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Dead Woman Watches TV for 2 Years

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[Lonely People]
[Television]
Two years after her apparent death, British authorities found the dead body of a woman sitting in her apartment, watching a TV that was still on. The heat had also remained on for the entire two years, and her room contained still-unopened Christmas presents from 2003.

That must have been a really bad show.

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Disney Trades Sportscaster For Cartoon

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[Television]
Al Michaels was traded from ABC to NBC for a cartoon bunny, four rounds of golf and Olympic highlights... no kidding!

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Southpark Tackles Scientology Because Showtime Didn't Have Balls

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[Television]
Trey Parker, one of the creators of Southpark, claims in a GQ interview that they chose to do an episode parodying Scientology in protest of the rumors that Showtime refused to let Penn and Teller do an episode of Bullshit exposing Scientology. Furthermore, the offensive Southpark episode, "Trapped in the Closet" that mocks the controversial church often called a "cult" and ridicules Tom Cruise will not be run in Britain due to threats from the litigious former "Top Gun."

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TV Phones Now Sport Tivo-Like Video Pausing

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[Television]
It's bad enough that someone came up with the goofy idea to integrate a TV with a cell phone, but now LG Electronics has integrated Tivo-like features so that if you're watching tv and the phone rings, you can pause TV to talk on the phone. You obviously don't want to miss a second of that Creed music video while you're in the drive-thru at McDonald's and the phone rings!

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Bombs Explode In London; Brit Hume Wants To Play The Market

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[Television]
During Fox News' coverage of the July 7 London bombings, Washington managing editor Brit Hume commented, I mean, my first thought when I heard -- just on a personal basis, when I heard there had been this attack and I saw the futures this morning, which were really in the tank, I thought, "Hmmm, time to buy."

This is in stark contrast to CNN Host Anderson Cooper, who, during a remote broadcast in the middle of the worst part of Hurricane Dennis, said to a fellow commentator, "This might be vain, but you've got a leaf in your hair."

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Extreme Makeover Needed For Integrity of Local TV News

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[Television]
Don't you love local TV news stories about critical topics like Supernanny, The Apprentice or Survivor? This stuff is almost as exciting and informative as weathertainment.

Denver's local TV news shows have perfected the art of finding "news" stories linked to the prime-time entertainment shows their stations broadcast. A local reporter points out that these newsvertisements are everywhere, and shows plenty of disgusting examples.

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Government Slashes Budget of Public Broadcasting

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[Edumakashun]
[Television]
Apparently citing the perfection that is commercial television, our politicians have decided that public tv and children's education is a low priority.

A House subcommittee voted yesterday to sharply reduce the federal government's financial support for public broadcasting, including eliminating taxpayer funds that help underwrite such popular children's educational programs as "Sesame Street," "Reading Rainbow," "Arthur" and "Postcards From Buster."

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MTV's Real World heads to Austin

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[Television]
While many probably didn't realize it was still ont he air, the grand-daddy of reality TV shows, MTV's "Real World" heads to Austin, Texas for it's 16th season. The producers of this season's show promise that the Austin locale will showcase even more unique real estate, unique new drinks which unique new whiny teens will drink too much of, and unique new ways in which to toss your cookies and act like babies.

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Another ex-employee of TechTV/G4 speaks out

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[Television]
Dan Huard started out as a nerdy intern at TechTV, the San Francisco-based cable channel dedicated towards all things tech. He worked his way up to associate producer and tells us what things were like, including after the takeover of the network by a bunch of "suits" who merged it with "G4" and tried to package the once-proud network into a stupid and insipid shill for the video game industry.

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Parents Television Council PAC responsible for FCC complaints

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[Television]
Ever wonder what "force" was behind the big issue over Janet Jackson's breast on the Superbowl? Well, it's the PTC, Parents Television Council, a watchdog group that apparently is as much into exploiting BS and making money as they are enforcing their particular brand of morality.

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Comedy Central's "Tough Crowd" cancelled

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[Entertainment]
[Television]
This week marked the last taping of the incredibly mediocre Comedy Central show "Tough Crowd" with Colin Quinn. I guess they gave Quinn enough years to attempt to master his speaking and timing ability to no avail.

