IAC And Daily Beast Editor Tina Brown to Part Ways (BuzzFeed / Business)
Tina Brown, who sought to reinvent buzzy magazine journalism on the Internet in the form of The Daily Beast, and IAC have agreed to part ways. According to a source with direct knowledge of the situation, The Daily Beast parent company IAC, owned by media mogul Barry Diller, does not plan to renew Brown’s contract when it expires in January. The decision has been made for the two sides to part ways, said the source, but precise details of the separation are still being worked out. Brown confirmed her departure in both a meeting with staff and in an email sent to friends and contacts after BuzzFeed broke the news on Wednesday. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Brown will split with parent-company IAC next year and launch her own company, Tina Brown Live Media, according to sources with knowledge of her plans. The contract negotiations have been going on for the last few months, according to a source familiar with the discussions, and the split has been a “long time coming.” Daily Beast Brown is optimistic about the future of The Daily Beast. “The great thing about change is that you get influxes of new energy and you get different ideas,” she said. “I will be one click away from you every morning,” she told staffers, and added, “I will continue to see you grow.” Capital New York Brown, who was once editor of The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, told Daily Beast staff she will take her successful Women in the World Conference, and its staff, with her, according to a source who was present at the newsroom gathering. Rhona Murphy, The Daily Beast’s CEO, said during the meeting that there are currently no plans to close the site, which is still in the process of extricating itself from Newsweek, and that a budget was being planned through 2014, the source said. Mashable A source claiming to be close to the negotiations emphasized that Brown — not IAC — “ultimately made the decision to walk away from The Daily Beast” and that it’s “more of a mutual separating of ways.” The source added that Brown’s relationship with IAC Chairman Barry Diller is “not strained” and she continues to have “a ton of respect” for him. FishbowlNY Brown’s departure will surely kick “The Daily Beast is dead” rumors into high gear. The site is on pace to lose $12 million this year, so don’t be shocked if IAC decides to sell or completely shut it down.
Esquire.com Has Worst 9/11 Mixup Imaginable (Poynter / MediaWire)
Ack: Esquire.com placed Richard Drew’s photo of a man falling from a World Trade Center tower on Sept. 11, 2001, next to a headline about a morning commute in its right rail. On Twitter, Esquire asked people to “Relax” after it fixed the error. New York Daily News There was no apology from the magazine. But Esquire isn’t the only outfit that inadvertently touched the third rail of national grief and found themselves being accused of trying to make a buck off the tragedy. Adweek / Adfreak After getting bombarded with hate tweets for about an hour Wednesday afternoon, AT&T removed an image from Twitter that had been meant as a 9/11 tribute — a photo showing a hand holding a phone up in front of the Tribute in Light searchlights. Ad Age / Digital While AT&T’s post was the most overt as an ad, plenty of other brands — including Waffle House, Huggies, Red Lobster, Macy’s, Walgreens and White Castle, as chronicled in a series of retweets by comedian Joe Mande — offered up sentiments of remembrance on the 12-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The Los Angeles Lakers, for one, seemed to realize they were treading on thin ice. The team posted a photo of Kobe Bryant with the hashtag #NeverForget superimposed, but quickly deleted it. PRNewser General response to these messages is mixed: some see co-opting 9/11 as the epitome of tastelessness while others note that none of these messages, with the exception of AT&T and possibly Blue Bloods, are directly selling any particular product.
National Review to Sue Cory Booker (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Rich Lowry, National Review‘s editor, announced Wednesday it will be suing Newark Mayor Cory Booker along with the Newark Police Department and the City of Newark. National Review is suing for records they have been trying to obtain related to Booker’s claims that he held in his arms a dying Wazn Miller after Miller was shot on the streets in Newark in 2004. National Review Lowry: “It should be easy to get more information about the Miller case. New Jersey is an open-records state. Yet for weeks now, we have been stonewalled and given the run-around by everyone we’ve asked for help in obtaining the relevant police records. We’ve asked nicely, we’ve asked firmly, we’ve asked in every way imaginable, but gotten nowhere. It is much easier to learn about the most sensitive aspects of top-secret national-security programs than it is to get Newark police records related to that day. Enough is enough.” Philadelphia Inquirer Booker campaign spokesman Kevin Griffis responded: “This is a stunt by a partisan journal and had it cared to talk to people connected to the case and actually called the mayor’s office to learn the facts about it, they would have been put in touch with people who worked on the case.” Booker’s city spokesman, James Allen, said that the clerk was independent from the mayor’s office and that the records were not available electronically, so they had to be found manually in the police archives.
Roanoke Times Lays Off 11 Percent of Work Force (Roanoke Times)
The Roanoke Times eliminated the jobs of 31 employees Wednesday, as the newspaper’s new corporate owner announced a series of job reductions and restructuring aimed at improving the paper’s profitability while maintaining a local news focus. Like most American newspapers over the past decade, The Roanoke Times has suffered repeated blows of diminished circulation, dwindling print advertising revenue, a bad economy, competition from online news sources and slow-growing digital revenues. Poynter / MediaWire The paper says the reductions will be a net improvement and it will “add news gathering resources.” But two sources tell Poynter the newsroom lost five positions, including two reporters.
WSJ Op-Ed Writer Elizabeth O’Bagy Fired for Resume Lie (Politico)
The Syria researcher whose Wall Street Journal op-ed piece was cited by Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain during congressional hearings about the use of force has been fired from the Institute for the Study of War for lying about having a Ph.D., the group announced on Wednesday. “The Institute for the Study of War has learned and confirmed that, contrary to her representations, Ms. Elizabeth O’Bagy does not in fact have a Ph.D. degree from Georgetown University,” the institute said in a statement. “ISW has accordingly terminated Ms. O’Bagy’s employment, effective immediately.”
