Morning Media Newsfeed 09.21.12
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Obamas to Make First Joint Appearance on The View (Yahoo! News / AP)
President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, will make their first joint appearance on the daytime show The View next week. The show says the Democratic president and first lady will tape an episode Monday to air Tuesday. Obama's appearance in July 2010 was the show's most-watched episode ever. ABC News / Political Radar The first couple will together take questions on their relationship, family life inside the White House and the 2012 presidential race from the program's five female hosts, the network said in a statement. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media "We are honored to host President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama," co-host Barbara Walters said in a statement. "This first joint appearance marks a significant milestone." The interview is part of the show's "Red, White & View" political series. Chicago Tribune / Reuters TV chat shows have become a popular tool for politicians to show their human side. Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to appear on a late-night talk show when he was a guest on The Tonight Show in March 2009. CNN / Political Ticker Mitt Romney called the ABC morning talk show "high risk" in a secretly recorded video taken at a high-dollar fundraiser in May pointing to the political affiliations of the co-hosts which includes only one conservative. Since the release of the videos, however, Romney has agreed to appear on the couch in October as announced by Elisabeth Hasselbeck on the show Wednesday. The Washington Post / The TV Column Within hours of the View's announcement, NBC's Tonight Show announced that Ann Romney would do her inaugural late-night interview on Jay Leno's show that same day. Her fellow Tonight Show guest that night? Seth MacFarlane. And Mitt Romney thinks Joy Behar is sharp-tongued?
Robin Roberts' Bone Marrow Starting to Rebuild After Procedure (Sun Herald)
ABC's Robin Roberts likely will be in a New York hospital for at least a month as her bone marrow starts to rebuild after having a transplant Thursday, her doctor said. Roberts, a co-anchor on Good Morning America, had the transplant Thursday morning, and there were no complications, her family said. Yahoo! News / AP Roberts has thanked her viewers for their support as she faces a bone marrow transplant. The GMA co-anchor sent a video message taped from her New York hospital bed for airing on the program Thursday. TVNewser Roberts got a bone marrow transplant from her sister, New Orleans local anchor Sally-Ann Roberts, to treat her MDS. LA Times / Show Tracker "This journey is as much about the mind as it is the body," Robin said, looking tired from her 11 days of chemotherapy in preparation for the transplant. "Your thoughts. Thoughts are so powerful. You've got to change the way you think in order to change the way you feel. And let me just say this lastly, I feel the love and I thank you for it. Thank you." E! Online Robin's rep tells ET that "it will be quite a while before she regains her strength," but shares that many of her GMA friends have already gone to visit her.
In New Policy, the Times Forbids After-the-Fact 'Quote Approval' (NYT / Public Editor's Journal)
The New York Times is drawing "a clear line" against the practice of news sources being allowed to approve quotations in stories after the fact. The practice, known as quote approval, "puts so much control over the content of journalism in the wrong place," executive editor Jill Abramson told me in an interview. "We need a tighter policy." The New York Observer Quote approval -- which has become increasingly common in recent years, especially with politicians -- has been under increased scrutiny of late because of an article Jeremy Peters wrote about the practice in July and Vanity Fair scribe Michael Lewis' admission he allowed the White House to approve quotes for a lengthy profile of President Barack Obama in the magazine's October issue. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media News organizations including Bloomberg, McClatchy, and The National Journal came out in opposition to the scheme, but the movement lacked an industry leader whose opposition might bring about substantive change. Poynter / MediaWire Public editor Margaret Sullivan is not the first Times employee to seek a policy covering this practice: "I would love there to be some kind of blanket policy that The New York Times puts in place that I could hide behind," New York Times Magazine reporter Mark Leibovich told "On the Media" this summer. Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Jamie Dupree's Washington Insider Just writing about the idea of reading back a quote to someone you interviewed -- so they can approve it -- that concept just makes me wince like I'm in the dentist's chair; it's not something I would ever think about agreeing to do.
Morning Show Ratings: GMA Wins Third Consecutive Week (B&C)
For the third week in a row, ABC's Good Morning America was the top-rated morning show in total viewers and the key adults 25-54 demo, according to Nielsen data for the week of Sept. 10. TVNewser Today lost more than a million viewers -- one-fifth of its audience -- compared to the same week last year. Versus last year, GMA added 400,000 viewers (8 percent) and is also up 2 percent in adult 25-54 viewers. Today is down 21 percent in total viewers and down 31 percent in younger viewers. CBS This Morning is also down (5 percent / 12 percent). New York Daily News The embattled Today show is on the verge of losing its general, the Daily News has learned. Executive producer Jim Bell will leave the morning show for a cushy job at the top of NBC Sports, although no date for his exit has been specified. Bell, who also oversees all the network's Olympic programming, has been fighting a bitter ratings battle against arch-rival GMA, which ended its 16-year losing streak to Today earlier this year.
After Lots of iOS Attention, Facebook Gives a Little Love to Its Android Apps (AllThingsD)
The masses swooned over Facebook's much-needed update to its iOS applications last month. (Just in time, too, for the iPhone 5 launch.) One month later, Facebook is giving more attention to the Googley crowd. ABC News / Technology Review An update to the Facebook Messenger app for Android will include a new sidebar that lists your Facebook friends; you can now swipe from the left of the screen to bring up the list. Facebook has also redesigned the chat window, making it easier to see which friend said what in group chats. TheNextWeb Following the update of Facebook for Android, Facebook Messenger for Android, Facebook for iOS and Facebook Pages Manager for iOS Thursday, the social networking giant has even more news to share: a new schedule for mobile app updates. AllFacebook This falls in line with what co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been saying regarding Facebook's new focus on mobile. At the TechCrunch Disrupt SF event, Zuckerberg said that all departments within Facebook now have mobile responsibilities. What used to be mainly the job of one team has been spread throughout the company. VentureBeat Pushing out new versions "early and often" is a big part of Facebook's hacker ethic, but Facebooker Christian Legnitto, who's responsible for pushing out mobile code for the company, notes that this pace can present problems when applied to a mobile release cycle. Facebook.com gets thousands of test features and code pushes each week, but native mobile app architecture makes the same process impossible.
