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PBS NewsHour Partnering With OZY Media


PBS NewsHour and OZY Media today announced a content and social partnership. Say what?

The nearly 40-year-old NewsHour, co-anchored for the past year by Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill, is teaming up with the digital news mag OZY Media, launched in the fall of 2013, to promote each others content online, to also include OZY co-founder Carlos Watson joining Ifill on broadcast to discuss internet trends and highlights.

“PBS NewsHour sets the bar for quality reporting and Gwen has reached the pinnacle of respect in the world of journalism,” Watson said in an announcement. “In just over a year, we just reached 7 million unique visitors last month and are seen and heard by millions more through our partners. As we continue to grow, we’re thrilled to be working closely with PBS NewsHour and sharing a commitment to give our audiences a fun and fresh way to learn about what’s new and what’s next.”

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OZY Media Snags POLITICO CTO Ryan Mannion

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 12.47.11OZY Media announced that as of September, POLITICO’s Chief Technology Officer Ryan Mannion will serve as its Head of Product. Founded last September by veteran broadcast journalist Carlos Watson and Samir Rao, OZY is based in Silicon Valley, where Mannion will relocate.

“Ryan knows better than anyone how to build a premium product and with his help, OZY will soon offer not just addictive content and elite design, but also game-changing technology so that we look even smarter, fresher and different than everyone else out there,” said Watson, founder and CEO of OZY.

OZY recently brought on former CNN Middle East correspondent and White House speechwriter Aneesh Raman; creative director Dwayne Shaw from Entertainment Weekly; former Tokyo bureau chief for U.S. News & World Report Steven Butler; and Emily Cadei who was with CQ Roll Call.

SF-Based OZY Media Expands DC Footprint Ahead of Midterms

You would be forgiven, dear reader, if you had never heard of OZY Media, a digital news and culture magazine founded by MSNBC and Air America host Carlos Watson. The Silicon Valley-based pub has some high profile backers – business executive (and widow of Steve) Laurene Powell Jobs  and Google’s Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, for example -but has yet to make much of a splash on the East Coast. But that might be changing soon. OZY is making new hires with an eye towards increasing their presence in DC ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

Steven Butler, who currently works in DC as the Foreign Editor for Knight Ridder Newspapers, is the most recent example. He will come on board as a Senior Editor, and will join a team that already includes former White House speechwriter and CNN war correspondent Aneesh Raman, former CQ Roll Call writer Emily Cadei and former CIA Acting Director John McLaughlin -all of whom are based in DC.

OZY is aimed at the so-called “Change Generation,” which they describe as “a global, age-agnostic, educated and curious audience that, aside from just knowing about the daily news, wants to learn about the topics and people of tomorrow.” The site covers everything from politics to foreign and national affairs, technology, arts and culture. They also host a live event series, “OZY Across America,” which came to DC this past March.

Dapper Tapper: Jake Makes Chron‘s List of “Web Hunks”


The very dapper Jake Tapper, ABC’s WH correspondent made the Houston Chronicle‘s list of thirteen “Web Hunks.” Tapper, MSNBC’s Carlos Watson, Mashable CEO Pete Cashmore and Twitter Co-founder Biz Stone are just a few of the Chron‘s picks from the “hotbed of hotties” online. Check out the Chron here for the full list…

Morning Reading List 07.01.09

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What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…



WSJ: Gannett Co., the largest U.S. newspaper publisher by daily circulation, will cut between 1,000 and 2,000 jobs out of its 41,500-person work force in response to continuing revenue declines. The cuts will come from the U.S. Community Publishing division, which consists of more than 80 local dailies.


Check out mediabistro’s Laurel Touby on Carlos Watson‘s 11am hour on MSNBC today.

The Pew Research Center reports TV news devoted 28 hours to Michael Jackson coverage and 93% of cable airtime (h/t TVNewser). Early in the week the media gave ongoing attention to protests over the Iranian election. And by the end of the week Iran filled 19% of the newshole, making it the No. 1 topic of the week. By Wednesday attention shifted to the third biggest story of the week – the affair of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. But the passing of the “King of Pop” on Thursday, the #2 story of the week, dominated late week coverage. The TV nets devoted more than 28 hours to Jackson’s life and death. The cable nets devoted 93% of their airtime to Jackson on Thursday and Friday.

Tom Shales‘ in WaPo on why TV critics are needed more than ever: “Sadly, there are people who maintain that TV critics are anachronisms, unnecessary luxuries in a fidgety digital age. Unfortunately, some of those people happen to be newspaper editors. At more than just a handful of papers around the country, the job has simply been abolished.”


TVNewser profiles Aaron Brown and asks about Twitter. He’s doing a PBS series “Wide Angle.” “My students made me open a Twitter account, but I have never Twittered or read a Tweet,” he says. “It’s self-indulgent nonsense. I don’t get it. I’m 60. I’m not sure I’m supposed to get this stuff.”


Vibe Magazine is shutting down.


