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Obama Seizes the Stage

Excerpts from President Obama's first major address to a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009.Video: AP, Editor: Jacqueline Refo/

Poetic justice at the Philly Inquirer and Daily News, Chapter 11 style?

"Bankruptcy lawyers say three Philadelphia newspaper executives will roll back their 2008 raises while the company tries to shed debt and stay afloat.

"Chief Executive Brian Tierney's 38 percent pay hike in December has boosted his salary to $850,000."

More depressing news: Hearst has a monopoly in one of America's great cities and still can't make it:

"The San Francisco Chronicle joined the lengthening list of imperiled newspapers Tuesday as its owner set out to purge the payroll and slash other expenses in a last-ditch effort to reverse years of heavy losses. If it can't reduce expenses dramatically within the next few weeks, the Hearst Corp. said it will close or sell the Chronicle."

At New Majority, Conrad Black, the media mogul serving a 78-month term for obstruction of justice and diverting corporate money for personal use, says in a jailhouse interview that he is teaching inmates: "It's very hard work preparing lessons, and surprisingly rewarding to help people."

Speaking of which, when National Review runs a piece by Conrad Black on what Obama should do, shouldn't it identify him with more than is the author of 'Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom' and 'Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full?' Shouldn't it say that he's, like, behind bars?

Newspapers Accept Help From Government -- and this makes me a little queasy:

"For the first time in Minnesota -- and perhaps in the nation -- a journalism school has received a grant to help two daily newspapers adapt their products to an increasingly Internet-based industry.

"The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership program has given the Duluth News Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism and Mass Communication a total of $238,000 to help retrain the newspaper staffs."

Finally, this update on a story I mentioned yesterday:

A Baltimore television reporter has lost his job after acknowledging that he doctored a video to make it appear that Fox News radio host John Gibson had made a racial slur.

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