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Huffington Post: Murdoch: MSNBC, CNN ‘Tend To Be Democrats,’ New York Times Carries Obama’s Water

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, whose empire includes a host of predominantly conservative-leaning institutions, accused his competitors, on Tuesday night, of being the ones with the biases.

Speaking at a forum for the public affairs TV series, The Kalb Report, the News Corp. CEO valiantly declared that his rival networks — MSNBC and CNN — “tend to be Democrats” while those at his own Fox News “are not Republicans.”

Reminded that Fox currently houses the 2008 Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Murdoch replied that he wasn’t sure how often his chief at the network, Roger Ailes, used her for news. “I know whenever he does the ratings leap… I’m not adverse to high ratings.”

Asked later during the question and answer session to name a single Democrat who worked for Fox News, however, Murdoch struggled.

“They are certainly there… Greta Van Susteren is certainly close to the Democratic Party,” he said, after blanking on names first and insisting that Ailes would have a long list. “She doesn’t do many political stories. She is just a great journalist… but people who have been involved in Democratic politics and so on, yeah we have people…”

It was a one of many crests to a winding and often frank take (from an often enigmatic figure) on the entire waterfront of the media landscape. Ever the industry competitor, Murdoch offered the same charges of bias to his main print rival, the New York Times, which has been placed in the News Corp bull’s-eye ever since he purchased the Wall Street Journal.

“I have great respect for the Times except it does have an agenda,” he declared. Asked what, exactly, that agenda was, he replied: “anything Mr. Obama wants. You can see it. You can see it in that the White House pays them off by feeding them stories and so on.”

Read the Full article at The Huffington Post

In case you missed it here is a link to Sarah Palin’s new show on FOX: Real American Stories


The Beck Factor at Fox: Staffers say comments taint their work
By Howard Kurtz

In just over a year, Glenn Beck’s blinding burst of stardom has often seemed to overshadow the rest of Fox News.

And that may not be a good thing for the top-rated cable news channel, as many of its staffers are acutely aware.

With his celebrity fueled by a Time cover story, best-selling books, cheerleading role at protest rallies and steady stream of divisive remarks, Beck is drawing big ratings. But there is a deep split within Fox between those — led by Chairman Roger Ailes — who are supportive, and many journalists who are worried about the prospect that Beck is becoming the face of the network.

By calling President Obama a racist and branding progressivism a “cancer,” Beck has achieved a lightning-rod status that is unusual even for the network owned by Rupert Murdoch. And that, in turn, has complicated the channel’s efforts to neutralize White House criticism that Fox is not really a news organization. Beck has become a constant topic of conversation among Fox journalists, some of whom say they believe he uses distorted or inflammatory rhetoric that undermines their credibility.

Ailes has occasionally spoken to Beck about the negative tone of his 5 p.m. program. And Beck, in turn, sometimes seeks Ailes’s advice.

Despite Beck’s ascendance, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity remain marquee names at Fox, with “The O’Reilly Factor” still the highest-rated program, drawing 3.7 million viewers. O’Reilly has embraced Beck, showcasing him as a weekly guest. Despite strong resistance from Fox management, O’Reilly has joined forces with Beck on the so-called “Bold & Fresh Tour” (named for an O’Reilly book), speaking to sold-out audiences from Los Angeles to Tampa.

Publicly, there is plenty of praise. While Beck declined to be interviewed, Chris Balfe, president of Beck’s company, Mercury Radio Arts, says that “Glenn and Roger have a fantastic relationship. That’s the reason he went to Fox, because of Roger.” He adds: “Roger definitely gives Glenn advice on a lot of different things he thinks Glenn could be doing better or differently.”

Fox responded by arranging an interview with Bill Shine, its senior vice president. Shine says that last fall a vice president was assigned “to help keep an eye on that program” and review its content in advance — a full-time job. “We see Glenn as an investment and we wanted to help him out even more,” Shine says.

Shine dismisses the notion that Beck’s prominence may be a liability for Fox, even while noting the left’s “hate” for the host: “I don’t perceive it to be a problem. . . . Glenn Beck is popular and controversial? Well, almost everybody here has been popular or controversial at some point in the last 13 years.” For the channel’s journalists, Shine adds, “sometimes it might make their job a little more difficult.”

Read the full article here: The Washington Post

Watch: The Gatekeepers

Could you live here? An apartment building with a sound-stage, DJ, gym, lounge, rooftop terrace, arcade with classic games & a gourmet delicatessen.
A Nightclub to Call Home via The New York Times
Thanks Daniela for the article.

Mourning Old Media’s Decline

The news that Google settled two longstanding suits with book authors and publishers over its plans to digitize the world’s great libraries suggests that some level of détente could be reached between old media and new.

If true, it can’t come soon enough for the news business.

It’s been an especially rotten few days for people who type on deadline. On Tuesday, The Christian Science Monitor announced that, after a century, it would cease publishing a weekday paper. Time Inc., the Olympian home of Time magazine, Fortune, People and Sports Illustrated, announced that it was cutting 600 jobs and reorganizing its staff. And Gannett, the largest newspaper publisher in the country, compounded the grimness by announcing it was laying off 10 percent of its work force — up to 3,000 people.

Clearly, the sky is falling. The question now is how many people will be left to cover it.

To read the full article: New York Times


A rectangular patch of sand in Central Park may be the last place you’d expect to find a gleaming “Star Trek’’-style spacecraft. But an art pavilion that resembles just that will make a temporary landing there this fall. Called Mobile Art, the structure itself was designed by the renowned London architect Zaha Hadid and will occupy the Rumsey Playfield, midpark at 70th Street, from Oct. 20 to Nov. 9.

Sophie Calle of France, Sylvie Fleury of Switzerland, Subodh Gupta of India and the Russian collective Blue Noses.
The New York Times

“The reality is people want a piece of something they can’t be,” says Eli Portnoy, a branding strategist. “They live vicariously through the products and services that those celebrities are tied to. Years from now, our descendants may look at us and say, ‘God, these were the most gullible people who ever lived.’ “
The New York Times

“If I shop,” said Ms. Werkheiser, “I can’t have a social life and I can’t eat.”
The New York Times