Morning Media Newsfeed: Alec Baldwin Suspended | Jay Rosen Joins NewCo | Doris Lessing Dead at 94

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MSNBC Suspends Alec Baldwin’s Up Late for Two Weeks (TVNewser)
MSNBC has suspended Alec Baldwin after he called a photographer a “c**ksucking f*g.” His outburst has been criticized as homophobic and anti-gay. In a statement posted on MSNBC.com, Baldwin apologized for his remarks. NYT He wrote: “I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have — and for that I am deeply sorry. Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable. Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support.” Capital New York Up Late has only been on the channel for a month, so a two-week hiatus is significant. The former 30 Rock actor has a history of public outbursts, but said before his MSNBC program began that the channel knew what it was getting into when it hired him. HuffPost Baldwin: “Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now. My producers and I had a very enlightening and well-researched program prepared to air on Nov. 22 itself, dealing with John Kennedy’s assassination. That show is off the air now. I am deeply apologetic to Ron Fried, who worked extremely hard with me on that show.” TheWrap Baldwin came under fire from CNN newsman Anderson Cooper, who accused Baldwin of making “ridiculous” excuses. “Wow, Alec Baldwin shows his true colors yet again,” Cooper wrote Friday. “How is he going to lie and excuse his anti-gay slurs this time?” TVSpy Robert Moses, reporter for New York Fox-owned station WNYW was confronted and threatened by Baldwin Friday morning. TVSpy Hours after confronting Moses, Baldwin continued his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, this time accusing WNYW reporter Linda Schmidt of hitting his wife in the face with a mic.

Jay Rosen Joins The Greenwald-Omidyar Thing (Poynter / MediaWire)
New York University professor Jay Rosen announced Sunday he has joined Glenn Greenwald’s new journalism venture, which is being funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. They’re calling it NewCo for now, Rosen writes, and his involvement signals a change in his professional endeavors. PressThink / Jay Rosen Rosen: “Because it doesn’t exist yet, NewCo could take many forms. Only a handful of those possible paths will lead to a strong and sustainable company that meets a public need. Figuring that out is a hard problem, to which I am deeply attracted. So I signed up to be part of the launch team. This post explains why I made that decision and what I hope to contribute.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media As Rosen notes, he doesn’t “have credentials as an editor or a reporter.” He’s an academic and a critic, and one who made a name for himself railing against the idea that media objectivity can even exist. (A view Greenwald shares.) Instead, his role will be to “advise on building the company and participate in planning discussions.” He will also “explain [the site’s] approach to journalism in written pieces.” The New Inquiry A look at the history of Omidyar’s profit-driven philanthropic ventures does not support his faith in social enterprise, and raises doubts about the prospects for the new journalism venture.

Doris Lessing Has Died (GalleyCat)
Nobel-prize winning author Doris Lessing has died. She was 94. According to reports, she died peacefully at her home in London. BBC News Her best-known works include The Golden Notebook, Memoirs of a Survivor and The Summer Before the Dark. She became the oldest winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature when in 2007 she won the award for her life’s work. NPR / The Two-Way “Doris’ long life and career were great gifts to world literature,” said Nicholas Pearson, her editor at Harper Collins, in a statement. “She wrote across a variety of genres and made an enormous cultural impact.” NYT As a writer, from colonial Africa to modern London, Lessing scrutinized relationships between men and women, social inequities and racial divisions. As a woman, she pursued her own interests and desires, professional, political and sexual. Seeking what she considered a free life, she abandoned two young children. Still, Salon, in an interview with Lessing in 1997, said that “with her center-parted hair that’s pulled back into a bun and her steely eyes, she seems like a tightly wound earth mother.”