The Media’s Freaky Friday

Something must have bee in the air on Friday as the media industry was hit with a series of scandals

Something must have bee in the air on Friday as the media industry was hit with a series of scandals and shakeups. Here’s what you missed if you weren’t paying attention to the day’s insanity.

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It all began early in the morning when a recent college grad named Simmi Aujla published a story on Politico that uncovered a series of political contributions made by MSNBC host Keith Olbermann in violation of the network’s ethics policy.

Aujla’s story led MSNBC to suspend Olbermann and name Chris Hayes as his replacement, but within an hour, Hayes was out amid revelations that he also donated to political campaigns.

The news about Olbermann and Hayes prompted Yahoo’s Michael Calderone to identify several other media figures who have made campaign contributions.

MSNBC’s mess may have dominated the headlines, but it was hardly the only major media story on Friday.

Shortly before five o’clock, Keith Kelly broke the news that U.S. News & World Report will be shutting down its weekly print magazine after over 60 years. At least some staffers were apparently blindsided by the announcement.

There were also a pair of high-level departures at Essence and, the local D.C. news site run by Albritton.

At Essence, editor-in-chief Angela Burt-Murray told staffers that she is leaving the company to relocate to Atlanta with her family. Sheryl Tucker will serve as an interim replacement for Burt-Murray. At TBD, top editor Jim Brady is out after ongoing creative differences with his Albritton overlords.

Clearly, everybody in the media business needs to go home and relax this weekend. It’s been one hell of a week.

The Media’s Freaky Friday