Morning Media Newsfeed: David Carr Dies at 58 | AJ Journalists Freed

New York Times media columnist David Carr dies at 58. Al Jazeera journalists freed on bail. These stories and more in today's Morning Media Newsfeed

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David Carr, Times Critic And Champion of Media, Dies at 58 (NYT)
David Carr, a writer who wriggled away from the demon of drug addiction to become an unlikely name-brand media columnist at The New York Times, and the star of a documentary about the newspaper, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 58. TVNewser “He was the finest media reporter of his generation,” said executive editor Dean Baquet. “He was our biggest champion, and his unending passion for journalism and for truth will be missed by his family at the Times, by his readers around the world, and by people who love journalism.” The Daily Beast According to Baquet, Carr collapsed in the paper’s newsroom in Midtown Manhattan and died after being rushed by ambulance to nearby Roosevelt Hospital. The cause of death had not been determined late Thursday night, Baquet told The Daily Beast in a brief phone conversation. Adweek Carr chronicled his long-running struggles with substance abuse in a candid 2008 memoir called The Night of The Gun. In the book and its associated website, Carr described how addictions to cocaine and alcohol initially derailed his family life, but his hard road to sobriety allowed him to reunite with his twin daughters, raise another daughter with his wife and achieve great success in his career. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In a statement, publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. called Carr “one of the most gifted journalists who has ever worked at the Times.” NYT A.O. Scott: For a while, a few years ago, there was a weekly video on the Times‘ website called The Sweet Spot, taped during off hours in the cafeteria on the 14th floor. The idea was that it would be an informal, incisive discussion of various developments in the world of culture and media. Sometimes it managed to live up to its name, and sometimes it didn’t, but for me the show — or webcast, or schmooze fest, or whatever it was — had a much simpler reason for being: It guaranteed that I would have a few hours a week in the company of David Carr. For anyone who cared about journalism, there was simply no better place to be. FishbowlDC Long before he took over the 4 p.m. hour on CNN, Jake Tapper was scraping together a living at the Washington City Paper. His boss — his first as a legit newspaper reporter — was Carr, who would quickly become a mentor, then a legend. He was the Times’ media columnist, but was so much more. We talked with Tapper several years ago for our “So What Do You Do?” series. NYT Carr was often more quotable than the personalities he wrote about. His plainspoken style was sometimes blunt and searingly honest about himself. The effect was both folksy and sophisticated, a voice from a shrewd and well-informed skeptic. Here’s a selection of his writing and public statements.

Imprisoned Al Jazeera Journalists Freed, Pending Retrial (TVNewser)
Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, who had been imprisoned in Egypt, were released on bail on Thursday as they await a retrial. Fahmy and Mohamed are accused of supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Al Jazeera A retrial was ordered by the country’s Court of Cassation last month, overturning a lower court’s verdict that had falsely found them guilty of helping the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group. “Bail is a small step in the right direction, and allows Baher and Mohamed to spend time with their families after 411 days apart,” an Al Jazeera spokesman said on Thursday. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Mohamed and Fahmy are two of a group of Al Jazeera journalists, including Australian Peter Greste, who were imprisoned more than a year ago in Egypt for allegedly “spreading false news, belonging to a terrorist organization and operating without a permit.” Al Jazeera and the journalists have vehemently denied the charges and their plight kicked off the worldwide campaign #FreeAJStaff. NYT The release followed the publication this week of a previously undisclosed opinion by Egypt’s highest appeals court condemning the journalists’ conviction as baseless when it ordered a retrial at the beginning of this year. The release also comes at a time when the Egyptian government appears to be trying to allay some of the international criticism it has received over a series of harsh and hasty criminal convictions issued during a crackdown on dissent after the military takeover in July 2013. HuffPost / AP A solution was found for Greste when he was deported two weeks ago to his great relief.