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MSNBC Fires Author of ‘Unacceptable’ Tweet, Phil Griffin Apologizes to RNC Chair (TVNewser)
Responding to RNC chair Reince Priebus‘ demand for an apology over an offensive tweet suggesting conservatives are against interracial marriage, MSNBC has fired the author of the tweet, and network president Phil Griffin has apologized to Priebus. Griffin’s apology comes after Priebus banned all RNC officials from appearing on MSNBC. THR / The Live Feed The full tweet, sent Wednesday at 8:06 p.m. from the MSNBC Twitter account, read: “Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/biracial family.” In an email to “interested parties,” RNC communications director Sean Spicer noted that Priebus and Griffin spoke by phone on Thursday. “We appreciate Griffin’s admission that their comment was demeaning and disgusting, and the chairman accepted his apology,” wrote Spicer, adding that the RNC “will aggressively monitor the network to see whether their pattern of unacceptable behavior actually changes.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Shortly before 11 p.m. ET Wednesday, MSNBC apologized for the tweet, which it called “offensive,” and announced that it would be deleting it. “Earlier, this account tweeted an offensive line about the new Cheerios ad. We deeply regret it. It does not reflect the position of msnbc,” the network wrote on Twitter. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Note, too, the wording in the apology regarding the firing: “We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet.” It doesn’t say that they’ve dismissed the person who wrote the tweet, merely the person “responsible” for it. As argued earlier on the Erik Wemple Blog, “responsibility” for that tweet could well encompass many different folks at the network.

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BNO News To Launch Subscription Newswire|Aol.|Publish Your Tweets|Keep Calm And Carry On|Jailed Newsweek Reporter And His “Daily Show” Interview

WebNewser: BNO News is launching a subscription-only newswire next year, and its first client is

AgencySpy: Meet the new AOL: Aol.

GalleyCat: Now you can immortalize your tweets in print.

New York Times: A number of media companies have posted World War II-era Britain-inspired signs telling staffers to “Keep calm and carry on”. Wonder if any one is following that advice.

Newsweek/Mediaite: Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari chronicles his ordeal in prison in Iran in this week’s cover story, and mentions that a “Daily Show” segment that ran shortly after after his arrest was used by his captors as evidence that he was a spy.

HuffPost Introduces Nominees For Game Changers In Media


The Huffington Post has asked its readers to help pick the top 100 “game changers”: people who are “using new media to reshape their fields and change the world.” But as the site has revealed two new lists each week, we were surprised not to see founder Arianna Huffington on any of the them, especially this week’s list, Media Game Changers. We thought that HuffPost not putting its founder on the list rings just a little bit of false modesty. Come on, if Arianna isn’t at least one of the top ten game changers in media, who is?

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On The Menu: Radio Vet Dean Olsher Hopes For A Renaissance In Journalism


Today on the Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcomed radio veteran Dean Olsher, who is promoting his book on crossword puzzles, “From Square One.”

Olsher, who is also a journalism professor at NYU, spoke about the future of journalism as he sees it. “There are many things that I’m not going to mourn, and it’s fine that anyone can have a radio show today,” he said. “With my student, they’ve signed up for a master’s degree in journalism from NYU and they’re paying big money hoping for a traditional job, and those don’t exist any more…The jobs that are going away now are not going to come back. It’s a total paradigm shift.”

“I’m sort of a medieval monk and I’m keeping ancient wisdom alive, having to do with professionalism and ethics in journalism,” Olsher went on. “And I’m passing them along to this new generation and I’m hoping that they can bring about a renaissance somewhere down the line and they can figure out some way to pay for work as professional journalists.”

The most important tool his students need to have in order to work in the field now: skepticism. “It has nothing to do with the technology,” Olsher said.

Also discussed:‘s acquisition of hyperlocal Web site, Martha Stewart and Olsher’s study of crossword puzzles and the people who are addicted to them.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at and call in at 646-929-0321. Acquires Hyperlocal Site|FT Plans For Micropayments|Gourmet Launches Foodie TV Show|Kurtz Poo-poos Rather’s Presidential Commission Idea

WebNewser: has acquired hyperlocal Web site EveryBlock which provides news and information “down to the neighborhood level” in 15 cities.

New York Times: The Financial Times is relishing its pay-for-content model, now launching a plan to accept micropayments for individual articles as an alternative for readers who don’t want to pay for a whole subscription.

Mediaweek: Starting this fall, Gourmet magazine is adding another new foodie television show to the schedule. The public television show, “Adventures with Ruth,” will be hosted by Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl and will debut October 17.

Washington Post: Howard Kurtz says Dan Rather is wrong: a presidential commission is not necessary to save the media. “I’d rather avoid the political bloviating that would permeate any conference orchestrated by the White House,” Kurtz said. “Journalists got themselves into this mess by clinging to the past as technology threatened to pass them by. They’ll have to get themselves out of it without any assistance from the Oval Office.”

Video: Jeff Rivera, a GalleyCat and Huffington Post contributor, interviewed “Dancing With The Stars” pro Karina Smirnoff about her new Broadway ballroom dance show and her new New York City digs.