Click here to receive Mediabistro’s Morning Media Newsfeed via email.
Fox News’ Anna Kooiman Falls for Parody About Obama Funding Muslim Museum (HuffPost)
Fox News host Anna Kooiman fell for a fake story that said President Obama is using his own money to keep a museum dedicated to Muslim culture open during the government shutdown. The government has been shut down since Tuesday. The co-hosts of Fox and Friends Saturday lamented the closure of the World War II Memorial, which Kooiman claimed “doesn’t seem fair especially” because “President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture.” Mediaite “The Republican National Committee is offering to pay for it to keep it open so that the veterans from Honor Flight are going to be able to go and see this because who did it honor? It honored them,” Kooiman said on Fox & Friends Saturday morning. “It really doesn’t seem fair, especially — and we’re going to talk a little bit later in the show too about some things that are continuing to be funded. And President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture out of his own pocket, yet it’s the Republican National Committee who’s paying for this.” Gawker Media Matters traced Kooiman’s lie to the “satire” website The National Report. Fox News was attempting to point out the hypocrisy of Obama somehow refusing to compromise on a spending budget, then shutting down the government, and heartlessly blocking WWII veterans from attending their memorial in Washington. And he has the nerve to pay out of pocket for a Muslim museum (which is as imaginary as his belief in Islam). TVNewser Kooiman apologized in a tweet. “Just met w producers- I made a mistake yday after receiving flawed research abt a museum possibly closing. My apologies. Won’t happen again.”
Philadelphia News Anchor Criticized for Comparing Shooting to Breaking Bad (New York Daily News)
A Philadelphia TV news anchor is in hot water for a flippant Twitter tease that compared a deadly shooting to the bloody finale of Breaking Bad. “Thought ‘Breaking Bad’ was hot last Sunday? @FOX29philly See who’s breakin’ bad in SW Philly leavin’ 6 people SHOT – Tonite at Ten!” Fox 29 anchor Joyce Evans tweeted Sunday. Philadelphia Inquirer / Attytood The next sound you heard was Twitter exploding. Within minutes, Evans’ posting had been re-tweeted by users of the social network more than 2,500 times (note: that’s a lot!) and drawn dozens of reactions — first shock and horror over the tie in to the just-concluded TV drama about a chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-kingpin. Especially since a 23-year-old man had died on the hail of bullets outside of a Philadelphia deli. The Washington Post / AP Evans is a longtime anchor at the Fox affiliate. She later responded that she was trying to compare the “very real life drama” of the shooting to the fictional show about a chemistry teacher turned methamphetamine dealer.
News Orgs Rush to Quote Guy Who Said He Bought Obamacare Plan (Poynter / MediaWire)
Chad Henderson, a part-time worker and student from Flintstone, Ga., has become “one of the most quoted people in the nation about Obamacare,” Amber Phillips writes. Henderson said he’d managed — against daunting odds — to get a health insurance plan through one of the exchanges set up by the nation’s new health care law, he told journalists. Reason In a phone interview conducted Friday morning, Chad’s father Bill Henderson contradicted major details of Chad’s story. I reached Bill by following a series of links at Chad’s Facebook page, through which I was able to speak directly to the father. Bill told me that both he and his son were interested in getting coverage, but that he had not enrolled in any plan yet, and to his knowledge, neither had his son. He also said that when they do enroll, getting the most coverage for the least money would be the goal, and that he expects that he and his son will get coverage under the same plan. Politico The Georgia college student who basked in national media attention after claiming he and his dad were among the first to enroll in Obamacare is changing his story. “I never said that I had actually purchased a plan,” said Chad, 21, who was thrust into the national spotlight after announcing Tuesday on Twitter that he had “enrolled in Obamacare.” He told Politico Friday he had been online to shop in the federal exchange, but had never completed the final steps of getting in the health plan.
Nielsen to Measure Twitter Chatter About TV Shows (NYT)
Only 98,600 people wrote messages on Twitter about the two-hour season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy last month. That’s a tiny fraction of the 9.3 million who, according to Nielsen, watched the show that night. But the posts, 225,000 of them in total, were seen by millions of Twitter users, some of whom might have fired up their digital video recorders or laptops to watch the episode later. Nielsen is now measuring what it calls the “unique audience” for Twitter posts about television, providing a more complete view of the phenomenon known as social TV. WSJ For TV networks and advertisers looking to exploit the buzz about TV shows on Twitter, the data are a reminder that the social-media service’s user base has a very different makeup than the mass-market TV-viewing audience that marketers spend tens of billions of dollars each year to reach. Capital New York One of the hottest journalism jobs on the market in recent months has been “Head of News and Journalism Partnerships” for Twitter, which is on the road to an initial public offering. Five months later, as potential shareholders begin to swarm, future-of-media types are dying to know when Twitter will finally pluck someone for the coveted perch, and who that person will be. One candidate you can likely cross off the list: Emily Bell, head of the Columbia Journalism School’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism since it launched in 2010 and one of Twitter’s go-to sources for 140-character media-innovation commentary. AllThingsD According to sources close to the situation, NBC News chief digital officer Vivian Schiller is currently the leading choice for Twitter’s Head of News position, which the company hopes to name soon.
NYT‘s Jill Abramson: Horse-Race Media Trivializes Politics (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson says she worries about the trivialization of politics by publications like Politico, but offered no defense when asked about the Times‘ own coverage of the political horse race. Speaking with the New Yorker’s Ken Auletta at The New Yorker Festival on Saturday, Abramson said the incessant coverage of politics as sport threatened a larger understanding of how politics actually affects people. “I worry that politics is covered almost like sports at a relentless who’s winning and who’s losing kind of way, who’s up, who’s down and the political maneuvering becomes the dominant thread and what is lost is what effect it actually has on people,” Abramson said.
Cruz’s 21-Hour Speech Fueled A Ratings Jump at C-Span2 (NYT)
Given the meager approval ratings the public has consistently given Congress, it might seem surprising that anyone watches the unblinking live shots of the Senate and House on television. But government crises apparently have a way of ratcheting up interest in Washington procedural drama. When Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, started a 21-hour speech on Sept. 24 to protest President Obama’s health care law, the average daily rating for C-Span2, the cable channel devoted to Senate proceedings, increased more than fivefold from the day before, according to data provided to The New York Times by Rentrak.
Why Tablet Magazines Are A Failure (GigaOM)
“We’re starting a new magazine,” the entrepreneur told me. “We have a potent niche to cover, and advertisers are dying for us to deliver interactive ads.” Another woman I met with wanted to launch a tablet magazine about renewable energy. “It’s global and I have all the right connections to get it out there,” she said. “And I’ve found an out-of-the-box software solution to power it.” Both projects impressed me. From an editorial point of view, they both nailed it. The entrepreneurs’ energy was great. A few years ago I would have been all in with them. Today, though, my mind has changed.
The Soul of A New Machine: Gawker Struggles With The Slippery Slope Between Viral And True (paidContent)
Does it matter if that viral video that everyone is so busy sharing was a stunt cooked up by a late-night talk show host? Or if that letter from an outraged grandparent to his homophobic daughter isn’t all it appears to be? These are the kinds of ethical dilemmas that tend to crop up when your editorial output is based in part on finding and sharing — and benefiting from the traffic generated by — viral content, the way it is for outlets like Gawker, or BuzzFeed, or Upworthy.
Author Responds Awesomely When Facebook Likens Her Page to Porn Star’s (Adweek / Adfreak)
What do you do when Facebook starts comparing you to a porn star? Well, if you’re irreverent marketing consultant and author Erika Napoletano, you run with it. Napoletano recently realized (after receiving what she describes as “a metric f*ckton” of emails from friends) that fans of her Facebook page, Redhead Writing, were being recommended to also follow fellow redhead Camille Crimson, an adult video star and entrepreneur. As a writer and public speaker known for her uncensored attitude, Napoletano thought it would be fun to turn the tables, so she had a friend snap some semi-nude photos and temporarily rebranded her Facebook page to match Crimson’s.
