Jack Shaferwrites, “Media scholar Ben Compaine tells me he thinks the Wall Street Journal has begun to reflect the journalistic philosophy of genocidal tyrant Rupert Murdoch, who completed his acquisition of its parent company, Dow Jones & Co., in the middle of December.”
Eat The Press alerts us that, “Bill Kristol’s first column is up at the NYT.”
E&P’s Steve Outingwrites, “What’s Needed in 2008: Serious Newsroom Cultural Change”
Washington Post’s Deb Howellwrites, “For as long as newspapers have existed, readers have complained that they focus on the negative and critical. Journalists tend to blow that off: That’s what’s news. But when readers are negative toward The Post or its journalists, they often are met with what former Post executive editor Ben Bradlee called ‘the defensive crouch.’ My new year’s resolution for journalists is: Suck it up and forget the abuse. My resolution for angry readers is: Don’t assume malevolence on the part of the reporter or the paper when mistakes are made. Most transgressions are caused by human error or ignorance.”
An ABC release announced, “ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ is the number one evening newscast of 2007 among Total Viewers (8.39 million), Adults 25-54 (2.58 million), and Households (5.8 rating). This marks the ABC broadcast’s first yearly win in Total Viewers and the demo since 1996.”
An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of December 24-30, 2007.”
Fox announced, “Thursday night’s Iowa caucus translated into big ratings for the cable news networks. According to Nielsen Media Research, FOX News Channel came away with the ratings victory among all viewers and in the key demographic (25-54) as compared to the other cable news networks.”
A release announced, “Decision 2008: Before You Vote, a partnership of Leadership Florida, the Florida Press Association and the Florida Public Broadcasting Service, Inc., released credentialing information today for the upcoming Florida Decision 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate Debate that it will host at Florida Atlantic University on Thursday, January 24. The debate will be held in the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m ET. The debate will be produced by NBC News and broadcast on MSNBC and Florida Public Television from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m.”
Dan Rather discussed how he would look at a settlement should CBS offer him one to drop his lawsuit against the network in an interview with FOX Business Network’s Neil Cavuto. Rather said: “I certainly would look at it, that’s not to say whether we would accept it or not. I want the truth to come out about this, and if the truth reflects badly on me when we get to discovery and find out what really happened in this case, then so be it.”
TVNewser reports, “Mike Wallace, in a rare appearance on 60 Minutes, and Chris Wallace in a rare appearance live on a Sunday night, were both on the air at the same time tonight. Because of the late running NFL playoff game, Mike Wallace’s interview with Roger Clemens on 60 Minutes did not air until 8:20pmET. Over on Fox News, his son, Chris Wallace was 20 minutes into moderating the GOP forum.”
NewHour announced, “Jim Lehrer hosts a special half hour broadcast at 11pm, Tuesday, January 8, 2008 with coverage of the New Hampshire primary. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will be reporting from the field in New Hampshire. Jim Lehrer will get analysis and perspective from political analysts Stuart Rothenberg and Amy Walter; presidential historians Michael Beschloss and Richard Norton Smith; and NewsHour regulars Mark Shields and David Brooks.”
Check out the Reuters pic of a Secret Service agent coming between Bill O’Reilly and Obama staffer Marvin Nicholson. For more details on what caused this, click here.
TVNewser asks, “Is CNN Trying To “Stick It To Fox” By Re-Airing ABC’s Debates?”
NewsHour announced that the show’s story on Food Safety has won a Golden Cine award. “Betty Ann Bowser headed a team that included Producer Tony Van Witsen, Associate Producer Katie Mulik and Reporter Mike Melia. Additional material was contributed by Producer Saul Gonzalez and Correspondent Lee Hochberg.”
B&C reports, “Attention, national and local news operations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regulation 23 CFR 634 goes into effect Nov. 24. So what? It requires workers on or near public highways to wear high-visibility safety clothes on the job. … This means that starting in the fall, there will be no more reporters in camel-hair overcoats and stylish parkas doing those winter stand-ups on traffic and weather along any public roadway — at least not without day-glow vests, reflective tape or other approved safety gear, as well.”
23/6 reports, “Media outlets can’t resist screwing with Mike Huckabee’s name. Like bugs to those lamps that kill bugs, they flock, desperate to bask in the glow of their own wit. While FOX News was the only outlet to use the candidate’s name in lieu of a dirty word, The Atlantic coined Huckenfreude and Drudge went with Huckaboom. New York Magazine went all Brangelina on him with Huckabuchanan and the blogs spread Huckahunt, Aw Shucks-a-bee, and Huckabust like gonnorrhea at the University of Miami.”
Journal-isms reports, “The nation’s news media appear to be inching toward greater diversity in their campaign coverage teams as the Iowa caucuses take place Thursday and the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire presidential primary follows on Tuesday. Nearly all of the major news organizations contacted by Journal-isms on Wednesday could cite at least one journalist of color who would be part of the coverage — braving that little matter of the weather.”
The Feed reports, “In The Age of Obama, Media Diversity Takes Some Hits”
A tipster asks, “MSNBC’s promo for Joe Scarborough says he was a member of Congress from 1994-2001. He was elected in 1994. But wasn’t sworn in until 1995. Shouldn’t Joe know that?”
The ABC News/WMUR/Facebook presidential debates for both Republicans and Democrats took place last night. Charlie Gibson moderated.
Check out some pics from the FOX News’ forum in New Hampshire here.
Poynter Online reports, How the “FOIA Reforms Help Journos, Bloggers”
Hitwise News reports, “Top 10 News and Media Category Websites Ranked By US Market Share of Visits”
Jack Shaferwrites, “In praise of booze in the newsroom.”
Pajamas Media reports, “Scott Horton’s smearing of the U.S. military is a swamp of dubious sources and hidden agendas, writes PJM’s Bob Owens. A fresh look at the Harper’s blogger reveals that his conflicts of interest run even deeper than previously thought.”
Don’t miss the Mediabistro party at The Park at Fourteenth on Tuesday, January 22, enjoying drinks and complimentary appetizers. For more info, click here.
Instapundit reports, “Blogger Andrew Olmsted has died in Iraq.”
John Dickersonwrites, “You know when a celebrity television personality like Bill O’Reilly arrives at a political event because they always have a retinue and because people turn their cameras and camera phones from the candidate to capture the famous face. When the popular Fox News entertainer arrived at the Obama event in Nashua, people turned to him but not always approvingly. ‘Hey O’Reilly,’ yelled a man. When O’Reilly turned he got a single finger salute. A few people approached Bill to shake his hand but the overwhelming sentiment was not favorable. ‘O’Reilly hate monger,’ yelled a woman. A few other people gave him the bird. ‘I hate you Bill,’ yelled a man. ‘You can’t stop us Bill,’ yelled another. I thought someone might brain him with one of those Obama hope signs.”
A release announced, “Brent Bozell claims in his newest release, Whitewash: What the Media Won’t Tell You About Hillary Clinton, But Conservatives Will, that the media has succumbed to the pressure by the Clinton forces, going so far as to bury stories that might damage her presidential chances. But has it? To find out, the National Press Club has invited Bozell for a discussion of his new book in an open forum on January 10 at 6:30 p.m.”
Reuters reports, “U.S. government antitrust lawyers have spent nearly 10 months so far investigating Sirius Satellite Radio Inc’s plan to acquire rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc, despite company hopes that the deal would be approved by the end of 2007.”