Morning Media Newsfeed 05.08.12
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AP Held Report On New Al-Qaida Plot For Several Days (Poynter / MediaWire)
In a story revealing that the CIA had foiled an al-Qaida plot to blow up an airliner around the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, the AP reported that it had held the story for several days. The Associated Press The AP learned about the thwarted plot last week but agreed to White House and CIA requests not to publish it immediately because the sensitive intelligence operation was still under way. Once officials said those concerns were allayed, the AP decided to disclose the plot Monday despite requests from the Obama administration to wait for an official announcement Tuesday. Politico / Dylan Byers On Media On Twitter, both reporters, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman, reiterated the AP's agreement with the White House and the CIA, but did not clarify the decision to report the story one day ahead of the White House's request.
Tom Brokaw: 'It Is Time To Rethink' The Celebrity-Studded White House Correspondents' Dinner (TVNewser)
Tom Brokaw says there's good reason why most Americans feel the national media is out of touch, most recently exemplified by the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner. Politico "Look, I think George Clooney is a great guy. I'd like to meet Charlize Theron," Brokaw said. "But I don't think the big press event in Washington should be that kind of glittering event where the whole talk is about Cristal champagne, taking over the Italian Embassy, who had the best party, who got to meet the most people. That's another separation between what we're supposed to be doing and what the people expect us to be doing, and I think that the Washington press corps has to look at that." FishbowlDC Reaction started pouring in over Twitter as Brokaw's comments went viral. HuffPost On Monday, Ed Henry, the Fox News White House reporter who is also the incoming president of the White House Correspondents Association, responded at length on Twitter. TVNewser The White House Correspondents Insider has presented its awards following this year's Correspondents' Dinner weekend of festivities. WHCInsider.com It's the biggest weekend in Washington, second only perhaps to Inauguration, which you clever kids know from civics class only comes once every four years (and without as many brunches).
Washington Post's Brauchli Mum On 'Secret Meeting' (Politico / Dylan Byers On Media)
Washington Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli is staying silent about a new report of a "secret meeting" between Post president and GM Steve Hills and 10 of the paper's most high-profile journalists, to which he was not invited. Forbes / Mixed Media The Washington Post Co. reported its first-quarter earnings on Friday, and the news coming out of the newspaper division was mostly grim. Meanwhile, the Post just reported one of the biggest circulation drops of any major newspaper with the lucrative Sunday edition selling 5.2 percent fewer copies and the daily edition skidding almost 10 percent. Oh, and newsroom leaders are so distressed about the way the business decline is affecting them, they held a secret meeting with the paper's president, Steve Hills -- without inviting executive editor Marcus Brauchli. Now, are you ready for the really bad news? Buzzfeed Are you annoyed by all those automatic Facebook news apps? Apparently you're not alone. They're falling off a cliff right now. Poynter / MediaWire Something strange is happening in the world of Facebook's frictionless sharing apps.
In (Fill In The Blank) We Trust (Adweek)
"If your mother says she loves you, check it out," the famously intimidating editors of the old City News Bureau in Chicago once barked at rookie reporters and future boldface names like Kurt Vonnegut, Seymour Hersh and Mike Royko. But today, it's not just mom's love that news organizations must verify.
How Two Twentysomething Journalists Brought Down A Corrupt Kentucky Sheriff (Poynter / MediaWire)
Samantha Swindler, then 27, had been managing editor of the Corbin Times-Tribune for about three years when she asked 20-year-old Adam Sulfridge to report on a corrupt sheriff, Lawrence Hodge, who was involved in trading guns, drugs and favors.
