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Re: Media Moves

Post #701 by Lani » Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:16 am

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Post #702 by Addie » Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:54 pm

The Hill

Russian radio takes over local DC station

The Russian state-sponsored news outlet Sputnik is entering the Washington, D.C., radio market in an effort to push back against what it called "constant attacks" by U.S. media companies.

Sputnik Radio announced Friday that it has taken over 105.5 FM, which previously aired bluegrass music.

In a statement, Mindia Gavasheli, the editor-in-chief of Sputnik's D.C. bureau, accused U.S. news organizations of unfairly attacking and criticizing the news outlet, which is funded by the Russian government.

"We’re glad to finally be able to directly address our listeners in Washington. During the last few months Sputnik Radio has become the target of constant attacks in the US corporate media," Gavasheli said. "And often the people who wrote or spoke about us didn’t even bother to listen to our broadcasts first."

Sputnik was launched by Rossiya Segodnya, a Russian state-run news service, in 2014 and has been accused in the U.S. of being a propaganda tool of the Kremlin.


By the way, the FCC, in February, changed the rule about foreign ownership of US broadcasting entities from 25% allowed to 100%.


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Post #703 by Addie » Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:20 pm

The New Yorker has a long profile on slimy Trump's slimy buddy who owns the National Enquirer:

Feeding the Beast ...

Pecker is now considering expanding his business: he may bid to take over the financially strapped magazines of Time, Inc., which include Time, People, and Fortune. Based on his stewardship of his own publications, Pecker would almost certainly direct those magazines, and the journalists who work for them, to advance the interests of the President and to damage those of his opponents—which makes the story of the Enquirer and its chief executive a little more important and a little less funny. ...

A former Enquirer employee told me that Pecker would frequently fly from New York to Palm Beach and back on Trump’s private plane. “David thought Donald walked on water,” the employee said. “Donald treated David like a little puppy. Donald liked being flattered, and David thought Donald was the king. Both have similar management styles, similar attitudes, starting with absolute superiority over anybody else.” In the eighties and early nineties, Trump was something of a fixture in the Enquirer, thanks to his multiple marriages. A typical headline from 1990 read “Trump’s Mistress Cheats on Donald with Tom Cruise.” But, once Pecker took over, critical coverage of Trump vanished. “They have an agreement where David would not write anything that damages Donald,” a senior A.M.I. official from this period told me.

One employee said that Trump was also a frequent source for Enquirer stories. “When there was something going on in New York, David would talk with Trump about it. Trump provided David with stories directly,” the employee said. “And, if Donald didn’t want a story to run, it wouldn’t run. You can put that in stone.” Indeed, early in the 2016 campaign Pecker simply turned over the pages of the Enquirer to Trump, allowing the candidate to write columns under his own byline. ...

If anything, Pecker may further entrench himself in the media business. In 2013, just before Time, Inc., separated from its longtime parent company, Time Warner, Trump devoted a telling series of tweets to Pecker. “David Pecker would be a brilliant choice as CEO of TIME Magazine—nobody could bring it back like David!” Trump wrote. “@TIME Magazine should definitely pick David Pecker to run things over there—he’d make it exciting and win awards!” Ron Burkle, a California supermarket magnate and a friend of Pecker’s, recalled, “I know they were considering him to be C.E.O. when Time magazine spun off. He hasn’t had a decent balance sheet for as long as I’ve known him, but he figures out how to make his numbers work and keep his businesses going. But the boards of companies like Time Warner can be very political, and they weren’t going to turn the company over to the guy who runs the Enquirer.” At the time, it did seem outlandish that the steward of a supermarket-tabloid empire would wind up as the proprietor of a storied name in American journalism. But the idea of Pecker as the leader of Time, Inc., like that of Trump as the President of the United States, has gone from preposterous to more than possible. ...

