Archive for June 29, 2011

Summer Doldrums Part 1

June 29, 2011 3 comments

It’s been a pretty boring few weeks in the world of news and I’ve had to do a lot of surfing to find anything to be snarky about. Here are a few items that caught my eye as we make our way through the dog days of summer.

In no particular order (The headlines and links are one and the same):

Newscorp Gets Ready to Dump Myspace at Firesale Prices

Imagine being the genius who came up with the brilliant idea of getting Rupert Murdoch to shell out $580 million six years ago for Myspace. Newscorp is trying to dump it now and was reportedly hoping to get $100 million. Looks like it’s going to go for $20-30 million. But as business bombs go…that’s nothing. I still have my T-shirt from my CNN days celebrating the fantastic, dynamic merger of AOL and Time-Warner. 

I remember a lot of back-slapping and parties with fancy hors’ dourves at the CNN Center. I think TW CEO, Jerry Levin, is the only guy who made money on that turkey; and it was from his golden parachute- not the underwater options the rest of us had to eat.

Just in:  Mudoch sold My Space for $35 million today

British Survey Finds Radio Makes People Happier than TV or Internet 

You know, I think this speaks for itself.

Best Excuse Ever for Losing a Soccer Game 

The head coach of the North Korean women’s national soccer team blames his 2-0 loss to the U.S. on the fact members of his squad got hit by lightening just before making the trip.

Sarah Palin Indecisivness Wrankles Supporters 

Make up your mind, already!  The toe-dipping into the presidential waters is starting to grow old with many.  But she has been really good about breaking the unspoken rule of not stepping on everybody else’s announcement plans. First, there was the appearance in New Hampshire hours after Mitt Romney announced. Then there was last night’s gala premier of her movie in Iowa, the day after Michel Bachman’s announcement. Then she heads to Bachman and Tom Palenty’s backyard in Minnesota today to sit with her daughter, Bristol, for a tag-team book signing at the Mall of America.

Bachman Still Playing Tom Petty’s “American Girl” 

One day after rocker, Tom Petty, had his lawyers issue a cease and desist letter to the Bachman campaign over use of his song “American Girl,” they played it again after one of her speeches Monday…albeit just 29 seconds of it before it stopped abruptly to make way for “Walking on Sunshine.” Oops.

And it’s not even July yet.  Long, hot summer ahead.