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Posts Tagged ‘Globe and Mail’

Character Actor James Rebhorn Saves His Best for Last

JamesRebhornPicOne of the most similarly elegant summaries of the self-obituary written by James Rebhorn shortly before the character actor passed away last Friday comes from Globe and Mail TV writer Andrew Ryan. The Canadian reporter notes:

Rebhorn’s most endearing thoughts go toward his wife, Rebecca, and their two daughters, Emma and Hannah… Rebhorn also takes the time to suggest his daughters keep their mourning to a minimum.

Gawker’s Dayna Evans and others have described the obituary as “heartbreaking,” but we humbly beg to differ. Rebhorn’s life was full of love and balanced, professional success. Through this obituary, the actor presents himself as someone grateful for having been so blessed. As such, to us, it’s more uplifting than heartbreaking.

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TV Station Mega Merger: Media General, LIN Set $1.6 Billion Deal (Variety)
Station groups Media General and LIN are poised to merge in a $1.6 billion cash and stock deal that will create the nation’s second-largest pure-play broadcast group. With LIN’s roughly $1 billion in debt included, the deal has an enterprise value of $2.6 billion. TVSpy The deal will bring together 74 stations which are either owned or operated by the two companies in 46 markets. Combined, the new company’s stations will reach 23 percent of U.S. TV households. THR The deal is the latest in the ongoing consolidation of the TV station business as broadcasters have looked for scale to strengthen them in dealings with networks and pay-TV operators and the like. Poynter / MediaWire It is just the latest in a flurry of acquisitions and mergers in the TV industry that has seen Belo broadcast and Gannett merge and earlier, Media General and Young Broadcasting combined forces. Other players including Meredith, Journal, Tribune, NBC Universal and Sinclair have been recent buyers, too. WSJ Greater scale should help the combined company garner higher revenue from fees it charges pay-TV providers to carry its signal, known as retransmission fees. It should also gain leverage in negotiations with media companies. These factors, plus the ability to expand LIN’s digital advertising business and savings from corporate overheard, underpin the companies’ projected $70 million in run-rate synergies over three years.

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Globe And Mail Erroneously Claims Ex-NSA Chief Michael Hayden Killed at LAX (TheWrap)
In yet another in a long list of major breaking news errors committed by major news outlets, Canada’s Globe and Mail falsely reported that ex-NSA chief Michael Hayden was killed in Friday’s shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. In a report attributed to “Reuters and Associated Press,” Globe and Mail wrote “LAPD is reporting Ex-NSA chief Michael Hayden has been shot dead at LAX. Radical Christian group has claimed responsibility on its website.” Gawker Canada’s Sun News Network and the BBC both repeated the hoax report without a source, and all have since scrubbed the claim from their sites. The Globe and Mail eventually retracted the report and replaced it with the line “Reports that a former NSA chief was among the victims appear to be a hoax.” It appears the hoax first surfaced on a fake breaking news Twitter account with a single tweet. Poynter John Stackhouse, the Globe and Mail’s editor-in-chief, tells Poynter via phone that the “embarrassing” mistake was an occasion to reiterate the newsroom’s policies for verifying breaking news. “It was an unfortunate human error made by people not following the practices and procedures we have in place,” he said. FishbowlNY The offending Twitter account has now been deleted. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Getting it wrong seems to have become the industry standard. There are apologies, corrections (though not always), and then the next time a gun goes off or a ruling gets made we see the same old mistakes.

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LAX Shooting Frames Latest MSM/Twitter Breaking-News Fail

It’s by now an all-too-familiar breaking news scenario. Something wholly or partially incorrect gets tweeted out; one or more mainstream media (MSM) outlets pick up on that information; the information is then proven to be false.

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Today’s snarled outlet is Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail. As horrible shooting events unfolded this morning at LAX’s Terminal 3, the paper picked up on a since-deleted tweet from @HeadIineNews (spelled with a capital “i” in place of the usual small “l” in headline). Per a quick summary report on Gawker:

The Globe and Mail published a shocking report attributed to the LAPD that former NSA chief Michael Hayden had been shot dead in the incident, and that a “radical Christian group” had claimed responsibility.”

Canada’s Sun News Network and the BBC both repeated the hoax report without a source, and all have since scrubbed the claim from their sites.

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Bonnie Fuller Runs A Tight Ship

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Today’s interview with tabloid media queen Bonnie Fuller in the Canadian Globe and Mail is worth reading for a thousand different reasons. For one thing, it’s hilarious. While at American Media Inc. and Us Weekly Fuller gained the reputation of being a harsh mistress to her employees, and apparently things haven’t changed that much now that she’s running her new women-empowered gossip site Hollywoodlife.com:

“They put the wrong headline on the story,” snaps Bonnie Fuller, interrupting herself in the midst of an explanation about her new venture, Hollywoodlife.com…”I’ll be right back,” says Ms. Fuller, 53, as she leaps out of her chair to speak to the editorial team, composed of young women seated in cubicles outside her door.

“It’s supposed to say ‘Taylor Swift. New plaid, three days, three ways,’ ’cause it’s three different days and she wore it three different ways,” she explains.

Someone’s getting fired over Taylor Swift’s plaid ensemble. Amazing. But it gets even better.

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