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CNN, Fox News Err In Covering Thursday's Supreme Court Health Care Ruling (Poynter / MediaWire)
The Supreme Court announced its ruling on the Affordable Care Act around 10:15 a.m. ET. CNN, which has been suffering in the ratings, and Fox both mistakenly reported that the individual mandate was struck down. HuffPost The trouble started early for CNN. Congressional correspondent Kate Boulduan read out part of the Court's ruling, which said that the individual mandate could not be upheld using the Commerce Clause. Disastrously, though, it failed to pick up the other part of the ruling, which said that it could be upheld as a tax. Politico / Dylan Byers On Media On television, on its website, and in breaking news alerts, CNN announced that the individual mandate had been struck down. CNN political reporter John King described it as "a dramatic blow to the policy and to the President, politically." Fox News, too, announced that the Court had found the individual mandate "unconstitutional." Moments later, SCOTUSblog, the wires, and other television networks were reporting just the opposite. TVNewser A breathless NBC justice correspondent Pete Williams got it right in an NBC/MSNBC simulcast: "They have said that it can't be upheld under the Commerce Clause, the individual mandate can't. But [Chief Justice John Roberts] said it can be upheld under the court's taxing authority. So the bottom line here is the Supreme Court has upheld the health care law. It is a penalty, not a tax." HuffPost News websites played the story straight, splashing pictures of people outside the Supreme Court and Justice Roberts. BuzzFeed News staffers at the cable network CNN, long the gold standard in television news, were on the verge of open revolt Thursday after CNN blew the coverage on the most consequential news event of the year. Poynter ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams expected that news organizations might incorrectly interpret the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act. B&C CNN apologized for the error in a statement Thursday. TVNewser "We want to reset what has just happened," Wolf Blitzer said on CNN at 11 a.m. TVNewser Instead of admitting the network's error, Michael Clemente, executive vice president of news for Fox News, took a shot at other networks. Mediaite Clemente: "We gave our viewers the news as it happened. When Justice Roberts said, and we read, that the mandate was not valid under the Commerce clause, we reported it... By contrast, one other cable network was unable to get their Supreme Court reporter to the camera, and said as much. Another said it was a big setback for the President. Fox reported the facts, as they came in." Poynter / MediaWire The words "I'm sorry" or similar are essential. Anything else is justification. In a correction, there's room to explain a mistake, and both organizations do that in their statements, even if both are a little skimpy about accepting blame. ABC News President Obama was just outside the Oval Office Thursday morning when he got the news -- erroneous, as it turned out -- that the U.S. Supreme Court had struck down the individual mandate in his signature health care law, deeming it unconstitutional. TVNewser Even the President was fooled. NYT Obama, one official said, was absorbing the news with a quizzical expression on his face. Jack Lew, the White House chief of staff, stood next to him. When White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler told the president that the court had upheld the ruling in a 5-to-4 vote, he broke out in a broad smile and gave her a hug. Poynter / Everyday Ethics Having deconstructed many bad decisions with newsrooms across the country, I've been trying to analyze what we can learn from what went wrong Thursday at both Fox and CNN, which initially misinterpreted the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act. CJR / The Kicker The winners of the breaking news rat race are the ones who get it quickly, correctly, and smartly. Poynter / MediaWire Meredith Artley, vice president and managing editor of CNN Digital, sent a memo to staff Thursday afternoon about the network's mistakes in Thursday's coverage of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act. "There are a lot of tweets, posts and pieces out there about our mistake. And more will come. Stay strong," she wrote. "We are not the story. The story is the story." FishbowlDC Of course, the nurturing and understanding nature of people on Twitter gently helped them understand that they got it wrong. Here's the tale of the tape. Nieman Journalism Lab Ten-year-old SCOTUSblog has been a go-to authority on the health care challenge since the beginning, which made Thursday its Oscar night, Super Bowl, and Christmas morning all wrapped into one. But on the Internet, success comes with a darker side: server crashes. SCOTUSblog was prepared. JimRomenesko.com An Associated Press editor tells staff that taunting other news outlets is "not the impression we want to reflect as an organization. Let our reporting take the lead." Adweek Thursday in Washington, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, known by many as Obamacare, ruling to uphold President Obama's individual health care mandate. Well before the court offered up an opinion, the case was heralded as one of the biggest court decisions in decades and a focal point in an already intense election year. The Washington media and social echo chamber, known nowadays for their intense scrutiny on even the most paltry of issues, was geared up for wall-to-wall coverage of the landmark case, and as always, advertisers salivated over the opportunity to capitalize on the media frenzy. Poynter / MediaWire Gary He once got clocked by Danny Glover, when he worked as a photographer for the New York Daily News. Thursday, the native New Yorker is famous for something equally weird: He created the image of Obama as Harry Truman, clutching a tablet computer displaying CNN's homepage mistake on Thursday morning.
