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  • Politico Ignores Democrat Opposition to White House Placing Immigrant Children In States

    07/19/2014 1:45:52 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Jul 2014 | Dan Riehl
    Reading this Politico item on Obama's botched handling of immigration policy, one would think Democrats are all for embracing scores of illegal immigrant children now in the U.S. for an indeterminate period of time. Obama's foes on border crisis: Democrats “They sure didn’t check with me,” said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. “I don’t know who they checked with, but I just think it was kind of a quick reaction without really thinking about the humanitarian aspects of this.” In fact, many prominent Democrats are not only taking the Obama administration...
  • CNN reporter calls Israelis cheering missiles striking Palestinian positions in Gaza 'scum'

    07/18/2014 6:20:47 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 34 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Friday, July 18, 2014, 7:36 AM | Lee Moran
    British journalist Diana Magnay vented her anger on Twitter after the group allegedly threatened to 'destroy' her team’s car if she said anything they didn’t like on air. "Scum." That's what a CNN reporter called Israelis she spotted cheering missiles that were striking Palestinian positions in Gaza on Thursday night. Diana Magnay took to Twitter to vent her anger after some of the group reportedly threatened to "destroy" her team's car if she spoke out of turn on air. "Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to 'destroy our car if I saw a wrong...
  • WaPo's Kathleen Parker Suggests People with Southern Accents Not 'Smart' or 'Sophisticated'

    04/06/2014 3:23:19 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 83 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Apr 2014, 9:11 AM PDT | Pamela Key
    After NBC's "Meet The Press" host David Gregory ran an anti-ObamaCare ad targeting Sen. Mark Pryor from Arkansas featuring a couple with a southern accents questioning the confusing nature of the Affordable Care Act, Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker objected to Americans for Prosperity using people with southern accents in political ads running in Arkansas: "I think you could find someone who doesn't have a southern accent who is confused by this act," Parker said. "We always seem to find the character who seems a little countrified, who can't just fathom this. You know there there are plenty of smart...
  • Tampa Bay Times to begin employee buyouts

    03/06/2014 5:59:33 AM PST · by shortstop · 30 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 03/06/14 | Richard Mullins | Tribune Staff
    The Tampa Bay Times newspaper will begin offering buyouts to current workers in advance of a round of layoffs, according to company memos posted online. This comes as the St. Petersburg-based newspaper faces increasing financial strain and works with business consultants to “improve the company’s financial results.” Employees will have between March 10 and 24 to consider the packages, which could include up to 13 weeks of severance, plus two extra weeks, according to a memo sent to employees by Human Resources Director Sebastian Dortch that was posted on the website of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, which owns...
  • New York Times Profit Falls 12%; Print, Digital Revenues Still Falling

    02/06/2014 8:46:11 PM PST · by gooblah · 34 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6 Feb 2014, 5:13 | Joel Pollak
    The New York Times announced Thursday that operating profits had fallen 12% in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the same period a year before. Earnings per share dropped by roughly two-thirds, from $0.76 to $0.24. Total revenues were down 5.2% and advertising revenues were down 6.3%, with print advertising revenues falling by 7.0% and digital by 4.3% over 2013. The company added digital subscribers, up 19% in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to same period in 2012, but its circulation revenues were down, too.
  • Chris Christie has problems, but he’s still atop the 2016 GOP presidential field. For now.

    01/13/2014 7:41:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/13/2013 | Chris Cillizza
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie just endured the worst week of his five years in elected office, battered by a scandal involving traffic jams as political payback and implicating several top — and now former — aides. And yet, Christie still holds down the top spot in our rankings of the 2016 Republican field — a sign of both the considerable strengths he retains in the race and the lack of an obvious challenger to his dominance. Make no mistake: Bridge-gate has hurt Christie and slowed, badly, the considerable momentum he built during a sweeping reelection victory in 2013. But,...
  • Candy Crowley: If I’m Unemployed or on Minimum Wage, ‘Why Would I Become Republican?’

