Morning Media Newsfeed 03.01.11
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Hey, Charlie Sheen Was On TV Tonight (TVNewser)
Got to hand it to Piers Morgan. After Charlie Sheen gave living-room interviews to ABC's Andrea Canning on Saturday, NBC's Jeff Rossen on Sunday, and a backyard interview with TMZ.com Monday, Sheen headed to CNN's Hollywood studios for a sitdown with Morgan Monday night. Rossen interviewed Sheen again Monday for a new interview that will air Tuesday on Today. Then there's the 20/20 special Tuesday night. Had enough yet? Mediaite: "Are you under the influence right now of any substance?" Morgan asked. "No, right now I'm under the influence of you," Sheen replied. In an attempt to prove his case, Sheen dug into his bag and pulled out a piece of paper he described as drug-test results that "prove" he's clean. Mediaite: On ABC's Good Morning America, Sheen explained that his behavior may be hard for non-Sheens to understand. "You borrow my brain for five seconds, and just be like, 'Dude, can't handle it, unplug this bastard.' Because it fires in a way that's, you know, maybe not from this particular terrestrial realm." NYT / Media Decoder: On his conversations with doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, where he was admitted last month for abdominal pains: "They were like, 'AA this,' and I was like, 'Bye bye, that.' " THR: Sheen said he regrets making comments about Two and a Half Men co-creator Chuck Lorre that the Anti-Defamation League called "at best bizarre, and at worst, borderline anti-Semitism." THR: Lorre seemingly addressed the Sheen situation in the vanity card on one of his other CBS shows Monday night. Lorre didn't call Sheen out by name in the card, which aired at the end of Mike & Molly, but it seems clear that Lorre was responding to angry attacks recently made against him by Sheen. TheWrap.com / The Box: Sheen may never work in Burbank again, but we think Warner Bros., CBS, and Lorre will finally decide to continue producing Two and a Half Men anyway -- in a new format or with a new star. THR: The troubled star is saying he's ready to return to acting, but the real question is whether anyone would hire him -- and how much it would cost to insure him. LA Times / Show Tracker: Veteran Hollywood publicist Stan Rosenfield, who represented Sheen through the actor's rehab attempts and breakup with his employers on hit sitcom Two and a Half Men, abruptly resigned Monday. The Daily Beast / Sexy Beast: The surest sign of the star's implosion: He's become best friends with baseball has-been Lenny Dykstra. Mashable: The YouTube community has responded to Sheen's very public meltdown the way it always responds to celebs in trouble: by piling on.
Oscar's Big Night Comes Up Short (WSJ)
A smaller audience tuned in for the Academy Awards Sunday night on ABC, reversing two years of growth for one of television's biggest events. Multichannel News: While ABC's telecast sustained audience erosion, E! netted its most-watched red-carpet show ever Sunday night with the Academy Awards prelims. TechCrunch: Twitter has changed the way we watch television. Say what you will about the 83rd Annual Oscars (and thus far the consensus is "meh"), you've probably already said it on Twitter.
Christiane Amanpour Gets First Interview With Gaddafi (HuffPost)
Christiane Amanpour nabbed the first U.S. interview with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi Monday.
In a move that runs counter to the open nature of Twitter, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has blocked several members of the Texas media from accessing his Twitter account. Politico / 2012 Live: During a sitdown with reporters Monday, the Texas governor incorrectly identified Juarez -- located across the Rio Grande, and border, from El Paso -- as "the most dangerous city in America."
TheWrap.com Counsel Bert Fields Responds To Nikki Finke (TheWrap.com / WaxWord)
TheWrap.com responded Monday to a cease-and-desist letter from Jay Penske's Mail.com Media Corp., parent of Nikki Finke's Deadline blog, sent the previous week.
Salon.com Merger Talks Collapse (NYT / DealBook)
Merger talks between Salon.com, a pioneer in online news and opinion, and Newser.com, a news aggregation Web site founded by a journalist, Michael Wolff, have collapsed.
The CW network is hoping to net a successor to outgoing entertainment president Dawn Ostroff, and is interviewing a string of candidates for the job.
Race And Rage -- CNN's Don Lemon Talks With Rodney King 20 Years Later (CNN / PressRoom)
In the early morning hours of March 3, 1991, construction worker Rodney King and two companions were pulled over after a high-speed chase in Los Angeles. King's friends were arrested without incident, but the violent confrontation between King and the officers on the scene made national headlines, and ignited racial tensions in the city -- and the nation.
What Makes @ACarvin Tweet? (TechCrunch)
NPR senior strategist Andy Carvin has been one of the most prominent Western information routers, spending 15-17 hours per day Tweeting out news about the region, getting rate-limited and subsequently white-listed by Twitter, and at one point becoming so synonymous with #egypt that someone anonymously sent him a shirt,"I followed @ACarvin before #egypt did."
If you count all of the different media-related apps for the iPhone and iPad, there are almost an infinite number of ways to consume the news -- some are specific to a particular newspaper or magazine, while others try to aggregate different sources of news for you.
ABC Announces New Dancing With The Stars Contestants (B&C)
Participants include legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, Disney star Chelsea Kane, rapper Romeo, Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio, supermodel Petra Nemcova, E! reality star Kendra Wilkenson, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward, radio personality "Psycho Mike" Catherwood, talk show host Wendy Williams, WWE wrestler Chris Jericho, and actress Kirstie Alley.
OneMinuteNews Targets Generation Y With Bite-Sized Videos, Interaction (WebNewser)
Got a minute for the news? OneMinuteNews, which, as the name suggests, offers one-minute news bites on-demand to Web and mobile users, will make its debut Tuesday.
TVNewser has learned Eliot Spitzer, host of new 8 p.m. ET show In the Arena, has moved into the office of his former CNN co-host, Kathleen Parker. Daily Beast: Spitzer is already moving on, with his new show up and running. But even off the air, Parker Spitzer ended much as it began -- with Spitzer insisting on the last word.
Denton: Gawker's Redesign More Bruising Than It Needed To Be (Poynter / Romenesko Memos)
"When the redesign first launched, some key features simply did not work -- which is no way to introduce readers to something new," Gawker Media boss Nick Denton wrote.
Free Range Content's Repost.Us Enters Content-Syndication Game (WebNewser)
The latest addition to the list of online content-syndication services comes from Free Range Content: Repost.Us, a Web-based solution that debuts Tuesday, is fully automated, removing the human element and allowing publishers and content creators to share content.