Murdoch, Announcing News Corp. Split, Calls Newspapers 'Viable' And 'Undervalued' (NYT / Media Decoder)
Rupert Murdoch confirmed Thursday morning that News Corp., his $54 billion media conglomerate, will proceed with a plan to divide the company in two -- separating newspapers like The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and The Times of London from the fast-growing entertainment unit. GalleyCat HarperCollins will join The Wall Street Journal and The Times of London in the publishing business. The Fox News Channel, the Fox broadcast network and 20th Century Fox will become part of the entertainment division of the company. AllThingsD Murdoch will remain chairman of both the publishing business and the entertainment business, and CEO of the entertainment business. NYT / Media Decoder In a string of interviews and conference calls, Murdoch offered a full-throated defense of the newspaper business in an attempt to silence critics who have said the spinoff reflects a judgment that newspapers have become a liability to the reputation and balance sheets of News Corp. Reuters Murdoch's decision to become chief executive of the new, separate entertainment company split off from News Corp. but not to head the new publishing business sparked speculation he was setting the stage for the return of his eldest son Lachlan as an executive at the company. Poynter / MediaWire Murdoch told Neil Cavuto in an interview on Fox Business on Thursday morning that after years of advice, he finally came around to the idea that his companies would be better managed -- and shareholders would benefit -- if News Corp. separated its entertainment and publishing businesses. HuffPost Skeptics wondered if the sudden announcement was a reaction to the devastating phone hacking scandal, which resulted in the closing of the 168-year-old News of the World tabloid and did grave damage to Murdoch's legacy and media empire. Murdoch firmly denied this notion during his interview with Cavuto. TVNewser Underscoring the significance of the move, Murdoch did something else he rarely does: He went on networks owned by his competition. CNBC and Bloomberg each secured an interview with him after his Fox appearance. AdAge / Media News "Naysayers" will see the separation as a sign of "concern about the future of publishing," Murdoch said on a conference call Thursday. "That could not be further from the truth." HuffPost / The Backstory News Corp. still isn't unloading any newspapers, but Thursday's decision to split into two separate companies -- media/entertainment and publishing -- has raised concerns about the fate of Murdoch's beloved newspapers like the Journal, Post, Sun, and Times (of London) when no longer sheltered by more lucrative film and TV businesses, such as 20th Century Fox, Fox Broadcasting, Fox Sports, Fox News, FX and BSkyB. WSJ The separation is expected to be completed in 12 months. Once the company gets final board approval, it will hold a special shareholder meeting to consider the plan. That meeting is expected to take place in the first half of next year. The company will also need regulatory approval to ensure the tax-free nature of the transaction. NYT / Media Decoder Murdoch: "We will wow the world as two, as opposed to merely one."
