Rupert Murdoch Caught on Tape: ‘We Will Hit Back’ (Gawker)
ExaroNews, a British investigative website, has just published the full transcript of a secretly recorded meeting between media mogul Rupert Murdoch and the staff of The Sun, a U.K. tabloid owned by News Corp., in which Murdoch admitted that he was aware for decades that journalists from his newspapers had been bribing both police and public officials. CJR / The Audit At long last we now have indisputable evidence that Murdoch knew about the culture of criminality at his newspapers. It’s fair to say Murdoch is going to have some major headaches from this one: “We’re talking about payments for news tips from cops: that’s been going on a hundred years, absolutely. You didn’t instigate it… I remember when I first bought the News of the World, the first day I went to the office… and there was a big wall-safe… And I said, ‘What’s that for?’ And they said, ‘We keep some cash in there.’ And I said, ‘What for?’ They said, ‘Well, sometimes the editor needs some on a Saturday night for powerful friends. And sometimes the chairman is doing badly at the tables, and he helps himself.'” The Guardian / Greenslade Blog The real significance of the tape is that it reveals the true, unexpurgated Murdoch. As I have said often since the hacking scandal first broke, as the man at the top I believe he has been responsible for the journalistic culture at Wapping. This tape appears to prove my point. The Guardian A prominent Labour MP has said US authorities should press corporate corruption charges against Murdoch’s global empire after he admitted in a secretly recorded meeting with staff on The Sun that payments to police were part of “the culture of Fleet Street.”
Egyptian Authorities Target Al Jazeera (Al Jazeera / Press Office)
Al Jazeera is demanding the immediate release of staff members detained overnight in Cairo. Egyptian forces raided Al Jazeera premises overnight. Twenty-eight Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr staff members were detained, with most released later. The channel’s managing director Ayman Gaballah and Al Jazeera Arabic broadcast engineer Ahmad Hasan remain in custody, however. RT The station was prevented from broadcasting from a pro-Mohammed Morsi rally, and a broadcasting crew was detained. Ayman Mohyeldin, a foreign correspondent for NBC News, reported via Twitter that security personnel entered the broadcaster’s offices overlooking Tahrir Square looking for Al Jazeera journalists. TVNewser On social media, the cable news channels were roundly mocked for focusing on George Zimmerman rather than Egypt. The question now is, when the trial resumes, who will stick with Egypt, and who will return to non-stop courtroom coverage? HuffPost American news networks finally swung into action on Wednesday, devoting wall-to-wall coverage of the ouster of Egyptian president Morsi.
Patch Editor: ‘From What I See on The Ground, We Are on Our Last Legs’ (JimRomenesko.com)
I’ve received a few emails in recent days from Patch people unhappy with Patch 2.0. One was from a former manager who said “I can speak to morale issues, tone deaf management and why the new website could be the final straw for employees here and for the company.” He requested “complete anonymity” before elaborating, which I guaranteed. He apparently got cold feet, though, and didn’t respond. Wednesday’s Patch email came from a local editor, who wrote: “I love Patch, it’s been a great job and compared to other companies in this industry, it has great pay and great benefits. However, from what I see on the ground, we are on our last legs.”
Former MSNBC And Saturday Night Live Interns Target NBCUniversal in Lawsuit (THR / Hollywood, Esq.)
The avalanche of lawsuits on the internship front keeps coming. The latest is a proposed class action against NBCUniversal from Jesse Moore, who says he worked 24-hour-or-more weeks in the booking department at MSNBC in 2011, and Monet Eliastam, who says she worked 25-hour-or-more weeks on the staff of Saturday Night Live in 2012. TVNewser While many media companies now pay their interns at least minimum wage, all of them at one point had unpaid interns roaming their halls. Don’t be surprised if the other big media companies, including 21st Century Fox, Disney, CBS and Turner Broadcasting, are also facing lawsuits from former interns in the months ahead.
Big Brother: CBS Does Not ‘Condone’ Bigoted Remarks (CBS News)
Several of the houseguests competing on this season of Big Brother have come under fire for allegedly making misogynistic, racist and homophobic remarks while taping the reality series. After several sites posted some of the remarks, CBS issued a statement, noting it finds the comments made on the live Internet feed “offensive.” FishbowlNY The CBS “we do not condone” statement also reminds of the power of reality TV bloggers. Constant monitoring of the Internet live feed by sites like Daily Hamsterwatch and Reality Blurred helped force the network’s hand. THR / The Live Feed Hours after Big Brother contestant Aaryn Gries was dropped by her talent agency over offensive remarks, fellow houseguest GinaMarie Zimmerman has lost her day job for the same reason.
