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Slate Writer Gets a Taste of Her Own Medicine

A couple of weeks ago, Slate’s D.C.-based Emily Yoffe posted a slideshow of people she thought should throw in the towel. Among them: Sumner Redstone, majority owner of CBS and Paramount Pictures, 60 MinutesAndy Rooney, NPR host Diane Rehm, and even such teen idols as Justin Bieber and Dick Clark (not a teen idol).

She asked for feedback. And boy, did she get it. Who knew Slate readers were such staunch Bieber defenders?

On Friday, she announced what readers had to say: “The results are in, and your No. 1 pick is … me! Many were moved to name me because they found my piece to be ‘mean-spirited,’ ‘outrageous and delusional,’ ‘useless drivel,’ ‘unfair,’ ‘hateful,’ ‘rude,’ and ‘ageist.’ One reader wanted to know, ‘Why don’t you just line these old folks up and shoot them?’”

Though Yoffe admits her column was “cheeky,” she didn’t back down. She also published other readers’ picks (ones that weren’t her). They include Pat Buchanan for his apparent anti-Semitism, John McCain, and “the Comics page,” because so many of its comics are written by ancient people and, in the case of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, a dead person.

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Morning Reading List, 10.21.08

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Morning Reading List, 11.19.07

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  • National Journal reports, “Average time spent consuming news on a typical workday,” broken down by type of Washingtonian.

  • The Pew Talk Show Index for November 4-9 shows, Dennis Kucinich’s call to impeach Vice President Cheney made nary a blip with the general media last week but it was a big story on in the talk media, especially on the left side of the talk radio dial. Meanwhile the many angles of the 2008 campaign gave everyone grist to talk about.”

  • Deb Howell weighs in on Tim Page.

  • Media General D.C. Bureau Shuffle Cuts Staff, Expands Web

  • NYT on Shep Smith: “Fox Cable Guy Edges Into the Big Pay Leagues

  • When it comes to Newsweek’s hiring of Rove and DailyKos, CJR says they “couldn’t be more predictable.”

  • From DCRTV:

      Adrienne Mitchell will host a new show on DC-based XM Satellite Radio’s presidential election channel “POTUS ’08″ (XM-130) starting Monday, 11/19. The former WTOP anchor and editor will host “The Race” weekdays from 7 PM to 9 PM. The show will focus on the campaign news of the day, plus interviews with journalists and newsmakers…..

  • Inside Cable News & Brian Stelter: Together.

  • Jack Shafer on “Big Media Octopuses, Cutting Off Tentacles” and “Why Newspapers Love the Striking Screenwriters

  • Inside Cable News’ What’s Hot/What’s Not.

  • Local Oscar hopes for Sean and Andrea Nix Fine and Ted Leonsis.

  • Can you answer CQ’s political Trivia for November 16?

  • An RCN release announced, “RCN Corporation … will be a Corporate Partner of MLS Cup 2007, Major League Soccer’s Championship game between the New England Revolution and the Houston Dynamo, which will be held Sunday, November 18, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.”

  • “SAIS International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellows Libby Casey, a reporter with KUAC-FM in Fairbanks, Alaska; Eliza Barclay, a freelance print reporter in Mexico City; and Krista Kapralos, a reporter with the The Herald in Everett, Washington, will discuss their overseas reporting experiences. Members of the public should RSVP to IRP at irp@jhu.edu or 202.663.7726.”

  • Check out FNC’s Carl Cameron new blog from the campaign trail.

  • Huffington Post’s Eat The Press writes, “Nice Try, CBS, But Rather’s Lawsuit Has Merit”

  • The AP reports, “New York Times Co. said Friday its ad sales from continuing operations dipped 0.7 percent in October on softness in its publishing division. Total revenue from continuing operations edged up 1 percent.”

  • Matt Welch writes, “The funniest thing about anti-media activists — whoops, I mean “public interest groups” — is that their sky-is-falling brief against big media consolidation always (and I mean always) disintegrates on contact with what I like to call “personal experience.” As in, theirs. And mine.”

  • National Journal’s Bill Powers writes, “The leading candidate is a woman, and trailing her are a mixed-race man and a white man. Thus, the contest must be all about gender and race, right? Well, no. But that’s how the media coverage of the Democratic presidential race often reads.”

