David Miranda: ‘They Said I Would Be Put in Jail if I Didn’t Co-Operate’ (The Guardian)
David Miranda, the partner of the Guardian journalist who broke stories of mass surveillance by the US National Security Agency, has accused Britain of a “total abuse of power” for interrogating him for almost nine hours at Heathrow Airport under the Terrorism Act. In his first interview since returning to his home in Rio de Janeiro early on Monday, Miranda said the authorities in the UK had pandered to the US in trying to intimidate him and force him to reveal the passwords to his computer and mobile phone. “They were threatening me all the time and saying I would be put in jail if I didn’t co-operate,” said Miranda. CJR / Behind The News Police confiscated his mobile phone, laptop, camera, memory sticks, DVDs and games consoles. They did not arrest or charge him of any crime nor have they returned Miranda’s possessions, according to The Guardian. BBC In Germany, Miranda had been staying with US filmmaker Laura Poitras, who has also been working on the Snowden files with Greenwald and The Guardian, according to the newspaper. The Guardian / Comment Is Free Alan Rusbridger: “In this work Greenwald is regularly helped by Miranda. Miranda is not a journalist, but he still plays a valuable role in helping his partner do his journalistic work. Greenwald has his plate full reading and analyzing the Snowden material, writing, and handling media and social media requests from around the world. He can certainly use this back-up.” Politico / Politico 44 The United States was not involved in the detention of Miranda but was told it was likely that the Brazilian citizen would be stopped at London’s Heathrow Airport, the White House said Monday. “This is a decision that they made on their own and not at the request of the United States,” White House principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said. Earnest did, though, say that British officials had let their American counterparts know that Miranda’s detainment was likely. HuffPost Miranda is taking legal action against the British government over his nine-hour detention at Heathrow Airport Sunday. The Guardian said it was “supportive” of the move but was not leading it. Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, told the BBC that there would also be a legal challenge about whether or not British police were entitled to seize Miranda’s possessions.
Amazon.com Back Up After Nearly an Hour of Downtime (LA Times / Tech Now)
Amazon.com is back up after nearly an hour in which its website would not load Monday. Some users saw a message saying the website was temporarily unavailable while improvements were being made. Others saw an error saying, “Oops! We’re very sorry, but we’re having trouble doing what you just asked us to do.” VentureBeat Estimates differ on exactly how long Amazon was offline: Some reports have it at 15 minutes, 25 minutes, 40 minutes and 45 minutes. At 40 minutes, the outage could have cost the company as much as $4.72 million in lost sales, the Puget Sound Business Journal estimated, based on the company’s average sales of $117,882 per minute. Reuters It was unclear what triggered the rare disruption. The company, whose Amazon Web Services is designed to ramp up server capacity for customers to prevent outages, did not respond to multiple requests for comment. NY Observer However, Amazon was kind of well-prepared, from a graphics perspective. An image that illustrated the service failure message featured three titles: Oops (a picture book), I’m Sorry… My Bad! (also a picture book) and Grave Mistake (which looks like a YA book).
Ed Schultz Moving Back to MSNBC Weekdays (TVNewser)
MSNBC is changing up its weekday lineup in a significant way, moving Ed Schultz from weekends back to weekdays. Schultz will take over the 5 p.m. weekday slot starting Monday, while Chris Matthews‘ Hardball will now air only once per day at 7 p.m. Before, Hardball aired at 5 p.m., with a replay at 7 p.m. THR / The Live Feed The changes also come as MSNBC is battling ratings declines in July and its worst second-quarter finish in primetime since 2009. Chris Hayes, who inherited Schultz’s 8 p.m. slot, has struggled along with the rest of the network. For the second quarter — Hayes’ first full quarter on the air — All In With Chris Hayes declined to MSNBC’s lowest demo number in the 8 p.m. slot since 2006. MSNBC president Phil Griffin acknowledged the show’s ratings struggles after it launched in the fallow period after the 2012 presidential election. But he also expressed confidence in Hayes. HuffPost The move represents something of a triumphant return from the wilderness for Schultz. He moved to the relative desert of weekend afternoons back in May; now, he will not only be returning to weekdays, but kicking off MSNBC’s primetime lineup every night.
