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Morning Media Newsfeed: Comcast, TWC Face Senate | Pauley to CBS | CNN’s Digital Video Push

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Senate Panel Expresses Caution on Merger of Cable Giants (NYT)
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee expressed concern on Wednesday that the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable would raise the prices consumers pay for cable television and high-speed Internet service while leaving them with fewer choices for video programming. But the senators generally failed to rattle Comcast and Time Warner executives or cause them to diverge from their basic defense of the merger: that it will not affect competition because the two companies do not compete anywhere. Only one senator, Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, said during the three-hour hearing that he wanted the merger blocked. CNNMoney Comcast and Time Warner Cable said that the merger will lead to improvements in services for customers, creating scale and cost savings that will drive new investments. Several Republican senators, most notably Orin Hatch of Utah, seemed to agree. Although the combined company would have a presence in 19 of the top 20 U.S. markets, Comcast executive vice president David Cohen noted that Comcast and Time Warner Cable don’t compete in any of those cities. He argued that customer choices therefore won’t be affected. The Washington Post / The Switch “There’s no doubt that Comcast is a huge, influential company with more than 100 lobbyists” hired to persuade regulators and lawmakers to approve the deal, said Franken. “But I’ve also heard from over 100,000 consumers who oppose the deal.” Cohen said at the hearing that he couldn’t promise to reduce prices on their services. The rise of cable bills at three times the rate of inflation is among the many concerns consumers have about the proposal that would merge the top two cable firms and the biggest and third-biggest broadband providers. Adweek It’s not that the Senators didn’t have “concerns.” The stats that will define the combined company’s unmatched size — 19 of the top 20 markets, 23 of the top 25, and 37 of the top 50 — give lawmakers pause. They even struggled to understand whether or not the combined company would dominate advertising sales. But they stopped short of opposing the merger, calling on the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice “to consider carefully the impact on consumers as they review the pending merger,” said judiciary chairman Patrick Leahy. WSJ / MoneyBeat The hearing came a day after Comcast submitted a 180-page document justifying its purchase of Time Warner Cable. The filing walked through the various parts of the media industry that could be affected by the deal, including online video, television programming and broadband Internet access, as well as local ad sales in the cable market. If the deal wins approval, Comcast would have 30 percent of the nation’s pay-TV subscribers and nearly 40 percent of U.S. broadband subscribers.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: AP Journalists Shot | Schultz’s Legal Woes | Blade Sues U.S. Gov’t

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AP Photographer Killed, Reporter Wounded in Afghanistan (The Associated Press)
An Afghan police commander opened fire Friday on two Associated Press journalists, killing Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran correspondent Kathy Gannon — the first known case of a security insider attacking journalists in Afghanistan. FishbowlNY Niedringhaus and Gannon were covering the nation’s election when a policeman opened fire on their vehicle. Niedringhaus was killed instantly and Gannon was shot twice and later underwent surgery. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Niedringhaus and Gannon were traveling in a convoy of election workers delivering ballots from the center of Khost city to the outskirts, in Tani district, protected by the Afghan National Army and Afghan police. As they were sitting in the car waiting for the convoy to move, a unit commander named Naqibullah walked up to the car, yelled “Allahu Akbar” — God is Great — and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47. He then surrendered to the other police and was arrested. BBC News The attack came as Afghanistan intensified security ahead of presidential elections on Saturday, in response to threats of violence by the Taliban. The new president will succeed Hamid Karzai, who has been in power since the 2001 fall of the Taliban but is constitutionally barred from seeking a third consecutive term. The run-up to this historic election had already been the bloodiest, and fears of electoral fraud are pronounced. NYT Niedringhaus, a German citizen who was based in Geneva, first came to Afghanistan after joining the AP in 2002, and she quickly formed a partnership with Gannon. They were among a band of female photographers and correspondents who persevered through many years of conflict in Iraq as well as in Afghanistan. In the process, they helped redefine traditional notions of war reporting. Even as they covered the battlefield, they also focused attention on the human impact of conflicts known for their random, unpredictable violence against civilians.

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NY Times Public Editor Criticizes NY Times Magazine Covers

originalLooks like we weren’t the only ones puzzled by The New York Times Magazine’s Hillary Clinton cover. Margaret Sullivan, the Times’ public editor, wasn’t a fan of it either. In a new column, Sullivan took the magazine to task for the Clinton cover and one featuring Wendy Davis, the Texas senator:

I did not find the Clinton cover illustration sexist but simply bizarre, lacking the sophisticated execution one expects from The Times Magazine. The Amy Chozick article it illustrated was an intriguing idea, exploring all the connections in the ‘Planet Hillary’ universe.

The Wendy Davis article presents a different, more serious question: When an article sets out to examine gender bias, how can it avoid perpetuating that bias along the way? Despite its well-intentioned efforts, this piece managed to trip over a double standard with its detailed examination of Ms. Davis’s biography, including her role in raising her two daughters.

While the illustration of Clinton was certainly weird, the headline of the Davis cover “Can Wendy Davis Have it All?” was ridiculous.

Lauren Kern, a deputy editor for the Times Magazine, told Sullivan they knew it was a “charged phrase.” “We asked the question about whether Davis can ‘have it all’ in part because her critics are saying she can’t,” she said. “She can’t make a tough choice — one that many women and men have to make — about temporarily prioritizing education or career over family, without being criticized for it later.”

