Morning Media Newsfeed: Plane Crash Coverage | Snowden Offered Asylum | Williams’ Lunch With CAA

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Networks Scramble to Cover Asiana Airlines Flight 214 (HuffPost)
News of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday sent broadcast and cable networks scrambling for coverage. Cable networks including MSNBC, CNN and Fox News broke into wall-to-wall coverage of the event after reporting the crash around 3 p.m. ET. CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield and Don Lemon anchored hours of coverage, as did MSNBC’s Craig Melvin and Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett and Heather Childers. MSNBC was live through 11 p.m. Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren hosted a two-hour special from 9-11 p.m. ET. Fox News aired two more hours of special coverage, lasting until 1 a.m. TVNewser ABC News produced a special report, with David Muir anchoring, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:02 p.m. NBC News’ Lester Holt anchored a three-minute special report at 3:30 p.m. On CBS, Jim Axelrod anchored a special report at 3:55 p.m. THR Passenger David Eun, a Samsung exec who was formerly president of AOL Media and Studios, posted his first tweets at 12:13 p.m., within minutes of the crash-landing and fire. Eun, a Harvard Law graduate who also has worked at NBC, calmly posted short but clear bulletins on the crash and the condition of the passengers. San Francisco Chronicle As Eun’s posts came to light, media entities sought him out. At one point CNN asked him to get on the phone for an interview, but he declined. “I don’t want to divert attention away from crash,” he tweeted. “[I] posted updates to let everyone know that majority of passengers seem OK.” NBCNews / Technology Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said that she, her family and some of her colleagues from the company had originally planned to take Asiana Flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea. “We switched to United so we could use miles for my family’s tickets,” she wrote. “Our flight was scheduled to come in at the same time, but we were early and landed about 20 minutes before the crash.” Valleywag It’s not news when someone isn’t somewhere, but Facebook’s top celebrity author sure convinced the Internet otherwise: Sandberg had thousands buzzing about the fact that she was not aboard a crashed plane, despite zero initial reports that she ever was.

Venezuela, Nicaragua And Bolivia Offer Asylum to Edward Snowden (The Guardian)
Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua have offered asylum to Edward Snowden, the US whistleblower who is believed to have spent the past two weeks at a Moscow airport evading US attempts to extradite him. The Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, and his Nicaraguan counterpart, Daniel Ortega, made the asylum offers on Friday, shortly after they and other Latin American leaders met to denounce the diversion of a plane carrying the Bolivian president, Evo Morales, due to suspicions that Snowden might have been on board. USA Today / AP Raul Castro stood shoulder-to-shoulder Sunday with Latin American countries willing to take in Snowden, but made no reference to whether Cuba itself would offer him refuge or safe passage. “We support the sovereign right of… Venezuela and all states in the region to grant asylum to those persecuted for their ideals or their struggles for democratic rights,” Castro said in a speech to Cuba’s national assembly. HuffPost After doubts surfaced July 1 regarding the authenticity of a Snowden statement released by WikiLeaks, The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald claimed in a tweet Saturday that he has proof. LGF Twitter gossip, not earth-shaking but pretty revealing: as Greenwald was lashing out at everyone who expressed even the mildest criticism, he reacted to a tweet from Daniel Serwer of in his customary way. The target of Greenwald’s wrath is Daniel Serwer, father of Adam Serwer who writes for Mother Jones, Salon, and many other publications, and now works for MSNBC — a lot of the same places that often feature Greenwald’s work. Adam took exception.

Brian Williams’ Lunch With Top Hollywood Agent Sparks Gossip (NY Post / Page Six)
Brian Williams got tongues wagging that he might be on the lookout for a new Matt Lauer-style contract after he was spotted sharing lunch at the Sea Grill with CAA CEO Richard Lovett last week. A source mused, “Brian was not happy the way NBC brass handled his Rock Center. He felt they didn’t show him support. He previously has not had an agent, so by dining with Lovett at such a public spot, he’s sending a clear message.”

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Scotland Yard Seeks Rupert Murdoch Secret Tape
(The Guardian)
Scotland Yard detectives were on Friday attempting to track down a secret recording of Rupert Murdoch admitting to Sun journalists that payments to public officials were part of “the culture of Fleet Street.” A police officer connected to the Operation Elveden investigation into illicit payments from journalists has made a formal request to Exaro News, the investigations website that broke the story, to hand over the undercover tape. FishbowlNY Naturally the tape caused quite an uproar, but News Corp. is doing its best to brush it all aside. In one statement, the company said Murdoch “has shown understandable empathy with the staff and families affected and will assume they are innocent until and unless proven guilty.”

BBC 3D Programming ‘On Hold’ Indefinitely (BBC News)
The BBC is to suspend 3D programming for an indefinite period due to a “lack of public appetite” for the technology. Kim Shillinglaw, the BBC’s head of 3D, said it has “not taken off” with audiences who find it “quite hassly.” The BBC began a two-year 3D trial in 2011, broadcasting several shows and events in 3D, including the Olympic Games and Strictly Come Dancing.

