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Trial-by-Twitter Commences for Boston Radio Host Kirk Minihane [Updated]

Dennis&CallahanBannerCommenting on the erupting controversy stemming from a Boston radio host’s on-air description of Erin Andrews as a “gutless bitch,” Mediaite’s Joe Concha writes:

So what will happen to Kirk Minihane? He not only attacked a female reporter and called her a bitch twice, but it was Erin Andrews — she of filmed-through-a-hotel-room-peep-hole-infamy. Rest assured that trial-by-Twitter will now commence, and it won’t be pretty by the time the mob gets done with Minihane and those who employ him.

For the latest real-time Twitter testimony and cross-examination, click here. At press time, the social reaction includes:



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NFL’s Brad Smith on Fashion Week and the Super Bowl


Philadelphia Eagles’ wide receiver Brad Smith isn’t heading to Jersey to watch Super Bowl XLVIII, but he was in New York today to promote his “Design for Brad Smith” competition, the winner of which will be revealed during New York Fashion Week. This morning MediabistroTV sat down to talk to Smith about the competition. We also asked for his thoughts on the controversial comments Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman made during his NFC championship post-game interview with Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews.

Watch our Mediabeat interview below:

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Daily News Columnist Trashes Erin Andrews

Fox Sports president Eric Shanks welcomed Erin Andrews to the fold this week by calling her “one of the hardest-working, most respected individuals in sports television.” LA Daily News columnist Tom Hoffarth begs to disagree.

In a scorching piece that already has one blogger coming to the former ESPN reporter’s defense, Hoffarth criticizes Andrews for reading off notes on-camera and being a poor ad-libber. He opines that the 34-year-old’s “bafflingly spectacular” career arc has more to do with her looks, reality TV detours and public’s fascination with TMZ-fed scandal:

The Erin Andrews Effect, as sports media phenomena, is driving more female communications majors into taking as many shortcuts as possible to grab a coveted sideline reporting or studio host job instead of risking the time and challenge necessary to try play-by-play, game analysis, or even what’s still referred to as journalism at a magazine, newspaper or website. You’d think that by now, someone would have realized her actions speak louder than her nasally vapid words.

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Does Hawking Reeboks Hurt Erin Andrews’ Journalistic Credibility?

ESPN reporter Erin Andrews recently signed with Reebok to endorse a new line by the sneaker company. That struck Allan Brettman of The Oregonian as something of an ethics breach, especially given that Andrews had recently disparaged Nike sneakers during an on-air report:

Andrews worked as a sideline reporter during the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day, covering the game between Texas Christian University and the University of Wisconsin. Andrews reported that TCU players were having problems slipping on the Rose Bowl turf because of new Nike shoes they were wearing. She went on to say that TCU did not have backup cleats.

A pic from the Reebok campaign shoot, taken in LA earlier this month:

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TVNewser: ABC News Radio laid off up to 20 staffers today.

Reuters: OpenGate Capital has dropped out of the running to buy BusinessWeek.

Boston Globe: The Boston Globe‘s biggest union has officially filed charges against union president Dan Totten, accusing him of “misappropriating union money or property, violating its constitution and disobeying orders.”

The Wrap: ESPN‘s Erin Andrews is “hellbent” on testifying against the man accused of videotaping her through a peephole.

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Julia Allison Shills For Sony

New York media personality, blogger and entrepreneur Julia Allison has a new gig: corporate spokesperson.

reports that Allison has signed a year-long deal to make commercials for Sony.

According to Sony, Allison’s involvement is part of a new integrated marketing campaign that is similar to last year’s HDNA campaign. The concept involves a “panel” of celebrities who serve as brand ambassadors. Other celebs involved in this year’s campaign include Justin Timberlake, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (who was in last year’s commercials, see above), ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, “America’s Next Top Model” judge Nigel Barker, comedienne Amy Sedaris and cinematographer Dion Beebe. The campaign will include national commercial spots, online banner ads, radio and newsprint ads, as well as in-store merchandising, Sony said.

Although the Gawker post about Allison’s new venture is actually very nice to the notorious lifecaster, the best part of the piece is its comment section, in which Allison defends herself and her work. She notes that the Sony deal includes two national television spots, which she shot in June. We’ll keep an eye out for those once the commercials start running next month. (Sony says they’ll start in September and run through next year.)