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Tucker Carlson: hurting America, hurting Bambi

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[Television]
From the Washington Post:

First Tucker Carlson was dissed by Jon Stewart. Now, is nature turning against him, too? Early yesterday morning, Carlson was snoozing in the back of a town car, returning from a debate with his CNN "Crossfire" co-host Paul Begala at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. Two deer darted onto Interstate 95 south of Baltimore. The driver avoided one but collided with the other, setting off the air bag and rendering the car undrivable.

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Even journalists agree: TV news sucks

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[Television]
The Committee of Concerned Journalists, a consortium of reporters, editors, producers, publishers, owners and academics, has surveyed its own membership about the quality of election campaign coverage this year, and the results aren't pretty. Nearly three quarters of respondents gave the press a C, D or F grade, and only 3% gave an A. By large majorities they felt the news media has become sidetracked by trivial issues, has been too reactive and has focused too much on campaign strategy rather than substance. They gave particularly low grades to television and much higher grades to newspapers and online coverage. The online news sites in fact got more A grades than any other medium - a notable improvement in the internet's reputation relative to other information sources. The situation seems to have degenerated to the point that there are entire web sites are being dedicated towards tracking errors within news media.

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Fun Political Ads! Submit Your Own!

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[Television]
Here's a place where you can see political ads from anybody who cares to share them.

I like No Oil Company Left Behind.


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Sinclair flip-flops & won't air Kerry-bashing documentary

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[Television]
Apparently getting caught up in a massive backlash and boycott effort from the public over their outrage, the Sinclair group, owners of 60+ stations around the country, have backpedaled on their intent to run an anti-Kerry documentary days before the election. Well, in a twist of words they say they won't run the thing "in its entirety."

Instead, the company intends to re-package the documentary as a series of clips in a more ambiguous "public service" attack show which will, at least, start off "examining the role of the media in shaping public policy".

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TV-B-Gone

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[Technology]
[Television]
In a story that seems made for this site, we've come across an interesting new invention called "TV-B-Gone" - a little thingy that sits on your keychain and has the power to turn off most television sets. Its inventors claim they thought of the idea while eating out one night and being distracted by a tv in a restaurant. The inventors claim the device will give people back time that the tv would otherwise suck from their life.

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Toshiba TV summons search and rescue teams to student's apt.

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[Faulty Products]
[Television]
A malfunctioning Toshiba television set apparently sent out a 121.5Mhz broadcast, a frequency used for international distress signals, and was picked up by a satellite which prompted a hunt by authorities which ended with search and rescue teams showing up at the residence of a very shocked 20-year old college student. Personally I think this was a cry for help from the TV because the guy was watching "Fear Factor."

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Fake newscasters continue to take on pseudo-journalists

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[Television]
As Robert Novak recovers from having a broken hip, he still continues to get a free "pass" from the press for not revealing the White House source who outted a CIA agent, effectively committing treason. To add insult to injury Novak wants other reporters to out their sources and/or do it for them. Meanwhile taxpayers foot the multimillion dollar bill for some sort of goofy investigation that dances all around the fact that Novak is at this time, the traitor who won't ID the staffer who committed treason.

These events have become so far-fetched and illogical that it seems we're in some sort of bizarro world, where fake-news comedians such as Jon Stewart and his Daily Show offer more information, truth and insight than CNN and other networks. Jon Stewart has now gone on the offensive, taking shots at mainstream news for not doing their job.

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Jon Stewart on Crossfire: "You guys are partisian hacks!"

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[Television]
[Video]
Jon Stewart appeared live on CNN's "Crossfire". Tucker Carlson and company apparently expected Jon to come on and do his "Schtick". What they didn't expect was Jon switching roles and bitch-slapping the show's hosts, calling Crossfire "bad for America" and telling them in no uncertain terms, unlike his show which is comedy, CNN has failed the public and is providing "theater" instead of useful news to the community.

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Jon Stewart Chooses Kerry

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[Television]
In a tight race, The Daily Show's Jon Stewart says he'll probably vote for Kerry. Some viewers may think that was obvious, but The Daily Show roasts both sides with equal vigor--it's just that the Bush guys are so darn easy to make fun of.

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