Wonkette takes a look at the latest David Brooks column calling it “the worst column in American History”.
Gawker reports, “Alt-weekly crusader and Washington City Paper editor Erik Wemple wrote the definitive story on the battle between traditional newsrooms and their web counterparts, where ‘definitive’ means ‘extraordinarily long and often forgetting to make a larger point in its various attempts to embarrass the Washington Post.’ It’s still entertaining though, as a case study in precisely how, over and over again, one should not roll out and maintain the web side of a major publication.”
Portfolio reports, “The new (and only) woman on Rupert Murdoch’s board is a 27-year-old fledgling opera diva. Murdoch may have gotten more than he bargained for.”
Media Life reports that Sam Zell “who recently took over Tribune Co., matters these days because he’s a new kind of newspaper owner, of the sort that has a lot of journalists worried. Their worry is that he will trim costs even closer to the bone at the once-proud Los Angeles Times and Baltimore Sun, among others in his portfolio, pulling out profits even if it’s at the risk of killing these papers.”
Deuzeblog reports, “Sometimes you do not want to be right. And I certainly do not want to claim credit. To a large extent many have written about it, signaled it at various talks and debates, blogged about it, and heard about it from many sources throughout the industry: the media workforce is steadily shrinking. Via Patrick Phillips, editor at IWantMedia, comes this report on AdAge: ‘Media Work Force Sinks to 15-Year Low. Newspaper Slump and the Shift to Digital, Direct Take Toll on Employment.’ This follows last year’s reports by IWantMedia and by Challenger, Gray & Christmas (as reported by UPI) on media industry job cuts, signaling a rise of 88% of job cuts throughout the US media industry in 2006 over the year before.”
Reuters reports, “Canadian electronic publisher Thomson Corp won conditional permission from the European Commission on Tuesday to buy Reuters, a deal that will create the world’s leading provider of news and data for professional markets.”
An ABC release announced, “ABC News’ Senior Foreign Correspondent Jim Sciutto, producer Angus Hines, and field producer/cameraman Tom Murphy won a 2007 George Polk Award for Television Reporting, Long Island University announced today. ABC News was the only television news organization to receive a Polk Award.”
CNN is sweet: They were the only network to go back and rebroadcast Hillary Clinton’s concession speech that Obama cut short.
Fired for his Huffington Post blog posts, former CNN producer Chez Pazienzawrites about the experience on Huffington Post.
The Boston Globe callsBrit Hume “the biggest romantic on television”.
TVNewser reports on the latest “Obama/Osama Confusion”. Also, Gawker asks, “Verbal slips are one thing, but how the hell does this make it from the graphics department to the air without anyone noticing?”
A C-SPAN release announced that this Saturday, Tavis Smiley Presents, “State of the Black Union 2008: Reclaiming our Democracy, Recasting our Future” from 9:00 A.M.-5:30 PM live Coverage From Ernest E. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA.
Gawker reports, “The George Polk awards — described by blogger Will Bunch as the ‘Golden Globes of American journalism’ — were announced early this morning. One of them went to a blogger who blogs! Far out! An army of Davids has stormed the gates! Joshua Micah Marshall of Talking Points Memo (a blog!!) won the Polk Award for Legal Reporting, for his role in exposing the US Attorneys scandal that eventually brought down Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.”
Christopher Hitchensasks, “What is the point of a paper of record that decides the untarnished record is too much for readers?”
Beltway Confidential’s Julie Mason says, “Nothing says ‘congressional dinner’ like Miss America.” Check out her pics here.
Variety reports, “Variety, in association with Jobster, today launches the Biz (Variety.com/thebiz), the first social networking website for the entertainment business.”
Don’t forget — The Washington Blogger February Meetup is tonight! To RSVP, click here.
The Telegraph reports, “Broadcasters and popular websites will have to flag up material deemed unsuitable for children under a code of conduct published on Monday. The guidelines, which have been endorsed by the BBC, Channel 4, Bebo, Google and Yahoo, are designed to protect children from accessing harmful, violent or pornographic sites on the internet and on mobile phones.”
The R&R 2008 News/Talk/Sports Award Nominees have been announced! Check out the nominees here, including WTOP!
CNNMoney.com reports, “But last year, a doozy of a merger was announced while most traders were sleeping in — Sirius Satellite Radio (SIRI) and XM Satellite Radio (XMSR) unveiled plans to combine. At the time, the two companies said they expected to complete the $13 billion merger of equals by the end of 2007, pending regulatory approval. Flash forward to today. Although shareholders of both companies have approved the merger, the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission have yet to give their blessing.”