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Archives: July 2011

Felix Salmon is Completely Fine With Tweeting False Information

Earlier a rumor began floating around Twitter that CNN had suspended Piers Morgan. Immediately journalists tweeted and retweeted the news, because media people always love being the first (or close to first) to report something. Now that the rumor has been proved false, those same journalists are backtracking – none more ridiculously than Reuters’ financial blogger Felix Salmon.

While some people who tweeted the rumor – such as Anthony De Rosa – went the right route and simply apologized for the error, Salmon took to his blog and basically said it’s okay for journalists to tweet false information:

…One of the things I like about Twitter is that it behaves in many ways a lot more like a newsroom than a newspaper. Rumors happen there, and then they get shot down — no harm no foul.

He adds that because the false information doesn’t come from a professional account, it’s all good. But it’s not. People obviously make mistakes, but to tweet something wrong and then say, “Oh, well it’s fine” when people follow you because you’re supposed to be a credible news source, is wrong.

If Salmon doesn’t want that responsibility placed on his account, he should remove “Felix Salmon is the finance blogger at Reuters” from his Twitter bio. Until then people are going to give more weight to what he tweets, whether he likes it or not.

60 Minutes Take Weekly Top Spot on WCBS; America’s Got Talent Number Two on WNBC

As we meander through the summer, viewership is typically altered. But 60 Minutes had no problems grabbing ratings. The venerable newsmagazine was number one, according to the Nielsen Company. The broadcast had 751,000 WCBS/Channel 2 viewers with a 3.7 rating.

On WNBC/Channel 4, a two-hour episode of America’s Got Talent was number two (623,000/3.1).

Yankee Baseball on the YES Network was third (556,000/2.8) from July 21. Several other games cracked the  Top 20.

A pair of games tied for number 13 –July 18 on YES (473,000/2.3) and July 19 on WWOR/Channel 9 (468,000/2.3).

A July 20th Yankee game on YES was number 20 (416,000/2.1).

More from the Top 10 after the jump

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Sportswriter Paints LA Kings Locker Room Scene*

Although Dennis Bernstein (pictured) is a card-carrying member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, he also prides himself on having bypassed journalism school. Today, as part of a TheFourthPeriod.com column on the trade to the LA Kings of Flyers All Star Mike Richards, he distills his hard knocks knowledge into a one-question journalism pop quiz.

This reporter asks: If you have the choice in the LA Kings locker room of interviewing Richards or west coast club GM Dean Lombardi, who do you make a press badge beeline for? Bernstein then goes on to poke fun at Richards’ first orders of SoCal business:

With Richards happily slipping into his black and white number 10, an event simultaneously causing nausea in droves of Flyers fans, Mike turned to the real important business of deciding which beach town he’ll reside in, Manhattan, Hermosa or Redondo, and picking which car wash to use on those 80 degree January days.

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amNewYork Launches iPad and iPhone App

AmNewYork, the most widely distributed (and maybe the most widely discarded, but keep trying Metro!) daily newspaper in the city, has launched an iPhone and iPad app. The app comes equipped with all of the content found in print, and even allows users to download previous issues.

Publisher Paul Turcotte says of the apps, “The introduction of this mobile application extends our reach and allows readers to get their news anytime or anyplace. Our active NYC reader will now have access to the paper on the go, day or night.”

The apps are free and available in the iTunes store now.

Moviefone Names New Senior Writer

Moviefone, an AOL Hufington Post Media Group site, has named Mike Ryan its new Senior Writer. Ryan has been an entertainment reporter for Vanity Fair’s site, and has contributed to New York and Wired.

At Moviefone, he’ll be responsible for reviews, features, interviews and much more. Michael Hogan, Editor-in-Chief of Moviefone, said Ryan’s style will be a welcome addition to the site.

“His original reporting, commentary and videos will complement the Moviefone’s comprehensive, real-time news and opinion, and help establish the site as a hub for all things movies – as well as a starting point for opinionated conversations about film.”

Elevator Pitch: Alan Meckler Sizes Up Wanderfly

In the debut episode of MediabistroTV‘s Elevator Pitch, our CEO Alan Meckler meets with the founders of Wanderfly, a startup that provides travel advice based on a user’s interests and budget.

So, what do you think? Is Wanderfly the next big thing? Leave your thoughts in the comments section…

Elevator Pitch: Alan Meckler Sizes Up Wanderfly

In the debut episode of MediabistroTV‘s “Elevator Pitch,” our CEO Alan Meckler meets with the founders of Wanderfly, a startup that provides travel advice based on a user’s interests and budget.

So, what do you think? Is Wanderfly the next big thing? Leave your thoughts in the comments section…

WQXR Names Martha Bonta Executive Producer of Live Events


Classical station WQXR/105.9 FM has named Martha Bonta as executive producer of live events and special programming.

In this role, Bonta will be responsible for shaping WQXR’s extensive live broadcasts, including the groundbreaking series ‘Carnegie Hall Live,’ season-long partnerships with the New York Philharmonic, and Met Opera. She’ll also be in-charge of cultivating the distinctive relationships with the Frick Collection, Le Poisson Rouge, and Merkin Concert Hall.

“I am delighted that Martha is joining the WQXR family at this important moment of our 75 year history,” said WQXR VP Graham Parker.  “Her well-respected artistic sensibility, deep knowledge of the music and artists, and keen, imaginative perspective makes her an ideal partner to me and resource for our listeners.” 

In The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space – WQXR’s innovative multiplatform live event venue – Bonta will envision a diverse range of live events, festivals, and artist residencies with emerging and popular classical artists. 

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Steve Forbes Brushes Off Fortune Article

Well that didn’t take long. A little over an hour ago FishbowlNY mentioned that Fortune has a piece coming out in August that details the financial failings of Forbes Media. All Things D just got its hands on an internal memo from Steve Forbes regarding the Fortune article, and his reaction can be summed up in three words: “Haters gonna hate.”

Here’s a portion of the note:

Today Fortune magazine published a story on Forbes with the clear intention of disrupting the business of its most formidable competitor.

Fortune was aware that this was highly confidential, private information and of no value to release to the public. Though the intention is to harm our business, it will not adversely impact Forbes because it highlights a very difficult time in the past when all the media industry was going through unprecedented upheaval.

Forbes adds that the company is sending out a public response too. Like we mentioned, we were hoping for a Forbes article about the finances at Fortune, but looks like we’ll have to settle for imagining Mr. Forbes kicking back and brushing his shoulders off.

Fashion Photog Could Be Staring at Second Straight Hollywood Remake

Remember the 2010 Paul Haggis-Russell Crowe collaboration The Next Three Days? Turns out it was a remake of a much better reviewed 2008 French film, Pour Elle.

Now, Gallic director Fred Cavayé (pictured), a fashion photographer who embraced the movie end of the lens when he hit 40, says Hollywood is sniffing around his sophomore effort Point Blank. The $13 million thriller, which features manic Paris-shot chase scenes, opens Friday in LA. He tells LA Times writer Susan King that he took the failure of the English language version of his debut with a grain of “sel”:

“It was very flattering that my first film, which I wrote in my little apartment in Paris and two years later the man who is Clint Eastwood‘s scriptwriter is writing it and Crowe is starring in it,” said Cavayé. “I think the success of films is a very fragile thing. Every week you have very good films that come out that don’t really have much success at the box office. Then you have middling and not-so-good films that are enormously successful. It all depends on what viewers want to see.”

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