Dan Sullivan / Tampa Bay Times:
Source: the FBI searched a media consultant's home in its investigation into whether Fox News video outtakes, leaked to Vice and MMFA, came from hacked material — The search at City Council member Lynn Hurtak and Tim Burke's home was part of a probe into computer hacks at Fox News.
Discussion: Insider, The Desk, @willsommer, Mediaite, The Hill, Newser, Awful Announcing, Deadline, The Daily Beast, @brianstelter, Florida Politics, @oneunderscore__, @willsommer, @bristei and The Messenger
Sonam Sheth / Insider: FBI search of home of a journalist and a Tampa Bay councilwoman related to alleged leaks at Fox News: report
Matthew Keys / The Desk: Raid on Florida reporter's home tied to Fox leaks
Will Sommer / @willsommer: The FBI is investigating whether leaked Tucker Carlson videos published by Media Matters and Vice (the Tucker-Kanye interview) came from hacked material. Really interesting case here. https://www.tampabay.com/...
Isaac Schorr / Mediaite: Suspected Source of Tucker Carlson, Fox News Leaks Revealed in BOMBSHELL Report
Sam Neumann / Awful Announcing: FBI raid of former Deadspin editor Timothy Burke's home reportedly linked to Tucker Carlson, Fox News
Ted Johnson / Deadline: Federal Prosecutor Investigating Leaked Tucker Carlson Fox News Footage; Report Links Probe To Search Of Media Consultant's Home — Update
Rachel Olding / The Daily Beast: FBI Raid on Journo's Home Reportedly Related to Embarrassing Tucker Carlson Vids
Brian Stelter / @brianstelter: Kudos to the @TB_Times for spending weeks digging deep into this story. They even went to court to argue for the release of the search warrant and other docs
Peter Schorsch / Florida Politics: Report: The FBI search of Lynn Hurtak's home is tied to Tucker Carlson, Fox News hacks
Ben Collins / @oneunderscore__: Why is the FBI prioritizing raids for leaks of Tucker Carlson broadcasts?
Will Sommer / @willsommer: Since it's so hard for employees to leak material from Fox's systems and not get caught, Tucker Carlson partisans have pushed the idea that Fox mgmt put out the not-especially-damaging videos Media Matters used. But if it was a hack, that's a whole other thing.
Brian Steinberg / @bristei: Ruh-Roh As recent events have shown (leak of ABC News footage with Amy Robach), interceptions of proprietary TV-network video are often easy to track.... https://www.tampabay.com/...
Zachary Leeman / The Messenger: Feds Investigating Tucker Carlson Footage Leaks: Report
Sources: as part of its layoffs, Meta cut a project that would have let third-party fact-checkers like Reuters add comments at the top of articles on Facebook — - Meta, Amazon, Alphabet and Twitter have all drastically reduced the size of their teams focused on internet trust and safety …
Discussion: The Wrap, @fboversight, @ttp_updates, @haydenfield, @davidlaz and @jesselehrich, more at Techmeme »
Robert Carnevale / The Wrap: Meta Layoffs Halt Development on Facebook Fact-Checking Project (Report)
@fboversight: “The new product would let third-party fact-checkers... add comments at the top of questionable articles...to verify their trustworthiness. But... Zuckerberg's commitment to make 2023 the “year of efficiency” spelled the end of the ambitious effort.” https://www.cnbc.com/...
@ttp_updates: “Self-regulation” in action: companies like @meta and @twitch are laying off trust & safety staff to save $$$. @haydenfield @JonathanVanian https://www.cnbc.com/...
Hayden Field / @haydenfield: NEW: For months, I've wanted to write a broad look at how Big Tech is slashing AI ethics & trust/safety jobs meant to limit tech harms. @JonathanVanian & I teamed up on what those cuts look like at Meta, Twitch, Twitter & more, hearing from those affected.https://www.cnbc.com/ ...
David Lazarus / @davidlaz: Tech layoffs ravage the teams that fight online misinformation and hate speech (which explains why right-wing trolls are running amok) https://www.cnbc.com/...
Jesse Lehrich / @jesselehrich: “The slashing of teams tasked with trust & safety and AI ethics is a sign of how far [Big Tech is] willing to go to meet Wall Street demands...even with the 2024 US election season — and the online chaos that's expected to ensue — just months away” https://www.cnbc.com/...
Aisha Majid / Press Gazette:
Chartbeat data for 1,350 publishers: Twitter referral traffic fell from 1.9% in April 2018 to 1.2% in April 2023; medium-sized publishers' traffic dropped 40% — Twitter - already a small source of clicks for publishers - has further declined in importance as a traffic referrer in recent years.
