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Tonight’s WNYC Numbers: He’s 93; the Show is 68

OscarBrandAlthough one of the official Web pages for Folksong Festival can no longer keep up, with content dated from three years ago, 93-year-old show host Oscar Brand has no such problems. Tonight at 10 p.m. on the AM side of public radio station WNYC, the folk legend will log the first show of a 68th, continuous, record-breaking year.

Of interest is the fact that this latest anniversary of a program that got rolling in 1945 is not news. The only real coverage we can find is an item from Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Michael Sangiacomo, himself something of a media survivor. (Although Sangiacomo might want to get the paper to fix the Web headline; it makes it sound like Brand has been hosting his weekly program only since the summer of 2012.)

OscarBrandPic3Maybe there’s an interview with Brand set to appear in a Sunday paper somewhere, or an AARP magazine feature upcoming. We certainly hope so. Just the fact that this man has never taken a penny of radio show salary could, ahem, be interestingly tied in to what’s going on across the media landscape today. In the meantime, from the WNYC announcement:

During America’s harsh anti-Communist witch hunt era (1947-early 1960s), when many progressive artists were blacklisted and couldn’t find work, Folksong Festival was the only radio show in the country where they could appear and sing their songs. Oscar is grateful to WNYC that they never asked him to change his format or the “controversial” guests on his show during that lamentable era of America’s history.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Plain Dealer Cuts Third | Snowden Leaves Airport | Fox News Sues TVEyes

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Cleveland Plain Dealer Cuts Third of Newsroom Staff (AP / The Big Story)
The Plain Dealer in Cleveland cut about a third of its newsroom staff Wednesday, months after announcing it was reducing home delivery of the newspaper. About 50 reporters, photographers, page designers and other Newspaper Guild-covered employees received layoff notices, according to the guild. Crain’s Cleveland Business Employees were notified Tuesday night to wait by the phone until 10 a.m. Wednesday. If they didn’t get a call from the office telling them they were being laid off, they were to report to work at 11 a.m. Among those who got the unfortunate call was business editor Randy Roguski. Others laid off are eligible to apply for jobs at the Northeast Ohio Media Group, a new company that will produce digital content for CJR / The United States Project There is still some uncertainty, however, even for those who got the “good call.” One Plain Dealer reporter told me that now that the layoffs have occurred, Advance plans to hire some of the keepers away to the website,, which is now operated by a separate digital company. The guild “had thought offers for [the] site would come first… coming after layoffs will cut the number of guild members even lower,” said the reporter, who is staying on at the paper. Philadelphia Daily News / Attytood While 50 experienced journalists are getting their telephonic pink slips, the paper is advertising for nine new journalists who will certainly be lower paid and most likely younger, with less experience and knowledge of the tangled history of an iconic, if faded, American city.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Manning Didn’t Aid Enemy | Plain Dealer Layoffs | Facebook TV-Style Ads?

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Manning Is Acquitted of Aiding the Enemy (NYT)
A military judge on Tuesday found Pfc. Bradley Manning not guilty of “aiding the enemy” for his release of hundreds of thousands of military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks for publication on the Internet, rejecting the government’s unprecedented effort to bring such a charge in a leak case. HuffPost The verdict in the Manning trial did not receive the kind of rolling network coverage afforded to other recent court cases. Whereas trials like George Zimmerman’s or even Jodi Arias’ were treated to hours of analysis, dissection and attention, the news that the man responsible for the biggest leak of classified material in American history had been hit with charges that could keep him in prison for more than 100 years was deemed worthy of one, or at most two, segments during the hour following the verdict. Mediaite Jeremy Scahill, reporter for The Nation and author of the book Dirty Wars, joined Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman on Tuesday where he reacted to the verdict of a military court which found Manning guilty of a number of charges relating to the release of classified national security documents. Scahill lambasted the news media for largely ignoring what he called one of the most important cases in national history. National Journal Depending on your point of view, Manning is either a tragic hero or a traitor, or maybe something in between. The now 25-year-old’s personal problems were numerous, coming from an unstable, abusive home, dealing with being a gay member of the military under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, also questioning his gender identity. The military assessed him as having an anxiety disorder. Three years ago, he was arrested after sending what is regarded as the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history to WikiLeaks, including a video showing U.S. military personnel shooting down two Reuters employees and 250,000 diplomatic cables. The Guardian / Comment Is Free Had the judge found Manning guilty of aiding the enemy, she would have set a terrible precedent. For the first time, an American court — albeit a military court — would have said it was a potentially capital crime simply to give information to a news organization, because in the Internet era an enemy would ultimately have been able to read what was leaked. However, if journalism dodged one figurative bullet, it faces many more in this era. TVNewser The three general cable news channels previewed the impending verdict at the top of the hour, with Fox News reporting the verdict at 1:05, followed by MSNBC at 1:08 and CNN at 1:09. No cameras were allowed in the courtroom, and journalists were unable to report the verdict until they were released from the room.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Abrams Joins Nightline | Deen’s Alleged Racism | Plain Dealer Layoffs