In Praise of Tabloid TV (Reuters / Jack Shafer)
Allow me to defend cable TV’s extended live coverage of the George Zimmerman murder trial, even though I’ve not watched a second of it, nor have I tuned in to any of the nightly rehashes aired on CNN, HLN, MSNBC and Fox News. Championing the Zimmerman telemania puts me at variance with the critics of tabloid TV, who want the cable news networks to focus their cameras instead on the Cairo uprising, President Barack Obama’s climate speech, the slaughter in Syria, voters’ rights, the NSA outrages, Wall Street, congressional hearings, and other examples of “meaningful” and “important” news.

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The British Are Coming — And They’ve Brought Newspapers (The Atlantic)
Of the three English-language newspaper websites with the highest readerships, two are British. The number one spot has been occupied since last January by the Mail Online, an industrial-sized feedbag of celebrity titillation and gossip, with a comScore rating of 50.2 million monthly unique visitors worldwide for May. Currently in at No. 2 is The New York Times, with 46.2 million. Snapping at its heels is The Guardian: It had 40.9 million last month. That was before Edward Snowden arrived on the scene. paidContent According to new figures, the Guardian set a one-day traffic record with its Snowden coverage, and has also seen its overall traffic grow to the point where it is likely close to matching the Times.

As Competition Wanes, Amazon Cuts Back Discounts (NYT)
Jim Hollock’s first book, a true-crime tale set in Pennsylvania, got strong reviews and decent sales when it appeared in 2011. Now Born to Lose is losing momentum — yet Amazon, to the writer’s intense frustration, has increased the price by nearly a third.

Unusual Alliance Between Meredith And Wenner Magazine Titles (Adweek)
In a tale of strange bedfellows, Meredith’s Fitness and Wenner Media’s Men’s Journal have struck up a sales alliance to compete with bigger health/fitness players Rodale and American Media Inc. There’s not much precedent for separately owned titles going to market together, and they usually involve independents.

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Austin Tice’s Parents Struggle to Find Answers About Their Missing Son (Poynter / MediaWire)
The parents of journalist Austin Tice are currently in Beirut, where they’re hoping to find information about their 31-year-old son. Tice, a McClatchy and Washington Post freelancer, has been missing for 11 months in Syria — a country that’s been ranked the most dangerous place in the world for journalists.

WaPo Paywall Hits Stages of Grief (FishbowlDC)
Earlier this month, following (as usual?) the NYT, WaPo’s metered paywall went up. Now you get just 20 free articles before having to pay a minimum of $9.99 a month. While this approach is working well for the Times and even now-independent blogger Andrew Sullivan, one does wonder what will happen when the entire media old guard is walled away. Will the average news consumer consider it something worth paying for, or will still free, less-established sources become the go-to and the vanguard?

Carson Daly Adds Weekend Countdown (FishbowlNY)
Much like Ryan Seacrest, Carson Daly seems to have an unlimited capacity for radio and TV work. Starting over the Fourth of July weekend, alongside The Voice, Daly’s weekday morning KAMP-FM radio in Los Angeles and Last Call NBC sit-down duties, he began hosting a new nationally syndicated radio program. The Daly Download with Carson Daly — This Week’s Top 30 can be heard locally Sunday at 7 a.m. on WNOW 92.3 FM.

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New Research Suggests It’s Possible to Automatically Identify Fake Images on Twitter (Poynter / Regret The Error)
One of the most challenging aspects of social media is figuring out how to efficiently verify information and stop the spread of misinformation during breaking news situations. Hurricane Sandy gave rise to a variety of efforts to try and identify and debunk fake images that were circulating on social media. News outlets like The Atlantic, BuzzFeed and the blog “Is Twitter Wrong?” all attempted to verify images in as close to real-time as possible, and spread word about the fakes. But what if we could automate that process during crisis situations like Sandy?

Pressure Mounts on BBC Over ‘Sexist’ Gaffe by Presenter (Reuters)
The BBC faced mounting pressure on Sunday to take action against one its most high-profile sports presenters for criticizing the appearance of France’s Marion Bartoli who won this year’s Wimbledon women’s singles title. John Inverdale incensed radio listeners before Bartoli beat German Sabine Lisicki when he asked if people thought her father told her when she was little that she was never going to be “a looker” like Maria Sharapova, so she would have to fight harder for success.

BBC Reporter Shot in Head, Still Reporting in Cairo (TheWrap / MediaAlley)
Jeremy Bowen, the BBC’s Middle East editor, was hit by shotgun pellets on Friday while reporting in Cairo. Though he was hit in the head and bleeding, he kept reporting and was able to make his deadline. TVNewser Even with shrapnel removed from his head, and bandages covering half of it, Bowen cut a report about Friday’s events.

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