About that Todd Purdum piece on Sarah Palin in VFPolitico: “A hard-hitting piece on Sarah Palin in the new Vanity Fair has touched off a blistering exchange of insults among high-profile Republicans over last year’s GOP ticket — tearing open fresh wounds about leaks surrounding Palin and the internal wars that paralyzed the campaign in its final days.”

And Craig Crawford in CQ: “Now they tell us. John McCain’s staffers are lining up to anonymously trash Sarah Palin and feed a news media assault against the 2008 GOP running mate. These pathetic wimps offer nothing but unattributed quotes to Vanity Fair saying they felt she wasn’t up to snuff and whining that she refused to properly study up on policy issues.”


AP’s David Bauder writes about the selective coverage of the Obama girls, Sasha and Malia. “Images are great when they can be controlled. And when it comes to the Obama kids, the White House can be very controlling. Sasha and her 10-year-old sister Malia have been shielded carefully from the public, but they are by no means invisible.”

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

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More RTCA Dets: CBS Pre-Parties, Maddow Guest Bartends At MSNBC After-Party, Gibbs To Play MC Rove

Ok, we’re kidding about Robert Gibbs playing this year’s MC Rove, but we have learned of a few more legitimate details to share with you about tomorrow evening’s RTCA dinner…

• CBS News is hosting a pre-party on the second floor of the convention center. There will be a live band and expected CBS guests include RNC Chairman Michael Steele, WH Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, also CBS-ers Lara Logan, Chip Reid and Nancy Cordes, among others.

• Those sitting at the dinner’s head table include President Obama and his Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Congressional leaders Steny Hoyer, James Clyburn and Louise Slaughter. RTCA dinner chair Heather Dahl will emcee the night and there are, of course, two awards given at this dinner- the David Bloom and Joan Barone Awards.

• If you were lucky enough to score an “absolutely non-transferable” invitation to Phil Griffin‘s MSNBC after-party at the Historical Society of Washington, you might also be lucky enough to get served a drink by guest bartender Rachel Maddow. We hear she’ll be mixing drinks at a special upstairs bar. You can also get a preview of her bartending skills after the jump.

• And just who’s on the guest list for this exclusive after-party? We hear David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, Sen. Susan Collins, Eric Holder, Larry Summers, Rep. Aaron Schock and Ken Salazar- all guests of NBC and MSNBC- may make appearances post-dinner.

And NBC and MSNBC-ers Steve Capus, Mark Whitaker, Contessa Brewer, Mika Brzezinski, Savannah Guthrie, Willie Geist, Tamron Hall, Chris Matthews, Andrea Mitchell, Luke Russert, Joe Scarborough, Ed Schultz, Carlos Watson, Chuck Todd and more.

• While we’re sure NBC snagged plenty of tables for that guest list above, a few other shops in town have really cut back. Tammy Haddad‘s blog White House Correspondents Weekend Insider reports PBS is down to two tables (from 15 in years past) and ABC News just one. PBS was still able to land Gen. Jim Jones as a guest- he’ll be sitting with Judy Woodruff and PBS President CEO Paula Kerger. George Stephanopoulos can’t make it so Jonathan Karl will hold court at RTCA for ABC.

• Didn’t score a ticket, but dying to hear what jokes the other guy from the Mac commercials cracks? Don’t worry- C-SPAN will have live coverage.

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Morning Reading List 06.16.09

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What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…



Boston Globe: Management and the paper’s largest union were in intense talks last night, trying to end a bitter standoff that is costing the union’s members nearly one-fourth of their paychecks. What was supposed to be an informational session appears to have turned into a bargaining session.

E&P: It is the spring of Twitter, after the winter of Facebook, and nearly a decade of blogging. So how are newspapers handling a lot of this newfangled social media madness? Many editors are still not sure how to police the growing Twitter trend and Facebook “friending” phenomenon.


Carlos Watson gets the 11am hour on MSNBC. He officially joined dayside in March and debuted at 11 yesterday. TVNewser reports it appears the morning line-up is set, with Dylan Ratigan anchoring 9-11am and Dr. Nancy Snyderman at noon.

Campbell Brown‘s ratings hit a new low on CNN. TVNewser has the numbers.

CNN colleague Rick Sanchez took the #CNNfail criticism head-on yesterday: “There have been some questions raised on Twitter as to whether we covered any of the events enough over the weekend,” he said. “Frankly, it’s a compliment that you expected us to cover it more than our competitors, and we did.”

A closer look at CNN’s Iran coverage and Twitter feedback here.

Check out Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace‘s Q&A with the Boston Globe and also Fox’s Glenn Beck‘s Q&A with WaPo yesterday.


Twitter delayed a routine maintenance for Iran coverage.


Why Murdoch is selling The Weekly Standard.


