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AllFacebook: You can now add “Traveling to” to your Facebook status update, just in case you were looking for more ways to annoy your friends.

FishbowlDC: Jay Carney said the reason he hasn’t finished watching House of Cards yet is because he has a f*cking job you losers.

PRNewser: If you “like” one of General Mills’ cereals on Facebook, you can never sue the company. It also bans you from bringing up your “honey nuts aren’t a real thing” discussion ever again.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Turkey Bans Twitter | Netflix CEO Blasts ISPs | Carney Not Prompted

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Twitter Goes Dark in Turkey Hours After Country’s PM Threatened to ‘Wipe Out’ Service (TechCrunch)
After Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan promised that he would “wipe out” Twitter after it apparently ignored court orders asking the site to remove certain corruption allegations, the service has gone dark in the country. WSJ The move, confirmed by the telecommunications regulator and the state news agency, sent shock waves across Turkey, which is one of the top 10 users of Twitter worldwide with more than 10 million users. Turkish citizens have increasingly turned to the medium to voice opposition to the government and organize demonstrations as mainstream media have avoided criticism of Erdoğan. Variety At a rally in Bursa, Erdoğan pledged to do away with Twitter completely. “We will eradicate Twitter,” he said. “I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic.” Tensions between Erdoğan and Twitter had been building for some time. On Feb. 25, the prime minister claimed a “robot lobby” was targeting government through Twitter. He also threatened on March 6 to shut down both Twitter and Facebook in Turkey “if necessary.” Bloomberg Businessweek Erdoğan said the microblogging service ignored court orders to remove content related to a government corruption scandal. The tweets targeted by the premier are from an anonymous user going by the name of Haramzadeler, a Turkish phrase that means Sons of Thieves. The person or persons have been leaking documents and audio files described as the results of a 15-month prosecutor-led investigation into corruption in Erdoğan’s government. Time Those who tried to access Twitter Thursday were taken to a statement from Turkey’s telecommunications regulator that cites court orders allowing the government to ban Twitter. In 2013 during the Occupy Gezi protests, Erdoğan called all of social media “the worst menace to society.” The Washington Post / Morning Mix After Turkey’s Twitter was apparently disabled, the hashtag #TwitterisblockedinTurkey went supernova, though Twitter is still accessible via the site’s SMS service, which allows Turks to text in a tweet.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: FiveThirtyEight Is Live | Sony Layoffs Begin | Carney to Resign?

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Statistician Nate Silver’s ESPN Site Kicks Off Amid Blog Frenzy (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Nate Silver, the New York Times blogger who jumped to ESPN last year, introduced his revamped FiveThirtyEight.com website Monday as more traditional media companies seek investments in online journalism. Poynter / MediaWire In an article welcoming readers, editor-in-chief Silver says the fact that he called the 2012 presidential election “was and remains a tremendously overrated accomplishment.” It only stood out “in comparison to others in the mainstream media,” Silver writes. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The new site already features a number of articles and visualizations on topics ranging from the Crimean independence vote to the efficacy of toilet seat covers to Silver’s highly anticipated March Madness predictions. FiveThirtyEight will also produce podcasts and documentaries. GigaOM Silver said that he doesn’t want his site to replace or supersede traditional journalism, but to fill what he sees as a “need in the marketplace” for rigorous data-oriented journalism. The site’s logo, a stylized fox head, comes from what Silver says is an ancient Greek aphorism about how the hedgehog knows one large thing, while the fox “knows many small things.” Capital New York Remnants of Silver’s time as a data wonk at the Times remain. The site includes an archive of many, but not all, of the FiveThirtyEight articles published when it was a Times brand, dating back to 2009. Several are even bylined by the current head of the Times‘ impending data venture The Upshot: David Leonhardt. Times graphics editor Kevin Quealy also makes appearances in the archives, as well as Thomas Schaller, a professor of political science at the University of Maryland who contributed to the site when it was part of the Times, and Andrew Gelman, professor of statistics and political science at Columbia University. FishbowlDC FiveThirtyEight is back, baby. And for all of you in D.C. journo-land, this likely means you will have no jobs. The overwhelming and undeniable power of Nate Silver‘s math will render your quaint approaches to “newsgathering” as irrelevant as they are devoid of insight. Sorry.

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White House Press Secretary Pronounces Himself ‘Disappointed’ with the LA Times

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney pulled out a familiar flak trope in a press conference today, declaring the White House “disappointed” with the LA Times‘ decision to publish controversial photos of American soldiers posing with dead bodies in Afghanistan.

Perhaps the only recent trope we find more annoying is when the White House lectures about not “rewarding bad behavior” of hostile nation states. Not sure what social psychologist advises the White House to talk to the world like it’s a child, but we really wish they’d stop. Why don’t you try “disagreeing” with the decision and then citing your rationale? We don’t care about your disappointment. We care about logical arguments. If you have one, give it to us. If not, stop wasting your time and ours being disappointed and start cracking down on the financial industry.

Carney did manage to put his paternalistic side away long enough to condemn the actions of soldiers in the photos in language befitting an audience over the age of five. “[T]he conduct depicted in those photographs is reprehensible and does not in any way represent the high standards of the US military. And the president certainly shares in the defense secretary’s opinion that this should be investigated and those held responsible will be held accountable.”

The Osama Bin Laden Death Story’s Flawed Spin Job

Is the media to blame here, or the White House?

There has been a great deal of back-pedaling and rewriting and general muddling of the story of Osama bin Laden‘s death since it was first announced by President Obama on Sunday night. And everyone’s been looking the worse for it.

