Archive for June 6, 2012

Oliver North’s Controversial Memorial Day Article…

Posted in FNC on June 6, 2012 by icn2 has an unattributed Washington Post/Bloomberg News article on a controversy swirling around FNC’s Oliver North… (via J$)

For his column about Memorial Day, Oliver North turned to a “dear friend” — an Army vet and Medal of Honor recipient named Sammy L. Davis. North asked Davis to explain why it was important for veterans to travel to Washington to honor those who died in the Vietnam War.

Davis, according to North, responded thusly: “Comrades gather because they long to be with the men who once acted their best, men who suffered and sacrificed, who were stripped raw, right down to their humanity.”

Davis went on, wrote North, adding: “I did not pick these men. They were delivered by fate. But I know them in a way I know no other men. I have never given anyone such trust. They were willing to guard something more precious than my life. They would have carried my reputation, the memory of me. It was part of the bargain we all made, the reason we were so willing to die for one another.”

An eloquent thought. Except it has been expressed before. And not by Davis or North.
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Is Fox News’ NewsCore Absorption a Long Term Response to the AP?

Posted in FNC on June 6, 2012 by icn2

Today’s news that NewsCorp’s NewsCore will be absorbed into Fox News raised an interesting possibility; that the absorption will be the beginning of a process to dump the use of the AP by News Corp.

CNN has already dropped the AP in favor of its own internal wire. Is News Corp. looking to do the same, either soon or further down the road?

For the uninitiated, NewsCore is, or rather was (?), a means to tie in all News Corp. entities worldwide together. If something pops up on Sky News, it goes out through NewsCore. For an example, here’s a Fox News Alert on Twitter with the NewsCore brand front and center.

NewsCore: Disco singer Donna Summer has died at the age of 63 after a long battle with cancer, @TMZ reported

So essentially NewsCore acts like a wire service where all the various news gathering News Corp. entities are harnessed. Which is more or less what the AP is. Only the AP is very well established, with a strong subscription service.

According to a tweet put out today by Gabriel Sherman; scurge of the Putnam County News and Record, NewsCore has apparently had trouble getting subscribers…
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FNC Changes…

Posted in FNC on June 6, 2012 by icn2

FNC announced that John Moody has returned to the network as Executive Editor and Michael Clemente has been upped to Executive VP of News Editorial. In addition, Newscore, which Moody was CEO of, will be absorbed into Fox News.

John Moody Returns to Network as Executive Editor

FOX News has elevated two executives in the network’s hard news division, announced Roger Ailes, Chairman & CEO, FOX News. Michael Clemente has been promoted to Executive Vice President of News Editorial and John Moody, currently the CEO of Newscore, will return to FOX News as Executive Editor and Executive Vice President. Both executives will report directly to Ailes.

Newscore, a news service that allows worldwide editorial properties to share content and resources across all News Corp entities will now be absorbed into the day to day operations of FOX News.

In making the announcement, Ailes said, “As our fiscal year comes to a close, I’ve determined that Newscore will operate more efficiently and effectively inside FOX News. This move will strengthen our overall newsgathering capabilities and enable us to operate at an even higher level.”
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CNBC’s Darren Rovell Had by Fake Escort Service Story…

Posted in CNBC on June 6, 2012 by icn2

Deadspin’s John Koblin writes about Darren Rovell being taken in by an email hoaxter…(via J$)

An 18-year-old high school senior named Tim was bored one day last November when CNBC’s sports biz guy, Darren Rovell, sent out the following tweet:

If you are losing a paycheck/business because of the NBA, I want to tell your story. Email me at

— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) November 17, 2011

The NBA lockout was still on, and Rovell was looking for a new angle. Tim decided to have a little fun with him. He created a fake email account with the name “Henry James” and the handle He sent a note to Rovell’s Gmail:

I run an escort service in New york, mostly for away teams players after games but I get some knicks and nets players also. They are the high rollers and im not getting the constant business that I need to stay running .

How A Teenager With A Fake Escort Service Duped Darren Rovell And CNBC [UPDATE]Rovell was into it, according to their email exchange, which Tim has kindly sent to us.

Ed Schultz Profile…

Posted in MSNBC on June 6, 2012 by icn2

Men’s Health’s Mike Zimmerman profiles Ed Schultz…

MH: So what’s your stress secret?

ES: I tell myself: Don’t overreact. Me having red hair, being intense, I have to condition myself that no matter what the news is, no matter what the situation is, whether I’m being treated fairly or unfairly . . . don’t overreact. Think. React with thought. Take a strategic approach to the problem. What’s relevant? What’s not working? What’s the fix? That’s a judgment call, but you get better at that the more you do it. And then you gotta act on it. You can’t let that frustration linger.

But I can’t do any of it if I don’t take care of myself.

MH: What do you do to stay healthy?

ES: I have a physical every 90 days.

MH: Well . . . that’s a lot.

ES: I have to because of my job. I go to the doctor four times a year.

MH: Going back to male narrow-mindedness, it’s hard to get a guy to go to a doctor once a year for a physical, if at all.

ES: I look forward to getting my numbers. If you do that, you know where you are. Are you improving? Are you static? Do you have to make adjustments? And that’s what they are: adjustments. Not grand, sweeping lifestyle changes. Just adjustments. You’ll feel better.

Press Releases: 06/06/12

Posted in Press Releases on June 6, 2012 by icn2

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Fareed Zakaria Debriefs Immigration in Primetime Political Special

Global Lessons: The GPS Road Map for Making Immigration Work debuts Sunday, June 10, 8:00pm ET & PT

The provocative topic of U.S. immigration policy is the focus of the second election year special hosted by CNN’s and TIME’s Fareed Zakaria for CNN/U.S. and CNN International. Zakaria examines immigration policies in Japan, Europe, and Canada – and explores what we can learn from each. Two American thought leaders on immigration politics and policy – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NY), and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R-KS) – discuss their proposals for America’s immigration policy challenges.

Global Lessons: The GPS Road Map for Making Immigration Work debuts Sunday, June 10 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm ET & PT on CNN/U.S. The themes in this special are further explored in Zakaria’s regular column for TIME that will appear in the issue hitting newsstands on Friday, June 8.
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Free for All: 06/06/12

Posted in Free For All on June 6, 2012 by icn2

What’s on your mind?