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At the 2012 Conventions, 15,000 Journalists Search for a Story (HuffPost / The Backstory)
Scoops and valuable, legitimate nuggets of insight and information are hard to come by in Conventionland, yet reporters who swarmed the halls en masse in Tampa are all at it again in Charlotte, where the Democrats kicked off their election kabuki Tuesday. LostRemote Perhaps this shouldn't come as a surprise, but the DNC is out to a much stronger start than the RNC on social media. Twitter said that Michelle Obama's speech peaked at more tweets per minute (28,003) than Mitt Romney's speech (14,239) by a big margin. HuffPost Members of the media immediately praised First Lady Michelle Obama's 2012 Democratic Convention speech on Tuesday night. Obama, who stunned in a custom Tracy Reese dress, took the stage just after 10:30 p.m. EST. The Washington Post / Dana Milbank Do not be deceived by all that talk of delegates and floor speeches: This is a convention of the media, by the media and for the media. There are some 15,000 representatives of the media here for the convention, and only about 5,000 delegates. This mathematical imbalance means most journalists spend their time with other journalists at events sponsored by corporations and hosted by media organizations for the purpose of entertaining advertisers and promoting themselves to each other. Wisconsin Rapids Tribune / Cal Thomas The conventions have become scripted events that serve as infomercials for the two parties and they rarely make news; anyone interested in watching the conventions for longer periods than the one-hour of primetime the broadcast networks give them can watch cable; real political junkies can switch to C-SPAN where they can watch these political telethons until the final gavel falls. TVNewser While Fox News Channel cleaned up in total viewers as well as the adults 25-54 and 18-49 demos during the RNC, the Comedy Central combo of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report were No. 1 in the even younger adults 18-34 demo, beating FNC, MSNBC and CNN in the 11 p.m. hour. Stewart and Colbert also topped MSNBC and CNN in the adults 18-49 demo.
Pentagon Says Ex-SEAL Book Contains Secrets (Yahoo! News / AP)
A former Navy SEAL's insider account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden contains classified information, the Pentagon said Tuesday, and the admiral who heads the Naval Special Warfare Command said details in the book may provide enemies with dangerous insight into secretive U.S. operations. ABC News / The Blotter Department of Defense press secretary George Little declined to provide specifics about what classified information is revealed, but said the book raised "serious concerns" and represented a "material breach of nondisclosure agreements that were signed by the author of this book." NPR / The Two-Way But Little also said that the Pentagon would not attempt to block the sale of the book, either to the American public or on the bookshelves of military exchanges. Christian Science Monitor Here are the top six revelations from Matt Bissonnette's memoir.
Ex-NFL Star Strahan Becomes Kelly Ripa's Co-Host (Yahoo! News / AP)
The only worry on Michael Strahan's mind when he made his entrance Tuesday as the new co-host of Live!: "Don't trip," he summed up after the show. He didn't. The Washington Post / The TV Column Strahan was seen getting out of a large SUV, with its black-tinted windows, and running into the studio past a cloud of confetti and balloons. Kelly jumped into his arms, and he carried her across the goal line, while whispering things into her ear. She kissed him on the lips. The audience woo-hooed. ESPN Playbook "I think men will definitely have less shame admitting they watch the show," said Kelly Ripa. That is one of the main reasons Strahan was chosen over Josh Groban, Anderson Cooper and Seth Meyers. Strahan will keep his gig as a host of Fox NFL Sunday in Los Angeles and then fly cross country for Live! at the ABC studios in New York. Newsday / Verne Gay Sure, a former star Giants defensive end may seem like a weird, otherworldly, or (at the very least) counterintuitive choice to replace Regis Philbin. But what worked on the field should work here as well -- the speed, guile, charisma, agility and will.
Steve Harvey Embraces Relationship Guru Role (Variety / BLTv)
With Tuesday's premiere of his eponymous syndicated daytime show, Steve Harvey officially completes the journey from stand-up comic to advice/relationship guru. LA Times / Show Tracker Don't tell Steve Harvey you're tired. The 55-year-old comedian rises early to spend four hours talking as radio host of The Steve Harvey Morning Show. On some days, he must cope with the daft answers provided by folks while serving as ring leader of Family Feud. This fall, one of the original "Kings of Comedy" is adding more hours to his workday as host of a daytime talk show. Chicago Sun-Times Harvey, a best-selling author who's fashioned himself into an advice-giver, said he wants his show to focus on real people, not celebrities. (Comedian Kathy Griffin also swore off celebs when she launched her primetime talker on Bravo earlier this year, but the Oak Park native quickly changed her tune in the face of low ratings.)