  • From Mike Allen’s Playbook, “The next time you stop by the White House press room, be sure to admire Julie Mason’s rocking ‘rocket-red’ ‘do. Ed Henry has a new 20-YEAR calendar. Playbook booked him for his birthday in 2009 – we were both open!”

  • Public Eye reports, “Game, set, match, asterisk. The contest/discussion about who or what will be Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ is over. It’s Steroids. Yesterday’s federal indictment of Barry Bonds only sealed the deal.”

  • Susan Katz Keating reports, “This just in… The New Republic is scrambling to fill ‘an immediate opening’ for an editor to run its fact-checking shop. What happened to the old fact-otum? Has the prior chief been banished in the wake of L’Affair Beauchamp? As you will recall, Scott Thomas Beauchamp, an Army private, created quite a stir with his wild stories of American soldiers misbehaving in Iraq. The stir became a scandal when it turned out the stories were fabricated. Now it looks as if TNR wants to make sure this type of thing doesn’t repeat itself.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes,Mimi Valdes Ryan has a tough job. On Nov. 5, she became the top editor of Latina, a magazine and Internet operation, which is run by Latina Media Ventures and caters to Hispanic women.”

  • TVNewser reports, “ABCNews.com Changes, Again”

  • The Huffington Post reports, “Why Does Fox News Favor Giuliani? Well, Lots Of Reasons”

  • Politico’s Ryan Grim looks into “The art of the leak”

  • Murdoch’s free WSJ.com could hurt parts of Dow

  • E&P reports, “It’s not often you see The New York Times’ editorial board joining forces with outsiders to promote political discussions. But that is just what the newspaper’s opinion-makers are doing through the ’10 Questions’ project, an online effort aimed at getting presidential candidates to answer YouTube-style questions chosen by online users.”

  • Guardian reports, “Gannett, the US newspaper chain, is to cut 45 jobs in the newsroom at its flagship title, USA Today. The paper will start with voluntary redundancies and then, if that doesn’t provide the full quota, it will demand mandatory redundancies.”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “Google Inc. made a big splash last week with its new software for cellphones. But that’s far from the limit of the Internet giant’s wireless ambitions — which could include running its own mobile network.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “A key U.S. lawmaker urged Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin to delay his plans for a Dec. 18 vote on a media-ownership rule change that would benefit Tribune Co. and News Corp.”

  • FT.com reports,Rupert Murdoch’s six children are getting an early Christmas present after the family trust Mr Murdoch controls sold more than $360m worth of News Corp shares. The cash pay-out follows a $600m bonanza received by the siblings in February — at the time the biggest distribution of Mr Murdoch’s fortune.”

  • B&C reports, “Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) will be the first presidential candidate to picket personally with Hollywood’s striking writers”

  • Lisa de Moraes writes, “David Letterman’s overall audience with reruns was on par with the previous week with original episodes — 4 million viewers. And he gained eyeballs in TV’s key demographic groups, including the Holy Grail — the 18-to-49-year-olds.”

  • CNBC reports, “A video made by the Writers Guild is circulating the web. As of now, it’s been seen 111,000 times on Youtube. It dramatically argues that the studios are cashing in on digital distribution and the writers aren’t getting a penny.”

  • Beet TV reports, “The Nielsen numbers for online traffic at newspapers, which came out yesterday, show a significant jump in unique visitors to the NYTimes.com for October.”

  • New York Post reports, “The lucrative business of selling Web ads has become so fragmented — and easy to do — that even Martha Stewart has thrown her hat in the ring by setting up an online advertising network.”

  • Reuters reports, “Leading European publishers are coming to terms with what teenage boys and men have known for years — the Web beats magazines in grabbing their eyeballs.”

  • Business Week reports, “IAG delivers precise data on which TV ads are resonating. Now it’s headed online”

  • Folio reports, “Time Warner’s third quarter numbers were released recently, and while overall revenues rose nine percent over same period 2006—despite revenue declines from AOL—Time Inc.’s revenues were flat.”

