Judge Apologizes for Lack of Transparency in James Rosen Leak Probe (The Washington Post)
The chief judge of the District’s federal court issued an unusual order Wednesday, apologizing to the public and the media for not making certain court documents widely available online. The gesture of transparency by U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth comes at a time when the Obama administration is under scrutiny for an unprecedented number of leak investigations, including one showing that the Justice Department had secretly probed the news-gathering activities of Fox News reporter James Rosen. Politico / Under The Radar The Justice Department is denying that it tracked the phone calls of Rosen’s parents as part of an investigation into how Rosen got classified information about North Korean nuclear test plans. “We did not wiretap the phones of any reporter or news organization. Nor did we monitor or track the phone calls of any reporter’s parents. No records were obtained from the computer servers of any news organization,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said in a statement. TVNewser The news of the full extent of the investigation comes as editorials take aim squarely at the Obama administration for valuing secrecy over freedom of the press. The Washington Post / Dana Milbank There are various reasons you might not care about the Obama administration’s spying on Rosen and labeling him a “co-conspirator and/or aider and abettor” in an espionage case. Liberals may not be particularly bothered because the targeted journalist works for Fox News. Conservatives may not be concerned because of their antipathy toward the news media generally. And the general public certainly doesn’t have much patience for journalists’ whining.
St. Louis TV Station Fires Anchor Who Claimed He Was Targeted by IRS (JimRomenesko.com)
KMOV-TV president Mark Pimentel says dismissed anchorman Larry Conners “is certainly entitled to his opinion, but taking a personal political position on one of the Station’s Facebook pages creates an appearance of bias that is inconsistent with important journalistic standards.” TVSpy Conners was pulled off air last week after posting on Facebook that the IRS had targeted him because of a tense interview he did with the president. He later backed off the allegations in an on-air statement telling viewers, “To be fair, I should disclose that my issues with the IRS preceded that interview by several years.”
Piers Morgan: Dana Loesch Banned From Show (Politico)
CNN’s Piers Morgan vowed to ban conservative radio talker Dana Loesch from his show over her comments on the brutal attack in London on Wednesday. In response to the news of the attack in southeast London — which left one man dead and appeared likely to be a “terrorist incident,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said — the two media personalities engaged in a Twitter fight that ended with the Piers Morgan Live host saying he had decided to ban Loesch from his show. Mediaite Loesch tweeted: “Was the guy with the machete a member of the NRA?”, a reference to one of the two men who murdered a British soldier in what has been described as a terrorist attack in London today. Morgan chastised Loesch for being “glib” about the soldier’s death.
Diane Sawyer, Greta Van Susteren Make Forbes Most Powerful Women List (TVNewser)
Diane Sawyer and Greta Van Susteren have made Forbes’ 2013 list of the World’s Most Powerful Women. Sawyer comes in at No. 73 and Van Susteren is No. 97. Forbes features Van Susteren for being “the most-watched woman on cable news” while Sawyer is singled out for being “a trailblazer for female journalists and one of the most recognized and respected faces in news.”
Edward Felsenthal Helming Relaunch of Time.com (WWD / Memo Pad)
When websites undergo a redesign, editors will inevitably look toward any number of models. Time.com, it seems, is looking at The Daily Beast. Edward Felsenthal, Tina Brown’s former deputy at the Beast, came to time.com as the managing editor in March and has been preparing for a relaunch of the site. Felsenthal is said to be looking for around 15 staffers to fill junior and senior positions, and in conversations with possible hires has said he’d like the new iteration of the site to look more like The Daily Beast, several sources said. Adweek Time.com is on a hiring binge. Two months after several higher-ups left in a round of cost-cutting, the site is hiring some 30 staffers, roughly a 50 percent increase, in preparation for a big relaunch in early fall. FishbowlNY So which one is correct? Well, who really cares. The important thing is that Time is hiring. No need to nitpick.
How Anthony Weiner Managed to Screw The NYC Tabloids (TPM / TPMDC)
Anthony Weiner’s announcement of his long-rumored mayoral campaign sparked a media frenzy, but he managed to avoid seeing his face plastered on the front pages of the two tabloid newspapers that relentlessly lampooned him during the 2011 Twitter photo scandal that ended his congressional career. By launching his bid via a video posted on his website around midnight Wednesday, Weiner prevented the New York Daily News and New York Post from featuring him and lewd puns on their covers, leaving staffers at the papers convinced it was a deliberate dodge. FishbowlDC Wednesday morning the news broke that Weiner is running for mayor of New York. Naturally the crew at MSNBC’s Morning Joe would discuss it. But how? What parameters?
