Today in Monday media madness

Dec 22, 2014

Here's what you need to know about the media this week: Jürgen Todenhöfer, the first Western journalist ever given access to Islamic State, has just returned (news that received 18,000+ shares as of this morn). "Read what he has to say because it will affect us all," recommends documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid. "Not so festive message from #Isis fighters via #Todenhofer: 'all religions who agree with democracy have to die'," quotes Karl Belizaire. Todenhöfer tells CNN that ISIS is "more dangerous than people realize" (9,500+ shares). An especially chilling quote from one fighter: "150 million, 200 million or 500 million, it does not matter to us ... We will kill them all."

England's well-respected Observer photographer Jane Bown has died at age 89, leaving colleagues and admirers to reflect on a life in photography - in pictures. "Oh, this is sad news. But what a body of work she leaves behind," marvels MarketWatch's Quentin Fottrell. "Donald Trelford called her a 'white witch'," notes Guardian's Lisa O'Carroll.

Speaking of photojournalism, TIME has just selected AFP's Bulent Kilic in Turkey as the Best Wire Photographer of 2014 (2,247 shares). "So well deserved," remarks colleague Deborah Cole in Berlin.
In less flattering news, Vox got some major egg on their face after claiming that last night marked the longest night in the history of Earth (which got an astounding 110,000+ shares, even after its erroneous premise was revealed). "So the longest night in Earth's history was last night. No, it was in 1972. No it was in 1912. Are we sure this time?" wonders Washington Post's Steven Rich. Plus, the Washingtonian investigates How David Gregory Lost His Job
Meanwhile, Fox News viewers are waging a war on Dish as thousands call to complain about the channel getting pulled after failed negotiations between the network and satellite provider.
But we want to end on a high note, so here's an amazing and extremely necessary Christmas parody of Serial, care of SNL (which deserved every one of its 33,000 shares). Relatedly, we're jamming out to this today, and you should, too (as long as you're not at work or around children, that is?).

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