  • Bed Bugs Found in Fox News Channel Newsroom

  • Poynter Online Steve Outing reports, “This week I gave a presentation to one of Sandra Fish’s journalism classes at the University of Colorado, Boulder. (It was an overview of social media and citizen journalism initiatives). I hadn’t been in front of a bunch of college students in a while, so I took the opportunity for a quick news-consumption quiz. I did a pretty good job of guessing in my head beforehand what the responses would be, but my prediction proved a little off when it came to print editions of newspapers.” Check out the results here.

  • E&P’s Greg Mitchell writes, “The New York Times Op-Ed page hasn’t been this hot in a long time. Now we are experiencing Columnist Wars, with Bob Herbert this week joining in a rapidly escalating battle between Paul Krugman and David Brooks – largely over an incident involving Ronald Reagan at a local fair over 27 years ago.”

  • Mother Jones reports, “With all the articles that have been written about the TV writers’ strike (how crappy the signs are, Eva Longoria’s strike breaking, neonatal guild members birthed onto the picket line, career-change opportunities for Hollywood hacks, and Dowd’s space filling), no attention has so far been paid to the real victims here.”

  • Washington Post reports, “Rupert Murdoch’s announcement this week that he expects to stop charging for access to the Wall Street Journal’s Web site is the latest example of a publisher giving up on the subscription-based business model — a significant shift in the evolution of online content.”

  • Fool.com reports, “Murdoch announced at a meeting of News Corp. shareholders Tuesday: ‘We … expect to make [WSJ.com] free, and instead of having 1 million [subscribers], having at least 10 [million to] 15 million in every corner of the earth.’”

  • Washington Post reports, “The District will have to renegotiate a proposed deal to bring broadcasting company Radio One to the city after D.C. Council members rejected a plan to give the developers city-owned land worth $6 million on which to build the project.”

  • B&C reports, “Veteran Fox News Channel critic Robert Greenwald (Outfoxed) opened a second front in his campaign against the top-rated cable news channel, this time aiming to get advertisers to drop their sponsorships.”

  • Wall Street Journal’s John Fund writes, “Lou Dobbs for President? Don’t laugh. After months of telling reporters that he “absolutely” would not consider leaving his highly-rated CNN show in which he crusades against free trade and illegal immigration, Mr. Dobbs posted a commentary on his Web site last week predicting a surprise new presidential candidate in 2008.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “CBS Corp., its chief executive and Chairman Sumner Redstone, said a lawsuit filed by former news anchor Dan Rather is an attempt to ‘settle old scores’ and should be dismissed because of its ‘far-fetched allegations.’”

  • AFP reports, “The emergence of ‘smartphones’ has put the Internet, music and videos in the palm of the consumer’s hand, but the technology will need a flow of advertising cash to reach its full potential.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “CBS Corp., owner of the most-watched television network, probably would take the biggest hit in a prolonged strike by TV and movie writers.”

    Jobs

  • The Magazine Group is looking for a Circulation Manager.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for an International Book Licensing Representative.

  • The Virginian-Pilot is looking for a Special Sections Editor.

  • International Center for Journalists is seeking a Training Editor — Persian.

  • Army Times Publishing Company is looking for a Reporter to cover Federal Government.

  • Maryland Beachcomber/Worcester County Times/Ocean Pines
    Independent is looking for a Paginator.

  • Worcester County Times is looking for a staff reporter.

  • National Public Radio is looking for an Editorial Director, NPR Digital Media.

  • Howard University is looking for a Director of Communications and a Publications Manager.

  • The Hill is looking for a Political Editor.

  • Edleman is looking for a New Media Account Supervisor.

  • BusinessWeek Magazine is looking for a Correspondent for business, money, policy and politics and a legal Correspondent.

  • Center for Independent Media is offering an Online News Fellowship

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  • Morning Reading List, 10.10.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Overwhelmingly, Joe Biden is your Democratic candidate of choice.

  • An ABC release announced, “For the week of October 1-5, ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the most-watched evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households, and Adults 25-54. Averaging 7.57 million Total Viewers and a 1.9/8 among Adults 25-54, the ABC broadcast outperformed NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 110,000 Total Viewers and 260,000 key demo viewers. This marks ABC’s largest demo advantage over NBC in two months (week of July 30, 2007).”

