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Morning Media Newsfeed: Coulson Gets 18 Months | SiriusXM Fires Opie & Anthony‘s Cumia

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Andy Coulson Gets 18 Months in Tabloid Phone Hacking (NYT)
Andy Coulson, a former senior editor in Rupert Murdoch’s news empire and a onetime adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, was sentenced on Friday to 18 months in prison for his part in the phone hacking scandal that convulsed Britain’s press, police and political elite and inspired calls for tighter regulation of journalists. HuffPost / AP Coulson was convicted June 24 after an eight-month trial triggered by a tabloid-wrongdoing scandal that led Murdoch to shut down the News of The World in 2011. Another former editor, Rebekah Brooks, and four others were acquitted. The Guardian The offense carries a maximum sentence of two years’ imprisonment, but Coulson received a discount of several months for his previous good character. He could be out in less than nine months because, as a non-violent offender, he is required to serve just half his sentence. THR Three other former News of the World staffers and one private investigator who hacked phones for the paper also pleaded guilty to hacking and also received their sentences Friday. They are former news desk editors Greg Miskiw, James Weatherup and Neville Thurlbeck, as well as Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator who was used for hacking. Miskiw and Thurlbeck were sentenced to six months each, Weatherup got a suspended sentence of four months, and Mulcaire was given a suspended sentence of six months. Variety Coulson faces a retrial along with former royals editor Clive Goodman on separate charges that they made illegal payments to police officers to obtain royal phone directories. Over a period of more than a decade, journalists at the now-shuttered Sunday paper listened in on thousands of voicemails belonging to celebrities, politicians and crime victims.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: ABC News, CPI Spar | FNC to Debut Daytime Ensemble | Discovery Drops U.K. Bid

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ABC News Asking Center for Public Integrity to Share Pulitzer Prize (TVNewser)
ABC News is calling on the Center for Public Integrity to share its Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism, awarded to CPI’s Chris Hamby, taking issue with CPI’s Pulitzer submission that depicts ABC News as a minor partner in a year-long coal-mining industry investigation instead of equal partners. HuffPost Network president Ben Sherwood sent a four-page letter to CPI’s executive director Bill Buzenberg affirming that ABC News was CPI’s partner in the investigation. He argued that reporters Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk made “significant contributions” without which CPI would not have won the Pulitzer. He added that while the prizes are only awarded to print organizations, he hoped the Pulitzer committee would recognize Ross and Mosk. Mediaite In the letter, Sherwood said Buzenberg “omitted the names of ABC News reporters and sought to parse and diminish their contributions, even though their bylines appropriately appear on four of the eight articles submitted by the Center to the committee.” Poynter In response, Buzenberg provided a point-by-point rebuttal saying CPI reporter Chris Hamby was the engine behind the story for months before ABC entered the investigation and in long stretches when ABC was working on other things. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media CPI and ABC News have shared recognition for the black lung benefits story in the past. In March, the Harvard Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting was awarded to Chris Hamby, Ronnie Greene, Jim Morris and Chris Zubak-Skees of CPI and Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz of ABC News. Next month, the White House Correspondents’ Association will honor “The Center for Public Integrity, in partnership with ABC News.” On Wednesday, they received an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Television news organizations are excluded from the Pulitzer Prizes, which honor newspaper and digital reporting.

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Cameoing House of Cards Reporter: ‘It Was Harder to Play Myself Than I Expected’

MattBaiTwitterProfilePicFun little item today from Joe Pompeo. He caught up with Matt Bai, the D.C.-based former New York Times Magazine reporter who has a two-scene cameo in Season Two of House of Cards.

Bai, now with Yahoo News, is friends with program showrunner Beau Willimon. He shot his scenes last August and September, and alongside an approved, dummy copy of the NYT mag, uttered slightly altered lines of dialogue:

Bai got to look over his portions of the script. He made a few tweaks, like ditching a line in which he talks about the “angle” of his piece: “I would never discuss my stories in terms of angles.”

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Sean Hannity Says He Can’t Wait to Ditch Cuomo’s Empire State

WCNYLogoNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo offended a wide swath of Catholics and conservatives Friday with comments made during a WCNY 93.9 FM with Susan Arbetter. Here’s what is being objected to:

“Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

This morning via Catholic Online, Deacon Keith Fournier is calling on Cuomo to apologize to all “pro-life and pro-marriage New Yorkers.” Meanwhile, Sean Hannity hinted this may be for him personally a final New York state straw. Here’s what Hannity said on his radio show Monday night, per The Global Dispatch:

“Now I want to tell you something – I was born and raised in New York. I want you to know that and I can’t wait to get out of here. I really can’t. I don’t want to pay their 10-percent state tax anymore.”

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Sydney Leathers Ditching Porn in Favor of Journalism?

