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White House Launches Probe Into CIA Station Chief Disclosure (Politico)
The White House has launched an investigation into how the name of the CIA’s station chief in Afghanistan was released to the press Sunday during President Barack Obama’s surprise visit to U.S. troops there, officials said. TVNewser White House counsel Neil Eggleston will oversee the investigation. FishbowlDC On Sunday as President Obama spoke at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, a pool report sent to upwards of 6,000 journalists included the name of a CIA station chief in the country, as one of many briefing the President during his visit. HuffPost The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson, who wrote the pool report, had received the list from White House officials. Wilson included the list as part of a pool report from Obama’s visit to Afghanistan that was distributed Saturday by the White House press office, which later sent out a revised version not including the station chief’s name. Despite the pool report appearing in thousands of inboxes, all major news outlets have continued to withhold the covert agent’s name at the government’s request. Time The CIA official operates under a cover, though their identity is known to the Afghan government. The release of the name is not only a faux pas in intelligence circles, but could jeopardize the CIA officer’s career and safety.

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Texas Monthly Sues Times Co. Over New Hire (NYT)
The publisher of Texas Monthly filed a lawsuit on Friday against The New York Times Company related to the Times’ hiring of the magazine’s departing editor-in-chief, Jake Silverstein. FishbowlNY Emmis Publishing is claiming that the Times influenced Silverstein into breaching his contract. The lawsuit states that Silverstein’s contract expires in February of next year. NY Post The six-page Texas state court action alleges that Times executive editor Jill Abramson started recruiting Silverstein in December 2012 — a full year before then-magazine editor Hugo Lindgren was ousted. Greg Loewen, president of Emmis, said the company has been “damaged by the Times and expects to be compensated.” Capital New York The suit, which seeks damages between $200,000 and $1 million, names only the Times, not Silverstein, as previously reported. Loewen said the company never intended to stand in the way of Silverstein’s pursuit of the Times Magazine editorship. Loewen said that after Silverstein told his employer last month that he was being considered for the job, Emmis notified the Times that they would have to reach a settlement on the termination of his contract with Emmis to account for the costs associated with finding Silverstein’s replacement, as well as the damage of losing a star editor. New York Magazine / Daily Intelligencer In a statement, Emmis said, “No such agreement was reached and, to date, the Times has refused to even participate in settlement discussions despite numerous attempts” by Emmis to do so.

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Media Moguls Don’t Want to Tweet with Rupert Murdoch

When Rupert Murdoch joined Twitter, there was a lot of talk about what he was going to say. Then, when he started tweeting, we all found out that he uses the social network just like the rest of us: For blasting total strangers with boring thoughts that probably should just be kept to ourselves.

Not much has changed since Murdoch joined. His avatar is less creepy, so we’ll give him applause for that. But he recently chimed in with a weather report that was, well, a bit off:

Almost warn! Non sign!

It’s really great/depressing stuff. So you have to wonder, will any other media giant join Twitter, now that Murdoch has paved the way?

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CEO Pay Increases 11 Percent

The rich keep getting richer. And richer, and richer and richer. The Wall Street Journal reports today that executives at the biggest companies in the United States saw their wallets get fatter by an average of 11 percent. The highest paid CEO is Philippe P. Dauman of Viacom, who made $84 .3 million last year.

The survey took into account stock, salary, and bonuses for execs at 350 companies. The biggest boost came via bonuses, which rose almost 20 percent.

Media execs did well, grabbing four out of the top ten spots. In addition to Dauman, Leslie Moonves at CBS, Robert Iger at Disney, and Jeffrey Bewkes of Time Warner round out that group. Rupert Murdoch came in at 52nd, raking in a measly $16.5 million. Just pathetic.

Joe Torre, Joan Collins and a Mogul Mashup

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— DIANE CLEHANE

I knew I was in for an interesting afternoon when I saw ’80s icon Joan Collins and former Yankee skipper Joe Torre arrive at Michael’s within minutes of each other. Where else would you possibly expect to run into two icons at the opposite ends of the pop cultural spectrum at lunch in Manhattan? The funny thing was barely anyone noticed. The  crowd was much too busy trying to figure out what all the media moguls were discussing at their tables. Sorry to disappoint, but I can’t read lips so I’m not much help on that front. However, I can report these captains of industry barely took a breath between bites and there were a lot of points being made with forks in the air.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Discovery ID’s head honcho Henry Schleiff, holding court with four important-looking folks

2. Joan Collins, husband Percy Gibson and an unidentified preppie. The Dynasty star was in full diva mode as she sauntered to her table peering out at the crowd from beneath the brim of her gray cowboy hat. Alexis Carrington lives!

3.  For a minute we thought Bono might be stopping by when we heard manager Paul McGuinness had reserved the table, but it turned out his guests were two folks who definitely were not members of U2.

4. Mike Ovitz, talking a blue streak while his lunch date spent much of the time listening with his arms crossed. Whatever could that body language mean?

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Media Exec Looks At Gathering Storm Clouds And Sees Bright Future

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Research analysts show that ad spending has been down for two consecutive quarters, but CBS CEO Leslie Moonves and his rivals don’t seem to care.

CNNMoney.com
reports out of the Merrill Lynch media and entertainment conference, quoting Moonves as saying: “We are not seeing any trends that say people are pulling back on advertising.”

Other media execs are also upbeat. Which makes us wonder: What gives? Aren’t all the forecasts depressingly dark?

CNN provides a glimmer of an answer: If the economy goes in the toilet, the presidential contenders will have that much more to fight about. A bigger fight means more ad revenue for media companies.

“It’s impossible to underestimate how important that is to us. Political advertising will be stronger in the fourth quarter than anticipated earlier in the year,” Moonves said.

And if media companies make more money, then there will be more jobs for media grunts, yes? So, out-of-work journos, let’s hope for a recession! (Hmm. Somehow that still doesn’t make sense to us.)

CBS Has Eye For CNN

cbs_cnn_060407.jpgThere are only so many budding media mergers we can follow at this point, but it appears CBS chief Sumner Redstone is sweet on CNN, should Time Warner decide to sell.

Viva Variety:

CBS chairman Sumner Redstone and CEO Leslie Moonves reignited the prospect of a merger between CBS News and CNN at CBS’ annual meeting — and this time they’re talking about a full-blown acquisition of the cable news net. Serious talks on such a merger ended years ago.

At the meeting, Redstone told shareholders: “CNN would be a lot better off if CBS owned it.”

Not a chance, says Time Warner spokesman Ed Adler. “CNN is not for sale and is doing very well as part of Time Warner.”

  • CBS still pondering CNN pairing [Variety]