Morning Media Newsfeed: NYT‘s Embargo Fiasco | AOL EIC Out | SpaghettiOs’ Tweet

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NYT Scoops Itself (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
The New York Times had a “groundbreaking” story, and the Las Vegas Sun published it first. Just before 8 p.m. on Sunday, New York Times political editor (and soon-to-be Washington bureau chief) Carolyn Ryan announced via Twitter that her paper had “a very unusual, groundbreaking” story due for publication later that evening. “I can’t say too much but it’ll make u rethink- well, I should stop. Stay tuned,” she wrote. Ryan’s tease gave way to a torrent of inquiries and speculation from fellow journalists — the hashtag #nytguesses became a popular meme. Gawker As time paused for Ryan, the Las Vegas Sun, a subscriber to the New York Times wire, found the story slug and eventually published the full piece on the Sun website around 8 p.m. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski noticed that the Times News Service’s raw budget appeared on the website of the Las Vegas Sun, and that one story sure seemed to fit the bill, as described by Ryan. The Sun appears to have violated its contract with Times News Service. Toward the bottom of the budget, a paragraph stipulates that sharing the document constitutes a violation of the contract terms. Just after midnight the Sun pulled the story and apologized, appropriately, via Twitter. Facebook / Las Vegas Sun “Due to a technical problem, the Las Vegas Sun prematurely published a New York Times News Service story Sunday on the Sun’s website. The problem occurred when a new wire feed that the Sun implemented last week failed to recognize that the story was embargoed for publication at a later time. The Sun has pulled the story from its site and apologizes for this inadvertent error.”

AOL Editor-in-Chief to Exit (NY Post)
More turmoil seems to be engulfing AOL. The latest is that AOL editor-in-chief Cyndi Stivers is said to be exiting. She only joined in May. One source said it is a “slow fire” which suggests it won’t go public until next year. FishbowlNY The news of Stivers being let go comes after AOL dropped 20 staffers, mostly from the editorial side of’s homepage. Capital New York AOL is in the process of hashing out a new content strategy for its homepage. The strategy will emphasize video, which is becoming an increasingly favored medium industry-wide because of the higher advertising rates it commands. Earlier last week, the company announced it had hired an HGTV executive as head of programming and executive producer of

Uh-Oh, SpaghettiOs Trolls Pearl Harbor Day, Sparks Outrage, Apologizes (Digiday)
Campbell Soup brand SpaghettiOs has a rather quiet Twitter account. It has just 11,000 followers and its typical tweet gets little, if any reaction. Not surprising considering it posts just a few times a week and favors close-up shots of the product in action. That all changed Friday night when SpaghettiOs decided to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor by tweeting an image of its mascot, Mr. O, holding an American flag, grinning maniacally and assuming a rather defiant left-arm akimbo stance. Marketing Land Suffice to say, asking Americans to remember one of the worst attacks on their country by a foreign power by sharing a picture of a giant, smiling piece of pasta waving an American flag probably wasn’t wise. Time / NewsFeed Social media fired back with an outpour of criticism from folks who found the ad distasteful and disrespectful. The brand has since pulled the tweet and issued an apology. USA Today / AP A representative for Campbell Soup Co., which owns SpaghettiOs, said Saturday that the message had been deleted.