    01/05/2014 7:33:37 AM PST · by Hoodat · 93 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 5, 2014 | 10:08 | Noel Sheppard
    On CNN’s State of the Union Sunday, host Candy Crowley asked a question of Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisc.) that should offend people on both sides of the aisle. “If I am an unemployed American…or if I am a minimum wage worker… why would I become a Republican?” (video follows with transcript and commentary): (video link) CANDY CROWLEY: If I am an unemployed American and I hear from Republicans that, “Yeah, you know, we should go ahead and do that provided we do the following three things,” and it’s a caveat approval of extending those [unemployment] benefits, or if I am...
  • More Cuts Planned at Tribune Papers

    09/27/2013 11:13:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 27 Sep 2013 02:25 PM | Bill Hoffmann
    The ax is about to drop at newspapers owned by the Tribune Company, according to a report by the firm’s own Los Angeles Times. The Times says the company, which also owns The Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Hartford Courant, Orlando Sentinel, and South Florida Sun Sentinel, “is reviewing operations in an effort that will likely result in staff reductions.” …
  • Sun Sentinel reporter storms out of town meeting screaming; threatens boycott

    09/11/2013 6:59:07 PM PDT · by kevcol · 19 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | Sept 11, 2013 | Joe Saunders
    Fladell said the [news] business now encourages ambition and irresponsibility at the expense of accuracy – and the good of the country. “Journalists have no respect for their own profession … no respect for their country,” Fladell said, describing “self-serving, incompetent journalists.” That was too much for the journalist in attendance, as Marci Shatzman, a reporter for the Sun-Sentinel’s Forum Publishing Group, interrupted Fladell loudly before storming from the room. “I totally disagree – I’m a member of the press,” Shatzman shouted. “I’m not going to sit here and listen to this crap. I’m leaving.” On the way out, she...
  • There Is an Embarrassing Problem With This ABC ‘World News’ Report…

    09/07/2013 8:59:22 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 48 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/6/13 | Jason Howerton
    Diane Sawyer and her ABC News team gave critics of the mainstream media even more ammunition after Sawyer reported on a three-year-old story as if it were current during “World News” on Thursday evening. The story was about a massive Chinese traffic jam outside Beijing “now entering its third week.” After noting that traffic had come to a standstill and people were eating noodles on the roadside, Sawyer reported that the jam would end on around Sept. 17 following the completion of scheduled construction. The huge problem? The original report is from August 2010 snip Mediaite’s Andrew Kirell calls the...
  • Orlando Sentinel Editor Ousted in Restructuring

    08/11/2013 8:25:00 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 26 replies
    The Root ^ | August 10, 2013 | Richard Prince
    Mark Russell, whose nearly three years as editor of the Orlando Sentinel were marked by coverage of the Trayvon Martin case and the hazing death of a marching band member at Florida A&M University, was ousted Wednesday in a reorganization that eliminated his job. Russell was replaced by Avido Khahaifa [pdf], a corporate manager who is also African American and for whom the editor's job will be an additional role. Both men were at the National Association of Black Journalists convention last week in nearby Kissimmee, Fla...........
  • Newspaper bane: Nobody reads the stories (I know it is CNBC, but he makes some good points)

    08/10/2013 6:39:57 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 27 replies ^ | August 10, 2013 | Allen Wastler
    The newspaper business stinks Take a look at the product People don't read, they skim, Readers trust peers, not institutions Does anyone really "read" a newspaper anymore? Did they ever? (snip) According to Gallup, 55 percent of Americans get their news from TV, 21 percent from the Internet, and 6 percent from radio. Print? 9 percent. But no one is really talking about the product. Once you take the movie times (Fandango) and the classified ads (Craigslist) out of the paper, you're pretty much left with news stories. (OK, and the comics.) (snip) And those news stories haven't changed much....
  • New York Times reports 2 years of declining print and digital ad revenues

