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Univision, Al Jazeera Anchors Slam Obama After Being Left Out of Media Blitz (The Wrap)
Univision anchor Jorge Ramos and Al Jazeera English senior political analyst Marwan Bishara lashed out after their networks were left out of President Obama’s media blitz, writing that the president was leaving Hispanics and Arabs out of the Syria crisis debate. TVNewser “Pres. Obama gives 6 interviews [Monday]. None of those to Univision. Why? Hispanics also care about Syria. Same mistake as presidential debates” Ramos tweeted. “150,000+ Latinos are serving in the U.S. military. But none of the 6 interviews given [Monday] by Obama include Univision” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Jose Zamora, a spokesperson for Univision, told us the network “did everything possible” to get an interview when the opportunity was announced, but was unsuccessful. “We think it’s a very important story for us and most importantly for our audience,” he said. Al Jazeera America Marwan Bishara: “Considering Washington’s decisions in the past decade have had an arguably deeper impact in Iraq and Afghanistan than in Iowa and Montana, President Obama must answer to Arabs as he does to the American people, regarding future wars in Syria or elsewhere in their region. And there’s only one major network that reaches the majority of Arabs and Muslims and others in the greater Middle East.”

U.S. Govt. Learned of Charlie Rose’s Assad Interview The Same Time Everyone Else Did (TVNewser)
That CBS This Morning co-anchor Charlie Rose got the Bashar al-Assad interview should not come as a surprise. He’d interviewed Assad before, and has been working for months to secure this interview as the Syrian civil war intensified. “He’s had a track record on this story for a long time,” says CBS News president David Rhodes. Rose and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager spent Saturday night in Damascus, before heading to the presidential palace Sunday morning. Hours later Rose was in Lebanon phoning into CBS’ Bob Schieffer breaking the news of his interview. That’s also around the time the White House first learned about it. HuffPost Assad appeared defiant in a much-anticipated interview with Rose that aired Monday evening. Assad argued it was “stupid” to suggest that Syrian forces bombed the suburbs outside of Damascus where the chemical weapons attack occurred in an effort to cover up evidence. “This is stupid, to be frank. This is very stupid,” Assad said.

CNN’s Crossfire Starts… Awkwardly (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
CNN’s Crossfire relaunched on Monday night and the debut was, to put it mildly, awkward. Stephanie Cutter and Newt Gingrich, both of whom are very comfortable debating issues as guests on other CNN programs, proved to be remarkably uncomfortable in the co-host chairs. Their questions were too scripted, their repartee too forced, their interactions tempered by uncharacteristic stage-fright. But that doesn’t mean they can’t improve, and fast. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer Part of the problem was the seating arrangement. Gingrich and Cutter sat close together on one side of the table so the camera could capture them in the same shot, but that meant that when they addressed one another they had to twist to the side awkwardly. There was also an incredible amount of pressure as CNN has been promoting this show pretty heavily. Variety In the small-victory department, the premiere of Crossfire didn’t produce the kind of cross-talk squabbling apt to give The Daily Show fodder to tee off on the CNN revival — yet, anyway. TVNewser CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist says the absence of a studio audience and the focus on only one topic per show will prevent “Crossfire 2.0″ from regressing into a steel-cage match. Hosts won’t play to the crowd, and discussing one issue “will bring some depth to the conversation,” he says. Deadline Hollywood Feist also promised a “cease fire” at the end of every telecast — a kumbaya moment, in which the show hosts representing the left and the right “actually look for common ground.”

Final Tally: Americans Were 12 Times More Interested in Miley Cyrus Than Syria (NY Mag / The Cut)
That Miley Cyrus captures more attention than escalating war in Syria is, by now, conventional wisdom. But an exhaustive survey of news sources now reveals exactly how much attention Miley steals: Americans viewed 12 times as many pages about Miley Cyrus as they did about Syria — even though the news sources published 2.4 Syria articles for every one about Miley. Interest in the starlet significantly outpaced Syria in England, Australia, France, Germany and every other nation in Outbrain’s analysis — except Israel and Russia.

Yahoo! News Poached A New York Times Editor to Be Its New Editor-in-Chief (Business Insider)
Yahoo! announced Monday that Megan Liberman, a former deputy editor at The New York Times, will be the new editor-in-chief of Yahoo! News. Yahoo! says Liberman will focus on original reporting, video and live events coverage. Liberman was most recently the deputy editor for The New York Times Magazine. FishbowlDC “Megan is a dynamic addition to the Yahoo! News team,” said Robertson Barrett, vice president of Yahoo! News and Finance. FishbowlNY Liberman will be tasked with expanding Yahoo! News’ team and creating new features for the site. Her appointment is effective immediately.

