Jenny McCarthy Named Co-Host of The View (TVNewser)
Following the news that Elisabeth Hasselbeck would be leaving The View to join Fox News, Barbara Walters insisted, “We will not be filling [the position] very soon.” Well, apparently a week was long enough, as Walters announced Monday that actress Jenny McCarthy will be joining the program in September. NYT In a statement, Walters said, “Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor.” McCarthy, 40, has had roles in a few short-lived situation comedies but is probably best known on television for the game show Singled Out on MTV, where she was a host in the 1990s. Time / Tuned In She’s also the single most visible celebrity spokesperson for the discredited, literally dangerous belief that childhood vaccines can cause autism. The View’s Sherri Shepherd may once have wondered if the world might be flat, but at least no one fell into orbit as a result. Vaccines are actually a matter of life and death. Slate / Bad Astronomy Giving McCarthy a large public forum to share her views is a terrible idea. I’ll note The View has more than 3 million viewers, and given the time slot, I suspect a lot of those folks watching are parents of young kids — precisely the demographic most prone to listen to anti-vaccine views. And even if she doesn’t talk about any of her nonsensical health ideas on the show, the very fact that she now has this co-host position gives her a tacit credibility to the viewer. HuffPost Bill Nye is among those who take a dim view of McCarthy’s new gig — and the possibility that she will use it as a forum to spread her pseudoscientific views on vaccine safety. “I am concerned that Ms. McCarthy will encourage parents to prevent their kids from getting vaccinated,” Nye told The Huffington Post in an email. Business Insider Even non-scientists are upset. Comedian Julie Klausner tweeted “Wow! Congratulations to Jenny McCarthy and Measles/Mumps/Rubella for spreading its reach!” and movie critic Scott Weinberg tweeted “Jenny McCarthy’s views on vaccination are only slightly less barbaric and repulsive than a movie she made called Dirty Love.”
Zimmerman Juror B37 Decides Not to Go for That Book Deal After All (TheWrap / MediaAlley)
The George Zimmerman trial juror known only as B37 has decided not to write that book recounting her experiences as a member of the jury that acquitted Zimmerman on charges that he murdered Trayvon Martin. B37 was the subject of widespread criticism when her book plans were announced. Critics accused her of profiting off of Martin’s death. On Monday night, her literary agent, Sharlene Martin, tweeted that after “careful consideration,” she had decided not to represent B37. GalleyCat Earlier, it was reported that B37 in the Zimmerman trial had signed (along with her attorney husband) with Martin. According to the literary agency, “it is not known whether they will participate in any media at this time or decide to reveal their identities given the sensitivity of the verdict and the outpouring of mixed reactions by the American public.” The juror contacted Martin on Sunday, “referred by a high ranking producer at one of the morning shows.” TVNewser On Monday, CNN’s Anderson Cooper got the first interview with B37. The woman, in silhouette said Zimmerman was “guilty of not using good judgment… he shouldn’t have gotten out of that car.” She says all but one juror felt that screaming voice on the 911 call was Zimmerman. Cooper said B37 would not be doing any further interviews adding, “she kind of just wants to be left alone.” TheWrap / MediaAlley Zimmerman’s brother, Robert Jr., ditched an appearance on Piers Morgan’s show after slamming Morgan for “garbage” tweets. Robert Zimmerman Jr. linked to a post on Twitchy, conservative columnist Michelle Malkin’s Twitter news site, which listed several of Morgan’s anti-George Zimmerman tweets, two of which were hashtagged “#RIPTrayvon.” Pew Research Center The final days of the trial of Zimmerman attracted relatively modest public interest overall. In a weekend survey, 26 percent say they were following news about the trial very closely. This is lower than interest in the initial controversy over Trayvon Martin’s shooting when it erupted last year. In March 2012, 35 percent said they followed news about Trayvon Martin’s shooting very closely. However, the story has consistently attracted far more interest among blacks than whites — and that remained the case in the trial’s final days. Blacks are more than twice as likely as whites to say they tracked news about the George Zimmerman trial very closely (56 percent vs. 20 percent). Politico / Dylan Byers on Media MSNBC’s ratings woes came into sharp relief on Monday with the release of the preliminary numbers for the George Zimmerman verdict. In the 10-11 p.m. hour on Saturday night, when the verdict came in, Fox News had 3,682,000 total viewers; CNN had 3,407,000 total viewers and won the coveted demo with 1,716,000 viewers aged 25-to-54. In the same hour, MSNBC had 1,298,000 total viewers — about one-third of Fox’s total — and a mere 510,000 viewers in the demo.
