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New York Times, AP Won’t Attend Off-The-Record Eric Holder Meeting (HuffPost / The Backstory)
The New York Times and Associated Press said Wednesday that they will not attend a meeting this week between attorney general Eric Holder and the Washington bureau chiefs of several media outlets to discuss guidelines for journalists in leak investigations. Times executive editor Jill Abramson cited the Justice Department’s request that the discussion be kept off the record as a reason for not attending. NYT Even as Holder has sought to regain his footing, Republicans have resumed their criticism, accusing him of misleading Congress in testimony over whether the Justice Department has considered prosecuting journalists under the Espionage Act for publishing government secrets. HuffPost / The Backstory Associated Press president and chief executive Gary Pruitt told staff at a Wednesday town hall meeting that the phone records obtained by the government included “thousands and thousands” of calls in and out of the news organization, according to a staffer who attended. BuzzFeed Leading civil liberties groups criticized comments made by the Democratic Party’s communications director that media groups refusing to attend the off-the-record meeting are giving up their “right [to] gripe” about the Department of Justice’s pursuit of journalists’ records under Holder’s leadership.
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House of Cards, Jerry Seinfeld Top Webby Awards (HuffPost / AP)
Netflix’s groundbreaking House of Cards may be the first digital series nominated for a best drama Emmy. But it will start with a Webby. The Webby Awards are honoring House of Cards producers Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti with a Webby special achievement award. The Wrap / Media Alley R&B artist Frank Ocean was named the Webby Person of the Year for proving the power of the Web as a medium for cultural change by publishing his coming-out letter on his Tumblr. The Webby Breakout of the Year award went to the Obama administration for its America 2012 campaign for its tech team’s Internet-savvy effort to reelect President Obama. The Webby Awards The star-studded ceremony will be available to view on-demand in HD at watch.webbyawards.com beginning at 9 a.m. ET on May 22, 2013. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, writer and actor Patton Oswalt.
Keith Olbermann‘s controversial indefinite suspension without pay will end Tuesday, MSNBC announced Sunday night. Olbermann was suspended by MSNBC on Friday over political contributions he’d made to Democratic candidates in violation of network policy. It wasn’t a terrifically popular move with viewers and free speech advocates alike. Probably why just two days after the suspension of Olbermann, MSNBC president Phil Griffin said the following:
After several days of deliberation and discussion, I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night’s program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy.
Olbermann, for his part, is feeling the love:
MSNBC rings in the holiday season with the Doc Block, but don’t expect any heartwarming programming about Toys for Tots campaigns or shopping-mall Santas with incurable diseases.
Meredith Viera hosts MSNBC Undercover: Sex Slaves in America. Dec. 3, at 11 p.m.
Gladiator Days: Anatomy of a Prison Murder Dec. 12 at 11 p.m. and examines the stabbing of a black inmate by a white supremacist in the Utah State Prison.
Discovery Times Channel becomes Investigation Discovery (ID), which makes sense as there’s no Times part left. The network will offer more fact-based investigative reporting to its current affairs content (meaning The FBI Files and Most Evil). Alas, no more Amanda Hesser and her painful delivery.
Resident Evil Reigns Supreme
Milla Jovovich and her Resident Evil franchise again took the top spot at the boxoffice over the weekend. The Sony horror pic Resident Evil: Extinction raked in an estimated $24 million while the Jessica Alba, Dane Cook romantic comedy Good Luck Chuck was only good enough for a second place finish with $14 million, reports Variety.
Washington, Scott Together Again
Variety is also reporting that Denzel Washington will reteam with longtime collaborator Tony Scott on a remake of The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3 for Columbia Pictures. The studio’s Spider-Man 4 scribe David Koepp wrote the screenplay for the redo which will find Washington in a role originally played by Walter Matthau in the 1974 film.
Changes at MSNBC Confirmed
THR’s Paul Gough reports on some major changes inside MSNBC including news about Dan Abrams and Joe Scarborough. The latter, who replaced Don Imus with a morning show, will get to keep the job and continue hosting Morning Joe.
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MSNBC.com names names–of journalists who donated to poltiical campaigns. MSNBC.com checked the Federal Election Commission records from January 2004 through the first quarter of 2007 and attempted to contact each journalist.
In 2006, the Times completely overhauled its ethics policies, including a ban on political contributions by any editorial staff member.
Dan Neil, automobile critic, $250 to the DNC in July 2004.
“Yup, that’s me, all right,” Neil said in an e-mail.
“Two things: I’m a columnist, not a straight-news guy, and my political affiliations are not, I don’t think, in doubt. Goes to the question of whether my ‘activism’ by donation is indicative of some covert (and mythic) liberal bias in the press.
Next Week, He’ll Learn How To Work Those Darn Rabbit Ears: TV writer Paul Brownfield learns what 13-year-olds everywhere already knew: how to use his TiVo remote.
Imus Suspended: CBS Radio and MSNBC hope shutting Don Imus up for two weeks will get everyone else to shut up, too.
Hollywood Takes On China: The U.S. launched a formal complaint about movie and music piracy against Beijing with the World Trade Organization. Expect nothing to change.
The Stanford-based Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) this morning joined the National Association of Black Journalists in condemning shock-jock Don Imus’ lame-ass remarks about Rutger’s women’s basketball team.
But does JAWS have much bite?
While NABJ is calling for Imus’ nappy head, saying, “As journalists, we firmly believe in the First Amendment and free speech. But free speech comes with responsibility, and sometimes with consequences. His removal must be that consequence.”
In contrast, JAWS merely whimpers, “MSNBC, which simulcasts the Imus in the Morning show, and CBS Radio, Imus’ employer, should consider stiff disciplinary action. It’s time to make Imus think before casually spewing more such hurtful invective.”
No, Imus will never be fired for his remarks. That’s not the kind of world we live in (for better or worse — you decide). But what’s the point of an advocacy group if you’re not going to get outraged with a capital “O?”
[In related news, the award for most-misleading headline goes to the NY Daily News for making us think we were going to learn something about the Purple One with this, Prince: I Comb My Hair.]
E! Online has launched a few new columns meant to appeal to men — you’ve heard of men, right? Those creatures with pendulous parts that wouldn’t be caught dead reading a celeb site?
Well, those clever E! folk may just have found their man-bait: Ben Lyons, son of Jeffrey, grandson of Leonard, has joined on as the company’s “resident film expert.”
His speech is peppered with shouts of allegiance to the Knicks and street lingo of his own invention, but he is one of the most affable interviewers we’ve ever seen. He’s got the kind of charm that makes you wish you could hang out with him. Maybe go clubbing. Introduce him to your sister.
Here’s what Ben has to say about being Ben: