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Morning Media Newsfeed: Clinton Begins Media Tour | NYT Magazine Adds Wasik

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Diane Sawyer’s Clinton Interview Draws 6 Million Viewers (TVNewser)
According to preliminary Nielsen data, Diane Sawyer’s interview with Hillary Clinton averaged 6.079 million viewers in the 9 p.m. ET hour Monday night. Sawyer had the first interview with Clinton as the former Secretary of State began her press tour for Hard Choices, out Tuesday. FishbowlDC ABC led CBS and NBC in viewers for the hour. On top in ratings Monday night was Fox, which aired 24 and averaged 6.333 million viewers in the 9 to 10 p.m. hour. Deadline Hollywood However, the interview drew a 1.0 in the demo, finishing last in the 9 p.m. hour among the Big 4 networks. CNN Clinton also appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday to promote her book. Hard Choices is about Clinton’s years as President Barack Obama’s first secretary of state, which she stepped away from early last year. In her ABC appearances, she honed what is likely to be her book tour message — one of a thoughtful diplomat who is prepared to reintroduce herself to voters, especially women. With her book lining the walls of booksellers nationwide, Clinton also stopped at a Barnes & Noble in Manhattan Tuesday for her first book signing of the two-week tour. NBC News While Clinton has been traveling the country doing paid speeches in recent months, this book tour will put her on a much more rigorous — and campaign-like — schedule. She will visit at least 15 different cities over the next two weeks, including Washington, Philadelphia, Seattle, Los Angeles, Kansas City and Austin. Plus, she is doing a host of television interviews to promote the book, including with NBC News, CBS News, CNN and Fox News.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: NPR Appoints CEO | Colbert’s Successor Named | Clippers Tap Parsons

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Jarl Mohn Becomes NPR President and CEO (FishbowlDC)
The board of directors of NPR announced Friday that it has selected Jarl Mohn to become its next president and chief executive officer. WSJ Mohn is becoming the fifth leader in a five-year stretch marred by scandal and financial woes. Mohn hails from a flashier background than some of his predecessors at NPR. He spent years as a radio DJ, under the pseudonym Lee Masters, and served as an executive at MTV and VH1 before creating and running E! Entertainment Television. He subsequently served as chief executive of Liberty Digital Inc., a subsidiary of Liberty Media Group focused on interactive and cable television. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Mohn, who currently serves as chairman of Southern California Public Radio, will begin his tenure as CEO on July 1. He was recruited by acting CEO Paul Haaga, who had been running the network since September after the unexpected resignation of Gary Knell, who left to join National Geographic. Deadline New York Knell left NPR after 21 months on the job, succeeding Vivian Schiller, who was forced to resign over a string of controversies. In September NPR hoped to cut its staff by 10 percent by offering staffers a voluntary buyout. It was part of a two-year plan to eliminate an operating cash deficit expected to hit $6.1 million. HuffPost / AP Board chair Kit Jensen says Mohn has a keen ability to identify media and consumer trends and has a strong track record on diversity and fairness. Mohn said in a statement that he considers the new position a mission, not a job.

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Sold! Peretz Buys Back The New Republic

newrpungg.pngMichael Calderone at Politico has confirmed last week’s rumor that former New Republic owner Marty Peretz will be buying back the magazine from struggling CanWest. And it turns out Paul Waldman at The Daily Beast wasn’t so far off when he threw Laurence Grafstein‘s name into the mix — the Lazard executive will be leading a the group of investors.

Peretz tells Calderone the deal is underway and an official announcement will be made later today: “Something is happening today that I am very happy about…There is a group of us that are acquiring the New Republic from CanWest.” Peretz also confirms that editorially the paper will continue as is.

Like Sands Through the Hour Glass: Obama and the Press

obama press 4.jpgObama and the press: it’s not easy to keep up. In lieu of a flow chart, a brief recap. Over the winter the Press had such a crush on Obama that SNL’s parody was considered an act of intervention, and Tina Fey was heralded as a sort of feminist hero. Then there was the whole Jeremiah Wright thing and it looked like the Press was finally going to do some quality vetting on the candidate, which the campaign appeared none to pleased about. Then there was a whole slew of flattering covers and a industry-wide call for Hillary to step down, then there was the New Yorker cover (which is a sell-out, by the way), and the Lizza article, and the Nagourney article (more on this in a second) after which the better part of the American press corps including all three network anchors picked up to follow Obama on his first international tour as a candidate; a trip which culminated in yesterday’s ich bin ein Berlin speech. At the moment, and certainly according to John McCain, the press LOVES Obama. However, not so fast says the New Republic, who is arguing that the press’s love affair with Barack may actually be over. The problem? Obama is no longer putting out.

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