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Fox News Website Defaced, ‘Internal Production Problem’ to Blame (The Verge)
Fox News’ website briefly appeared to be defaced Tuesday afternoon in what the network is calling an “internal production problem.” For several minutes, the site’s foremost story was changed to the headline “WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE,” with the blurb beneath it reading, “STUFF YO.” Another headline read, “HERE IS SOME STUFF FO YO,” but the website — aside from what were seemingly a few display glitches — was otherwise untouched. Even the headlines regarding zombies and Apple’s “Maverick Sea Lion” were actually old stories that had been resurfaced. NY Observer Fox News addressed the glitch on social media, tweeting, “As you may have seen, is having issues. It’s an internal production problem and will be fixed soon. #FoxNews” / The Buzz “During routine website maintenance, a home page prototype was accidently moved to the actual site,” Fox News’ chief digital officer, Jeff Misenti, said in a statement. “As with any mistake in testing, engineers noticed the error and quickly brought the site back to its normal function.” FishbowlNY We take back all the mean things we’ve ever said about Fox News. “WEEEEEEEEEEEEEE” and the simplistic, yet startling accurate “STUFF YO” is some of the most concrete reporting we’ve seen on the site in quite awhile., Nikki Finke Parting Ways (Deadline Hollywood)
Despite attempts by all to have it go otherwise, Nikki Finke will no longer be leading Deadline Hollywood, and she will not be writing weekend box office or filing stories going forward. This is an emotional and painful parting of the ways for us. We will be adding a few significant hires to our staff imminently and, though we will never completely replace Finke’s unique voice, we will continue ahead, charging hard, breaking every story possible. On behalf of everyone at PMC and Deadline Hollywood, we wish her well and appreciate the opportunity to have worked alongside her. WSJ / SpeakEasy Finke was let go by owner Jay Penske on Tuesday, she said in an interview, following her public dissatisfaction over the purchase last year by Penske’s Penske Media Corp. of the Hollywood trade publication Variety. Finke had expected to be put in charge of Variety, but instead the two news outlets have competed against each other for news and advertisers. “I have wanted to take my name off of Deadline for a long time,” Finke said. “Its journalism does not represent the kind of journalism I like doing. I want to tell the unvarnished truth about Hollywood.” FishbowlNY About 15 minutes after the post, Finke shared the first of several tweets about this expected but still, somehow, semi-shocking development. TheWrap “Jay Penske has just told me I am free to leave. He tried to buy my silence. No sale,” Finke tweeted on Tuesday evening. Defamer So what’s next for Finke? And more importantly — the question on everyone’s mind — when will launch? Per Finke, “Some people might not have wanted to leave the kind of money I’m leaving on the table, but I got a lot of money and all the sale money… so this is just a relief.”

Rob Ford Blames Reporters for Not Asking ‘Correct Questions’ About His Admitted Crack Use (Poynter / MediaWire)
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted Tuesday that he has smoked crack, “Probably in one of my drunken stupors.” Ford told reporters they didn’t ask him the correct questions. “For the record, Ford was asked many, many times in May and June whether he has ever smoked crack,” Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale tweeted. Vice In late July, an anonymous source approached Vice with claims that he had been hired by Amin Massoudi, the communications director for Ford, to hack into a website. More specifically, the source said he was asked by Massoudi to crack the password of a private online directory that allegedly contained a digital copy of the now infamous footage of Ford smoking a substance out of a crack pipe. Ford has, up until very recently, publicly doubted the existence of the video. PRNewser In terms of media relations and speechifying, we think you’ll agree that no one would ever tell a client to say a few of these things.

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Dan Rather Snubbed by CBS on JFK Coverage, Goes to NBC (TheWrap)
Dan Rather, snubbed by his longtime network home for coverage of the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, is taking his act over to rival NBC. Rather, who helped coordinate CBS’ coverage of President Kennedy’s ill-fated trip to Dallas in 1963, was not asked to participate in CBS’ JFK special, which will air on Nov. 16. “I held off doing anything for anybody else for a while, thinking I may be asked to do something,” Rather told the AP. “I can’t say I had any reason for that hope.” HuffPost / AP CBS News said it wouldn’t comment on Rather. CBS Washington bureau chief Bob Schieffer, who as a newspaper reporter in 1963 gave the mother of Lee Harvey Oswald a ride to Dallas after the assassination, will anchor a Nov. 16 special that traces CBS’ coverage that day.

Col Allan Is Gone, Again, From The Post (Capital New York)
Is Col Allan on another hiatus? The feisty New York Post editor-in-chief raised eyebrows when he took a temporary assignment at News Corp’s struggling Australian papers over the summer. Many Post journalists saw the trip as a sign that Allan’s days at the tabloid were numbered and that his heir apparent, Post publisher Jesse Angelo, who was running the newsroom while Allan was away, would soon claim his seat atop the editor’s throne.

Business Insider Brings in Aaron Gell to Edit Long-Form (Capital New York)
Aaron Gell, former interim editor at The New York Observer, editorial director at The Upswing and contributing editor at T Magazine, has been hired at Business Insider to lead an effort to bring magazine-style features to the site, Capital has learned. He starts Nov. 18. FishbowlNY Gell left the Observer in January, weeks after the paper named Ken Kurson its editor-in-chief.

