Blog Posts by Joe Pompeo

  • Glenn Beck to leave Fox News June 30


    Glenn Beck's last day as an anchor for Fox News will be June 30, Mediaite reports. That's been the planned exit date ever since Fox and Beck jointly announced his forthcoming departure from the network, a source familiar with the negotiations told The Cutline. Beck already has three post-Fox ventures lined up, including a new web TV channel, a book imprint, and a daily deals website.

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  • FIRST CUTS: Cable news ratings; Scocca to Deadspin

    Here's our list of headlines that should be on your morning media menu:

    • It's monthly ratings time! On cable news, Fox remained on top--Shep Smith continued to grow his audience, while outgoing anchor Glenn Beck's faded further. (TV Newser)

    • MSNBC continued to top CNN in prime time. (TV Newser)

    • But CNN nevertheless saw double-digit increases across the board. (TV Newser)

    • More changes at Hearst in the wake of the Lagardere deal. (Adweek)

    • How Andrew Ross Sorkin got his start at the New York Times. (Business Insider)

    • Slate blogger and New York Observer alum Tom Scocca is Deadspin's new managing editor. (Deadspin)

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  • Weiner media: We'll begin this post by saying that if you haven't watched yesterday's awkward, evasive, cringey, and combative exchange between Anthony Weiner and two CNN reporters who were pressing the Democratic New York congressman to answer several simple questions about the Twitter crotch-shot controversy that's enveloped him, do so now. (Video here.) Then go and read Capital New York editor Josh Benson's incredulous and astute analysis of the ill-fated press conference.

    "It is not possible that Weiner, who is actually incredibly skillful at dealing with the press, thought that these journalists would respond to his stated desire to move on by thanking him and duly moving on to questions about the national debt. Nor is it possible that he thought that going out there and yelling at them for asking him questions would put the matter to rest," Benson writes. "It is, however, possible that Weiner, who knows something about providing viral-video grist to liberals, hoped to incite a backlash against the stupid old MSM for badgering him about a dirty mystery-tweet when there are so many important issues to discuss." You can read the rest over at Capital New York.

    And now the update: Weiner was ever-so-slightly slightly more forthcoming with MSNBC's Luke Russert about whether or not the boxer-brief-sheathed male anatomy depicted in a photo tweeted at one of his college-age, female followers, was his own. "You know, I can't say with certitude," said Weiner. "My system was hacked. Pictures can be manipulated. Pictures can be dropped in and inserted." (Weiner was about to sit-down for an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer at the time of this posting.) So, the plot thickens.

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  • FIRST CUTS: Reporting Weinergate; hackers wreaking havoc

    Here's our list of headlines that should be on your morning media menu:

    • Congressman Anthony Weiner clashed with CNN reporters as they pressed with questions about the Twitter controversy that has enveloped him. (CNN Pressroom)

    • Hackers are wreaking havoc on media companies. (New York Times)

    • Hearst has named a new publisher for Elle in the wake of the finalized Lagardere deal. (WWD/Memo Pad)

    • Amy Wicks profiles National Magazine Award winner Garden & Gun. (WWD)

    • They're young. They're literary. They're female. They have aristocratic names. Meet "Les filles du blog." (New York Observer)

    • Fox News has launched an iPad app. (Mashable)

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  • In Media Res: Media stalk Palin; ink dries on mega magazine acquisition

    palin-gettysburgChasing Sarah: It's no secret that Sarah Palin has a particularly acerbic disdain for what she likes to call the "Lamestream Media." Most of this country's press coverage, the former Alaska governor and one-time vice presidential candidate might argue, comes from Obama-loving left-wingers who play softball with Democrats while lobbing grenades in the direction of her grammatical shortcomings and small-town family values. So it's no surprise that the prospective Republican nominee has been dodging reporters left and right on her "One Nation" bus tour, which kicked off Sunday in Washington, D.C., but is not necessarily an indicator that she will claim a spot on the GOP slate.

    Holly Bailey of The Cutline's sister blog, The Ticket, reports: "Palin's political operation has offered virtually no details about her schedule, prompting dozens of reporters to literally stalk her hundreds of miles through three states in recent days. Yesterday, [they] were awaiting Palin's expected visit to the battlefields at Gettysburg when word broke that the former Alaska governor's entourage had actually landed at a hotel down the road, according to the New York Times' Michael Shear. And this morning, Palin ditched reporters again. Her aides backed up her tour bus to the back entrance of the hotel and allowed reporters and supporters to wait for her, while she slipped out the front entrance into a waiting SUV." Of course if Palin declares, she'll only be able to ignore the press for so long. In the meantime, her media evasion seems to be having the opposite effect of keeping her out of the headlines.

