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It’s an unhappy holiday over at Time Inc.: CEO Joe Ripp has lowered the corporate match on contributions to the 401(k) plan by two percent, and there are rumors that on Dec. 9, at the company’s quarterly management meeting, Mr. Ripp will announce a plan to to cut $125 million in costs from the budget next year. (New York Post)
Something strange was going on over at FoxNews.com this afternoon.
The site’s top story—what appeared to be video of yesterday’s New Jersey shooting incident—was oddly captioned with the headline, “WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE,” followed by the sub-head “STUFF YO.” Furthermore, clicking on the link to the video just generated a blank, white box.
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Usually when we are slacking off at work, we try to be surreptitious about it. You know, Words with Friends on our iPhones under the desk and so forth. Not so Shepard Smith, who is using his position as Fox News’s Relevancy Expert (“Keeping our thin rope to reality from severing completely and launching us into orbit!” is, we believe, the tagline of his show,) to use the brand new high tech room and its bizarre, gigantic Windows tablets to show the world how much he loves the addicting app Candy Crush. For five minutes.
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Lloyd Grove calls Pierre Omidyar Investigative Journalism’s New Patron Saint (Daily Beast)
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Sports team owner/venture capitalist/all-around rich guy Ted Leonsis—who may or may not have been approached to buy The Washington Post before its sale to Jeff Bezos—says that if he did own WaPo, he would hold an intervention “like [you would if] you have a family friend who has a drinking problem or a drug problem.” Mr. Leonsis said: “They have to say ‘we’re not that important anymore and what we’ve been doing hasn’t been working.’ This core model based on print isn’t going to work.” (Politico)
Fox News sources are firing back against both Brian Lewis, the recently-fired Fox News executive vice president of communications widely reported to be Fox News chief Roger Ailes’s right-hand man, and Gabriel Sherman, a New York magazine contributing editor and the author of The Loudest Voice in the Room, a forthcoming book about Mr. Ailes and the rise of Fox News.
Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Mr. Lewis was hammering out details of a separation agreement with the network after he was “fired and escorted from his office last month over what insiders are calling financial issues and other performance problems.”
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is going to primetime, according to an exclusive item on Drudge Report.
Over at Fox News, however, Ms. Kelly’s potential show is much less clear.
Howard Kurtz is going over to Fox News, where he will anchor Fox News Watch, a weekend program that focuses on the media, the network announced this morning after Mediaite broke the story. During the week, Mr. Kurtz will also be an on-air analyst and write a regular column on media for FoxNews.com.
“Howie is the most accomplished media reporter in the country. He’s also a master of social media trends, information good and bad, and a veteran political reporter,” Fox executive vice president of news Michael Clemente said in the announcement. “Altogether, he will add even greater depth to a very accomplished team of reporters and anchors.”
Just five months after parting ways with FOX News, Sarah Palin has announced that she will return to the network giant as a contributor on both daytime and primetime programming. In a press release, Roger Ailes noted his “great confidence” in the former Vice Presidential candidate, along with the hope that she “continues to speak Read More
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Faced with criticism over the government’s secret spying on the Associated Press and Fox News, President Barack Obama has tried to burnish his free-press bona fides by pushing for the passage of a federal shield law to protect journalists and their confidential sources.
Without the protection of a shield law, journalists can be held in contempt of court and sent to jail for refusing to testify in court about anything—including their sources.
That is what happened to Judith Miller, the New York Times journalist who was jailed in 2005 after she refused to reveal her confidential source to a federal grand jury investigating the Valerie Plame scandal. More recently, Fox News reporter Jana Winter was threatened with jail time after she refused to reveal her source on a story about the Aurora, Colo., shooting to a judge in Colorado.