Morning Media Newsfeed 12.26.12
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D.C. Police Investigating NBC's Gregory for Brandishing Illegal Magazine (Breitbart)
Washington D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier has confirmed that the department is looking into allegations that NBC's David Gregory violated D.C.'s gun-banning laws during a recent taping of Meet the Press. TVNewser The code reads: No person in the District shall possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm. For the purposes of this subsection, the term large capacity ammunition feeding device means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Politico "The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating this matter," said police officer and spokesman Araz Alali in an interview Tuesday. The Hill / Blog Briefing Room While interviewing National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre on Sunday, Gregory held up what appeared to be a 30-round magazine to ask if it should be banned. The cartridge is illegal in Washington, D.C., where Meet the Press is filmed. WTOP "You're telling me that it's not a matter of common sense that if you don't have an ability to shoot off 30 rounds without reloading, that just possibly you could reduce the loss of life?" asked Gregory with the ammunition clip in his hand. "That Adam Lanza may not have been able to shoot as many kids if he didn't have as much ammunition?" CNN / Political Ticker... The code also specifies the large devices are illegal regardless of whether or not they're attached to a firearm. Gregory showed the magazine Sunday without a firearm attached. Daily Mail Just hours after the show aired, some critics took to Twitter accusing Gregory of violating the gun bylaws of Washington, D.C. The Weekly Standard / Blog A petition on the White House's website calls for charges to be filed against Gregory for breaking Washington, D.C.'s gun laws. "Press charges against David Gregory for possession of a 30-round, high capacity assault rifle magazine in Washington D.C," reads the title of the petition.
Anti-Piers Morgan Petition Tops 65K Signers (Politico)
CNN anchor Piers Morgan isn't benefiting from much Christmas cheer, at least according to one measure: The number of signers on a petition urging the White House to deport Morgan had skyrocketed by late Tuesday afternoon to nearly 66,000 names. The Week The irony, of course, is that deporting Morgan for his "hostile attack" on the Constitution would be a violation of the constitutional right to free speech. Even as a British national, Morgan is "afforded various rights under national security law and due process," says immigration attorney Mark Schifanelli at ABC News. The Telegraph U.S. citizens are able to file petitions on the White House website. If they collect at least 25,000 signatures within 30 days the White House is obliged to issue a response. There has been no response so far from the Obama administration.
Newspaper Sparks Outrage for Publishing Names, Addresses of Gun Owners (CNN)
An interactive map showing the names and addresses of all handgun permit holders in New York's Westchester and Rockland counties has drawn a response from mostly disgruntled readers since it was posted Saturday on a newspaper's website. HuffPost In a piece titled, "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood," the Journal News requested the names and addresses of local residents who are licensed to own handguns through Freedom of Information Law requests. The paper requested information from Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. The paper was only given the names and addresses of those who have a license to own a handgun. The paper was denied its requests for the amount and type of guns owned by those who have licenses. Fox News The article, in explaining the decision to publish the information, pointed to the school massacre in nearby Newtown, Conn., and the concerns of some residents about which of their neighbors might have firearms. Daily Mail The Journal News culled the list entirely from public records, legally accessible to all, but many readers were upset by the fact that they had been published on an interactive map on the paper's website. "This is CRAZY!!" wrote commenter Curtis Maenza, who is not listed on the map. "This is the type of thing you do for sex offenders not law abiding gun owners. What next? should i hang a flag outside my house that says I own a gun? I am cancelling my subscription with your paper today!!!"
It's a Wonderful Life Wins Another Christmas Eve for NBC (THR / The Live Feed)
It's a Wonderful Life topped total viewers (5.6 million) and the key demo (1.5 adults rating) on Christmas Eve, rising a tenth of a point from its demo score on NBC last year. Zap2it / From Inside the Box CBS repeats and a night of Shrek movies on ABC performed well too. There was no new, regularly scheduled programming on any of the major networks on the night before Christmas, but CBS and Fox did air repeats of their shows, mostly comedies. NBC led the night overall, with 3.1 million viewers and a 5.6 rating/7 household share. CBS followed with 2.6 million viewers (4.2/5), ahead of ABC (1.8 million viewers, 3.4/4). Fox garnered only 0.9 million viewers (1.6/2), while The CW trailed the pack with 0.4 million viewers (0.7/1).
