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Networks Prepare to Juggle Politics, Weather (Yahoo! News / AP)
Television networks began juggling two major stories Monday, still wondering whether Tropical Storm Isaac would cause them to divert a large amount of attention from the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Anderson Cooper of CNN and Shepard Smith of Fox News Channel were shifted by their networks from Tampa to New Orleans, where the storm appeared headed. It's an odd rerun for both of them: four years ago they left a GOP convention to head to the gulf region ahead of Hurricane Gustav. MSNBC was sending Tamron Hall and Lester Holt to New Orleans in advance of Isaac, and Soledad O'Brien was joining Cooper for CNN. HuffPost 15,000 journalists have traveled down to Florida to cover the Republican convention -- large parcels of media stars on the same plane was not an uncommon sight -- but, as of Monday, they didn't have much to do. The storm had already forced the GOP to cancel the first night of its convention, and has the party worrying about how to get their message out if things get worse. The Daily Beast Media people, always on perpetual deadline, can adapt even to the most arid surroundings. A stroll through the cavernous complex found journalists tweeting, Tout-ing, and preparing to go on camera -- not necessarily for television, but for the latest career-making cameos, live-streaming online. HuffPost The storm has, however, left a wide swath of hurricane-inspired RNC coverage across the airwaves. Michele Bachmann buffeted a Tea Party crowd in Tampa with a blustery speech of storm-evoking rhetoric, referring to the "political," "spiritual," and "actual" hurricanes bearing down on the city. Plenty of other talking heads, media figures and pols alike, indulged in Isaac-themed gusts of hot air, ranging from egregious overuse of the term "political storm" to slapping the nickname "Hurricane" on any politician causing a stir. NYT For some, abandoning the convention for the storm was not even a consideration. "We tend not to put Judy Woodruff on a beach," said Anne Bell, a spokeswoman for PBS NewsHour. The Press-Enterprise Anyone who thinks covering a national political convention is all swag and swanky parties ought to come down to Tampa. And bring a good pair of shoes.
Between Convention Speeches, TV Viewers Can Expect Heavy Doses of Presidential Campaign Ads (The Washington Post / AP)
President Barack Obama is "taxing wheelchairs and pacemakers." Mitt Romney would bring "an end to the Medicare promise." The Democratic incumbent has "hurt" the middle class and hasn't done "what we need him to do." If the Republican challenger wins, "the middle class loses." Got all that? Outside the halls for the two national party conventions, the candidates and their deep-pocketed allied groups are airing millions of dollars of television commercials -- regardless of whether they are factual or not -- to reinforce the messages sure to be delivered within. The Washington Post / The TV Column Related: At least 13 networks are covering the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week. Tuesday night primetime events include a speech from Ann Romney, and Gov. Chris Christie with the keynote address. Here's a look at some of the highlights, though some coverage may be subject to change if Tropical Storm Isaac impacts the schedule.
Facebook, Romney's Campaign Strategist Sound Off on Panel at GOP Convention (AllFacebook)
It's all about engagement. That was the message from Katie Harbath, manager of policy for Facebook, in a briefing on social media and the 2012 campaign at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Monday. The National Journal-sponsored panel, "The Digital Campaign and the Impact of Social Media in 2012," featured heavy hitters in digital politics from Google and Twitter, as well as the digital strategist for Mitt Romney's campaign, Zac Moffatt. The Hill / Hillicon Valley Moffatt credited user engagement on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter with helping push President Obama's "you didn't build that" line to the forefront of the national political conversation. Ad Age / Campaign Trail Mitt Romney has fewer Twitter followers than the first lady, to say nothing of the president he's trying to unseat. His Facebook following isn't even a fifth as large as President Obama's. But the digital director of the Romney campaign isn't worried. SocialTimes Online advertising is also a huge area of growth for the Romney campaign and one where they hold a strategic advantage. C-SPAN Watch the full video of the panel on C-SPAN.
Facebook Users Worldwide: 3.2 Billion Likes and Comments per Day (AllFacebook)
The Facebook Marketing page released an infographic to show just how addicted users are to the site. The plan was to show advertisers how they've got a captive audience on the social network, illustrating Facebook's high level of engagement, membership, and return on investment. CNN / Political Ticker Related: With half the United States sharing what they're doing, their photos and their opinions on Facebook, what's being talked about on the site is a telling way of taking the nation's political pulse.
