Morning Media Newsfeed: Hackers Applaud Sony | Fox News, FBN Pulled From Dish

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Hackers to Sony: We’ll Stand Down if You Never Release Movie (CNN)
The hackers behind a devastating cyberattack at Sony Pictures have sent a new message to executives at the company, crediting them for a “very wise” decision to cancel the Christmas day release of The Interview, a source close to the company said. TVNewser The emails, sent Thursday night, included the message “you’ve done the right thing.” The emails suggested information stolen during the hack could be released if Sony fails to ensure that the film is never seen. Re/code In an interview on NBC’s Meet The Press Sunday, David Boies, the studio’s lawyer, said The Interview will be released. “Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed,” he told NBC’s Chuck Todd, adding the studio is still trying to determine the best distribution outlet that would also ensure people’s safety. THR / AP North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack, warning of “serious” consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack. The proposal was seen by analysts as a typical ploy by the North to try to show that it is sincere, even though it knows the U.S. would never accept its offer for a joint investigation. U.S. officials blame North Korea for the hacking, citing the tools used in the Sony attack and previous hacks linked to the North, and have vowed to respond. TMZ According to sources connected with the studio, Judy Smith — the inspiration behind the Olivia Pope character on Scandal — has been quietly advising Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal.

Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network Pulled From Dish Network (TVNewser)
At 11:50 p.m. ET Saturday night, Dish network viewers lost Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network after negotiations on a new carriage agreement failed. Fox says Dish dropped the channel “prematurely.” Dish says “21st Century Fox blocked Dish customer access” to those channels. TVNewser Since late Saturday night, talks have stopped. Fox News EVP of distribution Tim Carry said, “our phone line is open, we’re willing to talk. Am I negotiating right now? I’m not.” Fox viewers, however, are fully engaged. Between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, more than 12,000 calls have been placed to Fox — and 7,000 of them asked to be connected to Dish to disconnect their service. The network reports 22,000 viewer emails have been sent to Dish to object to the Fox blackout, and viewers have swarmed the Dish Facebook page. THR Fox has shown in prior negotiations that it recognizes the strength of Fox News, which is the highest rated cable news channel, and it appears to be using that to try and expand the number of channels it licenses to Dish. Dish also said that it offered Fox a short-term extension of the current contract, but it was turned down. Dish has about 14 million subscribers. Variety Dish found itself at odds with both Time Warner’s Turner and CBS Corp., both of which resulted in brief outages of such popular cable outlets as CNN and Cartoon Network. CBS was briefly off Dish for a matter of hours earlier this month but was back on the system after the two parties came to terms quickly after the broadcast network went dark.

Candy Crowley Leaves State of The Union With Obama Exclusive (FishbowlDC)
After 27 years with CNN, Candy Crowley ended her stint at the network with a bang. In her final installment of State of The Union on Sunday, Crowley sat down for an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama. TVNewser The two discussed North Korea’s cyberattack on Sony Pictures, normalizing relations with Cuba, Russia, Iran, race relations in America and Guantanamo Bay. Obama told Crowley he doesn’t consider North Korea’s hack of Sony Pictures “an act of war” and went on to say ”It was an act of cybervandalism.” HuffPost Crowley announced in December that she would be leaving the network, keeping mum about her next move, saying only that she would “try something new.” TheWrap Crowley has been with CNN for 27 years, covering politics as a reporter, then assuming the role of host of State of The Union on Sundays in 2010. Crowley achieved a milestone in 2012, becoming the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in 20 years.