Tearful Ann Curry Leaves Today (Politico)
Ann Curry ended her last broadcast as co-host of the Today show with an emotional, tearful goodbye to fans, along with an apology for failing to "carry the ball over the finish line." HuffPost After 15 years on the show, Curry was given a brief four minutes and twenty-three seconds to say goodbye to her audience. TVNewser "This is not easy to say, but today is going to be my last morning as a regular co-host of Today," Curry said through tears. "This is not as I expected to ever leave this couch after 15 years, but I am so grateful. Especially to all of you who watch." NYT / Media Decoder On Friday morning, Savannah Guthrie is scheduled to be sitting beside Matt Lauer on the Today show -- and once again, NBC's ability to pull off talent transitions will be put to the test. FishbowlNY Curry will remain a part of Today. "They're giving [me] some fancy, new titles, which essentially means that I'm going to get tickets to every big story we want to cover," Curry says. TVNewser In a note to NBC News and MSNBC staffers, obtained by TVNewser, NBC News president Steve Capus fine-tuned what Curry's new role with NBC will be. FishbowlDC USA Today's Washington Bureau chief Susan Page landed a highly sought after interview with Curry. She and Curry had a 40-minute phone interview Tuesday, in which Curry was described as "fighting back tears." Not typically on the media beat, we asked how Page landed Curry. TVNewser Good Morning America made mention of the news "across town" at the Today show. TVNewser During a Spreecast interview Thursday morning about the launch of her talk show, Katie Couric took questions from viewers, including one about Curry's departure from Today. New York Daily News Though it wasn't exactly breaking news after reports of NBC's decision to force Curry out as Today show co-host surfaced last week, when she made the announcement official on Thursday's broadcast of the morning show, it sparked an outcry from both peers and fans on Twitter. TVNewser On the Today Facebook page, every Wall posting from visitors was about Curry, with most saying that they were not pleased with the decision. Within four minutes of posting the story about her new role, it received more than 2,500 comments. NYT To her credit Curry didn't pretend on Thursday that she was leaving Today on NBC voluntarily or happily. AdAge / Media News Here's the considerably different sendoff that Meredith Vieira received on her last day at Today after five years as co-host. LA Times / Show Tracker Curry's swift exit was reminiscent of the mess surrounding The Tonight Show in 2010, when a previous NBC regime tossed aside host Conan O'Brien after a nightly 10 p.m. show with Jay Leno bombed and local stations bitterly complained. Leno regained the 11:35 p.m. Tonight perch and O'Brien decamped to cable outlet TBS.
Dave Price Named Morning Anchor At WNYW; Greg Kelly Shifts To Evenings (TVSpy)
Beginning next Monday, Rosanna Scotto will have a new co-anchor on Good Day New York: Dave Price, a former WNYW weathercaster, is returning to the Fox O&O. New York / Daily Intel Greg Kelly, who has anchored Good Day New York since 2008, will take over the 6 and 10 p.m. news, replacing Harry Martin and Ernie Anastos in their respective shifts. FishbowlNY Anastos, who turns 69 July 12, remains on the 5 p.m. with Dari Alexander and will continue to host Positively Ernie specials. Anastos, who joined WNYW in 2005. has worked steadily in New York television news since his WABC days in the late 1970s. B&C WNYW is owned by Fox. Fox did not give a clear reason why Anastos is moving off the 10 p.m. newscast. New York Daily News Price did the weather on Good Day New York from 1999 to 2003 before moving on to CBS News, where he was a weather anchor and features reporter on The Early Show. He was also a weather anchor for WCBS. TVNewser Price exited CBS News in December 2010 after eight years with The Early Show.
Megaupload Bombshell: Judge Rules Police Anti-Piracy Raids Illegal (Wired / Threat Level)
The American government's bid to extradite copyright infringement king Kim Dotcom to the United States was dealt a body blow Thursday, when a New Zealand High Court judge ruled that the raids on Dotcom's home earlier this year were "illegal." LA Times / Tech Now High Court Chief Justice Helen Winkelmann said in the ruling Thursday that warrants used by New Zealand authorities to conduct the search at the FBI's behest were too broadly defined and "did not adequately describe the offenses to which they were related." NYT / Media Decoder In another part of her decision, Judge Winkelmann ordered that a court-appointed authority sort through seized user data to make sure that only information relevant to the case is copied and sent to United States prosecutors, while anything irrelevant -- like files owned by users themselves -- be returned to the company.
Chris Krewson Joins The Hollywood Reporter As Editor Of THR.com (THR)
The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday announced the hiring of Chris Krewson as editor of THR.com. Krewson comes to THR from Variety, where he was editor of Variety.com since 2010. FishbowlLA Krewson replaces Joseph Kapsch, who recently went in the opposite cross-country direction to become executive editor of CeleBuzz.com.
