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The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson to Debut at 2 P.M. on Fox News Sept. 30 (TVNewser)
Fox News has confirmed that former Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson will be taking over the 2 p.m. hour on the network starting Monday. The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson will be preceded by America’s News HQ, co-anchored by Bill Hemmer and Alisyn Camerota. Variety Carlson’s program will be set against an hour of CNN Newsroom on CNN and MSNBC’s News Nation, hosted by Tamron Hall. Deadline Hollywood The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson will focus on all current events from general news and crime to politics and investigative reports, the network said. Carlson recently left the network’s popular morning program Fox & Friends; she was replaced by Elisabeth Hasselbeck. TheWrap Carlson, who came aboard Fox News in 2005 after serving as a correspondent and co-anchor on CBS News’ Saturday Early Show, will interview newsmakers and lead in-depth panel debates, lending viewers context and perspective on the headlines of the day. The program will also utilize social media to explore trending news stories and enlist viewer feedback.
CNN Denies Iranian Press Claims That Amanpour-Rouhani Interview Was Mistranslated (TheWrap)
CNN is fighting back against an Iranian news outlet’s claims that it fabricated portions of Christiane Amanpour’s interview with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani by posting the raw video of the interview with an accompanying transcript. Amanpour spoke with Rouhani during his visit to the United States for the United Nations general assembly in an interview that aired on CNN International on Wednesday. Based on excerpts of the interview posted online, Fars News Agency claimed that CNN had “added to or changed parts of his remarks when Christiane Amanpour asked him about the Holocaust.” The Washington Post / Erik Wemple CNN host Brooke Baldwin opened a segment based on the sit-down session, playing up a discussion between Amanpour and Rouhani over Iran’s longstanding position/non-position regarding the Holocaust. In response to a question from Amanpour, the Iranian president uttered a “groundbreaking comment…, a comment made specifically to us here at CNN. Three words: ‘The Holocaust happened,’” Baldwin noted. NYT The dispute over his comments reflects the extreme delicacy of the Holocaust as an issue in Iranian-American relations. More broadly, it speaks to the political tightrope Rouhani is walking, trying to negotiate a nuclear deal with the United States that will ease sanctions to please everyday Iranians, without provoking a backlash by hard-liners.
Jeff Bewkes: Time Warner Would Consider Bundling HBO With Broadband (Deadline New York)
Time Warner‘s CEO says he’d be open to helping a broadband-only product from a cable company because it would protect HBO‘s relationship with the biggest source of the premium channel’s customers. “Distributors are competing more,” Jeff Bewkes told investors at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in NYC. A cable-provided broadband arrangement with HBO “will make it an offer you can’t refuse… We see growth there for HBO in that.”
Comedian Arrested After Punching Journalist Josh Rogin at D.C.’s Funniest Celebrity Competition (US News & World Report / Washington Whispers)
This year’s D.C.’s Funniest Celebrity contest may go down as the most memorable and not for what was going on onstage. Comedy headliner Dan Nainan — a professional comedian who in the past has performed for President Obama — got into a skirmish with Newsweek / Daily Beast correspondent Josh Rogin. Rogin sent out several Tweets during Nainan’s set. “Dan Nainan was funny until he dusted off his 2005 Katrina jokes in a gratingly bad [George W. Bush] impression,” Rogin wrote. “Dan Nainan makes his umpteenth joke about how Asians [can’t] distinguish between letters ‘L’ and ‘R.’ Election, erection we get it,” Rogin added. Nainan then approached Rogin, who was sitting at the back of the DC Improv comedy club and punched him. “Dan Nainan comes over to me and says, ‘Are you Josh Rogin,’ and I said yes and then he punched me in the jaw, then he pushed me, then he walked away and about 10 seconds later he came over and punched me again,” Rogin told Whispers directly after the fight. The Washington Post / The Reliable Source The incident became an immediate social media sensation: The room was filled with Twitter-happy Beltway types who had gathered for the semi-annual contest, which — despite a questionable record of charity fundraising — has remained a favorite with media and policy types.
How Chrystia Freeland Hastened Reuters Next’s Demise (BuzzFeed / Business)
Chrystia Freeland’s most recent title at Reuters was “managing director and editor, consumer news,” and she was perhaps the company’s most famous face: An accomplished journalist who had managed to both scathingly cover and serve as an honorary member of the global elite that gathers at Davos. In New York, though, Freeland’s core aim was simpler: Launching a new website. She had departed Times Square for the Canadian parliament by the time that project collapsed this month. But though she was gone, numerous current and former Reuters staffers told BuzzFeed, Freeland had been the motivating force behind Reuters Next and one of the primary reasons the company’s new CEO decided to kill it.
Jeff Bezos Talks About Future of Printed Newspaper (Poynter / MediaWire)
“Someday,” The Washington Post may not have a print edition, Jeff Bezos told NBC News’ Kate Snow. “It could be decades,” the Post‘s soon-to-be owner said. Then he unleashed a metaphor that will keep people on Twitter busy for several hours. “I think printed newspapers on actual paper may be a luxury item,” Bezos said. “It’s sort of like, you know, people still have horses, but it’s not their primary way of commuting to the office.”