The Wrap provides a summary of the events:

  1. Sunday, May 1, 11:30 p.m. | President Obama Addresses the Nation, in Which We Learn of a “Firefight”
  2. Monday, May 2, 2:00 p.m. | John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, Introduces “Human Shield” Myth
  3. Tuesday, May 3, 1:57 p.m.| White House Press Secretary Jay Carney: “Bin Laden Was Unarmed, But Dangerous”
  4. Tuesday, May 3, 7:00 p.m.| CIA director Leon Panetta Says Bin Laden May Not Have Had a Gun, But Made “Threatening Moves”
  5. Tuesday, May 3, 8:27 p.m| Unnamed Senior Congressional Aide, Says Bin Laden Surrender Would Have Had to Take Place in the Nude (seriously)
  6. Wednesday, May 4 | U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Says All It Takes for Self-Defense Is No Surrender
  7. Wednesday, May 4 | The New York Times Reports There Wasn’t A Whole Lotta Shooting Going On in Abbottabad
  8. Thursday May 5|  Press Secretary Carney: Accuracy Was Another Casualty

Phew! It’s difficult to keep up. As The Wrap says, “Carney told the media that the administration was still in the process of cobbling together all the facts.”

Take a little time on this one, administration. Maybe do some fact-checking this time around. We’re in no hurry.

Obama’s Journalism Bailout? Come Work for Us!

s-OBAMA-PRESS-ACCESggS-large.jpgDoes six times make a trend? That’s how many journalists have jumped ship in recent months to take on jobs with the Obama administration — the most recent being Jill Zuckman who was a Washington-based correspondent at the Chicago Tribune. Zuckman joins a list that most recently includes Jay Carney, Doug Frantz, Scott Shepard, Warren Bass, and Peter Gosselin. Over at Politico Michael Calderone notes that all this movement is causing some consternation in certain circles.

“Obama bails out more media water-carriers,” conservative blogger Michelle Malkin wrote…Blogs at both the Weekly Standard and the National Review are pointing to a “revolving door” that spins between the media and the Obama administration. And while Brent Bozell, president of the conservative Media Research Center, acknowledges that financial troubles may be forcing reporters out of newsrooms, he thinks it’s worth noting where they’re going.

“When some leave journalism because of a reduction in staff, what’s the natural landing spot?” The Obama administration,” Bozell charged.

All of which might make for a stronger argument if, say, the entire journalism industry wasn’t crumbling around us daily (perhaps Bozell and Malkin should subscribe to our daily newsfeed to get a dose of just how dire things are these days!). One imagines that receiving a paycheck from the government instead of applying to it for unemployment is the more attractive option for many journalists facing buyouts and layoffs. So perhaps these decisions have less to do with personal politics than being able to pay to mortgage. What say you readers?

What does the Obama ‘journalist bailout’ signify?
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Shots From Today’s Daily Beast Inaugural Brunch

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The Daily Beast and Morning Joe crews jointly hosted a well-attended (though tricky to-get-to courtesy of a myriad of road blocks) brunch this morning at the Council on Foreign Relations building. While plenty of bold-faces mingled the room imbibing “Obamimosas” and quiche, the star of the hour had to be David Axlerod whose hand everyone wanted to shake.

We bumped into Peggy Noonan who told us that after the pilot on her US Airways flight from New York yesterday came on to announce they were departing for Washington D.C. the entire plane had burst into applause.

Jay Carney
, who is departing Time to be Joe Biden‘s director of communications showed us his transition Blackberry (they get a new one next Tuesday) and said that there will be no AIMing in the Vice President’s office, either (Joe will have to give up his Berry, also). He also said that he doesn’t foresee himself coming back to news reporting after his stint in the government, though “maybe as a columnist.” Of course what journalism will look like in four to eight years is anyone’s guess! Pics from the brunch after the jump.

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Morning Media Menu: December 16

mornmm.gifToday on Morning Media Menu — our newly-launched audio podcast based around the mediabistro.com Morning Newsfeed and mediabistro.com blog network — we discuss Jay Carney‘s move from Time to Biden, Scarlett Johansson‘s mis-quotes in Cosmo UK, and The Media is Dying. Also, we have our first ever caller and Webchat.

Jay Carney Departs Time for Biden Post

Carney-J.jpgIs this the media equivalent of going through the looking glass? Jay Carney, Time‘s Washington bureau chief, contributor at Swampland, and regular guest on This Week (along with his wife Claire Shipman. Question: will she be allowed to cover the White House for ABC after his switch?) has announced he is departing the magazine to become Joe Biden‘s communication’s director. Let the liberal media bias claims begin! Actually Carney covered the McCain campaign and was far more criticized by the left-wing chorus than the right.

Over at Politico Michael Calderone has some reactions from the Time camp. Says Joe Klein: “I didn’t even know Jay was a democrat…Really, he has great Republican sources from his days covering the Bush White House and he’s one of those guys who always seemed pretty balanced at editorial meetings when it came to evaluating the latest developments. (Which I guess is a quality you want in a communications director.)” Indeed. Time editor Rick Stengel was quick to point out that this was not a measure of print’s uncertain future. Of course if you had the choice between the Obama administration and an industry that is tanking at alarming rates, what would you do?

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New Blog for Ana Marie Cox, and Time.com Redesigns

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Sorry if we’re putting the cart before the horse, but the thing that got our attention first was the new Time.com political blog Swampland to which former Wonkette Ana Marie Cox is contributing, along with Jay Carney, Karen Tumulty and Joe Klein.

Time.com also launched its redesign, and FishbowlDC rounds up the Times on it, as well as runs the release.

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