Morning Media Newsfeed 09.13.12
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YouTube Blocks Video Inciting Violence in Mid East (Yahoo! News / AP)
YouTube has blocked a video attacking Islam's prophet Muhammad in Egypt and Libya, where angry protests were sparked by outrage at the video. The 14-minute video is a trailer to an amateurish, low-budget movie titled Innocence of Muslims, which depicts Muhammad as a feckless philanderer who approved of child sexual abuse. WSJ / Speakeasy U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other American diplomats were killed when attackers stormed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday in the wake of protests over the low-budget movie. TVNewser On MSNBC Richard Engel reported the Ambassador's death at 5:33 a.m. on Way Too Early, CNN reported the news of the Ambassador's death at 5:39 a.m. on Early Start citing Reuters, while Fox News reported his death at the start of Fox & Friends at 6 a.m. Yahoo! News / AP The provocative anti-Muslim film implicated in mob protests in Egypt and Libya received logistical help from a man once convicted of financial crimes and featured actors who complained that their inflammatory dialogue was dubbed in after filming. ZDNET Google rarely comments on individual videos or restricts access when the site's terms of service aren't broken, but considering recent events, the firm issued a public statement. The Daily Beast The protests in Egypt and Libya were fueled in part by Arab users of two major American products -- Facebook and YouTube -- who were united in anger over an anti-Muslim film.
No Easy Day Sees Huge Sales, Topples 50 Shades (Publishers Weekly)
No Easy Day sold 253,000 copies in its first week on sale at outlets tracked by Nielsen BookScan. The numbers were more than enough to place it at No. 1 on last week's overall bestsellers list -- it sold nearly three times as many copies as Fifty Shades of Grey, the No. 2 overall book with 86,000 copies sold. USA Today After 20 consecutive weeks at No. 1 -- a record for USA Today's Best-Selling Books list, which began in 1993 -- Grey has been bumped by No Easy Day, which will be making its debut on the list on Thursday. Day is co-written by Mark Owen, a pseudonym for a retired Navy SEAL in the raid on bin Laden's Pakistani hideout in May 2011. Entertainment Weekly / Shelf Life James' Fifty Shades trilogy has now dropped to the second, third and fourth spots after holding the top three positions for 18 weeks. However, publisher Knopf believes sales could rise again when the British author begins a U.S. tour starting next week.
Baig: Apple iPhone 5 Makes Glowing First Impression (USA Today)
Over the past several weeks and months, I can't tell you how often I've gotten the question, "When is the new iPhone coming out?" We now know the answer to the question. Apple announced a brand new iPhone 5 Wednesday. The obvious follow-up question: "Is it worth it?" Wired / Gadget Lab The iPhone 5 is the greatest phone in the world. It has top-notch hardware with a zippy new A6 processor and amazing four-inch display. Its new operating system, iOS 6, is slicker than slugs on ice. And its ultra-slim body, an all-glass and aluminum enclosure, is a triumph of industrial design. There is nothing not to like about the phone. It's aces. Just aces. And yet it is also so, so cruelly boring. LA Times / Tech Now Apple has also improved the device's battery life and updated both of its cameras, giving its front camera 720p HD video. The company also announced a smaller dock connector for the device and a new cable charger named Lightning that is 80 percent smaller than its predecessor. The Washington Post The iPhone 5 is Apple's most dramatic redesign of its iconic smartphone since its introduction in 2007. SocialTimes The iPhone 5 features 40 percent faster image capture, better low-light performance, and a panorama feature that lets you swing your phone to take up to 28 megapixel panoramic shots. AppNewser Apple CEO Tim Cook also spoke about iPads at the event. He said that Apple had sold 17 million iPads between April and June and revealed that Apple had 68 percent market share. CNET The iPhone 5's main features -- a larger display, access to 4G LTE, and an improved camera -- can already be found on Android smartphones. For the first time, Apple can no longer stand apart from its smartphone competitors as a clear leader; it's right there in the middle of the fray. ABC News / Tech This Out The phone is exactly what I thought it would be -- faster, beautiful, and slightly bigger -- and in the end that's perfectly OK with me.
Glenn Beck Returns to TV on Dish Network (The Washington Post / The TV Column)
Glenn Beck has returned to TV: Dish Network announced Wednesday that it would begin carrying the conservative radio talk show host's online network TheBlaze that very afternoon. TVNewser TheBlaze will still be available to buy a la carte online, but now some Dish Network households will have access to it as well. Those Dish customers who subscribe to lower tiers can add TheBlaze for five dollars a month. Forbes / Mixed Media The deal he just made to put his fledgling Internet news channel on Dish Network may be remembered as the Shot Heard 'round the World in the battle to break cable distributors' stranglehold on network content. Adweek What's most surprising about the move (besides the fact that Dish apparently prefers Glenn Beck to Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead) is that Beck has not done poorly in the world of online video.