Netflix Fixes a Disruption to Its Video Streaming (NYT / Reuters)
A disruption at one of Amazon's Web service centers hit users of Netflix's streaming video service on Christmas Eve and was not fully resolved until Christmas Day, a Netflix spokesman said on Tuesday. The disruption affected Netflix subscribers across the United States, Canada and Latin America and blacked out various devices -- including video game consoles and DVD players -- that enable users to stream movies and television shows, the Netflix spokesman, Joris Evers, said. WSJ Netflix, of Los Gatos, Calif., said the outage started about 3:30 p.m. ET on Monday. It prevented video streaming on a number of devices, such as Roku Inc. players. "We are investigating the cause and will do what we can to prevent reoccurrence," a Netflix spokesman said. Other websites, such as software company Heroku Inc. and social media app Scope, also reported via Twitter service problems of their own that were traced to Amazon operations. CNET Netflix pinned the issue on Amazon Web Services servers and said it was working with Amazon engineers on a fix. By evening, Netflix noted that the problem was not yet resolved and promised to tweet as soon as it was back up. Evers emailed a statement to CNET Tuesday about the outage, noting that "streaming was available again for the majority of our members late on Christmas Eve Pacific Time." GigaOM Interestingly, Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming service, which competes head-on with Netflix and which also runs on AWS, appeared to be unaffected by the U.S. East snafus.
Morning Shows 2012: Good Morning America Beat Today, Ann Curry's Ouster and Other Big Moments (HuffPost)
The year 2012 was a wild rollercoaster ride for the world of morning shows. First, there was Good Morning America closing in on Today, and threatening to knock its NBC News rival off its pedestal -- which it finally did in April. The GMA win was historic: it marked the first time that the ABC morning show beat Today in 16 years of weekly ratings. Radar Online As Today scrambled to win back the top spot, producers made a shocking decision. It was announced in late June that Ann Curry would be leaving as co-host after 15 years in the role, and she was gone just one week later. The decision massively backfired on Today as viewers, disgusted by Curry's firing, continued to tune out and ratings slid even further.
As India's Soap Opera World Turns, the Mother-in-Law Always Reigns (NYT)
Television isn't an insurrectionist force in India. It's a relatively young medium struggling to adapt to a vast viewing audience that respects tradition and suspects change. Like many an Indian bride, television here occasionally tests the boundaries but mostly finds its way by following the rules and not making too many waves.
Most Influential People, Companies and Cities of 2012 (SocialTimes)
Klout, a service that ranks social network account holders for their influence, released a list of the most influential people, companies, products and cities of 2012. The results jibe with the most search-for terms of the year. The iPhone was the big winner in products. And Facebook, the single most searched term of the year, was the most influential company. Barack Obama, Time's Man of the Year, was the most influential person -- but was closely followed by Justin Bieber. Perhaps thanks to Obama, Chicago was the most influential city on the Internet.
Arthur Magazine, a Counterculture Favorite, Returns to Print (The Washington Post)
When the aughties weren't horrifying, they were tough. Wars raged, SARS spiked, economies crumbled and America decided that its pop singers would be elected to fame via reality television, which, while pseudo-democratic, remains humiliating for all parties involved. We needed a friend. Someone who could tell a weird joke, hip us to unheard music, teach us how to forage for food in the wild, or give us crash courses in magic. We needed Arthur.
Here Are Reasons to be Thankful for Gifts Like Claire Danes, Rachel Maddow and Bryan Cranston (New York Daily News / David Hinckley)
If America ever decides to officially designate a "national lament," the competition will be intense. "My taxes are too high." "My kids are driving me nuts." "I can't figure out my phone." But it will be hard to beat "There's nothing on TV." Unless you are CEO of a major broadcast network, you've probably said it yourself.
The Very Real Link Between Video Games and Guns (The Atlantic Wire)
The correlation between gun violence and violent shooter games is dubious, but there are some very real links between the two industries, with gun-makers using these virtual worlds to advertise their products. The latest Medal of Honor game, for example, as part of a marketing campaign, created a separate "partners" site that linked to the real-versions of the weapons used by players.
Most Overlooked Books of 2012: A Literary Mixtape (GalleyCat)
What book do you wish more people had read this year? People love to create Best of the Year lists every December, but we prefer to spotlight the most overlooked books each season.
TV and Film Personalities Who Became Politicians (and Vice Versa) (Mediaite)
There's an old joke that the worst place to be in Washington, D.C. is between a politician and a TV camera. Politicians do seemingly love attention, and most love to speak before large audiences. With that in mind, it's no wonder many politicians venture into television after their political careers end. It's also no wonder that many television personalities are attracted to a life in politics.
Must-Have Apps: What to Download on Your New Device (The Daily Beast)
The wrapping paper's in a pile on the floor, but the fun has just begun. That shiny new gadget in your hands is just waiting to be filled with content. Check out these must-download apps and eBooks -- Christmas morning giddiness isn't just for kids anymore.
Mark Coker Predicts: 'More Money Will Be Made in Author Services Than in Book Sales' (GalleyCat)
In his 2013 Book Publishing Industry Predictions, Smashwords founder Mark Coker included this warning for aspiring writers: "In the self-publishing gold rush, more money will be made in author services than in book sales." All independent writers need to remember this advice as we head into the new year. We asked "How Much Should Self-Publishing Cost?" in November and received a wide-range of responses. Indie authors can pay everything from nothing to $50,000 in an effort to publish their work.