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Posts Tagged ‘Eric Alterman’

2014 Mirror Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2014 Mirror Awards — which celebrate the best in media reporting — have been announced. The winners will be announced June 4 at Cipriani on East 42nd Street.

Below are all the finalists. Congrats to everyone who was nominated.

Best Single Article – Traditional/Legacy Media

 Best Single Article – Digital Media

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The Nation Stumbles with Rupert Murdoch-Jack the Ripper Headline

We’re guessing that The Nation‘s Eric Alterman did not write the headline for his op ed about LA Times and Tribune Co. newspapers prospective owner Rupert Murdoch.

In the piece, Alterman cites various articulated views about the potential Murdoch-LAT match, including a pair of reporters for the Baltimore Sun and Chicago Tribune who ultimately view Murdoch as a “newsman.” From there, he writes:

True, but by the same logic, Jack the Ripper was a lover of the ladies. Murdoch may be a “newspaper man,” but he is surely not a man who respects honest journalism or even the laws of society as they apply to it (or much else, for that matter).

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2012 Mirror Awards Finalists Announced

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications has unveiled the 2102 Mirror Awards finalists. Winners will be announced June 13, at an event hosted by Anderson Cooper.

Below is the complete list of finalists.

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Manhattan’s A-List Turns Out for Harvey Weinstein’s Giants Pep Rally

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I’ve been covering  Wednesday’s at Michael’s for five years and have never seen anything like the head-spinning scene that unfolded there today. Harvey Weinstein and Steve Tisch threw a pep rally to end all pep rallies, and the media A-list all came out to cheer on their favorite team. Peggy Siegal and her minions descended on the place before the crowd rushed in with plenty of New York Giants paraphernalia, transforming the California cool decor into an indoor tailgate party.

By noon, I counted at least a dozen paparazzi staked out at the entrance, and they certainly weren’t disappointed. Drew Nieporent was the first to arrive (“What’s for lunch?”), and in short order the lounge was flooded with famous folks, including Brian Williams, Gayle King, Piers Morgan, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb (wearing newly identical red dresses and looking fabulous), former governor George Pataki, Matt Lauer and various members of the Tisch family.

Katie Couric and Harvey Weinstein
Katie Couric and Harvey Weinstein

Everyone’s mind was on the big game; conventional wisdom says the Giants will be this year’s Super Bowl champs, but it’s going to be a close one.  (All except Jerry Della Femina, who predicts the Patriots will take it 27-24.) “I think it’s going to be a squeaker,” offered Andrew Ross Sorkin. “At least I hope so because it will be a better game.”

Not surprisingly, Giants legend Frank Gifford, who will be watching the game from his home in Greenwich with family and friends, predicts a 30-10 win for his former team. “Eli Manning has really come into his own as a quarterback,” he told me. “But a quarterback is only as good as his team. They’re a great team. If you were playing for the Giants, you’d be a great quarterback.” Doubtful, but we appreciate the sentiment. Brian Williams, who’ll be going to the game, refused to speculate on the final score for fear of tempting the gods. ”You just don’t do that,” he told me.

Diane Clehane and Brian Williams
Diane Clehane and Brian Williams (Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris)

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Alterman Moves to TheNation.com, Still Awaiting Times‘ Kristol Apology

item760555718.jpgEric Alterman has moved his blog Altercations over to TheNation.com from Media Matters. This is the third stop in over six years for the blog, having begun at MSNBC before moving over to Media Matters in 2006. In today’s post Alterman takes a swipe at newly departed Times columnist Bill Kristol.

When the Times was overwhelmed by complaints for the insult Kristol represented to its readership, editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal, speaking to Politico, dismissed all criticism of this “serious, respected conservative intellectual” as “intolerant,” “absurd,” and indicative of a “weird fear of opposing views.”

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The Nation States the State of Newspapers

logo-sm.pngEric Alterman writes:

I don’t have a better idea, except to repeat, again, the following: the loss of daily newspapers is a significant threat to the future of our democracy. It is far too important to be left in the hands of a bunch of clueless media moguls and their “chief innovation officers.”

Yeah, that’s about all we got too.

Print Media’s Revolving Door Appears to Only be Swinging One Way

revolving-door-283-thumb.jpgJournalism’s long dark week of exits continues today with the announcement that John French, head of Bruce Wasserstein‘s magazine empire Penton Media is stepping down. French informed a reportedly surprised staff of the decision saying that it was the result of numerous discussions with the board of directors “regarding the organization’s evolution and the leadership needs going forward.” And so, another one bites the dust, as they say.

One media investment type told the Post’s Keith Kelly that “The job of a CEO of a traditional media company these days has the life expectancy of a second lieutenant in Vietnam.”

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Laurie David and Larry David Splitting Up

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Page 6 is reporting that Laurie and Larry David are separating after 14 years of marriage.

Laurie recently toured with Sheryl Crow to publicize the dangers of global warming and got Larry to drive a Prius on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Bet he writes a Ferrari into the next season.

He’s worth some $250 million. They have homes in LA and Martha’s Vineyard, (remember his tiff with Architectural Digest?) and in 2004, he told Eric Alterman for a piece on Hollywood fundraising in The Atlantic:

I heard nothing about the environment for all our lives and now this. I wish she would at least take back her own name.

That’s not going to happen. Larry David’s such the professional curmudgeon that it’s hard to tell when the joke stops.

R.I.P. Socialite Rank

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Socialite Rank is shutting down, and the creators are working on a book about the whole experience. Were we all just pawns in their little game?