Fodder for the outrage machine

"It's really about ethnics in television journalism," quips freelance journalist Daniel Reilly, adding the hashtag #DeadlineGate, in response to a recent Deadline essay that claims the "ethnic casting trend" has reached its peak (a proclamation that has earned more than 8,500 hate-shares as of this morning). That sound you hear is #MediaTwitter flexing its fingers before tapping out tweets of rage. "Presented without commentary, but imagine me banging my head against my desk repeatedly," advises MSNBC's Traci Lee. "I'd been wondering why all the white people disappeared from TV and movies. Thanks, Deadline!" facetiously tweets Farhad Manjoo with the New York Times. "It appears Chief Justice John Roberts is writing for Deadline now," concludes The Hollywood Reporter's Andy Lewis.

An Associated Press investigation poses a question that will give you pause: Are slaves catching the fish you buy? (1,500+ shares). Krysta Fauria there entreats, "Read if you haven't already - you'd think it was written hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago." At Bloomberg News, Alex Wayne reacts, "Tall order, but umm we should probably stop eating seafood from Thailand. Killer @AP story." In other revelations, the embodiment of the movement to repeal Obamacare is going to sign up for it (news that earned 24,000 shares of shock, by the way)--we could only be talking about Ted Cruz, right? "Say! I like green eggs and ham! I do! I like them, Sam-I-am!" jokes HLN's Christopher Moloney.

In big news mergers, Kraft Foods and H.J. Heinz are gettin' hitched (~2,300). Cue the ketchup and mac jokes, of which there were plenty. "Kraft/Heinz deal is like the Exxon/Mobil merger of the condiment world (says my talented colleague)," shares Tom Fowler with Argus Media. Over at Reuters, photojournalist Joe Penney gives us a look both exquisite and dismaying at life in the land of Boko Haram (300 shares and rising).

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