super bowl ads
By now, you’ve probably written your heated HuffPost post about how horrible those Nazis at Volkswagen are for coming up with such a racist commercial for the Super Bowl. (Actually, HuffPost already found a new racist Super Bowl ad; they have moved on.) The spot, which was leaked early–because who cares, they already paid their bazillions, so why not release it on YouTube days before the actual event? It will only generate more buzz that way!–features a Caucasian man with a Jamaican patois accent running around his office like Michael Scott in that one episode where he comes back from Sandals.
And it did generate “buzz,” so there’s that. Unfortunately, it was the kind of buzz that comes from a dozen angry blogger/Sean Paul bees flying towards your face.
James Carville and Mary Matalin, America’s favorite bipartisan power couple, are leaving CNN, Fishbowl DC reported this morning. Mr. Carville and Ms. Matalin were co-hosts of CNN’s Crossfire until 2005 and have been contributors to the network since.
“I was told that they wanted the contributors to be more available — essentially, closer to Washington,” Ragin’ Cajun Mr. Carville told Politico, noting that it was the network’s decision. ”I’m not always available, I don’t live there.” The couple primarily resides in New Orleans.
Jake Tapper, ABC’s senior White House correspondent, is leaving for CNN–where he will be the anchor of a new weekday program and CNN’s chief Washington correspondent.
The news was first reported in a press release from ABC that announced a number of staffing changes at the network.
CNN’s Rob Marciano, a comforting face during Hurricane Sandy, is moving away from weather coverage; the meteorologist is moving to Entertainment Tonight, where he’ll be breaking Kristen Stewart and The Voice news alongside Nancy O’Dell.
Mr. Marciano, who received a Peabody Award for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina, has a degree in meteorology from Cornell.
off the record
Time editor-at-large Fareed Zakaria has lately been the subject of much chatter among colleagues past and present—some of it rather unpleasant for the marquee pundit. And while Time and CNN have done a review of his work and are satisfied that no further issues remain, it doesn’t look like his problems are over just yet: Read More
Another day, another marquee writer who is bus-ted. The New York Times will sometimes respect their readers and the people they quote, and other times, have no respect for their readers and the people they quote. But they do have respect for learning, even if it’s something you should have learned as a child. They’re not the only one! Also, there’s no new news about Jay Penske pissing on some woman’s boots, so if that’s what you’re here for, enjoy the rest of your afternoon.
Otherwise, here are your Friday Evening Media Briefs:
In an email to journalist Andrew Sullivan, CNN host Anderson Cooper put an end to longstanding rumors by writing: “The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.” Mr. Cooper’s orientation had of late been the topic of discussion–the TV Read More
Technically, Scripps-Howard isn’t a network so much as a series of networks, but the point is: Anthony Bourdain is taking his act on the road, away from the Travel Channel and to CNN. There are no more No Reservations to be had. The ratings-troubled cable news network probably ponied up some decent cash for Bourdain (and Reservations‘ production company, Zero Point Zero) to come their way. Something that also may have helped? The fact that the Travel Channel was purchased by Scripps-Howard in 2009, and Bourdain has never been one to mince words about the Scripps’ networks stable of culinary stars.
QUESTIONS THAT ARE NOT RHETORICAL
Just a few days after Gawker introduced their recent and short-lived foray into corporate espionage-cum-pranksterism in the form of The Fox News Mole, one Joe Muto found himself on CNN, speaking with Howard Kurtz on Reliable Sources about the week he’d just had. In that interview, he explained that he was “completely blackballed within the cable news industry after working at FOX News,” which is to say nothing of how his job prospects might be now (“it’s pretty safe to say my career in cable news is over”). Is it, though?
Many a New Yorker’s deep-seated and very specific air-travel related fear—a bird flying into the engine after takeoff, causing an emergency landing a la Sully—just manifested into reality for not just one, but a high-profile CNN contributor and a Fox News contributor, both of whom lived to Tweet another day.