Amazon Publishing Likely To Acquire Troubled Dorchester's Backlist (paidContent)
Amazon Publishing is likely to acquire the assets of Dorchester Publishing, the 41-year-old mass market publisher that closed its doors this February after years of economic trouble. Digital Book World In practice Amazon, or any firm that outbids Amazon in an auction to be conducted in August, will tender amendments to authors and agents transferring rights to the new entity, in exchange for which back royalties will be paid in full. Publishers Weekly The auction process was set in motion by John Backe, owner of Dorchester Publishing's parent company, and who is owed $3.4 million. For the last two years, the publisher has struggled to remake itself after the steep drop in demand for mass market paperbacks, its main format for most of its existence. GalleyCat Since launching its publishing arm, Amazon has pushed to rapidly acquire small publishing houses and set up imprints. Last month, Amazon acquired Avalon Books, which boasted a backlist of 3,000 titles. In December 2011, Amazon purchased 450 titles from Marshall Cavendish Children's Books to start off its children's division. In addition, the company has six imprints: AmazonEncore (out-of-print/self-published books), AmazonCrossing (books in translation), Montlake Romance (romance titles), Thomas & Mercer (suspense and thriller titles), 47North (science-fiction and fantasy titles) and New Harvest (general publishing).
YouTube Launches 'Marketplace' To Connect YouTube Stars And Brands (AdAge / Digital)
Agencies and marketers looking for the perfect YouTube star to appear in a viral video: Your job just got easier.
The iTunes Effect, Seven Years Later: Podcasting In A World Where Apple Is Kingmaker (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Seven years ago Thursday, Apple embraced a digital-native medium called podcasts.
Ad Biz Tries To Convince Senate Dems Self-Regulation Works (Adweek)
The advertising industry Thursday rolled out the big guns and new data to defend its self-regulation program for online behavioral advertising to skeptical lawmakers on the Democratic-controlled Senate Commerce Committee. Multichannel News At a Committee hearing, advertisers took aim at Microsoft's decision to make "Do Not Track" a default setting in its new browser. AdAge / Digital Microsoft, maker of the world's most ubiquitous Web browser, has thrown the privacy debate into stark relief by announcing that the next version of Internet Explorer will ship the "Do Not Track" option activated by default, walking away from the consensus that had been reached between the online ad industry and privacy advocates. Microsoft's move has emboldened privacy advocates seeking to overturn the Internet's status quo, which tracks consumers unless otherwise instructed.
Folks Without Internet Need News Access Too (CJR / Behind The News)
I've been a journalist my entire adult life, but until I went halfway across the world, it didn't really sink in that information is a basic right -- as vital as food, water, and a roof. I've explored this concept in war zones, natural disaster areas, and impoverished nations, and what I have found is quite simple: People in hard situations need information to survive. Americans are no different.
Former ABC7 Inland Empire Bureau Chief Bob Banfield Has Passed Away (ABC Los Angeles)
Former Eyewitness News Inland Empire bureau chief Bob Banfield passed away Thursday morning at the age of 82. The beloved newsman had been battling cancer for some time. LA Observed In the 1970s he co-hosted A.M. Los Angeles with Regis Philbin. FishbowlLA Banfield, who retired in May 2010, spent 43 years at ABC7. Variety Banfield got his first broadcasting job at 18 as a junior announcer on a local radio station in East Liverpool, Ohio.
Inside Forbes: The Five Reasons Behind Our Bold New Home Page (Forbes / The Copy Box)
I have this thing about home pages of news and information sites. They pretty much all look, feel and function the same -- equal parts overwhelming, lifeless, a chore to navigate. minOnline Forbes design guru Lewis DVorkin has wrought many changes to the Forbes brand in recent years. He shook up the structure and incentives for blogger/contributors. He baked new technology into various pieces of the site to enhance usability. But in the major overhaul of the Forbes.com front page he makes the most visible change of all.
AMC Networks, AT&T Jockey For Position As Carriage Deal Deadline Nears (THR)
Cable channel group AMC Networks and AT&T's U-verse pay TV service are engaging in a war of words as the expiration of a carriage deal this weekend nears. paidContent The loss of U-Verse and its 4 million subscribers would be a major blow to AMC Networks, which faces the near-certain prospect of also getting pulled out of the homes of Dish Network's 14 million customers on the same day over a carriage dispute that looks to be, from the outside, even more complicated.
Lagardère's Be Magazine To Go Monthly (WWD / Memo Pad)
Lagardère Active, a division of French media group Lagardère, announced Tuesday it will turn its Be women's weekly magazine into a monthly in October and start an e-commerce business on its website. Be, which became pocket-sized earlier this year, has also opted for a larger format, improved paper quality and higher sales price.