From Playbook this morning: Matt Vogel, White House Associate Director of Communications for economic policy, proposed to Julie Sobel this weekend in NYC at the Alice in Wonderland sculpture in Central Park. Julie is finishing up a graduate degree at NYU. They met in Marty Meehan‘s office. (h/t Jen Psaki)


Politico reports on how the White House press stays home for Obama’s speech. “While reporters sometimes skip short fundraising-only trips or journeys in the waning days of a presidency, it’s hard to remember a time when a president, in the prime of his presidency, traveled outside Washington for a major policy address just to have the press stay home… The reason for the change is simple: money.”

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

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Morning Reading List 05.13.09

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It is day 114 covering the Obama administration and week 15 for us. Happy birthday to Jeff Dufour! What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…



A member of NYT Co. Board says they haven’t been in discussions with Google.


Can Ed Schultz improve MSNBC’s 6pm ratings? Politico takes a look here.

What tvnewser donned a skull cummerbund at this weekend’s WHCD? FishbowlLA has the answer here.


IndieWire reports that as Kirby Dick‘s new documentary, Outrage, opened, NPR trimmed its review of the film, cutting mentions of the American political figures depicted in the movie. Critic Nathan Lee subsequently removed his byline from the article in protest and lodged a comment on the NPR site.


Mediaweek: Fox News’ online ascent continues, as the network’s formerly lightly-trafficked Web site has significantly improved its numbers for several key engagement scores over the past year as its audience has steadily climbed, according to newly-released data., a news site created by MSNBC anchor and Air America radio host Carlos Watson for “the change generation” went live yesterday. WebNewser caught up with him here.

paidContent reveals had more unique visitors last month than and Why? Two words: Ashton and Oprah.


NYO profiles Jon Meacham- “Jon Meacham, with his recessive posture, his slow gait, his bone-dry jokes, may not strike you immediately as the man who can make your magazine look good. But he has become the embodiment of Sunday-schooled fogeyish integrity in a journalism industry looking for heroes.”


Sarah Palin has landed a book deal- a memoir with HarperCollins to come out spring 2010, the year she’s up for re-election. In an AP piece, she says, “This will be a wonderful, refreshing chance for me to get to tell my story… unfiltered.”

Also Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman on why Sarah Palin still befuddles the media here.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro

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The Pre-Parties: Time, Fortune, People & CNN

Pretty star-studded… Eva Longoria Parker, Jason Bateman, Jon Bon Jovi, Kal Penn, Kate Capshaw and Glenn Close.

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Carlos Watson, Time’s Rick Stengel, CNN’s Jonathan Klein, Dana Bash and John King, to name just some of the many jouros mingling around this party.

Time guest Steven Spielberg and Fortune guest George Lucas.

Julia Louis Dreyfus, Bradley Cooper and Jon Hamm.

Demi Moore and Tyra Banks- with Ashton Kutcher in the background. Photos above courtesy of Getty Images.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer deep in conversation with David Axelrod.

Morning Reading List 04.01.09

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Its day 72 covering the Obama administration and week nine for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…



From this morning’s Playbook: It’s Obamania on the covers of the Brit papers. Daily Express: “Obama, wife and a team of 500 arrive in Britain to save the world… we hope.” Daily Mirror: “Obama Drama: Massive security as President jets in for crisis G20 summit.” The Sun: “‘Ello ‘ello yellow: First Lady Looks Summit Special.”

Sun-Times Media Group Inc., owner of the Chicago Sun-Times, today voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Check out WSJ’s standards for scoops and breaking news here.


The big three anchors- Brian Williams, Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric- are all in London and will all sit down with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner for interviews today.

April Fools came a few days early for 60 Minutes. Washington Whispers reports the group of Russian hackers in a piece this Sunday may actually have been a group of teenagers in Finland.

TVNewser: MSNBC has shelved plans for a new 10pmET show to follow Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow. Asked if he had anything to do with postponing the plans, Olbermann said, “No, I didn’t have anything to do with it and honestly, I don’t think anything in the time frame of this process has changed.

There may be no new adds for 10pm on MSNBC, but there is for dayside. Carlos Watson has been named a dayside anchor.

You can check out cable ratings here and here, evening news ratings here, and CNBC’s ratings here.


NY Magazine’s blog Daily Intel published and quickly deleted a piece “Now That’s Something to Salute,” on First Lady Michelle Obama’s booty. An excerpt via HuffPost: “This morning President Obama departed for the G20 summit in London and a week of other meetings around Europe, his first visit since last summer’s epic charm offensive. As he boarded Marine One, Obama returned the salute of the marine standing guard … we think. It also looks like Obama might just be blocking the sun’s glare as he checks out Michelle’s booty.” And the apology: “As you know, bloggers work in a hurry, and occasionally items go up that are not in the best taste. In this instance we decided the best solution was to take the post down.”


Politico’s John Harris via Baltimore Sun on how the traditional path for young journos is vanishing: “For people who are just plain worker bees and are pretty good, I don’t find [journalism] an appealing career… I just don’t see why somebody would go into the business unless they thought they could be an A at something.”

In light of the G20 in London, British vs. American media.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro; Romenesko

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