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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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There’s a special advance screening tonight of All The President’s Men Revisited at Washington D.C.’s Newseum, co-presented by the White House Correspondents’ Association. To be followed Sunday night at 9 p.m. by the feature documentary’s Discovery channel debut.
FishbowlLA’s favorite portion of this fascinating, highly recommended retelling of the intertwined stories of the real and Hollywood versions of Woodward & Bernstein comes around the half-hour mark. That’s when Redford himself notes the irony of the media’s efforts to expose the identity of Deep Throat leading, belatedly, to a street in the Bay Area called Redford Place.
Rachel Maddow shares some great comments in the Deep Throat segment, alongside Redford, Woodward, Bernstein, Jon Stewart and Tom Brokaw. Bernstein has the funniest line, noting that the only reason the secret of the Hal Holbrook-portrayed source’s identity lasted so long is because neither he or Woodward told their ex-wives. From there, the documentary moves to Marc Felt‘s daughter Joan, who recalls what it was like for her dad’s courageous “follow the money” efforts to finally be confirmed.
While Twilight fans were busy camping out in downtown Los Angeles this weekend for tonight’s Breaking Dawn – Part 2 premiere, another overnight line-up sprung up Friday-Saturday in Muncie, Indiana. It was for a different kind of sequel: the November 26 installment of Ball State’s David Letterman Lecture Series featuring very special guest Oprah Winfrey.
Some students had spent more than 15 hours outside for the tickets. For the overnight stay, students brought everything from a tent to a dog…
This event is once in a lifetime, Kyle Williams, a junior fashion merchandising major said. “Twenty years from now, I will be able to say I got a free ticket in college to see Oprah,” Williams said.
It’s a bittersweet day here at FishbowlLA. Our beloved former Fishbowler Tina Dupuy and her wonderful, cartoonishly muscled husband are leaving Los Angeles this week to move to the fairer, media-saturated pastures of New York City. We’ll miss her charm and eviscerating wit and seeing her smiling punim at otherwise horrendously dull media gatherings. But we wish her the best.
And so, without further adieu, we present to you Tina’s exit-from-Los Angeles interview.
FBLA: Why the move?
TD: I’ve been making up answers to that question mostly with gauche personal information designed to discourage any follow-ups: “My dog died.” “My best friend died.” “I’m a bad driver.”
The real answer is kind of all of the above plus I’ve been going back east a lot for work. I expect to be there late summer for both conventions and a couple of other events … so living there is more economical. Yes, I’m moving to NYC because it’s cheaper.
This seems like an oddly inelegant moment for Arianna Huffington. She’s usually more polished. And to talk to about her bloggers like that at the ironically titled PaidContent conference no less!?
And, she said, there are plenty of people willing to take their place if they do.
“The idea of going on strike when no one really notices,” Huffington said. “Go ahead, go on strike.”
She’s probably right. No one will notice that all the indie voices have quietly gone away and what’s left are subsidized op-eds and dimwitted celebrities.
Note she says people will do it just for the exposure then claims no one will notice. It’s either one or the other. Or it’s just SEO (that’s Search Engine Optimization, for all you analog hangers-on).
“Because we have a policy of corrections, we always take those missives seriously,” says Rachel Maddow.
Wait, cable news? Corrections?! Oh yeah, End Times are here. The Maoists are taking over.
Maddow also takes on the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winning Politifact.
As far as FishbowlLA is concerned, the Academy to watch this week is not the one on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. Rather, it’s the virtual amalgamation known as the Real-Time Academy of Short-Form Arts and Sciences.
That’s the group in charge of selecting Shorty Award winners for the third annual ceremony in March. West coast Real-Time Academy members include Craig Newmarket, Alyssa Milano and MC Hammer. With one day left to go in the first phase of 2011 public voting, KTLA weekend anchor Cher Calvin (@chercalvin, pictured) is trying to muster a final push. She’s currently in the #12 position for “Best Journalist on Twitter,” ahead of Rachel Maddow (#13) and Keith Olbermann (#16), but needs to place in the top six to become a social media wizard category finalist.
Jon Stewart has taken some heat in the liberal world for the relatively tepid political ideology of his “Rally to Restore Sanity.” This site got in on the criticism too. The flack obviously bugged Stewart, because he went on Rachel Maddow last night to clarify the ideology behind the event. He seemed to suggest the entire thing was an exercise in media criticism–a desperate plea to end the media’s tendency to rhetorically divide every issue into a red state/blue state catfight.
Fair enough. But we still think in the midst of sweeping home foreclosures, unrelenting unemployment, health care crisis and the general decline of the American empire, there might be more important things to fight for than a more complex TV news narrative. How about turning your TVs off and picking up a newspaper? Or maybe picking up a trash bag and cleaning up your neighborhood? Or a shovel and helping to build a community garden? Something. Anything.
Previously on FBLA: Deconstructing Jon Stewart’s ‘Rally to Restore Sanity’
Last night on the Rachel Maddow Show there was a rare peek inside what it’s been like for freelancer turned NBC reporter Richard Engel to be a journalist in Iraq while the war stretched on and his colleagues died. Seldom to reporters get to talk about the emotional toll of war reporting, especially in the Iraq war where over 200 journalists have lost there lives bringing us the story.
More clips after the jump.
We just received this memo:
From: Charlie Kireker
Date: January 21, 2010 4:36:59 PM EST
Subject: Air America Operations
It is with the greatest regret, on behalf of our Board, that we must announce that Air America Media is ceasing its live programming operations as of this afternoon, and that the Company will file soon under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code to carry out an orderly winding-down of the business.
The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America’s business. This past year has seen a “perfect storm” in the media industry generally.
National and local advertising revenues have fallen drastically, causing many media companies nationwide to fold or seek bankruptcy protection. From large to small, recent bankruptcies like Citadel Broadcasting and closures like that of the industry’s long-time trade publication Radio and Records have signaled that these are very difficult and rapidly changing times.
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