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Weiner Dodges WaPo ‘Worst Campaign of 2013′

TheFixLogoThe choice by Chris Cillizza today of Chris Quinn over Anthony Weiner for the worst political campaign of 2013 has baffled a number of WaPo readers. We share the commenters’ befuddlement.

Then again, per an exclusive MAD magazine preview  today on The Huffington Post, even when Weiner is comically paired with former would-be Comptroller Eliot Spitzer for a Wangs of New York poster (complete with bulging NYC skyline), it’s still not good enough for top spot on “20 Dumbest Things of 2013.” So maybe Cillizza isn’t entirely off the off-base.

Expect to see plenty more Weiner roasts between now and the waning hours of New Year’s Eve. Elsewhere today for example, USA TODAY Network’s Ashley M. Williams leads off her rhetorical rundown of dingbats with Weiner, followed by Lance Armstrong, Alex Rodriguez, Alec Baldwin and others.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Baldwin Out at MSNBC | Logan on Leave | News Orgs Ordered to Pay

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Alec Baldwin’s Show Will Not Return to MSNBC (TVNewser)
Alec Baldwin‘s Friday night show Up Late has been pulled from MSNBC. The network and Baldwin’s representative Matthew Hiltzik released a short statement: “We are jointly confirming that Up Late will not continue on MSNBC.” An MSNBC spokesperson adds, “This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.” NY Post / Page Six Baldwin was suspended — supposedly for two weeks — after he screamed at a Post photographer, calling him a “c*cksucking f*ggot.” The 30 Rock star was supposed to resume his weekly show Friday. But his latest rant, which drew fire from gay-rights organizations, gave the NBC Universal bosses a great excuse to cancel a show that wasn’t working anyway, after just four episodes. Gothamist “Martin Bashir’s on the air, and he made his comment on the air!” Baldwin said to Gothamist. “I dispute half the comment I made… if I called him ‘c*cksucking maggot’ or a ‘c*cksucking motherf*cker’… ‘f*ggot’ is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know.” TVNewser As for Bashir, he is off for the week on a “pre-planned vacation.” New York Daily News Behind the scenes, there were clashes between staffers on the show and the anger-prone actor. “Both sides seemed to not be able to work with each other,” an insider said. “He told them he didn’t want to work on the show, and they said well, we don’t want you working on it,” a source close to the situation said.

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Convicted Baldwin Stalker Gives Daily News Another Jailhouse Interview

ShutterstockAlecBaldwinHilariaThomasIf you thought the end of the Alec Baldwin-Genevieve Sabourin trial would bring her moment in the media spotlight to a simultaneous close, there are now two Daily News articles to prove you wrong.

In the first item, published last Friday, Sabourin – who has begun serving seven months at Rikers Island – claimed she has been sleeping on an excrement-covered floor and had suffered a heart attack while in prison. Both charges were denied by prison officials.

Today, the News has more Sabourin news, courtesy of a ten-minute Saturday sit-down at Rikers:

The busty actress, first arrested in April 2012, accused the media of ignoring her side of the story in the case.
“Where have you been for the last two years?” she asked a News reporter. “Where were you journalists two years ago? Nobody asked to interview me then.”

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Daily News Drags Ireland Baldwin Through Some Very Old Mud

DailyNewsFront_11_18Who, we wonder, is ultimately responsible for the first sentence of the article credited to Ryan Sit and Daniel Beekman? Did the reporters craft the lede, or was it – as it sort of feels like when reading – added in by their editors to support an equally offensive front page today:

This “little pig” has a roast beef with folks ridiculing her dad.

The paper is rightly taking heat for framing Alec Balwin‘s supportive daughter Ireland with this sordid, circa TMZ-2007 reference. Shame on them, say commenters to a Huffington Post article by associate media editor Catherine Taibi:

wandylou: While I think Baldwin needs to rein in his anger… Why would the NYDN sink so low to put his daughter with those words on the cover? If that were my daughter, you bet your life I’d be pissed. Exploiting the kids to spite Baldwin… Not cool.