Putin Chooses New York Times to Address The American People (The Guardian / Greenslade Blog)
The New York Times has a new op-ed contributor — step forward Vladimir V Putin, president of Russia. Although his article is headlined “A plea for caution from Russia,” it is more of a warning than a plea. Coming so soon after the TV address to the US people by President Obama, it is an obvious attempt to spin an alternative line about the Syrian conflict.
NewsHour Weekend Reviewed (CJR / Behind The News)
The new edition of NewsHour could not have picked a better weekend to try to demonstrate its ability to swim in the swift, unforgiving currents of the news cycle. With continued rumblings of military action on Syria, NewsHour Weekend led off with the tense situation on both nights. The Saturday lead, which included both a short summary of the Syria developments from host Hari Sreenivasan and a four-minute report from inside a refugee camp for Syrians in Jordan, was much stronger than the Sunday lead.
BuzzFeed Puts in New Polices for ‘Community’ Posts: An Uneasy Attempt at Control (paidContent)
BuzzFeed is riding high. The viral news site, which cuts its teeth on silly cat videos, is now part of the media big leagues where it breaks serious stories, like US journalists taking money from foreign governments, alongside the likes of CNN and The New York Times. And unlike many of its old-media counterparts, BuzzFeed is profitable and growing fast. Success, however, is leading media pundits to look harder at BuzzFeed’s editorial contradictions — like mixing puppy stories with Putin — and ask how long it can keep this up without damaging its brand.
Fight With CBS Cost Time Warner Cable Subscribers (LA Times / Company Town)
Time Warner Cable lost subscribers when CBS pulled the signals of its local TV stations in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, the pay-TV distributor’s chief operating officer said. “There was a fair amount of pain we had to endure,” said Rob Marcus, who next year will succeed Glenn Britt as chairman and chief executive of the cable operator.
Polling Firm Calls Nate Silver ‘Jealous’ And ‘Bitter’ in Tremendous Twitter Feud (Business Insider)
Sparks flew on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, when Nate Silver took a shot at Public Policy Polling for withholding results of a poll it conducted last week because it had doubts about the data collected. PPP took heat after initially releasing the results, and some charged that their Democratic lean led to their decision to not publish a result it “didn’t like.” The latest fire came from Silver, who has built a career out of polling success.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck Is Making New Friends on Fox News Channel (TV Guide)
After 10 years as the lone conservative voice on ABC’s The View, Elisabeth Hasselbeck heads to the curvy couch of Fox & Friends on Monday, Sept. 16. Ideologically, the 36-year-old cohost should be more at home with her new TV family of Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade. But will we again see the fiery passion that made for must-watch moments on Barbara Walters’ coffee klatch?
Why Pax Dickinson Matters (ValleyWag)
If Pax Dickinson worked on Wall Street, the episode might have started with a Dealbreaker headline and ended with a slap on the wrist (save for concerns about a discrimination or harassment suit). Maybe Snapchat would have been his salvation. He’s even managed to semi-successfully rebrand his hate speech as performance art. Dickinson’s noxious tweets, however, surfaced in the middle of a heated debate about the lack of women and people of color in tech, and the degree to which the tech sector is responsible for increasing inequality in the midst of an ever-widening income gap. In less than 24 hours, he was out of a job. Medium / Pax Dickinson I know that this won’t change the way some of you feel about me, but I am grateful for the opportunity to clarify a few things. I’m glad to be able to tell you I’m not racist or misogynistic or any of these labels that are being put on me.
David Zinczenko, Jack Kliger And The Man Most Unlikely to Wind Up at Michael’s (FishbowlNY)
As faithful readers know, we endeavor to give our rundown of the movers and shakers who show up at Michael’s every Wednesday a cheeky spin so as not to take ourselves too seriously about the whole power lunch thing. This time, aside from the obvious reason not to make light of an already featherweight subject, I’m too dumbstruck by a new acquaintance I made while making my rounds in the dining room to come up with a pithy opener.
Netflix, Amazon Drive Up Price for Hollywood Content, Conferees Told (LA Times / Company Town)
Neither Netflix nor Amazon were on stage, but the growing clout of these online video distributors was nonetheless felt at a San Francisco conference focused on the future of TV. As the rival services bid against one another for exclusive rights to popular movies and TV shows, in a manner that recalls the rivalry between premium cable networks HBO and Showtime, the fallout has been unmistakable, said Shawn Strickland, chief executive of Redbox Instant by Verizon.
Marissa Mayer: ‘It’s Treason’ for Yahoo! to Disobey The NSA (Business Insider)
Marissa Mayer was on stage on Wednesday at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference when Michael Arrington asked her about NSA snooping. He wanted to know what would happen if Yahoo! just didn’t cooperate. He wanted to know what would happen if she were to simply talk about what was happening, even though the government had forbidden it. “Releasing classified information is treason. It generally lands you incarcerated,” she said, clearly uncomfortable with the turn of the conversation.
joyabella Book pubs already do, no?
Jeff Friedman Depends.
Judy Cantrell No!
Jose Alfonso Villalobos The paper will lose credibility. If you are in the news business, be in the news business. Otherwise,you are a PR firm.
Debbie Speer So much for the “firewall”