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Fox News Website Defaced, ‘Internal Production Problem’ to Blame (The Verge)
Fox News’ website briefly appeared to be defaced Tuesday afternoon in what the network is calling an “internal production problem.” For several minutes, the site’s foremost story was changed to the headline “WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE,” with the blurb beneath it reading, “STUFF YO.” Another headline read, “HERE IS SOME STUFF FO YO,” but the website — aside from what were seemingly a few display glitches — was otherwise untouched. Even the headlines regarding zombies and Apple’s “Maverick Sea Lion” were actually old stories that had been resurfaced. NY Observer Fox News addressed the glitch on social media, tweeting, “As you may have seen, is having issues. It’s an internal production problem and will be fixed soon. #FoxNews” / The Buzz “During routine website maintenance, a home page prototype was accidently moved to the actual site,” Fox News’ chief digital officer, Jeff Misenti, said in a statement. “As with any mistake in testing, engineers noticed the error and quickly brought the site back to its normal function.” FishbowlNY We take back all the mean things we’ve ever said about Fox News. “WEEEEEEEEEEEEEE” and the simplistic, yet startling accurate “STUFF YO” is some of the most concrete reporting we’ve seen on the site in quite awhile., Nikki Finke Parting Ways (Deadline Hollywood)
Despite attempts by all to have it go otherwise, Nikki Finke will no longer be leading Deadline Hollywood, and she will not be writing weekend box office or filing stories going forward. This is an emotional and painful parting of the ways for us. We will be adding a few significant hires to our staff imminently and, though we will never completely replace Finke’s unique voice, we will continue ahead, charging hard, breaking every story possible. On behalf of everyone at PMC and Deadline Hollywood, we wish her well and appreciate the opportunity to have worked alongside her. WSJ / SpeakEasy Finke was let go by owner Jay Penske on Tuesday, she said in an interview, following her public dissatisfaction over the purchase last year by Penske’s Penske Media Corp. of the Hollywood trade publication Variety. Finke had expected to be put in charge of Variety, but instead the two news outlets have competed against each other for news and advertisers. “I have wanted to take my name off of Deadline for a long time,” Finke said. “Its journalism does not represent the kind of journalism I like doing. I want to tell the unvarnished truth about Hollywood.” FishbowlNY About 15 minutes after the post, Finke shared the first of several tweets about this expected but still, somehow, semi-shocking development. TheWrap “Jay Penske has just told me I am free to leave. He tried to buy my silence. No sale,” Finke tweeted on Tuesday evening. Defamer So what’s next for Finke? And more importantly — the question on everyone’s mind — when will launch? Per Finke, “Some people might not have wanted to leave the kind of money I’m leaving on the table, but I got a lot of money and all the sale money… so this is just a relief.”

Rob Ford Blames Reporters for Not Asking ‘Correct Questions’ About His Admitted Crack Use (Poynter / MediaWire)
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted Tuesday that he has smoked crack, “Probably in one of my drunken stupors.” Ford told reporters they didn’t ask him the correct questions. “For the record, Ford was asked many, many times in May and June whether he has ever smoked crack,” Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale tweeted. Vice In late July, an anonymous source approached Vice with claims that he had been hired by Amin Massoudi, the communications director for Ford, to hack into a website. More specifically, the source said he was asked by Massoudi to crack the password of a private online directory that allegedly contained a digital copy of the now infamous footage of Ford smoking a substance out of a crack pipe. Ford has, up until very recently, publicly doubted the existence of the video. PRNewser In terms of media relations and speechifying, we think you’ll agree that no one would ever tell a client to say a few of these things.