Archive for April 11, 2012

Busted…

Posted in FNC on April 11, 2012 by icn2

Newton’s Law of Motion: “To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction”.

In cable news terms that translates to “You pull video down from a server and post it on Gawker, your action will be traced and you’ll get fired.”

Two hours ago I was called into a meeting with Dianne Brandi, the Fox News Executive Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs and suspended indefinitely… with pay, oddly enough.

They nailed me.

In the end, it was the digital trail that gave me away. They knew that someone, using my computer login, had accessed the sources for two videos that ended up on Gawker over the past few weeks. They couldn’t prove it entirely, but I was pretty much the only suspect.

And then there’s this from our hapless protagonist’s Twitter feed

Who could have guessed that my bulletproof plan would go awry so quickly? Oh, that’s right. EVERYONE.

Ya think?

ICN’s “Moles for Morons” (Gawker Edition)

Posted in Miscellaneous Subjects on April 11, 2012 by icn2

Whether Gawker’s FNC Mole has indeed been found, or not, this whole incident would make an excellent case study on how not to be a network news mole. With that in mind, ICN presents its new how to:

(cue booming NASCAR racing radio ad voice)

MOLES…FOR…MORONS…

(end booming NASCAR racing radio ad voice)

Rule #1: Don’t go to Gawker. They don’t view you as a resource that requires nurturing and protection. They view you as the commodity equivalent of cannon fodder; something that gets used up and then disposed of.

Rule #2: Don’t go to Gawker. Seriously, after the Brian Williams email incident, if I was a prospective mole looking to toss dirt I would never trust them to make sure I don’t expose myself too much.

Rule #3: Develop a long relationship with whoever you choose to mole out to before you decide to mole out. If you’re going to put yourself at risk, you need to know that you can trust, within obvious reason, the person you’re dealing with. More importantly a long prior relationship will give you a sense of the sort of character the person you’re dealing with has (see Rules 1 and 2).

Rule #4: You think you’re being smart and clever. You aren’t necessarily smart and clever enough.

Rule #5: As a result of Rule #4 you need to be paranoid about what information you’re going to reveal. There are no fingerprints going back to you, right? Are you sure? Really sure? Check again. And then check again.

Rule #6: Whenever possible spin your story so that it looks like its coming out of some area/department other than yours. For example, If you saw something happen on set during a commercial break, instead of telling that to the person you’re leaking, say “the cafeteria was abuzz today regarding…”. It will make the network chase its tail and not you.

Rule #7: Don’t be an idiot and send recent event video. These networks all have their video stored on hard drives with databases. And all that stuff can be logged and checked to see who accessed what and when. Instead of sending video, describe the scene and events that took place to the person you’re leaking to. This way the network will not be sure whether you looked at the video or you heard about this stuff second hand through newsroom chatter.

Rule #8: If the video is just too good to ignore, you’re going to have to sit on it for quite a while before you dare reveal it. And then if you do reveal it you’re going to have to make sure that the reveal can’t be traced back to you. You may have to get radically creative and use someone else’s station to grab the video. Yeah, you’re screwing them over but if you’re being a mole you aren’t happy anways so screw ‘em. Even better, screw over someone you hate working with.

Rule #9: Be selective. If you leak every day or multiple times per week you are guaranteeing that the network is going to come after you, if they can find you. And they will make it a priority to try and find you. Instead of being a blab-o-phile, pick and choose your targets to leak and keep them dispersed to no more than once every couple of months. If you keep a lower profile and aren’t very prolific, it will make it harder for you to be spotted.

Rule #10: Make sure the information you reveal is of the common knowledge variety. If there’s just a handful of you who know something, you might as well paint a giant bulls eye on your back, especially if you leak the information in a timely manner. Better to hold off for a couple of weeks until the network can’t be sure who it could have come from because newsrooms…well…they talk a lot. The only exception to this is if it’s highly classified/sensitive information…in which case you can’t leak it without fear of being caught no matter how long you wait. If you just must blab, insist that its off the record and tell the person you’re leaking to go find a few more sources to confirm.