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Dan Abrams Joins Nightline (FishbowlNY)
Dan Abrams, the man behind the Abrams Media empire, is joining ABC’s Nightline as an anchor and chief legal affairs anchor. Abrams is also getting an expanded role on Good Morning America and pretty much everywhere else. TVNewser Abrams will be stepping back from day-to-day oversight at Abrams Media, which includes, to devote his attention to ABC. He is a TV news veteran, having previously served as anchor, legal analyst and general manager of MSNBC, and joined ABC News in 2011. HuffPost Abrams will replace Terry Moran who will move to London to become the network’s chief foreign correspondent later this summer but contribute to the network’s coverage of the upcoming Supreme Court decisions on cases including same-sex marriage and affirmative action. Moran’s role change came just months after ABC bumped Nightline to a later time slot so that Jimmy Kimmel’s late night program could move to 11:35 p.m., competing directly with David Letterman and Jay Leno’s shows. LA Times / Company Town The ratings for Nightline have tumbled since ABC moved it from 11:35 p.m. to 12:35 a.m. to give Jimmy Kimmel Live an earlier start time.

Food Network Responds to Paula Deen’s Racial Comments (TPM / LiveWire)
The Food Network has issued a statement responding to racial comments one of its star chefs, Paula Deen, made in deposition she gave for a discrimination suit against her and other defendants. “Food Network does not tolerate any form of discrimination and is a strong proponent of diversity and inclusion. We will continue to monitor the situation,” a Food Network spokeswoman said. Jezebel Paula Deen was questioned for three hours regarding the $1.2 million lawsuit filed by the general manager of their Savannah restaurant last year, which alleged that Paula and her brother Bubba made black and white employees use separate bathrooms, threw the N-word around and repeatedly told racist and sexist jokes. When Deen was asked if she used the N-word, she replied: “Yes, of course.” PRNewser Deen’s rep claims that she’s never used racial epithets and that she will be vindicated in court, but the Internet already passed judgement; as of Wednesday afternoon #PaulasBestDishes was the top trending hashtag on Twitter, and it inspired its share of winning puns. theGrio In a statement to theGrio, a representative for Deen said: “Contrary to media reports. Ms. Deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable. She is looking forward to her day in court.”

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After Witnessing Layoffs and Cutbacks Firsthand — And Surviving — Are Newspaper Journalists Better Prepared To Cover Economic Woes?

schultz.pngConnie Schultz, a columnist at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, used her column in this Sunday’s paper to respond to a comment made by digital media maven Tina Brown to the Chicago Tribune last week while finding some sort of silver lining to the apparent death of newspapers.

Yes, Schultz conceded, veteran journalists are worried about job security. But they also fear “the online threat to standards we hold dear,” she said. Brown, who said journalists in their 50′s are afraid of the moves the industry is making towards digital media, was “too flip in assessing what worries many journalists,” Schultz added.

Schultz argued that, contrary to what Brown and others think, blogs are not the future of the media. “The so-called citizen journalism of most blogs is an affront to those of us who believe reporting and attribution must precede publication.”

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