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By Cassie Spodak, CNN
Here are some of the stories Reliable Sources is talking about this week:
CNN chooses a news president – This morning CNN execs announced that as of January 2013 veteran news producer and former NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker will become the president of CNN Worldwide. Zucker, who most recently produced Katie Couric's new daytime talk show, had been widely rumored to be in line for the position. His news judgment and leadership made the "Today" show the most profitable show on television during his time there.
Unidentified Flying Insect? – KDVR reporter Heidi Hemmat has been investigating a strange phenomenon over the skies of Denver, Colorado ever since a viewer sent in video of what he claimed was a UFO. The site where the video was filmed has now become a tourist attraction, with dozens of fans showing up to film the skyline and obtain their own evidence. The problem? Those UFO's look suspiciously like bugs.
No more phobia for the AP – This week the online Associated Press Stylebook updated the use of words ending with "-phobia." AP Deputy Standards Editor Dave Minthorn told Politico that a phobia is by definition a "psychiatric or medical term for a severe mental disorder." According to Minthorn this makes the use of -phobia when it comes to social or political contexts simply inaccurate. This means words like "Islamophobia" and "homophobia" will no longer be used.
The curse of "Two and a Half Men" – Angus T. Jones, a young actor on the hit CBS show, said in a YouTube video that his show is filth and he begged viewers to stop watching. The confession was part of a video where Jones talks about being a Christian and part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. No surprise, a day later came the apology with Jones saying "I apologize if my remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues and a lack of appreciation of the extraordinary opportunity of which I have been blessed."
O'Reilly doesn't get "Gangnam Style" - Last night on Fox News Bill O'Reilly dug into the phenomenon that is Korean pop star Psy's hit video. O'Reilly says the song "means nothing" and that "this is a little fat guy from Yong yang... he’s jumping up and down." His guest, psychiatrist Keith Ablow, says the video's popularity speaks to the fact that people today want something without any meaning. Psy himself has said the song is "just FUN" – yet it's obvious the song has tapped into something meaningful, if just for the explosion of copycats.
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