Morning Media Newsfeed: 02.28.13
Click here to receive Mediabistro's Morning Media Newsfeed via email.
Human Events Shuts Down Print Edition (FishbowlDC)
There was a large number of layoffs at Human Events, as announced at an internal staff meeting Wednesday morning, FishbowlDC has learned. But it's actually much bigger than that. The conservative publication is shutting down its print edition entirely. FishbowlDC Higher-ups at Human Events warned staff on Tuesday that there would be a big announcement at a 10:30 a.m. meeting the next day. Workers who showed up at the office before the meeting went to their desks and computers as usual. Then they gathered in the conference room where vice president and group publisher Joe Guerriero announced that the last payday for nearly all staff members would be this Friday. After the meeting, employees returned to their computers, only to find they couldn't use them. While the bad news was delivered, the log-in information had been changed. Washington Examiner / Washington Secrets "This was a difficult decision, and one we did not make lightly," said Guerriero. "As everyone knows, the newspaper business is a very tough business. Contrast that with the explosive growth of digital media, which we've seen with our own websites, HumanEvents.com and RedState.com." By the end of Wednesday, it was a blood bath -- virtually everybody associated with the small newspaper was gone, including the editor-in-chief and famed political reporter John Gizzi. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Though it "still holds sway in some conservative quarters," Politico's Ken Vogel writes, "Its market share [has been] eroded by the addition of edgy new Web-based conservative outlets like the Free Beacon, the Daily Caller and Breitbart."
'Very Senior' White House Staffer Told Bob Woodward: 'You Will Regret Doing This' (TVNewser)
Bob Woodward has been covering the White House longer than some White House staffers have been alive. But Wednesday on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, the veteran Washington Post reporter said he was threatened by "a very senior person" at the White House over some of his reporting about the sequester. Politico / Behind the Curtain Woodward called a senior White House official last week to tell him that in a piece in that weekend's Washington Post, he was going to question President Barack Obama's account of how sequestration came about -- and got a major-league brushback. The Obama aide "yelled at me for about a half hour," Woodward told us in an hour-long interview around the Georgetown dining room table where so many generations of Washington's powerful have spilled their secrets. The Hill / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room A White House official said Woodward misconstrued the exchange and that "no threat was intended." "As Mr. Woodward noted, the email from the aide was sent to apologize for voices being raised in their previous conversation," the aide said. "The note suggested that Mr. Woodward would regret the observation he made regarding the sequester because that observation was inaccurate, nothing more. And Mr. Woodward responded to this aide's email in a friendly manner."
Cablevision Lays Off Dozens in MSG Varsity Restructuring (FishbowlNY)
New York-based Cablevision has laid off dozens of employees in a major restructuring for MSG Varsity. A source spoke to FishbowlNY under the condition of anonymity as the severance package hasn't been yet been received. "Somebody's got to say this is wrong. To have a conference call [with] only three sentences and click, and you turn in your badges," the source described the company's notification to exiting staffers.
OC Register Alters Ad Policy After Anaheim Politicians Complain (Voice of OC)
The Orange County Register abruptly altered its advertising policy, barring ads that challenge politicians by name, after two Anaheim city councilwomen complained to the newspaper's new owners about ads from a local activist that criticized their support of a controversial hotel subsidy, Voice of OC has learned. FishbowlLA We're not trying to take Aaron Kushner's side here. But we do applaud the fact that this particular media company owner replied to a hot-potato-topic query from Voice of OC reporter Adam Elmahrek.
Missing Santa Barbara TV Anchor Paula Lopez Found Safe (KEYT)
KEYT news anchor Paula Lopez has returned home. Family members contacted the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to confirm that she is safe at home. The family will not make any further comments regarding the circumstances surrounding her disappearance. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department led the search effort along with Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue. A family member had alerted Sheriff deputies of her disappearance just after 10 a.m. Wednesday. LA Times / LA Now The rapid response raised questions about whether the family received favorable treatment. Often, law enforcement authorities wait 24 hours before declaring a person missing and launching search efforts.
Slow Going for Ad Sales at The New Republic (WWD / Memo Pad)
The third issue of The New Republic since it underwent a costly redesign by Chris Hughes landed in in-boxes of thousands of subscribers Monday. Even if circulation was small -- 35,000 through last March, according to the magazine -- Hughes' message to advertisers was to convey the magazine's influence and its readers' buying power. Apparently, the White House has a standing order of 130 copies.
