Sacré Bleu! Old-School Satirical Paper Upends French Presidential Race

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For a small duck it packs one hell of a peck.

PARIS (AP) One-time French presidential front-runner Francois Fillon is slowly finding his dream of winning the Elysee Palace under water.

And it’s because of the revelations of one old-school, eight-page satirical newspaper with ink that comes off on your hands: “Le Canard Enchaine,” or “The Chained Duck.”

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The dirt-digging weekly’s claims that Fillon’s political clout helped secure handsomely paid jobs for his wife, Penelope, and two of their children are the just the latest scoops from the 102-year-old newspaper which is showing that traditional gumshoe reporting and the ink-and-paper format still have value in the increasingly online world.

“‘Canard’ or ‘duck’ was taken from French slang for ‘newspaper.'”

With its old-school typography, puns on every page and thick, rough paper, “Le Canard” may seem like an unlikely source of hard-nosed political journalism.

But the controversy has seriously hurt the conservative Fillon and has upended the race for France’s spring presidential election. It has pecked away at his popularity as his critics cry foul. Fillon, who was France’s prime minister from 2007 to 2012, has denied any wrongdoing.

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The paper first published the allegations against Fillon on Jan. 25 and then came out with a second report containing further accusations on Wednesday. Copies of the latest edition were hard to come by in Paris.

Financial prosecutors are investigating whether Penelope Fillon actually worked, as he claims, as her husband’s parliamentary aide or whether her job was fake, which would be an illegal use of public funds.

“Le Canard Enchaine,” available in kiosques and proudly not online, is a modern anachronism that flies in the face of claims that old-school newspapers are relics of the past.

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The weekly, costing 1.20 euros ($1.29), continues to be an influential player in the French media landscape, and a go-to for whistle-blowers — despite dwindling newspaper sales across the world. The paper, which has no advertisements, is mainly financed through newsstand sales and subscriptions.

Editor Louis-Marie Horeau recently revealed his paper’s winning journalistic methods for exposing the so-called Penelope-gate scandal. Read the rest of this entry »


America Coping with Kardashian Pregnancy

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[VIDEO] July’s Best News Bloopers

Why is Amazon is so successful? This anchor has an interesting theory, though his co-host clearly does not appreciate his personal insight. Similarly, a host makes a comment about eating burritos outdoors that her co-host finds so distasteful, he can’t contain his impatience to move on to the next segment.

From the weatherman who weaves Taylor Swift lyrics into his forecast, to little kids dancing in the background of a news report, there’s plenty here to enjoy. Some of it is NSFW.


Vaginal Probe TV: Kim Kardashian’s Gynecologist Exam Filmed For ‘KUWTK’

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Is there anything Kim Kardashian won’t do on film? On the upcoming new season of ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians,’ Mrs. West has the cameras join her while she takes a trip to her lady doctor. Yes, the crew stayed for the exam!

For Hollywood LifeBrittany King reports: Kim Kardashian, 34, is the queen of reality TV, so it’s no surprise that she wouldn’t block the cameras from filming her during intimate moments. On a trip to a fertility doctor, the reality star had the cameras stay in the room with her while she received a gyno exam.

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This season of KUWTK, Kim is all about the baby making process. She even goes as far as to have the cameras join her during an ob-gyn exam, reports Star Magazine. This is sure to bring in the ratings!open-uri20130420-7485-1s6vmat

The E! crew followed Mrs. West to Beverly Hills where she met with fertility doctor, Andy Huang. That’s not the shocking part, the cameras continued to roll right along while Kim laid on a table and received her exam. Ew. There are just somethings that shouldn’t be film.

Aside from filming her intimate ob-gyn visit, the mother-of-one reveals to her family the vital tips the doctor gave her about sex with Kanye West.

Kim explained to her sisters that it’s all about positioning your body post sex, “The doctor said when I have sex, I have to lay down for 10 to 20 minutes.” She continued to tell her siblings,” It takes 10 minutes for a sperm to swim up there.” Read the rest of this entry »


Social Media Goes Cuckoo Bananas Over Massive Celebrity Nude Photo Leak

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Mashable (and everyone else on earth at the same time) reporting:

A massive leak of what appears to be celebrities in compromising positions has seen the Internet go into overdrive.

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[Also see: The CELEBRAGEDDON of 2014: Jennifer Lawrence Requests Nude Pics Investigation]

On Sunday evening, a hacker posted photographs to 4Chan purporting to show dozens of stars naked or partially exposed. The images spread quickly across Twitter and other social media platforms.

