Jon Stewart highlights all that is wrong with CNN in a devastating piece.
After more than 30 years as a commentator for ABC News, George Will is heading to Fox News, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“The cable news network announced Tuesday that it has hired the conservative voice and author as its latest contributor, where he will offer analysis and commentary across daytime and primetime programming — including Special Report With Bret Baier and Fox News Sunday.”
“House of Turds”
— New York Daily News, October 1, 2013.
New York Times: “The ideas seemed simple enough: a documentary on CNN and an NBC mini-series that would capitalize on the popularity of one of the world’s most visible public figures. But nothing is simple when it comes to Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
“Both sides of the political aisle registered objections to the projects, which would have explored the life of the former first lady and potential 2016 presidential candidate. Members of the news divisions at NBC and CNN publicly protested the decision by their networks to go ahead with them.”
A preview of a new reality show called The Governor’s Wife featuring former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards’ wife, Trina, has been posted. The show begins in October.
“You know what they do in San Francisco, some in the gay community there, they want to get people, so if they got the stuff they’ll have a ring, you shake hands, and the ring’s got a little thing where you cut your finger… It’s that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.”
— Pat Robertson, quoted by The Atlantic, asserting that gay men in San Francisco use special rings to spread HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Barney Frank: “House of Cards, the Netflix series, has no stronger relation to political reality than the ratings given by Standard and Poor’s to packages of subprime mortgages had to economic truth.”
“Having watched several episodes, I agree that it is well acted. My problem is that it might mislead people into thinking that this is the way our political system actually works. It is not.”
Ross Douthat says Politico did in the Washington Post and forced its sale to Jeff Bezo last week.
“I say this as someone who doesn’t particularly like the Politico style or the role it plays in our gilded capital, and who misses The Post as it was when I arrived in Washington. But nostalgia is for columnists, not publishers: Politico has claimed a big part of the audience that The Post needed in order to thrive in the world the Internet has made.”
“The script for the proposed mini-series on the life of the possible presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn’t even been written but we may already have a plot twist,” the New York Times reports.
“While NBC has come under heavy fire, especially from Republican critics, for agreeing to broadcast the series, the project may wind up being produced by another company: Fox Television Studios, the sister company of the conservative favorite, Fox News.”
Michael Crowley highlights several recent contentious exchanges between Associated Press writer Mathew Lee and State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
A new study finds that Democratic-leaning newspapers — i.e. those with a higher propensity to endorse Democratic candidates in elections — provide relatively more coverage of scandals involving Republican politicians than scandals involving Democratic politicians, while Republican-leaning newspapers tend to do the opposite.
With his announced purchase of the Washington Post yesterday, many are trying to better understand the politics of Jeff Bezos.
Political Moneyline looks at his campaign contributions.
Brad Stone, author of the forthcoming The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, suggested to the New Republic that Jeff Bezos is looking for political influence:
“This is maybe going out on a little bit of a limb: but look, he’s buying a lot of political influence. And we can’t discard the fact that Amazon hasn’t been an enormous player, at least up until the dispute over sales taxes, and in buying The Washington Post, he has a seat at the table. And I think particularly legislators and anti-trust regulators are gonna be weighing the dominance of Amazon a lot in the years ahead.”
New York Times: “But the deal was still an astonishing move for a magnate who has kept a low profile in politics and has said almost nothing about his interest in newspapers, except that he reads them. Nonetheless, Mr. Bezos will now have a microphone as powerful as anyone in Washington and outside the West Wing.”
President Obama gave an exclusive interview with Amazon which was just released as a free Kindle Single.
CNN announced that its film division would produce a documentary on Hillary Clinton next year, the New York Times reports.
“The CNN documentary is expected to be released in 2014 and will have a run in theaters before it plays on CNN. The film will be produced and directed by Charles Ferguson, who won a documentary Oscar in 2010 for the film Inside Job, about the corruption in the financial services sector that contributed to the economic crisis in 2007-2008. ”
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