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Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC Report Prompts Plagiarism Confession From Rand Paul Aide (TheWrap)
After Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC report kicked off a week of subsequent discoveries that Rand Paul plagiarized sections of Wikipedia, magazine articles and think tanks for his speeches, op-eds and books, the Kentucky senator has admitted to improper sourcing, citing a staff error. “In the thousands of speeches and op-eds Sen. Paul has produced, he has always presented his own ideas, opinions and conclusions,” said Doug Stafford, Paul’s senior adviser, in a statement. “Sen. Paul also relies on a large number of staff and advisers to provide supporting facts and anecdotes — some of which were not clearly sourced or vetted properly.” BuzzFeed / Politics The conservative Washington, D.C. newspaper The Washington Times announced Tuesday it is ending Paul’s column after it was discovered that a portion of his column was plagiarized. Sections of an op-ed Paul wrote on mandatory minimum sentencing in the paper in September appeared nearly identical to an article by Dan Stewart of The Week that ran earlier.

CNN’s Relaunched Crossfire Hits Viewer, Demo Low (Deadline Hollywood)
Looks like troubles come in threes for CNN lately. First the cable news company had its worst single primetime in more than a year on Oct. 30, then it had its worst week since Jeff Zucker took over and now the relaunched Crossfire has hit new lows. Resuscitated on Sept. 9 after eight years off the air, the political debate show pulled in just 233,000 viewers overall and a mere 59,000 among adults 25-54 between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday.

Condé Nast Traveler Rethinks ‘Truth in Travel’ Under New Leadership (Skift)
Condé Nast Traveler has changed its policies surrounding how writers and editors disclose their trips to travel providers, as well as pay for them, Skift has learned. Since its founding in 1987, CN Traveler has pushed its “Truth in Travel” policy, of which a central tenant was that people contributing to its pages “pay the same prices you do and travel unannounced, except in rare cases where it’s impossible to do so,” according to the mission statement online. Editors at the magazine recently informed contributors that they may request media rates from travel providers while writing stories for the magazine.

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How Being A Tax Dummy Cost The New York Times $60 Million (Fortune)
The New York Times Co’s purchase of The Boston Globe for more than $1 billion 20 years ago has turned out to be among the worst single newspaper acquisitions in history. But guess what? It’s even worse than it looks. How is that possible? Because the Times not only made a disastrous, overpriced purchase, but also used a tax structure that assumed that it would own the Globe forever. As a result, the Times Co., which unloaded the Globe for a pittance last month, is missing out on a tax break that would have been worth almost as much as the “approximately $70 million” that Boston Red Sox owner John Henry paid it for the Globe and its other financially disastrous Massachusetts purchase, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Times‘ spokesperson Abbe Serphos emails: “That tax structure was determined 20 years ago and the rest is conjecture.”

CBS News Defends Its 60 Minutes Benghazi Report (NYT)
CBS News, under fire from critics who dispute details in a 60 Minutes report on the Benghazi attacks last year that was broadcast on Oct. 27, aggressively defended the report’s accuracy on Tuesday and the account of its main interview subject. At the same time, the correspondent on the report, Lara Logan, said the broadcast erred by failing to acknowledge that a book written by the interview subject was being published by a subsidiary of CBS.

Six Lessons The Wall Street Journal Learned From Its Experiment in Reality TV (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Donald Trump may be a Wall Street Journal reader, but the Journal is not a brand that immediately evokes the style of Trump’s long-running reality show The Apprentice. And yet the Journal is experimenting with its own interpretation of the genre, having just completed a 20-week first-season run of its Startup of the Year online show — a contest that the Journal calls an “interactive crash-course in entrepreneurship.”

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Murdoch Paper Had Missing Girl’s Voicemail Recordings, Court Hears (Reuters)
A senior executive from Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World told British police hunting for a missing schoolgirl in 2002 that journalists on his paper had recordings of voicemail messages taken from her phone, London’s phone-hacking trial was told on Tuesday.

The NYT Paywall Don’t Get No Respect (CJR / The Audit)
I wrote Friday about a landmark for The New York Times: Its paywall revenue has overtaken its digital ad revenue — just two years after the paper bucked conventional wisdom and asked readers to pay. GigaOM’s Mathew Ingram spins that news as negatively as possible, writing on Twitter that “‘the Times’s paywall revenue has soared past its digital ad revenue’… because ad revenue continues to sink.” My sometime colleague Felix Salmon says something similar, tweeting that “or, digital ad sales dropped to below paywall revenue.”

The Benefit of No Blackouts: DirecTV Adds More Subscribers Than Expected (Ad Age / Media News)
DirecTV posted third-quarter profit and revenue that beat analysts’ estimates as it added 139,000 subscribers, the most since 2011, and increased prices. The subscriber gain for DirecTV comes shortly after Time Warner Cable said it had lost 306,000 video subscribers in the third quarter, as customers fled the cable operator during its blackout of CBS. DirecTV, the biggest satellite provider in the U.S., did not have any big retransmission disputes with programmers to drive subscribers away.

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