Pew Surveys of Audience Habits Suggest Perilous Future for News (Poynter)
News organizations have been confronting the problem of a shrinking audience for more than a decade, but trends strongly suggest that these difficulties may only worsen over time. Today’s younger and middle-aged audience seems unlikely to ever match the avid news interest of the generations they will replace, even as they enthusiastically transition to the Internet as their principal source of news.
Why The Sun’s Front Page About Mental Health Is Completely Wrong (BuzzFeed / BuzzFeed UK)
Monday’s Sun front page claims that more than 1,200 people have been killed by “mental patients” in the past 10 years. The story quotes an annual report — the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness, produced by the Centre for Mental Health and Risk at the University of Manchester. (As such, it’s not so much an “exclusive investigation,” more “reading a report on the Internet that was published in July.”) But — as it says in a paragraph directly above the table that The Sun quotes — this figure includes both people who were “patients” (defined elsewhere in the report as those that had “been in contact with mental health services in the 12 months prior to the offense”), and those who simply “showed an abnormal mental state at the time of the homicide.”
Mugged by A Mug Shot Online (NYT)
It was only a matter of time before the Internet started to monetize humiliation. In this case, the time was early 2011, when mug-shot websites started popping up to turn the most embarrassing photograph of anyone’s life into cash. The sites are perfectly legal, and they get financial oxygen the same way as other online businesses – through credit card companies and PayPal. Some states, though, are looking for ways to curb them. The Next Web Google has now found that these sites apparently do not comply with a certain guideline, and has taken action to demote them since Thursday, rolling out an amendment to its algorithms that has led to mug shots being pushed back and listed beyond the first page.
Breaking Bad Obit Triggers Frenzy (Albuquerque Journal)
Not since Michael Jackson shuffled off this mortal coil has a dead guy generated so much social media buzz. Case in point: Walter White, aka “Heisenberg,” and he wasn’t even real. Nevertheless, an obituary for the Breaking Bad character portrayed by actor Bryan Cranston, which was placed in the Albuquerque Journal on Friday by local superfan David Layman, triggered a frenzy of activity nationwide. JimRomenesko.com There was a 40 percent increase in single-copy sales, with many newsstands selling out of papers. Requests to the Journal’s library to mail out newspapers ran at least 10 times normal volume. The obit was the paper’s most-read online story since 2006, when it began using Google Analytics to track traffic.
Asking Americans The Naive Questions of an Outsider, Al Jazeera Obtains Profound Answers (NYT)
Al Jazeera wants to make its name as American as pizzaburgers. But when Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based television empire that has long broadcast to viewers around the world in Arabic and English, announced plans to start a U.S. news channel, it ignited a wildfire of controversy. Old charges of Al Jazeera’s giving a platform to Islamists resurfaced. “When Al Jazeera becomes a major U.S. cable channel, as it plans, some Americans are likely to click past it, recalling the alleged anti-American tone by the pan-Arab network during the Iraq war a decade ago,” CNN wrote in a not atypical comment.
Thom Yorke Calls Spotify ‘The Last Desperate Fart of A Dying Corpse’ (The Guardian)
Spotify celebrates its fifth birthday Monday, but the streaming music service probably shouldn’t expect a present or card from Thom Yorke. The Radiohead and Atoms for Peace musician has renewed his attack on Spotify in an interview with Mexican website Sopitas, describing the company as “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse,” and attacking its relationship with major labels.
What TV show will you be catching up on over the weekend?
lilylittlewolf Borgen, my FAVORITE!
RyanEvon Sons of Anarchy, probably.
Jose Alfonso Villalobos Go outside and play!
- Morning Media Newsfeed: ABC Debuts New View | CNN Ordered to Rehire Union Staff
- Morning Media Newsfeed: Digital First Mulls Sale | DirecTV to Launch Online Services
- Morning Media Newsfeed: Tebow Joins GMA | EU Regulators Approve BSkyB Acquisitions
- Morning Media Newsfeed: CNN Hires Carney | Sony, Viacom Reach Cloud-Based TV Deal