    08/05/2013 8:47:44 PM PDT · by NoCmpromiz · 26 replies
    ZD Net ^ | August 1, 2013 | Tom Foremski
    The New York Times Company [$NYT] reported second quarter 2013 earnings 48% below last year's quarter due to severance and other "special" items but digital paid subscriptions rose 40%. Despite rising numbers of readers and paid subscriptions, the company continues to struggle as advertising revenues continued to fall again— 6% in this quarter. This is the eighth sequential quarter of declining print and digital advertising revenues. "Print and digital advertising revenues decreased…
  • Journalists respond with snark and awe to Washington Post sale

    08/05/2013 5:48:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Hill's Twitter Room ^ | August 5, 2013 | Lara Seligman
    Journalists responded with shock, awe and a predictable amount of snark to the news that founder Jeff Bezos had bought The Washington Post. The news was announced Monday afternoon. Bezos himself, rather than his company, bought the Washington newspaper for roughly $250 million. The sale includes just the Post and not other publications owned by The Washington Post Company. Esquire's Chris Jones joked about Bezos's decision not to buy the contrarian, which The Washington Post Company owned for the last few years.....
  • Newsweek Sold Again, This Time To Digital News Company IBT Media

    08/05/2013 4:02:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 5, 2013 | Andrea Chang
    Newsweek, the former weekly news magazine that now publishes online only, is being sold to digital news company IBT Media. Terms of the deal, announced late Saturday, were not disclosed.
  • Did ABC News Deceptively Edit Zimmerman Juror’s Interview?

    07/29/2013 9:29:58 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 24 replies ^ | July 26, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    ABC News is being accused of deceptively editing, or at least misrepresenting (intentionally or not), some of the comments made by Juror B29, the lone “nonwhite” juror in the George Zimmerman murder trial. Further, the media as a whole are being accused of manipulating some of her statements. These allegations come not from a conservative news source, but rather from The key phrase latched onto by most media outlets, due to its sensational nature, was “George Zimmerman got away with murder” — words that were, in fact, said by Juror B29. But the full unedited video of the comment,...
  • Martin v. Zimmerman: The media at its worst (author realizes he was lied to)

    07/16/2013 6:36:53 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 64 replies
    Cross Cut ^ | July 15, 2013 | John Carlson
    Everything I initially wrote about the Trayvon Martin killing was based on network news reports. And it was almost entirely wrong. In my KOMO radio commentary of March 23, 2012, I said the following about the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman: “Thinking of 17-year old Trayvon the way we’d think of our own kids is exactly how to view this tragedy. The man who police say shot him, George Zimmerman, is a 28-year old CrimeWatch volunteer, who apparently did just about everything a Crimewatch volunteer SHOULDN’T do, such as following the 17 year old teen when a 911...

    07/28/2013 4:30:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Backwoods Home Magazine ^ | 28 July, 2013 | Massad Ayoob
    The story fed to the press would outrage anyone…and, predictably, it outraged everyone. The family provided a picture of Trayvon at age 12 or 13, which the media ran with the ugliest picture of Zimmerman they could find. The meme of a huge armed adult “stalking” a “helpless child” was born fully grown, to a Godzilla-like size. It loomed over America unopposed. The investigating officers and the State’s Attorney’s Office knew that the evidence showed something else: Zimmerman attacked by Martin, who towered over him, beat him to the ground, clearly smacked his head into the concrete, and might have...
  • Copyright troll Righthaven finally, completely dead

    05/09/2013 12:27:06 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 56 replies
    arstechnica (can't be posted to FR per copyright complaint) | May 9, 2013 | by Nate Anderson
    "Never had standing to sue, Ninth Circuit confirms."
  • A Chilling Divestment - Threat to divest city funds from a Koch-owned LA Times

    05/02/2013 2:54:27 PM PDT · by onyx · 85 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 2, 2013 4:30 pm | Lachlan Markay
    Threats by members of the Los Angeles City Council to use the city’s pension funds to penalize investors if they sell the Los Angeles Times to Charles and David Koch could be illegal and unconstitutional, experts say.A proposal by councilman Bill Rosendahl would allow the city to yank investments by the city’s three pension funds in the Tribune Co., which owns the Times, if the company opts to sell the paper to someone who does not uphold “the highest terms of professional and objective journalism.”Rumors that libertarian industrialists Charles and David Koch might buy the paper spurred him to propose...
  • Newspaper guild: The LA Times must not be sold to the Koch brothers and their “harsh ...

