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Yago: “We Live in a Time When the News Business is Held in Such Low Esteem”

yago_5-8b.jpgToday on the Morning Media Menu podcast we were joined by IFC Media Project (Sundays, 11pmET) host Gideon Yago.

He talked about what he thinks of the current state of the industry.

“Right now we live in a time when the news business is held in such low esteem,” said Yago. “As long as I’ve been working in television broadcast journalism, I can think of half a dozen stories, from the election night in 2000, to the run-up of the Iraq war, to the handling of this financial crisis just to name three, where the media totally missed the boat on the story, or in certain cases was an active participant in disinformation.”

So what can Media Project do to change that? “We would like to be part of provoking the conversation about what the solution is, not just pointing out what the problems are,” he said.

Yago gave his take on the current state of his former employer, MTV. “For me, the heartbreaking thing is the death and loss of MTV News,” he said.

Also discussed: Yago’s thoughts on torture memo coverage, what changes were made from last season and What We Learned This Week (featuring “ladies growth hormones”).

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IFC Media Project Host Yago on the Menu

Tomorrow on the Morning Media Menu podcast we’re joined by IFC Media Project host Gideon Yago.

Included in the post are two clips from this weekend’s show, airing Sunday at 11pmET. Below is a report on the shoe throwing journalist’s back story, and after the jump is a look at the “de-evolution” of newsmagazines.

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Earlier: TVNewser’s interview with Yago and EP Meghan O’Hara.

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Menu: The New Marketing Approach, With Fanscape CEO Weintraub

mmm_2-3.gifToday on the Morning Media Menu, we’re joined by Fanscape CEO Larry Weintraub.

Fanscape is a “digital engagement marketing agency,” and expanding the world of marketing into new media possibilities. He will also be appearing at the Mediabistro Circus, June 2-3.

“It’s been years of us trying to educate brands about, ‘you need to get in this’,” he says of the new media marketing landscape. “And yes, people are going to say bad things but if you don’t get a handle on that conversation, participate in the conversation, they’re just going to say bad things, and you’re not going to have any say about it.”

Also discussed: Twitter’s “headline” status, how Hulu is “disproving the theory of the YouTube culture” and how the economy has affected the way he does business.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at and call in at 646-929-0321. Tomorrow on the Menu: IFC Media Project host Gideon Yago.

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IFC Takes a Critical Look (But Not “Uniformly Critical”) At Media

ifc_5-1.bmpThe IFC Media Project’s 2nd season debuts Sunday night at 11pmET with a look at the “American Worldview.” The program, created by Meghan O’Hara {Fahrenheit 9/11) and hosted by Gideon Yago (formerly of MTV & CBS News), looks at how the news gets made and how it impacts our lives. The first two episodes look at the push to get Al-Jazeera English into U.S. homes, the coverage of the Russian-Georgian conflict, a profile of the infamous shoe-thrower and even pirates (“we had no idea they’d be in the news,” said O’Hara). TVNewser spoke to O’Hara and Yago earlier this week:

TVNewser: What has been the reaction to the first season?

Meghan O’Hara: Universally, very, very good. I think that even if some people took issue with one story or another, the general consensus was that it’s a great show that is actually saying something really important that nobody else is saying. The network kind of turned around immediately and said let’s do season 2.

Gideon Yago: All my experiences have been anecdotal. The two distinct ones were colleagues and other journalists who work in news and then people who didn’t work in the industry, where it wasn’t an exercise in naval gazing, who were like, ‘Holy shit, I had no idea that was what the process was like.’ Ultimately for us the goal has been to serve that second group for those who are not the hard and fast participants in the news business, and give them who the players are in the craft.

TVN: What’s different about season two?

MO: We’ve put the episodes together in much more of a thematic way. The pieces have relationships to one another. The first episode is basically looking at how Americans view the world and how we look at world news.

GY: We had access to a journalism grad student who shot personalized footage, and a very personalized piece. The broader editorial questions were looking at how the Cold War narrative perpetuated almost immediately. We’re really fortunate the IFC audience is critical and very savvy about everything, which serves the needs of our show, serves the mission of our show.

After the jump, how IFC Media Project covered the shoe-thrower, whether Americans are “famously incurious,” and plans for a potential Season 3…

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Media Panel Before “Media Project”

panel_11-18.BMPMembers of the media descended on Michael’s today in midtown Manhattan, although this time it wasn’t just for lunch (or to be name-checked on FBNY).

Arianna Huffington
moderated a panel in conjunction with the premiere tonight of “The IFC Media Project,” a series hosted by Gideon Yago that takes a look at the influences shaping today’s media coverage. It premieres tonight at 8pmET on IFC.

Joining Huffington were Yago, FNC contributor William Kristol, former National Review columnist (and Daily Beast blogger) Christopher Buckley and former New York Post and New York Daily News EIC Pete Hamill.

Buckley recalled one way TV news has changed. “I grew up in a day when if you saw breaking news on TV, the President had been assassinated,” he said.

The panel discussed at length whether prime time hosts like Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly could be called “journalists.” “I admire all these people, they’re very smart, but they are not classical journalists,” said Buckley.

Huffington thought a “distinction” should be made between MSNBC’s and FNC’s hosts. Hamill disagreed with the journalist label, but went on to praise FNC’s Shepard Smith for “some of the best reporting on Katrina.”

During the Q&A portion, Kristol defended Olbermann’s hefty new contract. “I’m usually his worst man of the week,” joked Kristol. “But he is a subsidiary of the news gathering part of MSNBC.”

We also twittered the event — check there for more on what was discussed.

The video below shows the panel disagreeing on Iraq War coverage, and after the jump, arguably the most heated minute of the panel (as a side note, Yago later rephrased his use of the word “mercenary” and apologized for using it):

Related: FishbowlNY talks to Yago about his IFC show.

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