Morning Media Newsfeed 09.17.12
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CBS, NBC Skirmish Indicates Competitive New World in Sunday Morning TV News Shows (The Washington Post / AP)
CBS' Sunday morning public affairs television show Face the Nation has clearly gotten under the skin of its rivals at NBC's Meet the Press. NBC accuses CBS of some trickery in the Nielsen ratings and in scheduling designed to make its show seem more popular than it actually is. CBS detects the aroma of sour grapes. The incident is a vivid illustration of a newly competitive era on Sundays. HuffPost / The Backstory Meet the Press host David Gregory referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the "leader of the Jewish people" Sunday when questioning him about Mitt Romney's suggestion that the Obama administration "has thrown Israel under the bus." Gregory's description of Netanyahu, which discounts the fact that there are non-Jewish people who live in Israel and Jewish people who live outside of it, didn't go unnoticed online and on Twitter. Talking Points Memo Helping matters somewhat, Gregory went on Twitter Sunday and clarified that it would have been "better to say he's leader of Jewish state."
NYT Dismisses Maureen Dowd Accusations (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Andrew Rosenthal, the editorial page editor of The New York Times, is dismissing criticism that Maureen Dowd's column peddled anti-Semitic imagery. "No fair-minded reading of Maureen Dowd's column supports the allegations you and others are making. She makes no reference, direct or implied, to anyone's religion," Rosenthal told Politico Sunday night, through a spokesperson. New York / Daily Intel New York Times columnist Dowd rings in the Jewish new year Sunday with a controversy brewing over her column titled "Neocons Slither Back," in which she peddles Jewish stereotypes and uses anti-Semitic imagery, according to a number of writers, editors, and observers. Gawker Basically, Dowd said Dan Senor, one of Romney's advisors, was a "neocon puppet master" who was trying to help neocons "slither back" into question. Time / Swampland Dowd didn't write a particularly rigorous column about the role of neoconservatives in misleading Republicans over the past decade, but she is no anti-Semite. Mother Jones There's nothing anti-Semitic in Dowd's column. She just doesn't like neocons, and she doesn't like the fact that so many of the neocons responsible for the Iraq debacle are now advisers to Mitt Romney's campaign.
The Return of Facebook's Winklevoss Twins (WSJ)
The Winklevoss twins lost the biggest social-network showdown ever when their rival, Mark Zuckerberg, walked away with Facebook. Now they are trying again -- with a social network for professional investors. Yahoo! News / Reuters Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss have put $1 million into SumZero, which was founded by fellow Harvard University alumni Divya Narendra and Aalap Mahadevia in 2008, a WSJ article said. Narendra was an ally to the Winklevoss twins during their lawsuit against Facebook, which won the brothers a cash and stock settlement valued at $65 million at a time when the company was valued at $15 billion. CNET In February, the twins formed Winklevoss Capital, and their first investment in June was SumZero. The site, which claims about 7,500 members, accepts only investors who work on the "buy side" -- hedge funds, mutual funds, and private-equity firms. Wall Street bank analysts are not allowed. The Atlantic Wire The Journal likens these restrictions to the early days of Facebook when you needed a .edu email address to create a profile on the site. New York / Daily Intel Though Zuckerberg eventually abandoned his commitment to exclusivity, the Winklevii don't have to worry about their site getting too big. Narendra personally rejects 75 percent of the applications, and even the twins only got in once they became owners.
Italian Magazine Publishes Disputed Images of Duchess (NYT)
Chi, a glossy Italian gossip magazine, on Monday became the latest outlet to publish images of the Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, sunbathing topless on a vacation in France. The Telegraph The magazine devoted 20 pages to pictures of the Duchess on vacation with her husband Prince William in the south of France and features three topless photos of her on the cover with the headline: "Kate Middleton Court Scandal -- The queen is nude!". Fox News / AP Lawyers for Britain's royal family will make a criminal complaint against the photographer who took pictures of Prince William's wife Kate sunbathing topless in the south of France, William's office said Sunday. The palace has already launched a civil lawsuit against France's Closer magazine, which published the paparazzi snaps of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, relaxing during a holiday at a private villa in Provence. Daily Mail A female photographer is "in hiding" today as lawyers for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge demanded prison for the person who took pictures of Kate topless.
Dicey Path from App to Hit Show (NYT)
Can smartphone apps become hit movies and television shows? Hollywood is watching and wondering. It would help solve a continual problem for studios, which require more fresh source material than is available. GigaOM Most developers underestimate how hard it is to be successful in Apple's App Store. And even if Apple is improving things, it's not going to be enough. Ever since the App Store launched, I've been frustrated with app discovery.
