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Anthony Cumia: ‘The FCC is Nothing Compared to the PC Police’

AnthonyCumiaTwitterProfilePicFired Opie & Anthony host Anthony Cumia is wasting no time moving on. He’s launching, in August, a subscription podcast from his home-studio in Long Island; he’s hired a lawyer to try and get SirusXM to pay out the remainder of his through-October 2014 contract; and he’s explained to The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove that he saw this coming a mile away:

“There were plenty of lawyers that were always at the guard, waiting to strike down something we wanted to do on the Opie & Anthony Show,” Cumia said. “It just got worse and worse over there.”

“Look how I got fired. It had nothing to do with the FCC” – the Federal Communications Commission, which in any case has no authority over subscription-based satellite radio. “It had nothing to do with government regulations. It had to do with the people who run the company. The FCC is nothing compared to the PC police.”

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Jailed Al Jazeera Journalists Convicted in Egypt (CNN)
Three Al Jazeera English journalists were convicted Monday of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood in a ruling that immediately outraged journalists and activists around the world. The Guardian Former BBC correspondent Peter Greste, from Australia, ex-CNN journalist Mohamed Fahmy and local producer Baher Mohammed were jailed for seven, seven and 10 years, respectively. Four students and activists indicted in the case were sentenced to seven years. NYT Prosecutors accused the three journalists of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to broadcast false reports of civil strife in order to bring down Egypt’s military-backed government. But the prosecutors have not publicly disclosed any evidence that the journalists either conspired with the Brotherhood or broadcast false news. HuffPost / AP “I swear they will pay for this,” Fahmy, who was Al Jazeera English’s acting Cairo bureau chief, shouted angrily from the defendants’ cage after the sentences were announced in the Cairo court Monday. Greste, a correspondent, raised his fists in the air. “They just ruined a family,” said Fahmy’s brother Adel, who was attending the session. He said they would appeal the verdict but added that he had little faith in the system. “Everything is corrupt,” he said. Al Jazeera Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey said the verdicts defied “logic, sense and any semblance of justice,” adding, “[Monday] three colleagues and friends were sentenced, and will continue to be kept behind bars for doing a brilliant job of being great journalists. ‘Guilty’ of covering stories with great skill and integrity. ‘Guilty’ of defending people’s right to know what is going on in their world.” The Washington Post The verdict was delivered in a brief session at a courtroom in the Tora prison complex, where the detainees have been imprisoned for nearly six months.

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Columnist: Lacey Spears Was Never a Mommy Blogger

Can someone be termed a “mommy blogger” if, over the span of 13 years, they posted just two blog items? And how about the tag “social media mom”? For that moniker, shouldn’t someone require thousands of Twitter followers rather than ten’s. And a tweet more recent than February 2010?

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According to Daily Beast contributor Andy Hinds, if you’re today’s media, the answers to these questions are no, and, hell no! Hinds takes major media outlets, including the New York Times, to task for carelessly running with the Journal-News‘s original description as such of Lacey Spears, an upstate New York mother now charged with the second-degree murder of her son.

He also reached out to an actual mommy blogger, Liz Gumbinner (Mom 101), who very much agreed with him:

“I feel like we’ve really reached rock-bottom as a society when the story of a sick woman hurting her son isn’t enough shock value for the mainstream media to get the page views they need any more,” she said. “We now have to make it more salacious by adding in some sort of zeitgeist-y pop culture reference to social media and blogging…”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Logan Returns to CBS | DOJ to Review Music Licenses

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Lara Logan Back at Work on 60 Minutes (THR)
Lara Logan has returned to work at CBS News. The news ends a suspension that began last fall after an erroneous 60 Minutes report on the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi that resulted in the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. personnel. TVNewser Logan was asked to take a leave of absence in November after the flawed report. Logan’s report was centered around an interview with Dylan Davies, a man who claimed to have been a witness of the attacks; it was later revealed that he had not been present that night. In retracting the story, Logan said “We were misled and we were wrong.” The Associated Press The internal CBS review of the incident concluded Logan and her 60 Minutes colleagues should have done a better job checking out Davies’ story before it went on the air. The internal review also said that a speech Logan made in urging the U.S. to take action in response to the Benghazi raid represented a conflict of interest for a reporter later doing a story on the incident. Deadline Hollywood CBS declined to provide any more information about Logan’s return, such as when Logan will be seen on the air and what type of stories she is working on. The newsmag returns to original reports in the fall. Variety Logan is best known for her work as a foreign correspondent, filing many reports from dangerous areas, including Afghanistan and Iraq. Before formally joining CBS News in 2002 as a 60 Minutes II correspondent, Logan already had 14 years of journalism experience, including 10 years in the international broadcast news arena. She served as a correspondent for GMTV, the weekday morning news program of Great Britain’s ITV, and as a freelance correspondent for CBS News Radio, a role that included occasional appearances on the CBS Evening News.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Couric Back to NBC? | Logan’s CBS Return Unsure | #AmazonCart Launches