Pearson Agrees to $75 Million Settlement in US eBooks Case (Reuters)
British publisher Pearson’s Penguin unit said on Wednesday it would pay $75 million in damages plus costs to U.S. states and consumers as part of an agreement over alleged price-fixing in the eBook market. GalleyCat In December, Penguin reached a settlement with the Department of Justice in a similar suit about eBook pricing. The court still needs to approve the settlement.
John Richard ‘Dick’ Irwin, Baltimore Sun Reporter, Dies (Baltimore Sun / Baltimore Crime Beat)
John Richard “Dick” Irwin, a tough, accurate veteran police reporter with a heart of gold whose signature police blotter became required reading for both crime aficionados and the just plain curious, died Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center of complications from diabetes.
Cable Companies Chafe as Low-Rated Channels Change Names (Bloomberg)
Cable networks are rebranding themselves, and pay-TV operators aren’t pleased. At least six channels are changing their names and programming this year to attract more viewers, advertising dollars and higher subscriber fees. News Corp.’s Speed, for instance, will become Fox Sports 1 in August.
Please Continue Pronouncing ‘GIF’ Any Way You Please (The Hairpin)
Before accepting a lifetime achievement award at the Webby Awards Tuesday night, Steve Wilhite, the man who invented the GIF back in 1987, ruined everybody’s day by reintroducing the great pronunciation debate of our time: How do you pronounce “GIF”? PRNewser Wilhite, who unveiled the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) in 1987 while working for CompuServe, has ended the debate. GIF is pronounced “Jif” — yes, like the peanut butter.
Daily Mail Publisher’s Print Revenues Slide (The Guardian)
Revenues at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday declined 6 percent to £287 million in the six months to the end of March, as print ads and circulation declined, while the Mail Online juggernaut continued with a 61 percent year-on-year revenue surge to £20 million.
Wikimedia Starts Hunt for New Executive Director (AllThingsD)
The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia and its sister projects, said Wednesday it had enlisted m/Oppenheim Associates to help in a global search for an executive director to replace Sue Gardner, who is leaving to pursue Internet activism projects. The foundation hopes to have the new hire in place by October.
Silver Linings Newscast (CJR / Behind The News)
Like everyone else this week, I was transfixed by the tragedy in Oklahoma. The devastation was quick and, in some neighborhoods, complete. I streamed local coverage of the event from KFOR and over the course of Monday afternoon noticed a narrative was developing. News outlets were looking for good, positive stories to report just a few hours after the dust had cleared.
Everyone Secretly Hates ‘Snow Fall’ (The Awl)
Cody Brown, of Scrollkit, made a replica of the ballyhooed New York Times “Snow Fall” story — in about an hour. Naturally, the Times made a copyright complaint: he was, after all, using their images and whatnot! So he removed it. Then they insisted that he “remove any reference to the New York Times” from his website. Heh. Medium / Cody Brown Instead of tweeting about how awesome “Snow Fall” was, I wanted to do something that would show its admirers that they can do it too — I made a replica. It took about an hour to put together, and I recorded a video of the process. I recently opened my email to see a cease and desist.
Stop With The Jew-Ranking Already (Bloomberg / Jeffrey Goldberg)
The Jerusalem Post has just published its annual ranking of the world’s 50 most influential Jews, and I’m sorry but also somewhat relieved to report that I don’t appear on it this year. I’m sorry because one of my goals in life is to inhabit the fever dreams of neo-Nazis, and nothing gets a neo-Nazi going more than the specter of supernaturally powerful Jews. I’m relieved because, who really wants to be on a target list? At a certain point, the Post should just provide home addresses to make the roundup even easier.
SteffaniMaxwell Having a soundtrack while I work keeps me motivated. I’m not necessarily more productive, but more energized.
LaShawn Williams Helpful when the task is tedious or mundane; distracting when I gotta think.
K Matt Duffy No lyrics, as a rule. Boards of Canada, and other ambient-leaning electronic acts, work especially well
Steve Puppo Very distracting, but to break the monotony, I say throw on a music track here and there!