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The ‘master list’ released by the hacker includes some of the biggest names in the world such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Bosworth, Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson, Selena Gomez, Rihanna and many more. Read the rest of this entry »


Will Liberalism Implode?

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121407_2_Heather Wilhelm writes:  Over the past few weeks, depending on where you sit on the political school bus, you’ve probably either had (a) a stream of guilty “I told you so” happiness; or (b) a dreadful, stomach-sinking horror while watching Obamacare, the president’s oft-labeled “signature achievement,” make its national debut.

It has been, in short, an epic disaster. It is a drunken, hair-mussed, ill-shod debutante tripping and tumbling down one of those long, open, curving, red-carpeted staircases, and then, at the bottom, plowing directly through a gaggle of gasping society ladies.

And that was just the website. Add the alarming swath of health care cancellations across the country, and you’ve got the boozed-up debutante struggling to her feet, swigging from a whiskey bottle at the bar, and inexplicably punching her great-grandmother’s sweet best friend Trudy in the face.

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Obama dismisses his phony scandals, but hails his phony recovery

By Andrew Malcolm

Our 152,000 combined followers on Twitter (click here for that) and on Facebook (then click here to subscribe to that) know that on weekday afternoons we regularly share a selection of that evening’s late-night jokes before broadcast.

Usually, we publish a collection of these jokes at the start of each week.

Letterman: So, Anthony Weiner has apologized for this new scandal. He also apologized for the next one. And the next one after that.

Fallon: British Royal Birth: Kate Middleton’s baby weighs about eight pounds. Americans asked, ‘How much is that in dollars?’

Conan: At their press conference, Anthony Weiner’s wife said she will stand by her husband. Especially when he goes on the computer.

Leno: In a GQ interview, VP Joe Biden says he can die a happy man never having been president. You know what? So can we!

Conan: The other day at LAX, Kanye West punched a photographer. Apparently, Kanye got mad at the guy for not taking his picture.

Conan: The TSA says passengers can soon pass through security without taking their shoes off if they pay an extra $85. That explains the TSA’s new motto, “We catch terrorists who don’t have an extra $85 on them.”

Conan: Anyone here go to Comic-Con? I was going to go, but I was stopped by security for “Possession of a Wife and a Job.”

Conan: Britain’s says it will outlaw “extreme porn.” Of course, it Britain, “extreme porn” means the Queen waving without a glove.

Conan: A new study finds the happiest ages are 23 and 69. And the happiest person of all—a 69-year-old dating a 23-year-old.

Fallon: Eliot Spitzer is on the show tonight! He’ll only be here for about five minutes, but we’re charging him for the full hour.

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Making Treason Cool

By Ralph Peters

Forget skinny ties and retro hats: The surest way to attain super-cool status (and fame) today is to betray your country.

The impossibly self-important NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, who “exposed” two vital intelligence programs, isn’t a leftie Paul Revere. He’s Kim Kardashian with stubble.

He revealed very highly classified programs, alerting our enemies about our most sophisticated intelligence-collectioncapabilities (programs designed to keep us safe, not spy on us).He broke his oath to protect the Another cause celebré: Army Pfc. Bradley Manning (r.) being escorted to day four of his court martial yesterday.information with which we entrusted him, lied about who we target and aided those who want to kill Americans.And he hintshe could do more damage.

To this old-fashioned American, that’s plain treason.

It’s always been a hipster thing to trash government, but the left’s generations-long effort to destroy the positive image of patriotism has made betraying our country a fashion statement. Snowden is a copycat who “admires” Pfc. Bradley Manning, another now-famous young man who knew better than those who serve dutifully for decades. He’s also enamored of Julian Assange, the left’s favorite accused rapist.

There’s nothing brave about his brag that he was the source of the NSA leaks (especially since he fled the country first). This is clearly about the desire to be a star.

To get a sense of Snowden’s phenomenal vanity, check out the 12-minute film (all over the Internet) in which he justifies his deed. The high-school dropout may have a flair for tech, but he knows nothing about our history, trade relations, international affairs or even the conditions in Hong Kong (where he says he now fears assassination by CIA-backed Triad gangsters).

Claiming that he only wants to make government accountable, Snowden then brags that he could expose CIA stations around the world. He wants “asylum from any countries that believe in free speech.” So he went to China? Hope you enjoy your stay, Mr. Snowden.

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