    05/01/2013 3:20:13 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2:01 pm on May 1, 2013 | Allahpundit
    I tweeted this link last night and John Ziegler replied, “Isn’t this guild statement the ultimate smoking gun of liberal media bias? Didn’t do same for David Geffen’s efforts to buy LAT”. Precisely my point in yesterday’s post. If the media was as neutral as they pretend to be for professional (and political) advantage, any bid from a strong partisan, whether left or right, should cause jitters about the newsroom becoming “unbalanced.” Where’s the hand-wringing over liberal ideologues buying up media?Here’s the Guild statement in full, via Jim Romenesko. Note that there’s no hand-wringing over traditional union concerns like the...
  • Tricky Times target (18 editors to be laid off at the NY Times!)

    01/25/2013 5:28:22 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/25/13 | Keith Kelly
    The deadline for New York Times newsroom managers to take voluntary buyouts came and went yesterday — without reaching the target of 30 takers. Now, insiders are worried that involuntary cuts — layoffs — will start. Jill Abramson, the executive editor overseeing the process, declined to comment yesterday as the deadline passed but several insiders worried that as few as a dozen raised their hands and volunteered — meaning up to 18 heads must roll.
  • Conservative leaders claim unprecedented media bias this election cycle

    09/26/2012 1:16:00 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 13 replies
    fox news ^ | 9/26/2012 | fox news
    Two-dozen conservative activists and media personalities on Tuesday urged members of their respective groups to switch off the "biased news media," claiming in an open letter that establishment media are "out of control with a deliberate and unmistakable leftist agenda." Though these groups frequently complain about a left-leaning media bias, they claimed in the letter that the political slant this cycle is unprecedented. "In the quarter century since the Media Research Center was established to document liberal media bias, there has never been a more brazen and complete attempt by the liberal so-called 'news' media to decide the outcome of...
  • And Now Let Us Gasp In Astonishment At What Just Happened To The Newspaper Business

    09/17/2012 6:11:36 AM PDT · by DManA · 81 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 9/15/12 | Henry Blodget
    Below, via Mark J. Perry and Bill Gross, is a chart we've run before. It shows inflation-adjusted newspaper advertising revenue over the past 60 years. Thanks to the precipitous decline in the last ~7 years, the industry is now back to where we it was in 1950. And it's only slightly better off when you factor in online revenue. Read more:
  • Journal Register Co. files for bankruptcy (Denver Post)

    09/05/2012 10:25:47 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 16 replies
    Boulder Daily Camera ^ | Sept. 5, 2012 | Andy Vuong
    Digital First Media, which jointly operates MediaNews Group -- owner of the Daily Camera and the Denver Post -- and the Journal Register Co., announced today that the Journal Register has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The company will seek a prompt sale, said John Paton, chief executive of Digital First Media. New York-based Journal Register operates more than 350 multiplatform news and related products in 10 states. "We expect the auction and sale process to take about 90 days, and we are pleased to announce the company has...
  • Times Co. Said to Reach Preliminary Deal to Sell (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    08/09/2012 7:12:18 AM PDT · by abb · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 8, 2012 | Christine Haughney
    The New York Times Company, which has been shedding assets and focusing on its core newspaper and Web site, is preparing to sell another of its properties. The company has a letter of intent to sell the About Group, the unit that includes the online resource guide, to, a question-and-answer site, for $270 million, a person familiar with the deal said on Wednesday. It is not clear when the deal will close because financing has not yet been secured. When the Times Company originally purchased in 2005 for just over $400 million, analysts questioned how compatible
  • Newsweek may cease print edition (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/25/2012 10:47:29 AM PDT · by abb · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | July 25, 2012 | Dylan Byers
    Newsweek may cease its print publication by the end of this year, according to IAC chief Barry Diller, who as of this week owns the majority stake in the company. During a conference call with analysts this morning, Diller suggested that the magazine would eventually transition to an online-only publication, and that changes would begin to take place as early as this Fall. "The transition will happen,” Diller said. "The transition to online from hard print will take place. We’re examining all of our options." UPDATE: IAC spokesperson Justine Sacco emails to clarify: [Diller] was speaking about the weekly print...
  • (New Orleans) Times-Picayune lays off more than 200 employees (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    06/13/2012 6:03:35 AM PDT · by abb · 15 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | June 13, 2012 | Jaquetta White
    Managers at The Times-Picayune informed more than 200 members of the newspaper staff Tuesday that their last day at the company will be Sept. 30. The Times-Picayune, according to company executives, is shrinking its overall staff - including news, advertising, circulation and other departments - by 32 percent, or 201 employees. Employees who were not laid off were offered new jobs beginning this fall with Nola Media Group or Advance Central Services Louisiana, two new companies that will oversee news coverage and production and distribution, respectively, for The Times-Picayune and its affiliated website The layoffs come as part of...
  • Village Voice Media Continues to Enable Sex Trafficking

