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Anchors away

So long to Katie Couric, not that it's that big a deal:

The explosion of news choices on cable and the Web have made the evening news an anachronism enjoyed mostly by an audience of older and less highly educated viewers, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism. If there is little prestige, honor, and future being the anchor of the No. 1 show chasing an audience that is becoming smaller, older, and is less-educated, imagine how the No. 3 anchor must have felt....

Slow down

Words of wisdom:

“With vinyl, one is forced to slow down and take in an album as a whole piece of work as the artist intended,” he said.

That's from a 22-year-old member of the digital generation on the joys of LPs and 45s, which are enjoying a resurgence. He likes new music on vinyl like White Stripes and Radiohead but the "old" stuff, too, like George Clinton and the Beatles. Makes me feel a little decrepit.

Walk it off

Indiana's two major parties are having a little catfight over what the walkout by Democratic House members did or did not cost. Gov. Daniels has launched a TV ad saying it cost the taxpayers $400,000.

"It's not true," said House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend.

Pouf piece

What a world:

The pouf is mightier than the pen when it comes to speaking fees at New Jersey's largest university.

The Rutgers University Programming Association paid Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of the reality TV show "Jersey Shore" $32,000 Thursday to dish on her hairstyle, fist pumps, as well as the GTL -- gym, tanning, laundry -— lifestyle.

Picky, picky

So now President Obama shows us what happens when we choose someone with theoretical knowledge but no real experience. He must rely on formulas that lead to the easy and most obvious answers, failing to take into account the probability of unintended consequences and unexpected deviations from the pattern.

What news?

This is obscene. Compare CNN's coverage of the royal wedding and the disasters in Japan:

Foxy Evan

The liberal blogs are annoyed as hell with former Sen. Evan Bayh. The Indiana Democrat said in a New York Times piece he was leaving the Senate because of "strident partisanship" and "unyielding ideology." He said he might, oh, teach or enter philanthropic work or otherwise do something "worthwhile for society." What did he really do? First, He became just another Congress-trained lobbyist peddling his influence, evening things out with lobbyist-turned-senator Dan Coats.

An exclusive audience

Belaboring the obvious:

Though there is little to be offended by in most of NPR's programming, public radio and television cater almost exclusively to the sensibilities of the urban liberal. Not that there's anything wrong with being an urban liberal, of course. But this demographic also happens to be blessed with the financial means to ensure that NPR remains a vibrant source of news.

Not-sorry Charlie

Charlie Sheen may be a self-indulgent and self-destructive jerk, but at least he refuses to blame anbody else:

Accept no substitutes

Wishful thinking from a delusional NFL fan:

But what happens if a game or two is lost from the season? What happens if this thing drags into November? What happens if — gasp! — there is no NFL in 2011?

It would be smart to make a plan to keep that denial from turning into panic and despair. With that in mind, here are a few suggestions to help make those long, empty Sundays a little more bearable.