This Year, Daytime Talk Shows Trot Out TV Veterans in Fresh Roles (Boston Globe)
Each season brings a new crop of daytime talk shows to the airwaves. This year's class includes four known TV quantities: former Today host and CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric; returning daytime gab veteran Ricki Lake; comedian, radio host, author, and Family Feud referee Steve Harvey; and Survivor main man Jeff Probst. Yahoo! News / Access Hollywood But who does Lake think will be her biggest competition? "We're all going to do it differently, we all have different styles," said Lake. "I think Katie is going to be some stiff competition," she added.
Coles Has a Cosmo (NY Post / Media Ink)
Kate White is stepping down as the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and will be replaced by another editor in the Hearst empire, Joanna Coles. Coles is the editor-in-chief of Marie Claire. New York / The Cut Coles is a fitting successor, particularly since Cosmo is already skating along just fine; she says their first move will be increasing the publication's online presence, which could also be said for pretty much all of Hearst's titles. The Atlantic Wire In her time at Marie Claire, Coles, who is British, helped build the brand into a notable entity with a presence in the fashion community, or, as the Cosmopolitan announcement puts it, "a powerhouse, including two successful extensions, Marie Claire @Work and the Women on Top Awards." WWD / Memo Pad Anne Fulenwider is the new editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, succeeding Coles. FishbowlNY Fulenwider comes to Marie Claire from Brides, where she served as editor-in-chief since last year. She had previously been Marie Claire's executive editor, from 2009 to 2011.
Digital Notes: Justin Bieber's Manager Signs Korean Web Star Psy (NYT / Media Decoder)
Scooter Braun, 31, has announced -- on YouTube, appropriately enough -- that he had made a deal with Psy, a South Korean rapper whose comic video "Gangnam Style" has become an online sensation this summer. Billboard Sources have confirmed to Billboard that Psy has signed to Braun's Schoolboy Records, part of Universal Republic. "We've been hanging out in California for four days," Braun, Justin Bieber's manager, says in the clip. "And we've come to an agreement to make some history together. [To] be the first Korean artist to break a big record in the United States."
Dick Clark Productions Sold to Guggenheim Partners (NYT / DealBook)
Dick Clark Productions, the company that produces the Golden Globe Awards show and the New Year's Eve broadcast hosted for nearly 40 years by its late founder, was sold to Guggenheim Partners and a group of investors on Tuesday. The Associated Press Along with Guggenheim, other buyers include Mandalay Entertainment, whose CEO Peter Guber is a film producer and also co-owner of the Golden State Warriors basketball team, and Mosaic Media Investment Partners.
Steena Holmes Holds Steady on the Self-Published Bestsellers List (GalleyCat)
Novelist Steena Holmes has held a spot on our Self-Published Bestsellers List for weeks with Finding Emma, writing about every parent's worst nightmare. She donates 50 percent of the proceeds from the paperback edition to The Missing Children's Society of Canada. Publishers Weekly On September 4, the day of its publication, No Easy Day by Mark Owen is already the No. 31 bestselling book of 2012 on Amazon, passing One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp and landing one spot behind The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Apple Sets September 12 Event, Latest iPhone Expected (Yahoo! News / Reuters)
Apple Inc distributed invitations to an event in San Francisco on September 12, setting the stage for what is widely expected to be the release of the iPhone 5. Atlanta Journal-Constitution / AP The next iPhone is expected to have a taller screen and the ability to access the latest wireless data networks in the U.S. Analysts expect it to set sales records. Other unconfirmed reports say Apple will reveal a smaller version of the iPad, taking on competitors like Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle Fire, which have nibbled on the edges of the iPad's dominance in the tablet category.
Marissa Mayer Reviews Every New Hire at Yahoo! (Business Insider)
Back in early August, there were reports that new Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer intended to do what Google's cofounders have always done: review every single new hire the company makes. Now, according to a Yahoo! executive involved in hiring, Mayer is actually doing it.
Erick Erickson Likens DNC to Vagina Monologues in Controversial Tweet (HuffPost)
Oh, Erick Erickson. The CNN political contributor, known for sparking controversy, referred to the Democratic Convention as Eve Ensler's famous feminist play The Vagina Monologues on Tuesday.
What Newspapers and Other Media Can Learn From Reddit (GigaOM)
Reddit has grown to become one of the most high-profile online communities, one that has even played a journalistic role in some recent cases. Among the things that newspapers and other media entities could learn from Reddit are the benefits of a strong and engaged community.
How to Assemble That Big Content-Integration Deal (Ad Age / Media News)
When Starcom MediaVest elevated content-and-integration veteran Brian Terkelsen to CEO of MediaVest USA in June, it was the latest sign of the growing role for content in marketing and media buying.
Atlantic Digital Touts 'Record-Setting' Month (FishbowlDC)
The Atlantic's three digital properties posted what they are calling "a record-setting month" in August: TheAtlantic.com drew 10.8 million unique visitors, TheAtlanticWire.com attracted 3.3 million unique visitors, and theTheAtlanticCities.com broke 1 million unique visitors for the first time since launching less than a year ago.