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Morning Media Newsfeed: ISIS Claims to Execute Journalist | Condé Nast Sells Fairchild

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Kidnapped Journalist, Apparently Executed by ISIS (NBC News)
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) claims to have beheaded an American photojournalist and has threatened the life of another American journalist if President Obama doesn’t stop airstrikes in Iraq. TVNewser In a gruesome video, James Wright Foley, a freelance journalist for Global Post, is apparently beheaded by ISIS militants. The militants claim they are also holding journalist Steven Soltoff. HuffPost The YouTube video and photos purportedly of Foley emerged on Tuesday. Titled “A Message to #America (from the #IslamicState),” the video identified a man on his knees as “James Wright Foley” and showed his beheading. “This is James Wright Foley, an American citizen of your country,” an Islamic State militant says in the video, which has since been removed by YouTube. “As a government, you have been at the forefront of the aggression towards the Islamic State. You have plotted against us and have gone far out of your way to find reasons to interfere in our affairs. Today, your military air force is attacking us daily in Iraq, your strikes have caused casualties among Muslims.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Foley disappeared in northwest Syria on November 22, 2012. The White House said they have not yet confirmed the authenticity of the video. NYT In Washington, a National Security Council spokeswoman, Caitlin Hayden, said in a statement: “We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen James Foley by ISIL. The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity. If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist,” she said, using an alternative name for ISIS.

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More of The Same in Ferguson

Another day of protests in Ferguson, Missouri; another day of reporters getting harassed, threatened and arrested by police.

Last night, Getty Images photographer Scott Olson and The Intercept’s Ryan Devereaux were both arrested while covering the tense situation. Olson has been released and Devereaux is expected to be freed this morning — with no charges, of course.

Those reporters lucky enough to avoid being arrested dealt with what has become typical threats and harassment from law enforcement. Vice’s Tim Pool had his press badge ripped off of him by a cop who yelled “This doesn’t mean shit!” CNN’s Don Lemon and Jake Tapper had to run from a tear gas canister used by police to disperse a crowd.

At this point you can probably just treat this post as a Mad Libs for reporting on Ferguson. The names and the details will slightly change, but the story will — unfortunately — remain the same.

[Image: Ryan Devereaux / Twitter]

Morning Media Newsfeed: News Crews Witness Airstrike | Time Warner Stock Surges

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NBC News Crew Witnesses Gaza Airstrike (TVNewser)
NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin and his crew witnessed an Israeli airstrike that killed four children at a port in Gaza Wednesday. Mohyeldin, who was also caught in the crossfire as Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets on crowds in East Jerusalem earlier this month, called in to the West Coast edition of Today to describe what he saw, saying it was “a chaotic scene.” TVNewser Hours later, it was chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel who reported the story for Nightly News. FishbowlDC On Wednesday afternoon’s The Lead With Jake Tapper, the CNN host spoke over the phone with the Wall Street Journal’s Middle East correspondent Nick Casey for what proved to be a very intense interview. Casey was located near where the strike took place. Mashable The four children were killed by Israeli airstrikes that hit in close proximity to al-Deira Hotel, a Gaza City hotel full of foreign journalists. The attack came at around 4 p.m. local time and appeared to be the result of a naval shell. At least two additional children were injured, according to local reports. THR The BBC has defended its coverage of the latest Israeli air strikes in Gaza among accusations that the British public broadcaster is too pro-Israeli in its reporting on the region’s escalating conflict. The conflict has been the subject of extensive BBC news coverage, but a prominent pro-Palestine group claims the broadcaster’s programs have been systematically “entirely devoid of context or background.” The Palestine Solidarity Campaign posted an online open letter to BBC director general Tony Hall criticizing the broadcaster for not illustrating what it considers key aspects of the conflict.

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CNN Says Black Hole Didn’t Swallow Malaysian Airlines Plane So There’s That

CNN is determined to cover the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. Even if it means proposing that a black hole is responsible. Don Lemon, take it away.

“What if it was something fully that we don’t really understand?” asked Lemon during a live broadcast that featured him reading inane tweets from CNN viewers. A couple tweets mentioned black holes and Lost — you know, the TV show — so Lemon just rolled with it. “A lot of people have been asking about that,” Lemon said. He then asked Mary Schiavo, the former U.S. Department of Transportation inspector general, ”I know it’s preposterous, but is it preposterous, Mary?”

Schiavo, bless her heart, didn’t miss a beat. “A small black hole would suck in our entire universe, so we know it’s not that,” she replied. “The Bermuda Triangle is often weather. And Lost is uh, a TV show. So I think, I always like things for which there’s data history; crunch the numbers. So for me those aren’t there. But I think it’s wonderful that the whole world is trying to help with their theories.”

We do too, Marry. We do too.

