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Sony's cowardice, Hollywood's loss

politico.com — Picking up on Mark Harris' briliant piece about the stifling totalitarianism of Hollywood franchises and sequels, Ross Douthat identifies the most culturally devastating result of Sony's decision to pull "The Interview": [I]f you care about the movies, then what’s happened to Seth Rogen and James Franco’s comedy is also...

The best of the Sony backlash

politico.com — "You should be furious about Hollywood's gutless retreat on The Interview," by Scott Meslow: A multi-billion-dollar Hollywood studio was brought to its knees by nine disjointed sentences from an anonymous hacker. ... It should go without saying that the threat - which marked the culmination of a weeks-long campaign against the North...

The delusions of Sony and Sorkin

politico.com — On Sunday, a lawyer for Sony Pictures Entertainment sent a letter to prominent media outlets demanding that they not publish the “stolen information” unearthed in last month's the high-profile hack. The studio “does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any...

In praise of 'The Upshot'

politico.com — New York's Gabriel Sherman heaps much-deserved praise on The Upshot, the New York Times data-journalism site spearheaded by David Leonhardt: When Nate Silver, the ­statistics-­savvy ­presidential-campaign prognosticator, uprooted his data-driven FiveThirtyEight blog from the New York Times and moved it to ESPN and ABC News in July 2013,...

Remainders - POLITICO.com

politico.com — Ann Compton reflects on 40 years at the White House. The Senate's torture report is a bestseller on Amazon. The networks go all-in on the torture report coverage. Richard Engel was almost Saddam's human shield. Matt Drudge still rules the conservative media roost. Capital flows like water to new media companies.

The trouble at NBC News, in one chart

politico.com — Over at The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Wolff breaks down NBC News' ratings woes, which he attributes to an overpopulation of executives. You'll note from his chart that NBC -- long the dominant force in the mornings, on the weeknights and on Sundays -- is currently losing to the competition across the board in the coveted 25-to-54 year-old...

Remnick: Gladwell failure isn't plagiarism

politico.com — The anonymous plagiarism watchdogs who spent months going after Fareed Zakaria have finally set their sights on another target: Malcolm Gladwell, the best-selling author and New Yorker staff writer. In a new report, the authors allege three examples of plagiarism, including a 2010 article that uses text and information from Miles Wolff’s 1970...

The Grey Lady's delicate sensibilities

politico.com — Slate's Justin Peters protests the New York Times' sensitivity to profanity: In its recent account of the turmoil at the New Republic, the New York Times noted that widely loathed chief executive Guy Vidra “told the staff that he intended to break stuff-though he used a profanity.” ...

Gawker's Denton to step down as president

politico.com — Nick Denton will step down as president of Gawker Media and appoint a seven-person managing board, of which he will be a member, he announced in a memo to staff on Wednesday. The move, Denton said, was part of an effort to scale back his day-to-day managerial roles and return to blogging, which he called "the only truly new media in the age of...

Guardian's Alan Rusbridger to step down

politico.com — Alan Rusbridger, the award-winning editor who ushered The Guardian into the digital era and led its groundbreaking coverage of Wikileaks and Rupert Murdoch's phone-hacking scandal, is stepping down after 20 years at the helm, he announced Wednesday. “It’s been quite an extraordinary period in the life of the Guardian," Rusbridger...
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Dec 19, 2014

here’s a video of roger ailes at a senior center update meeting in Putnam County… vimeo.com/114606600 (h/t @gabrielsherman)

Dec 18, 2014

“Meet” has Rubio this Sunday… no one else listed yet

Dec 18, 2014

RT @johnpcoale: This addiction to email is killing us and is unnecessary. Instant com is only needed rarely. The hackers r winning so pick up the GD phone

Dec 18, 2014

RT @jameshohmann: Clinton vs. Bush as a modern-day story of "The tortoise and the hare" -- read @maggiepolitico's latest take on 2016: politico.com/story/2014/12/….

Dec 18, 2014

North Korea’s Finest Hour: After 60 years of trying to be taken seriously, the strangest regime on earth succeeds... politico.com/magazine/story…

Dec 18, 2014

"This sort of panicked cowardice would be absurd if it wasn't so damn sad.” gizmodo.com/movie-theaters…

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