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  • August 11, 2005
    By webteam
    Here's the way to look at the news that former FCC chairman Michael (son of Colin) Powell FCC -- who preached the mantra of free markets and money when it came to regulating media ownership -- is joining a big equity operation with media-related holdings. This piece is written by Jeff Chester, executive director for the Center for Digital Democracy CDD whose upcoming book "Digital Destiny" reviews Powell's FCC career.

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  • August 11, 2005
    By webteam
    Whole forests are being chopped down to satisfy the punditocracy's need to comment on columnist/commentator Robert Novak's role in revealing the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Novak did little to dampen interest by staging a hissy fit and walking off a CNN set last week, in what many observers saw as a contrived and premeditated effort to avoid being questioned about his role in the Plame scandal.

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  • August 10, 2005
    By webteam
    Anybody interested in the life and times of Abe Hirschfeld, who the New York Times described as "a millionaire" and "an eccentric," has probably already read his obit today. During his brief and anarchic 1993 stint as owner of the New York Post, his staff expressed its displeasure by, among other things, publishing a page 1 illustration of the paper's founder, Alexander Hamilton, shedding a tear at the prospect of Hirschfeld's stewardship.

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  • August 10, 2005
    By webteam
    For a decade, from the mid-90's until last year, the Boston Herald newsroom was run by editor Andrew Costello, a respected newsman, and a quiet unassuming guy with no appetite for the spolight. Along with managing editor Andrew Gully (who soon followed him out the door), Costello operated a pretty sober and serious tabloid that competed mightly and often successfully with the Globe on the local news and sports battlefields.

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  • August 09, 2005
    By webteam
    Media Log briefly mentioned this tragic/bizarre incident last week, but the story just won't go away. On July 27 Arthur Teele, a former Miami Commissioner under indictment, killed himself in the lobby of The Miami Herald shortly after speaking to Herald columnist Jim DeFede and just as a weekly paper, the Miami New Times, was publishing a salacious story about his penchant for sex, drugs, and corruption under the inflammatory headline "Tales of Teele: Sleaze Stories."

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  • August 08, 2005
    By webteam
    As pointed out in last week's Phoenix story on the dismissal of "Connection" host Dick Gordon, ("Dis-Connection") WBUR had talked about flat rating numbers as one reason for the decision, but declined to provide numbers.

    Still, an old station document that was reported on in that story showed the the program's total audience rose from 520,800 in the spring of 2001 to 666,400 in the fall of 2001 (when 9/11 occurred).

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  • August 08, 2005
    By webteam
    While maybe not quite villified by the right the way that Dan Rather was, it's worth recalling today that Jennings and ABC News were also frequent targets of conservatives who make a living yelling about liberal media bias. This is what one of his primary antagonists, the conservative Media Research Center, had to say about Jennings on the occasion of his death: Media Research Center

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  • August 08, 2005
    By webteam
    Obviously, the big news today is the death of Peter Jennings, who succumbed to lung cancer at age 67, only four months after releasing the news of his condition. (At the time, a number of stories on Jennings expressed concern that the fact that he was opting for chemotherapy instead of surgery was probably a bad sign.) ABC News on Jennings's death

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  • August 05, 2005
    By webteam
    When last we visited the saga of Howard Manly in late July, he had abruptly departed his job as Boston Herald op-ed columnist. And although rumors had him headed to The Boston Banner, publisher Mel Miller clammed up when Media Log asked if he planned on hiring Manly. (Although he did say Manly was helping him produce a special publication marking the paper's 40th anniversary.

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  • August 05, 2005
    By webteam
    WBUR has taken something of a public relations pounding the last few days now that fired "Connection" host Dick Gordon is fighting back against station management. (See "Dis-Connection" in this week's Phoenix as well as today's op-ed piece by Gordon in the Globe.) Gordon op-ed.

    Anyway, the public radio station gets to change the subject with this announcement about weekend programming changes starting tomorrow.

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  • August 05, 2005
    By webteam
    This has been nothing if not a traumatic year over at One Herald Square. Publisher Patrick Purcell announced he was seeking $7 million in cuts -- which led to the departures of dozens of veteran staffers and an agreement that allowed the Herald to use non-union content from its Community Newspaper Co. (CNC) employees. In addition, there were rumors that he might sell the company, with Chicago Sun-Times owner Hollinger International mentioned as the most likely buyer.

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  • August 05, 2005
    By webteam
    Just for the record, here's CNN's official statement on Novak's conniption.

    “Bob Novak's behavior on CNN today was inexcusable and unacceptable. Mr. Novak has apologized to CNN, and CNN apologizes to its viewers for his language and actions. We've asked Mr Novak to take some time off,” said a CNN spokeswoman.
  • August 05, 2005
    By webteam
    The plot sickens one day after Bob Novak staged his infamous live-TV walkoff from CNN's "Inside Politics" yesterday while uttering what is being called a "barnyard epithet?" (What is that anyway?) Here's the CNN transcript. Transcript


    Today's New York Times, among others, reports that the cable news network has asked the volatile right-wing pundit to take a time out.


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  • August 04, 2005
    By webteam
    This little item just came across the transom. Bob "Prince of Darkness" Novak, who is walking the streets while Judy Miller sits in the hoosegow for nearly a month The Miller Countdown Clock, threw a hissy fit and stalked off the set of CNN's "Inside Politics." Novak blowup


    Even in the world of cable news, where pundits are expected to snarl at each other, it's hard to believe that someone as unpleasant as Novak has managed to have a long career as a TV personality.
  • August 04, 2005
    By webteam
    Starting Monday, CNN CNN is dramatically shaking up its afternoon lineup with the introduction of a three-hour program -- from 3 to 6 p.m. -- called "The Situation Room" and hosted by Wolf Blitzer. Wolf Blitzer bio

    Broken into three separate segments -- the first hour will focus on security issues, the second hour will concentrate on politics and the third hour will be constructed as an early evening newscast -- "The Situation Room" promises lots of action, energy, correspondents, pundits and such high tech accouterments as multiple plasma screens and video walls.

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