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Morning Media Newsfeed: Al Jazeera Journos Sentenced | Post-Dispatch Defends Decision

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Jailed Al Jazeera Journalists Convicted in Egypt (CNN)
Three Al Jazeera English journalists were convicted Monday of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood in a ruling that immediately outraged journalists and activists around the world. The Guardian Former BBC correspondent Peter Greste, from Australia, ex-CNN journalist Mohamed Fahmy and local producer Baher Mohammed were jailed for seven, seven and 10 years, respectively. Four students and activists indicted in the case were sentenced to seven years. NYT Prosecutors accused the three journalists of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to broadcast false reports of civil strife in order to bring down Egypt’s military-backed government. But the prosecutors have not publicly disclosed any evidence that the journalists either conspired with the Brotherhood or broadcast false news. HuffPost / AP “I swear they will pay for this,” Fahmy, who was Al Jazeera English’s acting Cairo bureau chief, shouted angrily from the defendants’ cage after the sentences were announced in the Cairo court Monday. Greste, a correspondent, raised his fists in the air. “They just ruined a family,” said Fahmy’s brother Adel, who was attending the session. He said they would appeal the verdict but added that he had little faith in the system. “Everything is corrupt,” he said. Al Jazeera Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey said the verdicts defied “logic, sense and any semblance of justice,” adding, “[Monday] three colleagues and friends were sentenced, and will continue to be kept behind bars for doing a brilliant job of being great journalists. ‘Guilty’ of covering stories with great skill and integrity. ‘Guilty’ of defending people’s right to know what is going on in their world.” The Washington Post The verdict was delivered in a brief session at a courtroom in the Tora prison complex, where the detainees have been imprisoned for nearly six months.

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Lost Remote: HBO is bringing old shows to Amazon Prime. Now you can get angry about the Sopranos finale all over again.

TVNewser: George Will says “Fox News is like getting on a Southwest Airlines plane” because “everyone’s happy.” Remind us to to only fly when Will flies from now on.

FishbowlDC: CNN Digital just recorded its strongest month ever in terms of traffic. Thanks assorted tragedies!

Morning Media Newsfeed: Daily Beast Loses 20 | George Will to Fox News | WaPo Sale Official

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Daily Beast’s John Avlon Rallies Troops as Roughly 20 Colleagues Lose Their Jobs (Capital New York)
On the first day of its new life without Newsweek, Daily Beast executive editor John Avlon rallied the troops with an afternoon memo full of good news, like a 36-percent year-over-year traffic gain and a nomination to Adweek‘s annual “Hot List” poll. Roughly 20 employees across the editorial and business sides were let go Monday and Tuesday, a person with knowledge of the cuts told Capital. The layoffs were a direct result of Newsweek’s sale to IBT Media, which recently took the struggling title off parent company IAC’s hands for an undisclosed sum. Gawker Capital’s Joe Pompeo says that leaves TDB with a total headcount of about 65 employees. If you are one of them, you might consider browsing job listings when your workday has concluded. Though there are exceptions to every rule, the outlook at media companies that find themselves in this position typically does not brighten from here on out. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer In an optimistic memo, the site’s executive editor reminded those remaining “that The Daily Beast is nominated for hottest news site by Adweek — so if you didn’t vote yet, please do.”

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Opinion Aggregator Atlantic Wire Launches

atlanticwire.gifAtlantic Consumer Media has launched a new stand alone site The Atlantic Wire, to aggregate some of the best opinions and debates on the Web.

The Atlantic has long been a source for well-thought out opinions and discussions, and some of the voice from the magazine and its Web site, like columnist Andrew Sullivan, do make their way onto the Atlantic Wire’s homepage.

Along with tabs highlighting the biggest debates today — right now they’re “Health Care Reform,” “Joe Wilson Outburst” and “Reforming Wall Street” — that homepage also includes a link to The Atlantic 50, a ranking of the most influential pundits doing the job today. The Atlantic Wire ranks them, then features their most recent thoughts side-by-side. The New York TimesPaul Krugman tops the list, followed by Rush Limbaugh, George Will and Thomas Friedman and David Brooks, also of the Times.

Of the 50, 14 columnists hail from The Washington Post, eight from the Times, five from The Wall Street Journal and eight are primarily bloggers, including Arianna Huffington and‘s Glenn Greenwald. There are also as well as three commentators from the Fox News, including Glenn Beck, and two from MSNBCKeith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow.

“Taking a systematic and data-driven editorial approach to the exploding universe of opinions, the Atlantic Wire helps readers engage with the most important political, business and social commentary,” said Bob Cohn, editorial director of and the Atlantic Wire. “As readers face an overload of information and a deficit of free time, they can now visit one site to easily follow the topics they care about and the opinion-makers who fascinate them.”

The Atlantic Wire’s launch comes just days after its parent company announced that it had hired Slate founder and columnist Michael Kinsley as a columnist for The Atlantic. Kinsley was also brought on to launch a new digital project for the company early next year. We’re looking forward to seeing how that new project will complement and Atlantic Wire.

Earlier: Slate Founder Michael Kinsley To Lead New Digital Launch For Atlantic

Sarah Palin’s Resignation Catches Media Off Guard

It’s a classic technique: dump bad news late in the day on a Friday and hope the news media and the public mostly ignore it. Bonus points if it’s a holiday weekend. Double bonus for a summer holiday weekend.

We kept one eye on Twitter all day on Friday, waiting for some crazy news to break. Who knew it would be about former VP candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin? In the afternoon, news started to trickle in. The first reports from a press conference in Alaska without a live transmission were that Palin would not run for a second term. Then it became clear that she would be resigning, at the end of the month, and her lieutenant governor will be taking over her role for the remainder of her term.

In the days that followed, talking heads and critics have attempted to make sense of the unexpected turn of events, but Palin’s reasons for her resignation are still unclear. CNN‘s Anderson Cooper interviewed Palin’s spokeperson Meg Stapleton on Friday but didn’t get any closer to understanding the decision (see video above). Conservative pundits Karl Rove, Mike Huckabee, Chuck Grassley and George Will all appeared on Sunday morning talk shows questioning Palin’s unprecedented move.

Some have (not surprisingly) managed to find the humor in the situation. Political analyst Andy Ostroy suggested a few other jobs for Palin including Alaska tour guide and personal shopper, while Berkman Center fellow David Weinberger listed the top 10 reasons she resigned. Number one? “Desperate bid to be mocked by Tina Fey one last time.”

Expect more weighing in over the next few days as all the “media elite” start to return from their holiday weekend vacations. No rest for the weary!

Obama Dines With Conservative Pundits, NYT White House Team Out in the Cold

610ggx.jpgSo! Last night Barack Obama broke the hearts of D.C. doyennes everywhere by choosing to attend his first Washington dinner party at the home of George Will! Talk about taking team of rivals to the extreme. Also in attendance were Weekly Standard‘s William Kristol, New York Times columnist David Brooks, and Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post. So maybe keep your enemies closer is the theme here — as everyone knows Bill Kristol responds well to being wined and dined!

Also of interest? As a piece in Politico over the weekend pointed out, unlike President-elects of the past (including George W.), Obama has yet to hold a presser with the New York Times White House team (conservative op-eders notwithstanding!). Michael Calerdone caught up with Times political editor Dick Stevenson to ask him about Obama’s lack of presser love.

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