As the year winds down and the holidays gear up, media writers are producing an explosion of profiles in lieu of real news. WSJ tech writer Walt Mossberg is a god in Silicon Valley. Oddly named prominent magazine writer William Langewiesche is a very urbane writer. Dan Rather is either a crazy egotist or a moral crusader, but is definitely angry. And has-been editor of all magazines Tina Brown tells an Indian paper about herself and celebrities, her favorite subjects. Please, no more!
Spotlight: Hillary and the media
Presidential frontrunner and general terror to the media Hillary Clinton was pressed by a questioner about her thoughts on media consolidation, a touchy subject because of her nicey-nice relationship with Rupert Murdoch. She demurred skillfully. But Hillary has bigger media problems: the Drudge Report is splashing with a Times of Londonstory on rumors (for which there seems to be absolutely no hard evidence) of an affair between Hillary and her female assistant. WELCOME TO HARDBALL!
AP photographer remains in jail, mysteriously
Dubai invests in Sony, substantially
IAC expands to China.