An MSNBC power-flack is leaving the network after weathering publicity storms like the departure of Keith Olbermann. Why would he want to leave a job like that? Also, Colin Myler is having one hell of a Monday, a former Observer reporter has resurfaced, and a Conde Nast legend has passed away. Here is your Monday lunchtime Media Brief:
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?
“THIS IS NOT SOME OPINION! This is a mathematical fact!”
In a now-infamous Despite viewing Mr. Bloomberg as a mentor, Mr. Ratigan took issue with the mayor’s handling of the Occupy Wall Street protests, which Mr. Ratigan supported and It’s another reason he doesn’t necessarily consider himself a journalist. “I’m an advocate who hosts a Read More
Occupy Wall Street
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was practically giddy with excitement this Saturday morning. Not only had the morning news host snagged retired Philadelphia police Captain Ray Lewis (whose arrest during Occupy Wall Street’s “Day of Action” last week made for some great copy and even better photojournalism), but he was able to start off his segment with a bunch of Star Wars references. Zoinkers!
Last night MSNBC host Thomas Roberts introduced Meghan McCain as a “newly appointed MSNBC contributor.”
“I didn’t know it was going to be announced,” she said.
Ms. McCain, a Daily Beast columnist and the daughter of Senator John McCain, was brought on to talk about the GOP field.
On Friday afternoon, Chris Hayes was in his new office at 30 Rock, trying to reconcile two sets of data involving U.S. household debt. He wanted to make a chart to use on an upcoming episode of Up With Chris Hayes, his ambitious, month-old MSNBC show, and he had just half an hour before his Read More
off the record
Say what you will about the drugs and the drum circles, the Occupy Wall Street movement has brought out a more radical side of Dylan Ratigan, MSNBC’s straight-laced global finance correspondent and weekday afternoon anchor.
Mr. Ratigan was down at Zuccotti Park most of last weekend, interviewing participants and chatting them up about his Read More
Occupy Wall Street
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Two months in, Occupy Wall Street media coverage has swelled from a fringe movement to the importance of a daily beat. To guide you through this media saturation, the Observer presents the best stories and angles from the worldwide OWS news desk, including coverage of the media “blackout” when the protests began in September. (But be sure to check out our coverage as well.)
The New York Times “With Generators Gone, Wall Street Protestors Try Bicycle Power“
What’s in a name? A lot, if it happens to be Touré: not only did the young Rolling Stone writer and MSNBC contributor deliver a passionate takedown of 9/11 coverage on Dylan Ratigan last week, but in the days that followed, he’s also managed to a) Start a Twitterversy about what your tipping percent says about you as a person, b) release a book about what it means to be black in today’s culture, c) and announce that he’ll be co-authoring Nas’ memoir. Last night in Brooklyn’s Greenlight bookstore, Touré celebrated the release of his latest book Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness. Hosted by Terry McMillian, the party got hot amidst the crushing fans all trying to squeeze their way into the Forte Greene venue.
Tamika Mallory, the 31-year-old executive director of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, has some words of warning for African-American reporters. On Friday, Mallory wrote a column titled “Time For Black Journalists To Stop Criticizing Rev. Sharpton.”
Mallory’s column, which was published on NewsOne.com and linked on National Action Network’s web site, was addressed Read More