Larry King to Anchor Live Political Coverage on YouTube During Conventions, Debates, Election Night (TVNewser)
Guess what? Former CNN host Larry King will be anchoring live election coverage this year, (sort of) competing with his old friends at CNN. HuffPost Aside from having Larry King as a key contributor, the YouTube Politics coverage is sure to stand out from networks in a big way. "The host will not have opinions; he will have questions," King said. "We'll bring the thoughts of others to your home through their vision... and hopefully make you a better educated voter."
Newspaper Campaign Coverage Primarily Written by Men: Study (HuffPost)
A new study from media trends research group 4th Estate found that newspaper articles about the 2012 presidential election were overwhelmingly written by men. The Atlantic Wire Women's Media Center president Julie Burton said, "In this so-called 'Year of the Woman,' this study just goes to show that when it comes to presidential elections it's still a 'boys on the bus' world."
Megyn Kelly: Still A Rising Star (TVNewser)
Is there any anchor on cable news whose star has been rising for longer than Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly? HuffPost / AP Four years ago, Kelly roved the Democratic and Republican convention floors as a reporter for Fox News Channel. Starting Monday in Tampa, Fla., she's in Fox's booth as co-anchor with Bret Baier for the 2012 meetings.
The New York Times Revamps Videos (FishbowlNY)
The New York Times has given its video homepage -- nytimes.com/video -- a facelift. The new look features a larger player and easier navigation.
Yahoo! Says Lockerz CEO Savitt to Join as Chief Marketing Officer (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Yahoo! Inc., owner of the largest U.S. Web portal, named Kathy Savitt, founder of social commerce startup Lockerz Inc. and a former executive at American Eagle Outfitters Inc., as chief marketing officer. Ad Age / Digital "We are very excited to welcome Kathy to Yahoo," Yahoo! Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer said in the statement. "Her extensive experience in building and refining well-loved consumer brands like Amazon, American Eagle Outfitters and Lockerz will be incredibly valuable as we define Yahoo's future."
The Wall Street Journal Wants its Reporters Filing Microvideo Updates for its New WorldStream (Nieman Journalism Lab)
The Wall Street Journal has been busy expanding its video offerings and experimenting with dedicated news streams in recent months. Monday, the natural merger of the two debuted: a stream of reporter-generated videos called WorldStream. FishbowlNY Each video is posted within minutes after a reporter submits it to an editor, making the site an almost live feed for news.
Former Nightline Producer on Key to Great Debate (FishbowlDC)
Before becoming a producer for the Intelligence Squared debate series, Dana Wolfe spent 12 years at Nightline working under Ted Koppel. And she says that, whether booking experts to discuss the RNC and DNC or just the news of the day, the cable news shows have a lot to learn about creating a truly intelligent discourse.
AMC Ad Uses Snarky Blog Post to Mock Dish Network (NYT / Media Decoder)
Does the snarkiness of a blog post translate for a mainstream, general audience? A cable company is hoping to find out. The company, AMC Networks, ran an ad on the back cover of the Aug. 24-26 issue of USA Weekend that reprints excerpts from a Mediaite blog.
Reading Rainbow's LeVar Burton on How to Reach the Digital Generation (SocialTimes)
One need only head to YouTube for proof of the impact Reading Rainbow had on countless children. The iconic 80s TV show has inspired homages, singalongs and tributes galore. But trying to reach anyone under 30 through TV today? Bad idea, says LeVar Burton.
Germany Issues Privacy Ultimatum to Facebook (AllFacebook)
Not long after Germany reopened its investigation into Facebook's facial-recognition technology, a German consumer group sent the social network a cease-and-desist letter. The Federation of German Consumer Organizations is ordering Facebook to quit giving third-party applications users' data without their consent. If the social network doesn't do this by Sept. 4, the Germans plan to sue.
Utah NBC Affiliate Won't Air Show About Gay Couple (Yahoo! News / AP)
A Mormon church-owned NBC affiliate in Utah won't air an upcoming sitcom about a gay couple that invites a surrogate mother into their home as they try to have a baby because the station deems the content inappropriate for its audience. The New Normal is set to debut Sept. 11 on NBC. The Washington Post / The TV Column In KSL's statement about its decision not to air The New Normal, Bonneville CEO Jeff Simpson said the show's "dialogue is excessively rude and crude; the scenes are too explicit and the stereotypes are offensive on all sides."