Snowden Hits Back Against Critics of NSA Leaks (Reuters)
The former National Security Agency contractor who revealed the U.S. government’s top-secret monitoring of Americans’ phone and Internet data fought back against his critics on Monday, saying the government’s “litany of lies” about the programs compelled him to act. Edward Snowden told an online forum run by Britain’s Guardian newspaper that he considered it an honor to be called a traitor by people like former Vice President Dick Cheney, and he urged President Barack Obama to “return to sanity” and roll back the surveillance effort. HuffPost A reader asked Snowden for his thoughts on the media debate around him. “Initially I was very encouraged,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, the mainstream media now seems far more interested in what I said when I was 17 or what my girlfriend looks like rather than, say, the largest program of suspicionless surveillance in human history.” Medium / Joshua Foust The reporting on Snowden has been dreadful. Is there a way to make it better? Two weeks ago, when The Guardian first leaked a Verizon court order to hand over its call metadata, a national debate began about privacy and security. THR Director Oliver Stone brought thunderous applause to a crowd of more than 500 festivalgoers at the 16th Shanghai International Film Festival in China on Monday when he praised Snowden as a “hero.” The Guardian Defense officials issued a confidential D notice to the BBC and other media groups in an attempt to censor coverage of surveillance tactics employed by intelligence agencies in the UK and US. Editors were asked not to publish information that may “jeopardize both national security and possibly UK personnel” in the warning issued on June 7.
Instagram Video Invites Ads Speculation, Puts Vine on Notice (Adweek)
The possibilities surrounding Instagram implementing a Vine-like video feature had the tech world abuzz Monday, after TechCrunch reported the popular mobile app’s parent, Facebook, would unveil the move on Thursday. For the marketing-minded, the development creates at least a couple of huge questions. As digital video continues to gain momentum, will a steady stream of user-generated video become the impetus for Facebook implementing ads on Instagram? The online model is certainly proven with YouTube. And will Instagram videos kill Vine — just as it’s gaining traction with brands? TechCrunch We’ve been working on getting more details on a press event that Facebook is having this week. Earlier, we wrote it could launch a news-reading app, but we have since heard more details that point to something else entirely. On June 20, a source says Facebook will unveil that Instagram, its popular photo-sharing app, will begin to let people also take and share short videos. Call it the Vine effect. AllFacebook Facebook will introduce a new product Thursday, but what will it be? Early speculation has focused on two completely unrelated products, both of which have been bandied about recently: a video-sharing service for Instagram, or a reader for RSS feeds.
MSNBC.com Hires Irin Carmon, Timothy Noah And Others (NY Observer)
MSNBC.com is seemingly on a hiring spree as they gear up to relaunch the website later this year. Monday, the network announced that it has hired two more reporters — Irin Carmon and Timothy Noah — and a new social media editor, Nisha Chittal. TVNewser From Richard Wolffe, vice president and executive editor of MSNBC.com: “We’re continuing to build an outstanding digital team of writers and editors at MSNBC, and we’re excited to announce our latest additions, ahead of our launch later this year.”
Tribune Co. Revenue Up Slightly in 2012 (Chicago Tribune)
Tribune Co. reported modest revenue growth in 2012 — its last year in bankruptcy — with broadcasting gains offsetting declines in its publishing operations, according to consolidated financial statements released Monday. Revenues last year reached $3.145 billion, a 1 percent increase for the Chicago-based media company, which emerged from a four-year stay in Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Dec. 31. Net income dropped 6 percent to $422 million, due in part to more than $198 million in reorganization costs for the year.
Bloomberg View Picks Up Megan McArdle (FishbowlDC)
Washington, D.C.-based writer for Newsweek/Daily Beast and blogger Megan McArdle is joining the ranks of Bloomberg View, where she will be a columnist covering the economy, business, politics and national affairs “Megan is an extraordinary writer and thinker,” said David Shipley, executive editor of Bloomberg View in a morning statement. “Few people have done a better job chronicling the economic, corporate and technological disruptions of the last decade. She’s going to make a lot of readers — those who have followed her for years and those who will discover her at Bloomberg – smarter and happier. We’re thrilled that she’s joining the team.”
