The Washington Post’sMonica Hesse brings us a most entertaining (if it can be that) story about cheating 2009 style. This means sexting. It also means not being fooled if you see that your significant other has texted the same number 300 times.
But no article published in Washington D.C. could be complete without mentioning at least one politician on Capitol Hill. Hesse reports that Sen. John Ensign’s (R-Nev.) extramarital affair was discovered because of a text message.
Hesse writes, “Cheaters never have a bat phone. They never seem to realize how nakedly traceable their actions are.”
Washingtonian: Having taken a beating for trying to set up evening salons where reporters could mingle with corporate types who’d pay big money for the privilege, The Washington Post now is attempting a more benign way to raise revenue: wine tastings — with reporters as guests.
Politico: John W. Mashek, a political reporter who covered every presidential election from 1960 to 1996, died of a heart attack Tuesday. “He was one of the great political reporters of the last quarter-century,” said Jerry Seib, executive Washington editor of The Wall Street Journal.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, on Dumbarton Street between 27th and 28th Sts., N.W., in Georgetown.
An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, July 29 in all categories.”
MarketWatch reports, “Regulatory approval for the pending buyout of Dow Jones & Co. by News Corp. may not be easy, a Federal Communications Commission official warned Wednesday.”
The New York Times reports, “Five people just signed on for what may be the most thankless task in journalism: making sure that Rupert Murdoch plays fair with his new acquisition, The Wall Street Journal.”
In Public Eye’s second installment of a conversation with Josh Rushing, they “talked about American media, Pat Tillman, Jon Stewart and how, when you really think about it, Qatar is a little like Delaware.”
E&P reports, “The new Washington, D.C.-based Politico publication and and Politico.com, in an article by Alicia Shepard posted last night, examines the editorial pages of more than 50 newspapers and found that more and more have been calling for a troop withdrawal or other change in direction in Iraq.”
NewsBusters reports, “Young conservatives looking to get into mainstream journalism face a very difficult path according to veteran journalist Bob Novak.”
Howie Kurtz looks into John Edwards and News Corp.
E&P reports, “JetBlue Airways and The New York Times have announced the launch of ‘Times on Air,’ an exclusive in-flight video magazine.”
AP reports, “AOL continued to lose subscribers and advertising growth slowed, signaling trouble for the online media company’s recent shift in strategy.”
The Huffington Post announced that in partnership with Yahoo! and Slate, a date has been set “for the first-ever online-only presidential candidate mashup. The event is set for September 12. It will be moderated by Charlie Rose, and all eight Democratic candidates have agreed to take part (we are in discussions with the Republican campaigns for a GOP candidate mashup to follow later in the year).”
paidContent.org reports, “An interesting news aggregation site has launched, with some non-obvious-yet-blue-chip names behind it: Newser.com is a new aggregation site which mixes human/editorial curation with algorithm-driven methods.”
A tipster tells us that Charlie Gibson is in DC “doing interviews for the Billy Graham special (which airs August 10 on 20/20) and for a political series slated to air on World News later this fall.”
NewsBusters reports, “Katie Couric Denounces Hillary-Cleavage News as ‘Disgraceful’, a ‘New Low’”
The Washington Post announced, “Monica Hesse is joining the Style staff as a two-year intern. During her summer here, she has used her boundless curiosity for matters both mundane and unusual to report with zeal and write with zest. Working with Ann Gerhart on the features side, she has revealed a world of secret Girl Scouts, bad Samaritans, Netflix cheaters, five-second rulebreakers and conflicted Janeites. She’ll continue to explore human behavior, with a particular interest in how we wield the digital tools of our age.”
MediaWeek.com reports, “Time Inc. will roll out online social networking to some of its weekly magazine sites by the end of this year or early ’08, following Sports Illustrated’s success in that area, said John Squires, executive vp, Time Inc.”
David Ignatiuswrites about “The Path That Led To Murdoch”
The Pew News Interest Index found, “An overwhelming majority of the public (87%) says celebrity scandals receive too much news coverage.”
Variety reports, “Cable TV’s record number of original series this summer is paying Nielsen dividends. Ad-supported cable, as a category, averaged its best-ever audience share in July with 62.6%, while broadcast nets hit a record-low 28.1%.”
“American University’s Center for Social Media and Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property are undertaking a multifaceted project. ‘Copyright and Fair Use in Participatory Media,’ to promote standards for the use of copyrighted materials in user-generated media that is broadcast over the internet. This project builds on the two organizations’ success in helping to establish ‘best practices’ for fair use by documentary filmmakers.”
E&P reports, “At a recent press conference at Camp David, President George Bush insulted BBC political editor Nick Robinson, the Daily Mirror reports.”