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Media Navel GazeThe Week Unpeeled

Global news and commentary (with a new term seemingly surfacing called “terror analysts”) continued to focus on threats with Al Qaeda claiming responsibility for the Paris attacks and solidarity speeches and demonstrations taking center stage, with Charlie Hebdo selling an estimated 3 million issues on its debut following the massacre.

 Elsewhere:

  • The Swiss franc surged after the central bank in Zurich lifted the cap on its currency against the euro, causing extreme volatility in bond and foreign exchange markets around the world;
  • The Dow fell 1.3 percent for the week, to end Friday at 17,511, hurt in part by sluggish bank earnings and a slowdown in retail sales;
  • President Obama readies for the State of the Union Friday, clearly presenting a full agenda on the economy, terrorism, cyber attacks, energy, education and Obamacare, to name a few topics;
  • Mitt Romney made his potential bid seem more real last week, saying the run for president was a “serious consideration” with his wife providing support;
  • The World Bank cut global growth rate predictions to 3 percent for 2015, reflecting uncertainty in Europe and emerging markets;
  • Bolivian president Evo Morales begins his third term this week;
  • The corruption investigation into Brazilian oil titan Petrobras continues, with authorities this week arresting ex-executive Nestor Cerveró; and
  • Woody Allen is the next big name to sign onto Amazon streaming service network to create a yet-to-be decided or at least announced TV seriesEnd of Story
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Media Navel GazeThe Week Unpeeled

The media itself and freedom of speech and expression became the focus of new stories  around the world all week following the fatal Paris terrorist attacks on the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo (a bit of translation/explanation: Charlie is a take on Charlie Brown and Charles de Gaulle, one of the early targets, and Hebdo is short for weekly in French); The hunt to track down the Islamic extremists, who believed the weekly was insulting Prophet Muhammad, was like watching a movie with French police killing three terrorists by Friday, and many others killed by the terrorists (at least 17 at one count); Displays of unity in Paris by world leaders and citizens were the broadcast subject all weekend with more to follow.  Charlie is expected to publish a million copies of its next issue:

 Elsewhere:

  • Mitt Romney said he may consider a run for the White House;
  • The Justice Department may file criminal charges against retired General Petraeus amid allegations of passing along confidential information to a girlfriend;
  • The US unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent in December (versus 6.7 percent a year ago) and job creation grew by 252,000, a report clearly overshadowed by global news but one that was viewed as mixed (hourly wages were lower), suggesting Fed to remain “patient” on raising rates;
  • Stocks ended a volatile week, with the Dow ending at 17,737, down 0.5 percent so far this year;
  • The White House proposed a plan (still vague) that community colleges become free;
  • Facebook’s Zuckerberg started an Oprah-like book club by selecting “The Loss of Power” as one of his first books of 2015 in his resolution to read more; sales soared, obvi; and
  • In a somewhat comic correction, The New York Times last week noted that it referenced a country called Kyrzbekistan, which does not exist. End of Story
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QuoteAs someone who has been in and around the media for more than 20 years, I have a special appreciation (and affinity) for a good quote. You know the ones—maybe it’s the perfect analogy, a witty metaphor or some well-chosen words laced with emotion. These are the quotes we look to uncover in Notes on Quotes. And with that . . . a look now at five recent, noteworthy quotes:

5. "I believe everybody deserves an Etch-A-Sketch opportunity and an opportunity to start a new chapter."

Is there any better metaphor for a redo than an Etch-A-Sketch? As you may recall, back in 2012  the phrase gained fame thanks to a foot-in-mouth comment from Mitt Romney’s senior campaign advisor – who basically admitted that he might be flip-flopping on some of his earlier political positions.  ("I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes," the campaign manager said. "It's almost like an Etch-A-Sketch. You can kind of shake it up, and we start all over again.")

Now the metaphor is back – and in a much more uplifting way. Jonathan Martin was the offensive guard who quit the Miami Dolphins this past season after allegedly being bullied by his teammates. He is once again in the league thanks to his former college coach at Stanford, Jim Harbaugh, who coaches the 49ers. "I believe everybody deserves an Etch-A-Sketch opportunity and an opportunity to start a new chapter," he said. Harbaugh and the NFL are both hoping this time the Etch-A-Sketch produces a much prettier picture.

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The Week Unpeeled

Presidential campaign pollsters were busy all week with Republican candidate Mitt Romney by most media accounts gaining the upper hand in the first debate on Wednesday and the jobs numbers Friday showing “headline” strength (September jobless rate fell below 8.0 percent to 7.8 percent (the lowest point under President Obama) from 8.1 percent.  Jobs grew in the month by 114,000 and prior months totals were revised slightly higher.  In short: analysis was right direction not strong enough.

Elsewhere:

  • Turkey returned fire and attacked targets inside Syria last week, raising concerns about ongoing conflict with new heat in the region;
  • Facebook reached 1 billion active users, doubling membership since just July 2012;
  • BAE and EADS merger was reportedly close to collapsing as states remained deadlocked over state ownership stakes and the location of the combined company's headquarters;
  • The London market finished the week on a high after a drop in the US unemployment rate boosted investor confidence, while the Dow rose 1.3 percent for the week to end near a five-year high at 13,610;
  • Figures released by Visa Europe revealed UK consumer spending rose month-on-month by 3pc in September 2012, showing consumers are returning to the shops
  • The biggest change to British pension schemes for more than 100 years started on Tuesday; 9m people were automatically signed up for workplace schemes; and

The weekend saw tributes to Apple’s Steve Jobs, who died one year ago Friday. End of Story

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The Week Unpeeled

All political eyes in the US will be focused on the first of three presidential debates, starting Wednesday, with President Obama currently leading in three key states putting added pressure on Mitt Romney in what columnist Peggy Noonan in The Wall Street Journal over the weekend called a “hinge point in history,” especially for the Republican candidate.

Elsewhere:

  • The Financial Services Authority announced an overhaul of the Libor interbank lending rate in an attempt to restore faith in the benchmark, which included the current governing body (British Bankers’ Association) giving up responsibility for what the Financial Times called the “broken” Libor;
  • Spain and Greece outlined plans to reduce government spending and raise taxes to convince international lenders and financial markets they are on track to cut their deficits;
  • The Dow ended September 2.6 percent higher and the quarter 4.3 percent higher to close Friday at 13,437, with Spain credit ratings weighing on the market despite the positive performance;
  • Blackberry maker Research In Motion’s share price jumped nearly 18% after the company posted a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss of $235 million;
  • Apple was forced to apologize over the fiasco surrounding its maps;
  • The Huffington Post launched its Italian-language Web site, which featured an interview with Silvio Berlusconi, the former prime minister of Italy, who insisted that talk on his private life was “disinformation and defamation”; this marks the fifth version of the Web site with others besides the US in Canada, the UK, France and Spain;
  • Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, the publisher of The New York Times for over 30 years, died; and
  • Researchers revealed they are close to creating an anti-aging pill after identifying a protein responsible for the decline in muscle repair during aging. End of Story
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