Morning Media Newsfeed: Alec Baldwin Suspended | Jay Rosen Joins NewCo | Doris Lessing Dead at 94

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MSNBC Suspends Alec Baldwin’s Up Late for Two Weeks (TVNewser)
MSNBC has suspended Alec Baldwin after he called a photographer a “c**ksucking f*g.” His outburst has been criticized as homophobic and anti-gay. In a statement posted on, Baldwin apologized for his remarks. NYT He wrote: “I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have — and for that I am deeply sorry. Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable. Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support.” Capital New York Up Late has only been on the channel for a month, so a two-week hiatus is significant. The former 30 Rock actor has a history of public outbursts, but said before his MSNBC program began that the channel knew what it was getting into when it hired him. HuffPost Baldwin: “Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now. My producers and I had a very enlightening and well-researched program prepared to air on Nov. 22 itself, dealing with John Kennedy’s assassination. That show is off the air now. I am deeply apologetic to Ron Fried, who worked extremely hard with me on that show.” TheWrap Baldwin came under fire from CNN newsman Anderson Cooper, who accused Baldwin of making “ridiculous” excuses. “Wow, Alec Baldwin shows his true colors yet again,” Cooper wrote Friday. “How is he going to lie and excuse his anti-gay slurs this time?” TVSpy Robert Moses, reporter for New York Fox-owned station WNYW was confronted and threatened by Baldwin Friday morning. TVSpy Hours after confronting Moses, Baldwin continued his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, this time accusing WNYW reporter Linda Schmidt of hitting his wife in the face with a mic.

Jay Rosen Joins The Greenwald-Omidyar Thing (Poynter / MediaWire)
New York University professor Jay Rosen announced Sunday he has joined Glenn Greenwald’s new journalism venture, which is being funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. They’re calling it NewCo for now, Rosen writes, and his involvement signals a change in his professional endeavors. PressThink / Jay Rosen Rosen: “Because it doesn’t exist yet, NewCo could take many forms. Only a handful of those possible paths will lead to a strong and sustainable company that meets a public need. Figuring that out is a hard problem, to which I am deeply attracted. So I signed up to be part of the launch team. This post explains why I made that decision and what I hope to contribute.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media As Rosen notes, he doesn’t “have credentials as an editor or a reporter.” He’s an academic and a critic, and one who made a name for himself railing against the idea that media objectivity can even exist. (A view Greenwald shares.) Instead, his role will be to “advise on building the company and participate in planning discussions.” He will also “explain [the site’s] approach to journalism in written pieces.” The New Inquiry A look at the history of Omidyar’s profit-driven philanthropic ventures does not support his faith in social enterprise, and raises doubts about the prospects for the new journalism venture.

Doris Lessing Has Died (GalleyCat)
Nobel-prize winning author Doris Lessing has died. She was 94. According to reports, she died peacefully at her home in London. BBC News Her best-known works include The Golden Notebook, Memoirs of a Survivor and The Summer Before the Dark. She became the oldest winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature when in 2007 she won the award for her life’s work. NPR / The Two-Way “Doris’ long life and career were great gifts to world literature,” said Nicholas Pearson, her editor at Harper Collins, in a statement. “She wrote across a variety of genres and made an enormous cultural impact.” NYT As a writer, from colonial Africa to modern London, Lessing scrutinized relationships between men and women, social inequities and racial divisions. As a woman, she pursued her own interests and desires, professional, political and sexual. Seeking what she considered a free life, she abandoned two young children. Still, Salon, in an interview with Lessing in 1997, said that “with her center-parted hair that’s pulled back into a bun and her steely eyes, she seems like a tightly wound earth mother.”

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Bloomberg’s News Division to Lay Off About 50 People (WSJ)
Bloomberg LP’s news division will lay off about 50 people or about 2 percent of its newsroom, according to people familiar with the company’s plans, the latest financial news and data provider to make job reductions. Most of the cuts will come in coverage areas like sports and arts and entertainment, although a small portion will come in Bloomberg’s investigative-reporting unit, the people said. NY Post Bloomberg LP has put a reporter suspected of leaking news about a controversial China story on unpaid leave, the Post has learned. Michael Forsthye was escorted from Bloomberg’s Hong Kong office on Nov. 14, sources said, after he was fingered as the person who leaked embarrassing claims about how the news and data giant spiked a story that could have angered leaders in China. TVSpy Bloomberg Television will cease production of syndicated market reports seen on nearly 200 stations across the country, a network spokesperson confirms to TVSpy. The unit that produces the reports includes about 10 employees, which the company is working to place in other production roles throughout the organization.

Andrew Sullivan Expands The Daily Dish With Monthly Subscription-Only Magazine Called Deep Dish (GigaOM)
Blogger-entrepreneur Andrew Sullivan — who left The Daily Beast earlier this year to launch his own reader-supported site and has since raised more than $800,000 from his supporters — is launching the next phase of the site on Monday: a monthly subscription-only magazine of longform journalism called Deep Dish. Sullivan told readers about the new feature in an email over the weekend. Although some of the content on Sullivan’s regular Daily Dish website is available to non-subscribers — who are prompted to pay when they click a link to see more than just an excerpt — the blogger said the new monthly magazine will be exclusively for subscribers. “Free-riders can’t see it,” Sullivan’s email said. “We’ve erected a real paywall to keep them out, unlike our leaky meter system on the blog.”

