Around the town
CBS went off the air last night for Time Warner subscribers, after the network and cable company failed to agree on a new contract. But the network was back on Time Warner within the hour and the contract deadline has been extended until 5 pm on Friday. (New York Times)
After NBC announced it will create a Hilary Clinton miniseries, CNN announced a made-for-TV movie about the former secretary of state. (Politico)
The Daily Beast asks the important question: Is Diane Lane too sexy to play Hilary Clinton in NBC’s miniseries? (Daily Beast)
Around the town
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is getting sick of all the talk of second chances.
“You know there’s a been a lot of discussion about second chances in this race from former Congressman [Anthony] Weiner and the former governor [Eliot Spitzer],” said Ms. Quinn during an interview this morning on CNN with New Day’s Kate Bolduan.
Instead, she pointed to the fact that, if elected, she would become the city’s first female and first openly gay mayor.
Wisdom of Crowds
What are the boundaries between aggressive reporting and unethically obtaining information? For Bloomberg News, the distinction seems not to have existed. It turns out that reporters were able to monitor when and where executives from large companies had logged on to Bloomberg’s financial terminal. Former reporters told The New York Times (anonymously, of course) that Read More
super bowl ads
Earlier this week, CNN columnist John D. Sutter asked his readers to tell him which topics to cover. He posted an online poll with twenty stories and promised to report on the five stories that received the most votes.
“We’re asking the audience to be the assignment editors, basically,” Mr. Sutter told The Observer. The poll is part of Mr. Sutter’s “Change the List” project, which tries to call attention to stories that aren’t widely known because they’re “at the bottom of the list” of stories to cover.
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.
off the record
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. Read More
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: