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Balloon, Boy Rivet Nation

The Heene Family

The balloon drama that transfixed the nation — and left viewers terrified at the grim possibilities — ended happily and a bit absurdly Thursday with the discovery that the young boy once thought to have been carried across the Colorado sky had never taken to the air.

Cable news channels followed a helium-filled balloon thought to carry the 6-year-old boy, whose family was featured last year on ABC's Wife Swap, and the coverage continued for hours. The balloon landed softly, with the aptly but bizarrely named Falcon Heene not inside. That led to endless vamping and filler as reporters and experts tried to guess where he was, whether he was alive and whether it might have been a hoax.

At one point CNN broke ... read more

Paul Anka Happy to Get Credit for New Michael Jackson Single

Paul Anka, Michael Jackson

The singer-songwriter responsible for Johnny Carson's Tonight show theme and Frank Sinatra's "My Way" has been recognized for co-writing one of the year's most anticipated new songs, Michael Jackson's "This Is It."

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Obama Administration: Fox News Is a Political Opponent

Barack Obama

The Obama administration says it's treating Fox News Channel as a political opponent, and executives at the top-rated cable news network are responding that the White House can't tell straight reporting from opinion.

White House communications director Anita Dunn recently told Time magazine that she thinks the channel offers "opinion journalism masquerading as news," and kept up the criticism on CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday and in The New York Times Monday.

Fox's senior vice president for news, Michael Clemente, issued a statement Monday, saying... read more

Late-Night Comedians Turning on Obama

Barack Obama

"That's pretty amazing, winning the Nobel Peace Prize," Jay Leno said Friday night of President Barack Obama's latest accolade. "Ironically, his biggest accomplishment as president so far ... winning the Nobel Peace Prize." 

That joke may be indicative of the TV comedy world sharpening its arrows a bit more when the current occupant of the White House is the target, The New York Times reports. 

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DJ AM, T.I. Win at BET Hip-Hop Awards

Rapper T.I.

DJ AM and T.I. were winners at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

The late celebrity spinner won the DJ of the Year prize while the imprisoned rapper took home two trophies Saturday night ­-- the best collaboration award with Rihanna for the song "Live Your Life" and the album of the year award for "Paper Trail."

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Imus Begins Simulcast on Fox Business Network

Don Imus

Imus in the Morning began simulcasting Monday on Fox Business Network, having Glenn Beck and John McCain among his guests and indulging in some classically edgy shtick with longtime newsman-sidekick Charles McCord.

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White House, Fox News in Olympic Struggle

Barack Obama

President Barack Obama may have failed to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics to Chicago, but the White House doesn't have any regrets — and lashed out this week at Fox News and Glenn Beck for criticizing the president's efforts.

On the official White House blog, Jesse Lee, the online programs director, wrote that the cable news channel "continued its disregard for the facts ...
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Letterman Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

David Letterman

A CBS producer who works on the true-crime show 48 Hours pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he attempted to extort $2 million from David Letterman by threatening to reveal the Late Show host had sex with staffers.

Robert J. "Joe" Halderman pleaded in a New York City court ...
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Arrest Made in Letterman Blackmail Scheme

David Letterman

The man arrested in a $2 million blackmail scheme against David Letterman works on the CBS true-crime show 48 Hours, the network announced.

Police have identified the man as ... read more

Jon Gosselin: TLC a "Monster"

Jon Gosselin

Jon Gosselin sees TLC as a "monster" that has greedily cashed in on his family and even partially caused the breakdown of his marriage with Kate, his lawyer says.

TLC stopped filming the Gosselin children on the recently renamed Kate Plus Eight after the production staff was banned from the family home.

Jon Gosselin asked TLC to stop filming his children and to leave his property just days after the network renamed Jon & Kate Plus 8 and announced it would focus more on Kate Gosselin.

"Jon is resolved not to allow the TLC corporate machine to devour his family and promote the monster's best interests over those of his family," Jon Gosselin's lawyer, Mark Jay Heller, said Thursday in a statement.

He expressed confidence that Jon "will be completely successful ...
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