Monday Crib Sheet: Fox Claims Facebook Snub, Eason Jordan Returns

Lee Enterprises goes belly up.

Fox says it was left off of Facebook’s Most Shared Stories for 2011.

In May, FoxNews.com wrote about a quirky page on the Centers for Disease Control’s website that advises viewers how to deal with a potential zombie apocalypse (strange but true). That story received 38,649 Facebook shares — well within the boundaries of the two New York Times stories, but not included in the list.

Other stories from FoxNews should have made the list as well, such as a September story about the White House condemning the death sentence of an Iranian pastor. It received 26,208 shares.

– But what happens if reporter Chelsea Clinton goes into politics? Newsbusters has more.

– “Tebow’s prayers are … flagrant end zone dance.”


Tebow is free to give “mad respect” to his lord, but I’d rather he do it on his own time. A number of players cross themselves on every play, but they do it discreetly — and expeditiously. Tebow’s prayer timeouts, by contrast, are as gratuitously in-your-face as the most flagrant end zone dance. And they last as long. Yet, according to his supporters, all of footballdom is supposed to give him a pass because his purpose is holy. Isn’t that what churches are for?

Christians aren’t supposed to hide their religion and in an era where one of the most recognized images in football is Janet Jackson’s nip slip. It’s refreshing to see someone out and loud about their faith. You can always change the channel.

– Eason Jordan, he’s baaaack!

George Will on Newt Gingrich:

Granted, his grandiose rhetoric celebrating his “transformative” self is entertaining: Recently he compared his revival of his campaign to Sam Walton’s and Ray Kroc’s creations of Wal-Mart and McDonald’s, two of America’s largest private-sector employers. There is almost artistic vulgarity in Gingrich’s unrepented role as a hired larynx for interests profiting from such government follies as ethanol and cheap mortgages. His Olympian sense of exemption from standards and logic allowed him, fresh from pocketing $1.6 million from Freddie Mac (for services as a “historian”), to say, “If you want to put people in jail,” look at “the politicians who profited from” Washington’s environment.

CNN lets you choose which stories of the past year were tops. OWSers are reportedly trying to flood the thing.

A new way to follow media:

This may be one of the most useful tools ever invented for media professionals, particularly those working in public relations. A New York City startup called Muck Rack has launched a platform to filter and analyze how journalists are covering the news in real-time. Its best feature is a handy tracking tool that emails users when journalists tweet about relevant terms.

This morning, I typed in the term “win iPad 2″ (because I want to win one), and 30 minutes later I received an email from Muck Rack with 199 matches for “win ipad 2.” Turns out ZAGG was giving away an iPad 2 an Hour on Black Friday.

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