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Gunshots Fired at Al Jazeera’s Gaza Bureau

al jazeera gunshotsJust one day after the Israeli foreign minister said he would try to prevent Al Jazeera from operating in Israel, the network says gunshots were fired at its Gaza bureau:

“Two very precise shots were fired straight into our building”, Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker (pictured), reporting from the bureau in Gaza said. “We are high up in the building so we had a very strong vantage point over the area. But we have evacuated.”

The bureau is situated in a residential area of Gaza City. “Our office building also has many residential apartments. People [are] leaving, panicked. The AP [news agency] also has office there and [has] evacuated.”

Dekker and another Al Jazeera journalist, Nicole Johnston, both referred to the shots as “warning shots” on Twitter.

Al Jazeera did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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‘Pimped Out’ Returns. New Clinton Book Details Old Cable News Firestorm

shuster“Clinton Inc.,” another new book about the former, and perhaps future, White House occupants dredges up a cable news moment that regular readers of this site will recall.

In February 2008, as the Democratic primary for president was heating up, then-MSNBC anchor David Shuster waded into the debate about the Clinton family dynamic and how it plays out on the campaign trail. “Doesn’t it seem like Chelsea’s sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?,” Shuster asked.

That line set off a firestorm from the Clinton camp to the highest levels of NBC and even its corporate parent at the time. Politico reports on an excerpt from the book by Daniel Halper:

According to a source close to the situation, the Clintons called people on the board of NBC’s parent company General Electric to say, “Well, this is outrageous, how NBC News and MSNBC are handling this, and we need to do something about it.” Before long, GE’s chairman Jeffrey Immelt was on the phone with Jeff Zucker, the president and CEO of NBC Universal at the time, and (former NBC News president) Steve Capus asking, “What the hell is going on over there? Why are my board members talking about the reporter, and why is your reporter referring to Chelsea as a prostitute?”

Shuster was suspended for the remark. His employment with MSNBC came to an abrupt end in April 2010 when it was revealed that he took part in the taping of a pilot for CNN. Shuster had been with MSNBC since 2002 following a six-year run at Fox News Channel. He is now an anchor with Al Jazeera America. Ironically, Chelsea Clinton would go on to work as a special correspondent for NBC News.

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Alan Murray Named Editor of FORTUNE

Alan Murray, the former deputy managing editor and online executive editor of The Wall Street Journal, has been named editor of Fortune. Murray joins the TIME Inc. publication following a short stint as president of the Pew Research Center.

Murray was CNBC’s Washington Bureau Chief from 2002 to 2005, where he co-hosted “Capital Report with Alan Murray and Gloria Borger.” Borger is now with CNN.

Murray, who will be just the 17th editor of 84-year-old brand, succeeds Andy Serwer, who is leaving the company. Murray’s first day will be August 25.

In a 2010 interview with MediabistroTV, Murray talked about the future of business news on TV and online. “When I think about news journalism. I think about reporters who are paid to go out and find the truth. They’re human beings, so they have their own biases. But they are trained to try and get over those biases and find the truth. That kind of reporting I find less and less on television.”

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Israeli Foreign Minister: We Will ‘Work to Prevent’ Al Jazeera From Operating in Israel

al-jazeera-650x441Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said today that the country will “work to prevent” Al Jazeera from operating within its borders, the International Business Times reports:

“Qatar ( the Gulf state where Al Jazeera is based)  has turned into a global problem. Al Jazeera is a central pillar of the propaganda apparatus of Hamas,” he said. The news network employs several Israeli journalists. Freedom of the press is enshrined in Israeli law and, according to Anshel Pfeffer, a writer for the liberal daily Haaretz, only the Supreme Court could ban their reports.

Al Jazeera Arabic had earlier reported that Israel had been using phosphorus bombs in east Gaza, which it had pledged to stop using last year. The company is also funded by Qatari owners, who Israel believe to be financing Hamas. It is unknown whether the minister was alluding to the Al Jazeera English or Al Jazeera America arm of the company.

[h/t Mediaite]

The Scoreboard: Friday, July 19

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 270 | MSNBC: 102 | CNN: 205 | HLN: 97
  • Primetime: FNC: 323 | MSNBC: 118 | CNN: 263 | HLN: 83

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

205

TheFive:

370

Baier:

367

Greta:

385

TheFive:

388

Kelly:

311

Hannity:

271

TheFive:

324

Kelly:

334

MSNBC
Wagner:

52

EdShow:

73

Sharpton:

128

Matthews:

105

Hayes:

75

Maddow:

144

O’Donnell:

135

Lockup:

129

Lockup:

252

CNN
Tapper:

191

Blitzer:

248

Blitzer:

227

Burnett:

259

Cooper:

281

Cooper:

287

Tonight:

222

Tonight:

165

CNNI:

175

HLN
Now:

69

Files:

55

Files:

62

Files:

51

Grace:

70

Files:

69

Files:

110

Files:

94

Files:

144

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MSNBC Contributor Slams Media, Andrea Mitchell, for ‘Disgustingly Biased’ Coverage

Rula Jebreal 304During a segment on “Ronan Farrow Daily,” MSNBC contributor and Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal took on the media–and MSNBC–for “disgustingly biased” Middle East coverage.