Cameron Yarborough: “Little Pig”? Staff at the Daily News are sicker than Alec Baldwin.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Alec Baldwin Suspended | Jay Rosen Joins NewCo | Doris Lessing Dead at 94

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MSNBC Suspends Alec Baldwin’s Up Late for Two Weeks (TVNewser)
MSNBC has suspended Alec Baldwin after he called a photographer a “c**ksucking f*g.” His outburst has been criticized as homophobic and anti-gay. In a statement posted on MSNBC.com, Baldwin apologized for his remarks. NYT He wrote: “I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have — and for that I am deeply sorry. Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable. Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support.” Capital New York Up Late has only been on the channel for a month, so a two-week hiatus is significant. The former 30 Rock actor has a history of public outbursts, but said before his MSNBC program began that the channel knew what it was getting into when it hired him. HuffPost Baldwin: “Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now. My producers and I had a very enlightening and well-researched program prepared to air on Nov. 22 itself, dealing with John Kennedy’s assassination. That show is off the air now. I am deeply apologetic to Ron Fried, who worked extremely hard with me on that show.” TheWrap Baldwin came under fire from CNN newsman Anderson Cooper, who accused Baldwin of making “ridiculous” excuses. “Wow, Alec Baldwin shows his true colors yet again,” Cooper wrote Friday. “How is he going to lie and excuse his anti-gay slurs this time?” TVSpy Robert Moses, reporter for New York Fox-owned station WNYW was confronted and threatened by Baldwin Friday morning. TVSpy Hours after confronting Moses, Baldwin continued his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, this time accusing WNYW reporter Linda Schmidt of hitting his wife in the face with a mic.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Google Wins Fair Use Case | John Oliver Joins HBO | Baldwin’s Outburst

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Google Wins 8-Year Book-Scanning Battle (GalleyCat)
Google has won its controversial book scanning fight with the Author’s Guild. U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin ruled in favor of Google on Thursday claiming that Google’s massive book scanning project, in which the online giant scanned millions of books and made them available through search without obtaining the permission of the copyright holders, to be legal. According to Chin’s ruling, Google’s project makes life easier for research, makes it easier for libraries to obtain digital copies of books, brings old books to light and gives people who would not have access to books access. GigaOM Chin also rejected the theory that Google was depriving authors of income, noting that the company does not sell the scans or make whole copies of books available. He concluded, instead, that Google Books served to help readers discover new books and amounted to “new income from authors.” Reuters “This is a big win for Google, and it blesses other search results that Google displays, such as news or images,” said James Grimmelmann, a University of Maryland intellectual property law professor who has followed the case. “It is also a good ruling for libraries and researchers, because the opinion recognizes the public benefit of making books available,” he added. Wired / Threat Level If the ruling had gone the other way, Google would have faced the Copyright Act’s hefty damages of up to $150,000 per infringement. NYT Google began its book-scanning project in 2004, without obtaining permission from copyright holders. The next year, groups representing authors and publishers sued Google claiming copyright violations, beginning an eight-year court battle. The Author’s Guild “We disagree with and are disappointed by the court’s decision,” Authors Guild executive director Paul Aiken said. “This case presents a fundamental challenge to copyright that merits review by a higher court. Google made unauthorized digital editions of nearly all of the world’s valuable copyright-protected literature and profits from displaying those works. In our view, such mass digitization and exploitation far exceeds the bounds of fair use defense. We plan to appeal the decision.”

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Accused Alec Baldwin Stalker: ‘I Have No Chance of Winning’

Shutterstock_AlecBaldwinThe Alec Baldwin NYC stalker trial is big news north of the border. The accused woman – aspiring Quebec actress and former Adventures of Pluto Nash unit publicist Genevieve Sabourin – was emblazoned across the front page of the Journal de Montreal Friday and that same morning gave an interview to radio station CHOI 91.9 FM. She is scheduled to testify Tuesday.

