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Amid uproar, Helen Thomas retires, at age 89. Her final question at a press conference, for Obama last week: When are we getting out of Afghanistan? Dave Weigel of Wash Post tweets: "On the plus side, invites to Helen Thomas’s 90th birthday party just got a lot easier to score." Tribute on career and friendship from Anderson Cooper blog at CNN.
In that case of Wikileaks leaker arrested: NYT updates today. Reuters confirms it’s all about the "Collateral Murder" video–which showed two Reuters journos killed….Wash Post denies WIkiLeaks claim that it sat on that video for a year–but a Finkel twist.
GOP gets Petty (and other rockers): TPM with lengthy review of rock and roll artists protesting GOP candidates using their tunes: from Orleans to Springsteen and David Byrne. Israeli promoter today charges "cultural terrorism" as more bands cancel gigs, latest The Pixies and Gorillaz. Earlier, Elvis Costello, others.
Here come the mass exits? Top prober Mike Isikoff leaving Newsweek for NBC.
Whoops: NYT on Ohio nuke plant that almost caused disaster in 2002–old problem returns just as nuke industry gearing up….. Andy Borowitz: "BP Says It Has Successfully Contained Flow of Information About Spill."
Peter Beinart’s latest in series of tough pieces, this time at Daily Beast, on Israel being out of touch—as leaders there "wait for President Palin." Those who equate strong criticism of Israel w/ anti-Semitism would have to put high number of Israelis in that category. Just read Haaretz, e.g. On the Media (NPR) radio debate on Israeli assault and aftermath, with Peter Beinart, more. Israelis kill 4 Palestinians in diving gear off Gaza—claim they were "terrorists," while others say just training.