    Memorial Day at Walter Reed: Joao Silva, the New York Times photographer who lost his legs to a landmine while on assignment in Afghanistan last year, got a surprise visit Monday from First Lady Michelle Obama, who stopped by the Walter Reed Army Medical Center unannounced for Memorial Day. "She came across as a kind and attentive person," Silva, who affixed his prosthetic legs for the occasion, told the Times' Lens blog. "I wanted to be able to greet her standing up." You can view a photograph of their exchange here.

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  • At AP, a personnel problem and a promotion

    apTwo bits of Associated Press news are circulating today. We'll begin with the less pleasant of the pair, in which business desk reporter of more than five years Janna Herron blasts her employer in a farewell memo obtained by Romenesko.

    "I'm the 56th person to leave since the newsroom's management style turned negative and mean-spirited three years ago. And I'm sure I'm not the last. I just couldn't do it anymore," she wrote to her colleagues. "So, best wishes to everyone. You're all better editors, reporters and writers than what you've been told, and you deserve better leadership."

    Last year, AP business editor Hal Ritter was accused of "installing a culture of fear" among his reporters at the newswire. "We don't as a rule comment on staffers' departures," AP spokesman Paul Colford told The Cutline.

    Meanwhile, over at the politics desk, veteran AP writer Liz Sidoti has been named political editor ahead of the 2012 presidential race, an extension of the role she played in leading

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  • Olbermann fills out ‘Countdown’ roster with MSNBC, CNN, MLB vets

    olbypicKeith Olbermann has already lined up a roster of prominent lefty contributors to appear as regular guests on his forthcoming Current TV show when it debuts next month.

    Now, as opening night nears, the veteran sports and cable news anchor has announced the talents who will steer the show from behind the cameras, including several who worked with him at his previous network. The Olbermann show will be called "Countdown"--the name of his successful MSNBC franchise--and will debut in the same 8 p.m. time slot that Olbermann occupied when he was at MSNBC.

    Heading up the new project's production team will be David Sarosi, who produced Olbermann's infamous "Worst Person in the World" segment. Sarosi has been named executive producer of the nightly news and commentary program.

    "Nobody knows what 'Countdown' should be more than Dave Sarosi," said Olbermann in a statement. "He's intimately familiar with every other aspect of the production, and from his start with the show he has had both the vision, and the view of the playing field, critical for an Executive Producer. I'm delighted we'll again be able to work together."

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  • 1003If a well-traveled captain is what it takes to steer a magazine out of relative obscurity, Mental Floss may soon find itself sailing into breezier seas.

    The magazine--a bi-monthly compendium of factoids, listicles and esoterica--will announce on Tuesday its first marquee hire since the title was acquired several months ago by British publishing magnate Felix Dennis.

    James Kaminsky, an industry veteran who's held top editorial slots at Playboy, Rolling Stone, Men's Journal and Maxim--the best-selling lad mag Dennis founded in 1995 and later imported to the United States--has been named editor-in-chief. He takes the helm today from Neely Harris, who was offered a managing editor role, but decided instead to move on to a new job as senior editor at ESPN the Magazine, said Will Pearson, co-founder of Mental Floss.

    Kaminsky brings with him a glossy cachet that Mental Floss has coveted ever since Pearson and his Duke University buddy Mangesh Hattikudur conceived the publication back in 2000. Eleven years later, they've grown Mental Floss from a glorified campus zine to a slick, 100,000-circulation product found on magazine racks the world over. They've also developed a profitable side-business of t-shirts, books and board games that have bolstered the brand among its core audience of trivia geeks.

    But Mental Floss still flies under the radar of most mainstream consumers, especially compared to Dennis Publishing's other American general interest title, The Week. (The company sold Maxim in 2007.) Kaminsky, along with corresponding hires on the sales and circulation sides, has been tasked with changing that.

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  • Here's our list of headlines that should be on your morning media menu:

    • Tommy Christopher analyzes the "sloppy reporting" surrounding Weinergate. (Mediaite)

    • Russell Adams chats with Chuck Townsend about the new business model at Conde Nast. (WSJ)

    • David Carr profiles Janice Min and the transformation she's ushered in at the Hollywood Reporter. (New York Times)

    • Nat Ives discusses iPad skepticism with Jann Wenner. (AdAge)

    • Sarah Palin has broken her mainstream media silence. (Mediaite)

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  • Will Mail Online overtake

    MailonlineMay26.jpg_resized_300_The U.K.'s Daily Mail might not be the most credible source of information, but it is one of the most widely read ones.

    Last month, Mail Online cruised past the Huffington Post to become to become the world's second most popular news site, lagging behind only the New York Times.

    The numbers--which put's unique monthly visitors at a record 61.96 million, Mail Online's at 39.64 million and HuffPo's at 38.43 million, according to web analytics firm comScore--were based on traffic from March, the last month before the Times started charging readers for unlimited access to its digital offerings, and also a month of explosive international news.

    The Times' traffic has since dipped as a result of the new pay model, and now Mail Online is predicting that when the latest traffic stats come in during the next few weeks, it will steal the the Gray Lady's crown.

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