off the record
For the olds: Bill Murray, a comedian and actor you know from Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters and Wes Anderson movies, did a Charlie Rose interview to talk about his personal life philosophy and how that leads him to do crazy pranks, as well as his role in The Monuments Men (for which he did not read the book by Robert Edsel, bout heard about it once while eating pasta, so there you go).
Around the town
On Monday night, PBS aired an interview between Charlie Rose and President Barack Obama. Earlier that afternoon, PBS sent an email to some 50 news organizations with a transcript of the interview. The transcript was embargoed until 11 p.m., when the interview was scheduled to air on the network. It was sent as a courtesy, so that journalists could write stories about it ahead of time and be ready to publish as soon as the interview aired.
But not all recipients honored the embargo: BuzzFeed Politics published an excerpt of the transcript at 4 p.m., scooping Mr. Rose on his own interview.
Yesterday, PBS sent an email to some 50 news organizations with information about an interview that would air on Charlie Rose later that night, noting that the information was embargoed until after the show aired at 11 pm. Buzzfeed published information about the interview anyway, scooping Mr. Rose on his own interview.
This upset many journalists, including NBC’s Chuck Todd, who naturally took to Twitter to complain. Others, including Commentary‘s John Podhoretz and Buzzfeed editor in chief Ben Smith, insisted that an embargo must be mutually agreed upon, not unilaterally imposed. Just because PBS said the information was embargoed didn’t mean it necessarily was. Soon, the Twitter debate descended into bickering about journalistic ethics. Not bad for a Monday night. (Twitter/Buzzfeed)
Is waking up to Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning and ending a hectic weekday by watching Mr. Rose’s interview show just not enough Mr. Rose?
Good news: starting in July, PBS viewers will be able to kick off their weekends with the well-respected newsman. Charlie Rose Weekend , a new 30 minute series hosted by Mr. Rose, will air on Fridays at 8:30, the non-profit public broadcasting service (funded by “viewers like you”) announced this morning.
In the kind of grand-scale symbolism achievable only in this great city of ours, ordinary folks throughout Manhattan might have surmised from the Empire State Building being gussied up in blue, with red and white on the tippy-top (cop car, siren), that the swells who support the New York City Police Foundation were putting on Read More
The Lunch CROWD
You’ve already heard about Alec Baldwin’s really crummy couple of days, which were kicked off on Tuesday when he allegedly snatched a camera (and possibly punched) New York Daily News photographer Marcus Santos. Really? You haven’t? That’s weird, because the Daily News is all over this, putting the picture of an enraged Jack Donaghy on the cover of yesterday’s paper and keeping this story fresh in the headlines.
Now, this would have just been another Words with Friends mini-drama–something to be joshed about in good nature at some later date–which in PR terms is called “getting in front” of a negative media story. Unfortunately, Mr. Baldwin decided to get on top of his problem: running over several reporters on his bike, dropping his pants on Letterman, hitting Bill Clinton while riding on the sidewalk, and airing his political conspiracy theories on Charlie Rose. Looks like someone is trying to get Bret Easton Ellis to notice them!
In the house
Peggy Siegel’s tennis group was here Monday. A bevy of blondes and one or two brunettes took over a round center table in the Grill. I delivered a pink-and-plum-colored spring bouquet to their table, because I decided the ladies deserved some fresh florals. You can tell spring is in the air because half of the Read More
The best part of the day comes around 2:00 or so in the afternoon, when our Twitter feed is temporarily dominated by tweets from @michaelsnewyork. Michael’s, the bastion of the media/politics/finance power lunch, has made a successful and entertaining leap into the world of social media with its Twitter account, which will report Read More
As part of his media tour to promote the paperback version of his book, Fooling Some of the People All of the Time: A Long Short Story, Greenlight Capital head David Einhorn appeared on Charlie Rose to talk about how messed up the economy is. In response to questions about whether Lehman Brothers Read More
There have been some excellent, low-voice, black-room Charlie Rose interviews this year, as always. Just last month, in fact, there was one with troubled financier Steven Rattner. He was back last night, but this time he had spectacles on. Another difference is that his disgust for New York State Attorney General and Governor-Elect Read More