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Counting the Vice Digs

vice130Maybe it’s just us. But in addition to a late parenthentical swipe at Vice Media, today’s Nick Denton memo announcing plans to quickly add an executive editor and group managing editor to Gawker Media seems to contain several other, more subtle, digs.

In the memo’s opening paragraph, Denton sets things up with some gentle omission, praising a couple of chaps at BuzzFeed and Vox as the fearsome “pros” he and his new charges will have to most worry about in 2015. In the third paragraph, it’s more of an open-handed slap [bolding is ours]:

We have one great asset that no money can buy: an independent spirit and willingness to defy conventional wisdom.

We get it. There are no plans at Gawker Media to do a dance with Rupert Murdoch and sell a subsequent stake to A&E Networks.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: TV News Covers Republican Sweep | Time Inc. Revenue Up

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TV News Covers Republican Congressional Takeover (Mediaite)
During the 11 p.m. ET hour, several networks announced the big news of the night: the Republican Party will be in control of the U.S. Senate starting in January. And with the GOP projected to hold onto the House of Representatives, this will set up a new dynamic of power in Washington: a Republican-dominated Congress versus the Democratic president. TVNewser The coverage produced several interesting moments; take CNN’s call on control of the House of Representatives. CNN’s Anderson Cooper threw to Wolf Blitzer with a promise of a “big projection.” Blitzer said it was, bigger than big, a “major, major projection” in the fight for control of the House. “Which party is coming out ahead? Get ready for that major projection right now.” And CNN rolled the full screen “CNN Projection” graphic, after which Blitzer himself poured ice water all over the preceding 30 seconds of dramatic hype: “Not a major surprise by any means.” TVNewser John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, hosting their first election night for BloombergTV, were discussing the West Virginia Senate race when Halperin said, “Two news organizations, both CNN and Fox News, are predicting that Shelley Moore Capito will be the winner.” A few minutes after that, Bloomberg cited CNN once again, which had called the Ohio governor race for John Kasich. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Fox News broadcast exit polls from the New Hampshire Senate race almost two hours before polls closed in that state, a move that is likely in violation of agreed-upon rules by the media companies that commission the exit polls. TVNewser Earlier Tuesday, Jon Stewart stopped by CNN for an interview with Christiane Amanpour. Stewart told Amanpour he didn’t vote because, having just moved out of New York State, he didn’t know where his polling place is. TVNewser On his live show Tuesday night, he took a moment to apologize, saying it should have been more clear that he was just kidding, and he did, in fact, vote. Mediaite Stephen Colbert decided to show up CNN, Fox News and MSNBC with some over-the-top midterm coverage of his own. Only his involved the dark arts, a giant cauldron and Colbert selling his soul to the devil himself. TVNewser Legendary NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw was making an appearance on MSNBC’s election coverage when suddenly it sounded like a fire alarm might be going off in the studio. Brokaw then surprised Rachel Maddow and pulled out a giant smartphone with the alarm ringing on full blast.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Vice Sells Stake to A&E | Chelsea Clinton Leaves NBC News

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Vice Media Stakes Future on A&E Networks Deal (NYT)
After spending the summer flirting with various suitors, Vice Media said on Friday that it was close to choosing a partner: A&E Networks. TVNewser The investment was announced after Time Warner ended its negotiations with Vice Media. The talks, which had been going on for months, included a plan to spin off Time Warner’s HLN network and refashion it into a Vice channel. The Brooklyn-based media company includes a magazine, book publishing, a massive online presence and gritty, global documentaries which are carried on Time Warner’s HBO. WSJ A&E Networks is nearing an agreement to buy 10 percent of Vice Media for $250 million, in a deal that would value the youth-focused online media company at $2.5 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. Financial Times Last year, Vice sold a 5 percent stake to Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox for $70 million, which then valued it at $1.4 billion. THR Vice CEO Shane Smith, who co-founded the company 20 years ago, has long wanted to expand into traditional TV. A&E, led by Nancy Dubuc, is a co-venture of Hearst Corp. and Disney/ABC Television Group.

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Cartoonist Don Asmussen Nicely Sums Up Duck Dynasty Debacle

From a media insider’s perspective, one of the real mysteries of the Phil Robertson disaster is how his publicists and-or A&E reps could allow the patriarch to head into the woods, unsupervised, with an enterprising GQ reporter. Unless Robertson specifically told this gang to head the other swamp way, there’s just no excuse from a PR-handling point of view for the non-chaperoned nature of that assignment.

More broadly, all kinds of people continue to take shots at A&E for the implicit hypocrisy of being surprised or apologetic for such a predictable, de-facto eventual quagmire. On that front, FishbowlNY thinks one of the best encapsulations comes from cartoonist Don Asmussen, for the latest edition of his bi-weekly San Francisco Chronicle strip “Bad Reporter:”

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GLAAD Takes Issue with Duck Dynasty Star’s GQ Remarks

PhilRobertsonThe PR blitz for A&E’s reality TV juggernaut continues. While things went swimmingly for this week’s Hollywood Reporter cover story, such is not the case with a GQ feature.

Per Ad Age‘s Jeanine Poggi, GLAAD is already on the case, asking A&E if it stands by Phil Robertson‘s comments in the January GQ article. Robertson damns homosexuals and other groups with a quote from Corinthians. He later makes some reprehensible remarks that bring to mind Toronto mayor Rob Ford‘s “plenty at home” statement:

“It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

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Nancy Dubuc Named President and CEO of A+E Networks

Nancy Dubuc has been named the new CEO of A+E Networks. Dubuc will succeed Abbe Raven, who had been CEO since 1995. Dubuc’s appointment makes her the company’s third CEO in almost 30 years. She most recently served as president of entertainment and media.

“I would like to thank all my colleagues for their continued support as we write this next chapter together,” Dubuc said in a statement. “We have a powerful portfolio of brands that are well-positioned for future growth, both domestically and internationally.”

A+E Networks, which owns the Lifetime and History channels and more, announced that Raven will be moved up to chairman of A+E Networks, a newly created role.