[Video via TPM]

NYFCC Verdicts: Armond White Expelled; Lou Lumenick Suspended

ArmondWhiteTwitterAvatarThe craziest film-journalist group kerfuffle this side of a Hollywood Foreign Press Association rumble has been brought to a swift and resolute close.

At a special emergency meeting today of the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC), it was decided that Armond White is to be expelled for his miscreant behavior at the organization’s recent annual awards gala. White continues to adamantly deny the accusations, even though there is corroborating audio and no one else has come forward to take ownership of the muttered comments about the filmmaker who accepted last night’s Best Drama Golden Globe.

Here’s the NYFCC statement issued today, via THR:

“The New York Film Critics Circle deeply regrets any embarrassment caused its guests or honorees by any member’s recent actions,” said Stephen Whitty, critic for the Star-Ledger and the group’s new chair. “Sadly, disciplinary measures had to be taken, to prevent any re-occurrence. We apologize again to our guests and look forward to the rest of 2014 and our 80th anniversary.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Bartiromo Joins FBN | Bloomberg Layoffs | Don Lemon Promoted

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Maria Bartiromo Leaving CNBC for FBN (TVNewser)
Maria Bartiromo is leaving CNBC to join Fox Business. “After 20 years of groundbreaking work at CNBC, Maria Bartiromo will be leaving the company as her contract expires on Nov. 24,” a CNBC spokesperson tells TVNewser. “Her contributions to CNBC are too numerous to list but we thank her for all of her hard work over the years and wish her the best.” Capital New York Bartiromo was one of CNBC’s first breakout stars, becoming a fixture in the financial news world and garnering the nickname “Money Honey” along the way. She marked her 20th anniversary at the channel last month. NYT Bartiromo is expected to work on a program about the day’s developments on Wall Street. Her new deal is also expected to include exposure on the far-more-watched Fox News. The signing is a coup of sorts for Fox Business, which has struggled to establish a profile. Last week, Fox Business averaged fewer than 10,000 viewers in the group that attracts advertisers, those between the ages of 25 and 54. CNBC had more than three times as many with 31,000. Reuters Bartiromo has won two Emmy awards and written several books as well as columns for magazines and newspapers, including USA Today. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In a statement to Politico, Bartiromo said she was “incredibly proud” of what the CNBC had accomplished over the last two decades. “I want to thank all the people at CNBC who have been with me on this journey, and of course the viewers and investors everywhere for making me love every minute of it,” she said.

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McDonalds Holds Annual Black Media Legends Gala

As the calendar flipped to February, it became Black History Month. For the annual honor, the tri-state McDonalds restaurants select Black Media Legends and Trailblazers. Each year they are showcased on the place mats of customers’ trays.

This year, the lunchtime event moved from the Waldorf Astoria to the Plaza Hotel.

The 18 people are standouts in their fields (TV, radio, and newspapers). But this was all about the great WNBC anchor Sue Simmons, who stepped down last June.

Most of the presenters and award winners mentioned Simmons in their speeches, or ad libbed, due to her remarkable career and presence.

Ironically, John Noel, a reporter with WNBC since 1998, never mentioned Sue’s name in accepting his trophy. FishbowlNY did speak to Noel, a Brooklyn native, about sharing this year’s class with his former colleague.

“If you’re going to call anybody a legend in the media here in New York City, clearly she qualifies for the title,” Noel says. “She’s known and loved by millions of people in the metropolitan area. Much of what she’s done on the air remains legendary.”

The full list of winners after the jump

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CNN Anchor’s Twitter Spat Explanation Offends the Hotel ‘Help’

It was bad enough when CNN anchor Don Lemon engaged in a weird little Twitter spat with actor Jonah Hill over what he felt was a rude exchange with the actor in a hotel lobby. But the Atlanta newsman may now need to apologize to hotel service staff everywhere.

While trying to explain himself to Soledad O’Brien on CNN’s Starting Point, Lemon said that Hill “treated him like the [hotel] help…” In the comments to an LA Times Show Tracker report, hotel staffer jerandolph had this to say:

Your Royal Highness Lemon -

Sooooo… Mr. Hill – I mean, Jonah – treated you as The Help, eh? As a three-decade veteran of The Help at my hotel, I have a question: What are we??? The lowest form of life??? And, furthermore, if what he did to YOU was not appropriate – then why would it be alright to treat US is such a manner???

Signed,
The Lowly Help

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  • TVNewser: Someone paid $1,050 for a date with CNN’s Don Lemon. That sounds like a lot, but he does have a nice smile.
  • SportsNewser: Bill Belichick and his staff were miked-up for the entire 2009 season for an NFL Films feature. Too bad it wasn’t from the 2007 season, we would’ve loved to get some tips on how to cheat in the NFL.
  • PRNewser: Colorado has declared September “Ethics Month.” Feel free to be unethical in all of the other months.

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