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2014 Ratings: Fox News No. 1 for 49th Consecutive Quarter (TVNewser)
Fox News finishes its 49th consecutive quarter and 147th consecutive month as the top-rated cable news network, besting the competition in both total day and primetime during the first quarter of 2014. In addition to delivering cable news’ top 14 programs in total viewers and top seven programs in the adults 25-54 demographic, Fox News was the only cable news network to grow compared to the year-ago quarter. Despite a strong March for CNN, MSNBC held on to the second-place spot among the cable news networks in both total day and primetime. HuffPost The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was one of the biggest stories of the month, and CNN — whose obsessive coverage of the plane has brought it both ratings victories and repeated criticism — reaped the rewards in March. The network beat MSNBC in weekday primetime in the demo at the end of the quarter, averaging 240,000 viewers in the 25-54 category to MSNBC’s 201,000. Those numbers represent a 71 percent increase in the demo compared to March 2013. Variety The numbers come as MSNBC pushed hard during the period to cover the “Bridgegate” scandal surrounding New Jersey governor Chris Christie, and they raise the question of whether CNN will be able to sustain its March momentum when and if the MH 370 story loses the interest of news audiences.

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Megan Carpentier Joins Guardian US

The Guardian US has named Megan Carpentier deputy opinion editor. Carpentier was previously Raw Story’s executive editor and an associate editor at Talking Points Memo. She has also served as an editor at Jezebel and an associate editor at Wonkette.

Carpentier’s work has appeared in publications like Us Weekly, The Washington Post, The Guardian and Foreign Policy.

Carpentier will join Matt Sullivan at the Guardian US’s “Comment is Free” opinion vertical. She starts April 15.

Is the iPhone 4S Anti-Abortion, Anti-Birth Control?

Siri, the built-in voice command feature on the iPhone 4S, can help you find the place you’re looking for, be it the nearest Mexican restaurant, gym, or medical marijuana clinic. Billed as a digital assistant by apple, Siri uses Internet services to look up your request, and provides answers based on your current location. But ask Siri where the nearest abortion clinic is, even if you’re standing right next to one, and she tends to draw a blank.

Disturbingly, the program’s blind spots aren’t limited to abortion, but women’s sexual health issues in general. Need emergency contraception? A rape counselor? Birth control? Users have found that Siri’s answers are similarly useless, despite the fact that a basic web search on the subjects turns up a wealth of information.

Male sexuality suffers no such restrictions. Siri is quite helpful in the search for Viagra, strip clubs and escort services.

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Which Jezebels Went Part-Time; Denton on Gawker Cuts

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(L-R: Megan Carpentier, Tracie Egan, and Sadie Stein)

In the wake of Gawker Media’s latest layoffs, we’re hearing more about what went down at the blog network. Sources with inside knowledge of today’s cuts report that editors Megan Carpentier, Tracie Egan, and associate editor Sadie Stein are the Jezebel staffers who’ve been made part-time employees. Jezebel managing editor Anna Holmes would only tell FishbowlNY that three editors had their hours cut, declining to confirm their names. Holmes said there “shouldn’t be much less” content on the blog following the staff cuts and status changes. Carpentier posted to Twitter at approximately 11 p.m. Monday night, seemingly in reference to her modified employment status:

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Is Coverage of the Online Glass Ceiling Just Reinforcing It?

02_24_47_Orr_Judith_Through the glass ceiling.jpgLots of talk today about women and blogging, much of it kicked off by the NYT‘s coverage of the annual BlogHer conference in San Francisco last week-end. The article was widely criticized by women in the blogosphere and many questioned whether the NYT was merely reinforcing the glass ceiling that BlogHer was set up to combat by running the piece in the Style section and by focusing on particularly feminine things like the bathroom setup, the lactation room, child care. Meanwhile, the Netroots gathering in Austin, which took place on the same week-end, received far more extensive coverage, and not just because Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi made appearances. Notes Jezebel’s Megan Carpentier: “A cursory search of the Times’ archives shows no less than 10 stories filed with the paper or its blogs during Netroots Nation…This weekend’s story on BlogHer was the first the Times had filed about the event.” Says Salon‘s Rebecca Traister,

The problem is not simply with the placement of one story, but with a newspaper that does not take “women’s stories” — in this case one that could have also been about business, technology, politics or gender as a social, economic or professional impediment to success — seriously enough to give them other, more newsy space in its pages.

Another publisher who apparently isn’t taking their online women’s stories very seriously is Conde Nast. The Observer is reporting that the publisher has a series of online “‘girl’-illa blogs” that it does not seem terribly interested in promoting. And why would they when print is so profitable these days! In the meantime, and until everyone else catches up, there’s always Jezebel.

Jezebel Moe off the Radar, On to Gawker

Picture+7.pngStop the presses. Or moveable type. Or whatever. Radar has just informed us that Jezebel’s Moe Tkacik is staying put. Sort of. According to Radaronline.com executive editor Alex Balk, who posted the news just a few minutes ago, Gawker lord Nick Denton has managed to convince Moe to remain under his umbrella. He is apparently moving her over to Gawker’s flagship site, where she will be accorded “more creative freedom and fewer of the onerous tasks she is currently responsible for at Jezebel.” Says Balk:

I wish Moe only the best; this wouldn’t be so hard to take if she weren’t so talented, and I’m jealous of her soon-to-be co-workers at Gawker who will be the beneficiaries of her wisdom.
So yeah, Jezebel’s loss is now Radar‘s loss is Gawker’s gain. No word on whether Tkacik’s new found “creative freedom” at Gawker heralds some sort of new direction for the site or who Jezebel plans on tapping as a replacement, however we suspect current Jezebel “contributor” Megan Carpentier is probably a good guess.