The NTSB Fired The Intern Who Confirmed Fake Asiana Pilot Names (The Atlantic Wire)
The National Transportation Safety Board intern who confirmed four fake names as those of the pilots of Asiana flight 214 has been let go. The intern prompted an apology from the NTSB on Friday after it turned out he or she confirmed the fake names in response to a media query from KTVU. The California TV station then went on-air with the “confirmed” names, which were, well, pretty obviously made up and offensive. Poynter / Al’s Morning Meeting It has been great sport all weekend for media critics to excoriate KTVU-TV in San Francisco. There’s no denying KTVU made a big mistake. But when admitting to its mistakes, the station took an approach that other journalists should replicate. KTVU has never hidden from its mistake. It corrected the story quickly, on the same newscast where the mistake was made. The station corrected the story online, it apologized on subsequent newscasts, and station management issued apologies. Poynter Improved diversity among all ranks in our newsrooms — from reporters and producers to editors and managers — would help our industry improve its coverage of all our communities and increase the likelihood of preventing mistakes or inaccurate facts from being published or broadcast. TVSpy Just one day after Asiana Airlines announced it was considering legal action against KTVU, the company has confirmed it will sue the Fox affiliate for reporting false and racially offensive names of the pilots of flight 214. LA Times / Opinion LA Really, Asiana Airlines? One of your planes is involved in a disastrous crash-landing that killed three girls and injured many other passengers, the early investigation is pointing fingers at your pilots, and your big action plan right now is to sue a Bay Area TV station for using fake names for the pilots?
Tulsa World Announces Reorganization Plan And Layoffs of 50 Employees (KJRH)
The Tulsa World newspaper announced Monday a reorganization plan that will result in the reduction of about 50 positions over the next several months. Twelve positions were eliminated immediately. Tulsa World president and publisher Bill Masterson made the announcement in an internal memo to staff.
News Magazines Hit by Big Drop in Ad Pages (Pew Research Center / Fact Tank)
In a difficult advertising environment for the magazine industry overall, newly-released numbers from the Association of Magazine Media (MPA) show the nation’s news magazines being hit particularly hard. Total consumer magazine ad pages dropped 4.9 percent compared with the first half of 2012, according to MPA data for the first six months of 2013, released July 9. But the drop in ad pages for five major news magazines was far steeper.
Goodreads Hit With Copyright Suit Over Fan Photo (paidContent)
A photo agency has filed a lawsuit against Goodreads, the Amazon-owned social network for book lovers, over a celebrity image posted by one of the site’s members. In a complaint filed last week in Los Angeles, BWP Media is seeking $150,000 in copyright damages related to the unauthorized posting of a photo showing Dalton Rappatoni, a member of boy band IM5.
Michigan’s ‘Free-Market’ Media Machine (CJR / The United States Project)
In a time of upheaval for both politics and media, state-level think tanks sit at a peculiar nexus of influence: they both shape the news and report it. And few are more influential on either score than the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a “free market” think tank based in Midland, Mich. that is one of the largest of its kind in the nation.
Exclusive: Apple Pitches Ad-Skipping for New TV Service (JessicaLessin.com)
Apple has a new trick up its sleeve as it tries to launch a long-awaited television service: technology that allows viewers to skip commercials and that pays media companies for the skipped views. For more than a year, Apple has been seeking rights from cable companies and television networks for a service that would allow users to watch live and on-demand television over an Apple set-top box or TV. Talks have been slow and proceeding in fits and starts, but things seem to be heating up.
