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Zimmerman Lawyer to Move ‘ASAP’ Against NBC News (The Washington Post / Erik Wemple)
Saturday’s not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial will enable the neighborhood-watch volunteer to resume his case against NBC News for the mis-editing of his widely distributed call to police. Back in December, Zimmerman sued NBC Universal Media for defamation over the botched editing, which depicted him as a hardened racial profiler. According to Zimmerman attorney James Beasley, the case against NBC News was stayed pending the outcome of the criminal case. Now that’s out of the way, and Beasley is ready to proceed. TVNewser It was on NBC’s Today, regular readers may recall, that a severely out of context spliced clip of Zimmerman was played. A number of NBC News staffers lost their jobs over the edits, and Zimmerman’s legal team subsequently sued. The Atlantic Wire NAACP president Ben Jealous told CNN’s Candy Crowley that his team has been in contact with the attorney general’s office, but he doesn’t expect the Justice Department to act until the end of the any civil suits that result from George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict. HuffPost Melissa Harris-Perry shared a very personal response to the Zimmerman verdict on Sunday, telling viewers that she felt “relief” at her ultrasound when she found out she was giving birth to a daughter instead of a son. HuffPost Gawker provoked a wide range of reactions after it posted a haunting, graphic image of Trayvon Martin’s dead body on Friday. The site used a huge picture of a screengrab from MSNBC, which fleetingly — and seemingly accidentally — showed Martin’s corpse as an image was being discussed during the Zimmerman trial. Gawker To Trayvon’s parents, Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, I’m sorry that I feel compelled to share this photograph. Were I a slave to journalistic norms, I would say that it’s somehow in the public interest to see him there. I would point out Florida’s sunshine laws, and the TV network’s incompetence, and argue the inevitability that this image would’ve gained a wider audience than it has already. The Root And about the whole “this is what happens” bit: Have you been around for the past year? Spent any time on Twitter during the trial? It may come as a surprise, but people get that already. And just about anyone paying attention has shared your “good old-fashioned rage that this kid is dead” for a while now. None of it — none of it at all — required a visual.
Asiana Airlines Considers Legal Action Against KTVU, NTSB (TVSpy)
Asiana Airlines is considering legal action against KTVU and the National Transportation Safety Board after the San Francisco Fox affiliate reported fake names for the pilots involved in the flight 214 crash including “Sum Ting Wong” and “Wi Tu Lo.” TVNewser On Friday’s noon newscast on KTVU, the local anchor claimed the stations had learned the names of the four pilots on board Asiana flight 214 which crashed July 6. But if you read the names, it becomes immediately clear this is a joke, which went unnoticed in the newsroom and made it into the newscast. Politico KTVU apologized during its 6 p.m. newscast. “First of all, we never read the names out loud, phonetically sounding them out,” anchor Frank Somerville said, adding that the station also didn’t ask the position of the person within the NTSB giving them the ultimately erroneous information. “We are hardly satisfied with the station’s statements, and its unwillingness to help us understand how the gaffe originated,” Paul Cheung, the president of the Asian American Journalists Association, and Bobby Calvan, the AAJA’s MediaWatch chair, wrote in a statement Friday evening. Gawker The NTSB issued a press release Friday evening acknowledging that a summer intern had erroneously confirmed four fake Asiana pilot names to KTVU.
JK Rowling’s Secret Life as Wizard Crime Writer Revealed (The Sunday Times)
JK Rowling has secured another literary coup by writing an acclaimed detective novel in the guise of a first-time author. The Harry Potter creator, purporting to be Robert Galbraith, a former military man, won plaudits from top crime writers who read the book without knowing she was behind it. The Cuckoo’s Calling, which features a war veteran turned private investigator called Cormoran Strike, was published to critical acclaim in April. One reviewer described it as “a scintillating debut.” Another praised the “male” author’s ability to describe women’s clothes. The Telegraph When approached, Rowling said she “had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience. It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.” GalleyCat Little, Brown publisher Reagan Arthur issued this statement: “We are pleased and proud to have published The Cuckoo’s Calling, and we’re delighted by the response it has received from readers, reviewers and fellow writers. We are really looking forward to publishing the second book in the Strike series next summer.”
Why Disney, Fox Decided to Keep Hulu — And How Big Were Those Bids? (TheWrap / WaxWord)
Disney and Fox didn’t decide to keep Hulu because they couldn’t get the bids they wanted for the streaming service. It was because the bids were so good that they stepped back and reconsidered. The streaming service was pulled back from auction on Friday. TheWrap spoke to two of the main Hulu bidders, and both confirmed that the bids were “aggressive” — between $750 million and $1.4 billion or so. The main bidders included AT&T with Peter Chernin, DirecTV and Guggenheim with KKR.
