Anatomy of a Tweet…

Posted in CNN on July 17, 2014 by icn2

The Blaze’s Jason Howerton writes about a tweet that a CNN reporter deleted…

CNN international correspondent Diana Magnay called a group Israelis “scum” Thursday as she says the group was cheering as Israel continued its aggressive action against Gaza.

“Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong’. Scum,” Magnay tweeted. She quickly deleted the controversial post.

The CNN reporter has been silent on Twitter ever since.

Howerton clearly read Magnay’s tweet one specific way as evidenced by the title of his story…

It’s No Mystery Why CNN Reporter Quickly Deleted Her Jaw-Dropping Tweet About Group of Israelis

It could be the way Howerton thinks it is. Or it could not. The “scum” remark could reference the fact that they threatened to destroy their car. We just don’t know. So I’m going to cut her some slack until we get definitive evidence pointing to one viewpoint or the other…

Testing, Testing…1, 2, 3….

Posted in CNN on July 16, 2014 by icn2

Politico’s Dylan Byers writes about a pilot shot by CNN. Pilots at CNN are a dime a dozen. When we get an actual show announcement I’ll start taking it more seriously…

CNN is testing out a new show with Alisyn Camerota, Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon, POLITICO has learned.

On Wednesday, the three anchors taped a pilot dubbed “The 10 o’clock Show,” based out of New York, network sources said. It’s not clear whether it would be a potential primetime 10 p.m. show.

Segments included one on the border crisis with “Crossfire” host S.E. Cupp and Democratic consultant Fernando Amandi and one called “Mean Tweets,” where the three anchors read mean tweets about themselves.

Rupert vs. Time Warner’s Board: Round 2?

Posted in CNN, HLN on July 16, 2014 by icn2

The New York Post’s Claire Atkinson and Richard Morgan write about a possible new offer for Time Warner…

“They’ll start working on the common shareholders to appeal to the Time Warner board,” said one executive familiar with Fox’s thinking. “I’m sure they have a very sophisticated plan.”

Fox and Time Warner have 11 major shareholders in common. Together they account for 38.4 percent of Time Warner’s outstanding shares and 42.7 percent of Fox’s. Among them are Capital Group, BlackRock, JPMorgan Chase and Vanguard.

“The question is how do these people want to do this trade? They are trading into themselves. At what price do these guys feel they got a good trade?” said one person familiar with discussions.

“We have no problem taking Rupert’s offer,” said Mario Gabelli, chief executive of Gamco. “Essentially his vision over the next 10 years is about the growth of the middle class in China. Smartphones are giving them access to content.”

Ironic to see Time Warner fend off a big media buy from Fox when over a decade ago Time Warner made a mega big media buy itself…AOL (ok, ok, it was really a merger). And we all know how that turned out…

Press Releases: 07/16/14

Posted in Press Releases on July 16, 2014 by icn2

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THE WAR COMES HOME – A Soledad O’Brien Report

Explores Hope for Vets Struggling with Post Traumatic Stress

Moving new CNN Special Presentation premieres Aug. 12 at 9:00pmET & PT

Delon Beckett and Garrett Combs came home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ready to resume the lives of promise they had left behind. For both veterans, within months of coming home, their relationships were crumbling, their children were frightened of their rages, and suicide became a choice they both thought could be a solution for their anguish. Then, a new program that treats post traumatic stress gave them hope. Produced by Soledad O’Brien’s Starfish Media Group in association with MediaStorm, THE WAR COMES HOME, follows the journeys of these two young men who came home from war, and their personal battles to recover from the effects of the wars that came home with them.

The one hour special, THE WAR COMES HOME, debuts Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 9:00pm and will encore at 12:00am, and on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 7:00pm. All times Eastern on CNN/U.S.

“These two strong young men went to war to serve their country, but were overcome by the ravages of war. They have young families that count on them, yet openly told us they wanted to harm themselves. Through the riveting stories of these men – and their families – our hope is that people will understand how truly awful post traumatic stress is, how destructive it is for families, how it robs potential from lives, and how we have it within our power as a society to help these veterans,” O’Brien said.
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Leaks Are Us…

Posted in MSNBC on July 16, 2014 by icn2

TV by The Numbers got all time low Demo numbers for Now with Alex Wagner…

MSNBC’s NOW with Alex Wagner delivered an all-time adults 25-54 low yesterday, drawing only 19,000 viewers among the adults 25-54 demographic.

And how do we spell all time low?

O-u-t-l-i-e-r

Not A Propaganda Machine…

Posted in Al Jazeera on July 16, 2014 by icn2

The Salt Lake Tribune’s Scott D. Pierce writes about Al Jazeera America…

“We are the place to go when you want unbiased, high-quality, in-depth news,” said Kate O’Brian, president of Al Jazeera America. “We’re the only broadcast network to offer news in prime time, hosted by John Seigenthaler at [6 MT] every night. It’s news from the around the country and around the globe and how that news affects us here in the U.S.”

And, she insists, AJA does not lean in any direction politically.

“We don’t want to be right-leaning or left-leaning,” O’Brian said. “We don’t want to be taking a position on something. We really want to tell the story of the people that the story is affecting and let the viewer decide.”

Time Warner 1, Rupert Murdoch 0

Posted in CNN, HLN on July 16, 2014 by icn2

The New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin and Michael J. De La Merced write about Rupert Murdoch’s acquisition attempt being blown off by Time Warner…

The media giant 21st Century Fox, the empire run by Rupert Murdoch, made an $80 billion takeover bid in recent weeks for Time Warner Inc. but was rebuffed, people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.

The bold approach could put Time Warner in play and might again ignite a reshaping of the media industry, prompting a new spate of mega-mergers among the nation’s largest entertainment companies.

And there’s this…

As part of the proposal to buy Time Warner, people briefed on the proposal said, 21st Century Fox indicated that it would sell CNN to head off potential antitrust concerns since Fox News competes directly with CNN. Putting CNN on the auction block would likely stir up a bidding war for the news channel; both CBS and ABC, a unit of the Walt Disney Company, have long been viewed as interested suitors.

Well…that would be interesting…not the least because of what it would mean for Jeff Zucker’s future at CNN Worldwide…but I think it would take a lot more than spinning off CNN to get a Fox acquisition of Time Warner to get past Anti Trust regulators…

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