“We are ridiculous. We are disgustingly biased when it comes to this issue,” Jebreal said, noting she thinks biased media coverage has helped U.S. officials stay silent when they’re opposed to some of Israel’s actions.

“Look at how much airtime Netanyahu and his folks have on air on a daily basis. Andrea Mitchell, and others–I’ve never seen one Palestinian being interviewed on these same issues,” Jebreal continued. When Farrow pushed back that MSNBC has had Palestinians on-air, Jebreal said “maybe for 30 seconds, and then you have 25 minutes for Bibi Netanyahu.”

She then brought up NBC’s decision to pull foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin last week from Gaza, suggesting that because he was “covering the Palestinian side” in a “too pro-Palestinian” way, he was pulled from Gaza, and only reinserted because of social media pushback. Farrow again pushed back that Mohyeldin is now back on-air, and that MSNBC was currently offering airtime to her.

We reached out to MSNBC for Mitchell’s response to accusations of bias, but haven’t heard back.

S.E. Cupp: ‘Discipline Was Necessary’ for NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin, CNN’s Diana Magnay

CuppWhile guest hosting on “The View” this morning, S.E. Cupp chimed in on last week’s temporary removal of NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin and complete removal of her CNN colleague, Diana Magnay, from Gaza.

“Even reporters get into problems when they discuss this conflict,” Cupp said, pointing to social media posts both Mohyeldin and Magnay penned while covering the conflict. “You’re a reporter, and your job–no matter how passionate you are about this issue, everyone has strong feelings–your job is to be objective. Discipline was necessary.”

It should be noted, in the case of Mohyeldin, NBC never publicly acknowledged disciplinary reasons as the catalyst for pulling the veteran foreign correspondent from Gaza (following widespread pushback, the network reversed its decision and sent Mohyeldin back to Gaza over the weekend). Last Thursday, Glenn Greenwald reported Mohyeldin had been pulled by executives for security reasons. That report came a day after we reported some NBC staffers were angered by the network’s decision to have Richard Engel report for “Nightly News” Wednesday night on the Gaza port airstrike that killed four children since Mohyeldin witnessed the strike and reported on it throughout the day.

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Pres. Obama Makes Statement on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Investigation

Obama UkraineThis morning, broadcast networks provided special coverage of President Obama’s statement on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 investigation.

The president called for investigators to gain immediate and full access to the crash site, calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to help facilitate an open investigation.

CBS News cut in at 11:13amET with Norah O’Donnell anchoring in New York and chief White House correspondent Major Garrett anchoring from the White House.  NBC News cut in at 11:14amET with Savannah Guthrie anchoring from New York and chief foreign correspondent Andrea Mitchell reporting from Washington, DC.  ABC News cut in at 11:14amET with Amy Robach anchoring in New York and chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House.

Rupert Murdoch Considering Upping Time Warner Offer

time warnerBloomberg News reports Rupert Murdoch is still angling to acquire Time Warner and is considering using proceeds from the sale of other assets to do so.

Fox may reach an agreement to sell its wholly-owned Sky Italia unit and its 57 percent stake in Sky Deutschland AG to British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc in the next two weeks, the people said, asking not to be identified because the deliberations are private. The assets could be valued at about 10 billion euros ($13.5 billion), people familiar with the matter said in May. Fox owns a 39 percent stake in BSkyB. The proceeds could give Murdoch additional cash for a Time Warner bid without having to borrow more. While Fox is willing to pay more than $75 billion after Time Warner’s board rejected its $85 per-share bid, no final decision has been made on whether to bump the offer, the people said. JPMorgan & Chase Co., the biggest U.S. bank by assets, and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., the fifth-biggest, will help Murdoch finance the bid.

And the Los Angeles Times reports if 21st Century Fox takes over Time Warner, CNN might sell for more than analysts think.

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Fox Newsers Remember Colleague

Rick Regan, a longtime Fox News producer, has died. Regan, 60, had been with Fox for more than 8 years and was responsible for production of live breaking news events and news updates in prime time. Before Fox News, Regan spent 13 years at WCBS and CBS News and, before that, he spent 12 years at WABC where he was senior sports producer. Eric Shawn remembered Regan on the air Sunday:


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