A Q&A With Jill Abramson, The New York Times‘ Top Editor, on Mean Bosses, Liberal Biases And The Demise of The Washington Post (New Republic)
For generations, the publishers of the great American newspapers were accidents of birth — sons and daughters (and assorted other relatives) who inherited their positions atop the masthead. They may have been born into their roles, but that doesn’t mean they were born for them. These latter-day Sulzbergers, Bancrofts and Grahams looked (and acted) misplaced in their corner offices, tentative and self-conscious. Their own palpable sense of unworthiness for their jobs, however, made them honorable stewards: They tried exceedingly hard not to screw up their inheritances, sometimes at the expense of necessary innovation. Then there’s the woman guiding The New York Times through this tenuous stretch, executive editor Jill Abramson.
CNN’s Rachel Nichols to Host Weekly Sports Show (TheWrap / MediaAlley)
CNN’s issuing a preemptive strike against MSNBC’s rumored Friday night show hosted by Alec Baldwin: a sports show hosted by Rachel Nichols. Rachel Nichols: Unguarded will air Fridays at 10:30 p.m. starting Sept. 20, CNN told TheWrap. TVNewser Nichols — a longtime reporter for ESPN — was one of CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker‘s first big hires in January and the channel said at the time that she would end up with her own program. Nichols made her CNN debut in February.
Lauren Ashburn Joins Fox News (HuffPost / The Backstory)
Daily Download editor-in-chief Lauren Ashburn has joined Fox News and Fox Business as a contributor. “Very excited about the opportunity to work with all of the great journalists at Fox News and Fox Business,” Ashburn told HuffPost in an email. Ashburn’s move follows on the heels of Fox News’ hiring of Howard Kurtz, whose role with the Daily Download came under scrutiny a few months ago.
Condé Nast Stops Paying Interns (Gawker)
Magazine conglomerate Condé Nast, which was slapped with a lawsuit in June for paying interns less than a dollar per hour, has decided to stop paying interns altogether. Zero. Several recent Condé interns told the Who Pays Interns Tumblr, which documents the internship wages at media companies, that their employer has stopped dispensing any kind of stipend. Previously, interns received $550 per semester.
Digital Magazines: How Popular Are They? (The Guardian / DataBlog)
Magazine circulation figures by the Professional Publishers Association published last week may show a surge towards digital editions of popular titles such as GQ and Esquire, but how large a chunk of a magazine’s circulation is down to the copy you download? At first glance some of the figures look very promising.
NPR President Gary Knell Leaving Network for National Geographic Society (Poynter / MediaWire)
Gary Knell plans to leave his post as NPR’s president and CEO to assume a role with the same titles at the National Geographic Society, the network announced in a press release Monday. He took his current post in 2011. NPR reporter David Folkenflik says on Twitter that Knell’s move surprised the network’s “largely supportive board” and that NPR staffers reacted “with widespread astonishment” at the news. Knell is NPR’s sixth CEO in the past eight years, Folkenflik notes. FishbowlDC In a letter to employees, Knell expressed confidence that the team at NPR is charting “an ambitious path” for the organization’s future and that he had decided to accept the unsolicited offer to become chief executive officer at National Geographic following “a great deal of personal reflection.”
Tesco’s Blinkbox Duels Netflix And Amazon in Britain (Bloomberg)
As it expands abroad, the world’s largest subscription video service, Netflix Inc. has yet to make a profit from its international operations. Britain’s Tesco Plc wants to make Netflix’s life overseas even more difficult. The U.K.’s biggest retailer is boosting investment in its digital download service, Blinkbox, which offers thousands of movies and TV series and will soon also feature eBooks and music. The programs are streamed to computers, tablets, televisions and Sony Corp. PlayStation 3 consoles.
