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Media Navel Gaze: February 18, 2014

Mark Kollar  Follow

The Week Unpeeled

Big Media was the big topic last week on news that Comcast was acquiring Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion in stock, pending what is expected to be tough regulatory hurdles and amid debate on the impact for consumers.


  • The House approved raising the borrowing limit, a move that usually dominates the news cycle for days if not weeks; Interesting note that a clever PR move (initiated by a PR firm) to change the word in the debate to "default" from "debt" changed the conversation to one more of catastrophe and less of bad credit, a good example of wordplay brinksmanship - and a story that seemed to get as much play as the actual news in recent days;
  • Bill Keller, a New York Times columnist and former executive editor, is leaving to become editor in chief of a nonprofit start up called The Marshall Project, which focuses on the US criminal justice system;
  • The Dow sent a big Valentine to investors on Friday and soared to end 2.3 percent higher for the week, closing at 16,154 (still down more than 2 percent for year, however);
  • Michael Sam, NFL prospect, comes out and makes front-page headlines; and
  • Shirley Temple Black dies. End of Story

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