Erin Burnett Not Going to CNN Mornings (FTVLive)
FTVLive has learned first and exclusively that Erin Burnett is not going to mornings at CNN. CNN sources tell FTVLive that Burnett to mornings is "dead in the water" and is not happening. Word is that CNN boss Jeff Zucker is planning on going a different direction in finding a co-anchor for newly hired Chris Cuomo. Mediaite A source tells Mediaite that the matter is unresolved and that Burnett is still in the running but far from a sure thing as many initially believed.
Hillary Clinton's Unwritten Memoir the Talk of the Publishing World (BuzzFeed)
When Hillary Clinton announced last month that she planned to write another memoir, she started the speculation mill churning in the New York publishing world about the book that members of the industry say could only be topped in anticipation and sales if, as one put it, "Steve Jobs came back from the dead."
News Corp. Leans Left by Donating to Democrats (The Center for Public Integrity)
When it comes to political donations, Fox News' parent company is lately catering to liberals as much as conservatives. News Corp.'s News America-FOXPAC political action committee contributed to five Democratic political candidates during January, with Republican candidates scoring a goose egg, Federal Election Commission records show.
Erick Erickson: 'Conservative Media is Failing to Advance Ideas and Stories' (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Red State blogger Erick Erickson is pleading with conservative reporters, including potential hires, "to establish a baseline for integrity in reporting" and tone down the "anger and noise." "I think conservative media is failing to advance ideas and stories," Erickson writes in a new post. "[M]any conservatives are, instead of working doubly hard to overcome [mainstream media bias], just yelling louder about the same things."
Michelle Obama's Reference to Automatic Weapons Edited out by ABC (Chicago Tribune / Chicagoland)
First lady Michelle Obama said in a Good Morning America interview Tuesday that an automatic weapon was used in the shooting death of Hadiya Pendleton, but that detail -- which is not supported by police accounts -- was edited out when the interview was aired and posted to ABC's website. The mention of automatic weapons and the subsequent editing by ABC were quickly swept into the politically charged environment surrounding gun control, becoming a hot topic on conservative blogs.
House of Cads: The Psycho-Sexual Ordeal of Reporting in Washington (The New Republic)
"We've all done it," begins one of the spicier dialogues in the new Netflix political thriller, House of Cards. Janine Skorsky, a veteran political reporter, is revealing to her young colleague, Zoe Barnes, how female journalists in Washington snag their scoops. The reporter-seductress stereotype persists, in part because some men in Washington refuse to relinquish it.
Guggenheim is Flexing its $170 Billion Muscles (Fortune)
When the bidding began last winter for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the lengthy list of suitors was predictably studded with bold-faced names. Fittingly enough, the winner was a charismatic superstar with local pedigree: retired Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson. Or rather, the victors were, as the headlines typically put it, "a team led by Magic Johnson." The team "behind" Magic Johnson -- Guggenheim Partners -- turned out to be the main force in the deal, and the eye-popping Dodgers acquisition has been only one of a handful drawing ever more attention to the firm. The Wrap / Media Alley Guggenheim Partners, the multibillion-dollar firm that owns The Hollywood Reporter and the Los Angeles Dodgers, is facing a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into its relationship with former junk-bond trader Michael Milken, Fortune magazine reported.
Regis Philbin Promises 'Major Announcement' with Fox Sports Next Week (Deadline New York)
What News Corp COO Chase Carey recently called the "world's worst kept secret" -- Fox's still-unannounced plans to turn its Speed channel into a national general sports network called Fox Sports 1 -- just became a little less mysterious. In response to a question on CNBC about reports that he'll host a show on the new service, Regis Philbin said "all I can tell you is this: There'll be a major announcement coming out next Tuesday."
New York Times Gives Starbucks Visitors 15 Free Stories A Day (paidContent)
Caffeine-addicted New York Times fans are in luck -- the paper is offering 15 free articles a day to those who surf its website while sitting in a Starbucks. Under the Times' Starbucks plan, which went into effect last week but was announced today, readers will be entitled to read three articles a day from each of the News, Business, Technology and Most Emailed sections. The Times will also offer three more articles from a rotating list of other sections like Sports.