Baba Shetty Named CEO of the Newsweek Daily Beast Company (minOnline)
The Newsweek Daily Beast Company has named Baba Shetty as its new CEO. Shetty joins as current CEO Stephen Colvin plans to step down in October after serving three years with the company. WWD / Memo Pad Colvin led NewsBeast through a turbulent period for newsweeklies, and also internally. There were successes -- ad pages are up by about 2 percent from last year, according to Media Industry Newsletter, while this August, the Daily Beast had its highest traffic in a year, topping at 6.6 million, according to comScore.
Joke Photo on Fox Suggests Obama Met with Pirate (Yahoo! News / AP)
Arrrrgh: Fox News Channel used a joke picture of President Barack Obama sitting with a man in full buccaneer regalia to suggest Thursday that the president was more interested in meeting with a pirate than in conducting foreign policy. HuffPost Wednesday was Talk Like A Pirate Day, and Obama's campaign tweeted a gag photo of him sitting down with a pirate. The picture was taken in 2009 for the White House Correspondents Dinner that year. Fox and Friends, however, falsely reported that the photo was taken recently. Talking Points Memo "This pirate got a sit-down in the Oval Office yesterday," Fox and Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade said on-air. "So much for the Middle East peace. The White House doesn't even have time to meet with Israel, but the president got a private sit-down with a pirate yesterday in the Oval Office. Sorry, Bibi," Steve Doocy added.
MSNBC Host Melissa Harris-Perry Tops the 'Root 100' List (Poynter / MediaWire)
Content-creators are well-represented on The Root's annual list of 100 prominent black people between the ages of 25 and 45. By my calculations, 14 percent of the people on The Root's list are media types. HuffPost Every year, the site names 100 prominent black people between the ages of 25 and 45, who "represent the ideals" of The Root. Journalists were well-represented on the list, which included New York Times columnist Charles Blow, the Atlantic blogger Tahesi Na-Coates and NPR host Audie Cornish.
The Disappearing Web: Information Decay Is Eating Away Our History (GigaOM)
The ability to distribute real-time information through social networks like Twitter is a powerful thing, but a new study points out that one of the downsides of this phenomenon is the fact that much of the content that gets linked to eventually disappears.
Judge Denies Request to Stop Anti-Muslim Film Clip (Yahoo! News / AP)
An actress who appeared in an anti-Muslim film trailer that sparked violence in the Middle East lost her legal challenge on Thursday to have the 14-minute trailer taken down from YouTube. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Luis Lavin rejected the request from Cindy Lee Garcia because she wasn't able to produce any agreement she had with the makers of Innocence of Muslims and the man behind the film hadn't been served with a copy of her lawsuit.
G. Gordon Liddy Ends 20-Year Radio Run (FishbowlDC)
Conservative radio show host G. Gordon Liddy has retired. His final show was in July but the party celebrating his two-decade career at Radio America was held Wednesday night in a small room at Capitol Hill Club. The Washington Examiner / Washington Secrets At 82, Liddy said he was getting "long in the tooth" and he's eager to spend time with his 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. "It's been a good ride," said Liddy, "but I'm finished."
Charlie Hebdo French Cartoons: Complaint Filed in Paris (BBC News)
A legal complaint has been filed against a French satirical magazine which published obscene cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The complaint accuses the magazine of inciting hatred. A little-known Syrian organization lodged the complaint with prosecutors in Paris, who will decide if action should be taken against Charlie Hebdo. THR The editor of the satire magazine, which was at the center of another controversy last year when it published an issue that it marketed as being "guest-edited" by the Prophet Muhammad, had said the cartoons would "shock those who will want to be shocked."
Literary Agent Jason Ashlock: Big Book Publishers Not Innovating Fast Enough (PBS / MediaShift)
Jason Ashlock is the founder and president of Movable Type Management, an agency that works with authors and digital developers to publish stories on a variety of platforms, including long-form journalism and multimedia eBooks, film and television productions, and print books. I interviewed Ashlock via email about how he helped an author quickly produce a Jeremy Lin eBook before Linsanity abated, the old-fashioned publishing "bucket brigade," how publishers need to "experiment and fail" in the eBook realm, and who he thinks will step in to fill the curatorial role that book reviews and bookstores used to handle.
Viral Video Gets Propaganda Treatment (NYT)
Ordinarily, a star turn on The Ellen DeGeneres Show teaching Britney Spears his dance might be one of the surest signs that a performer has made it. But this week, Park Jae-sang, the South Korean phenomenon behind a dance video called "Gangnam Style," got an even clearer sign of success. North Korea -- so cut off from the world that satellite shots show most of the country plunged in darkness at night -- parodied the video.
Journalism Education? Who Needs It? (Hernando Today / Bill Cotterell, Florida Voices)
Nothing against Emory, and nothing against the nearly 160 students who went to Atlanta to study news. It's just that news judgment, reporting and editing don't need to be taught in college.