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Martha Raddatz Did Not Lehrer it Thursday Night (TVNewser)
Mostly praise is being heaped on ABC's Martha Raddatz for her turn as moderator of Thursday night's vice presidential debate. Republican reaction is less glowing, as Raddatz is being criticized for interrupting Rep. Ryan more than VP Biden. NYT / Taking Note Martha Raddatz of ABC News didn't ask puffy questions like Jim Lehrer did at the presidential debate. Or let the candidates get away with vague non-answers, as Lehrer did. CNN At times it seemed as if Raddatz was the third debater. At other times she was the seasoned ABC News war correspondent who kept the two guys in suits taking snarky swipes at each other in line. Slate / XX factor There are two debates left, and an election that is getting closer by the day. Since it would be a tad awkward and a complete violation of protocol for Raddatz to step in and take over the final two debates, let's hope that Candy Crowley and Bob Schieffer at least follow her example. HuffPost / Robert Watson The format may have added to the high quality of this debate. Having the candidates sit at a table rather than stand behind podiums created a more intimate feeling and conversational tone (the debate last week felt more like two speeches). The Washington Post / AP Twitter commentators focused for much of the first half of the debate on Biden's demeanor -- Democrats called it a smile while Republicans called it a smirk. Karl Rove, former President George W. Bush's political director, tweeted: "Biden doing best imitation of Al Gore 00. Snickers, grimaces, and exaggerated gestures." SFGate / @WaitWhat_TV Mitt Romney supporters may have enjoyed the presidential debate more because many of them saw their candidate as the clear winner, but the vice presidential debate was, quite simply, better and more informative television. CNET Biden's "Now you're Jack Kennedy?" line generated 58,000 tweets a minute. Thursday night's VP debate saw 3.5 million tweets, down from 10.3 million during the first presidential debate.
The Viewers Speak: Why I've Left the Today Show (TVNewser)
The AP's David Bauder is out with his story of regular Joes and Joans talking about why they've stopped watching the Today show. Bauder sent out a Tweet in late September looking for input. And he got it. CBS News / AP Now, after more than 20 years as a regular Today viewer, Susan Wurtzel tunes to CBS most mornings. Multiply such defections and you have the chief reason for television's changing fortunes in morning news, where ABC's Good Morning America has ended NBC's epic 17-year winning streak on Today. ABC is growing -- GMA has 110,000 more viewers each day this year than last -- but not as much as NBC is slipping (437,000 viewers a day since last year). Radar Online After months of upheaval at the Today show, which has been relegated to second place behind GMA in the morning ratings race, the cast and crew have rallied around Matt Lauer, who had been blamed for the firing of co-host Ann Curry, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
New York Times Public Editor Wins Social Media (PRNewser)
Looks like The New York Times has finally decided to place both feet firmly in the 21st century. The "paper of record" suffered a few days of bad PR this week thanks to a "walk out" organized by 375 unionized employees, but the newest member of the Times management team has received excellent marks: recently appointed public editor Margaret Sullivan. New York / The Cut Sullivan took freelance writer Andrew Goldman (responsible for the Times Magazine's "Talk" Q&A column) to task Wednesday for his pattern of asking female subjects about their sex lives, and if they use sex to get ahead. Poynter / MediaWire Confronted by author Jennifer Weiner about a question she thought was sexist in an interview Goldman conducted, he insulted her and compared another critic to Stalin before apologizing and deactivating his Twitter account. New York Observer But of course, Goldman's mistake was not really asking the question. (About that, reasonable minds can disagree.) It was his Twitter reply to Weiner. Gawker Goldman responded with a deeply misguided and totally out-of-line insult implicitly denigrating Weiner's physical appearance: "@jenniferweiner sensing pattern. Little Freud in me thinks you would have liked at least to have had opportunity to sleep way to top." That is indefensible. I won't defend it. Capital New York Sullivan not only reported on the exchange, but also subtly suggested that it would not be unreasonable for Goldman to be fired ("Given his misbehavior on Twitter and his status as a highly replaceable freelancer," Sullivan wrote, "I think his editors are extraordinarily generous" to keep him assigned to the column). The Atlantic Wire I appreciate Sullivan writing her piece, even as parts of it seem accusatory and perhaps overly punishing to Goldman, because these discussions are how we move forward. At least we're talking about it, right?
Layoffs Hit Condé Nast (FishbowlNY)
We figured layoffs were coming when Condé Nast asked their titles to make budget cutbacks, and now they're starting to happen. NY Post Cutbacks started at Condé Nast late Wednesday, with a least one corporate vice president and eight editorial staffers on Lucy Danziger's Self magazine getting the ax. The cutbacks were expected to continue, with staffers from Glamour and GQ on the chopping block. Capital New York Sources confirmed that layoffs hit a handful of business-side and editorial employees at the company's trade arm, Fairchild Fashion Media, and that the reductions are indeed happening company-wide, though not by way of any sort of top-down edict. New York / Daily Intel The layoffs are part of budget cuts across the board for 2013. One insider told the Post's Keith Kelly, "I think the goal is 5 percent [at each title], and there is not a lot of leniency," although top magazines like The New Yorker and Vanity Fair may not be forced to lose employees.
