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Media Navel Gaze: August 18, 2014

Mark Kollar  Follow

The Week Unpeeled

Leading headlines switched between the fighting in Iraq and the Ukraine all week, with focus late on new conflicts between Russia and the former Soviet state that sent stocks lower and investors into "safer" instruments like bonds.  The Dow ended the week down 0.7 percent at 16,662.


  • News images of the violence in Missouri, however, has visually seemed to make the town of Ferguson more dangerous than in political fights overseas, with the story gaining momentum, accounting for two stories alone on the front page of The New York Times on Sunday;
  • Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has resigned, which means more aid likely now from the US to Iraq;
  • Texas Gov. Perry, an expected presidential candidate, was indicted on charges of alleged abuse of powers;
  • The co-founders of Current TV, which include Al Gore, are suing Al Jareeza America for allegedly withholding funds owed them;
  • David Gregory is out at NBC's "Meet the Press" and will be replaced by Chuck Todd amid speculation that he may be headed to CNN;
  • Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall died amid well-deserved ink of praise including one somewhat odd piece in the NYT that death of celebrities do not come in threes; and
  • YOLO makes it to the Oxford Dictionary (thank you, Drake), as well as clickbait, listicle and binge-watch (thank you, OITNB and House of Cards). End of Story

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