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Article Author, NYT Culture Editor Address Shonda Rhimes Outcry

Sometimes, it’s all about the article updates.

Adding to a post this morning about the furor surrounding New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley‘s weekend piece on Shonda Rhimes‘ new ABC-TV program How To  Get Away With Murder, public editor Margaret Sullivan has shared post-publication feedback from culture editor Danielle Mattoon and author Stanley.

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Let’s start with Mattoon’s remarks. Rhetorical is all fine and dandy, but next time, she and her fellow NYT editors may want to make sure a question mark (or some other equivalent indicator) punctuates this approach. As written, the first-paragraph intent was not clear enough:

“Alessandra used a rhetorical device to begin her essay,” Mattoon said, “and because the piece was so largely positive, we as editors weren’t sensitive enough to the language being used…”

She told me that multiple editors — at least three — read the article in advance but that none of them raised any objections or questioned the elements of the article that have been criticized.

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As Comcast Takes Next Step in TWC Merger, Opposition Groups Band Together (TVNewser)
Comcast took the next step in its $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Tuesday morning by filing a joint Applications and Public Interest Statement with the FCC. In a blog post about the filing, Comcast EVP David Cohen argued that the deal is good for consumers, especially current TWC customers. Those opposed to the deal, understandably, don’t think so. Fifty groups sent a letter to the attorney general and FCC chairman Tuesday asking that the deal be blocked. Capital New York The 650-page document filed with the FCC outlines the reasons Comcast believes the proposed merger with TWC would be in the public interest. Much of the document spelled out in granular detail arguments made by Comcast in its original announcement of the proposed deal, but there are some notable new takes. Comcast now sees itself as a tech company, in competition with Google, Facebook and Netflix just as much as traditional competitors like DirecTV and Verizon. Comcast argues that it doesn’t compete with TWC, as they do not operate in the same areas. Variety Critics have claimed the Comcast-TWC merger, which would create an entity that controls 30 percent of the country’s pay-TV market, is decidedly not in the public interest because it would result in fewer choices and higher prices for consumers. Moreover, the combination “could compromise the open nature of the Internet,” Sen. Al Franken told Justice Department officials last month. CNET Last week, Comcast filed a Hart-Scott-Rodino notification with the U.S. Department of Justice, which will begin the antitrust review of the merger. And on Wednesday, Cohen will testify about the merger before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Now that the official filing has been made in the merger, which was announced in February, the FCC will have a self-imposed deadline of 180 days to review and make its decision. USA Today Facing a growing number of customers flocking to streaming video and content providers demanding more payment for programs, TWC agreed in February to be bought by Comcast for $45 billion. The acquisition would give Comcast access to key media markets that it has coveted, including New York and Los Angeles, and occupy about 40 percent of the Internet service market, or about 32 million customers.

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Kerry Washington Graces Cover of Vanity Fair

Kerry Washington is Vanity Fair’s August cover girl. David Kamp, a contributing editor to the magazine, wrote the accompanying article. In the piece, the 36-year-old Bronx native opens up about seeing Nelson Mandela at Yankees Stadium when she was only 13, why she sees Oliva Pope — her character on Scandal — as both “maternal” and “executive,” and much more.

We’re not quite sure what Washington is doing with her hands in this photo, but somehow it works. Look for your FishbowlNY editors to adopt this pose at a pool near you.

The August issue of Vanity Fair hits newsstands July 9.

Will Anyone Read Elizabeth Edwards’ Book?

resilience.pngElizabeth Edwards has been all over — showing up in interviews in magazines and on “Oprah” and the “Today Show” — promoting her new book, “Resilience,” in stores last week.

Last week, we sat down to watch Edwards on “Oprah”, expecting to sob hysterically as the terminally ill cancer patient discussed her husband’s affair with campaign employee Rielle Hunter and his possible love child. Admittedly, Elizabeth’s confession that she had only asked John for one thing — loyalty — pulled at the heartstrings. But the sight of former Sen. John Edwards slinking off at the beginning of the interview, and then waiting around to be chastised by Oprah at the end of the show, was off-putting. Then, Elizabeth unfeelingly described how she had learned about John’s affair shortly after he launched his presidential campaign, how she had begged him to pull out, but then stood by him when he decided not to, in order to avoid drawing more attention to their family. There was a disconnect. It wasn’t what we had expected at all.

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Col Allan’s Aussie Stripper Adventure

0820scores.jpgPerfect. It’s not every day that Post EIC Col Allan sets off an international scandal, complete with strippers and born-again Christian politicians. Back in 2003, Allan went to strip club Scores with Australian shadow foreign affairs minister Kevin Rudd, a religious Christian who’s tipped to become the country’s next prime minister. All well and good… It’s understandable that Rupert Murdoch would have an interest in Allan wining and dining an influential Aussie politician; it’s also understandable that Allan, an Australian, would want to spend time with Rudd.

Then Syndey’s Sunday Telegraph broke the story that Rudd got a bit too excited at the club. In fact, Scores management kicked Rudd and fellow guest MP Warren Snowdon out for “inappropriate behavior” which apparently included being a bit too grabby with the dancers. Now the Australian press is having a field day with the story. Australian foreign minister Alexander Downer is suspected of leaking the story to the Telegraph.

— Neal Ungerleider