Regis Philbin Gearing Up for Crowd Goes Wild on Fox Sports 1 (HuffPost / AP)
Regis Philbin’s new sports talk show premieres next month with the launch of cable channel Fox Sports 1. Befitting a program debuting in 2013, Crowd Goes Wild will weave back-and-forths with viewers into the broadcast. Producers even hired a social media correspondent. And hosting all this is Philbin, who turns 82 six days after the premiere. TVNewser “Regis will be talking about what he did last night, Regis will be talking about what is going on in the world of sports, what is in the news cycle, and that will create, immediately, furor and debate and no doubt opinions,” the EP of the program, Michael Davies, says. “It is almost like ‘host chat’ built out.”
Guardian Publisher Cuts Annual Losses as Digital Revenues Grow by Nearly 30 Percent (The Guardian)
Guardian News & Media cut its annual loss by 30 percent to £30.9 million in the year to the end of March 2013, as growing digital revenues helped offset the continuing decline in income from print operations. The publisher of the Guardian, Observer and guardian.co.uk website network — including MediaGuardian — increased digital revenues by 28.9 percent from £43.4 million to £55.9 million in the 12-month period, helping the publisher to slightly increase total revenues year on year to £196.3 million.
Nickelodeon’s Jim Perry on His Network And The State of The Market (Adweek)
After a particularly painful ratings drop-off, Nickelodeon is turning things around. The cable network has always controlled the lion’s share of the GRPs in the kids’ TV market (more than 70 percent of all kids’ TV budgets, in fact), and it’s returning to business as usual with what sources say is about a 5 percent uptick in CPM rates for the current upfront.
Time Magazine Shakeup: Michael Scherer Named Washington Bureau Chief, Ben Goldberger Nation Editor (HuffPost)
Managing editor Rick Stengel announced some big changes for Time magazine on Monday: Michael Scherer will be the new Washington bureau chief, while Ben Goldberger is to become the national editor. “We have been producing exceptional journalism, photography, video and design this year,” Stengel wrote in an email to staff. “We are also in the midst of a sizable investment in the relaunch of time.com and our mobile platforms by the end of the year. This is allowing us to both innovate in our journalism and bring in new talent to create it.” FishbowlNY Scherer has been with Time since 2007, most recently serving as White House correspondent.
BuzzFeed Chairman Ken Lerer Backs New Animal-Themed Site The Dodo (TechCrunch)
Ken Lerer, a co-founder of Huffington Post, chairman of BuzzFeed and Betaworks, and founder of Lerer Ventures, is starting another new media business, a website called The Dodo, launching this fall. The site, a combination of “content and commerce” exploring the topic of humans’ relationship with animals, is being jointly run by Kerry Lauerman, former editor-in-chief of Salon.com, and Lerer’s daughter Isabel, who’s currently wrapping up her doctoral studies on the subject. FishbowlNY The Dodo will mostly feature the lighthearted animal coverage you’ve come to expect from the Internet, like 17 Dogs That Look Like Lists and so forth. NY Observer / BetaBeat Are there not enough animals on your Internet? Do you ever open up your browser and navigate to YouTube or Twitter or Facebook and think, “Man, this Internet I’m on here could really use some more pictures of cute puppies.”
The Sportswriter Who Left Her Job After Finding A Million Dollars (Deadspin)
You may remember Selena Roberts from her days at The New York Times, where she became notorious for her crusading columns about the Duke lacrosse rape case. Or maybe you know her from her stint as a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where she was part of the rotation that replaced Rick Reilly in the magazine’s then-storied back page. How did someone so firmly ensconced in the media establishment so quickly fade away? What exactly happened to Roberts?
Journalists (Still) Hate HBO’s Newsroom (TheWrap / MediaAlley)
Season Two of Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom premiered Sunday night to the now-standard slams from journalists across the Twittersphere. While Dan Rather remains the show’s biggest fan, resuming his reviews of the show for Gawker (“terrific,” “one of the best shows on television”), most journalists have made a sport out of hate-watching the show and live-tweeting their responses.
brainypintsizer What ever happened using an actual voice to communicate – by phone, in person? Seems callous/lazy to me.
KelliNeedsTVJob Good god no. Was told of layoff by phone in airport & spent 1/2 flight to ATL crying. Face to face only
ivan_goldman How would you stop them? Make it illegal? That’s sillier than the text-message layoff.
Michel Simon Absolutely not.
Michael Harpe Pretty cowardly if you ask me.