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The New York Times Buys Wordle for an Undisclosed Amount

In November, only 90 people played the game before the wave in popularity brought that number to 300,000 players two months later. 

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If anyone is on Twitter or any social media platform for that matter, they’ve seen the word puzzle that’s taking the world by storm, Wordle. Well, the inventors of the game have cashed in as The New York Times has acquired Wordle from creator Josh Wardle, who announced on Twitter. 

“Since launching Wordle, I’ve been in awe of the response from everyone that has played,” Wardle wrote in the statement. “The game has gotten bigger than I ever imagined (which I suppose isn’t that much of a feat given I made the game for an audience of 1).”

The game, released in October 2021, has become an overnight sensation. In November, only 90 people played the game before the wave in popularity brought that number to 300,000 players two months later. 

“On the flip side, I’d be lying if I said this hasn’t been a little overwhelming,” Wardle said. “After all, I am just one person, and it is important to me that, as Wordle grows, it continues to provide a great experience to everyone.”

When it comes to the price that the newspaper paid for the game, it will remain undisclosed, but it is in the low-seven figures neighborhood. 

“Our games already provide original, high-quality content and experiences every single day,” The Times wrote. “Wordle will now play a part in that daily experience, giving millions more people around the world another reason to turn to The Times to meet their daily news and life needs.”

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Keith Olbermann Scoffs At Dan Bongino’s WW III Remarks

Podcaster and political commentator Keith Olbermann took aim at media personality Dan Bongino for his comments about World War III last weekend. 

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Podcaster and political commentator Keith Olbermann took aim at media personality Dan Bongino for his comments about World War III last weekend. 

The “Unfiltered” host said on his Fox News show Saturday that he believes the U.S. government is slow-walking its people into a major conflict. 

“We’re in a really dangerous place right now,” said Bongino. “The sabotage of the crucial Nord Stream pipeline — delivers gas from Russia to Germany — is a really big deal.” 

According to Reuters, major leaks that suddenly erupted in the Nord Stream gas pipelines that run from Russia to Europe under the Baltic Sea have generated some theories. Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed the west. 

“Who blew up the pipeline or pieces of it?” Bongino said. “That’s the multi-billion-dollar question. The blame game is already in full swing over who’s responsible.” 

“Based on this glazed look in his eyes, the question Dan Bongino SHOULD be asking is: Who knows where I parked my damn car?” Olbermann tweeted in response to Bongino’s post. 

Olbermann’s response to Bongino’s post drew plenty of reaction. 

“As usual, no evidence, just accusations,” one user said about Bongino’s comments. 

“Looking at the performance of Russian equipment in Ukraine, isn’t the culprit more likely a combination of poor construction and lack of maintenance leading to a catastrophic failure?” Another tweet read. 

Experts are reportedly calling the leaks an act of sabotage. 

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Rachel Maddow Releasing New Podcast Series

Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra is the all-but-forgotten true story of good, old-fashioned American extremism getting supercharged by proximity to power.”

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A new podcast is coming soon from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

Deadline reports Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra will premiere two episodes on October 10th, with new episodes being released every Monday. In a teaser of the podcast, Maddow explains the series is “an American story.”

MSNBC described the series as a podcast featured on “sitting members of Congress aiding and abetting a plot to overthrow the government. Insurrectionists criminally charged with plotting to end American democracy for good. Justice Department prosecutors under crushing political pressure. Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra is the all-but-forgotten true story of good, old-fashioned American extremism getting supercharged by proximity to power. When extremist elected officials get caught plotting against America with the violent ultra right, this is the story of the lengths they will go to… to cover their tracks.”

Under a new contract with NBCUniversal that saw Maddow scale back her nightly MSNBC program to Mondays only, she’s developing new projects like podcasts and documentaries. Alex Wagner now hosts the 9:00 PM ET primetime hour on MSNBC Tuesday to Friday.

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Keith Olbermann: American Journalism ‘Re-Invented’ During Trump Presidency

“The overwriting principle used to be: get a scoop, get in the paper or on the air as soon as possible because that’s your job, and that’s your only actual value to society as well.”

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During his Countdown with Keith Olbermann podcast Friday, the former cable news host slammed a recent opinion from Politico’s John Harris that Americans need more journalists like Maggie Haberman, among others.

Olbermann has been critical of Haberman’s decision to withhold important facts in relation to the former President Donald Trump and save them for her upcoming book rather than report them in The New York Times.

“What Harris does not understand is American ‘journalism’ did re-invent itself,” Olbermann said. “The overwriting principle used to be: get a scoop, get in the paper or on the air as soon as possible because that’s your job, and that’s your only actual value to society as well. It is also — and I speak as somebody who broke a lot of sports news including the Wayne Gretzky trade and Michael Jordan’s first dalliance with a comeback — it is the joy of doing the journalism. You have the story, and nobody else does!”

He continued by saying Harris and Haberman believe the point of American journalism is not to inform the public but rather how much money you can make in the process.

Haberman’s book “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America” is expected to hit bookshelves on Tuesday, October 4th.

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