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Katie Couric in Talks to Co-Host Today (New York Post)
Katie Couric is in preliminary talks to head back to NBC’s Today – at least on a temporary basis. Couric is a contender to sit in and co-host the No. 2 morning show while Savannah Guthrie is on maternity leave, sources say. TVNewser “With the Today show in a good place, we are blessed with great talent and many options to temporarily fill Savannah’s chair while she’s on leave, but there’s no plan yet,” an NBC spokeswoman said. In March, Couric recounted the last time she filled in on the Today show for a pregnant co-anchor. It was early 1991 when Deborah Norville, who’d been co-host of Today for 14 months, gave birth. Couric would go on to be named co-anchor, where she’d remain for 15 years. Mediaite Couric’s career has touched each of the three big networks (NBC, CBS and ABC), and now she is the global news anchor for Yahoo! News. Couric guest co-hosted Good Morning America back in 2012 on the same day Sarah Palin guest-hosted on Today. Mashable A deal to bring Couric back might be difficult, as she currently works for Yahoo!, which has a deal with ABC to share news content. Couric is one of Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer’s biggest signings, inking the anchor to a $6 million per year deal. Getting Couric even for a short stint would be big for Today, as putting the old band back together could help the show to reclaim its past lead over rival GMA. Former co-anchors Couric and Matt Lauer haven’t been behind the desk together since Couric left Today in 2006. TheWrap The beloved former Today host would be contractually free to rejoin the show in the fall, should early speculation pan out the way that many fans probably hope it will. Former Today co-host Meredith Vieira has also been named in media reports as one of those potential seat-fillers.

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Mark Miller Resigns from The Hollywood Reporter

MarkMillerTwitterProfilePicA year and a half after joining the surging Hollywood concern as deputy editorial director, former Newsweek-Daily Beast staffer Mark Miller has decided it’s time to move on. At press time, it’s unclear whether Miller is transitioning to another job or taking a break.

Here’s the memo sent out today by Janice Min:

Dear Staff -

I know Mark announced his resignation in the edit meeting this morning, but with so many of us traveling today, I wanted to drop a quick note to make sure everyone on staff was aware.

In the coming days and weeks, [executive managing editor] Sudie [Redmond] and I will work to ensure all his duties and responsibilities are well-covered and cared for.

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Toby Young Ponders Tina Brown’s ‘Galactic Chutzpah’

TheSpectatorLogoSome of the contextualizing is questionable. But overall, Toby Young‘s The Spectator essay about the money-losing media trail trodden by Tina Brown and his companion commentary for The Daily Telegraph are thrillingly thought-provoking.

From The Spectator piece:

Take the case of Tina Brown, a New Yorker whose business ventures have lost far more than L’Wren Scott’s ever did, but who is completely inured to these setbacks because of her posh English upbringing… You won’t find Tina retiring to a darkened room with a bottle of whiskey and a revolver. On the contrary, she’s just signed a contract with Doubleday to write her memoirs — the appropriately titled Media Beast. Failure is just another career opportunity for her, which has always been the British way. As Winston Churchill said, ‘Success is going from one failure to the next with no loss of enthusiasm.’

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Brian Ries is Mashable’s First Real-Time News Editor

MashableLogoIf you ask us, the words “real-time” are somewhat redundant in today’s 24/7 digital media age. But in any case, the first possessor of an impressive new Mashable title is Brian Ries, moving over from The Daily Beast, where he was senior social media editor.

From today’s announcement:

The mission of the real-time news editor is to build on that — to ensure that Mashable’s live news and news-based social content is immediate, urgent and engaging to its audience.

“At Mashable, we’re highly skilled at creating sharable stories and optimizing them for the social web. Now, a key focus for us is to bring the best of the social web to Mashable, and all our channels, in real-time,” said Jim Roberts, chief content officer and executive editor. “Brian will be a great asset to lead us in this new chapter.”

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Recent NYU Grad Nabs Latest I.F. Stone Award

Former Newsweek and The Daily Beast editor Sarah Blustain shared some exciting news today at her new home. The latest winner of The Investigative Fund’s I.F. Stone Award.

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The prize for the Fall 2013 period has been awared to Natasja Sheriff, a 2011 NYU Master’s in journalism graduate who – yes – spells her first name that way. From the announcement:

Sheriff is currently the international editor for the online publication The Revealer and a Luce Foundation Fellow, both at the NYU Center for Religion and Media. Sheriff comes to journalism after working as a scientist in Asia, where she specialized in water and fisheries research.

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PJ O’Rourke Joins The Daily Beast

PJ O'Rourke GPJ O’Rourke is joining The Daily Beast as a weekly columnist. O’Rourke’s column will be titled “Up to a Point,” and debut on January 1.

O’Rourke said he wanted to join the site because of its unpredictability:

It’s one of the more successful Internet creations, and it seems to understand how to use the medium as well as or better than anybody else that’s out there. The other nice thing about The Daily Beast is that it doesn’t have a political taint. It’s not predictable in its politics. And even though I’m pretty politically conservative, the whole idea of having to be constantly predictable on your politics is just exhausting and stupid, because you’re leaving out half of the stupid things that people do—you know, the half you agree with.

O’Rourke is a published author and the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Weekly Standard and more.

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