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Blogger Christopher Fountain Hits Back Against Gun Owners' Map, Publishes Addresses of Journal-News Staff (HuffPost)
Blogger Christopher Fountain retaliated against a New York newspaper, which recently published the addresses of local gun owners, by publishing the addresses and phone numbers of the newspaper's staff. The Journal-News published the names and addresses of legal gun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties. The paper has been criticized for allegedly putting people in danger. Daily Mail The paper, which is commonly referred to as LoHud for its coverage in the Lower Hudson Valley, defended its decision by saying that in the wake of the Sandy Hill Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., residents have the right to know who has legal licenses for weapons in their area. Politico "Well, I just thought they were being hypocrites," said Fountain on CNN's Early Start. "In the aftermath of Newtown, it was obviously one tragedy, but somehow they were conflating legal gun owners with some crazed tormented devil up in Newtown and putting the two together. And I was offended by that and I wondered how they would like it if their addresses were published." New York / Daily Intelligencer Fountain went on to argue that the paper could have made its intended point by simply publishing the number of gun permits in the area instead. He also claimed that, since launching his campaign, he'd received thankful emails "from abused women who were under protective order and in hiding and they're terribly afraid that now their names and addresses are all over the Internet and accessible through that map." Poynter / Al's Morning Meeting The problem is not that the Gannett-owned Journal-News was too aggressive. The problem is that the paper was not aggressive enough in its reporting to justify invading the privacy of people who legally own handguns in two counties it serves. U.S. News & World Reporter / Peter Roff There are those who have suggested, as the Journal-News did, that the public needs to know more about who owns guns and who holds gun permits. This is a matter for the legislature to address, not the editor of a suburban newspaper -- at least not in this manner.
NRA President: David Gregory's 'Silly Felony' Illustrates 'Craziness' of Some Gun Laws (Mediaite)
National Rifle Association president David Keene paid a visit to CNN on Thursday to respond to several issues including a newspaper's publication of gun permit holders' personal information, as well as the saga surrounding David Gregory and the now-infamous gun magazine he displayed on Meet the Press. Asked if Gregory should be prosecuted, Keene said no. "I'm not a vindictive guy who wants to go after David Gregory," he said. The Atlantic Wire It's a rare example of bridge-building for an organization that has blamed the media regarding Newtown and long before that. Still, Keene argues that the magazine flap further confirms the legitimacy of the NRA's political goals. Christian Science Monitor But whether or not Gregory is charged with a crime, opponents of gun control see the episode as further evidence that the cards are stacked against them in the U.S. media, which they see as part of an urban power elite. Daily Download / Howard Kurtz People who don't like Gregory, or his network, or the media, or gun control are using his little stunt to express a bit of manufactured outrage, as though he were some kind of criminal. And Gregory is on a previously scheduled vacation; it is, after all, Christmas week. This isn't to say that NBC doesn't have a bit of 'splaning to do. THR A White House petition seeking the arrest of Gregory has attracted more than 11,000 signatures as of Thursday.
People Are Screaming Bad Things at Me! (TMZ)
Matt Lauer is "freaked out" that people -- and lots of them -- have been screaming at him on the streets of Manhattan, calling him names and blaming him for the demise of Ann Curry. HuffPost TMZ reported that sources said Lauer is "miserable" and "freaked out" over things that people have screamed at him in the street, like, "You're a bad guy," and "You got Ann fired. Does that make you happy?" In addition to taking heat over Curry's exit, he is also reportedly getting sarcastic comments about his salary, which is widely believed to amount to $25 million. "It's driving him crazy," said one network source. "He's so unhappy." NY Post / Page Six In September, Page Six reported on grumblings behind the scenes as Today was sinking in the ratings. Sources told us that Lauer was beginning to act like an "anchor animal" taking control of the show and berating staff who are no longer allowed to even mention rival Good Morning America around him. New York Daily News Lauer told the News in December that he has not been too concerned about the vitriol from former fans who have taken to Twitter to bash the $25 million-a-year television staple for the Today chaos. "They have an opinion and two thumbs, and that gives them the right to do whatever they want," Lauer said at the time.
More Than 3.5 Million Page Views for New York Times' 'Snow Fall' Feature (JimRomenesko.com)
New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson tells her staff that the paper's "Snow Fall" interactive feature received around 2.9 million visits for more than 3.5 million page views. "At its peak, as many as 22,000 users visited 'Snow Fall' at any given time," she writes. "Strikingly, a quarter to a third of them were new visitors to nytimes.com. ...Rarely have we been able to create a compelling destination outside the home page that was so engaging in such a short period of time on the Web." NYT / Public Editor's Journal While I don't dismiss the concerns of some readers, the project was an impressive new way to tell a compelling story. Its popularity bodes well for a newspaper company that is reinventing itself -- because, like all newspaper companies, it must.
Orange County Register Owner Eyes Tribune Papers (ABC News / AP)
The publisher of the Orange County Register said Thursday that an investor group he leads may want to buy Tribune Co.'s newspapers after the media conglomerate emerges from bankruptcy. "We clearly have the means and the team by which to look seriously at the Tribune papers and, from the outside, they may very well have enough of the elements that we're looking for," said Aaron Kushner, chief executive of 2100 Trust LLC, which bought Freedom Communications Inc. and its flagship paper, the Register, in July.
