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Business Insider CTO Forced to Resign Following Twitter Firestorm (NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer)
Pax Dickinson has been forced to resign as chief technology officer at Business Insider following an online firestorm over his long history of controversial tweets, according to a source who has been in contact with him. Dickinson got in hot water Monday over his most recent string of tweets about feminism, misogyny and women in tech. A look at his tweets from over the years uncovered many more instances of Dickinson bashing feminists, gays and the poor, among others. FishbowlNY How offensive were his tweets? Well, it depends on which ones you want to discuss. Dickinson dabbled in pretty much everything. HuffPost The brouhaha began around the time Dickinson offered this opinion on the issue of women in tech: “Feminism in tech remains the champion topic for my block list. My finger is getting tired,” he tweeted. The flurry of responses caught the eye of Nitasha Tiku over at Gawker’s Valleywag. Tiku noticed Dickinson’s Twitter account was littered with posts potentially offending Christians, the LGBT community, women, minimum-wage earners, Jews, rape victims and African-Americans. Slate / XX Factor Dickinson’s tweets were no secret within the company; the website’s chief correspondent, Nicholas Carlson, admitted to blocking his feed so he didn’t have to interact with him on Twitter. “Pax was speaking for himself, not Business Insider. We obviously don’t condone what he said,” the company’s founder, editor and CEO, Henry Blodget, told Valleywag’s Sam Biddle when the retweets began to mount. NY Observer / BetaBeat Dickinson is the most recent and potent example of sexism (and racism, and classism) in tech, but he’s certainly not the only one. Such a rancorous person doesn’t scale the corporate ladder — tweeting all the while! — without some sort of systemic acceptance (or at least tolerance) of his attitudes. Business Insider / Henry Blodget A Business Insider executive has made some comments on Twitter that do not reflect our values and have no place at our company. The executive has left the company, effective immediately.

White House Fights Back as Media Pan Syria Speech (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
President Barack Obama’s Syria address was widely panned by leading foreign policy journalists on Tuesday night, leading to an intense pushback effort by top White House spokespeople on Twitter. In messages directed at journalists from The New York Times, Bloomberg and other outlets, the White House communications team sought to wrest control of the narrative going forward even as the speech was being criticized as among the most ineffective in the history of the American presidency. HuffPost President Obama’s Tuesday night speech on Syria didn’t find many friends in the land of the pundits. Liberal or conservative, insider or outsider, few analysts appeared to have much love for Obama’s address. NPR / It’s All Politics To win over doubters, Obama sought to wrap his appeal regarding a specific policy proposal — bombing Syria — within a larger framework. “What kind of world will we live in if the United States of America sees a dictator brazenly violate international law with poison gas and we choose to look the other way?” Obama asked.

9/11 Anniversary: Networks Plan Moments of Silence, Remembrances (TheWrap)
Several networks are planning tributes to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Though the observances have become more muted over time — this was most apparent in the 11th anniversary’s coverage, especially following the 10th anniversary memorials — most networks still have at least a moment of silence planned Wednesday morning.

Apple iPhone Event Kind of Bland, Tweets Show (CNET)
Apple gave you two new iPhones — one with a futuristic fingerprint sensor — and all you could muster up was a “yep, got it” reaction if early Twitter data gathered by social media analytics firm Crimson Hexagon is any indication. Crimson Hexagon looked at the sentiment data behind tweets about the Apple event and found that 73 percent of the more than 1.5 million tweets that trickled in were neutral, meaning a majority of people tweeting about the highly anticipated event were just merely passing along the news without sharing their love or hate for the collection of announcements. Daily Beast The agony of tech geeks came to an end, as Apple unveiled the two latest offerings in its insanely successful line of smartphones. One is cheap and the other is fancy. AppNewser The iPhone 5S features a fingerprint login tool called the Touch ID sensor. It is built into the home button. The phone can recognize the owner’s fingerprint and use this to log in to the phone, as well as to buy apps.

Kurtz Moves From CNN to Fox With The Same Old Song (Reuters / Jack Shafer)
After Reliable Sources host Howard Kurtz parted ways with CNN in June and announced the move of his Sunday morning TV act to Fox News Channel, he had a chance to retool the media-news-and-criticism formula he purveyed on the network for 15 years. Instead, he has dressed his old CNN show in Fox bunting. TVNewser Kurtz‘s new show on Fox News Channel went head-to-head with his old show on CNN Sunday morning. In its debut, MediaBuzz won in total viewers but lost to Reliable Sources in the adults 25-54 demographic.

CBS News Says It Almost Gave Up on Assad Interview (Yahoo! News / AP)
CBS News had essentially given up its pursuit of Syrian President Bashar Assad for an interview because he would not agree to go on 60 Minutes, until Charlie Rose suggested airing it on PBS. CBS News chairman Jeff Fager, who accompanied Rose to Damascus last weekend, said Assad and his team would not go on 60 Minutes because they wanted to have a say how the interview would be edited, and CBS refused. Assad opted for a longer airing on PBS on Monday night.

