing company called Astraeus Airlines, has now been appointed the operation’s head of marketing. The Telegraph has the details. (via theeconomist)