At a time when many print publications have disappeared, the readers and employees of Time, Inc., can expect that Pecker, with his disciplined regimen of cost-cutting, usually in the form of layoffs, would keep the company’s venerable titles alive. But Time and the other magazines would survive, as the Enquirer does, as vehicles for Pecker’s cultivation of his friend, the President. That’s what happened when Pecker bought US Weekly, which has heretofore largely been apolitical in its orientation. In one of the early issues of US Weekly under Pecker’s leadership, the magazine ran a fawning cover story about Ivanka Trump. “Balancing her personal ideals with love and loyalty to her father,” the cover said, “the president’s daughter will always fight for what she believes in.”


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Re: Media Moves

Post #704 by bob » Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:37 pm

bob wrote:Talk about the Streisand Effect: I watched the episode only because the lawsuit made it sound so fun

THERE'S MOAR!: Daily Beast: Coal King Begs Court to Gag John Oliver:
The CEO of America’s largest privately owned coal company is suing the late-night comedian for defamation—and wants to silence his show in the meantime.

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While the litigation plays out, Murray wants Oliver to stop talking about him—and he wants HBO barred from re-broadcasting the episode in question. In a motion filed in the Marshall County Circuit Court in West Virginia on June 28, Murray’s lawyers asked Judge Jeffrey Cramer to bar HBO from re-broadcasting the June 18 episode of Oliver’s show, Last Week Tonight, and to bar Oliver and the other defendants (including the show’s writers) from discussing the lawsuit in public. That could mean HBO would have to take down any YouTube videos of the episode, according to First Amendment litigator Ken White, who called Murray’s effort to get a gag order “astonishingly frivolous.”

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In the filing, Murray’s lawyers said Oliver incited his audience to “vigilantism” against the coal baron. Spammers tried to crash his company’s website, according to the motion, and the company had to take its entire site down on June 20 “to implement new, increased security measures.”

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Oliver’s viewers have also been calling employees of Murray Energy, according to the filing, and saying, “Tell Bob Murray to eat shit!”
According to the filing, one caller said, “Your owner is a pussy and he’s fat!”

“Others demanded that Plaintiffs ‘Stop with their bullshit lawsuits’ or asked, ‘Why are you suing John Oliver?’” the motion said.

The motion quoted another caller as saying, “This is a squirrel, F@@@ you Bob, F@@@ you Bob!” and another as telling employees to “watch their back.”

The motion said Murray’s son also got a phone call “that wished him death.”

The motion described this as part of the “John Oliver Effect,” and noted that Time and Fortune have reported on the enormous response that people criticized on his show receive from his viewers.

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The motion includes sworn affidavits from a Murray Energy receptionist and the company’s IT manager, as well as Murray himself.

Murray, etc.,'s motion for a TRO/PI.

Unsurprisingly, the motion publishes the names or e-mail addresses of Murray's harassers, which will undoubtedly lead to Murray's supporters harassing them.

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Re: Media Moves

Post #705 by Mr. Gneiss » Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:10 pm

Quick question, since this lawsuit is filed in a state court, do the defendants have the right to transfer to a federal court based on diversity? If so, would they have to petition the court before it issues a TRO/PI (if it decides to do that)?



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Post #706 by bob » Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:33 pm

Mr. Gneiss wrote:Quick question, since this lawsuit is filed in a state court, do the defendants have the right to transfer to a federal court based on diversity?

No: As :sterngard: mentioned, ante, there are Delaware corporations on both sides of the case. Which means diversity isn't "complete." Which means it stays in state court. (If all of the Delaware defendants left the case, it might be possible, but it looks like they are all proper parties to this suit. So that won't happen.)

And, as :sterngard: mentioned, there are no anti-SLAPP provisions in West Virginia.


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Re: Media Moves

Post #707 by Mr. Gneiss » Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:53 pm

Thanks for the info, Bob. I don't see how a large company with many subsidiaries can effectively shop for a state jurisdiction, but IANAL. In this case, sue in W.Virginia where they own several coal mines, but successfully avoid a claim of diversity because those mine properties are owned by subsidiary companies incorporated in another state.

I'm a JAS (just a surveyor) and I study cases like Clement v. Packer, a land boundary dispute in Pennsylvania where the federal courts assumed jurisdiction through a diversity challenge because one party lived in Pennsylvania and the other lived in New York. The U.S. Supreme Court finally settled that case acting as a "surrogate" for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, therefore the decision is only a precedent for the State of Pennsylvania.



