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Jon Stewart, Gizmodo, Shield Laws and THAT Phone

So a guy walks into a bar in Redwood City a few weeks ago.
It’s the guy’s 27th birthday, he’s been working pretty much nonstop, so he wants to kinda blow it out. He gets hammered. He even posts on Facebook about his drinking activities. Eventually he goes home.

But he accidentally leaves behind his cell phone.

Another guy finds it, doesn’t know how to get it back to Birthday guy—or something like that. So, instead he calls up a tech website called Gizmodo and tells them about the phone. The Gizmodo editors agree to buy the lost phone for $5000.


Because the phone is the next iPhone prototype.

Gizmodo analyzes the super-secret new escaped phone, finds it very cool, and tells the world about its conclusions.

Eventually Apple asks for the phone back. Gizmodo forks it over.

That appears to be that. Until Wednesday when the drama ratchets up a bit.

The first segment of Wednesday night’s Daily Show
explains the details. It is a must watch, and very funny. Especially if one is a member of the Cult of Steve (which admittedly, I am).

However, the issue that Jon Stewart points to with his monologue is not, actually, all that funny.

What has occurred has worrisome implications for journalists.

Later on Wednesday, a pile of lawyers got involved and invoked the journalists’ shield law.

We’ll want to keep an eye on this story.


  • You expect me to listen to John Stewart and Nina Totenberg back-to-back? Why not throw in Jane Fonda, too? I’ll have to pass on this one.

  • Baskin Robbins has 31 flavors for a reason. I’ve never found Jon Stewart very funny either. He is fairly quick witted, and he is the ultimate smartass. I just don’t find him all that funny. Maybe if he was more intellectual in his approach I would find him funny. Then again, he’s successful so I wouldn’t reccomend him changing his style.

  • Celeste told me that humor is not allowed on this site, as some people don’t get it. She didn’t break her own rule by linking Stewart.

  • “Baskin Robbins has 31 flavors for a reason.” Indeed.

    Most of my writer friends love the novelist Ian McEwan, who’s got a popular new book out right now. I like him fine, but frankly, I can take ‘im or leave ‘im. As you said, 31 flavors.

    On the other hand, I love Jon Stewart—as does my son who had to call me at 11:30 last night to make sure I watched the Daily Show and wanted me to call him back once I’d seen the Apple monologue. We pawed over the funniest parts again this morning.

  • BTW, Woody, check out a new book by Dirk Hayhurst called `The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran’. It’s absolutely hilarious, and even has a blurb by Keith Olbermann, so you know it’s a great book.

  • It’s good to see nerds get also get their doors kicked in by the cops and have their computers confiscated by the cops. For a long time I thought, only the poor and oppressed victims of society were rousted by the cops.

    Glad to see some equal justice levied on computer and techno nerd reporters, we can all sleeep better tonight, knowing the new I-phone is back with it’s rightful owners.

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