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Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein has written a delightfully supportive open letter to Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, who is being questioned about Snowden leaks by UK MPs today. Additionally, despite his photo here, we still can only picture Mr. Bernstein as a young Dustin Hoffman. (The Guardian)
Papa Don't Preach
Any seasoned Valley-ite knows that the quickest way to startup success is to stock your board with influential, moneyed yes-men: that’ll at least guarantee you a seamless acquisition and subsequent absorption into a corporate borg should the business plan shrivel into dust.
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Yesterday, Edward Snowden revealed himself as the source of classified information on the National Security Agency for both the Washington Post and The Guardian.
Barton Gellman, the reporter who co-authored the Post‘s article on PRISM, wrote late last night that Mr. Snowden had originally approached him and insisted that the Post publish a classified Powerpoint presentation about PRISM. The Post refused to guarantee that, Mr. Gellman wrote, so Mr. Snowden then contacted The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald.
Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reports that Jeff Zucker, executive producer of the decently-rated if not world-beating new talk show Katie, may already be on his way out; the former NBC chief is said to be a candidate to take over CNN when current president Jim Walton’s contract expires at year’s end.
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Media Awards, Awards
Former NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker will be honored at the Center for Communication’s Annual Luncheon on Nov. 1, according to an update on the center’s website. At the ceremony Zucker will receive the Frank Stanton award for his work in media.
Zucker’s current work in media, however, is a bit up in Read More
The prince most often associated with polo is Harry, but at last night’s private screening of Secretariat in Wainscott, the prince getting all the polo players’ attention was Rare Prince, a handsome chestnut steed and a great-grandson of the triple-crown winner whose story the soon-to-be released Disney film chronicles. The kind-eyed horse, a former racehorse Read More
“Nobody is entitled to any job. Having said that, there’s probably never been a better time to be in this role at NBC Universal. Things are going incredibly well, and I’m excited to continue doing that, and looking forward to continuing to do that for quite some time.” — NBC Universal CEO Read More
Let the record show that Al Franken, freshman senator from Minnesota, bears little resemblance to Al Franken, onetime Saturday Night Live funnyman. At an otherwise genteel subcommittee grilling of the top executives from NBC Universal and Comcast over their proposed media mega-merger last week, Mr. Franken had none of the self-doubt of his famously sheepish Read More
Jay Leno jammed his hands in his suit pockets. He looked up at the crowd. No matter how much your network mucks things up, Mr. Leno had learned long ago, you still have to entertain the audience. After all, jokes about Tiger Woods’ penis don’t tell themselves.
“This week, the video game publisher Electronic Arts Read More
In the month of December, for the first time in modern history, CBS’ flagship station in New York, WCBS-2, scored a major victory at 11 p.m.—surging ahead among late night news viewers, and winning the entire month in total households with a 4.9 rating, narrowly topping the formidable WABC-7 newscast (4.8 rating) and trouncing Sue Read More