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Friday Night Links: Twitter Edition

What? A graphic?! Yes, its that time of the week. This time a wrinkle. All of the links will come from my interesting tweets(and retweets) of the week. Don’t worry they’re not all about Twitter. Its a vibrant cross section of the news that is the fabric of this great nation. Oh and videos. I always bring the vids.

Jon Stewart earns the wrath of Rush Limbaugh. Looks like a win-win for Stewart.

The GOP isn’t worried about backlash from hispanics over Sotomayor. I think they should be.

Grad sues college for tuition because she can’t get a job.

Newly discovered pieces by Mozart, technically demanding and furiously paced. He was seven or eight years old when he wrote them. When I was seven, my teacher asked the class to find out the opposite of the word “sweet”. I came back the next day, told her it was “sour” and received some sort of prize. My accomplishment was not technically demanding, furiously paced nor was it an extensive concerto movement.

Cheesily produced video of the greatest basketball team ever assembled. The 1992 Dream Team:

The prevalence of these stories doesn’t make it any less alarming. We’re running out of oil at an unbelievable rate.

Apple tries to silence 11 year old with exploding iPod.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. The time for lasers on top of airplanes has come.

The Onion: “Victim of Mall Shooting Determined Not To Die In Yankee Candle”

140 characters? Please. Old news. The cheapest telegrams used to be 150 characters. Includes awesome code words for shortening sentences. Thus: “If a sufficient inducement is offered, the hunting expedition will not set out” could be sent in code by simply sending “Inert hurst” in a telegram.

With the news that championship hero David Ortiz failed a steroid test in 2003, coming on the heels of the Patriots shady business during Spygate, a new song has come out. Boston Trophy Party:

Reuters CEO is going at online content distribution just like the AP…but the exact opposite. “I believe in the link economy.” Great read.

Hey so, why are Russian nuclear submarines snooping off the East coast of the US?

The Onion: Solitary Crow on Fence Post Portending Doom, Analysts Warn

Candidate Bloomberg: Let’s reopen LIRR stations in Elmhurst, Richmond Hill, and Glendale. Please do Mr. Mayor if you are reelected to be mayor once again. Transportation in some parts of Queens is a nightmare.

Seth Rogan talks about being rejected by Megan Fox with rejection clip. Hilarious.

Geez, why was he so nervous anyway?



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Jon Stewart: America’s Most Trusted Newsman?

Stewart delights in taking politicians and news organizations to task for their shortcomings.

Stewart delights in taking politicians and news organizations to task for their shortcomings.

With the passing of news giant Walter Cronkite, Time Magazine decided to poll the country on who takes the mantle of America’s most trusted newsman. The field included Charlie Gibson, Katie Couric, and Brian Williams, but the winner was Jon Stewart.

The Huffington Post said it best, declaring that Stewart would probably accept the news as “downright apocalyptic for America” but is it shocking in any way, shape, or form? Evening news rating have been dropping for years and speaking in terms of the competition, Stewart split the “not an evening news anchor” vote. I have to admit, I don’t catch The Daily Show as often as I should, but no matter your politics, it is clear that Stewart is doing something you can’t find anywhere else.

His show combines comedy with intelligent observation and interpretation of the events around us. Take out the comedy, and you have what news organizations are flogged for messing up in dangerous times, when they should be at their best. The lead up to the Iraq War and the housing crisis and subsequent economic meltdown are just two high profile instances when the media has been lambasted for failing to hold the right people accountable.

Stewart does that and he shouldn’t have the title of most trusted newsman but its understandable why he might have another. ‘Person who Americans Can Identify With Most’. I guess it doesn’t have the same ring to it.

This was almost as exciting as November 4th.

This was almost as exciting as November 4th.

Digging into the results of the poll, provides some interesting details:

-Charlie Gibson ‘won’ Oklahoma and Montana but he’s from Illinois. Is there any rhyme of reason to this? There has to be something the citizens of those states like about him. I love to play this game with ESPN Sports Nation polls.

-Brian Williams carried battleground states Indiana, Florida, and Arizona and dominated the field in Vermont. They love Williams in Vermont.

-Katie Couric was in last place nationwide and only won Iowa. If this was the primaries she would be in great shape! Oh yeah. A little political humor.