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A video of weekend protests via ABC News Radio’s danpatterson:

A few quick video shots from the #OccupyWallStreet protest in Lower Manhattan, September 25th, 2011.

Murdoch Scandal: Parliament Cites 'Catalogue of Failures'

(LONDON) — A British parliamentary committee on Wednesday heaped scorn on Rupert Murdoch’s News International for trying to “deliberately thwart” a probe into phone hacking by the company’s journalists and called out the police for failing to thoroughly investigate it. “There has been a catalog of failures by the Metropolitan Police, and deliberate attempts by News International to thwart the various investigations,” said Keith Vaz, the committee’s chairman. A Parliament committee heard testimony from Murdoch and his son James on Tuesday regarding the hacking scandal at News of the World that has roiled the company and the country.

Rupert Murdoch Hearing Erupts Into Chaos, Wife Lunges

(LONDON) — A Parliament hearing into hacking by News Corp. journalists erupted into chaos Tuesday as CEO Rupert Murdoch was attacked by a man with what appeared to be a pie. 

Wendi Deng Murdoch, his wife, rose from her seat behind her husband to protect him and took a swing at the intruder. The man was taken away from the scene and the committee temporarily suspended the hearing. 

Before the incident, Murdoch told a British Parliament committee probing phone hacking by his journalists that he isn’t responsible for the scandal that has embroiled his media empire. 

Rupert Murdoch: 'People I Trusted' Are Responsible for Hacking Fiasco

UPDATE: Tuesday’s hearing was temporarily suspended after a man attempted to attack Rupert Murdoch as he spoke before the British Parliament.

(LONDON) — News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch told a British Parliament committee probing phone hacking by his journalists that he is not responsible for the scandal that has embroiled his media empire. 

"Mr. Murdoch do you accept you are ultimately responsible for this whole fiasco?" asked Jim Sheridan, a member of Parliament. 

"No," replied Murdoch, explaining that people he hired and trusted and the people who they hired and trusted were responsible. He mentioned Les Hinton, the publisher of the Wall Street Journal, who resigned on Friday. Hinton and Murdoch have worked together for 52 years, including while Hinton was chief executive of News International, Murdoch’s British newspaper publisher. 

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Rupert Murdoch's 'News of the World' Under Fire for More Phone Hacks

(LONDON) — The scandal over Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid has exploded across London, with Scotland Yard investigating the possibility that reporters and investigators for the paper hacked into the phones of victims of 7/7 — the so-called London bus bombings of July 7, 2005, in which terrorists targeted the city’s bus and subway systems and killed 52 people.

Palin Defends Gingrich Against 'Leftist Lame-Stream Media'

(NEW YORK) — In a pair of appearances on conservative talk shows Wednesday night, Sarah Palin defended presidential contender Newt Gingrich’s criticism of fellow Republican Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan by reiterating her frustration with the “leftist lame-stream media.”

On Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, Palin argued that Gingrich had no reason to apologize for calling Ryan’s Medicare plan “right-wing social engineering.”

“I don’t know why politicians feel that they have to apologize for something that they said just because they’ve gone through a 24-hour cycle of the mainstream media,” she said.  “Don’t apologize later just because the media has dinged ya on what it is that you’ve said.”

She urged Gingrich, Ryan and the rest of the 2012 conservative contenders to tailor their campaigns to avoid the “lame-stream media.”

“Candidates need to get their message out through the new social media,” she said.  “Don’t even participate in that goofy game that’s been played for too many years with the leftist lame-stream media.”

Palin went on to call Ryan’s plan, which calls for disposing of direct Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals in favor of a system of subsidized private insurance for seniors, “fiscally sound and courageous” compared to President Obama’s “big-spending government overreach more indebtness plan.”

The former governor of Alaska also criticized David Gregory, NBC’s Meet the Press host, for a “racist tinged” question in which he implied that Gingrich was racially insensitive in referring to President Obama as “the most successful food stamp president in American history” during a speech Gingrich made in Georgia last week.

"Talk about racism, that was a racist-tinged question from David Gregory," she told Hannity.  "Obviously, it is done to end the conversation, just to distract, divert attention from what the real substance is and stop the conversation."

On Eric Bolling’s Fox Business Network show Follow the Money, Palin echoed her approval of Ryan’s plan and criticized House minority leader Nancy Pelosi for “forcing Obama-care down our throats.”

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ABC Interested in Katie Couric?

(NEW YORK) — ABC could become a serious bidder for Katie Couric’s services once her contract with CBS expires in early June.

Variety reports there’s a “strong chance” ABC will offer the current CBS Evening News anchor a slot on its daytime schedule.  The publication speculates that ABC would cut back on its daytime soap opera block of All My Children,One Life to Live and General Hospital to make room for Couric on its schedule.  Of course, ABC already has a popular daytime talk show in The View.

Couric will be in high demand if she decides to leave CBS Evening News.  Variety reports NBC and Warner Bros., in addition to CBS and ABC, will pursue Couric, who is also rumored to be considering launching a syndicated daytime talk show in 2012.

Couric didn’t provide much insight into her plans during an appearance on her former TV home, NBC’s Today show, on Wednesday.  When asked by her one-time co-host, Matt Lauer, what the future has in store for her, Couric joked, “I’ll call you.”  They also didn’t address the rumors that Lauer could leave the Today show at the end of next year to work on a new talk show with Couric.

Wednesday’s appearance on the Today show was Couric’s second since she left the NBC morning news program in 2006.  She was promoting her new book, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives.

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Mashable Lists 12 Essential News Media Tumblrs You Should Follow

Thanks to @mashable for mentioning @abcnewsradio:

With Tumblr growing rapidly, it’s attracted a number of media organizations both local and national that are looking to engage their audience in a new way and perhaps attract new readers. But it’s not just about promoting their own content.

Many of the media organizations jumping on the simple blogging platform are using the tool to curate content for their audience and start a dialogue with readers. Mark Coatney, the media evangelist at Tumblr (Tumblr) who was likely hired in part because of his tremendous success managing the Newsweek Tumblr, said participation in the Tumblr community is what makes a media blog effective. That is, they are having a conversation with the community, not just about what the brand is doing.

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