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ICYMI: Sadness Prevails -Facebook, Leno, and Sochi

Okay, so maybe you think the Facebook Look Back movies are lame, but this one might change your mind. – by David Cohen at AllFacebook.

While many Facebook users are suffering from overexposure to its recently introduced A Look Back videos, the social network honored a special request by St. Louis resident John Berlin, who wanted to see his deceased son’s video…Berlin’s video of his tearful plea to Facebook went viral, with more than 950,000 views at the time of this post, in just two days.

Which sad penis wished Jay Leno a fond farewell? Find out by watching his last opening monologue. – by Josh Feldman at Mediaite.

Leno referenced the last time he parted ways with the Tonight Show, saying, “I don’t like good-byes. NBC does, I don’t care for them.” He vaguely acknowledged the Conan O’Brien fracas that ensued by clarifying, “Tonight is our last show for real. I don’t need to be fired three times. I get the hint.”

Sochi. Is. So. Gross.  - by Chris Ariens at TVNewser.

Between the missing shower curtains, brown tap water and computer hacking affecting journalists covering the Sochi Games, NBC’s Bob Costas might have it the worst. He has an eye infection.

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Is Facebook Chicken Sh&t? Journo Banned for 24 Hours

Life in the digital age can be a bitch. Facebook has banned Karl Frisch, a Democratic strategist, syndicated columnist and radio host for 24 hours for a post on Chick-fil-A that included a graphic with the word “fags.” As many know, Frisch is openly gay and does not support the practices and policies of the chicken joint on account of what he describes as their support of anti-gay organizations.

“This is a load of horse shit. @Facebook has blocked me from posting content for 24 hours for posting this,” said Frisch, taking the matter to Twitter.

The columnist posted on Chic-fil-A on his public profile last week and received upwards of 5,000 views with 100 people re-sharing. “It’s obviously fair use,” Frisch told FishbowlDC, explaining that he first noticed the image on Twitter.

“I thought Chick-fil-A left a bad taste in my mouth, now it’s Facebook,” he said. “You’re not going to silence people because your company supports anti-gay policies. A lot of us are not going to sit there and keep our mouths shut. It’s unfortunate to see Facebook ban me and possibly others to socially network with others to make sure they’re aware of these social policies, especially when you think about how forward thinking Facebook has been on LGBT equality issues.”

David Cohen, who writes mediabistro’s AllFacebook blog, said Facebook banning a user is not common. “Actually, yes, it is pretty unusual, but they will probably give you a vague, boilerplate response saying that their terms of service were violated,” he said.

As an aside, Frisch noted that Facebook has recently altered its policy to allow gay men and women to declare their marital statuses to spouses of the same gender.

We’ve reached out to Facebook PR and Greg Thompson in Chick fil-A’s Corporate Communications Dept. for comment.

UPDATE: Here’s a funny twist. It was accidental! Andrew Noyes of Facebook wrote FBDC to say, “This was an error and we apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused. He can feel free to repost the image.”

Tonight at the Newseum: Ed Burns

burns.jpg Actor Edward Burns will join Comcast and Tribeca Enterprises for an evening celebrating independent film and television tonight at the Newseum. The event, hosted by Comcast EVP David Cohen and Tribeca Co-founder Jane Rosenthal, will feature a reception, screening of Burns’ new film “Nice Guy Johnny” and panel discussion on independent film and TV.

Morning Reading List 06.24.09

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

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | BOOKS | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | REVOLVING DOOR | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

NYT: After months of bitter struggle that included a threat to shut down The Boston Globe, the New York Times Company and the paper’s largest union reached a tentative contract settlement on Tuesday night, with employees agreeing to significant cuts in wages, benefits, and job security.

WaPo’s Katharine Weymouth spoke Saturday at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism’s commencement- the school also honored Roxana Saberi with its Medal for Courage. Weymouth said, “I believe firmly that great journalism – the need for good old-fashioned beat and enterprise reporting — has never been more important. Certainly no one would argue that there isn’t enough news to report anymore. Nor do I believe that people’s interest or engagement in the news has changed. What has changed is the number of voices out there, the role that media plays in our lives and the business model that has supported journalism. This is a time of great transformation — but it’s also a time of great anticipation and creativity.” Read her speech here.

TV

Playbook reports this morning that there are “so many technicians and journalists are on the grounds that the Secret Service ran out of laminated “PRESS” passes and was giving “TOUR” tags to reporters.”

See how cable news ratings increased with coverage of Iran- Fox News ranked third in all of cable in primetime last week.

“Real World” is coming to DC, as you’ve heard, but there are major cuts coming to MTV.

ONLINE

The Iran election has increased new traffic to Twitter. Hitwise notes traffic to Twitter.com rose 13% June 12 compared with the previous Friday and was up 23% June 17 versus the prior Wednesday. (h/t WebNewser)

ABCNews.com has announced it is producing a daily half-hour program about the crisis in Iran. “Nightline: Iran in Crisis” will be broadcast at 11:30am and available on the Nightline section of ABCNEWS.com and on ABC News NOW, the network’s 24-hour digital channel.

BOOKS

Roxana Saberi is working on a memoir of her arrest, sentence and release in Iran, to be published by HarperCollins in March 2010, according to the AP.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is penning a memoir expected out in spring 2011, a few months after former President George W. Bush’s book comes out, the AP points out. In an interview with the AP, Cheney said, “I want my grandkids, 20 or 30 years from now, to be able to read it and understand what I did, and why I did it.”

NEWS NOTES

We seriously did not believe this when we first heard it, but now there’s video proof. Remember Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the Moon, an American icon? Just in time for the moon-landing anniversary, he’s teaming up with Snoop Dog and Talib Kweli to record his latest track, “Rocket Experience.” You have to see this for yourself at FishbowlLA.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Peter Osnos asks on The Daily Beast, “Does the Press Love Obama More Than Reagan?” Osnos checks in with ABC’s Sam Donaldson and WaPo’s Lou Cannon and David Hoffman.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

JOBS after the jump…

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