Jenny McCarthy Makes The View Debut, Interviews Boyfriend Donnie Wahlberg (New York Daily News)
Jenny McCarthy started her View career Monday in a demure black-and-blue dress accessorized with a pair of rather staid if stylish glasses. She was welcomed with warm hugs by everyone from Barbara Walters and Sherri Shepherd to Donald Trump, underscoring how successfully McCarthy has legitimized herself over a 20-year career that began with her wearing neither glasses nor dress. THR / The Live Feed In her first remarks after being introduced, McCarthy thanked the show and her fans for her new gig. “I’m so grateful to be here. I’m grateful to have a job; I’m a single mother,” she said.

Capital Editor: ‘I’m Not Going to Sleep for The Next Couple of Years’ (Poynter / MediaWire)
With its acquisition by Politico publisher Robert Allbritton, the website Capital New York will go on a hiring spree, adding 20 or so journalists to its coverage of New York power centers. “Out of the gate that means media and politics,” Capital co-editor Tom McGeveran said in a phone call with Poynter, “with politics getting about twice as much firepower as media because it will be divided between New York City and Albany.”

New York Daily News Recruits Longtime NY Post TV Critic Linda Stasi (Capital New York)
Linda Stasi, longtime TV critic at the New York Post, recently announced she had left her full-time job at the Post to freelance for the paper while working on her next novel. But now it looks like Stasi will be freelancing for another New York tabloid instead: The Daily News announced Monday that she will begin writing a column for the paper’s Sunday edition starting this week.


Virgin Media Strikes Deal to Show Netflix Programs
(The Guardian)
Virgin Media has struck a deal with US giant Netflix to offer hit shows including Breaking Bad and Kevin Spacey’s House of Cards to millions of its TV customers. Virgin Media is the first pay TV company in the UK to strike a deal with Netflix, which is viewed as a direct competitor by rivals such as BSkyB.


Esquire Network to Take Over Style Network Instead of G4
(Ad Age / Media News)
In a surprise reversal of fortunes, the forthcoming Esquire Network will take the place of Style Network when it debuts this month instead of G4, as was long planned. NBC Universal Cable Entertainment Group chairman Bonnie Hammer gave staffers the news via an internal memo on Monday, explaining that Style duplicated the efforts of some sibling networks at NBC Universal. THR “In pursuit of that same demo [as Bravo, E! and Oxygen], Style presents brand overlap within our portfolio,” Bonnie Hammer noted in an internal memo explaining the surprise decision, which will result in layoffs and an employee reshuffling.


PolicyMic Is Making User Contributions Just as Important as A Writer’s Original Content
(CJR / Behind The News)
Clickable. Shareable. Likeable. Social media increasingly drives more Web traffic than search engine optimization, and a clever headline now outweighs even the most diligent string of tags and phrases. That’s why some sites are offering unique, personalized experiences that they hope will not only attract visitors, but also make them stick around. Gawker is letting readers rewrite headlines and reframe articles. Quartz has introduced an “annotated comments” feature in the margins of its articles. And PolicyMic, a news and politics site specifically designed for millennials, is making news and journalism more interactive by letting a user’s contributions be just as important as a writer’s original content.

Exclusive Scoop or False Rumor? In Journalism, Getting It Wrong Could Be Good Business (Slate / Future Tense)
On Friday, a nascent tech news website run by former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin let fly with a big scoop. The headline: “Exclusive: Amazon Wants To Offer Its Smartphone for Free. Who Will Follow?” I was immediately skeptical of the story. Others were too. The sourcing was shaky, the details were fuzzy, and the titular claim simply didn’t seem to make much sense.

NBC News Hires Question Time Executive Producer Steve Anderson (The Guardian)
NBC News has made its first UK signing since president Deborah Turness joined, hiring Question Time executive producer Steve Anderson. Anderson, who is editorial director of Tinopolis, parent company of Question Time producer Mentorn Media, is joining the US broadcaster in a newly created position to launch an international division. He will become managing director of NBC News’ in-house production company Peacock Productions in the UK, taking up his new role in October.

Outbrain Plans IPO Valued at $1 Billion for 2014 (paidContent)
Outbrain, a startup that helps publishers like CNN and USA Today serve ads to readers, will reportedly seek $200-$300 million from Wall Street in an initial public offering. The long-rumored IPO would be among the biggest in a parade of ad tech companies that have gone public in recent months.

Meghan McCain Takes on Feminism in ‘Edgy’ New Show (The Atlantic Wire)
Meghan McCain, the (in her words) “young, cool Republican woman for other Republican women,” has a talk show now. In Raising McCain‘s first two episodes alone, Sen. John McCain’s daughter takes on big issues like privacy and feminism. She also says the f-word a lot. Unfortunately, critics don’t think her “edginess” makes the show any better. The New Yorker / Emily Nussbaum McCain has already been picked on by the right and the left alike, so it’s tempting to write some sort of contrarian defense of her new show, Raising McCain. But, honestly, there’s only so much upspeak one critic can take. “This is not your mama’s talk show!” the intro brags, but it clearly intends to be your aunt’s talk show, if that aunt is Tabitha Soren, of the old MTV series Choose or Lose.

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