If these rules all sound rather obvious, well…that’s the point. They are obvious. And yet not everyone follows them.

CNNI Drops the Ball?

Posted in CNN on April 11, 2012 by icn2

News on News’ Kevin Coy takes aim at CNNI for its coverage or today’s Indonesial Earthquakes and Tsunami warning…

Today’s earthquake and subsequent tsunami warnings across the Indonesian sub-continent only went to cement the view that CNN International hasn’t the force it once had in global news reporting.

In contrast, CNBC EMEA’s Worldwide Exchange which is aired in the Asia-pacific region, remained on air after its end-time of 12:00 CET (06:00 ET), continuing for 30 minutes with the latest developments and analysis until handing over to US Squawk Box which immediately took up the baton and continued with coverage from CNBC Asia’s studio’s in Singapore.

Back on CNN International, coverage was anchored from London and was very thin in terms of information and depth from the region, and seemed to be presented in a very news-magazine style.

TJ Holmes Back to CNN?

Posted in CNN on April 11, 2012 by icn2

Carpe Diem blogs about TJ Holmes leaving BET TV after a very short stay…(via J$)

It’s American Morning at CNN again? This morning, former CNN anchor T. J. Holmes indicated that he is leaving BET after a very brief “stint” there and going back to his home at the self-proclaimed “most trusted name in news” network. He Tweeted, “On a flight w/my old CNN boss. We’re negotiating my return.” Later, he wrote, “I expect to announce to you all this week some news about my future.”

Free for All: 04/11/12

Posted in Free For All on April 11, 2012 by icn2

What’s on your mind?

Sandra Smith Interview…

Posted in FBN on April 11, 2012 by icn2

HedgeFund.Net’s Ricardo Kaulessar interviews FBN’s Sandra Smith…

“Watching financial television as a trader, you always wanted the news to speak to you,” Smith says. “I know my goal every day is to talk to an audience that cares about their money, and what is happening in the world and what direction it is going in.”

But there was a time when Smith’s career path could have gone in another direction. Her years at Illinois State University and Louisiana State University were marked by success in the track and field arena including setting the second-fastest time in LSU history for the steeplechase.

Smith looks back on that time as helping her prepare for her current endeavors.

“Whether it’s sprinting to the finish line in an LSU uniform or chasing down a story for the Fox Business Network, we share a common goal to win and succeed,” Smith says.

Mika Brzezinski Interview

Posted in MSNBC on April 11, 2012 by icn2

The New York Times’ Adam Goldman interviews Mika Brzezinski…

Your chemistry on the show has been compared with that between Hot Lips Houlihan and Hawkeye Pierce on “M*A*S*H.” You can’t manufacture that kind of intimacy.

I’ve been in television for 25 years. I’ve worked with Ed Bradley, Dan Rather and lots of different local news anchors. I will tell you: This is unlike other anchor pairings in television. Most are designed by different camps and put together by management — and the people usually end up not liking each other. But Joe and I made the choice to work together. We don’t work against each other. Both of our spouses benefit from that and are just fine.

As the legend of “Morning Joe” goes, you were reading newsbreaks on MSNBC, and Scarborough sought you out because friends told him you sounded sarcastic whenever you’d say, “Now back to ‘Scarborough Country.’ ” Why so dismissive?

Because it was stupid, silly cable TV. And I was bored, and I was a little bitter because CBS had fired me, and it was fun. I would be on the phone with my friends, and then I’d be like, “Hold on a second.” Then I’d say, “Here’s the news, blah, blah, blah,” read it with perfection, and be like, “Now back to ‘Scarborough Country.’ ” Sort of like, What is that? I’d never seen “Scarborough Country,” because I would be busy doing my bills.

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