    06/12/2012 1:51:50 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 5 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 12, 2012 | JP
    Hello, My name is Chase! New, hot, & ready to forfill [sic] all of your wildest dreams. Weighing 115 and standing at 5’4” with the complete package to take you to ecstacy [sic] ! ! ! In call starting at $80. Out call starting at $100. Poster's age: 19. That’s an actual sex ad posted today in the Seattle listings of, a website that boasts a 70 percent market share of the nation’s prostitution ads according to AIM Group, the leading research and consulting service for the classifieds industry. The owners of, Village Voice Media, are determined to...
  • New Orleans Paper Said to Face Deep Cuts and May Cut Back Publication (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/24/2012 4:26:41 AM PDT · by abb · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 24, 2012 | David Carr
    The New Orleans Times-Picayune, which distinguished itself amid great adversity during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, is about to enact large staff cuts and may cut back its daily print publishing schedule, according to two employees with knowledge of the plans. Newhouse Newspapers, which owns the Times-Picayune, will apparently be working off a blueprint the company used in Ann Arbor, Mich., where it reduced the frequency of the Ann Arbor News, emphasized the Web site as a primary distributor of news and in the process instituted wholesale layoffs to cut costs. A request for comment late Wednesday night from the...
  • Black writer warns of probable aftermath if Zimmerman acquitted

    04/21/2012 5:19:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 163 replies
    The Examiner ^ | April 21, 2012 | Keith Wimer
    Statistics show a deep divide in opinions along racial lines regarding the killing of a black Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin, by George Zimmerman, who is of mixed ethnicity, white and Hispanic. Zimmerman has claimed self-defense, invoking the Sunshine State’s “Stand Your Ground” law which has also come under intense scrutiny in the wake of the incident. Reuters news service reported last week, 91% of blacks believe Martin was unjustly killed, while only 35% of whites concurred. Hispanics were in between at 59% according to polling numbers Reuters gathered by querying nearly 2,000 Americans. The disparity of views over Martin’s death...
  • Los Angeles Times to discontinue LA, its Sunday magazine (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/16/2012 5:38:39 PM PDT · by abb · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 16, 2012 | Alana Semuels
    The Los Angeles Times said its Sunday magazine, facing tough challenges, will cease publication. LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine will print its final issue June 3, Kathy K. Thomson, president and chief operating officer, said in an email Tuesday to employees. The magazine came out weekly until 2008, when the paper's editorial department stopped publishing it. The Los Angeles Times Media Group then put out the magazine in a monthly format. "The entire magazine industry has been faced with a very challenging environment," Thomson wrote. "We are not immune to the challenges." In 2010, U.S. News & World Report switched...
  • Our Shameless MSM…Carrying Obama’s Water

