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Ignore All the Vomiting: Royal Caribbean Tries To Sell Us on Cruises

The new CEO of Royal Caribbean cruises appeared on CBS This Morning late last week to make a case for why we should be planning our cruise vacations ASAP.

Adam Goldstein was recently promoted to COO and president of Royal Caribbean after 12 years spent with Royal Caribbean International. This new role does include some corporate communications work, so it shouldn’t be surprising that in less than two weeks, Goldstein was appearing on a major morning news program to address yet another illness outbreak this time sickening 105 passengers and crew on Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas. The previous week, 117 were sickened.

The problem looks to once again be the dreaded norovirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea. The Centers for Disease Control gets involved, passengers miss out on their vacations, and you have an all-around mess on your hands.

Cruising’s reputation is also in a sickly state, with Gayle King noting at the top of the interview that trust in cruise vacations is down 12 percent.

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Samsung Takes Things Too Far, Upsets the White House with Red Sox Selfie

ortiz selfiePerhaps you’ve seen the latest addition to the celebrity selfie digital photo album: Red Sox superstar (according to our resident Sox expert, Liz Mitchell) David Ortiz and President Obama. The photo was taken during a White House visit by the team. Ortiz pulled out his phone to snap a pic with the President, which is nothing out of the ordinary. But it turns out that Ortiz is a spokesperson for Samsung, the maker of the smartphone on which the photo was taken. While Ortiz and some members of the team knew that there was a promotional tie to this particular selfie, the President did not.

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How Much Power Does a Restaurant Critic Have?

You may have heard that Adam Platt, primary restaurant critic for New York magazine, recently revealed himself to the world at large after years of “anonymity”. Here he is on CBS This Morning explaining his decision:

Something we all know: for restaurant owners, a visit from the big-name food critic is an event. Even in this Yelp-powered “everyone’s voice counts” age, discerning diners still pay attention to people who get paid to write and talk about food.

Is that equation changing?

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Revolving Door: ‘CBS This Morning’, ‘Elvis Duran in the Morning’, NPR, and More

CBS This Morning” begins each program with an “Eye Opener,” a segment recapping the day’s big news in 90 seconds. Below, watch as some CBS NEWS interns give their own version of an “Eye Opener”, in which they recap their experiences at the network. (TVNewser)

Bethany Watson is joining Elvis Duran‘s Z100-based, nationally syndicated morning show, Elvis Duran in the Morning. Watson fills the slot vacated by Carolina Bermudez, who left for WLNY’s The Couch at the end of June. Watson comes to New York by way of Minneapolis, where she was the co-host on The Dave Ryan in the Morning Show at KDWB. (FishbowlNY)

The NPR National Desk is adding Ailsa Chang for a one-year reporting position at its New York bureau. Chang will cover business and other general stories while while Chris Arnold is away on his Neiman fellowship at Harvard. (FishbowlNY)

Marc Duvoisin has been named managing editor at Los Angeles Times. He had been deputy managing editor for projects there. (release)

Ramon Escobar has been named vice president of talent recruitment and development at CNN. He had been executive vice president of network news at Telemundo. (TVNewser)

Joy Press has been named books and culture editor at Los Angeles Times. She had been deputy television editor there. (GalleyCat)

Revolving Door: Rupert Murdoch, NBC Universal News Group, Jeff Daniels on ‘CBS This Morning’, and More

Rupert Murdoch (pictured at left) has resigned from a number of News Corp. boards, including his post as director of News International, the holding company for the newspapers at the center of the U.K. hacking scandal. The company is reportedly preparing to divest its publishing and entertainment properties, a split that was approved by the board of News Corp. on June 27. After the split, Murdoch will remain chairman of both companies as well as CEO of the new entertainment company. (Adweek)

Pat Fili-Krushel has been named chairman, news group, at NBCUniversal. Fili-Krushel, who joined NBC when Comcast took over, will now oversee a new unit called the NBCUniversal News group comprised of NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC, The Weather Channel and all their digital properties. (TVNewser)

Sam Grobart is leaving The New York Times for Bloomberg Businessweek. According to a memo obtained by Jim Romenesko, Grobart will “develop multimedia projects” as well as write tech features for Businessweek. Grobart had been with the Times since 2008, most recently as personal technology editor, since 2010. (FishbowlNY)

