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Taking Another Look at That Bernard Weinraub Farewell Column

ShutterstockAmyPascal2013When Bernard Weinraub exited the New York Times in 2005, he of course composed a farewell column. That article contains what now seem like a number of very prophetic statements, given the criminal intrusion and Tinseltown reactions threatening his wife’s tenure as Sony Pictures co-chairman. Starting with this Weinraub observation about his 14 years covering Hollywood:

My marriage, and some of the events that tumbled out of it, taught me something about the ferocity of a culture in which the players can be best friends one day and savage you the next.

Maybe it was 24 hours then. But thanks to the solidified culture of texting, email and social media, it’s now nanoseconds. As some of Pascal’s emails have shown (and the press has failed to properly contextualize), one of the main jobs of a studio chief is to tell each fragile ego what they want and need to hear. Regardless of that studio chief’s personal, true beliefs.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Sony Demands News Orgs. Delete Data | Denby to Step Down

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Sony Pictures Demands News Agencies Delete ‘Stolen’ Data (NYT)
Sony Pictures Entertainment warned media outlets on Sunday against using the mountains of corporate data revealed by hackers who raided the studio’s computer systems in an attack that became public last month. THR Sony Pictures Entertainment lawyer David Boies sent a letter to news organizations Sunday, referring to leaked Sony documents as “stolen information” and demanded that the files be ignored, or destroyed if they had already been downloaded. “We are writing to ensure that you are aware that SPE does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use of the stolen information, and to request your cooperation in destroying the stolen information,” the letter reads. Variety The security breach and subsequent data dump has made public such internal financial documents as film budgets, earnings statements and emails from top Sony executives. It’s also resulted in a series of embarrassing revelations such as an email exchange between Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin in which the two made a series of racially charged jokes about President Barack Obama’s favorite movies. Both Rudin and Pascal have since apologized. Deadline The Sony information continues to be released in batches from unknown sources, including one Sunday in an email to news organizations that included a link to more information cached in online sites and promised an unspecified “Christmas gift” to come. Re/code A group claiming responsibility for the devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment on Sunday offered to selectively hold back on releasing email correspondence of its employees, provided that they write in and ask. The offer, apparently from the Guardians of Peace, a group that says it has carried out the attacks, marks a new twist in its ongoing campaign of embarrassing leaks of data stolen from the studio’s computers, now entering its third week.

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Maureen Dowd Dismisses BuzzFeed Insinuation

AmyPascalThumbOur first reaction last night to Matthew Zeitlin‘s BuzzFeed item about some more of those Sony hack emails, in this case a brief March 2014 correspondence between studio co-chairman Amy Pascal (pictured) and her husband, former New York Times reporter Bernard Weinraub, was two-fold.

One, we quickly ascertained that there was no email in the shared string from Maureen Dowd; second, after reading, we surmised that if anyone had overstepped some bounds here – privately and carelessly – it was Pascal’s husband Weinraub. Today, in a statement provided to FishbowlNY and other outlets, Dowd has responded:

“I never showed Bernie the column in advance or promised to show it. Bernie is an old friend and the Times’ former Hollywood reporter, and he sometimes gives me ideas for entertainment columns.”

“In January, he suggested a column, inspired by a study cited in the LA Times, about the state of women in Hollywood. Amy is a friend and I reassured her before our interview that it wasn’t an antagonistic piece. She wasn’t the focus of the story, nor was Sony.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Todd Eyed for MTP | LA Times Names Publisher, CEO

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Meet The Press Reportedly Plans to Announce New Moderator Soon, Chuck Todd The Favorite (Politico / Playbook)
Chuck Todd, a political obsessive and rabid sports fan, is the likely successor to David Gregory as moderator of Meet The Press, with the change expected to be announced in coming weeks, according to top political sources. TVNewser Meet The Press has slipped to third among the Sunday public affairs shows. Todd is currently NBC’s chief White House correspondent and political director, as well as the anchor of the 9 a.m. Daily Rundown on MSNBC. FishbowlDC The New York Post’s Page Six first reported in late July that Gregory may soon be replaced. The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove later wrote in a follow-up piece that, “In multiple conversations that I had with people inside and outside NBC after the item appeared, it was taken as a given that Gregory is toast.” TVNewser Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace appeared on MediaBuzz to give his thoughts on the rumors and the influence of Sunday shows today. “I think it’s lousy,” Wallace said about how NBC News is treating Gregory amid rumors of his imminent ousting. FishbowlDC “I think they either ought to say he’s our guy, we’re sticking by him, or they ought to get rid of him, but they shouldn’t put him in this limbo,” said Wallace.