President Obama, Mitt Romney to Participate in Univision Forums (THR)
Univision's anchors were rejected as presidential debate moderators. But the network has nevertheless corralled President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney for "Meet the Candidates" events next week at the University of Miami. LA Times / Company Town Wednesday, Univision News announced that next week it would team up with Facebook to hold two "Meet the Candidates" events "to discuss education and the future of the Hispanic community." NPR / It's All Politics Jorge Ramos, a Univision host who will be moderating the discussions, tells NPR's Michel Martin that the decision to schedule the candidate forums came after the Commission on Presidential Debates announced the moderators for its four events. FishbowlDC Telemundo is so amped to have landed the first interview to a Spanish-language network after his acceptance of the Democratic Party's nomination that they've transformed him into a Latino. That's Senor Obama to you. This came from a release Wednesday in which they announced their big news. Inside the release, the President is back to just plain old "Obama."
TVB: New York's Local News Outdraws Five Cable News Networks Combined (B&C)
A study conducted by trade association TVB showed that viewership for the New York market's early and late evening news programming outdrew the five highest-rated national cable news networks combined by 18 percent. FishbowlNY "The data is conclusive in highlighting the enormous audience reach and composition balance advantages local broadcast TV news provides advertisers compared [to] national cable primetime news networks," TVB president Steve Lanzano told B&C. Radio & Television Business Report The analysis also points out that in each of the Top 10 U.S. TV markets, the cable news networks' audience was dwarfed by local TV stations, with cable delivering only 3 percent to 8 percent of the in-market evening news audience.
ESPN to Air Its 50,000th SportsCenter; 'It's Changed the Expectation of Every Sports Fan' (The Washington Post / AP)
Former ESPN anchor George Grande says that when he signed on to host the first SportsCenter in 1979, he had a feeling there might be a market for more than just the three minutes of sports people were used to seeing on the local news. He was right. Thursday, ESPN will air its 50,000th SportsCenter, the network's flagship show of highlights, news and analysis that has had a major impact on the nation's sports culture. Variety / On the Air In a TV world where a show can be canceled after two episodes, making it to 50,000 is an extraordinary achievement. "This is SportsCenter," indeed.
Lower Revenues Shrink Wisconsin State Journal Newsroom (Isthmus Daily)
Capital Newspapers announced Wednesday that it is eliminating 26 positions, including one part-time and three full-time positions in the Wisconsin State Journal newsroom. JimRomenesko.com The tipster added: "Another noteworthy element: In the past, WSJ and the Cap Times have shed jobs through buyouts. That is apparently no longer the case. I believe these were the first straight-up layoffs."
After Today Criticism, NBC News Chief Apologizes to Affiliates (NYT / Media Decoder)
As it promised, NBC did not apologize on the air Wednesday for its decision not to observe a moment of silence during the Today show on Sept. 11. THR NBC News has sent managers at its affiliated stations an apology for putting them through severe criticism after Today failed to carry the moment of silence the nation observed on Sept. 11, according to a report by The New York Times.
Grey Poupon Only Accepting Facebook Fans Who Have Good Taste (Adweek / Adfreak)
Pardon me… do you have any sophistication? Grey Poupon wants to know as it returns to mass-market advertising for the first time in 15 years -- with a campaign from Crispin Porter + Bogusky themed "Spread good taste." Ad Age Fans of the brand are asked to apply for membership to the "Society of Good Taste" on the Grey Poupon Facebook page, where an algorithm will determine whether or not they "cut the mustard." AgencySpy How it works is pretty simple: Pop on some headphones, visit the "Society" Facebook page and watch a handful of uppity, high-society types break down your profile and give you a score based on everything from proper grammar to check-ins to movie tastes to books read.
Jeb Bush Working on Immigration Book (Politico / AP)
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a working on a book about one of the Republican Party's most contentious issues: immigration. Tampa Bay Times He is writing the book -- formally called Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution -- with Clint Bolick, vice president for litigation as the Goldwater Institute and research fellow with the Hoover Institution.
Journalism School Announces Media Institute Director (Columbia Spectator)
Mark Hansen, a statistics professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, will lead the new media institute endowed by David and Helen Gurley Brown, the Graduate School of Journalism announced on Tuesday. FishbowlLA The institute is the result of a $30 million endowment made in January by Helen Gurley Brown, who passed away last month. Her late husband earned degrees from both Columbia and Stanford.
Mug-Shot Websites Move Beyond Journalism to Mainstream Profiteers (Poynter)
These days, mugshot websites are popping up all over the place, started by people with no journalism background and no journalism intent. These entrepreneurs are tapping into new media tools and techniques to access public records from sheriff's office websites.
For Next Editor of T Magazine, Times Makes an Offer to Deborah Needleman of WSJ (Capital New York)
Two weeks after the abrupt departure of Sally Singer, The New York Times has found the person it wants to be the new editor of the paper's glossy style supplement, T magazine.
Why We Are All Big Data Now (GigaOM)
Photojournalist Rick Smolan has a new book coming out called The Human Face of Big Data. Far more than a book, it's part of a project to show how much data each one of us generates, how it's all connected and how it's changing the world.