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Morning Media Newsfeed: Colbert to Late Show | CNN Revamps Primetime | ABC News Ups Goldston

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Stephen Colbert to Succeed David Letterman as Host of The Late Show (TVNewser)
It’s official: Stephen Colbert will take over as the host of CBS’ The Late Show when David Letterman retires next year. Specifics of Colbert’s show — including the premiere date, producers and location — will be determined after the timeline is decided for Letterman’s retirement, CBS said. Capital New York The rank and file at The Colbert Report, his Comedy Central show, are operating on the assumption they are invited to follow the comedian to staff The Late Show and stay in New York, someone familiar with Colbert’s transition plan said. Variety When Colbert sits behind the desk of the CBS program, he will do it with a new presentation — not as the right-wing caricature he plays in his current perch on Comedy Central. “He is not going to play that character,” said Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS Entertainment, in an interview. THR / The Live Feed The Colbert Report, which launched in 2005, has earned an Emmy win for outstanding variety series (2013) and three Emmy wins for writing for a variety, music or comedy program (2013, 2010, 2008). Before that, Colbert spent eight years as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart as an on-air personality and writer of news satire. He also has written two books — I Am America (And So Can You!) and America Again: Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t — and won a Grammy for spoken word for America Again earlier this year. Mashable Several media outlets quoted network executives saying the deal came together quickly after Letterman’s retirement, including breakneck negotiations with several candidates. Craig Ferguson, whose Late Late Show comes on after Letterman’s, was never seen as a true contender for the slot; it remains to be seen whether he’ll stick around after being passed over. Other names thrown in the mix were Chelsea Handler and Neil Patrick Harris — but even as top contenders, they were dark horses at best. For nearly 18 months, Colbert was always CBS’ guy.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Turkey Blocks YouTube | NBC Ends Two Sites | Twitter on The Charts

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Turkish Telecoms Authority Moves Against YouTube After Twitter Ban (Reuters)
The Turkish telecoms authority TIB said on Thursday it had taken an “administrative measure” against YouTube, a week after it blocked access to microblogging site Twitter. NYT / The Lede The Turkish government blocked access to YouTube after an audio recording was uploaded to the platform in which the foreign minister and senior military and intelligence officials could be heard discussing the security situation in Syria. WSJ The leaked recording published anonymously purported to show a conversation in which Turkey’s foreign minister, spy chief and a top general appear to discuss scenarios that could lead to a Turkish attack against Jihadist militants in Syria. After the two-part voice file was published, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry sent a letter to the TIB requesting that it shutter YouTube. The content represents a “first degree threat to national security,” the ministry said, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency. CNN Turkey’s top media regulating agency announced a similar ban on the broadcast of the conversation to television and radio channels. Turkey’s political elite has been battered by a campaign of wiretap leaks recorded by unknown operatives and distributed daily for more than a month on the Internet. Until Wednesday, all of the wiretaps seemed to be recordings of phone conversations between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, his inner circle, government officials and some top corporate executives. Politico The move comes just days before significant local elections. Turkish residents decried the Twitter blockage, which prevented them from using the site in any way. A Turkish court overturned the ban on Wednesday, although it could stay in place until after Sunday’s elections. The Twitter crackdown came after similar information appeared on the site questioning the government’s credibility.

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Society Reporter Reacts to New York Post’s Sin of Omission

ScallywagAndVagabondLogoWe were amused over the weekend by “Meet New York City’s Notorious Party Crashers,” an item in the New York Post by Kate Briquelet. Today, we are even more amused by a response to the article at Scallywag & Vagabond.

While Scallywag does not name the name, it’s obvious from their piece that anyone who knows this freeloader world will immediately recognize the individual being inferred. For whatever reason(s), S argues, Briquelet chose to omit the acknowledged champion of such free-food-and-booze-fest practices:

There are many names missing on this list and one in particular that the author, an aspiring go-getter for the time being, has elected to omit. Then again sometimes we journalists are forced to make sacrifices to get something on tape…

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Romney Responds to MHP | Zimmerman Out at Gawker | Post Spurs Outrage

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Romney Addresses Melissa Harris-Perry Comments: ‘People Make Mistakes’ (TVNewser)
Mitt Romney has accepted an apology from MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry after she and several guests mocked a Romney family photo that included his adopted black grandson, the former presidential candidate said on Fox News Sunday. “I recognize that people make mistakes, and the folks at MSNBC made a big mistake. They’ve apologized for it, and that’s all you can ask for. I’m going to move on from that; I’m sure they want to move on from it,” Romney said. The Root When asked about the so-called attack on the baby, Romney said, “If you get in the political game, you can expect incoming. But children, you know, that’s beyond the line, and I think they understand that, and feel that as well. I think it’s a heartfelt apology. I think for that reason, we hold no ill will whatsoever.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Harris-Perry offered a tearful and passionate apology to the Romneys on Saturday for remarks she and her panelists made about the family’s adopted black grandchild. In her apology on Saturday, Harris-Perry said she had intended to say “positive and celebratory things” about the photo. “But whatever the intent was, the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive, and showing the photo in that context of the segment was poor judgment,” she said. Daily Caller Harris-Perry’s apology to Romney drew derision from yet another one of her former colleagues. “If I cry, will I be forgiven of all my transgressions?” actor Alec Baldwin tweeted on Saturday night, before quickly deleting it.