    05/12/2012 12:49:17 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-12-12 | Curt
    Unbiased my ass: Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton touted the Post’s Romney-haircut “scoop” as a “deeply reported story” that “holds up to scrutiny.” But the family of the haircut victims told ABC it was “factually inaccurate” and it shouldn’t be used as a political football. Pexton said nonsense: the Post has received “no specific complaint of inaccuracy.” Perhaps more shocking is that the Post shamelessly admits they timed this story precisely to echo on the day after President Obama’s big pro-gay announcement. They actually waited a day longer than planned to let Obama have the front page to himself...
  • The Washington Post Co.’s Self-Destructive Course (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/11/2012 1:20:21 PM PDT · by abb · 18 replies
    Columbia Journalism Review ^ | May 11, 2012 | Ryan Chittum
    The Washington Post Company‘s dismal quarterly earnings release last week was received with something of a shrug—more of the same. But the report is worse than the reaction suggests and raises fundamental questions about the Post’s strategy, not just for the newspaper, but for the whole company. If you hadn’t heard, the Washington Post Company is basically a for-profit college/SAT-prep firm that sidelines as a cable-TV provider and newspaper publisher. The august Washington Post (I’ll italicize Post here when referring to the newspaper and won’t when referring to its parent) contributed just 15 percent to its namesake company’s revenue in...
  • Washington Post Still in Sad, Strange Decline (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/08/2012 8:57:43 AM PDT · by abb · 32 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | May 7, 2012 | Joe Coscarelli
    Late last week the hallowed Washington Post announced a first-quarter operating loss of $22.6 million as print ads sank 17 percent year-over-year and online revenue dipped 7 percent, too. Weekday circulation is now under 500,000, falling almost 10 percent, while the company's onetime moneymaker, the education unit Kaplan, lost some millions as well. Journalists at the paper are well aware of the problems and last month had a dark-sounding "secret meeting" to talk things out. Adweek reports that ten of the paper's top staffers met with president and general manager Steve Hills over sandwiches to chat "about the challenges that...
  • New York Times Confirms Non-Newsroom Layoffs (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/07/2012 1:22:37 PM PDT · by abb · 30 replies ^ | May 4, 2012 | Jim Romenesko
    I received multiple tips late Thursday about layoffs at the New York Times, including this report: More than 50 people were laid off on the corporate side. The layoffs include George Freeman, one of their well-known in-house lawyers. The worry is this is just the begginning of cuts — and that the company is putting pressure on the unions. Several of the people who were laid off were minorities, including African Americans and Hispanics. Another tipster says of Freeman: He was “one of the two go-to guys on news-department legal matters, from story vetting to fighting First Amendment cases. The...
  • It Didn't Start With Dateline NBC (Flashback - "exploding" GM trucks)

    04/07/2012 12:17:33 PM PDT · by abb · 17 replies
    Walter Olson. com ^ | June 21, 2012 | Walter Olson
    An "electronic Titanic"--as Howard Rosenberg of the Los Angeles Times called it---"an unprecedented disaster in the annals of network news, and perhaps the biggest TV scam since the Quiz Scandals." To many, NBC's Dateline fiasco seemed a freak, a bizarre departure from accepted network standards. Would any half-awake news organization have helped stage a crash test that was rigged to get a particular outcome? Or concealed from the public key elements--the hidden rockets, the over-filled tank, the loose gas cap? Or entrusted its judgment to axe-grinding "experts" who were deeply involved in litigating against the expose's target? Or, after questions...
  • Oprah Winfrey Network Sets Deal With Comcast

    04/01/2012 4:49:20 PM PDT · by abb · 36 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sam Schechner and Christopher S. Stewart
    Oprah Winfrey's cable channel struck a distribution deal with Comcast Corp., lifting the number of homes in which the network can be seen, according to people familiar with the situation. Related Video As a result of the deal, 17 million Comcast subscribers will be able to watch the network, known as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, up from about 14 million currently. Comcast had 22.3 million video subscribers on Dec. 31. Overall, OWN will be in 83 million homes, up from 80 million, people close to channel said. Comcast also agreed to begin paying subscriber fees for the channel at the...
  • Naked ambition: Bild drops Page One Girl in bid for women readers

