Posts tagged “media failure”

Factoid: Katie Couric’s Salary vs. NPR’s Budget

Katie Couric‘s annual salary is more than the entire annual budgets of NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered combined. Couric’s salary comes to an estimated $15 million a year; NPR spends $6 million a year on its morning show and $5 million on its afternoon one. NPR has seventeen foreign bureaus (which costs it another $9.4 million a year); CBS has twelve. Few figures, I think, better capture the absurd financial structure of the network news.Michael Massing
Columbia Journalism Review

Via BoingBoing

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Glenn Beck: just stupid or actually mentally challenged?

Is Glenn Beck actually handicapped?


Poor Glenn. He is a huge star on Fox News and conservative radio across the country (though he is losing his grasp), but claims to be outside the “mainstream” media. He rails against the (wonderful and essential) fairness doctrine, but who would we put up to counter the above clip? A first grade spelling list? There’s nothing fair about that!

I wonder if the crew members in the Fox studios watch this stuff as it is happening and just pull their hair out or are they too inebriated from the kool-aid to notice? Take a moment and vote below so I can get a better feel for how I can proceed with coverage of Beck. After all, it isn’t any fun to mock him if he actually can’t help himself. Then, after the jump, nauseate yourself by watching Glenn try to flirt with/sexually harass one of his “correspondents”.
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Tell me again, why are newspapers failing?

Video: The Daily Show

Evidently, The Times is unfamiliar with The Daily Show.

1) Seriously, Bill Keller, why would you agree to this interview? Did your kids want to see you on the funny news show?

2) Rick Berke: you really never considered that a newspaper contains “aged” news? Your web staff just threw up in their mouths.

3) Kristin Mason: for future reference, the coordination of communications involves the ability to deviate from script.

This was amateur hour with the senior staff of one of the biggest media companies in the world. They got their asses handed to them by the same actor who stole Ted’s fiance on How I Met Your Mother. Perhaps if Keller didn’t spend so much time at the Baghdad bureau, he could turn the news organization he runs into a 21st century operation. Goo.

Disclosure: This was written by someone who occasionally does his own reporting, but usually does get by poking holes in the shoddy work of others.

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