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ABC News Asking Center for Public Integrity to Share Pulitzer Prize (TVNewser)
ABC News is calling on the Center for Public Integrity to share its Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism, awarded to CPI’s Chris Hamby, taking issue with CPI’s Pulitzer submission that depicts ABC News as a minor partner in a year-long coal-mining industry investigation instead of equal partners. HuffPost Network president Ben Sherwood sent a four-page letter to CPI’s executive director Bill Buzenberg affirming that ABC News was CPI’s partner in the investigation. He argued that reporters Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk made “significant contributions” without which CPI would not have won the Pulitzer. He added that while the prizes are only awarded to print organizations, he hoped the Pulitzer committee would recognize Ross and Mosk. Mediaite In the letter, Sherwood said Buzenberg “omitted the names of ABC News reporters and sought to parse and diminish their contributions, even though their bylines appropriately appear on four of the eight articles submitted by the Center to the committee.” Poynter In response, Buzenberg provided a point-by-point rebuttal saying CPI reporter Chris Hamby was the engine behind the story for months before ABC entered the investigation and in long stretches when ABC was working on other things. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media CPI and ABC News have shared recognition for the black lung benefits story in the past. In March, the Harvard Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting was awarded to Chris Hamby, Ronnie Greene, Jim Morris and Chris Zubak-Skees of CPI and Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz of ABC News. Next month, the White House Correspondents’ Association will honor “The Center for Public Integrity, in partnership with ABC News.” On Wednesday, they received an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Television news organizations are excluded from the Pulitzer Prizes, which honor newspaper and digital reporting.

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Michelle Shocked Quits Twitter After Nine-Month War with Music Journalist

In the shadow of this week’s Phil Robertson GQ controversy, another scandal involving a celebrity and homophobic comments has come to a very sudden and suitably bizarre end. This one involves veteran freelance journalist Chris Willman, singer Michelle Shocked and her disastrous on-stage comments during a March 17 concert-tour kickoff performance at Yoshi’s in San Francisco.

In March and April, MichelleShockedTweetthe Los Angeles-based Willman wrote extensively for Yahoo and The Hollywood Reporter about Shocked “Dixie Chick-ing herself.” His coverage sparked a nine-month Twitter war, with Shocked mercilessly targeting both the reporter and those having social media conversations with him. Finally, earlier this week, Willman informed his Facebook followers of the following:

Michelle Shocked just succeeded in her months-long campaign to get me suspended from Twitter. She is down to 32 followers and I have (had?) 16,500, but I guess numbers don’t matter when someone is determined to bring someone down with countless phony abuse reports…

Look at her Twitter account if you want to see her posting a photo of herself smiling, saying, “Ask not for whom the punk smirks. She smirks for Yahoo!” – meaning me, since she’s been out to get revenge on me ever since my first Yahoo story about her career-ending SF gig.

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Marie Claire’s Power Women Lunch Honors a ‘New Guard’ of Females

Marie Claire Power WomenIt was a packed house on the 44th Floor of New York City’s Hearst Tower this afternoon for Marie Claire‘s annual Power Women lunch, honoring 50 members of the “New Guard” — also known as the “most connected women in America.” Natalie Morales, Girls actress Allison Williams (daughter of Brian Williams) and Marie Claire‘s Nina Garcia were just a few of the famous faces in the crowd. Speakers included Harvard associate professor Amy Cuddy (of Ted Talks fame), who discussed the impact of body language when it comes to getting ahead in life and in your career. The gist was to exude confidence by taking up space (arms outstretched, head held high) rather than striking a cowering pose (crossed arms or legs). And if this feels unnatural, she said, “Fake it until you [not make it, but rather] become it.” For women especially, Cuddy said, “Having power makes you more present.”

Next, a panel consisting of Morales, Williams, Sallie Krawcheck (CEO of 85 Broads, a network of Wall Street women) and Sophia Amoruso (CEO of fashion ecommerce site Nasty Gal) discussed leveraging your connections. Morales stressed the importance of networking. When I met her before the panel, Morales told me it’s much easier for women to break into media (especially the digital realm) now than when she was getting started. And in fact, she was sidetracked doing a stint in banking before she was able to pursue her true passion of journalism.

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Bored by Bill | Feline Feelings | Funky Williams

PRNewser: Bill Belichick is great at media relations. When he’s not cheating by videotaping other teams practices.

SocialTimes: Cats review DogTV, the DirecTV channel for dogs. We’re guessing they give it four paws down.

TVNewser: Brian Williams, honorary member of The Funky Bunch.

