Morning Media Newsfeed: Fox’s 49th Quarter Win | 60 Minutes Owns Up | RIP, @ColbertReport

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2014 Ratings: Fox News No. 1 for 49th Consecutive Quarter (TVNewser)
Fox News finishes its 49th consecutive quarter and 147th consecutive month as the top-rated cable news network, besting the competition in both total day and primetime during the first quarter of 2014. In addition to delivering cable news’ top 14 programs in total viewers and top seven programs in the adults 25-54 demographic, Fox News was the only cable news network to grow compared to the year-ago quarter. Despite a strong March for CNN, MSNBC held on to the second-place spot among the cable news networks in both total day and primetime. HuffPost The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was one of the biggest stories of the month, and CNN — whose obsessive coverage of the plane has brought it both ratings victories and repeated criticism — reaped the rewards in March. The network beat MSNBC in weekday primetime in the demo at the end of the quarter, averaging 240,000 viewers in the 25-54 category to MSNBC’s 201,000. Those numbers represent a 71 percent increase in the demo compared to March 2013. Variety The numbers come as MSNBC pushed hard during the period to cover the “Bridgegate” scandal surrounding New Jersey governor Chris Christie, and they raise the question of whether CNN will be able to sustain its March momentum when and if the MH 370 story loses the interest of news audiences.

60 Minutes Apologizes for Audio Editing in Tesla Report (TVNewser)
60 Minutes has apologized for an editing error in Scott Pelley‘s feature on Tesla founder Elon Musk Sunday night. As an electric car, the Tesla Model S doesn’t make a typical engine noise, so the editor added some sound for effect. Many of the 14 million viewers, including auto blog Jalopnik, picked up on it. HuffPost / AP Spokesman Kevin Tedesco said Tuesday that the loud car audio had been edited out of the online version of the story on Musk. Anchor Scott Pelley reported the story, and CBS said he wasn’t aware of the added audio ahead of time. PCMag CBS didn’t say outright that loud engine sounds were added to the footage of the famously near-silent Model S. But the admission that there was an “error” in editing seems to indicate the audio was inserted after filming rather than captured from a second vehicle riding alongside the Tesla sedan. Mashable The admission is another black mark against 60 Minutes, coming in the wake of criticism of a segment on the NSA that some found soft, and the suspension of Lara Logan for a report on the deaths of U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, which a CBS executive called “as big a mistake as there has been” in the show’s history.

@ColbertReport Deleted (The Daily Beast / Cheat Sheet)
In a segment with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone Monday, Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert deleted his show’s @ColbertReport Twitter account. The move came after the satirical host came under fire for a tweet about Asians from that account — which was taken out of context and led to a campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #CancelColbert. CBS News Colbert also defended himself against people who believe that he is racist beyond the Twitter debacle. The original tweet that set the “interwebs” aflame included a joke he made on his show last week, but failed to provide any context for those who had not seen the episode the joke was part of. The tweet, which has since been deleted, read: “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” LA Times / Show Tracker Some Twitter users thought the joke was offensive to Asian Americans, and within hours the hashtag #CancelColbert was a top trending subject on the social media website after Thursday’s broadcast. Colbert humorously referred to the controversy on his personal Twitter account, @StephenAtHome but waited until Monday night to issue a full response — and that he did, taking to task Comedy Central executives, the anonymous Web editor responsible for the problematic tweet, conservative pundit Michelle Malkin and the entire news media. Mediaite Colbert sent out one last tweet directing users to follow his Twitter handle @StephenAtHome before allowing Stone to kill the offending account. @StephenAtHome remains active with its 6.14 million followers intact, but historically at least, the account has served a very different purpose from @ColbertReport. Colbert’s personal account has mostly featured jokes with occasional plugs for The Colbert Report. By contrast, @ColbertReport served as the show’s marketing arm on Twitter, sending out links to segments, promoting upcoming guests and more.