Morning Media Newsfeed 09.24.12
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Jimmy Kimmel Hosts an Efficient Emmycast (The Associated Press)
What did we learn from Sunday's Emmycast? We learned who won the Emmys, of course. But there were other lessons to be gained from the three-hour trophy handout, aired on ABC from Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre. For instance, when you win 10 Emmys in a row, you apparently get license to drop an F-bomb. San Francisco Chronicle / AP The man who did the honors at Sunday night's Emmy show was Jon Stewart, excitedly accepting his 10th consecutive trophy for best variety series. Bloomberg Homeland, Showtime's drama about an American military officer turned terrorist, won the Emmy award for top dramatic series and three other honors, ending the four-year streak for AMC's Mad Men. GalleyCat Homeland co-creator Howard Gordon accepted the award with his writing partner, Alex Gansa. In all, the show took four awards Sunday night, including best drama. NYT Heading into Sunday night's show, the television industry collectively wondered whether Mad Men would become the first television drama ever to win the top award five times. Homeland assured that it would not; further, it ushered Showtime, the premium cable channel owned by CBS, into a new realm. Politico Politics didn't escape Sunday night's Emmy Awards in Hollywood. Actress Julianne Moore, upon accepting her Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her depiction of Sarah Palin in HBO's Game Change, told the crowd: "Wow. I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down."
CNN Reports Details of Amb. Chris Stevens' Private Diary; State Dept. Calls it 'Indefensible'; CNN Punches Back: State Dept. 'Attacking the Messenger' (TVNewser)
The State Department is taking CNN to task for sharing details from Ambassador Chris Stevens' diary, before returning the journal to his family. Stevens, along with three other Embassy personnel, were killed on Sept. 11 when the consulate in Benghazi came under attack. The Washington Times / Middle Class Guy CNN host Anderson Cooper used information contained in the journal during his news report Wednesday. The conduct was legally and ethically questionable. Technically, the building was a crime scene even if it was unguarded, and everything in it is potential evidence. The ownership of the diary also presents legal issues. Is it personal or government property? NY Post "Whose first instinct is to remove from a crime scene the diary of a man killed along with three other Americans serving our country, read it, transcribe it, email it around your newsroom for others to read, and only when their curiosity is fully satisfied thinks to call the family or notify the authorities?" State Department adviser Philippe Reines asked. Gawker CNN didn't initially disclose their use of the journal, the tips from which were, they say, corroborated with other sources, until Friday evening, when Cooper revealed the information on his show. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple The family of the late ambassador had requested that CNN not issue any reports based on the journal -- or even reference its existence -- before the family consented. CNN agreed to abide by the family's wishes, according to Reines, a State Department spokesman who listened in on a conference call between a CNN executive and a representative of the Stevens family. The Atlantic Wire "The reason CNN ultimately reported Friday on the existence of the journal was because leaks to media organizations incorrectly suggested CNN had not quickly returned the journal, which we did." Except the question here isn't whether or not they should have returned the diary. That's a pretty simple, "yes." It's whether or not they should have waited for the family's permission to report on its contents in the first place.
Patch Unveils A New Site, Focused on Social and Mobile (10,000 Words)
Patch.com, AOL's hyperlocal news experiment, rolled out a new site Sunday. In true new media fashion, the company designed the mobile site first, and the new format places heavy emphasis on social elements. Street Fight The move marks the beginning of what AOL CEO Tim Armstrong called "phase two" in the company's evolution as it looks to establish a place in the market as a local utility with news as one spoke of the wheel. paidContent While the changes seem like a good step toward turning Patch into an actual community hub, whether it actually becomes one relies on the users. And it's unclear at the moment whether they'll find enough at the new Patch to switch from the services like Facebook that they are already using every day.
New Owners -- Kind of -- For LA Weekly (FishbowlLA)
Village Voice Media, the parent company of LA Weekly, is dismantling. The company's 13 alternative newspapers are being purchased by a group of top VVM executives, led by chief operating officer Scott Tobias. TechCrunch Village Voice Media Holdings -- whose titles include LA Weekly, Westword, and, yes, the Village Voice -- is selling its publications (and their associated Web properties) to a new holding company, the similarly named Voice Media Group. WSJ The deal comes as alternative papers struggle to cope with competition from the Web, including blogs. The Village Voice, for instance, has seen its circulation fall 40 percent -- from about 247,000 to 149,000 -- since 2006, the year that it was bought by Jim Larkin's and Michael Lacey's company, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. LA Observed The two men will keep Backpage.com, the online advertising site that has been controversial over its ads fronting for prostitution, but Backpage ads will no longer run in the weekly papers. Forbes / Mixed Media While the Voice chain, like most papers, has been through multiple rounds of painful downsizing in recent years -- in the Voice's case, as recently as this month -- Tobias, who becomes CEO of newly-formed Voice Media Group, says the rapid decline of dailies plus heavy investment in local ad spending add up to a large opportunity for a company with both geographic breadth and longstanding relationships with local merchants.