Forbes Media Explores Sale (Adweek)
Forbes Media LLC is exploring a sale of the 96-year-old media company. CEO Mike Perlis announced the news in a memo to employees Friday saying that as a result of the company having its best financial performance in six years, it has gotten “more than a few” indications of interest. Bloomberg While Forbes is seeking at least $400 million in a sale, according to a person familiar with the matter, the company will struggle to land more than $200 million, another person said. FishbowlNY Mike Perlis, Forbes Media’s CEO, told staffers that the company had already received offers, and expects many more.

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Messenger Post Media Lays Off Journalists at Western New York Weeklies (Democrat & Chronicle)
Messenger Post Media laid off a huge swath of the full-time reporting staff at its eight weekly newspapers serving communities in Monroe County on Friday. The layoffs affected just a handful of reporters. But those reporters represented virtually the totality of the newsgathering operation, with each acting as one-person traveling bureaus that sometimes churned out as many as a dozen stories a week.

‘I Feel Like A Blank Hole’ CNN’s John Berman Says After Dropping F-Bomb on Live TV (
Shortly before 3 pm ET on Friday, CNN anchor John Berman was coming back from a commercial break when viewers heard him tell his co-anchor, “…f*cked it up!” Berman has been apologizing on Twitter to the people who’ve mentioned his slip-up. One viewer praised him: “Tons of composure after the mistake. Live and learn. Glad I’m not on TV.”

Wintour Shake-Up Remodels Magazine’s Masthead (NY Post)
Glamour, while not traditionally a fashion book, has been getting a lot of attention lately as Anna Wintour gives it a look-over in her expanded role as Condé Nast artistic director. Wintour has already replaced editors at Lucky and Condé Nast Traveler. Jillian Davison was hired as Glamour’s fashion director, replacing Anne Christensen who resigned to go freelance, amid speculation that she might have been given a nudge toward the door by Wintour and her art director, Raul Martinez, as they revamped the fashion look.

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Raul Ramirez, Pioneering Journalist, Dies at 67 (San Francisco Chronicle)
Raul Ramirez, whose tough-nosed reporting and inspiring mentorship made him a defining force in Bay Area journalism, died Friday at his Berkeley home. He was 67. Ramirez’s death was announced by KQED Public Radio, where he had worked for 22 years. As its executive director of news and public affairs, he was credited with shaping its award-winning state and regional news coverage. Poynter / MediaWire Ramirez’s career included work for The Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, The Washington Post and the Oakland Tribute as well as the Examiner.

Gunman Opens Fire at French Newspaper Office, Seriously Wounding Employee Before Fleeing (The Washington Post / Europe)
A gunman opened fire in the lobby of a French newspaper office in Paris on Monday, gravely wounding a photographer’s assistant before fleeing. The daily newspaper Liberation said the 27-year-old victim was in serious condition. Fabrice Rousselot, editor of Liberation, said witnesses reported the gunman said nothing during the brief time he was in the lobby Monday morning.

USA Today Makes Headlines Unintentionally With ‘Race-Themed’ Best Man Holiday Gaffe (Deadline Hollywood)
USA Today landed in hot water Sunday with a clumsily written headline that came off as polarizing to some readers. “Holiday Nearly Beat Thor as Race-Themed Films Soar,” USA Today headlined its box office report, prompting many to spank the paper across social media.

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Facebook, Still Dominant, Strives to Keep Cachet (NYT)
When Evan Spiegel peered into a crystal ball to divine a future for his company, Snapchat, he did not see Facebook. He saw something else, something much bigger — a social network that could exist on its own, outside Facebook.

How Condé Nast, NYT, Hearst Are Adapting for Real-Time Bidding (Ad Age / Media News)
When Matt Prohaska joined The New York Times as its first-ever programmatic advertising director, he claims to have begun meetings by drawing blood from his arm. “I wanted to show everyone I was human,” he said. There was no actual bloodshed. Prohaska, hired in April after running his own consultancy, was making a point about his last seven months educating the Times‘ sales staff about programmatic buying. And part of that education is assuring them programmatic will not cannibalize their direct-sales commissions.

Journalists Are on The Move in America — And Creating a New Vitality (The Guardian / Media Blog)
It caused a stir when the lauded statistician Nate Silver recently announced he was leaving The New York Times to join sports network ESPN, but it was not a total surprise. His political blog arrived at the Times as a franchise and it left as such. In the intervening two years he introduced political punditry to the concept that data-driven analysis might beat journalistic gut. Mark Thompson, the former BBC director general who is now the chief executive of the Times, made the comment that no single journalist is bigger than the organization. This might be true but a very unusual thing is happening in America. Journalists are being hired: Big-name reporters and columnists are moving for very significant amounts of money to a wide variety of new and surprising places.

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