Evening News Ratings: Week of Dec. 17 (TVNewser)
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley both improved their audiences compared to the same week last year. No. 1 Nightly News was up 6 percent in total viewers and up 3 percent in younger viewers while No. 3 Evening News was up 8 percent / 2 percent. ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, which has a million viewer lead over the Pelley broadcast, was down 3 percent / 7 percent vs. last year. The Washington Post / AP Powered by football and The Voice, NBC took the lead in the ratings last week. But even football couldn't tackle CBS' indomitable NCIS, which edged out the Seahawks-49ers clash to become the week's most-watched show. It drew 19.6 million viewers, the Nielsen Co. said Thursday. In third place was NCIS: Los Angeles, followed by the season finale of The Voice. The season finale of Fox's singing competition The X Factor ranked 14th. Variety Wednesday's telecast of the Kennedy Center Honors, which this year feted David Letterman, Dustin Hoffman and Led Zeppelin among others, spiked in the ratings for CBS. The Eye topped its rivals in all categories, though Spanish-language net Univision actually led all broadcasters among young adults.
Chris Matthews Now the Broadcaster That Conservatives Love to Hate (Yahoo! News / AP)
To his boss, Chris Matthews has become a statesman. His critics probably have other words. The veteran MSNBC host raised his profile as much as any member of the television commentariat during the presidential campaign. His 5 p.m. Hardball show has seen viewership jump by 24 percent this year from 2011, 17 percent for the rerun two hours later. Matthews symbolized MSNBC's growing comfort in being a liberal alternative to Fox News Channel. TVNewser Chris Matthews is an MSNBC original. His show Hardball is older than the network itself, having begun its run on the old America's Talking channel founded by Roger Ailes before moving to CNBC and then MSNBC. Despite approaching his 20th anniversary with NBC, Matthews is considered "the model figure" for the new MSNBC.
Majority of Out-of-Town Media Leaves Newtown (HuffPost)
The majority of out-of-town media has finally left Newtown, Conn., to the relief of many local residents and news outlets. The tragic shooting of 27 victims, including 20 elementary school children, almost two weeks ago brought hundreds of journalists to Newtown. Local residents -- and even journalists themselves -- have been spoken out against the media's presence in the community as well as their tactics, imploring reporters to leave and allow people to mourn in peace. Poynter / MediaWire Newtown Bee associate editor Shannon Hicks said by email Wednesday that after the final funeral last weekend, "The flag on the 100-foot tall flagpole in the middle of Main Street was raised, and [the] majority of out-of-town (and out-of-area) media left."
Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin Back to Co-Host CNN's New Year's Eve Coverage (TVNewser)
Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin are back for their sixth time co-hosting CNN's New Year's Eve coverage from Times Square. "As always, I await New Year's Eve with Kathy Griffin with grave reservations and tremendous fear, and I want to apologize in advance to anyone she may offend/assault/attempt to kiss," said Cooper. E! Online / TV Scoop Still, the famous friends couldn't be more excited to ring in the new year together, and Griffin is already aiming plenty of wisecracks at her newsie pal. "I don't know what Anderson has been doing this past year. I assume he has been sitting, eating Bon Bons in his mother's apartment [while] watching reality TV, while I was helping spread democracy in Egypt or Syria or whichever," Griffin joked. "Oh, and did I mention we're giving away puppies at midnight?"
Patch Partners with Starbucks on 'Come Together' Initiative (JimRomenesko.com)
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced Wednesday that baristas in his D.C.-area stores will write "Come Together" on cups to encourage compromise "to solve the tremendously important, time-sensitive issue to fix the national debt." (Gawker calls this "the year's most insipid political gesture.") AOL's Patch says it's supporting Schultz's effort "through blog posts, social media, online and offline ads and other editorial content across many of our local sites."
A Fantastic Year for Data Journalism (CJR / Between the Spreadsheets)
2012 was a fantastic year for data journalism. Visualizing.org and the Guardian's data blog both held inaugural data journalism awards. CJR launched the "Between the Spreadsheets" column. More importantly, however, this happened because news outlets really stepped up their interactives game. Here's a rundown of some of the top interactives and data journalism pieces from the year.
Terry Glover, Managing Editor of Ebony, Dies (FishbowlNY)
Terry Glover, managing editor of Ebony, died on Dec. 24. She had been with the magazine since 2006, when she joined as a senior editor for Ebony.com. Glover was named managing editor in 2009.
In Boost to U.S. Plans, BBC World Service Is Added to Time Warner Cable (NYT / Media Decoder)
In a sign of progress for its push to get on cable and satellite systems across the United States, the BBC World News channel is now available in about 10 million homes that subscribe to Time Warner Cable. The rollout in Time Warner Cable markets was announced this month and was completed Thursday, according to representatives of the BBC and the cable company.
eBooks Destroying Traditional Publishing? The Story's Not That Simple (NPR / All Things Considered)
What counts as a book these days, in a world of Kindles, Nooks and iPads -- and eager talk about new platforms and distribution methods? Traditional publishers are traveling a long and confusing road into the digital future. To begin with, here's the conventional wisdom about publishing: eBooks are destroying the business model.
David Letterman to Oprah Winfrey: 'Jay Leno is the Most Insecure Person I've Ever Known' (Zap2it / Pop2it)
David Letterman is the next brave soul to sit in Oprah Winfrey's hot seat. Now that they've put their own differences behind them, Oprah grills Letterman about his famous rivalry with fellow late night talk show host Jay Leno for an upcoming episode of Oprah's Next Chapter. Letterman, unsurprisingly, gives Leno quite the back-handed compliment.