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Why Are Gossipy Newspapers Called “Tabloids”?

While the sensational fall of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire is chronicled this week by media outlets everywhere, we thought we’d get to the bottom of a less sensational question: Why are gossipy newspapers called “tabloids” anyway? The answer is easy to swallow. No, really: condensed, simplified, “easy-to-swallow” reporting was first dubbed “tabloid” journalism in the [...]

If Rupert Murdoch Had Never Been Born

(YouTube link) In light of the recent fortunes of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, {wiki} here’s a 1995 parody of the movie It’s a Wonderful Life that inserts Murdoch as the principle character. The sketch is from the BBC TV series A Bit of Fry & Laurie, starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, but still contains language [...]