    03/10/2012 2:14:27 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | March 9, 2012 | Kate Connolly
    It was, declared Germany's biggest-selling tabloid, "a small step for women … a big step for all German men". After 28 years and 5,000 semi-clad and sometimes completely naked women, Bild announced that it was dropping its Page One Girl. The development dominated the tabloid's front page, pushing stories on Greek debt and the farewell ceremony for Germany's disgraced president to the sidelines.
  • PMN seeks to reduce (Philly Inquirer) newsroom positions by 37 (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/16/2012 7:40:43 AM PST · by abb · 4 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | February 15, 2012 | Mike Armstrong
    In a cost-cutting move, the parent company of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and said it will reduce the number of newsroom positions by 37 — through buyouts, it hopes — by the end of March. On Wednesday afternoon, management of Philadelphia Media Network Inc. (PMN) informed Newspaper Guild Local 10, which represents editorial, advertising and circulation employees, that it needed to cut costs because of challenging industry conditions. The move was not unexpected since PMN had announced plans last fall to create one newsroom for all its media properties as part of the relocation of its offices...
  • Washington Post offers buyouts for 5th time in recent years (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/08/2012 4:38:05 PM PST · by abb · 13 replies
    Poynter Online ^ | February 8, 2012 | Andrew Beaujon
    This morning, news of a new buyout offer began circulating in The Washington Post newsroom. This is the paper’s fifth round of buyouts since 2004. Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton tweeted this afternoon that the buyouts would be capped at 48 people or 8 percent of the 600-person newsroom. The Washington Post Company, which owns the Post, Slate, a community newspaper group, and an educational unit, had a dismal third quarter. Its report from that time period was filed last November (PDF). It said that newspaper revenue was down 9 percent from the same period the year before, advertising revenue shrank...
  • The New York Times Company Lost $39.7 Million In 2011 (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/02/2012 8:34:01 AM PST · by abb · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | February 2, 2012 | Staff
    The New York Times Company reported its Q4 earnings today, and they lost $39.7 million in 2011, or 27 cents a share, after making $107.7 million in 2010. Q4 profit is down 12.2% y/y thanks to the continuing decline of print advertising and a 67.4% decline in the About Group's operating profit, which also saw a 25.7% decrease in quarterly ad revenues y/y. The NYT also missed analysts' estimates — quarterly net income of 39 cents a share was lower than expectations of 42 cents a share. The fourth quarter income also reflects a $4.5 million payout to departed CEO...
  • Gannett Profit Falls 33% on Lower Ad Sales (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/30/2012 2:28:01 PM PST · by abb · 13 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 30 2012 | Russell Adams
    Gannett Co. reported a 33% drop in fourth-quarter profit as persistent advertising declines at its newspapers and lower television revenues more than offset growth in the digital businesses. The McLean, Va., publisher of more than 80 daily U.S. papers, including USA Today, said ad revenue in its newspaper segment decrease 7.1% from the year-earlier quarter. Coming after an 8.5% year-over-year drop in the third quarter, the results capped a difficult second half of a year when many publishers expected advertising deterioration to level off. Executives said advertising got a boost in November from Black Friday and Cyber Monday but the...
  • ‘Leadership Vacuum’ At NY Times As Co. Prepares To Announce Earnings (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/27/2012 11:44:22 AM PST · by abb · 13 replies
    Media Bistro ^ | January 27, 2012 | Rachel Kaufman
    The New York Times Company is still seeking a replacement for CEO Janet Robinson who departed last month, and Wall Street isn’t too happy, reports Bloomberg. A new leader is needed to bring up revenue, shore up profits and restore the Times Company’s dividend, Bloomberg writes. The company, which announces fourth-quarter results next week, is projected to report that its 2011 revenue was $2.33 billion, a decline from 2010 and the sixth straight year of declining sales. “The stock is kind of stuck in no-man’s land,” and the absence of a CEO is part of what’s keeping it there,” one...
  • Ticked off at (Washington) Post price increase (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/22/2012 11:17:48 AM PST · by abb · 18 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 20, 2012 | Patrick B. Pexton
    The Post managed to tee off its readers twice this week.. It raised its single-copy price at the newsstand to $1, from 75 cents, and the company did so with no announcement, no publisher’s note, nothing online or in print that I could find. That angered readers. Remember that the No. 1 revenue stream for The Post still is print circulation — that is, the money received from home subscribers, newsstand sales and print advertising. Here’s what one phone caller left on my voice mail: “This [price increase], so far as I can tell, was unannounced. . . . I looked at...
  • Online Ad Spending to Pass Print for the First Time, Forecast Says (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/21/2012 4:20:45 AM PST · by abb · 13 replies
    Ad Age ^ | January 19, 2012 | Nat Ives
    Online advertising spending will cruise past print in the United States this year for the first time, according to a new forecast by eMarketer. Online ad spending in the U.S. grew 23% to $32.03 billion in 2011 and will grow 23.3% more to $39.5 billion in 2012, eMarketer said. That will put it above total U.S. magazine and newspaper spending, which will fall 6.1% to $36 billion this year, said the report. Print ad spending in magazines will actually tick up to $15.4 billion from $15.3 billion, according to eMarketer. Magazine and newspaper publishers themselves enjoy rising digital ad revenue,...
  • Tribune offers newsroom voluntary buyouts (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/17/2012 4:15:58 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 16, 2012 | Robert Channick
    Looking to reduce costs as it continues to grapple with a changing media landscape and challenging economy, the Chicago Tribune told employees Monday it will offer an undisclosed number of voluntary buyouts in the newsroom. Gerry Kern, senior vice president and editor of the Tribune, issued a memo outlining the voluntary separation program, which will be open to all editorial staff except top departmental management. "We begin the year with a need to reduce costs as we face the continued financial pressures from a weak economy and structural changes in our industry," Kern said. "We are committed to taking action...
  • State Bar of Nevada Probes 3 Lawyers Who Helped Righthaven Pursue Copyright Claims