Cable Fee Fight Takes Another Turn As Dish Networks Uses iTunes, Netflix And Amazon As Weapons (AllThingsD)
The basic contours of the TV programmer versus pay-TV provider fight are fundamental and unchanging: The programmer tries to get more money for his stuff, the pay-TV provider says that's too much, and the two sides chest-bump for a while. Eventually they settle, and you, the pay-TV customer, ends up paying more. And that's what's happening in the latest dustup between Dish Networks, the satellite TV service, and AMC Networks, the programmers now best known as the guys who bring you Mad Men, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. AdAge / MediaWorks Dish Network said Monday that Netflix and other digital video services were a main reason that it had decided to drop a bundle of channels, including AMC.
Tumblr Does Its Own Curating With New Storyboard Project (Mashable)
Aiming to help curate the site's vast array of content, Tumblr has launched a new initiative called Storyboard, billed as "tales from behind the dashboard." NY Observer / BetaBeat The first posts highlight content from celebrities (Michael Stipe), photography from Afghanistan and a fascinating piece about the New York Times' "morgue," authored by Tumblr's executive editor, Jessica Bennett.
George Zimmerman's Lawyers Hope To Win Trial By Social Media In Trayvon Martin Case (Poynter / Making Sense Of News)
In the Trayvon Martin case, the court of public opinion has moved online.
Super Mario, Cub Reporter: Jesse Schell On What The Game Industry Could Teach The News Industry (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Take a look at the video game industry, and it's hard not to think of journalism. Both built themselves up by controlling their distribution platforms -- whether that meant a game console or a newspaper's printing press -- in ways that made competition difficult, maintained pricing power, and generated lots of profits. And both are now being disrupted by "good enough" new competitors that use more open development platforms (the Web, the modern app store), run on carry-everywhere mobile devices, and are much, much cheaper. What The Huffington Post is to your local daily, 99-cent Angry Birds or free-to-start Farmville is to the $59 PlayStation console game.
The Atlantic Promotes Three Top Editors (FishbowlNY)
The Atlantic Media Company has promoted three of its top editors. James Bennet has been named editor in chief of The Atlantic, Scott Stossel has been tapped as editor, Atlantic Magazine, and Bob Cohn has jumped to editor, Atlantic Digital. minOnline Cohn's credits include spearheading the growth of TheAtlantic.com from 2.5 million unique visitors at his January 2009 start to the present 10 million-plus, as well as the successful September 2011 launch of TheAtlanticCities.com. Forbes / Mixed Media Atlantic Media went heavy on the creativity in naming the business news site it plans to launch later this year. It will be called Quartz, a name whose connections to the world of global business and finance aren't immediately obvious.
NBC Plans Olympic-Size Test Of Digital Limits (AdAge / Digital)
The group bringing digital coverage of the Olympics to the U.S. is situated on the fourth floor of a nondescript space in an office-park complex in Stamford, Conn. A recent visitor, sitting in a corner conference room, could have mistaken it for the home of almost any company -- a small hedge fund, say, which in fact was the previous occupant.
Meanwhile, In The Land Of The Free... (CJR)
In December 2010, the major payment systems used to buy goods and services online decided that Wikileaks was no longer an acceptable customer. Mastercard, Visa, and PayPal summarily cut off service, putting Wikileaks into deep financial trouble and further marginalizing an organization that had become an object of fear and loathing inside the U.S. government and other centers of wealth and power.
LIN Acquiring New Vision Stations For $330 Million (B&C)
LIN Media has agreed to acquire 13 New Vision Television stations for $330.4 million and the assumption of $12 million in debt. LIN also agreed to provide services to five separately owned network affiliates currently served by New Vision. TVSpy New Vision's 13 network-affiliated stations are located in eight markets across the country, including Birmingham, Honolulu, and Portland, Ore.
The New York Times Expanding Street Style Coverage (WWD / Memo Pad)
As if there weren't enough photographers chasing fashionable people down the street to take their pictures, The New York Times is expanding its offering of street style and is launching a biweekly video series Tuesday.
Content Is No Longer King (AllThingsD / Voices)
"Content is king" has been a long-lived mantra of media. And in the 1990s and early 2000s, it was true. But over the last several years, the Internet has upheaved the aphorism.