Discussion: @mattnavarra, @anelsona and @robpegoraro
Matt Navarra / @mattnavarra: Twitter's shrinking role as traffic source for news publishers revealed 📉 Twitter referral traffic to publishers has fallen from 1.9% of all traffic in April 2018 to 1.2% five years later in April this year. Most major sites have seen Twitter referrals decline since Elon Musk... https://twitter.com/... [image]
Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at the media's coverage of generative AI over the past six months, as journalists and academics criticize the hype and provide ways to improve reporting — The Tow Center looked at how news organizations have been covering generative AI over the past six months.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
An interview with Jimmy Finkelstein, the former owner of The Hill and founder of The Messenger, on the site's business model, expansion plans, critics, and more — In a wide-ranging sit-down, the former Hill owner opens up to Vanity Fair about what's to come for his week-plus-old news site …
Discussion: @joepompeo, @jbenton, @jason_kint, @jbenton, @joepompeo, @jbenton, @scottgordonwi, @scclemons, @nataliekorach, The Wrap, @joeconchatv, @mediaevan, @clairehoworth, @scottnover, @jadubin5, @vanityfair, @ckrewson and @pkafka
Joe Pompeo / @joepompeo: I went to see Jimmy Finkelstein at The Carlyle on Tuesday and we talked about The Messenger and a bunch of other stuff: https://www.vanityfair.com/... via @VanityFair
Joshua Benton / @jbenton: I think we may have figured out how Jimmy Finkelstein thinks @TheMessenger can have 100 million monthly uniques by next year. He thinks his old pub, @thehill, had ***120 million***. (It did not.) https://www.vanityfair.com/... [image]
Jason Kint / @jason_kint: David Sacks maths. https://twitter.com/...
Joshua Benton / @jbenton: The Hill's *own media kit* — how it describes itself to advertisers — only claims 31 million. https://mediakit.thehill.com/ p/1 (That number is for Q1 2022, btw.) https://www.nexstar.tv/... [image]
Joe Pompeo / @joepompeo: For the record, just went back and listened to the audio to be sure: he did in fact say “visits.” My transcript came out as “visitors” and we didn't catch it. Apologies for confusion/falling on sword/will correct in the text! https://twitter.com/...
Joshua Benton / @jbenton: That's down substantially from its numbers for calendar year 2020: 48 million monthly uniques. (That's not shocking, to be clear — you'd expect a political site's numbers to drop after a presidential cycle.) https://www.businesswire.com/ ... [image]
Scott Gordon / @scottgordonwi: This batty thing got started with $50 million in funding. It's not adding anything to the conversation. Do these people know how much good a small outlet in an underserved community or niche could do with, like, half a million? https://twitter.com/...
Steve Clemons / @scclemons: Interesting sit down, and a rare one, between @VanityFair @joepompeo & @TheMessenger founder Jimmy Finkelstein. I like stories of innovators, contrarians & iconoclasts running against the grain. Rough start & all will be interesting to see where it goes https://www.vanityfair.com/...
Natalie Korach / @nataliekorach: The Messenger is “Not a tabloid” says Finkelstein. “It is a very serious publication that will also have lots of fun articles in it.” https://www.vanityfair.com/...
Kayla Cobb / The Wrap: Jimmy Finkelstein Claps Back at The Messenger's Critics and Defends Ambitious Growth Targets: 'It's Hard to Imagine That We Can't Do It'
Evan DeSimone / @mediaevan: If I recall correctly, pre-launch The Messenger was explicitly pitched as a hybrid of The Washington Post and The Daily Mail. https://www.vanityfair.com/... [image]
Claire Howorth / @clairehoworth: The Messenger “reminded me of the buzz preceding The Daily, the Rupert Murdoch iPad “newspaper” that chugged along for almost 2 years in the early 2010s—a lot of money & manpower poured into a venture that people couldnt quite wrap their heads around” https://www.vanityfair.com/...
Scott Nover / @scottnover: It sounds like these guys are really, definitely, totally, 100% taking the criticisms on their new website to heart. https://www.vanityfair.com/...
Yaya Dubin / @jadubin5: Has there ever been a single good story where the lede is all about the reporter's process of writing the story and/or their trip to meet the subject and what the subject is doing or wearing or eating or whatever? https://twitter.com/...
@vanityfair: Jimmy Finkelstein—the former owner of The Hill—opens up to VF about what's to come for his week-plus-old news site and why, at 74, he's not just lounging by the pool: “I'm doing this as a legacy.” https://vntyfr.com/CtghXu9
Chris Krewson / @ckrewson: For the record I am pro hiring journalists and also don't see how this is gonna work But I hope the folks I know who are there get to keep being paid. https://twitter.com/...
