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Gabriel Sherman Talks Fox News and Roger Ailes at New America NYC

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“It’s not a company, it’s a cult around him,” said Gabriel Sherman, talking about Roger Ailes and Fox News to a packed room in Soho Tuesday night.

Sherman had come to New America NYC to discuss The Loudest Voice in the Room, his controversial book about Roger Ailes and how he created one of America’s most successful media empires. Ailes is a brilliant political consultant who built a news organization out of fear, said Sherman. And he argues that atmosphere informs Fox’s ethics and reporting at every level, from top anchors like Shep Smith to low level producers.

“They live in terror of him, but they hang on his every word,” he said. “People are terrified to speak his name or speak ill of him because they’re worried that the phones are tapped.”

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MSNBC Shaking Up Daytime Schedule (TVNewser)
MSNBC is announcing major changes to its daytime lineup. Cable news newcomer Ronan Farrow will host his new show at 1 p.m. ET, sources tell TVNewser, while Joy Reid, the managing editor of NBC’s TheGrio.com, who has been filling in on MSNBC, is expected to be named host at 2. p. m. ET. Tamron Hall, who currently anchors NewsNation at 2 p.m., is negotiating a new contract that would give her an expanded role at the Today show while also keeping her on the MSNBC schedule. Meanwhile, the noon hour has seen fill-in anchors since Alex Wagner moved to 4 p.m. two weeks ago. TVNewser News in the morning. Opinion in the afternoon. That sums up the changes coming to MSNBC’s daytime schedule. The afternoon additions will also create flow in the mornings where Morning Joe leads into Chuck Todd’s DC-based politics hour, followed by Chris Jansing’s newscast. Hall’s NewsNation follows at 11 a.m. with Andrea Mitchell moving back an hour to noon. “Andrea Mitchell is so critical to MSNBC and I’ve always thought her show should be at noon,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin says. “Andrea brings on the biggest newsmakers of the day and the new time slot will help showcase her work.” NYT The network, which will be on a break from its usual lineup to cover the Winter Olympics starting in two weeks, will introduce Farrow as host of the 1 p.m. hour starting Feb. 24. Farrow, the 26-year-old son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, has already amassed a long résumé, including being a Rhodes Scholar and a Yale Law School graduate, and a stint in the Obama administration. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In his memo to staff, Griffin commended MSNBC for getting off to “a great start in 2014.” “We’ve broken news, done important reporting and lead the way on a variety of stories this month And the audience has responded with some of our highest ratings since the 2012 election,” he wrote. “I’m proud of the fantastic work all our teams are doing, particularly those of you who have been juggling multiple assignments. Thank you for your hard work and flexibility.”

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Roger Ailes Blasted in Biography

On January 21, Gabriel Sherman’s biography of Roger Ailes, The Loudest Voice in The Room, will be released. The New York Times got a peek at it, and let’s just say that Ailes probably isn’t going to want a signed copy. In fact, he might try to buy every copy he can, and then burn them.

What do we learn about Ailes from Sherman’s book? As far as we can tell, mostly bad things. Here’s just a few:

  • Ailes used Fox News to try to influence the 2012 election and make Mitt Romney the president. He uh, wasn’t so good at that.
  • Ailes is not a nice boss, as former employees cited his “volatile temper and domineering behavior.”
  • Ailes described Fox News stars Bill O’Reilly as “a book salesman with a TV show,” and Brian Kilmeade as “a soccer coach from Long Island.” Is that a bad thing? We’re not quite sure. Soccer is lame, so maybe?
  • Randi Harrison, a TV producer, said that when she tried to negotiate her salary with Ailes when they both worked at NBC, he offered her more money if she would just have sex with him whenever he wanted. Ah, the ol’ “money for sex” tactic! A classic corporate maneuverer.

Unsurprisingly, a spokesperson for Fox News told the Times “These charges are false. While we have not read the book, the only reality here is that Gabe was not provided any direct access to Roger Ailes and the book was never fact-checked with Fox News.”

Former Governor Urges Ailes Apprentices to ‘Bring No Ideology’ to Their Work

L. Douglas Wilder, who served as Governor of Virginia from 1990-1994 and mayor of Richmond from 2005-2009, was recently in New York City to address a class of Ailes Apprentice Program students. And thanks to the good folks at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, there is a full transcript of his inspiring remarks.

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On the cusp of his 83rd birthday, Wilder – the first African-American to be elected governor of a U.S. state post-Reconstruction – set the bar high. In fact, one of his pieces of advice would seem to go against the grain of the very network presided over by apprenticeship program patron Roger Ailes:

“First and foremost, bring no ideology to your work. Bring a magnifying glass and a flashlight, but do not bring an agenda. You must let events sit tall in the saddle — cracking the whip, wearing the spurs — and remember that you are along only for the ride.”

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Fox News Reporter Won’t Have to Testify in Colorado (TVNewser)
FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter cannot be forced to testify in a Colorado court. New York State’s highest court has ruled Winter cannot be compelled to testify about her reporting in the case of Colorado movie theater killer James Holmes. Winter’s story revealed the existence of Holmes’ diary that he reportedly gave to his psychiatrist before he went on his shooting spree. Fox News In a 4-3 ruling based on New York’s shield law, the state Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s decision that could have resulted in Winter being forced to appear in the Colorado murder trial of Holmes. TheWrap “Today’s ruling is a major win for all journalists,” Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said Tuesday in a statement. “The protection of Jana Winter’s confidential sources was necessary for the survival of journalism and democracy as a whole.” FishbowlNY Lawyers for Holmes wanted Winter to testify about her confidential sources because they said it violated a gag order on the case. Winter’s lawyers claimed that New York’s shield laws should prevent Winter from having to speak up. They were right. Poynter / MediaWire There exists “no principle more fundamental or well-established than the right of a reporter to refuse to divulge a confidential source,” New York’s State Court of Appeals said in its decision Tuesday.