On 60 Minutes, Obama and Romney Trade Blows on Foreign Policy, Biggest Failure (New York / Daily Intel)
On Sunday, 60 Minutes offered something of a debate preview, airing separate interviews conducted in the last week with Mitt Romney and President Obama. The interviews covered everything from Romney's response to accusations of flip-flopping (he listed positions Obama's changed his mind on) to differences in their bedtime routines (Romney prays, Obama gazes at D.C. from the Truman Balcony). New York Daily News The popular news program included a separately taped interview with Romney, providing a sound-bite showdown in advance of next month's debates, which begin on Oct. 3 and promise to give the race a different dynamic. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Both Scott Pelley (who interviewed Romney) and Steve Kroft (who interviewed Obama) acted as moderators rather than interviewers, focusing on well-researched, hard-hitting lines of questioning, and pressing each candidate to account for their respective failures or inconsistencies.
Another E-Commerce Site Tests Advertising on TV (NYT / Media Decoder)
Decades ago, commercials for Fab detergent were a ubiquitous presence on television. Beginning on Monday, another brand named Fab will also be turning to TV to advertise. TheNextWeb Rejoice, social shoppers: Fab has finally -- and quietly -- brought its European website up to par with its North America-focused Fab.com sister site. Although the company had said in the past that it would be upgrading the Fab Europe site experience some time in September, it hasn't yet formally announced the move.
Apple's Feud with Google Is Now Felt on iPhone (NYT)
Once the best of friends, Google and Apple have become foes, battling in courtrooms and in the consumer marketplace. Last week, the hostilities took a new turn when they spilled right onto smartphone screens. ZDNet In its release of iOS 6, just prior to the release of the new iPhone 5, Apple opted to use its own Maps application to replace Google Maps. There have since been many reports about a torrent of errors within it, which includes displaying inaccurate location information. TechCrunch Yes, Google Maps was removed from iOS 6, but we've known that for quite a while now. What we didn't know was that Apple would make no real improvements on its own offering from the second developers starting tinkering with the OS until the day it was made public.
Romney Packed Univision Forum with Fans (TVNewser)
Viewers of the two Univision forums may have noticed the staunchly different tones. The interview of President Obama was relatively sedated, with a quiet crowd, both during the questions and answers. The Romney interview, on the other hand, featured a crowd that would burst into cheers when the candidate answered, and booed the moderators when they asked a tough question. Miami Herald Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas also said Romney demanded that Univision re-shoot his introduction. Romney's camp took exception because Salinas' fellow anchor, Jorge Ramos, pointed out that Romney would be available for only 35 minutes as opposed to the president's hour.
Disruptions: Will Apple Be the First to Break $1 Trillion? (NYT / Bits)
If Apple continues on its current trajectory, something remarkable might happen on April 9, 2015, at around 11 a.m. That is, statisticians and investors I've spoken with say, a conservative estimate of when Apple could become the first company ever to be valued at $1 trillion. The Atlantic Wire "It's hard to imagine Apple growing any faster," said Michael E. Driscoll, chief executive at a big data and predictive analytics company, who thinks the 2015 guesstimate is right. But with the new iPhone breaking sales records in an hour, well, anything is possible. Houston Chronicle Apple is poised for a record iPhone 5 debut and may not be able to keep up with demand as customers lined up in Sydney, Tokyo, Paris and New York to pick up the latest model of its top-selling product.
'Intel Inside' Ignites Mobile Branding War (Yahoo! News / Reuters)
As the mobile computing wars heat up, chipmakers that supply the crucial components inside smartphones and tablets aim to grab more of the glory.
Is Social Media a Myth-Maker or Myth-Breaker? (Vogue Australia)
Would we still revere Jimi Hendrix if he'd documented his gripes with the NYC subway system? Would Elvis remain the king of rock 'n' roll if he had Instagrammed every meal he ate? Or would he have become the Burger King instead? The artist-as-untouchable-entity is part of the reason we revered them, and now it's unraveling faster than you can say "Snoop Lion."
Proposed Bill Could Change Royalty Rates for Internet Radio (NYT)
Willing buyer, willing seller. Those four words would seem innocuous, but in the world of Internet radio nothing is more contentious.
Social Media Now A Must-Have in the Political Campaign Toolbox (Hartford Courant)
President Barack Obama continues to use social media platforms to reach people from the White House, and now candidates across the country -- from those running for president to those vying for a state legislative seat -- are adding social media to their list of campaign tools.
What Will Marissa Do?: Mayer Set to Reveal Her Strategy to Troops This Week in an 'Act of Radical Transparency' (AllThingsD)
On Friday, I began a series about the various and sundry things new Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer was up to at the Silicon Valley Internet giant. First up was a look at how she is zeroing in on improving its troubled search efforts and advertising platforms, two business arenas that will get more focus this week when Mayer unveils her plans to the employees of Yahoo! at an all-hands meeting.
Has Social Media Created A Copy-and-Paste Generation? (AllTwitter)
Relatively, the World Wide Web is still in its infancy, but plagiarism is already a major problem. Since 2009, the amount of plagiarized content on the Internet has leapt from 25 percent to 44 percent last year, and this uptrend is expected to continue through 2012.