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John Hoff and his attorney Paul Godfread speak this afternoon in the hallway at the Hennepin County Government Center before the opening statements in his defamation/First Amendment case.

I like that I caught an anti-Hoff blogger in the same frame, walking away.

Damon Winter won an award in photojournalism for his series of soldiers in Nahr-i-Sufi, Afghanistan, taken on his iPhone with the Hipstamatic app. Should camera phone snapshots win an award for photojournalism (or even be considered “photojournalism”) if they use the same systematically blown-out contrast, “cross-processing,” and heavy vignetting found in every other person’s Twitter feed?

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New Yorker

Ever since Jews rejected Moloch, Ba’al, Jesus, Mohammad, and every other foreign god/prophet/messiah/whatever, the world has been obsessed with Jewish approval in one way or another. It’s actually kind of creepy! There are even organizations which exist solely to spend billions of dollars annually trying to convince Jewish people to follow a foreign god.

Charles Blow enjoys his fair share of making up fake, misleading, and otherwise nonexistent “trends” to fill up space around the advertisements and obituaries in the NYT. (In a past weird column, he asserted that hooking up is an entirely new phenomena only done by people under age 30.) One such trend that doesn’t exist in the natural world is the current media meme in which President Obama is quickly losing steam amongst American Jews.

Aside from the general weirdness of specifically singling out Jews, this isn’t really happening at all:

From January to July 2010, Jews gave Obama a 61 percent approval rating, down from 66 percent from July to December 2009. Muslims gave him a 78 percent approval rating during the first half of 2010, and Mormons a 24 percent rating. The overall approval rating is 48 percent, down 15 points from the first half of 2009.

Obama received average job approval ratings from Catholics, and below-average ratings from Protestants.

Despite drops in the overall job approval rating from January 2009 to July 2010, Muslims have consistently given Obama the highest rating and Mormons the lowest. Jews’ approval ratings have remained above average.

Your shitty blog gets no love from Beerland during SXSW. You’ll have to wait like the common people who aren’t famous on the internet. [ekai via Gawker]

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