Newspaper Editor Slaps Christine Quinn Volunteer And State Senator at Rally (DNAinfo / New York)
A West Village-based newspaper publisher attacked a state senator and a volunteer for New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn at an event touting her record, he admitted Monday. WestView News publisher George Capsis said he slapped State Senator Brad Hoylman and a young man holding a Quinn sign during an 11:30 a.m. rally at the site of the shuttered St. Vincent’s Hospital because he was so angry about the hospital’s closure.
Is Fox-Vice The Most Conservative Media Deal of The Year? (Ad Age / The Media Guy)
If you’re a regular reader of Ad Age, you already know that Vice is a real, diversified, growing and hugely impressive global media company. There is absolutely no math to parse in some recent headline-making acquisitions — think Facebook buying Instagram for $1 billion, or Yahoo! buying Tumblr for $1.1 billion — because you can’t even begin to do a traditional multiples-of-revenue calculation for low- or no-revenue companies. In those types of deals the buyer is really paying for a dream — a dream of continued relevance, of staving off decrepitude. Yahoo! buying Tumblr was Marissa Mayer saying “screw you” to tech-company actuarial tables. Fox buying a slice of a 19-year-old, money-minting, rapidly growing, highly diversified media conglomerate for a reasonable multiple of revenues? This may end up being the most conservative media deal of the year, folks.
Quitting The Internet Isn’t The Answer (The Atlantic Wire)
Someone is quitting the Internet for a whole year again, which is becoming a regular desire among those who spend the majority of their waking hours in front of a blinking computer screen. Maybe these folks should opt for something less drastic and dramatic, though. After 10 years of blogging for Grist, David Roberts is going off grid for a full year starting on Labor Day weekend. Grist David Roberts: “I think in tweets now. My hands start twitching if I’m away from my phone for more than 30 seconds. I can’t even take a pee now without getting ‘bored.’ I know I’m not the only one tweeting in the bathroom. I’m online so much that I’ve started caring about ‘memes.’ I feel the need to comment on everything, to have a ‘take,’ preferably a ‘smart take.’ The online world, which I struggle to remember represents only a tiny, unrepresentative slice of the American public, has become my world. I spend more time there than in the real world, have more friends there than in meatspace.”
Fox’s David Webb: ‘I’m an Activist’ (Politico)
With a nightly radio show and a regular gig contributing to Fox News, David Webb is emerging as one of the country’s most prominent African-American conservative media pundits. His radio show on SiriusXM, The David Webb Show, launched a little over a year ago and airs 9 p.m.-midnight ET on the Patriot channel. Webb’s also often called on to serve as a political pundit, and just this month made a big move that will raise his profile even more: He signed a deal on Aug. 1 with Fox News to become a contributor — a new, exclusive status that hasn’t been officially announced by the network.
Why The New Yorker Changed Its Advertisement Policy (FishbowlNY)
Many years ago, Harold Ross, the founding editor of The New Yorker, was upset about the magazine including ads endorsed by writers. He found it beneath The New Yorker and its audience, so he sent a memo to an aide for Raoul Fleischmann, the magazine’s publisher. Fleischmann agreed with Ross’ take, so The New Yorker reformed its ad selection process.
Freelancers: Have you ever been stiffed on payment? What did you do about it?
maryannbarone Yes! It took 9 months, but I followed up till I got it. If you work for it, you should get it (hopefully in a timely fashion).
annamarya_s quit a job 2 mths and still waiting for money owed. Being cautious b/c of finances, but nxt step is legal action
JHEVideoPro Getting stiffed by a client breaks the bond of trust. You have to talk it out IN PERSON.
qcmny “Charge it to the game” I found it’s only worth pursuing so far, sometimes you just need to cut losses and move on.
Anath White Yes – twice… In each instance, the payee was in NYC while I was in Los Angeles, making collection more difficult indeed.