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Re: Media Moves

Post #708 by AndyinPA » Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:47 am

I watched this on "Last Week with John Oliver" on Sunday:

http://www.nationalmemo.com/john-oliver ... broadcast/

Americans tend to trust local news outlets –including their regional TV stations — more than national news. Even in this era of media consolidation and ideological silos, local television reporters often perform important services and provide vital investigative journalism.

Which is why, as John Oliver explains, the increasing control of local TV by outfits like the ultra-right Sinclair Broadcast Group is so disturbing. With clips from obnoxious commentator Mark Hyman that appear on its outlets across the nation, Oliver shows how this corporation is force-feeding Fox News-style, hard-right clichés to local TV viewers.


It's well worth watching.



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Post #709 by Kendra » Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:46 pm

http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/ ... 9?cmpid=sf

Even while under fire for requiring its outlets to run conservative content, Sinclair Broadcasting is increasing the "must-run" segments across its affiliates featuring former Trump White House official Boris Epshteyn to nine times a week, the company confirmed on Monday.

The move comes as the company is seeking to dramatically expand its holdings by purchasing Tribune Media for $3.9 billion, which would make it the largest local television operator in the country, with more than 200 stations.

But Sinclair's unusual practice of requiring all its stations to run reports dictated from the corporate offices has been flagged by critics of the Tribune acquisition and even become a subject of late-night TV ribbing by HBO's John Oliver.



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Re: Media Moves

Post #710 by Addie » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:21 pm

CNN

Pro-Trump media scrambles to react to bombshell emails

Raheem Kassam, editor-in-chief of Breitbart London, reacted to the story of Donald Trump Jr.'s newly-released emails in a way that wouldn't typically be expected from someone at the far-right outfit, which is a reliable supporter of President Trump.

"So like, this is straight up collusion," he wrote in the news outlet's internal Slack, according to a transcript of the conversation obtained by CNN. "Right?"

Minutes before, Donald Trump Jr. had disclosed on Twitter an email exchange from June 2016 in which he'd agreed to meet with someone he'd been told was a "Russian government attorney" about "very high level and sensitive information" that would "incriminate" Hillary Clinton.

The text of the emails sent shockwaves through most newsrooms. At Breitbart, not everyone was on the same page.

Some staffers were seemingly left astonished. Writing in the company Slack, senior editor Rebecca Mansour reacted with only one word: "Wow." Amanda House, the outlet's deputy politics editor, wrote only, "???????"


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Post #711 by Addie » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:29 pm

HuffPo

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough Is Leaving The Republican Party

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is leaving the Republican Party and will register as an independent voter.

His announcement came during Tuesday night’s taping of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” which released a clip from his interview on Twitter before the episode was scheduled to air that night.

“I am a Republican, but I’m not going to be a Republican anymore. I’ve got to become an independent,” he said to loud applause from the audience.

“This was well before Donald Trump was elected president that my party has betrayed their core values,” he said, noting his frustration with GOP lawmakers’ unwillingness to admonish Trump’s racist statements and election promises. ...

The former lawyer was the Republican congressman representing Florida’s 1st District from 1994 to 2001.


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Post #712 by Addie » Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:44 am

Chicago Sun-Times

Union group led by Eisendrath outduels Trib owner to acquire Sun-Times

An investment group led by former Chicago Ald. Edwin Eisendrath that includes a coalition of labor unions acquired the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Reader on Wednesday, staving off a competing bid for the papers by the owner of the Chicago Tribune.

“A great group has come together and made sure that a genuine voice with honest and good reporting that connects with working men and women thrives,” Eisendrath said shortly before the deal closed. ...

Terms of the sale weren’t disclosed. But a source involved in the transaction said the purchase price of Sun-Times parent Wrapports LLC totaled only $1.

The Eisendrath group, called ST Acquisition Holdings LLC, won over the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division — which is responsible for investigating newspaper mergers and oversaw the sale — by securing more than $11.2 million in operating funds to bankroll the company for an undisclosed period.