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
A second wave of podcasting consolidation seems to have arrived with two acquisitions in the past week: Audily bought Rococo Punch and LiveOne bought Kast Media — Hello, hello, welcome back to Soundbite. This week is all about consolidation in podcasting.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Mariam Ahmed / Talking Biz News: Audily merges with production broadcast studio
Trevor Timm / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Freedom of the Press Foundation announces the Daniel Ellsberg Chair on Government Secrecy, a position dedicated to the reform of the US' secrecy infrastructure — In one of his last public talks, to a room full of more than 200 journalists, Daniel Ellsberg was asked what the media could do to better support whistleblowers.
Discussion: @twocatsand_docs, @runasand, @azmatzahra, @freedomofpress, @johncusack and @raineyreitman
F Martinez / @twocatsand_docs: Years ago @FreedomofPress hosted me & we helped newsrooms work with sensitive sources. Then I spent years fighting over-classification and a broken #FOIA system. It's really inspiring to see FPF create a position honoring Daniel Ellsberg 👉🏾 https://freedom.press/...
Runa Sandvik / @runasand: Wonderful news from @FreedomofPress honoring @DanielEllsberg: the creation of a full-time position dedicated to researching U.S. government secrecy, from overclassification to the limitations of FOIA and the abuses of the Espionage Act. https://freedom.press/...
Azmat Khan / @azmatzahra: Last month to a room of 200 reporters, @DanielEllsberg made an impassioned case for greater investigation of the U.S. govt's secrecy system. In honor of the whistleblowing legend, @FreedomofPress is creating the Daniel Ellsberg Chair on Government Secrecy https://freedom.press/...
@freedomofpress: At a recent conference, @DanielEllsberg implored a crowd of 200 journalists to investigate and call attention to the US secrecy system. In honor of our dear friend, we are going to do just that: Announcing the Daniel Ellsberg Chair on Government Secrecy. https://freedom.press/...
John Cusack / @johncusack: So proud to be a part this of this ⬇️ Announcing the Daniel Ellsberg Chair on Government Secrecy https://freedom.press/...
Rainey Reitman / @raineyreitman: Dan Ellsberg has been a guiding light for me and a generation of transparency activists. By establishing the new Ellsberg Chair on Government Secrecy, @FreedomofPress will continue his legacy of holding the government accountable to its people. https://freedom.press/...
Chris Pash / AdNews News:
News Corp CEO Robert Thomson criticizes the Global Disinformation Index, saying such organizations that rank news outlets have “undue influence on ad spend” — Robert Thomson, CEO of global media group News Corp, says he's discovered advertising agency staff letting personal …
Discussion: International News … and New York Post
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
An interview about free speech with Masha Gessen, who quit PEN America's board after the group disinvited Russian writers from an event when Ukrainians objected — A conversation about balancing free-speech commitments in an era of war. — Last week, my colleague Masha Gessen announced …
Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Axios Local's July launch in San Diego will be its last in 2023 and possibly 2024; source: the program missed its $10M revenue forecast for 2022, netting $8.6M — The nationwide program—now in almost 30 markets—generated $8.6 million in 2022 — The nationwide network of free …
Discussion: @mikeorren, @adweek, @lucasgrindley and TVNewsCheck
Mike Orren / @mikeorren: Maybe try communities that don't already have relatively strong news coverage? https://twitter.com/...
@adweek: The nationwide network of free, local newsletters from Axios, called Axios Local, has slowed its rapid expansion, citing the need to grow its existing readership and monetization capabilities before launching into new markets. https://www.adweek.com/...
Lucas Grindley / @lucasgrindley: Lots of revealing details in this story for media nerds. https://www.adweek.com/...
An interview with Pitchfork EIC Puja Patel on how AI is infiltrating every single aspect of music, AI-generated music's ownership and money concerns, and more — We talk to Puja Patel, editor in chief of Pitchfork and cohost of The Pitchfork Review, about how AI is taking over our feeds and where it goes from here.
Discussion: @laurengoode, more at Techmeme »
Emma Hurt / Axios:
How CNN helped and benefited from Atlanta, as the company prepares to move out from downtown's CNN Center into its original, smaller Techwood campus in Midtown — Cable News Network — CNN — was founded in Atlanta in 1980 by media mogul Ted Turner as the world's first 24-hour television news network.
Discussion: @conorsen, @conorsen, @reubenr80027912, @dkthomp, @conorsen, @stphnfwlr, @emma_hurt, @axios and @conorsen
@conorsen: “Oh, Atlanta. Don't know it very well, but I can go get my masters at Emory or Georgia Tech and then fly wherever I want on weekends.” Plenty of future lifelong Atlantans have their origin story along those lines. The airport/Delta partnership is our money printer.