This Town Is Already on Sale (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Mark Leibovich’s highly anticipated book about the way things work in Washington, D.C. isn’t scheduled to hit shelves until July 16. But, as BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski found while leaving town for vacation, it’s already on sale at a Hudson Booksellers at Newark International Airport. I called EWR to track it down: The Hudson Booksellers that is carrying This Town is located in Terminal C, just past Smashburger. BuzzFeed A soon-to-be-released book by Leibovich reveals in excruciating detail the White House’s efforts to defend longtime Obama friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett in the run-up to a New York Times profile that ran in September 2012. The Washington Post / Post Politics In the summer of 2010, with Republicans poised to take over the House and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in line to lead the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the White House started urging reporters to write negative stories about the congressman’s past, Leibovich claims in the book.
Every Viewer Complaint About Big Papi’s Post-Bombing Swear Word (Deadspin)
Before the Red Sox’s first home game after the Boston Marathon bombings, David Ortiz grabbed a microphone to tell an emotional and excitable crowd that “this is our f*cking city.” This being our country, Americans immediately ran to register their disgust with the FCC. Through a FOIA request, Deadspin has obtained the complaints. There were just as many viewers upset with the FCC chairman’s implicit approval of Ortiz’s language as with the remarks in the first place. The Atlantic Wire Shortly after Big Papi’s big speech, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski tweeted his seal of approval. This was a special moment and the Red Sox would not be fined. But, yeah, the game was on national TV and the Mrs. Lovejoys of the world didn’t see it the same way. At least 25 people still called the FCC to complain that “f*ck” had made its way onto the airwaves and, tragedy or no, this could not stand. Some complaints are measured; others are maniacal.
CNN Bosses Ban Nancy Grace From GMA (NY Post / Page Six)
Nancy Grace is banned from doing her highly rated segments on GMA, sources tell Page Six. We’re told CNN chief Jeff Zucker is “banning all CNN and HLN personalities from appearing on GMA.” A source adds, “The biggest issue is Grace, given her high-rated debates with Dan Abrams over legal issues.”
Kickstopper: When The Crowd Funds Projects You Abhor (PBS / IdeaLab)
Like Facebook and other corporate social platforms, Kickstarter last week was pressured to refine its policies governing which speech it will and will not accept and support on its platform. The catalyst for the conversation was a DoSomething.org petition with more than 50,068 signatures (in just over a day) against Ken Hoinsky‘s successfully completed Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.
Snowden’s Leaks Force Media Self-Examination (Poynter)
Besides forcing government and national-security institutions to face the public about their spying efforts, Edward Snowden’s decision to release information on America’s massive public surveillance efforts has thrown another system into a flurry of self-examination: The American news media.
Megyn Kelly: ‘I’ll See You All, After Sunset, This Fall’ (TVNewser)
Megyn Kelly anchored her final America Live Wednesday before going on maternity leave. When she returns she’ll be anchoring in primetime. At what time, is still a mystery. Even Shepard Smith joked about it during Kelly’s signoff. “I’m so sad that we fired O’Reilly. I know you needed a timeslot,” Smith quipped. Kelly played along: “It’s really awkward for him to find out this way. I’m glad you just put it out there.”
YouTube Slammed Over Profiting Off Drug And Sex Club Ads (TheWrap)
Attention YouTube: Nebraska and Oklahoma have a bone to pick with you. Nebraska Attorney General Joe Bruning sent a letter to Google on Tuesday expressing concern about subsidiary YouTube’s advertising policies. “We take user safety seriously and have Community Guidelines that prohibit any content encouraging dangerous, illegal activities,” Google told TheWrap.
Boxee Acquired by Samsung, Reports Peg Sale at $30 Million (The Verge)
Boxee, a relatively small company known for its set-top box that streams media to TVs, has been purchased by Samsung for roughly $30 million. It’s expected that Samsung will use Boxee’s technology in its range of smart TVs. It’s not clear how Boxee will be incorporated into future TVs, but the Korean company’s smart TV software has long been a sticking point as it has struggled to add features while keeping navigation simple.
Do You Use Reddit? Six Percent of American Adults Online Do (The Washington Post / Technology)
Reddit is the self-proclaimed front page of the Internet — a community of people who submit links and vote them up or down based on their quality, novelty or general ability to generate amusement. But does Reddit really have enough users to make that claim? On Wednesday, the Pew Center’s Internet and American Life project released a study that put Reddit under the microscope to see who’s frequenting the site. The results: About 6 percent of American adults online said that they’ve visited Reddit.
Where The Wild Things Are Follow-Up Pulled From Kickstarter (GalleyCat)
A Kickstarter project pitched as a sequel to Where the Wild Things Are by the late Maurice Sendak has been pulled from the crowdfunding site. HarperCollins filed a DMCA notice with Kickstarter.
What’s on your reading list for the holiday weekend?
randyduax A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power.
lindsaybarton7 The Silver Star. Anything by Jeannette Walls is pure gold.
JeffreyBartley “The Inferno” And my #MBA textbook.
Christopher Weaver Joyland by Stephen King.
Diane Hall “Education can be Murder” by A G Case