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Networks Scramble to Cover Asiana Airlines Flight 214 (HuffPost)
News of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday sent broadcast and cable networks scrambling for coverage. Cable networks including MSNBC, CNN and Fox News broke into wall-to-wall coverage of the event after reporting the crash around 3 p.m. ET. CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield and Don Lemon anchored hours of coverage, as did MSNBC’s Craig Melvin and Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett and Heather Childers. MSNBC was live through 11 p.m. Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren hosted a two-hour special from 9-11 p.m. ET. Fox News aired two more hours of special coverage, lasting until 1 a.m. TVNewser ABC News produced a special report, with David Muir anchoring, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:02 p.m. NBC News’ Lester Holt anchored a three-minute special report at 3:30 p.m. On CBS, Jim Axelrod anchored a special report at 3:55 p.m. THR Passenger David Eun, a Samsung exec who was formerly president of AOL Media and Studios, posted his first tweets at 12:13 p.m., within minutes of the crash-landing and fire. Eun, a Harvard Law graduate who also has worked at NBC, calmly posted short but clear bulletins on the crash and the condition of the passengers. San Francisco Chronicle As Eun’s posts came to light, media entities sought him out. At one point CNN asked him to get on the phone for an interview, but he declined. “I don’t want to divert attention away from crash,” he tweeted. “[I] posted updates to let everyone know that majority of passengers seem OK.” NBCNews / Technology Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said that she, her family and some of her colleagues from the company had originally planned to take Asiana Flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea. “We switched to United so we could use miles for my family’s tickets,” she wrote. “Our flight was scheduled to come in at the same time, but we were early and landed about 20 minutes before the crash.” Valleywag It’s not news when someone isn’t somewhere, but Facebook’s top celebrity author sure convinced the Internet otherwise: Sandberg had thousands buzzing about the fact that she was not aboard a crashed plane, despite zero initial reports that she ever was. Read more

Boring Guy Tom Hanks Tops ’100 Most Trusted People in America’ List

Reader’s Digest just published a piece titled the “100 Most Trusted People in America” and Tom Hanks took the top spot. This is not surprising. Hanks is perhaps the most boring dude alive. You know those dreams you have where nothing significant happens and you wake up knowing you had a dream so you feel like you should tell someone about it but it’s so vague you end up not saying anything? That’s what hanging out with Hanks is like.

Anyway, Sandra Bullock was number two in the poll. Which uh, see above.

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Good Beer | A Heroic Book | Know Nothing

PRNewser: Bud Light supports gay marriage, which is just too bad, because no one supports Bud Light.

GalleyCat: Malala Yousafzai, the truly amazing teenager who dared to stand up to the Taliban, is going to publish a memoir.

TVNewser: Brian Williams knows nothing about all the Today show drama. Or so he wants you to believe…

Paul Haggis Crashes Church of Scientology’s New Year

In the media this week, there’s something going on in reaction to the release of Lawrence Wright‘s book about Scientology that also occurred last year when Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorced, and separately when a Vanity Fair cover story outlined that whole business with Nazanin Boniadi.

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Our good friend Tony Ortega sums it up this way:

For those of us who watch Scientology closely, and have for many years, most of the [Lawrence Wright book-related] articles that have popped up in recent days seem to be gasping over things that have been known or written about for many years…

We would argue that for much of the public, the word [about Scientology] was already out long before today’s publication of Wright’s book. (Look at the reaction, for example, when on Monday The Atlantic magazine ran a paid church advertorial at its website extolling the virtues of Scientology leader David Miscavige. Even though there was nothing really wrong with The Atlantic taking the church’s money for an ad, the public denunciation of the magazine was so swift and loud, The Atlantic caved and took it down.)

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Brian Williams Doesn’t Like ‘Rock Center with Brian Williams’

Count Brian Williams among the many people who don’t like Rock Center with Brian Williams. According to the New York Post, Williams is going to separate himself from the struggling show, which has been shuffled to four different time slots already.

Sources claimed that with the latest shift (starting February 8, Rock Center will air at 10 p.m. on Fridays) Williams “will start distancing himself from the show. It may even no longer be called ‘… With Brian Williams’ and other people will start anchoring the show.”

Apparently with low ratings piling up, there is some uncertainty as to whether Rock Center will continue, and Williams wants to save face if the show is canned. But c’mon, how could anyone stay mad at Williams? Look at that hair. And that smirk! Only people who are good inside/very, very rich smirk like that.

You’re Better Than This, Businessweek

If you’ve been reading FishbowlNY for the past year or so, you know just how much we love Businessweek. We consider it one of the best magazines published.

From the content to the covers, we’ve pretty much given a bear hug to Businessweek and we refuse to let go.

That’s why we’re a bit disppointed in the latest issue’s cover. Plastering “exclusive” over it is just obnoxious. Because as we all know, no one cares about exclusives.

But hey, Businessweek is money about 90 percent of the time, and the interview with Tim Cook is a good read, so we’re not going to get too caught up in this bad cover.

Also, it’s not really exclusive, since Cook is speaking with Brian Williams on NBC tonight.

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