60-minutesThe Poynter Institute has named 60 Minutes’ Benghazi report as the worst media error of 2013 from the seemingly increasing list of mainstream media botch-ups.

As is often the case with Error of the Year, the award is given partly because of the mistake itself, and partly because of the mistake’s fallout.

In late October “60 Minutes” aired a report that called into question the official version of what happened when the U.S. diplomatic compound was attacked in Benghazi, Libya. At the core of the story was a source, Dylan Davies, who worked as a security contractor for the State Department. Davies had a book coming out that purported to share new facts about what happened that night, and what he did.

Problem one: he lied to the show about what he did and saw, thereby making a core piece of evidence in the “60 Minutes” counter-narrative false and undercutting the entire segment. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 585,640 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Australia’s Got Talent: 461,190 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 8:40pm)
  3. Undercover Boss: 282,820 (TV ONE, 8:40pm – 9:40pm)
  4. The Middle: 256,420 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. 3 News: 253,270 (TV3, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)

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Today’s clue in who has died on Shortland Street is an email from Bella Cooper to Lance Mansfield:

From: Bella Cooper
Date: 20th December 2013 17:16
To: Lance Mansfield
Subject: Re: minute of your time

Please stop contacting me. I have told the police everything I know and have nothing further I want to say to you or anyone else about the incident. Please respect my privacy and the privacy of my friends and family while we grieve our loss.

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20140107-morningbriefingThe Mighty Boosh reunite for tour, movie

The cult comedy duo, made up of Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt, confirmed in an interview with the UK’s Mail On Sunday that they are heading out on a tour of the UK in early 2014, and that will possibly lead to a new movie. “We’ll be working on material that hopefully could make a movie,” Barratt said. “We want to make something great for the fans.” This is the first tour for the Boosh since 2009. The Mighty Boosh’s final season aired in 2007. Continue reading »

Thanks to everyone who got in touch with me yesterday about wanting to contribute to Throng in 2014.  If you’re still thinking about it, my inbox isn’t full yet.

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Former Shortland Street cast member Tim Foley features in the latest road safety campaign.

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If only they could pop up the SyFy channel…

Summer is a busy time for SKY Sport – in fact it’s so chocka we’ve created a free pop-up channel dedicated to all the action from the Australian Open.

Christmas may be over but the presents keep coming for SKY Sport subscribers who can enjoy additional matches from the Australian Open LIVE and uninterrupted. Continue reading »

HomelandDarAClearly there is no concern for fast tracking this as it’s already finished in the US and Australia.  Thanks Mediaworks…

The highly anticipated third season of HOMELAND will debut on SoHo on Wednesday 5 February at 8:30pm.

This new season of HOMELAND opens during the aftermath of a horrific terror attack that decimated the U.S. intelligence apparatus, and prompted a global manhunt for the world’s most wanted terrorist – Nick Brody (Damian Lewis). As Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) begin to pick up the pieces of their shattered professional and personal lives, they are swept up in the political and media firestorm surrounding the terror attack and the subsequent search for Brody’s whereabouts. Continue reading »