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Weekend Update

Lots of interesting media stuff over the weekend. First, there was confirmation that the man who attacked a group of people with his car at UNC was indeed on a jihad. The Daily Tar Heel’s coverage has been outstanding throughout:

Much speculation has been made about Taheri-azar’s motives in the incident, in which he drove the rental SUV through the popular campus gathering spot, striking nine and sending six to UNC Hospitals with minor injuries.
Poarch confirmed that anti-American sentiments were involved. Based on comments made after his arrest, Poarch said Taheri-azar acted to “avenge the deaths of Muslims around the world.”

Then there was Byron York on the Washington Post’s leak story:

Too late, the Times and its allies realized that a terrible precedent had been set. Now some of them try to argue that the Wilson leak was an act of retribution, while the NSA and secret prisons leaks were the work of good-government whistleblowers, so one should be vigorously prosecuted while the others are ignored. It won’t work. Leaks are leaks, and the NSA and secret prisons leaks were, by any estimation, far more damaging to national security than the Wilson leak. (In that case, the special prosecutor said in court recently that he did not intend to show that any damage occurred from the leak.)
So now there are more investigations going on. The Times and its supporters wanted this kind of thing. Now they’ve got it.

Powerline on AP’s Friday night clarification:

Assuming its goal is accuracy rather than political effect: What an utterly pathetic performance by the AP, both in its original reporting and its Friday night clarification. And megadittoes for the media shills that parroted the AP’s pathetic performance. We await the Democrats’ correction of the related misrepresentation circulated yesterday. Or does the AP speak for the Democrats?

And finally, Brian Maloney reported that liberal radio network Air America might be in a fix so bad not even George Soros can bail it out:

In a development sure to rip the heart right out of the liberal radio network’s already ailing body, it appears extremely likely their leased New York City flagship station WLIB-AM will soon abandon Air America programming.
Even worse, litigation looks probable over the station’s lease.
While the network’s last day on WLIB isn’t known for certain, an internal source providing backing documentation points to the end of March. At this time, Air America parent Piquant LLC has no firm back-up plan for where in the nation’s largest radio market its programming will now air.
Some inside the firm are already referring to WLIB in the past tense.

Someday, some future George Clooney will make a movie about the brave souls of Air America and how they soldiered on, overcoming obstacles like the Bush administration and no listeners, until finally the evil forces of capitalism forced them to get real jobs. It will be called, Good Night. Seriously, You Have To Leave the Building Now or I’m Calling Security.

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