Greenwald: Snowden Docs Contain NSA ‘Blueprint’ (NYT / AP)
Edward Snowden has very sensitive “blueprints” detailing how the National Security Agency operates that would allow someone who read them to evade or even duplicate NSA surveillance, a journalist close to the intelligence leaker said Sunday. Glenn Greenwald, a columnist with the Guardian newspaper who closely communicates with Snowden and first reported on his intelligence leaks, told The Associated Press that the former NSA systems analyst has “literally thousands of documents” that constitute “basically the instruction manual for how the NSA is built.”
Changes at The New York Times (NY Observer)
Jill Abramson announced a series of changes at The New York Times in a newsroom email that went out early Friday afternoon. “As part of my strategic push to have the newsroom take a leading role in developing new ways to present our journalism in digital forms and to create new products, I have made various changes in the structure and leadership of the newsroom,” she wrote.
CollegeHumor CEO Paul Greenberg Leaves (AllThingsD)
CollegeHumor CEO Paul Greenberg, who joined IAC’s comedy website in 2010, is leaving the company. CollegeHumor co-founder Ricky Van Veen says Greenberg’s position will be filled by two executives from Electus, the IAC-owned movie and TV studio: COO Drew Buckley, and corporate development VP Shane Rahmani, who joined the company a few months ago.
Inside Look at The Internal Strife Over Al Jazeera America (The Guardian / Comment Is Free)
When Al Jazeera last December purchased Current TV in order to launch its own “Al Jazeera America” (AJAM) network, it seemed clear they had two general options for how the new network’s brand could be built. AJAM could embrace the traditional attributes that have made Al Jazeera, at its best, an intrepid and fearless global news organization: willing to cover stories, air dissident views, and challenge power in ways that many other outlets, especially in the US, are afraid to do. The alternative was that AJAM could try to replicate the inoffensive, neutered, voiceless, pro-US-government model favored by most US news organizations: as a way of appeasing negative perceptions associated with the Al Jazeera brand in the US.
Why Barnes & Noble Is Good for Amazon (NYT)
In my view, Barnes & Noble is a company that did the right thing, and got clobbered anyway. When most media companies get into the device business, what pops out is clunky and useless, but the Nook is an excellent reading device that drew critical praise and, initially, buyers. At a time when legacy media companies are derided for letting the future overtake them, Barnes & Noble aggressively innovated. Amazon, however, not only had the Kindle, but consumer relationships, inventory and technical know-how that could not be overcome.
Sold Back to Its Founder, Frommer’s to Publish Anew (NYT)
When Google bought the Frommer’s brand of travel guides last August, it was an unlikely union of old and new, of paper and pixels. It didn’t last long. Arthur Frommer, the 83-year-old founder of the company, announced in April that he had bought the brand back from Google, which did not publish any Frommer’s guidebooks. Now he is moving quickly to release his first batch of books in October under a new name, FrommerMedia.
Google Invests in YouTube Studio in LA (The Financial Times)
At Google’s vast new complex in LA, an entertainment revolution is underway. The cream of YouTube talent is shooting their crowd-pulling videos and creating a fusion of old and new media.
Your Fertility, Checked (CJR / The Observatory)
An Atlantic cover story uncovering a decade of botched reporting should sound as a warning to journalists to examine the fine print of scientific studies.
Proposed Tribune Split May Be Bad News for Sun-Times’ Owner (Poynter / MediaWire)
Tribune announced Wednesday that it intends to split into two companies. So what does that mean for Tribune print properties and the entities that aim to acquire them? TheWrap / MediaAlley Orange County Register publisher and greeting card tycoon Aaron Kushner is still interested in Tribune Co.’s newspapers — but told TheWrap that recent cutbacks at the L.A. Times may decrease its value.
Inventing Sharknado: Inside Syfy’s Booming B-Movie Factory (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Last week, on the Syfy channel’s made-for-TV movie Sharknado, Ian Ziering killed an airborne shark with a chainsaw. Erik Estrada microwaved a tiny chupacabra in last year’s Chupacabra vs. the Alamo. And in the 2011 non-hit Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, 1980s pop star Tiffany was eaten by an enormous alligator as Debbie Gibson watched, scream-crying, from a helicopter that had come to save her. This is the Syfy B-movie monster machine. It is cheap, it is stupid, and it is enormously successful. TVNewser The ratings, however, left something to be desired. Roughly 1.4 million tuned into the spectacle, which is about average for a Syfy original movie. That didn’t stop the buzz, however. Sharknado managed to transcend the world of kitschy B-movies and become a mainstream phenomenon. Even TV news personalities got involved.
How BuzzFeed’s Community Section Works (Poynter / MediaWire)
Last week contributors to BuzzFeed’s community section caused two separate dustups: The site took down, then reposted, a post by contributor Joe Veix that made fun of BuzzFeed, and it also removed a post by contributor Julian Shenoy, who posted a comic by Matt Bors that Bors created for CNN.
antoniacallas Cousins Jenny & Melissa McCarthy. That would be perfect. But probably only one of them is going to do it.
Gene Cassidy Meghan McCain
Glen Seibold Randi Naughton!
Elizabeth Ward I’ll do it!
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