More Sony/CNN Fallout…

Posted in CNN, HLN on December 17, 2014 by icn2

The Wrap’s Jordan Chariton writes about a Turner memo telling its employees to change their passwords…

In response to the Sony hacking cyberattack, Turner Broadcasting is making its employees to change their computer passwords for precautionary purposes, TheWrap has exclusively learned.


An insider familiar with the situation told TheWrap managers have expressed the urgency of employees changing their passwords, speaking with employees across Turner Wednesday.

Not quite sure why Turner is concerned about passwords after the Sony hack. There should be no direct fallout to Turner’s employees because Sony got hacked. Or, to put it another way, there should be no way that the Sony hackers should have any more insight into Turner employees’ passwords because Sony got hacked. This seems more like a knee jerk reaction bordering on paranoia.

Free for All: 12/16/14

Posted in Free For All on December 16, 2014 by icn2

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“A Cable News Network Gone Astray” “What is CNN Alex?”

Posted in CNN on December 15, 2014 by icn2

Radar Online’s Alan Duke writes about CNN getting dragged into Sony’s hell…(via J$)

CNN chief Jeff Zucker wants to add game shows to his channel’s programming, according to a new leaked Sony email.

Zucker, who headed NBC before joining CNN, approached Sony television executives in late October to propose the company produce a political version of their long-running game show Jeopardy, according to an email sent to Sony Pictures Television President Steve Mosko on November 6, 2014.

“Steve I met with Zucker this week and he asked if we would consider doing political jeopardy show for cnn. I’m guessing it’s a non starter but wanted to ask you how to respond to him,” read the e-mail from John Weiser, the president of Sony Pictures Television Distribution.

What’s next? A politics version of “Around The Horn”? Actually, now that I think about it I wouldn’t mind seeing some of CNN’s political contributors getting the mute button…

Charlie Gasparino’s Unique Lone Gunman Theory…

Posted in FBN on December 15, 2014 by icn2

Mediaite’s Andrew Desiderio writes about some provocative things FBN’s Charlie Gasparino put out on Twitter today…

While the hostage crisis was ongoing in Sydney, Australia Monday morning, Fox Business Network reporter Charlie Gasparino wondered whether waterboarding would have prevented Man Haron Monis‘s actions had they happened in New York City:

Charles Gasparino
Question: who wldnt be in favor of a little waterboarding to prevent a Sidney-like situation in NYC?

Some Twitter users questioned him, but Gasparino stuck to his guns:

@CGasparino what a fallacy – how do you waterboard a lone gunman?

Charles Gasparino
Waterboarding may prevent the lone gun man @TTN12

Look, I don’t care about Gasparino’s opinions on waterboarding…whatever they may or may not be. Nor am I interested in the subject of the ethicacy, efficiancy, or utility of waterboarding.

But the idea that waterboarding could prevent a lone wolf (Gasparino called it a lone gunman) is just plain ridiculous. The definition of the lone wolf theory is predicated on the fact that the guy came up with it and executed it on his own without any outside communication or influence. If waterboarding were to prevent a lone wolf from carrying out his plan, then he was never a lone wolf to begin with because he had co-conspirators. That is a completely different scenario.

Gasparino should have known the difference before sticking his neck out like that.

Press Releases: 12/15/14

Posted in Press Releases on December 15, 2014 by icn2

Al Jazeera America (1)

Al Jazeera America Presents “EGYPT’S LOST POWER”

How did Egypt end up in the grips of an energy crisis? And how did a deal with Israel cost Egyptians $11 billion in lost revenue?

Airing Wednesday, December 17th at 10pm ET/7pm PT

“Egypt mismanaged its gas industry. It raises the possibility that Israel, in contradiction to the history of the energy relations, will be supplying Egypt.” –former Israeli Ambassador Oded Eran

Egypt is facing a gas crisis despite it having been, until as recently as 2010, one of the largest gas producing countries in Africa. How did it reach this point?
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Free for All: 12/15/14

Posted in Free For All on December 15, 2014 by icn2

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MSNBC To Launch Streaming Video Hub…

Posted in MSNBC on December 15, 2014 by icn2

Variety’s Brian Steinberg writes about some MSNBC experimentation…

The cable-news outlet best known for progressive commentary from Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes is launching a portal of streaming-video programming that its top executive, Phil Griffin, expects to have a great deal of influence on the cable network in months to come. Through the new digital initiative, known as “Shift by MSNBC,” the network will serve up new topics and introduce new contributors that could gradually make their way to the cable network, Griffin believes – depending on the traction they gain among audiences. “Shift” is expected to launch Monday morning.

“We’ve got to keep evolving,” he explained during a conversation in his office at NBCUniversal’s 30 Rockefeller Center headquarters. “We are going to broaden the aperture, but keep the sensibility. Times change and evolve. We had great success in 2006 to 2012, 2013, with our sensibility, but I think now, with the media exploding, we’ve got to adjust a little bit too, and figure out new ways to grab audiences.” Among the new offerings is “The Briefing,” a political program hosted Monday and Fridays by Luke Russert, and “Code Forward,” a discussion of issues raised by new technology, developed in partnership with the tech-news outlet Re/Code.

The launch comes as MSNBC pushes against the same headwinds rivals are facing: Cable-news ratings have over the long term sunk as viewers turn to mobile devices and digital techniques to get information about their world. Replenishing this crowd with younger viewers becomes tough when millennials and the generation behind them seem more comfortable with streaming video that does not require a subscription to a satellite or cable distributor. Last month, MSNBC saw its total viewership fall 13% and its audience in the demo most favored by advertisers in news programming — people between 25 and 54 — tumble 16%, according to Nielsen. In 2013, the network saw its primetime audience decline 24%, according to analysis from the Pew Research Journalism Project.


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