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Morning Media Newsfeed: AP Retracts Report on McAuliffe | Jessica Yellin Out At CNN | Wolf Blitzer Gets Political


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Associated Press Retracts Erroneous Report About Terry McAuliffe (TheWrap)
The AP made a major error on Wednesday in a report that accused Terry McAuliffe, a Democratic candidate in Virginia’s gubernatorial race, of lying to a postal inspector during an investigation into an insurance scam. The Atlantic Wire The story, which is still up on some websites with an accompanying disclaimer, claimed that “Terry McAuliffe lied to a federal official investigating a Rhode Island estate planner now imprisoned for receiving death benefits on annuities secured on terminally ill people without their knowledge.” The mistake in the AP’s reporting comes from misidentifying a suspect referred to by the initials T.M. NY Magazine / Daily Intelligencer The initial report, from AP political writer Bob Lewis, cited a 2011 indictment against a man named Joseph Caramadre as the man who figured out a way to reap the benefits of death annuities on strangers. McAuliffe’s name really did appear on a list of Camaradere’s investors. But the significant detail that he was accused of lying to investigators about it was a mistake. Politico The AP issued a rare withdrawal notice for the story at 11:25 p.m. — a major blow to an organization that distributes news to member organizations worldwide, many of which post alerts and stories to the Web almost instantaneously, potentially prolonging the lifespan of any error. Poynter / MediaWire On Twitter Lewis said the mistake was his: “The error was mine and I take responsibility for it.”

Correspondent Jessica Yellin Leaving CNN (TVNewser)
TVNewser has learned that CNN correspondent Jessica Yellin is parting ways with the cabler. CNN shuffled its DC correspondent lineup in August sending Yellin from the White House beat to domestic affairs correspondent. TheWrap Yellin, who joined the network from ABC, was its White House correspondent until August, when a D.C. bureau shuffle moved her to the newly created domestic-affairs beat. At the time, CNN framed this as a promotion, saying Yellin would also fill in as a substitute anchor. Apparently, Yellin wasn’t thrilled with the move, as she has reportedly split with the network she joined in 2007 as a Capitol Hill correspondent, then a national political correspondent. She’s been lying low on Twitter lately; a usually frequent tweeter, she hasn’t posted anything since Sept. 29. HuffPost Yellin’s exit is the latest change at CNN under Jeff Zucker. Zucker has overseen the departures and arrivals of numerous personalities — including Stephanie Cutter, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones and S.E. Cupp, who joined the network as the co-hosts of the new “Crossfire” in September — since taking over as president.

Wolf Blitzer Causes Stir With Comments on Health Care (NYT)
The CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer put himself into the middle of the political warfare over the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday when he said on the air that the Obama administration should “accept the advice that a lot of Republicans are giving them” and delay the start of the program for a year. National Review / The Corner “They know how to do it, but if they didn’t get it ready on time, then maybe fix the problem and make sure people don’t have to worry about it,” he added. Since the online exchanges launched last week, users across the country have complained about the website’s glitches. The Obama administration says it does not know how many people have enrolled in a new plan through the exchanges. Time / Swampland Republicans pounced on the remarks. Texas Congressman Steve Stockman and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus tweeted their agreement. Blitzer clarified his remarks in a tweet, saying his comments were limited to launching the websites before they worked, not his views on the law itself.

Fox News Hires Dr. Ben Carson As a Contributor (TVNewser)
Fox News has hired Dr. Ben Carson as a contributor across all of its programs and platforms. Carson is well-known in the medical community, but started making more frequent appearances on cable news after the National Prayer Breakfast in February. During the breakfast (which was nationally televised on C-SPAN, and replayed on cable news for days) he criticized a number of policies supported by President Obama, while standing just a few feet away from the president. Baltimore Sun / David Zurawik Carson “is a brilliant neurosurgeon who has dedicated his life to healing others,” Fox chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said in a statement. “He also has a broad perspective on what’s going on in the country and his wisdom and provocative viewpoints will make a major contribution to our network.”

A Young Woman ‘Languishing’ at CBS Gets a Quick Career Assist From Mika Brzezinski (Capital New York)
On Tuesday night, Morning Joe cohost Mika Brzezinski — looking elegant in a ruffled black dress and a black coat with a ruffled fringe to match — stood in a pair of Louboutins before a long line of young women in the lecture hall of Columbia’s journalism school. One young woman — dressed casually in a lacy, somewhat sheer purple sweater — approached Brzezinski. She told Brzezinski that she wasn’t a journalism student, but a professional journalist. She had been working for Newspath for a few years, she told Brzezinski, and she felt a little trapped. She wanted to know how she could break out and take on a role with more responsibility. Brzezinski listened patiently, but seemed distracted. She reached for her iPhone, which was plugged into a charger on the stage, almost as soon as the young woman began speaking to her. She flipped through her contacts, tapped the phone and made a call. The young CBS correspondent stopped talking. Only snatches of the conversation between Brzezinski and the CBS executive could be overheard from where the young woman stood — but it was clear that Brzezinski had arranged a meeting between the reporter in the purple sweater and someone high up at the network. The Atlantic Wire Brzezinski later told Sterne she made the call “because that’s what women should do for each other, anyone should do for anyone! And because I can.” She continued by praising the young woman she helped: “I can tell she’s going to be a star. She just needs a break. I made the meeting. I would have loved for someone to have done that for me, let me just tell you.” TheWrap So, if you are a struggling young journalist looking to advance your career: go to journalism school. Or just crash a few lectures.

