A dozen people in the television business were interviewed for this article, but nearly all insisted on anonymity either for legal reasons or for fear of retaliation by Mr. Olbermann or their employers.The key line from Brian Stelter’s latest piece on Keith Olbermann’s departure from Current TV, which notes that even if Olbermann himself doesn’t stick around on a network, the host has a tendency for setting the tone of the network’s coverage — and inspiring hordes of followers in the process. The piece also talks about the challenges Current TV faces in its efforts to becoming a purely liberal network, suggesting that it’s trying to take the next step from Fox News and MSNBC, which mix news and opinion. Ratings suck, though, though they improved with Olbermann and his fellow anchors.
CNN rumored to be acquiring Mashable: Could two media organizations be more made for one another? Possibly not, says the man in the teal shirt — and the buyout could reach $200 million, which is smaller (but nearing the scale) of last year’s AOL/HuffPo merger. Brian Stelter did a piece on this story, too, which CNN is currently denying.
Brian Stelter of The New York Times — generally one of Twitter’s best users — made a gaffe in which he claimed that Christiane Amanpour is leaving ABC News’ “This Week,” where she made a high-profile move last year. However, he did so unintentionally — he meant to DM it, but instead, publicly shared it. Stelter, to his credit, kept the original tweet online. A look-back:
I’m hearing that Amanpour is formally out of “This Week” — though only from a single source — are you hearing the same? 212-556-4668— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 13, 2011
The initial tweet.
Well that was embarrassing. That was supposed to be a DM.— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 13, 2011
3 reasons I didn’t delete accidental tweet: people had already read it; some had retweeted it; it needed to be explained.— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 13, 2011
I’m w/ a NY Post reporter who says he was roughed up by riot police as Zuccotti was cleared. He thinks violence was ‘completely deliberate.’The New York Times’ Brian Stelter • Discussing some of the violence and roadblocks journalists faced last night when trying to cover the Zuccotti Park eviction. Journalists faced much trouble trying to tell a difficult story last night, as there are reports that they were kept long distances away and prevented from providing information to readers about what was happening in the cleanup. As Mediaite so eloquently put it, “Press badges apparently meant nothing.”
How many have to be killed for you to assess this as serious enough?Piers Morgan • During a suitably dramatic debate on whether the media overhyped coverage of Hurricane Irene. Morgan and a couple of his fellow guests — New York Times super-reporter Brian Stelter and meteorologist Chad Meyers — ripped into the Washington Times’ Joseph Curl, who claimed that the storm was in fact overhyped. Curl was against a stacked jury: Stelter (who is on Tumblr) had just gotten back from North Carolina, Meyers is a meteorologist and Morgan is a sucker for passionate quotes. The overhyped argument loses again in the media sphere. Now, let’s go talk about getting some donations to people who need it. source (via • follow)