Amy Poehler Blitz Continues with Ladies’ Home Journal Cover

January: The Golden Globes. February: The upcoming, first guest spot on Late Night with Seth Meyers. March: Lingering across newsstands as the cover-story feature for Ladies’ Home Journal. All in all, Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler is putting together one heck of a 2014 media Q1, with still plenty of Q1 to go.

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As an added bonus for Mediabistro readers, the March article to go along with the cover – titled “Poehler Power” – was written by none other than the very busy and successful freelance feature writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner. She was once our director of education.

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Clinton Spokesperson Provides Stupid Answers for BuzzFeed’s Stupid Questions

During a speech on Monday, Hillary Clinton mentioned how she hadn’t driven a car since 1996. A political editor at BuzzFeed thought this comment opened the door to send several stupid follow-up questions to Clinton’s spokesperson, Philippe Reines. Reines then rightfully shot back answers that matched BuzzFeed’s inanity.

Here are some of the questions that BuzzFeed felt were relevant:

  • Has she ever bought something on the Internet?
  • Has she ever eaten Chipotle?
  • Has she used Facebook?

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Republicans Will Love Hillary Clinton NY Times Mag Cover

This is the latest cover of The New York Times Magazine. It’s not exactly a good look for Hillary Clinton. Although Republicans will probably appreciate it.

Cover Battle: Rolling Stone or Time

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s Cover Battle, a weekly fight between two of our favorite recent magazine covers. This round features Rolling Stone versus Time. For its latest issue, RS went with Lorde, who is doing her best “Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice” impression. Not bad.

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Seth Meyers Hopes to Welcome Hillary Clinton as His First Show, Second Guest

Ha ha. That’s apparently the running gag between Meyers and his already-booked February 24 Late Night show opening interview Amy Poehler. They would both love, Bizarro World-style, to have someone huge follow her as the number-two guest.

Meyers’ chat this week with Dan Patrick touched on all sorts of other great topics, including the best SNL audition Meyers ever witnessed (Kristen Wiig), the rumored biggest-diva host (Steven Seagal) and the failed franchise payoff of his and Poehler’s “Little Sleuths.” Meyers also reminisced about one reason (besides President Obama’s hearty laughter) the portion of his 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner jokes about The Donald worked so well:

“Trump didn’t laugh, which was the best. I got so lucky that he didn’t laugh, and that the camera knew where he was.”

“Such an awful shot of him too. If there’s one thing I feel bad about – he had like that “Old Man in the Mountain” framing, of just a profile. In a sea of laughing faces. Just a perfect shot to catch, like… a solitary tear.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Gov’t Shuts Down | Hillary Projects Canned | Another Paywall Drops


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Shutdown Begins: Stalemate Forces First U.S. Government Closure in 17 Years (The Washington Post)
The U.S. government began to shut down for the first time in 17 years early Tuesday, after a Congress bitterly divided over President Obama’s signature health care initiative failed to reach agreement to fund federal agencies. Hours before a midnight deadline, the Republican House passed its third proposal in two weeks to fund the government for a matter of weeks. Like the previous plans, the new one sought to undermine the Affordable Care Act, this time by delaying enforcement of the “individual mandate,” a cornerstone of the law that requires all Americans to obtain health insurance. TVNewser President Obama gave a brief statement Monday afternoon as the threat of a government shutdown loomed over Washington. He began by listing off what agencies would continue to operate and which would not. “I think it is important for everyone to understand that the federal government is the country’s largest employer,” Obama said. “A shutdown will have a very real economic impact on real people, right away.” HuffPost With the government hurtling toward a shutdown, the media dug in for some round-the-clock coverage on Monday. From the competing countdown clocks to the continuing stream of elected representatives appearing on camera, cable news was in its element: circling around and around the same few pieces of news, getting hosts and guests to argue with each other, speculating, postulating and predicting over and over again. Reuters The U.S. Agriculture Department’s public face, the usda.gov website, will “go dark” and be linked to an informational page in the event of a shutdown, allowing no access to USDA data banks, a spokeswoman said on Monday. WSJ / Washington Wire Washingtonians have remained stoic, even dismissive of news that a government shutdown could halt garbage pickup, street cleaning, and pothole-repair come Tuesday. But when the National Zoo announced Monday that continued congressional impasse would shutter the zoo and its Panda Cam, the sole window onto the zoo’s newborn cub, fans traveled the stages of grief, from rage to bargaining and grim acceptance. “This just got real,” wrote several contributors to the zoo’s Twitter feed.

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Strombo Talks About His CNN Talk Show

For those unfamiliar with Canadian TV gabfests, it’s hard to properly convey just how much of a baffling evening void George Stroumboulopoulos filled with CBC’s The Hour. All manner of hosts and experiments were attempted before his arrival, with none able to find success the way “Strombo” finally did.

Another element distinguishing Stroumboulopoulos from his Canadian predecessors is that he has been given the opportunity to carry over his casual brand of talk to the international airwaves of CNN. In a brief Q&A with Reuters LA entertainment reporter Piya Sinha-Roy, Stroumboulopoulos outlines two golden rules for his Sunset & Cahuenga export – no set lists of questions and no publicist-driven exceptions:

“I do ask questions that they [the guests] don’t want to answer, but they have to answer them, and if they don’t want to answer then we’re not the show for them. There’s a lot of great places for people to go where they can control the conversation. We’re not that show. I want this to be a grown-up conversation.”

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