On TV And The Lecture Circuit, Bill Nye Aims to Change The World (NYT)
In any given week, you’re likely to see Bill Nye, somewhere on television, calmly countering the arguments made by people like Marc Morano, the former Republican Senate staff member whose industry-funded organization, climatedepot.com, disputes the increasingly well-understood connection between rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and warming. In an exchange several months ago on Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN, Morano denied that warming is occurring, and scoffed that Nye’s arguments were “the level of your daily horoscope.” Nye quietly rebutted his opponent with the gravity of scientific consensus. “This will be the hottest two decades in recorded history,” he said. “I’ve got to disagree with you.”
Can Women’s Magazines Do Serious Journalism? (The New Republic)
Last week, the feminist Internet exploded with censure for the British quarterly Port magazine. The magazine’s transgression? Publishing a cover story about “A New Golden Age” of print media and featuring six white, male editors. It provided visual evidence for what many of us in journalism know to be true: The editors-in-chief of the so-called “thought-leader” publications overwhelmingly have been, and remain, white dudes. But on second glance, something else stuck out.
Sherri Shepherd Walks Back Comment About View Shakeup on Wendy Williams (HuffPost)
Sherri Shepherd quickly walked back what seemed to be a big admission about the future of The View during an appearance on Wendy Williams’ Monday show. Williams asked Shepherd about the turnover on the show. Joy Behar and Barbara Walters have both announced they are leaving, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, despite repeated denials, is still rumored to be potentially joining them. “The two black women are left,” Shepherd said. “Usually they kill us off in the beginning.” “So if the two black women are left, then you’ve just confirmed that Hasselbeck is out,” Williams quickly said. “No, I didn’t confirm anything!” Shepherd said.
Jason Sheftell, Popular NY Daily News Reporter, Found Dead (Capital New York)
At the New York Daily News, a memo Monday morning from editor-in-chief Colin Myler shocked and saddened the staff, with the news that the newspaper’s well-liked and prolific real-estate editor and reporter, Jason Sheftell, has died.
PBS Adds NewsHour Weekend to Fall Lineup (TVNewser)
PBS has made it official: there will be a new half-hour weekend edition of the PBS NewsHour coming later this year. PBS NewsHour Weekend will debut Sept. 7, and will be anchored by Hari Sreenivasan, a correspondent for the weekday edition of the program. The expansion in New York City comes as the NewsHour was forced to lay off staff in its Denver and San Francisco offices, as well as some production roles in Washington, D.C.
Not A Good Sign: Barnes & Noble Just Keeps Slashing Nook Prices (paidContent)
Barnes & Noble is extending price cuts on its Nook tablets, and that’s not necessarily a good thing. B&N reduced prices fairly drastically for Father’s Day, discounting its Nook tablets between $70 and $129. That was a big drop for a week-long promotion. But B&N said Monday that the slashed prices are sticking around for… well, at least for awhile, with no end date given, though it’s apparently still “limited-time pricing.”
HuffPost’s Craig Kanalley Joins Buffalo Sabres as Social Media Manager (Poynter / MediaWire)
Huffington Post senior editor Craig Kanalley will become the Buffalo Sabres’ social media manager, the team announced Monday. “They’ve been my favorite sports team since I was a kid, and I’m excited about the opportunity to get back home to family and friends in Buffalo,” Kanalley told Poynter in an email, noting that he was named after Sabres legend Craig Ramsay.
Apple Executive Defends Pricing in Case on eBooks (NYT)
Just days after Apple introduced the iPad and opened an eBookstore, the biggest player in the eBook market, Amazon, changed the way it sold digital titles. Steven P. Jobs shot off an email to the Apple executive who had negotiated deals with the publishers. “Wow, we have really lit the fuse on a powder keg,” Jobs wrote in the email dated Jan. 30, 2010, to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services.
Sprint Sues Dish, Clearwire to Prevent $6 Billion Takeover Bid (CNET)
Sprint Nextel has filed a lawsuit against Dish Network and Clearwire seeking to prevent Dish’s takeover of the wireless broadband provider.
Fairfax Magazines to Close NZ Tech Titles (techday / The Channel)
Fairfax Magazines will resign the licenses, owned by IDG, to publish technology titles Computerworld, Reseller News and PC World in New Zealand. In a press release sent out to the media late Monday, the organization says the decision is based on changes driven by the current economic climate.
MelissaBronson not really, TV is more interested in giving their journalists a “personality” rather than delivering the news straight
skhorn Yes, if their sponsors and bosses allow them to be.
Doug Millison Not with the happy talk crap they broadcast.
Dan Haugen No.