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Post #713 by Kendra » Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:27 pm

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyl ... 1b7ea62cf5

For months, Mark Serrano has been one of President Trump’s fiercest defenders and most enthusiastic supporters on TV. In semiregular appearances on the Fox Business Network, the veteran Republican operative has praised Trump’s leadership and bashed news media coverage of him. He’s called Ivanka Trump the most “powerful or influential advocate for women’s empowerment ever in our history.”

Fox News and Fox Business have described Serrano variously as a Republican strategist, a crisis-management expert and a former adviser to President George H.W. Bush since he began appearing on the networks in 2014.

But Serrano has had another role this spring, one that wasn’t disclosed to viewers as he was touting Trump: His firm was a paid consultant to the president’s 2020 reelection campaign.

Federal disclosure forms filed by the Trump committee Saturday show that it paid Serrano’s firm, ProActive Communications, a total of $30,000 for “communications consulting.” The records indicate that it paid $20,000 on April 17 to the company, based in Leesburg, Va., and another $10,000 on May 30.


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Post #714 by Kendra » Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:12 am

http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/21/media/s ... -stack-dom

Fox News Channel star anchor Sean Hannity will no longer receive the conservative Media Research Center's William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence at its September 21 gala, sources familiar with the situation tell CNN.

Buckley, the founder of the National Review, who died in 2008, was hailed in his day as "arguably the most important public intellectual in the United States." Giving an award in his name to Hannity -- a pugnacious talk radio host who has shared conspiracy theories on his popular cable news show -- had caused hand wringing among some conservatives.

It also caused distress among Buckley's family -- in particular his only child, best-selling author Christopher Buckley.

A source familiar with the situation tells CNN that Christopher Buckley "expressed great dismay" at the announcement that the award would go to Hannity, who has spent a great deal of time insulting conservative intellectuals on Twitter, particularly since he became a strong supporter of Donald Trump.



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Post #715 by bob » Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:16 pm

Hollywood Reporter: HBO Fights Energy Co.'s Bid to Prevent Rebroadcast of John Oliver's 'Last Week Tonight':
The pay network says the so-called "John Oliver Effect" is no reason to impose an unconstitutional prior restraint on speech.

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About a week after the case was filed in state court, HBO had it removed to a federal one. But not before Murray made an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order to prohibit the pay network from rebroadcasting the segment containing the statements being challenged as false and defamatory.

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[Kevin] Baine and local attorney Robert Fitzsimmons are arguing that a restraining order would amount to an unconstitutional prior restraint on speech and say that the challenged Last Week Tonight episode hardly rises to the kind of "exceptional case" that would overcome First Amendment protections. HBO's injunction opposition also focuses on whether Murray is likely to prevail in his claims. The defendant tells the judge that it has a fair report privilege to cover official government proceedings including decisions by the National Labor Relations Board and that the First Amendment protects opinion and rhetorical hyperbole. Besides showcasing its show as commentary "coupled with obvious satire," HBO also nods to how Murray has availed himself of media opportunities and thrust himself to the forefront of public discussions concerning the coal industry. As a public figure, Murray is said to be missing the actual malice component of a defamation claim.

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Murray would prefer his dispute with HBO happen in state court. In a motion made on July 7 to remand the case, his side objects to the notion that certain plaintiffs — subsidiaries or affiliates of Murray Energy — were added to the complaint so that diversity jurisdiction wouldn't apply.

On Friday, HBO presented its own arguments that these other plaintiffs can't show that statements made on Last Week Tonight were "of and concerning them," and thus, were fraudulently joined.

Before U.S. District Court judge John Bailey even tackles the restraining order, he will likely have to decide which forum is most proper.

So, to recap: Oliver, etc., removed the case to federal court, arguing that some the plaintiffs were added only to destroy diversity (and thus keep the case in state court); Murray, etc., disagree, and are seeking to remand the case back to state court.

Once the forum is decided, then the injunction will be tackled. (As the federal court's jurisdiction is being challenged, there's no way it'll rule on the injunction first.)


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Post #716 by AndyinPA » Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:28 pm

I saw that episode, and it was awesome!




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