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Maureen Dowd Joins NY Times Mag

maureen dowd GMaureen Dowd, who has been with The New York Times since 1983, has a new gig at the paper: Staff writer for its magazine. Dowd will continue to pen her weekly op-ed column, a staple of the paper since 1995.

In a statement, Jake Silverstein, the Times Magazine’s editor, said Dowd was “a brilliant addition to our team.” “While I can’t disclose any specific assignments yet, I can reveal that Maureen’s subject matter for the magazine will range far afield from her current bailiwick of politics, foreign affairs, Hollywood, and edible marijuana,” added Silverstein.

Andy Rosenthal, editorial page editor of the Times said, “Maureen’s influence on our Op-Ed page can’t be overstated and I’m very happy that our readers will continue to hear her timely take on whatever the hot issue of the moment happens to be.”

HuffPo Media Editor Ponders Other Possible NYT ‘Drug’ Columns

ShutterstockEdibleMarijuanaPerhaps the scariest thing about Huffington Post Media senior editor Jack Mirkinson‘s fun little riff on Maureen Dowd‘s instant-classic “Harsh/Mellow” field trip is that a couple of his suggestions for similar Grey Lady op-eds seem completely reasonable.

In fact, if we didn’t know any better, we could have sworn we already had the following pair of items bookmarked:

After consuming the cocaine that he smuggled through a crumbling American airport, Tom Friedman subjects his cab driver in Bangalore to a deeply intense, four-hour monologue about green capitalism.

Paul Krugman explains how his six-month flirtation with LSD in the early 90s changed how he saw the banking industry.

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Highlights from Jill Abramson’s Q & A

Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times, took some time out of her day to answer readers’ questions. There were a variety of subjects covered, but we selected a few of our favorite questions and answers. Check them out below.

What’s your advice for a young female journalist who hopes to climb the ranks to a leadership role in the news media someday? 

Abramson: Learn how to report, listen to people and ferret out what is really interesting and important. Read Maureen Dowd.

How can you guarantee The New York Times’s objectivity in this age of “infotainment” and claims of bias?

Abramson: Our standards for accuracy and quality journalism include the separation of news and opinion, and articles are clearly labeled. A legendary executive editor named Abe Rosenthal once said he wanted his tombstone to read “he kept the paper straight.” This, too, is my standard for the news report.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. New York Times reporter Leaks Maureen Dowd Column to CIA, August 28
  2. Cover Battle: The New Yorker or Vice, August 30
  3. New York Live Makes Another Programming Switch to 12:30 p.m.; Jane Hanson (left) to Exit Show Friday, August 27
  4. News Corp. Either Loves Obama or Really Hates Romney, August 23
  5. Bloomberg Insider Calls Reagan a ‘Socialist,’ Waits for Republicans to Burn Convention to the Ground, August 28
  6. Weekend Weathercaster Domenica Davis Out at WNBC; Steve Villaneuva Bolts WPIX to Fill Slot, August 24
  7. Howard Stern Marks 30th Anniversary of New York Debut at WNBC, August 30

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New York Times Reporter Says Column He Purposely Sent to CIA Was a Mistake

Well we finally heard from Mark Mazzetti, the New York Times reporter who leaked a Maureen Dowd column to the CIA. In Arthur Brisbane’s piece on the incident, Mazzetti apologizes for sending Dowd’s article and explains what happened:

I did make a bunch of calls and was doing this on deadline. As part of the process, I also did send the column. It was definitely a mistake to do. I have never done it before and I will never do it again.

As you might recall, in his correspondence with the CIA, Mazzetti wrote, “This didn’t come from me… and please delete after you read. See, nothing to worry about.” That doesn’t really sound like a “mistake” to us.

In fact, it sounds like someone purposely doing something they know they’re not supposed to and trying to cover up their tracks. But we all see things differently in life, right?

New York Times Says Reporter Leaking Dowd Column Was a ‘Mistake’

The New York Times is doing its best to sweep a bit of internal controversy under the rug. A spokesperson for the paper said that Mark Mazzetti, the reporter who leaked a Maureen Dowd column to the CIA, simply made a “mistake” that “is not consistent with New York Times standards.” More from the spokesperson, via the Times:

Last August, Maureen Dowd asked Mark Mazzetti to help check a fact for her column. In the course of doing so, he sent the entire column to a C.I.A. spokeswoman shortly before her deadline. He did this without the knowledge of Ms. Dowd.

That’s it. No word on any sort of punishment for Mazzetti, no apology from Mazzetti, nothing.

We do expect Mazzetti to comment eventually, but what we’d really like to hear is what Dowd thinks of all this. We’re sure she’s got some interesting/profane thoughts on the matter.

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