The Average Twitter User Is an American Woman Younger Than 25 Who Follows 102 Accounts (AllTwitter)
There have been numerous studies that look at the basic demographic makeup of Twitter users, but this one takes the cake: "An Exhaustive Study Of Twitter Users Across The World" looked at more than 36 million Twitter accounts to answer the question: Who's tweeting? HuffPost First, though, here's a bit we already knew: According to the company itself, Twitter had 140 million active monthly users tweeting 340 million messages a day, as of March 2012. One third-party estimate puts the number of registered Twitter handles (active or inactive) at 500 million. Fast Company / Fast Feed So, this is what social marketing media firm Beevolve has to say about the average Twitter user. She's an American of indeterminate age, uses an iPhone, likes the color purple (not The Color Purple, although is that a Venn diagram I see in the distance?) and she has 208 followers. The Telegraph Beevolve said its data on the age distribution of Twitter users was probably heavily skewed towards the young, "since a lot of teenagers are comfortable disclosing their age on social networks compared to their older peers." Less than one in 200 Twitter users discloses their age, and of those almost three quarters are aged 15 to 25. SlashGear "Love" is the most popular word used in Twitter bios, and "Family" is easily the most popular subject for users aged 15 to 65.
Harvey Weinstein Declares War on Internet Pirates (THR)
Harvey Weinstein rode into the British capital Thursday night waving his independent filmmaking champion banner. Delivering a lengthy and entertaining keynote speech during the BFI London Film Festival, the movie mogul pulled no punches when it came to the threat posed to moviemakers by piracy, particularly Internet piracy. Variety "Our business is much more robust than we are feeling right now, but the benefits are going to other people," said Weinstein, saying unauthorized online use of film and film clips denied actors, directors, composers and other filmmakers of their rightful returns. Deadline London Weinstein also spoke out against piracy, saying companies like Apple and Google are "getting paid, not the actors" when pirated movie clips are readily available on the Internet and are doing the industry "a massive disservice."
Digital Ad Report Finds Big Growth in Mobile (NYT / Media Decoder)
Mobile continues to be a sweet spot for digital advertising according to a report issued by the Interactive Advertising Bureau on Thursday. For the first half of 2012, revenue in the category increased 95 percent to $1.2 billion, nearly eclipsing total mobile advertising revenue for the entire year of 2011, at $1.6 billion. WSJ / Digits The biggest winner continues to be search advertising, which managed to increase its already dominant share to $8.1 billion, or 48 percent of all Internet advertising spending, in the first half of 2012 from $6.8 billion, or 46 percent, in the first half of 2011. LA Times / Company Town Digital video ads -- the Internet equivalent of television commercials -- rose to a little over $1 billion in revenue in the first two quarters of 2012, an 18 percent gain from a year ago, the report said.
Time Inc.'s This Old House Uses Video to Power Website Relaunch (Folio:)
With former Digitas CEO Laura Lang now at the helm of Time Inc., it's no surprise that the company's home enthusiast brand This Old House is building a stronger digital presence. The brand has relaunched its website with a new emphasis on expanded video content, as well as a reimagined navigation system.
Chattering Classes Believe Jeff Zucker Will Become CNN Chief, Which Might Be a Really Smart Move (Mediaite)
Throughout the process, however, the most often discussed candidate publicly, has been former NBC chief Jeff Zucker. These days many in the media elite are overtly speculating that Zucker will actually get the gig.
Reddit, Freedom of Speech and the Dark Side of Community (GigaOM)
In addition to occasional acts of journalism, Reddit is also known for its less savory content, including a page featuring creepy photos of women taken without their permission -- and the controversy over that kind of content says a lot about the nature of the community.
Mo Yan Wins Nobel Prize for Literature (Publishers Weekly)
Chinese writer Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize for Literature Thursday. Yan's work, which has been banned in China, was praised by the awarding committee for its "hallucinatory realism."
The Newsonomics of Near-Term Numerology (Nieman Journalism Lab)
A new wave of financial optimism is hitting some corners of the newspaper industry. But there's still plenty of reason to hesitate.
Amazon CEO Confirms Kindle Sold 'At Cost' (Yahoo! News / Reuters)
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos confirmed on Thursday that the online retailer sells its Kindle e-reader "at cost," with profit coming instead from sales of online content. Bezos' remarks, in an interview with the BBC, marked the first time the company had confirmed long-held Wall Street assumptions that it did not make a profit on sales of the popular tablet.
The Daily Meal Editor Would 'Never Recommend' Freelance Food Writing as Career (MediaJobsDaily)
When we read about this piece on JimRomenesko.com, we did a double-take. Kudos to the editor for being brutally honest about his thoughts on the state of freelancing writing. Or not? You be the judge.
Instapaper Founder Marco Arment Launches Magazine on iTunes (GigaOM)
After breaking new media ground with products like Tumblr and Instapaper, Marco Arment is turning his attention to a more conventional publishing format -- the magazine. Launched Thursday in iTunes, Arment's The Magazine will showcase top technology writers and ideas, offering four articles every two weeks.