Sabourin dodged a question about whether she sent Baldwin a certain celebrated “St. Patrick’s Day” email. She also explained that she is currently staying at a “summer camp” three-and-a-half hours by car from Manhattan, meaning she will tomorrow once again commute a total of seven hours for her NYC court appearance. Sabourin seems pretty clear-eyed about her legal prospects:

“I have no chance of winning, I’ve known it from day one. I’ve said it all along. I’ve asked the Canadian Embassy, the Quebec Delegate General, nobody ever called me back.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Int’l NYT Debuts | Capital NY Hires Three | Baldwin’s Mixed Reviews


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International New York Times Kicks Off With Events in Paris, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Singapore And More (Capital New York)
As readers picked up the final issue Monday of The International Herald Tribune under the title it has been known for throughout much of its 125-year history, The New York Times Company is ringing in the paper’s revamp with a series of launch events from Paris to Tokyo and lots of places in between. The promotional push for The International New York Times, which debuts Tuesday as the Times Company’s new English-language foreign edition, kicked off at the Académie Diplomatique Internationale in Paris Monday afternoon with a panel on “News as the New Global Language.” The Guardian In an editorial for the last edition, the IHT‘s Serge Schmemann argues bravely that the rebranded paper will remain vital and relevant because “we still need trusted reporters and editors to sort out the vast waves of information sweeping this chaotic world of ours. We need those first rough drafts, the smart commentary, the impartial news, to function in these times.” FishbowlNY To celebrate the change, the Times put together an interactive feature that you should check out. Among other things, there’s a photo of Andy Warhol reading the IHT. The Times will also offer unlimited digital access to INYT.com and associated mobile apps through Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. ET.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Baldwin Show Greenlit | Finke Wants Out | NSA Secrets Revealed


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Alec Baldwin’s MSNBC Show Announced: Actor Will Host Up Late (HuffPost)
Alec Baldwin’s MSNBC deal is official, the network said Thursday. The actor will be hosting Up Late With Alec Baldwin at 10 p.m. Friday nights, starting October. The network confirmed the news on Twitter on Thursday. Baldwin will discuss current events and culture on the show. TVNewser “After two seasons of my WNYC podcast, I’ve developed a fondness for hosting a show that involved talking with smart, talented and engaging people in every imaginable field,” Baldwin said in a statement. “I’m grateful to MSNBC for helping me bring a similar show to television.” NYT The network said that Baldwin — most recently the star of the comedy 30 Rock on the news channel’s sister network NBC — would host a show where he would conduct interviews related to current events and culture. THR / The Live Feed Certainly Baldwin’s liberal politics are an organic fit for MSNBC, which has been making changes to its primetime and early prime lineup with the addition of Chris Hayes at 8 p.m. and Ed Schultz at 5 p.m. Baldwin is a frequent critic of conservatives and conservative media. He told THR some days he feels as if he were “born” to spit on Rupert Murdoch and his media empire, which includes the New York Post and Fox News. He also engages in frequent Twitter battles with detractors.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Alec Baldwin on MSNBC? | Kelly Bumps Hannity? | Patch to Lay Off Hundreds


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Alec Baldwin Set to Host New MSNBC Primetime Show (Mediaite)
Mediaite has learned from a senior source in the cable news industry with knowledge of MSNBC’s programming that actor Alec Baldwin is getting his own weekly show in MSNBC’s primetime lineup. According to our source, the so far untitled show will air Fridays at 10 p.m. ET and will feature a large dose of Baldwin’s outspoken liberal politics. The Atlantic Wire Currently, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell runs at 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday on the network, meaning Baldwin wouldn’t cut into any other personality on the channel’s time. Instead, the actor’s rumored show would replace a series of documentaries on prisons. THR / The Live Feed Reporting has also emerged as a recent passion of Baldwin’s. He hosts a weekly WNYC podcast of interviews called Here’s the Thing. And HBO will premiere his documentary, Seduced and Abandoned, later this year. He and James Toback filmed the project, which features interviews with actors and directors about the risks and rewards of big budget filmmaking, at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.

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