Is Newt Gingrich Breaking CNN’s Rules? (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Just weeks into his new role, CNN Crossfire host Newt Gingrich has already broken some ethical rules set forth by the network’s executive vice president of standards and practices, according to a new report from Media Matters For America, the liberal watchdog group. CNN EVP for standards and practices Rick Davis told Media Matters in early September that Gingrich would be required to disclose if he or a PAC he is connected to is donating to a candidate who appeared or was discussed on the show.
A-Listers Don’t Sell Celeb Magazines The Way They Used to (Adweek)
Movie stars are no longer a sure thing for magazines anymore. “The era of the A-List movie star is over,” People managing editor Larry Hackett said at Advertising Week Wednesday. “I will confess, there were times in the ‘90s when we put people on the cover because they were huge stars, but the stories weren’t exactly scintillating. Now, the bar is higher… People need a narrative arc.”
Marissa Mayer Defends Her Vogue Shoot (PRNewser)
Marissa Mayer‘s Vogue shoot raised quite a few eyebrows last month. Unfortunately, no one discussed anything she said in the accompanying interview — the questions that followed were all variations on “Is it appropriate for a female executive to appear in a fashion spread?”, with the Web’s many master debaters wondering whether she’d somehow lost a bit of her dignity and/or credibility by doing so.
Nate Silver’s New FiveThirtyEight Wants to Hire More Nate Silvers (NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer)
ESPN’s reboot of the FiveThirtyEight brand is in its beginning stages, but star blogger Nate Silver needs to first find some more people as good as he is: The site is seeking three people for “high-profile” positions and the requirements are quite strict. The ideal candidates must “write clearly about complex ideas,” have “demonstrated aptitude in conducting original statistical analysis,” and — it is “strongly” preferred — “have a demonstrated track record of writing for the broader public.”
The Web Is A Lab for Marketable TV Content, And Vice Versa (Adweek)
The lines between digital and linear distribution are a lot less blurry than advertised when it comes to the business models of cable television and the online space, but content is a different animal altogether. Take Drunk History, for example, which has evolved from a YouTube sensation to a full-blown half-hour on Comedy Central, averaging a serviceable 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demo over the course of its debut season. That platform shift is a neat reversal for showrunner Jeremy Konner, who saw his Web comedy Ghost Ghirls optioned and then scuttled by Syfy before the show was revived by Yahoo!.
BuzzFeed Attempts to End Cory Booker’s Senate Run With Stripper Tweets And GIFs (The Atlantic Wire)
We get what BuzzFeed’s Benny Johnson was going for in his exposé of Cory Booker’s direct Twitter messages with a stripper, since the Newark mayor is in the middle of a senate race and illicit liaisons with sexy ladies tend to kill political careers. But Johnson’s article takes us through a long photo-and-haha-GIF-heavy explanation of who the stripper, Lee, is, and how she knows Booker (they were in a movie about Twitter together), and what they have in common (pets). The post shows five exposed nipples, three erect nipples visible through a tank top, three bikini photos and four GIFs. Yet it shows only two direct messages sent by Booker.
Joe Kernen, Andrew Ross Sorkin And The Skinny on Jessica Simpson’s New Role at Weight Watchers (FishbowlNY / Lunch)
Neither rain nor snow (not yet anyway) or a meltdown on Metro North’s Connecticut line (don’t ask!) can keep us from our appointed rounds on Wednesdays at Michael’s. Who else would tell you which talking heads (Star Jones, Joe Kernen, Andrew Ross Sorkin) were holding court in the dining room while pointing out the random sighting of a former beauty queen and even some titled ladies and lords?
Wall Street Journal Editor Gerard Baker Decries Native Advertising as A ‘Faustian Pact’ (Capital New York)
Wall Street Journal managing editor Gerard Baker took to a podium Tuesday night and warned of the dangers of “native advertising,” a big buzzword these days describing the practice of presenting brand-generated content in the style of editorial. “The clear delineation between news and advertising is becoming more and more blurred. We have to resist that,” he told a crowd at New York University’s journalism school, before describing the deals many publishers are making with advertisers as a “Faustian pact.” FishbowlNY Baker said that sponsored content or native ads blur the line between editorial and ads — a common complaint — and added that in the end, it’s a lose/lose situation.
A Page Six Reporter Is Making Her Boyfriend 300 Sandwiches in Exchange for an Engagement Ring (Business Insider)
In what sounds like a weird throwback to the 1950s, a senior reporter for the New York Post‘s Page Six section is on a mission to make her boyfriend 300 sandwiches — and get engaged. The reporter, Stephanie Smith, explains in a confessional in Page Six the project started in June 2012 when her “gourmet cook” boyfriend Eric kept asking her to make him a sandwich.
melissacralph Isn’t that what make it the news and not entertainment? Facts instead of a talk show where they express opinions?
teresinaleonora resounding yes
Richard Bauman Not only fact checkers, but when they err they should have to do an on air retraction.
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