It was a week of hellos and goodbyes…and plenty of media gaffes.
Glenn Beck ended his epic 29 month run at FOX News, while Keith Olbermann said hello to surprisingly good ratings at Al Gore’s Current TV.
Meanwhile, Chris Wallace and Mark Halperin are probably both wishing they could take back a single stupid word.
And Michele Bachmann continued to rewrite American History.
Oh, and Newsweek brought Princess Diana back to life…sort of.
Good Night America!
Said Beck during his surprisingly subdued sign-off: 'For those members of the media who are celebrating, you will pray for the time when I was only on the air for one hour everyday.'
Those members of the media, meanwhile, were furiously liveblogging Beck's final show; the NYT, HuffPo, Salon, and the Atlantic Wire all provided a play by play of Beck's final hour.
So much for diminished relevance. See his top 10 moments here.
In the first week of his new show on Current, Keith Olbermann posted ratings that suggest he may be a problem for MSNBC.
''Countdown' on Current averaged 354,000 total viewers in its first week, and 131,000 viewers ages 25 to 54. Which is impressive considering how fewer stations Current is available on.
However, even more worrying for MSNBC is that the same week Olbermann premiered Lawrence O'Donnell's (his replacement at MSNBC) ratings dropped 20%, suggesting viewers are willing to follow Olby to his new home.
The stunning(!) collapse of the New York District Attorney's case against the former IMF head saw a swift shift in headlines.
Naturally, the New York Post, which had gleefully gone after DSK with multiple scathing headlines following his arrest, had no problem doing a 180 and setting their sights on the maid.
Get ready 2012, Stephen Colbert now has his very own Super PAC.
Earlier this week Colbert promised that if granted a Super PAC he'd make ads even more offensive than the ones currently being aired by a group called Turn Right USA.
This week Tina Brown did what she does best. Created chatter.
To commemorate what would have been Princess Diana's 50th birthday Newsweek released a creepy cover this week re-imagining what Diana might have looked like.
Result: Everyone spent the entire week talking about Newsweek. Something that hasn't happened since the time (under John Meacham) they published the cover of Sarah Palin in running shorts.
On Thursday morning Time columnist, Game Change co-author, and Morning Joe regular Mark Halperin called President Obama a 'dick' on live TV.
Two hours later he was 'indefinitely' suspended.
The morning after New York's historic gay marriage vote the New York Post proved...how very un-New York it was.
While every other paper in the city ran splashy headlines celebrating the new law the Post went with a fireman rescue cover.
Fail to the nth degree.
During an interview on Fox News Sunday last week Wallace asked Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann if she was a 'flake.'
He apologized later that day for the phrasing, which many people found to be sexist. The next day Bachmann, after some hemming and hawing, announced she'd accepted his apology.
Meanwhile, the next day during an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Bachmann proved out on some of those flake accusations when she doubled down on her claim that the founding fathers (including John Quincy Adams) had worked tirelessly to end slavery.
This week the Voice published an article criticising Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore for their campaign to end human trafficking -- the Voice says they don't have their facts straight.
Kushton immediately responded on Twitter with a series of harsh Tweets calling out the Voice's notorious back page classifieds which have been previously accused of promoting child prostitution and asking for an ad boycott.
The result: American Airlines has dropped their ads from the paper.
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