But all the chatter about, and media coverage of, CNN's Larry King -- his farewell show, after 25 years, is tonight -- doesn't quite definitively tip into positive or negative territory. Even the most glowing appreciations of the iconic broadcaster seem invariably tinged with qualifiers (e.g., he was the ultimate softball interviewer; he was sometimes hilariously clueless about his guests). And the general spin about CNN at this moment is, well, apprehensive. (Nobody seems to know if King's replacement, British journalist and television personality Piers Morgan, will lift the news network's fortunes.) Actually, make that dubious -- as in this bit of coverage from the Los Angeles Times: "On eve of Larry King exit, CNN tries to paint happy face on record low ratings ."
|The Story||The Spin||Key Source|
|1||Harvard Dropout Lands Time Magazine Cover||:)||Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Facebook Founder Zuckerberg Named Time Person of Year|
|2||U.S. Government Sues to Make BP "Liable Without Limitation" for Gulf Oil Spill||:(||NPR: Justice Department Sues BP, Others Over Gulf Spill|
|3||Talk King Cedes His Throne at CNN||:-|||NYT: Larry King Prepares to Sign Off, and Everybody's Talking|
|4||Robot Built by IBM to Take on TV Trivia Champs||:)||Examiner.com: IBM machine to Play Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a Game of 'Jeopardy!'|
|5||Yahoo Trims 4% of Staff; 600 Lose Their Jobs||:(||AP via ABC News: Yahoo Layoffs Cast Holiday Pall|
|6||Blog Network Gawker Media Attacked by Hackers||:(||NPR: Gawker.com Says Its User Database Was Compromised|
|7||Twitter Now Worth $3.7 Billion (On Paper)||:)||AllThingsD: Twitter Raises $200 Million|
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