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“Fox & Friends” host Gretchen Carlson: “Are you being serious about this interview or not?”

Max Rice: “Yeah. I can’t see your face right now; this is so weird.”

“Fox & Friends” booked “unemployed, recent college grad” Max Rice, believing he was a former President Obama supporter who’s now planning to vote for Mitt Romney. Then Rice — he actually attends Chicago’s Columbia College — got on camera and said: “Why I am supporting Mitt Romney? It’s actually a funny story. I lost a basketball game to a friend of mine.” The interview went downhill and F&Fer Gretchen Carlson told her guest: “I’m not sure that you’re ready for prime time yet with this interview.”

* Max Rice, “Fox and Friends'” frustrating interviewee, speaks (washingtonpost.com)
* The film student also talked to Joe Coscarelli and Dylan Byers (nymag.com) | (politico.com)
* “They should have known I hadn’t graduated” from college (talkingpointsmemo.com)



“The Register is the last newspaper I thought would do something like this,” writes William Castronuovo. “Then again, it is a Gannett Company paper and we know they seem to love playing with flags of late.” || See the Register’s front page at Newseum.org.
* UPDATE: Register news designer Nicole Bogdas writes on Facebook: “So, not only did I like the skyline today, but this guy clearly doesn’t read our paper on a regular basis as this not the first time we’ve ‘played with the flag.’ Additionally, what is WRONG with that? This guy needs a new hobby.”
* UPDATE II: Charles Apple has now weighed in on the matter.

Emory journalism program director Hank Klibanoff — a former Atlanta Journal-Constitution managing editor — tells students that closing the journalism program “is an unwise decision” and that since its formation in 1996, the program “has consistently produced some of nation’s most respected journalists and citizens of the world, who continue to bring great honor to Emory University.”

* Emory faculty and students respond to proposed program cuts (clatl.com)
* Earlier: Emory dean decides to close journalism program in two years (AP via onlineathens.com)
* Earlier: Emory downsizes departments, phases out programs (emorywheel.com)

Klibanoff’s letter to students:

To: Emory Journalism Program students
From: Hank Klibanoff, director of the Journalism Program on behalf of senior lecturer and former director Sheila Tefft; lecturer Sissel McCarthy; and senior lecturer David Armstrong

Re: Emory College decision to close the Journalism Program

Date: Sept. 14, 2012

I am writing on behalf of the Journalism Program faculty to express our profound sadness, disappointment and astonishment that Emory College has decided to close its Journalism Program in two years. Dean Robin Forman announced the closing of Journalism and other programs, departments and institutes this afternoon.

This is an unwise decision. The Journalism Program, since it was created in 1996, has consistently produced some of nation’s most respected journalists and citizens of the world, who continue to bring great honor to Emory University. This surprise announcement catches us in the middle of a growth spurt: Our enrollment has been steadily rising in recent years and is now nearly 160 students, more than a third of them co-majors and minors. This semester, nearly every class is full and had to turn students away. /CONTINUES

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Boston Globe editor Martin Baron was asked to speak at the New England Associated Press News Executives Association conference and “cheer these people up.”

“While I may not have you dancing in the streets of Worcester when we’re done,” he said last Friday, “my hope is that you won’t be drowning in your sorrows when the alcohol begins to flow this evening.”

We’ve survived a lot. We are badly bruised. But we are not beaten.

And, though we have missed opportunities, made boneheaded moves, and moved far too slowly, we should draw some measure of satisfaction from having withstood such fearsome upheaval in our industry.

While there is absolutely no reason to be comfortable or complacent, there is also no reason to lose confidence in our capacity to survive — and even eventually to prosper.

He told the editors that “the worst thing we can do is do nothing at all” and that if there are answers to newspapers’ problems, “they will be found in our doing many things.”

It is unquestionably true that we cannot fully succeed unless we understand the change that has enveloped our business. Not just understand it, but adapt to it – and embrace it, and seize on the remarkable opportunities before us.

The full text of Baron’s speech is after the jump
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* Many more #MuslimRage tweets | Al Jazeera English has a collection, too
* 13 powerful images of Muslim rage (gawker.com)
* Tina Brown bets on Islamophobia being a big seller (theatlanticwire.com)

(photo: @ryansholin)

I’m guessing it will take even less time for The Onion to start making fun of the design element, the way it took USA Today’s Snapshot and turned it into Statshot. | UPDATE: I see that today’s Onion “American Voices” is about USA Today’s redesign.

* Could a redesign really rescue USA Today? (fastcodesign.com)
* John Reinan: “As the paper turns 30, I don’t see it making 40″ (minnpost.com)
* Earlier: USA Today isn’t the only paper with balls (jimromenesko.com)
* Are you following @usatodaysballs on Twitter? (twitter.com)

* David Carr on quote approval: “The first draft of history should not be rewritten by the people who make it.” (nytimes.com)
* Maureen Dowd’s “Neocons slither back” column anti-Semitic? No way, says NYT editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal. (nymag.com)
* “Fox & Friends” host Gretchen Carlson gets pranked by man identified as an ex-Obama supporter. (mediaite.com)
* “Few things on Twitter are better than [Paula Froelich’s] live recapping of ‘Fox & Friends.'” (@RPerezFeria)
* In his debut USA Today column, Michael Wolff examines Tina Brown’s reinvention efforts. (usatoday.com)
* Anderson Cooper, “The Ellen Show” and others donate items to online auction to help Times-Picayune staffers losing their jobs. (dashthirtydash.org)
* What’s the best way to view Twitter’s users — 16% of online adults, or 30 million? (stevebuttry.com)
* Prevention magazine to debut a new editorial direction, a new look and new contributors. (nytimes.com)
* Indianapolis Star makes 10-year commitment to its “Our Children/Our City” project. (indystar.com)