Netflix Launches in The Netherlands (Deadline London)
A day after its breakthrough deal with the UK’s Virgin Media, Netflix has launched in the Netherlands, its 41st country. The company had previously signaled its intention to move into the territory but had not provided details. The monthly subscription has been set at 7.99 euros ($10.60), which is higher than what it charges in the UK, but less than in the Nordics. On offer will be Netflix’s original series like House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black, plus TV shows, feature films and local Dutch titles.

Mail on Sunday Trumpets ‘Global Cooling’ (Poynter / MediaWire)
The Earth “is heading for a period of cooling that will not end until the middle of this century — a process that would expose computer forecasts of imminent catastrophic warming as dangerously misleading.” That’s the claim in a Mail on Sunday article by David Rose published Sept. 7 by Mail Online, the online home of that paper and the Daily Mail. But Rose misunderstood the science behind his assertions Slate / Bad Astronomy When I heard that the Mail on Sunday ran a climate change article over the weekend, I knew it would be bad. But when I clicked the link and saw it was written by Rose, I braced myself for the worst. Man, sometimes I hate being right.

The Crossfire Within Crossfire (The Washington Post / Erik Wemple)
When CNN moved up the debut edition of its re-launch of famed cable-polemics show Crossfire, it foresaw a momentous contribution to the Syria debate. “It’s safe to say that Crossfire will be an excellent forum to have this conversation,” CNN Washington Bureau chief Sam Feist told the Erik Wemple Blog after the network changed the program’s start date from Sept. 16 to Sept. 9. Or, if Monday night’s kickoff was any indication, a mushy and muddled forum to have this conversation. TVNewser The debut of CNN’s Crossfire averaged 582,000 total viewers and 169,000 adults 25-54 viewers Monday evening. In the 6:30 p.m. ET half hour, Crossfire, hosted Monday night by Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter, was third in total viewers and second in the key adults 25-54 demographic in cable news.

Here’s What You Miss by Only Talking to White Men About The Digital Revolution And Journalism (The Washington Post / The Switch)
On Monday, Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on The Press, Politics and Public Policy and the Nieman Journalism Lab launched Riptide, a new project about the disruption of journalism by technology. The project bills itself as an “oral history of the epic collision between journalism and digital technology, from 1980 to the present.” But looking at the final product and their list of sources, it appears that the project misses a key aspect of how the digital age disrupted traditional journalism: Digital advances, particularly the spread of the Internet and the rise of blogging, gave a powerful new way for voices marginalized in the elite journalism sphere to spread their stories.

The Ann Arbor News, or There And Back Again: Why The News World’s First Print Edition of A Website Is Coming to A Close (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Back in 2009, the news-about-news world was focused on Ann Arbor — and not because Michigan football was any good. That was when The Ann Arbor News, published in some form since 1835, was shut down and replaced with AnnArbor.com — which was a website, but also the name of a twice-weekly print edition. Earlier that year, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Rocky Mountain News had both given up the ghost — but at least those were two-newspaper cities being reduced to a single daily. Other than the student newspaper at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor had no other daily newspaper to fall back on.


Former KTLA Reporter David Begnaud Exits Ora TV’s NewsBreaker
(TheWrap)
David Begnaud has left Ora TV’s NewsBreaker, TheWrap has confirmed. Begnaud, who left KTLA in October 2012 to join the online network best known as Larry King’s current home, has exited for another job. He had been NewsBreaker’s host and executive producer since the show’s launch.

David Attenborough: Big BBC Salaries Are Huge Embarrassment (The Guardian)
Sir David Attenborough, one of the BBC’s longest-standing presenters, has described the big salaries of senior management as a “huge embarrassment” and said it would be a “catastrophe” if the corporation’s funding was cut. Speaking on Monday, the naturalist and broadcaster, whose latest BBC2 series, Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates, begins later in September, said: “It doesn’t require me to say that it is a huge embarrassment that salaries of that size are being paid in a public service organization.”

Miami Herald Media Company to Launch Caliente, Spanish-Language Tabloid With Bikini Models (HuffPost)
Here’s one way to deal with declining newspaper circulation and advertising revenue: the Miami Herald Media Company, a division of journalism giant The McClatchy Company, is launching a weekly Spanish-language tabloid called Caliente that will profile a bikini model.

Politico Founder Sees $1,000 A Year Fee for Capital NY (Bloomberg)
Robert Allbritton, publisher of Washington politics website Politico, plans to charge subscription fees of about $1,000 a year for a high-end version of newly acquired media and politics blog Capital New York. Allbritton, who sold his family’s local TV stations for $985 million in July, announced the purchase of Capital Monday, without disclosing financial terms. Capital, which will continue to run separately from Politico, plans to hire 24 editors and reporters to add to its current staff of seven. FishbowlNY It’s certainly a challenge. Charging $1,000 a year for access to a site is so ridiculous that it almost seems like it’s a joke. But then again, we’re not a media executive or a politician, so maybe we’re just not seeing the appeal of flushing $1,000 a year down the toilet.

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