    01/14/2012 4:03:07 PM PST · by george76 · 29 replies · 1+ views
    American Bar Association ^ | Jan 13, 2012 | Martha Neil
    The State Bar of Nevada is investigating the CEO of Righthaven, a company known for its prolific filing of copyright lawsuits against bloggers who allegedly infringed by reposting newspaper content, as well as two lawyers who worked there. ... a federal judge in Las Vegas has fined Righthaven $5,000 and rebuked the company for “inaccurate and likely dishonest” statements in court filings, the article continues. The judge also suggested that the company could have been involved in unauthorized practice of law.
  • ‘General Patton’ bids farewell to News troops (Dinosaur Media Alert)

    01/07/2012 12:09:50 PM PST · by presidio9 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 6, 2012 | Keith J. Kelly
    One day after Mort Zuckerman shook up his Daily News by cutting loose the paper’s editor, the deposed leader gave a farewell address to the troops. Kevin Convey, the longtime Boston Herald editor who lasted only 18 months at the ailing News, gave a “short and sweet” farewell address, according to one insider. “It was a weird ending to a weird tenure,” said the insider. At about the same time, the incoming editor, Colin Myler, was boarding a plane in London, according to one report, to jet to his new assignment, which starts Jan. 10. “To the degree we’ve had...
  • NY Times staffers near mutiny as paper continues to slide into oblivion

    12/28/2011 8:32:21 AM PST · by Nachum · 87 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/28/11 | Rick Moran
    The rocky, rickety boat that is the New York times has long been in peril of sinking. Now the Times staffers have sent a letter to publisher Arthur Sulzberger expressing "profound dismay" at the direction the company is headed. Huffington Post: The letter calls attention to several grievances. Last week, Times brass notified foreign citizens employed in the paper's overseas bureaus that their pensions would be frozen. In the letter, Times staffers dismayed by this decision point out to Sulzberger that some of these foreign employees, working alongside Times reporters in war zones, have "risked their lives so that we...