LA Times Won’t Print Letters Denying Humans Cause Global Warming (The Hill / E2 Wire)
Environmentalists are cheering the Los Angeles Times for a pair of editor’s notes explaining why the paper won’t print letters that deny humans are causing climate change. An array of activists, such as California billionaire Tom Steyer, applauded the policy on Twitter Wednesday as news of it circulated. Times letters editor Paul Thornton briefly mentioned the policy in an Oct. 5 note about letters on one of the ObamaCare controversies, noting “letters that have an untrue basis (for example, ones that say there’s no sign humans have caused climate change) do not get printed.” HuffPost The newspaper reiterated its position on the letters after Newsbusters, a conservative media watchdog, criticized its policy over the weekend. Salon By publishing letters stating that there’s no evidence humans caused climate change, Thorton wrote, the Times wouldn’t be letting readers express their opinions — they would be publishing factual inaccuracies. And that’s usually something newspapers try to avoid doing.

Katie Couric’s Talk Show Teetering on the Verge of Cancellation (THR)
One of the TV’s priciest daytime experiments soon could be coming to an end. Stations throughout the U.S. are contracted to carry Katie Couric’s syndicated talk show through summer 2014, but the decision on whether Katie will score a third season likely will be made this month — and renewal seems a long shot.

Radio Host Dana Loesch to TheBlaze (Politico)
Conservative radio host Dana Loesch is joining Glenn Beck’s network TheBlaze as a host and contributor, Politico has learned. Loesch, who also broadcasts a radio show based in St. Louis, Mo., will contribute across the network and TheBlaze.com. She’ll also continue to serve as a fill-in host for Beck on his radio program and TheBlaze TV show. The Blaze “I’m excited to join The Blaze team,” Loesch remarked. “I love the fight in this group and their dedication to creating the best content available on multiple platforms. They’ve been at the forefront of new wave media… I can’t wait to get started.”

Cosmopolitan Hires Laura Brounstein as Special Projects Director (NY Observer)
Laura Brounstein will be the special projects director for Cosmopolitan, the magazine announced Wednesday. In her new position, Brounstein will be responsible for “executing and generating off-the-page ideas for the brand,” as well as contributing to the magazine as an editor and writer. FishbowlNY Brounstein begins Nov. 1. She’ll report to Joanna Coles, Cosmo’s editor.

Twitter’s New Media Evangelist Needs More Than 1,200 Tweets (Medium / Ruth Bazinet)
As it readies for IPO, Twitter’s new Head of News and Journalism Partnerships position is critical in retaining and growing arguably one of its most important user demographics right now – American news media. Hiring a female for this very public position will not solve its gender-equity problem. However, appointing the wrong person, male or female, could hinder its growth. Now that Twitter is close to announcing its final selection, all eyes are on senior NBC News executive and leading candidate Vivian Schiller. It is not hard to see why Schiller would be a top choice. She’s respected, she’s smart, and through her years at the helm of some of the largest media outlets in the nation, she has made the right connections to help drive news partnerships for Twitter. With Twitter chomping at the bit for more television partnerships, she just might be the one to help. However, Schiller lacks the one thing she really needs for the job  – experience using the platform.

For Journalists Who Seek Out Hidden Things, a More Visible Brand (NYT)
A leading nonprofit organization in the field of investigative journalism is getting a free branding and advertising campaign, courtesy of a leading creative agency. How did the organization, the Center for Investigative Reporting, manage to woo the agency — Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco, part of the Omnicom Group — into producing the campaign? It took only a bit of investigative reporting to learn that the principals of the center and the agency share a connection that dates back almost three decades.

Janet Yellen’s Short and Storied Newspaper Career (WSJ / Real Time Economics)
Janet Yellen won’t be the leader of the Federal Reserve remembered most for her newspaper experience. That honor goes to Eugene Meyer, who led the Fed during the Great Depression (from 1930 to 1933) and bought the Washington Post at a bankruptcy auction a month after he stepped down as chairman of the central bank. But Yellen will certainly go down in history for having the best newspaper experience early in her life, in both high school and college.

Megyn Kelly Draws a Bigger, Younger Audience on Night 2 in Prime Time (NYT)
In an impressive turnaround, Megyn Kelly, Fox News’ new prime-time host, reversed a somewhat disappointing performance on her first night at the center of the network’s lineup, scoring a smashing win across the board on Night 2. Most notably, Kelly provided the lift that Fox News had been looking for in attracting the viewers who make money for cable news networks: those between the ages of 25 and 54. TVNewser What a difference a day makes. On her debut night Monday, Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly placed second in the key adults 25-54 demo to her MSNBC competition Rachel Maddow. On Tuesday, Kelly’s ratings skyrocketed, and her demo numbers were the highest on cable news, even topping the reliable leader in that category, Bill O’Reilly.

Twitter Appears To Be Exploring Personalized Breaking News Notifications With @Eventparrot Experiment (TechCrunch)
Twitter appears to be exploring introducing breaking news notifications tuned for you to its apps, if a new experimental account is any indication. An account called @eventparrot has garnered around 1,500 followers and promises to deliver “direct messages that help you keep up with what’s happening in the world.” I received my first message from the account Wednesday evening, a repackaged tweet from CNN breaking news about rebels kidnapping Libya’s prime minister.

Al Gore Tried To Buy Twitter And Merge It With Current. What If He’d Succeeded? (Forbes / Mixed Media)
Around the beginning of 2009, as Twitter was gathering momentum, cofounders Ev Williams and Biz Stone were “regularly turning down overtures to buy the company,” reports The New York Times‘ Nick Bilton. Among those making the overtures was former Vice President Al Gore, who “pitched Williams and Stone one night over copious amounts of wine and Patron tequila at his St. Regis suite in San Francisco.”

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