Morning Media Newsfeed: TWC Drops CBS Briefly | Zealot to No. 1 on Amazon | Reuters’ Twitter Hacked

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Time Warner Temporarily Removes CBS in Major Cities (NYT)
CBS stations were temporarily removed from cable systems in millions of homes in major cities — including New York and Los Angeles — about midnight on Monday, after protracted negotiations between CBS and Time Warner Cable over fees collapsed. In statements, each side blamed the other. The Consumerist In a bizarre coda to a story full of misinformation and bad math from both sides, the TWC blackout only lasted about 30 minutes, with the cable company explaining, “At the request of CBS, we have halted going dark on their channels.” Good to know that these titans of industry care enough to be this fickle with deadlines and consumers’ viewing options. TVNewser “We are now at war with Time Warner Cable,” CBS CEO Les Moonves said to the LA Times’ Joe Flint. “The outrageous demands for fees by CBS Corporation have forced Time Warner Cable to remove several of its networks,” TWC said in a statement. LA Times / Company Town Although squabbles between programmers and distributors are fairly common, seldom does it reach a point that a signal gets taken off the air, especially in big markets such as Los Angeles and New York. Deadline New York Time Warner Cable now says it has agreed to yet another extension with CBS “while we continue negotiations.” This moves the deadline to Friday, Aug. 2 at 5 p.m. ET.

Reza Aslan Hits No. 1 After Fox News Interview (GalleyCat)
Following a surreal interview with Fox News religion correspondent Lauren Green, religious scholar and author Reza Aslan hit the No. 1 spot on Amazon with Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. NYT The nearly 10-minute video clip quickly entered the Internet bloodstream on Saturday after it was posted on BuzzFeed with the irresistibly clickable headline, “Is This The Most Embarrassing Interview Fox News Has Ever Done?” Since then, the BuzzFeed page featuring the video has been viewed nearly four million times. New Republic It is not surprising that BuzzFeed would leverage this best. As I reported in a New Republic story about the site a year ago, its presence on social media, its clean layout, and its editorial philosophy of shearing most context from tidbits of news and giving readers just the thing itself — all make the site immaculately positioned to capitalize on the new news economy, in which readers increasingly find things like this video not by subscribing to or regularly visiting specific blogs or websites, but by happening upon independent articles shared via social media like Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Even as Aslan benefits from all the publicity stemming from this embarrassing interview, the whole disaster amounts to grist for a Fox News apology. Book authors, like everyone else, deserve tough questions about their work. These, however, weren’t tough questions. They were dumb, loaded, prejudicial ones.

Thomson Reuters Twitter Account Is Hacked (WSJ / Digits)
The main Twitter account of news outlet Thomson Reuters was taken over Monday, apparently by the Syrian Electronic Army group that has hacked other news organizations. “Earlier today @thomsonreuters was hacked,” a spokesman for the news organization said in an email late Monday. “In this time, unauthorized individuals have posted fabricated tweets of which Thomson Reuters is not the source. The account has been suspended and is currently under investigation.” AllThingsD The attackers managed to tweet links to at least seven images, mostly pro-Assad political cartoons. The latest attack may indicate a new operational phase by the group, which supports the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s 28-month-old civil war.