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Bad News: Poll Shows Confidence in News Media Very Low, Right Above Congress

we hate TV

500 channels and nothing on…

There is nothing more mesmerizing than our ability to ignore fact, figure, and logic.

Collectively, there are groups of people who can be so dense that one would think every highfalutin group walks around in wifebeaters drenched in sweat and beer stains. For example: It is no secret that the current Congressional body has the lowest approval rating in U.S. history, yet there they are, re-elected and sitting pretty.

Glowing in the spotlight of that single-digit love is one other group that just can’t take a hint: National Network News.

The numbers we have to share have nothing to do with ratings, but they probably should.

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FOX News Offers a New (and Terrible) Way to Cover Presidential Press Conferences

no accurate newsAs we know in the world of media and national reporting, “Breaking News” doesn’t quite have the same authority as it used to hold in the minds of consumers. In fact, when a “Breaking News” stinger hits, many viewers just assume it will feature someone else squawking their disapproval for the administration or leading people down a rabbit hole somewhere.

Lately, the only thing sacred would be a presidential press conference. Unfettered access to the leader of our country’s every word. Every TV camera glued to his message. And then the pundits on any station can vomit at will.

Those days are gone, thanks to FOX News. We are just reporting. You get to decide…

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#PRFail: FOX News Busted for ‘Sockpuppeting’ on Social Media

fox-sockpuppetSockpuppeting (v.) – The act of creating a false identity created by trolls and other nefarious ne’er-do-wells via the Internet designed to support posts, forums and PR stories shilling a client’s product or messaging. Typically caught by bad spelling, terrible grammar and tracked IP addresses (you dolts).

Although the definition is created with fun and yuks, the practice is not.

This is an unethical effort in flackdom established by malcontents and other PR professionals that suck at their job. These dunderheads prefer to be anonymous through bearding via Facebook, Twitter or even “Joe from Detroit” commenting online somewhere. And now, we can add FOX News to that austere list of dimwits.

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PR Stunts: Fake Study Links Fox News to Low IQs

Fox News ChannelIt was a headline destined to simultaneously inspire a dozen highfalutin op-eds and a million bitchy comments: Fox News Viewers Are the Dumbest. One problem, though: it was what we in the media world call “a bunch of BS.”

Here’s the funny thing: the “story” wasn’t some sort of stunt pulled by MSNBC or another one of Fox’s many ideological opponents in the so-called “lamestream media.”

No, this little bit of fakery came from the inside—its source, according to a Huffington Post follow-up, appears to be a longtime “PR guru” and dedicated Republican who wants his party of choice to loosen its ties to the Fox News brand in the interest of its future electoral fortunes. See, the purpose of the “study” wasn’t to call Republicans dumber than Democrats: it was to insinuate that conservative Americans who choose not to watch the Fox News Channel are smarter than those who do.

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Should Journalists Abstain From Voting?

In case you haven’t noticed, professional journalists have a PR problem. The public’s opinion of their craft and “the media” they inhabit hit an all-time low last year. This finding reflects an increasingly polarized electorate filled with fed-up citizens who often retreat to openly partisan news sources because they believe all other media outlets to be tainted by bias in some form.

The fact that a healthy, functioning democracy needs journalists to survive should go without saying–and despite working in public relations, we’re a little disturbed to learn that PR professionals currently outnumber them 4 to 1 in this country. So how can journalists improve the public’s perception of the work they do?

For some, the answer is clear: don’t vote.

This is not a new debate. In fact, the issue arises during nearly every election cycle. Austin Business Journal editor Colin Pope believes that the act of choosing a candidate or privately voting on any given issue affects his ability to inform the public as a reliably objective voice; in his opinion, he essentially forfeited his right to vote when he decided to report on the news for a living.

We think it’s safe to say that most journalists do not agree.

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TV Responds to Trump’s Latest BS

Had enough Trump for a lifetime or two? Too bad! This morning our colleagues at TVNewser posted an amusing roundup of the TV networks’ varied responses to his moronic “offer” to donate money to the President’s charity of choice as long as Obama releases his school and passport records “To Mr. Trump’s satisfaction” (love that qualifier).

First Trump went on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight and Fox News Channel’s On the Record with Greta Van Susteren to insist that his stupid PR stunt was, in fact, anything but. Most revealing line in the Morgan interview? While he would “very much like to write” the check, Trump also notes that he is “…not looking to pay five million dollars!” It’s almost like he never even planned on doing such a thing…

Van Susteren spoke to Trump by phone and pressed him on his continuing obsession with the possibly even more idiotic “birther” movement. His response? “I’m really surprised by you, you don’t know anything”. Eyes: consider yourselves rolled.

Other responses: Sean Hannity thought Trump’s scheme was a great idea while MSNBC’s Ed Schultz wasted a few minutes of his valuable time speaking out against it. We’ve never been less surprised.

Stick with us, though: it does get better.

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Sarah Palin to Write Diet Book

The halcyon days of 2008 seem like a distant memory to most of us, but the predictable lamestream media has yet to recover from its fascination with former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

When Sarah went shopping in LA’s Studio City this week, the trusty paparazzi were there to capture all the action—and the resulting photos led gossip blogs to speculate about her apparent weight loss.

Never one to let the story get away from her, Palin (sort of) responded in an email to People magazine, stating that her family “…is writing a book on fitness and self-discipline focusing on where we get our energy and balance as we still eat our beloved homemade comfort foods!”

Palin and husband Todd have always identified as proud hunters–and Sarah has commented on her “high protein”, Atkins-style diet in the past. In her first post-election interview way back in ’08, she spoke with Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren while preparing a moose chili that sounded quite delicious. We think she may be onto something here!

As of this morning, no publisher or date for the book has been announced.

Will Sarah hire Nancy French, ghostwriter of daughter Bristol’s memoir, to pen this meaty tome? Will this new project help revive the Palin brand? More importantly, why didn’t Kris Jenner think of this first? “Kooking with the Kardashians” practically writes itself!

Revolving Door: ‘Washington Journal,’ ‘Wired,’ and More

Here are this week’s media highlights from Mediabistro’s Revolving Door Newsletter:

Lauren Torlone has been named producer at Washington Journal. She had been producer at Fox News Channel.

Maya Draisin has been named associate publisher, marketing at Wired. She had been brand and strategy director there.

Noah Davis has been named associate editor at Business Insider’s The Wire. He had been contributing founder at SportsNewser.

Pilar Guzman has been named editor-in-chief at Martha Stewart Living. She had been co-founder at Momfilter.com.

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MSNBC’s New Tagline Speaks to the Brand

MSNBC is publicly announced its new tagline today: “Lean Forward.”  According to The New York Times, the new slogan “embraces its progressive political identity,” juxtaposing the number two cable news channel against Fox News Channel, which sits at number one. The tagline will also be part of a two-year advertising campaign to raise awareness about the channel.

The story goes on to say that MSNBC has had a decade-long issue distinguishing its brand before it “seized on antiwar, anti-Republican sentiments in the latter part of the Bush administration” with notable names like Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann. The cable news station still has some catching up to do, with awareness for CNN and Fox far above MSNBC.

“When you’re clear about who you are, you actually make money,” Sharon Otterman, the CMO for MSNBC told the Times.

One of the new ads, directed by Spike Lee, after the jump. You can also read more about the new campaign on TVNewser. Read more