Also in the comments, Allison revealed some details about a pilot she shot for Bravo for a reality show called “IT Girls.” She said the pilot “sucked” and wasn’t picked up. “This one was really bad,” Allison said about the pilot. “Let’s just put it this way: they chose NYC Prep over it. Yeah. Let that one sink in.”

We’re intrigued. Hey, Julia, any chance we can see this horrible pilot?

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After the jump, Sony’s full release about its new marketing campaign

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Menu: DJ And Woodstock Chronicler Pete Fornatale Talks Tim Russert, Rubbernecking & “House Hippies”


Today’s media- Morning Media Menu podcast got a visit from a pro, as longtime radio DJ Pete Fornatale joined hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven to discuss the day’s media headlines and Fornatale’s recent projects.

“I miss Tim Russert,” Fornatale said while discussing the weekend’s story about a possible truce between General Electric-owned NBC and Fox News that has silenced attacks between Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly. “I really miss Tim Russert because that was the place you could go to for civilized conversation, even between combatants.”

Russert was also on Fornatale’s list of people to interview for his book, “Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock.” Russert attended Woodstock in 1969, Fornatale said. “But before I could reach out to him, he was gone.”

Also discussed: The New York Post ending its dispute with ESPN over its coverage of the Erin Andrews scandal and reports that companies are trolling the Internet for any mention of their company, good or bad.

Regarding the latter, Fornatale said, “It reminds me of the record business in the late ’60s, which was just so straight arrow that they didn’t know what to do with this new genre of progressive rock represented by groups like Cream or Jimi Hendrix. So what they did was that each company hired what came to be known as the ‘House Freak’ or the ‘House Hippie,’ the person who could speak to those groups and not make them feel alienated from the corporate culture that they were getting involved with. That is going on right now.”

Speaking of the 1960′s, Fornatale also talked his recent book about Woodstock. “It was so obvious that this was going to be a watershed moment that I started collecting — in the first year after the festival — first person accounts from people backstage, from people on stage and from people in the audience,” he explained. “My original intention was to do it for radio specials, which I have done over the course of the last 40 years.” Using his original interviews as a starting point, Fornatale worked with his son to fill in the gaps and create the completed finished product, just in time to coincide with the festival’s 40th anniversary.

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ESPN & Post Face Off Over Andrews Scandal

nypost721.pngThe Erin Andrews peephole debacle has now turned into a feud between Andrews’ employer ESPN and The New York Post. After the Post published photos of from the illicit tape of Andrews (including one on it’s Tuesday page one, at left) the sports network banned the Post‘s reporters from any of its outlets.

Then today — perhaps in a defiance of ESPN’s ban — the Post‘s gossip column Page Six ran an item blaming the network for outing Andrews as the subject of the fuzzy peephole camera tape. According to Page Six, the video had been posted online since Feburary but “had gone largely unnoticed.”

“No one would have known that a sick voyeur had secretly videotaped ESPN reporter Erin Andrews nude in her hotel room, if the Mickey Mouse sports network hadn’t sent a letter to an obscure Web site demanding that it take down its link to a fuzzy video of an unidentified blonde,” the P6 item reads.

Could this be a declaration of war between ESPN and the Post?

Meanwhile, there is no word on whether ESPN will be similarly punishing other news organizations, like FOX News and CBS, that published or broadcast stills or parts of the video. Publicists at ESPN have not yet returned our request for comment.

Earlier: Erin Andrews Scandal Continues To Make News

On The Menu: Erin Andrews, Zappos and Lou Dobbs


Today on the media- Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of publishing blog GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven talked about the day’s big media headlines.

First they talked about the ongoing Erin Andrews peephole camera scandal, and the recent news that ESPN has banned New York Post reporters from appearing on its station after the paper published fuzzy photos of Andrews on its cover earlier this week. They also talked about‘s acquisition of online shoe purveyor yesterday.

“Amazon has been hit a few times [in recent months] because they are a huge target…it’s very easy for them to make a misstep and once they make a misstep people jump on them,” Jason said. “If they are able to bring that Zappos personality and that Zappos interaction with their users I think that would be very valuable to them. If that’s why they’re doing it, I’m all for it.”

Also discussed: CNN distancing itself from Lou Dobbs.

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