In case you missed it, actor Jeff Daniels was on CBS This Morning and on MSNBC’s Hardball last Thursday. Daniels, who plays Will McAvoy on HBO’s The Newsroom told Chris Matthews, “It’s not like we’re out trying to whitewash all of cable news. We’re trying to shine a light on the people really trying to tell the truth and get out the truth every day.” (TVNewser)

On a related topic, Aaron Sorkin has gotten rid of his entire Newsroom writing staff, with the exception of his ex-girlfriend Corinne Kinsbury. The Newsroom had 10 credited writers in its premiere season. HBO renewed the show for a second season after its second episode aired. (FishbowlLA)

Viacom has reached a new programming fee agreement with DirecTV, ending a 10-day blackout for the satellite-TV service’s 20 million U.S. viewers. (Ad Age)

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Morning Show Changes Give Media Strategists Something to Think About

For clients and PRs, the Today show is a tremendous media hit. So the tumult at the show over the past couple of months should have media specialists paying close attention. Perhaps it’s time to reconsider the enormity of a hit on GMA. And specialists have to keep watch to see if Ann Curry’s departure will dramatically change the Today show program.

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Oprah Addresses OWN’s Struggles, Signs Deal With Comcast

Oprah Winfrey has inked a deal with Comcast that will bring her struggling OWN channel to millions of additional homes. The deal will tack on three million-plus Comcast subscribers to the pool of potential viewers and put a little cash in the network’s coffers. Comcast had been carrying the channel without paying a subscriber fee. That will change at the beginning of 2013.

The news comes on the heels of statements from Oprah addressing the problems the network has had since it launched. She spoke with Access Hollywood about some of the things she had to learn about running a network, like if you want people to watch, you have make it easy for them to find. (Good advice for PRs doing events.) She also sets the record straight about her relationship with Rosie O’Donnell, saying the two handled the cancellation of Rosie’s show like adults without any of the reported bickering.

And on CBS This Morning, she made the quote of the day, saying she “might have done something else” had she known how difficult launching a network would be. She also made a few points that we think would be food for thought for anyone launching campaign.

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Revolving Door: ‘Today’ turns 60, @SpinReviews, Top Media Pinners, and more

The January 6, 1964 cover

Today commemorates 60 years on the air. TVNewser went to the party last night.

The New York Times‘ public editor Arthur Brisbane was feeling the heat yesterday over his take on whether reporters should be “truth vigilantes.” A lot of people thought that was a dumb question so Brisbane has come back to reiterate that it is not. Jill Abramson has also responded.

A Ron Paul super PAC has written a press release calling for CNN‘s Dana Bash to be taken off the campaign beat. CNN replied: “The notion that Dana is anything but objective is preposterous.”

Spin magazine has launched @SpinReviews. [via Fishbowl NY]

Newsweek plans to recreate the magazine’s 1960s design in the March 19 issue to commemorate the season premiere of Mad Men. [via Ad Age]

Pinterest says Martha Stewart, Real Simple, and Better Homes & Gardens are top pinners. [via minOnline]

The Huffington Post has launched a Good News channel for inspiration stories. Jessica Prois, who also heads the Impact section, will edit the new channel.

Click through for more media changes.

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Michelle Obama Responds to New Book


If you write a book about the inner workings of the U.S. presidency, publicity will come to you. Such is the case for Jodi Kantor, author of The Obamas, an inside look at the President and First Lady during their early days in the White House.

The Daily Beast has a list of what it calls eight of the “best parts” from the book, among them: Michelle didn’t really want to live in D.C., some White House staffers didn’t want her on the cover of Vogue, she butt heads with members of Obama’s staff, and she had a lot of influence on health care reform. Business Insider also has a roundup of “juicy bits” that also focuses a whole lot on the First Lady.

Michelle addressed the book during a sit-down with Gayle King and CBS This Morning, and takes issue with her frequent characterization as “an angry black woman.” That interview above. This new book aside (we haven’t read it), there have been a lot of ugly things said about Michelle Obama that a lot of people should be ashamed of.

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