Apple iPhone 5 Likely to Spur Record Lines (USA Today)
Apple is "blown away" by consumer response to the next-generation of its popular smartphone, which sold out for pre-orders in just minutes on Friday, spokeswoman Natalie Kerris says. And when iPhone 5 goes on sale in stores later this week, analysts predict lines as long as the record queues seen for the iPhone's debut in 2007. CNET The iHaters must be pulling their hair out. Demand for the iPhone 5 appears to be white hot. Lines are already forming outside Apple stores. Fortune / Apple 2.0 In the popular imagination -- and in Samsung TV ads -- the people willing to wait in line for days to buy the newest Apple gewgaw are hopeless fanboys and fangirls who need to get a life. That attitude is so 2007. PRNewser Of course you've heard that Apple debuted the latest version of the iPhone last week amid a global carnival of hype. Hype is a very powerful tool in PR strategies; in fact, hype is so formidable that it can make intelligent, normal people delude themselves into believing in a reality that doesn't exist. TechCrunch Though there's already been early indication that demand for the iPhone 5 exceeds that of those prior, Monday morning AT&T confirmed just how significant that demand already is, calling it the "most successful iPhone launch ever."
Prevention Magazine to Revamp Its Direction (NYT / Media Decoder)
Like many print publications, Prevention, a staple of supermarket checkout lines, has suffered from a drop in ad pages in the last year. "Unfortunately the advertising industry has always worshiped at a younger altar," said Maria Rodale, the chairwoman and chief executive of Rodale, the magazine's publisher.
When Twitter Fans Steer TV (WSJ)
There's a new critic in television writing rooms pressuring some producers to tweak scripts: the Twitterati.
Use Facebook Emoticons Wisely and Practice Message Etiquette (AllFacebook)
Facebook gives users a plethora of emoticons, with everything from the basic smiley to Chuck Norris in play. But Facebook content strategist Amy Thibodeau warns that, just like with most good things, moderation is key when it comes to emoji.
Clint Eastwood on RNC Remarks: 'We Don't Have to Have Movie Actors Playing Politicians' (TVNewser)
Clint Eastwood doesn't care about the reaction to his stand-up, empty chair routine at the Republican National Convention, which drew more attention than Mitt Romney's acceptance speech at the GOP nomination. "One advantage of being my age is that, you know what can they do to ya?" Eastwood tells CNN in his first TV interview since the RNC. Gothamist Although he gave the first post-speech scoop to his local paper, The Pine Cone, Eastwood is still talking about everything surrounding the invisible chair routine -- and even Obama complimenting him (he told USA Today he's still a "huge" fan) isn't gonna change how Clint feels: "Well that's his [Obama's] bad judgment. Actually, he seems very charming to me," Eastwood told Good Morning America.
Sitting In on Joanna Coles' First Cosmo Staff Meeting (New York / The Cut)
Just over a decade ago, Joanna Coles had been the New York correspondent for the Times of London when she was asked to return home to cover Parliament -- a very good job. But the prospect set off a panic -- that the places she'd live, the dinner parties she'd attend, the places she'd holiday would become too drearily predictable. So she decided to become a magazine editor, here at New York and then at More, eventually taking over Marie Claire in 2006.
Five Digital Highlights from New York Fashion Week (Mashable)
Designers didn't just bring new clothes to Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week -- several introduced new uses for digital technology as well. The Daily Orange / Pulp The media world is changing and expanding more than ever, and the fashion industry is embracing it whole-heartedly. Fashion, driven by creativity, newness and now-ness, is perfectly suited to today's fast-paced, down-to-the-second media environment.
Netflix Could Lose A&E, History Hit Series (Variety)
Netflix and A&E Networks are engaged in a "Storage Wars" of their own making. The unscripted series could be among many ratings hits from the owner of channels A&E and History that will vacate the streaming giant's servers by Friday, when their licenses expire, unless a new deal is reached.
13 Tech Trends to Adopt Before the Year's End (TheNextWeb)
Though it's incredibly valuable to be an early adopter of 2012's tech trends, it won't hurt your company to be right on time with everyone else who is just discovering them now. It's not too late to set up a presence on Pinterest and Instagram, and mobile apps aren't going anywhere anytime soon.
Silicon Valley Appears to Have Closed Book on Web 2.0 (San Jose Mercury News / Chris O'Brien)
Since its launch in 2005, TechCrunch has been closely identified with the rise of the Web 2.0 era. That's why the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, held this year in San Francisco, is always interesting: It often serves as a reliable barometer of emerging trends in Silicon Valley.