  • It can’t be long before Mike Allen drops an LOL or OMG. From today’s Playbook: “One key producer even told Playbook that Romney looked ‘sexy’ during the debate. Whatever.”

  • Hotline’s Maura O’Brien took over as Wake-Up Call Associate Editor on Tuesday.

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media asks, “Can the success of an ultra-partisan pressure group possibly be a good thing for objective journalism? My answer is yes. The group I have in mind is Media Matters , which has got conservative panties in a bunch after recent campaigns against Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly and Don Imus.”

  • The Horse’s Mouth reports, “I just got off the phone with former Ambassador Joe Wilson, and in our conversation he angrily disputed Robert Novak’s latest assertion about the outing of his CIA operative wife, adding that if the columnist isn’t going to confession, ‘he’s going straight to Hell.’”

  • TVNewser reports that CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo is one busy “Money Honey”

  • Washington Post’s Deborah Howell takes on “Sex, Blood and Advertising”

  • How often does Morning Joe get confused with “skinamax”? At least once. TVNewser reports.

  • CQ announced some new changes this week, with mobile e-mail alerts and an enhanced story page. To check out the new changes, click here.

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Journalistic websites see amateur scribes as partners, not rivals. They increase coverage and may share revenue.”

  • AdAge.com reports, “Younger Demos Shift Focus From TV Screens to YouTube”

  • From AJR: “Newspapers are paying the price for shortsighted thinking.”

  • Whoops. Turns out C-SPAN Radio’s 10th birthday is not September 14, but October 9. Happy Birthday!

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “Fox News President Roger Ailes outs his boss as a Republican-hater.”

  • Confederate Yankee reports, “For reasons as yet unknown, Memeorandum.com dredged up a Josh Marshall entry on Talking Points Memo from August 10 this past Sunday afternoon. Marshall cited a subscribers-only post by the editors of The New Republic released the same day, captured in its entirety by Google’s cache.” Check it out here.

  • Jeffrey Toobin chats with NPR about the new SCOTUS term. Check it out here.

  • American Thinker reports, “In what may be a preview of coming attractions in the newspaper business, Movie Gallery, the largest retail DVD rental operator has filed a prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition.”

  • The Century Foundation reports, “ABC News executives have done something that should gladden the most hardened pessimist about the future of journalism. They have put seven young reporters around the world with all the equipment and skills they need to maintain a television news bureau in the digital age. The ‘bureaus’ are in Seoul, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, New Delhi, Mumbai, Jakarta, and Nairobi. According to the announcement, the reporters will work out of their apartments, do their own laptop editing, and file by broadband or small satellites for use on the full range of ABC offerings-the Web, cable, and occasionally, broadcast shows.”

  • TVNewser tells us that Howard Kurtz was on Good Morning America this morning and on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Thursday night for his new book.

  • Multichannel reports, “Giving Comcast subscribers an online forum for complaints about the cable TV operator, media columnist and radio commentator Bob Garfield launched Web site ComcastMustDie.com on Friday.”

  • FT.com reports, “The BBC is poised to cut at least 12 per cent of its workforce, with the brunt of more than 2,000 redundancies falling on factual programming, senior staff have been told.”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “Now, the hottest names in online recruitment are increasingly specialized job sites. That poses a threat to the growth prospects of the broad-based online job boards and their newspaper partners, analysts said.”

  • CNet News.com reports, “Wikipedia for politics? A new site gives it a try”

  • The Newseum enters Second Life.

  • Look at which Postie has his own blog! (hint: he has a new book out)

  • Multichannel reports, “The Nielsen Co. is teaming up with Dow Jones & Co. on a conference which will feature keynotes from Time Warner president Jeffrey Bewkes former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone and publishing veteran and Caryle Group senior advisor Norman Pearlstine.”

  • An NBC release announced, “NBC News has named Mara Schiavocampo as a digital journalist for ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,’ effective immediately it was announced today by executive producer Alexandra Wallace. Schiavocampo will report primarily for nightly.msnbc.com.

  • Take the Knight News Challenge!

  • Nine journalism leaders received the Missouri Honor Medal on Tuesday, the Columbia Missourian reports.

    Jobs

  • National Press Club is looking for a System Administrator

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