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NY Court Rules Fox News Reporter Doesn’t Have to Reveal Sources [Updated]

It’s a good day for journalists. In a 4-3 decision, New York’s Court of Appeals has ruled that Jana Winter, a Fox News reporter, cannot be forced to reveal her sources for story on the Aurora, Colorado shooting.

After the tragedy, Winter had broke a story that the murderer —  James Holmes — had sent a notebook to a University of Colorado psychiatrist that was “full of details about how he was going to kill people.” Lawyers for Holmes wanted Winter to testify about her confidential sources because they said it violated a gag order on the case. Winter’s lawyers claimed that New York’s shield laws should prevent Winter from having to speak up. They were right.

“Confidential newsgathering is essential for investigative journalism to flourish, and the New York Court of Appeals has issued a broad decision protecting all New York-based journalists,” said Dori Ann Hanswirth, the lead lawyer on Winter’s team. “Today’s victory is as much for Jana Winter as it is for all journalists and the public, which has a right to receive news from confidential sources.”

Well said.

Update (12/11):
Below is a statement from Roger Ailes.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Layoffs at Time Inc. | AllThingsD’s NBCU Deal | Fox News Exec’s Pay Out

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Layoffs Ahead at Time Inc. (Capital New York)
Time Inc. staffers were informed Monday that layoffs lie ahead in the New Year, Capital has learned. The publishing giant has implemented cuts in recent years while reining in costs. Less than a year ago, 500 jobs were slashed from the company, which owns magazines including Time, Sports Illustrated and People. During Time Inc.’s quarterly management meeting Monday morning, which convened the company’s top executives and other high-level employees, chief content officer Norm Pearlstine confirmed during an interview with Time managing editor Nancy Gibbs that the cuts will continue next year, according to three sources who were present. Ad Age / Media News Contrary to a report over the weekend, the spinoff is still on track for the second quarter of 2014, according to Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp, who appeared at the meeting along with Pearlstine and CFO Jeff Bairstow. minOnline In third-quarter 2013, Time Inc. revenue fell to “$813 million from $838 million [in third-quarter 2012], which is part of a pattern that extends back at least to 2008,” according to a recent document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission that was a preliminary to the initial public offering. Adweek Fortune has a meager online presence, having been a channel of JV partner CNNMoney.com over the course of their eight-year partnership. (Fortune doesn’t say what its dedicated traffic is, but one person familiar with the business estimated it to be around 2 million monthly uniques.) Come next May, that partnership is set to dissolve, leaving Fortune on its own to start a new financial news website.

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Cosmopolitan Answers a Few #BonerQuestions

If you have to ask about the hashtag in the headline, then you obviously weren’t paying Twitter attention yesterday.

AndyLevyRedEyeThe magazine’s social media team, led by Elisa Benson, used Twitter to curate questions for its minority male staff. (There’s no pun there; get your mind out of the gutter.)

Anyway… We’re not just saying this because it’s about the only question we can safely reprint here. Perusing the resulting article by Frank Kobola, we can honestly pick the following as our favorite FA(B)Q:

7. In what season of Growing Pains did Boner leave to join the Marines?

Season 4, Episode 13: “Semper Fidelis.”

Well done, Andy Levy! This accomplishment is something the Fox News commentator (pictured) may well want to consider adding to his Red Eye bio. (And again, please; get your mind out of the gutter. Red Eye and Growing Pains in this context are only TV show names.) To check out the 17 other questions deemed worthy by Kobola and co., click here.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: FoxNews.com Defaced | Finke, Deadline Split | Ford Blames Reporters

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Fox News Website Defaced, ‘Internal Production Problem’ to Blame (The Verge)
Fox News’ website briefly appeared to be defaced Tuesday afternoon in what the network is calling an “internal production problem.” For several minutes, the site’s foremost story was changed to the headline “WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE,” with the blurb beneath it reading, “STUFF YO.” Another headline read, “HERE IS SOME STUFF FO YO,” but the website — aside from what were seemingly a few display glitches — was otherwise untouched. Even the headlines regarding zombies and Apple’s “Maverick Sea Lion” were actually old stories that had been resurfaced. NY Observer Fox News addressed the glitch on social media, tweeting, “As you may have seen, http://FoxNews.com is having issues. It’s an internal production problem and will be fixed soon. #FoxNews” AccessAtlanta.com / The Buzz “During routine website maintenance, a home page prototype was accidently moved to the actual site,” Fox News’ chief digital officer, Jeff Misenti, said in a statement. “As with any mistake in testing, engineers noticed the error and quickly brought the site back to its normal function.” FishbowlNY We take back all the mean things we’ve ever said about Fox News. “WEEEEEEEEEEEEEE” and the simplistic, yet startling accurate “STUFF YO” is some of the most concrete reporting we’ve seen on the site in quite awhile.

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Fox News Nails Story

We take back all the mean things we’ve ever said about Fox News. “WEEEEEEEEEEEEEE” and the simplistic, yet startling accurate “STUFF YO” is some of the most concrete reporting we’ve seen on the site in quite awhile.

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