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Laughing Matters: This Week's Five (Well, Six) Funniest Media Stories

Yet another installment of the five funniest media stories of the week. (Memo to those in the media biz -- you're making these posts way too easy.)
  1. In, as one observer described it, the Silicon Valley version of Obama's Beer Summit, Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Apple swami Steve Jobs have a casual cup of coffee, outside, at one of Palo Alto's most popular coffee spots. As though they just ran into each other or something. Yeah, right. Needless to say, there is much speculation that, like the Beer Summit, the entire things was staged for reasons not entirely clear to anyone. (Photo courtesy of Gizmodo in case it wasn't obvious.)
  2. TechCrunch's official list of Internet April Fool's Day pranks, including ones from Hulu, CollegeHumor and lotsa, lotsa Google, including the news of their coming uranium enrichment plant.
  3. Sarah Palin's "Real American Stories" launches on Fox News on Thursday, in which she interviews real Americans, appears in a show with previously-taped interviews she didn't conduct with real Americans, like LL Cool J and Toby Keith, who aren't told by Fox about their inclusion in the show. LL Cool J tweets upon hearing he's featured, "Fox lifted an old interview I gave in 2008 to someone else & are misrepresenting to the public in order to promote Sarah Palins Show. WOW." LL Cool J bows out, but Keith's camp acknowledges that he did a 2009 interview -- just not with Palin -- and grudgingly decides the show must go on.
  4. More Sarah Palin. Or Levi Johnston, anyway. Like the thorn in her side he's been for some time, Johnston (her daughter Bristol's baby-daddy), is pitching his own Alaska reality show, with what the Washington Post says is the working title: "Levi Johnston's Final Frontier." (As you might recall, Palin has just signed a deal to showcase Alaska in a reality show for TLC.) Palin may be hoping this is Johnston's final frontier, if you know what I mean.
  5. You know that CBS pilot that is based on the Sh*tMyDadSays Twitter feed? Media Decoder reports what the ready-for-primetime name of the show might end up being: "Bleep My Dad Says." You've gotta be bleeping kidding me.
  6. Finally, Jon Stewart (below) gives a tutorial in headline-writing to The New York Times, which actually ran the zzzzzzz headline, "G.O.P. Opens Inquiry on Club Expenditures" about the use of Republican National Committee money to finance a trip to a Los Angeles lesbian bondage club: His suggestions? "Right-Wing XXX-tremists," "Schwing- Nuts," or "Log Grabbin' Republicans." Now we're talking.
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