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Sunday Front-Page Headline Gives Rise to #StopNYPostHate

It’s what the New York Post does. They go font-large, politically-correct-slim and let the headline rip. But many today feel they have pushed that game too far with their coverage of the murder in Long Island of Hasidic real estate developer Menachem Stark:

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On the website Vos Iz Neias, there is an angry open letter:

You have justified murder in the eyes of your readership.

If your landlord is slow on calling the exterminator, or a leaky ceiling after a snow storm, it is okay to want him dead and act upon it. It is justifiable. Warranted. Completely understandable.

Here is a man who was brutally murdered, and yet with no evidence whatsoever but innuendo alone you have declared Mr. Stark and thousands of other landlords like him, as perfectly justifiable candidates – for their lives to be snuffed out.

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At Least One Couple on Tap for Empire Steak House $10,000 New Year’s Eve

EmpireSteakhouseLogoNew York Post reporter Gary Buiso had a fun item over the weekend about the “Emperor’s Delight,” a five-course New Year’s Eve menu for two being offered tonight at the Empire Steak House on West 52nd Street. The meal starts with two pounds of Osetra caviar and ends with a bill for $10,000 (gratuity not included).

FishbowlNY was curious how the reservations were looking for this privileged, top-end option. A rep for the restaurant at press time tells us that one couple so far has made the gilded reservation.

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New York Post Maps ‘Lou Reed’s Town’

It was a close Hardeep Phull one-two race. But ultimately, we sided with the Post freelancer’s December 21 compilation of NYC Lou Reed locations over his December 20 item “The 5 Worst Celebrity Christmas Albums.”

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Phull highlights just under a dozen Manhattan spots, adding in fun, breezy observations and trivia notes. Our favorite Reed region:

Corner of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue

Of all the New York City locations in Lou Reed’s lyrics, this is the most famous. In the Velvet Underground song “I’m Waiting for the Man,” it’s mentioned as the spot where Reed meets his heroin dealer with “$26 in my hand.” The corner is a place of pilgrimage for Reed fanatics — although the only man you’re likely to wait for on that corner now is the pharmacist behind the counter at the Duane Reade.

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NYC Waiter Confirms Identity of ‘Tips for Jesus’ Do-Gooder

TipsforJesusIt makes sense that the person responsible for the Instagram account Tips for Jesus used to be involved with PayPal. Because when you strip down the gargantuan restaurant gratuity initiative to its simplest elements, it’s just another payment-flow mechanism.

After the mysterious big tipper recently hit Manhattan, and as first sussed out by Valleywag’s Sam Biddle, the New York Post appears to have let the cat completely out of the bag:

The generous restaurant-goer left one lucky server at NoMad in the Flatiron District a $7,000 tip over the weekend, while another at The Smith near Lincoln Center got $3,500 and a waiter at Bo’s Kitchen in Chelsea raked in $1,000.

Bo’s waiter Aruj Dhawan told The Post that his big tipper was eccentric former PayPal vice president Jack Selby, who’d been rumored to be behind the random acts of kindness.

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A Typo-Filled Anniversary for 2012 New York Subway Incident Victim

Earlier today, we caught a typo in the New York Post. Instead of Jonah Peretti, media columnist Keith J. Kelly had as the winner of Adweek‘s Digital Editor of the Year one “John Peretti.” (The typo has since been fixed.)

iMediaEthicsLogoHowever, that slip-up can’t hold a candle to the litany of errors the Post and many other outlets made with another, less famous person’s name. As documented today by iMediaEthics reporter Sydney Smith on the one-year anniversary of the tragic subway incident death of Ki-Suck Han, various wrong versions of this Queens resident’s name were widely disseminated. The Post for example got it wrong three different ways, and like many outlets tracked and re-contacted by Smith, failed to quickly correct.

The Daily News also had tri-trouble with the spelling. In terms of major New York dailies, only the New York Times got it right. From Smith’s piece:

Night Metro editor Peter Khoury quickly responded to our inquiry last year asking how the Times got the correct spelling. According to Khoury, the Times verified the spelling with the police and public records.

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That Kid He Mugged in the Seventies is Now a Sag Harbor Life Coach

ClaudeSoffelPicOn the home page for The BraveHeart Institute, construction firm manager turned life coach Claude Soffel (pictured) summarizes his methodology as follows:

Our philosophy is simple: we believe that in order to be the father your children need, you must first become the man you are meant to be. This means working hard to become the man your kids can look up to – a man who is 100% sure of who he is, what he stands for and the values he wants to instill in his children.

Very unexpectedly this month, Soffel found himself reunited via Facebook with a man who has taken that methodology to heart. The trail of this feel-good story was picked up over the holiday weekend by the New York Post, Daily Mail, BuzzFeed and others.

Michael A. Goodman – a resident of Hilo, Hawaii who mugged Soffel in Manhattan in the mid-1970s when both were teenagers – recognized Soffel’s name in a Facebook thread and posted an apology for his long-ago actions. The mugging happened in front of the Museum of Natural History; the Facebook thread involved fond memories of H&H Bagels on the Upper East Side. From Soffel’s Facebook response to Goodman’s apology:

Interestingly, I have dedicated a large portion of my life to helping other men be the man they have always wanted to be, and moments like this one continue to fuel my faith that the battle may be uphill but so rewarding.

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