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TVNewser: Everyone on TV is still making fun of Sarah Palin writing on her hand. Especially Robert Gibbs.

The New York Times: Tonight marks Jay Leno‘s departure from prime-time.

FishbowlDC: Esquire lit into Bill Kristol…but were they serious or just taking the piss?

The Boston Phoenix: Want to know why you’ve never heard of The Boston Phoenix? Because The New York Times keeps poaching all their talent.

TheWrap: Google unleashed new social network Buzz today, disses Yahoo.

Philly Publisher Still Bankrupt | iPhone app Could Put Your Art in Times Square | Fox and White House Play Nice | NYU Students Still Pissed Off

Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Bankrupt Philadelphia Newspapers L.L.C is in trouble with their senior lenders, who rejected the publisher’s offer of $87 million to settle their $300 million debt.

Agency Spy: Doodle on your iPhone, and your masterpiece could end up in a giant Times Square digital display thanks to a new Prius app campaign.

FishbowlDC: The White House and Fox News have come on an uneasy truce…for now. Maybe that means Barack Obama and Robert Gibbs can stop pretending Roger Ailes‘ channel doesn’t exist?

Gothamist: Those NYU activists are still pissed and instead of writing their term papers, they are creating a 28-page manifesto outlining their grievances with the college. Which is sort of impressive on NYU’s part…getting kids to write 28 pages of anything is no small feat. Mission accomplished?

Morning Media Menu Podcast Turns Six Months Old

mmm_2-3.gifHappy six month anniversary Morning Media Menu podcast! And what’s a birthday without something going horribly wrong?

This morning, TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer and FishbowlNY managing editor Rebecca Fox talk about last night’s Webby Awards, NBC’s Chuck Todd‘s new book about the Obama administration and Rupert Murdoch‘s thoughts about newspapers.

Steve and Rebecca were supposed to be joined by first time guest ABC’s Jake Tapper, but he spoke separately to Steve later today instead. They discussed Obama’s trip to the Middle East, which Tapper just returned from covering. Tapper let Steve in on some of the feelings about the president in the foreign press.

“President Obama and his press secretary Robert Gibbs have expressed a lot of irritation with the foreign press most recently, because they tend to focus on whether perceived slights that perhaps the chancellor of Germany or the president of France or whomever is feeling at that moment and the president and others in the White House tend to push back on that as silly,” Tapper explained. “But it’s not to say that these aren’t real feelings.”

Tapper also talked about covering the White House after the first 100 days, Chuck Todd’s book and working in the press pool. “It’s a very competitive environment, and we all are competing with each other in addition to working side by side with each other,” he said.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at and call in at 646-929-0321.

White House, Warren Buffett Won’t Bail Out Newspapers

npbailoutbufgib.jpgThis week, both billionaire Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffet and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs made clear that the newspaper industry shouldn’t expect the government or the country’s most influential investor to alleviate its financial woes.

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Gibbs Sez Prez Sez No Bailouts for Newspapers


From Breitbart:

Robert Gibbs was responding to a reporter who asked what the White House thought about the recent closure of several US newspapers and a threat to shut down the venerable Boston Globe.

“Obviously (President Barack Obama) believes there has to be a strong free press,” the spokesman said. “I think there’s a certain concern and a certain sadness when you see cities losing their newspapers or regions of the country losing their newspapers.”

Yeah, that ‘media bailout’ depicted on Ugly Betty seems ever dumber now and we didn’t know that was possible.

The Daily Show Embeds With the White House Press Corp

Hot on the heels of Jon Stewart‘s CNBC takedown, The Daily Show‘s John Oliver visits the “luxurious press corps offices.”

“It’s like what Donald Trump would have designed if he’d decided to keep journalists as pets…all the greats did time here before getting real careers.”

After which he runs into Helen Thomas, who suggests he go home. He also appears to stump Robert Gibbs a bit when he asks “Which of the questions which your staff insisted be pre-approved, would you like to answer first? One, two, or three?” Snap!

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Morning Media Menu With Tammy Haddad: ‘Do You Want to be Number One?’

mornmm.gifToday on the Menu we welcome the always lovely and delightful Tammy Haddad. Haddad has had a long career in the broadcast world saw her produce for MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, NBC and CBS. Now, as president and founder of Haddad Media and, needless to say, a force in new media. She’ll also be moderating a panel at the TVNewser Summit next week on “New Tools of the Trade.”

Haddad had plenty to say about the importance of old media embracing the new. “The way people consume news…they just want it when they want it and shouldn’t we give it to them…We want to ride the wave [of new media] we don’t want the wave riding us.”

In terms of Facebook, Twitter, and the like, Haddad thinks there’s no question that everyone in media should be using the platforms to their utmost advantage.

haddadzk.jpg“People now come together through tribes. It used to be who you grew up with, where you went to school, your family, your college, your political party…those are not the basic ways younger people are defining themselves. They are on Facebook, they are on MySpace, they come to you through a different kind of grouping. And that’s why we in media have to figure out how to make money from the new kinds of tribal programming.”

“The use of interactivity has been part of media for a long time but the thing you have to do is incorporate it into how you deliver news and what your priorities are in news…It’s naive for anyone to think they could look at social networking and say ‘I’m not going to be part of it’ if you want to win. And I think that’s the question: do you want to be number one?”

Haddad also talks about how “the Robert Gibbs show is the greatest show on earth” and why she was at the head of the line to have her picture taken with Mark Zuckerberg at this year’s Davos. You can listen to the past podcasts at and call in at 646-929-0321.

More on Sunday’s NYT Magazine Piece on Obama and the Press

21Gibbs-t_CA1.650.jpgThe full article from Sunday’s NYT Magazine profile of Barack Obama‘s incoming press secretary Robert Gibbs “Between Obama and the Press” is now online and over at FishbowlDC Patrick Gavin has taken it upon himself to read so that you (or us) don’t have to! A few highlights:

Obama campaign’s communications strategy was predicated in part on an aggressive indifference to this insider set. Staff members were encouraged to ignore new Web sites like The Page, written by Time’s Mark Halperin, and Politico, both of which had gained instant cachet among the Washington smarty-pants set. “If Politico and Halperin say we’re winning, we’re losing,” Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, would repeat mantralike around headquarters. He said his least favorite words in the English language were, “I saw someone on cable say this. . . .”

After the jump Obama loses his temper!

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The More Things Change, Etc.: Obama Emulated Bush Press Tactics

22ggg98955324_a9c7e66de3.jpgOver at Politico Michael Calderone got his hands on an advance copy of this Sunday’s NYT Magazine which features a profile of Barack Obama‘s incoming press secretary Robert Gibbs by Mark Leibovich. The piece also talks about the campaign’s four letter word strategy when it came to the press: Bush. It’s not new news that more than once over the campaign season journalists commented and complained about the Obama camp’s strict press access and control over his message, so perhaps this excerpt pulled by Calderone shouldn’t come as a total surprise.

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