What did “Big John” expect? The owner of a Hell’s Kitchen nightclub where Sydney Leathers hosted a Tuesday night soiree to coincide with the first NYC Democratic candidates mayoral debate told the New York Daily News she was a lukewarm hostess. Instead of mingling, she spent most of the night on her phone, texting. Dude, that’s what she does.


But soon, Leathers may be introducing herself to politicians as a journalist. Following an interview with Sean Hannity, she spoke to FOX 411. Leathers confirmed the Vivid porn film is officially off and that she may instead pick up on some fledgling radio beginnings:

“I volunteered with a radio service for eight years. It was a program called the Radio Information Service. Mostly just news broadcasts, all for blind and print handicapped people. There are some talks of me co-hosting a radio show; maybe some political blogging.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Alec Baldwin on MSNBC? | Kelly Bumps Hannity? | Patch to Lay Off Hundreds


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Alec Baldwin Set to Host New MSNBC Primetime Show (Mediaite)
Mediaite has learned from a senior source in the cable news industry with knowledge of MSNBC’s programming that actor Alec Baldwin is getting his own weekly show in MSNBC’s primetime lineup. According to our source, the so far untitled show will air Fridays at 10 p.m. ET and will feature a large dose of Baldwin’s outspoken liberal politics. The Atlantic Wire Currently, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell runs at 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday on the network, meaning Baldwin wouldn’t cut into any other personality on the channel’s time. Instead, the actor’s rumored show would replace a series of documentaries on prisons. THR / The Live Feed Reporting has also emerged as a recent passion of Baldwin’s. He hosts a weekly WNYC podcast of interviews called Here’s the Thing. And HBO will premiere his documentary, Seduced and Abandoned, later this year. He and James Toback filmed the project, which features interviews with actors and directors about the risks and rewards of big budget filmmaking, at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Cumulus to Drop Limbaugh | The View Wants Kotb? | Atlantic Exec Departs


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Cumulus Planning to Drop Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
In a major shakeup for the radio industry, Cumulus Media, the second-biggest broadcaster in the country, is planning to drop both Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity from its stations at the end of the year, an industry source told Politico on Sunday. Cumulus has decided that it will not renew its contracts with either host, the source said, a move that would remove the two most highly rated conservative talk personalities from more than 40 Cumulus channels in major markets. New York Daily News New York radio observers have been expecting for the past year that Limbaugh and probably Hannity would leave WABC, which is owned by Cumulus, for rival WOR. Speculation about possible replacements at WABC for Limbaugh’s noon-3 p.m. show and Hannity’s 3-6 p.m. show has focused on Mike Huckabee and WABC evening hosts Mark Levin and Michael Savage, who signed with Cumulus last year. Deadline Hollywood In May, Limbaugh reportedly mulled leaving Cumulus after receiving blame for advertiser decline in the wake of his controversial Sandra Fluke comments. Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey told Bloomberg TV at the time that “we have the premier talk distribution platform in the business and if you want to be on a big stage in this game, you need to be on our stations in the largest markets. They’re the biggest signals, the heritage brands and everybody knows that.”

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Sean Hannity Talks to Playboy About His Gun Collection

In the italicized intro to the July/August Playboy interview with Fox News and radio host Sean Hannity, contributing editor David Hochman ends with his thoughts on the question everyone wants answered:

“The ultimate question everyone has about Hannity,” Hochman says, “is, Does he really believe what he says, or is it all just an act? After spending hours with the guy [at Fox New York headquarters] and really getting into his head, I can say with utmost confidence, what you see with Hannity is what you get.”

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(Video) Alan Colmes Says Being ‘Left of Attila the Hun’ Keeps Him from Radio Clearance in NYC

Alan Colmes is still a busy guy. He is heard nationally on his eponymous Fox News Radio show. He also does guest spots on Fox News Channel, his former prime time TV home with Sean Hannity.

FishbowlNY caught up with Colmes at the recent reunion for WHN, a station that he was part of in the 1970s.

Although his radio show is available live online, including New York, where Colmes remains sidelined. Colmes says rejoining the top market is always a goal, but not something on his radar these days.

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Rupert Murdoch Calls for Gun Control, While Fox News is Told to Stay Silent

By now you know that Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter to plead for stricter gun control laws in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. The head of News Corp. asked in a tweet, “when will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons?” Then Murdoch followed that up by saying that President Obama’s speech to the Newtown residents was “nice,” but asked for “bold leadership action.”

It was all sort of surprising coming from Murdoch. It almost — almost! — made us applaud him. But according to insiders, while Murdoch was saying the right thing, the execs at Fox News were telling staffers to keep their mouths shut. New York quotes several sources that claim David Clark, executive producer for Fox News, was telling staffers not to address gun control policies on air. “This network is not going there,” Clark allegedly told one producer. Another source inside Fox News added, “We were expressly forbidden from discussing gun control.”

As New York’s Gabriel Sherman notes, the two very different messages exposes a rift between Murdoch and Roger Ailes, head of Fox News:

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