@conorsen: Atlanta isn't a single industry town but the importance of the partnership between Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and Delta Air Lines is the straw that stirs the drink here. It's not as prominent as tech or finance in other cities but it's the most important asset of our economy.
Reuben Rodriguez / @reubenr80027912: @conorsen 1. CNN leaving ATL feels like a blow to your (correct!) “Rising Sunbelt” theory 2. Still wild to see that pic of CNN HQ and remember in begining of Floyd protests in June '20 a *huge* demonstration landed there to chant “CNN Sucks!”
Derek Thompson / @dkthomp: @ReubenR80027912 @conorsen I think the fact that a news outlet, which is trying to turn back the clock on media strategy, is moving away from the sunbelt ironically speaks quite highly of conor's thesis!
@conorsen: @ReubenR80027912 CNN leaving Atlanta was a mistake, though in the modern media environment I don't know how much it would make a difference today.
@stphnfwlr: 👀 “The fact that Atlanta was outside the Beltway [in D.C.] and outside of New York was critical to us as journalists,” she told Axios. “We didn't have the bias of living in those cities.” https://twitter.com/...
Emma Hurt / @emma_hurt: “I think there's a great irony” in CNN's shift north... “Because I don't think CNN would have made it if we'd been in New York or Washington.” As CNN departs the iconic downtown CNN Center this year, reflections on its hometown #atlpol @axios https://www.axios.com/...
@axios: CNN was founded in Atlanta in 1980 as the world's first 24-hour TV news network. But the network has been shifting its center of gravity to D.C., and New York for decades, and this year it will start a new chapter in a smaller Atlanta office. https://www.axios.com/...
Coin-er Sen / @conorsen: “The fact that Atlanta was outside the Beltway [in D.C.] and outside of New York was critical to us as journalists,” she told Axios. “We didn't have the bias of living in those cities.” https://www.axios.com/...
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Memo: CNN shifts CNN en Español's production to Mexico City, scaling back linear TV work and expanding mobile video; source: Atlanta and Miami may see job cuts
Memo: CNN shifts CNN en Español's production to Mexico City, scaling back linear TV work and expanding mobile video; source: Atlanta and Miami may see job cuts
Discussion: Adweek, @variety, @jason and Talking Biz News
Mark Mwachiro / Adweek: CNN en Español to Shift Production Operations to Mexico City
@variety: CNN will shift the bulk of its operations behind its Spanish-language efforts to Mexico City, scaling back production of content for linear television in favor of work aimed at reaching a younger audience that favors mobile video. https://variety.com/...
@jason: Cable TV news/entertainment is hard and getting harder... it means nothing to young people, who get their news in clips on social media and podcasts. CNN and Fox are going to need to keeping cutting https://twitter.com/...
Dawn Wotapka / Talking Biz News: Media Movers: CNN's Gustavo Valdes
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
DirecTV strikes a nonexclusive multiyear deal with EverPass Media, formed to distribute NFL games to commercial spots, to keep broadcasting NFL Sunday Ticket — - DirecTV has struck a multiyear deal with EverPass Media to commercially provide the NFL's “Sunday Ticket” package.
Todd Spangler / Variety: DirecTV Inks NFL Sunday Ticket Deal for Bars, Restaurants and Other Businesses After YouTube Nabs Retail Rights
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google: NFL Sunday Ticket won't go to businesses through YouTube TV, as DirecTV strikes deal
Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost: DirecTV Inks Deal To Keep Distributing NFL Sunday Ticket To Public Venues
Alex Sherman / @sherman4949: Interestingly, I'm told the deal isn't exclusive ... meaning, other cable/streaming companies could also pay for commercial rights for Sunday Ticket. And EverPass Media could someday just build a commercial connection itself if it chooses. https://twitter.com/...
PR Newswire: NFL Sunday Ticket Continues to be Available to Commercial Establishments Nationwide Through DIRECTV
Jay Peters / The Verge: YouTube will let you watch unlimited NFL Sunday Ticket streams, but only at home
Jordan Bondurant / Barrett Media: DirecTV Renews Deal to Provide Sunday Ticket to Bars & Restaurants
Dade Hayes / Deadline: DirecTV Sets Deal To Continue Distributing NFL Sunday Ticket To Commercial Businesses As Consumer Rights Shift To YouTube
Meg James / Los Angeles Times: DirecTV keeps NFL Sunday Ticket rights for restaurants, bars and casinos
Eli Blumenthal / CNET: DirecTV Will Keep NFL Sunday Ticket in Bars, Restaurants and Hotels
Matthew Keys / The Desk: DirecTV will continue offering Sunday Ticket to businesses
Joe Lucia / Awful Announcing: DirecTV agrees to deal with NFL to distribute Sunday Ticket in bars and restaurants