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Pop Quiz: Do You Know Your Utopias as Well as Glenn Beck?

Last month, Glenn Beck proposed the creation of "Independence USA," a libertarian community. And if his vision is unique, the quest for utopia isn't. Read on, and find out how well you know the dreamers and crackpots who have tried to create "perfect" societies.

Can Al Jazeera Capitalize on Its Newfound Popularity?

The Qatar-based network is getting international kudos for its coverage of the growing Middle East crisis. But acclaim and a growing audience don't yet equal profits and market share for Al Jazeera, which has almost certainly been losing money since its launch in 1996.

Are Fox News and MSNBC Mirror Images?

When News Corp. (NWS) made two high-profile donations to Republican organizations totaling $2 million, liberals were outraged, saying it proved the media conglomerate and its Fox News Channel were fronts for the Republican Party. On the opposite side of the political aisle, the same point was made after Keith Olbermann's suspension by MSNBC. The truth, though, is more ambiguous.

Why Jon Stewart Matters More Than Keith Olbermann

At least in part due to comments made by Jon Stewart at this weekend's Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann announced he was suspending his show's well-known "Worst Person in the World" segment indefinitely.

Is MSNBC.com Looking for a New Name?

MSNBC management is thinking about changing the name of its website, according to the New York Times, to better distinguish it from its more liberal cable network.

Parker Spitzer: Low Ratings, Scathing Reviews

CNN's great 8PM hope, Parker Spitzer, garnered lackluster ratings in its debut Monday night, trailing Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and CNN's own sister network HLN. Television critics, meanwhile, savaged the program.

CNN Hopes to Spin Its Own Story with Change at the Top

CNN is sick of being the punching bag of the cable news world. Explaining why the network replaced the head of CNN U.S., CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton cited what he described as unfair press coverage focusing on CNN's declining ratings, while ignoring its growing profitability.

CNN Replaces Jon Klein as Makeover Looms

CNN president Jonathan Klein has been hard at work this year remaking the network's primetime lineup, its most important programming block. But whether or not his effort proves successful, he won't be around to find out. CNN just announced that Klein is leaving his post, and the network, after six years, to be replaced by Ken Jautz, head of sister channel HLN.

How The Wall Street Journal Sounds Like Fox News

If you have any doubt that The Wall Street Journal is fast becoming steeped in the corporate culture of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., I invite you to read a couple of quotations from today's news.

Truth Ranking: The Most and Least Honest Pundits

Thanks to PolitiFact.com, the Pulitzer Prize-winning website, it's possible to see which political pundits are sticking to the truth and which are making it up. George Will gets high marks; Glenn Beck, not so much.

Stop Picking on Fox News (This Time)

Should Fox News have to give up its seat in the White House briefing room because of ideological bias? It's an insignificant non-issue, so enough, already!

News Corp.'s
$1 Million to the GOP: No Big Deal

It looks terrible when company that owns some of the nation's biggest news outlets drops a wad of cash in the lap of one political party. But when you get down to it, there's no reason News Corp.'s donation to the Republican Governors Association is any worse than what happens every day.

Legal Briefing: Blagojevich Lied But Not Corrupt

The jury found ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich guilty of lying to the FBI but deadlocked on the 23 other charges. Because of one hold-out juror, Blagojevich goes free on charges including allegedly selling the President's Senate seat.

News Corp., the Saudi Prince and the 'Ground Zero Mosque'

Fox News pundits decry Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who's sponsoring a mosque in lower Manhattan, as a threat to America. But for Fox's parent News Corp., doing billions of dollars in investment deals with a nephew of Saudi Arabia's king is just business as usual. And it shows how much more nuanced it is to run a multinational media giant today.

Dan Abrams's Mediaite Tests the Limits of Fair Use

Just what constitutes "fair use" of copyrighted material has always been hard to define. Now a new website, Mediaite.com, is using that ambiguity to build a business model on other companies' content.

News Corp. Earnings Up, Outlook Robust

News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch was optimistic about the advertising outlook for his media empire, which reported earnings of $875 million. He also called the iPad "a real game-changer in the presentation of news" at the earnings call.

Will the Next President Be Brought to You by Rupert Murdoch?

Skirting campaign finance laws, News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch, has found an entirely legal way to put millions of dollars directly into the bank accounts of leading Republican candidates like Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin. He hires them.

Glenn Beck: Publishing's Biggest Hope?

Move over Oprah. Fox News host, Glenn Beck has turned into a literary tastemaker -- and for the authors that he's interviewed on his programs, the results are staggering.

Fox Biz Health Poll Not So Fair and Balanced

Fox News has been roundly criticized for selectively citing poll data to make it look like Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to Democratic-led health care reform. Now its sister network, Fox Business, has gone a step further, inviting them to participate in an online poll whose outcome is all but preordained thanks to the laughably biased menu of responses.

Fox News Chair Calls Ex-NYT Editor 'Crazy'

There's no love between Roger Ailes, head of Fox News, and Howell Raines, the former New York Times executive editor who recently called for all journalists of good conscience to oppose Fox. "He's obviously hallucinating in some way," Ailes told me Wednesday.