Here Are This Week's Winners And Losers In Media

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The ladies took over this week’s headlines by stepping out on their own — Jenny McCarthy followed her bliss (away from Oprah), DSK accuser Nafi Diallo told her story, and Gina Carano went from athlete to actress.

It wasn’t all good news, however.

Sarah Palin documentary “The Undefeated” was…well, defeated.

(And now available in pay-per-view form.)

Meanwhile, the guys were angry.

WINNER: Piers Morgan

If by winner you mean still standing than Piers Morgan is definitely a winner. After weeks of facing down rumours that phone-hacking went on under his editorship at the Daily Mirror, no one has produced a single bit of evidence that it actually did.

On Thursday Twitter made a fool of itself when it picked up and spread of rumour that Morgan had been suspended from CNN. He hadn't. And he shows no sign of going anywhere anytime soon.

WINNER: Casey Anthony mask seller (if it's not a hoax)

While Casey Anthony continues her frantic run away from the media -- using any number of rumoured disguised -- someone just paid a whole lot of money to look like Anthony.

This 'extremely rare Casey Anthony latex mask' went up for sale on eBay earlier this week. According to the site it was sold for $999,900.00. Well done, America.

WINNER: Jenny McCarthy

Not a lot of people leave Oprah, but that's exactly what Jenny McCarthy did this week.

McCarthy, who was supposed to develop a show for the network, is reportedly instead taking her show idea to NBC: 'Jenny finally decided to embrace Oprah's philosophy, which is to 'follow your bliss.' Well, Jenny followed her bliss and walked right off the project.'

Indeed. On a related note, here is the actually origin of the phrase 'follow your bliss.'

WINNER: Gina Carano

It's the age-old story of mixed martial arts star turned Hollywood star.

Except this time the martial arts star is a woman. Gina Carano is the 29-year-old women's MMA star Gina Caranois that was plucked from relative obscurity (at least in the eyes of non-MMA fans) by Stephen Soderbergh to star in 'Haywire,' the next film from Steven Soderbergh. Other members of the cast include Michael Douglas, Ewan MacGregor, and Channing Tatum.

The preview was leaked this week and it's impressive.

WINNER: Nafi Diallo

After weeks of remaining silent and anonymous and watching as the New York Post, among others, dragged her through the mud DSK accuser Nafi Diallo took matters into her own hands...and to the media.

Diallo launched a veritable blitz this week, giving a cover story interview to Newsweek, a lengthy interview to ABC News and holding a press conference.

Whether this works in her favour remains to be seen: She may be giving the defence even more material with which to argue their case. But she has shown she is unafraid to fight fire with fire.

LOSER: Bill O'Reilly

Fox News's response to the terrible Norway shooting is the stuff of a Onion piece.

Instead of focusing on the terrible crime that occurred, Bill O'Reilly, Fox News's most popular host, spent the entire week attempting to prove that Anders Breivik could not possibly be a Christian.

Which would be a reasonable reaction were it not for the fact O'Reilly refused to extend that logic to radical Muslims.

LOSER: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

This was Ed Henry's first week as Fox's new White House correspondent. And boy did he get some kind of welcome.

Not once, but twice White House press secretary Jay Carney accused Henry, formerly of CNN, of following Republican talking pointsand then went so far as to say Henry was intentionally trying to create 'a thing here for Fox.'

He wasn't. But in case anyone is wondering what the White House actually thinks of Fox this was a pretty damning tipping of the hand.

LOSER: Chris Christie

LOSER: Sarah Palin

Even Sarah Palin's fans aren't interested in Sarah Palin.

Palin's big documentary 'The Undefeated,' which she herself commissioned, failed miserably at the box office netting a measly $24,000. As a result the distributors have already decided to go the pay-per-view route.

LOSER: Bradlee Dean

Chances are you have never heard of Bradlee Dean.

He is the former rock 'artist' turned anti-gay, religious leader who is suing Rachel Maddow and MSNBCfor $50 million in connection with a segment she did on her show last year.

The segment highlighted Dean's history of extreme homophobia -- Dean heads up the group You Can Run But You Cannot Hide and among other things has called for the incarceration of gay peopleand seemingly supported the part of Muslim Sharia law that calls for the execution of homosexuals.

Dean feels that Maddow unfairly reported that he had called for the killing of homosexuals (judge for yourself here) and thinks it's part of MSNBC's larger plan to undermine Michele Bachmann's run (she has supported Dean in the past).

MSNBC says 'This suit is baseless and we stand by our reporting.' But you probably could have figured that out on your own.

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