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Former Fox employee kills himself outside of News Corp building

The Wall Street Journal

A man who fatally shot himself outside News Corp’s New York headquarters was a former employee of a Fox News affiliate, Pervaiz Shallwani and Heather Haddon wrote Monday for The Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal report, attributed to “a law enforcement official,” says the man, Phillip Perea, worked out of a station in Austin, Texas. He was “handing out fliers” that blamed his employers for having “ended my career,” right before he shot himself:

A suicide note and a gun were recovered at the scene, the official said. Mr. Perea took to his Twitter page about an hour before the shooting, further criticizing his former employer and linking to a more than 8-minute YouTube video laying out his complaints.

A Twitter account registered to a user matching the name given to The Wall Street Journal tweeted Monday about workplace bullying and linked to a YouTube playlist called “The American Workplace Bully: How FOX News Ended My Career.” There are 35 videos in the playlist, and many feature a narrator discussing perceived conflicts with his employer. Read more

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Paris plans to sue Fox News

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CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour tweeted Tuesday that the city would sue Fox News:

Fox News previously issued multiple apologies for segments on shows that described so-called Muslim “no-go” zones. One Fox News guest described these zones as places where “Sharia courts are set up, where Muslim density is very intense, where police don’t go in,” characterizations that Fox News apologized for, according to Erik Wemple.

When pressed by Amanpour, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo made clear that the city singled out Fox News for litigation, Mediaite’s Josh Feldman reports.

Here’s the video of Hidalgo talking to Amanpour:

It’s unlikely that Paris will be successful in its suit for a couple of reasons, said Anthony L. Read more

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Sharyl Attkisson is suing the government

Politico | Fox News

Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Justice for illegal surveillance allegedly conducted while she was reporting on the government, multiple sources reported Monday.

Attkisson told Fox News’ Howard Kurtz she and her attorneys have evidence tying the government to various surveillance attempts including monitoring the audio on her Skype account and refreshing “software to steal data and obtain passwords on her home and work computers.”

Attkisson previously detailed the accusations of government surveillance in her book, “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington,” which was published in November. Among other things, the book mentions a suspicious cable that was attached to her Verizon FiOS box. She also published a video that purported to show an outside entity hacking her word processor. Max Fisher of Vox.com analyzed the video and says it shows a stuck backspace key. Read more

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Career Beat: Mark Little steps down as CEO at Storyful

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Rahul Chopra is now CEO at Storyful. Previously, he was chief revenue officer there. Mark Little is now director of editorial innovation at Storyful. Previously, he was CEO there. (Storyful)
  • Skip Foster has been named president and publisher of the Tallahassee (Florida) Democrat. Previously, he was publisher of the Northwest Florida Daily News. (Poynter)
  • Cheryl Scott has joined the weather team at WLS-Channel 7. Previously, she was a meteorologist at WMAQ-Channel 5. (Robert Feder)
  • Jana Winter is now a national security reporter at The Intercept. Previously, she was an investigative reporter at Fox News. (The Intercept)
  • Dan Berman will be assistant managing editor at the National Journal. Previously, he was White House editor at Politico. (Huffington Post)
  • Mary Beth Marklein is now a full-time student at George Mason University. Previously, she was the education editor for Politico Pro.
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Here’s how news homepages showed the no indictment ruling in Eric Garner’s death

News broke on Wednesday afternoon that a grand jury in New York would not indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. Here are screenshots of how the news appeared on the homepages of several news organizations, with links to their coverage:

The New York Post:

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CNN:

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Vox:

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The New York Times:

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BuzzFeed News:

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Gawker:

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Epoch Times:

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The Guardian:

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Yahoo News:

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Al Jazeera America:

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Fox News:

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Huffington Post:

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My colleague Ben Mullin has also started a Twitter list with journalists reporting on the ruling. Please let him know who he’s missing through email or Twitter.


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Fox News reporter talks about getting camera busted in Ferguson

Fox News reporter Steve Harrigan was covering the unrest Monday night in Ferguson, Missouri, when someone in the crowd busted his photographer’s camera.

“When we got there initally we were surrounded by eight or 10 young men calling me Darren Wilson,” Harrigan said by phone. But then glass broke on a nearby store, and that “distracted people,” Harrigan said.

Harrigan in Ferguson.

Harrigan in Ferguson.

He tried to show some of the goods getting looted when a smaller group — maybe four or five people — set upon him and camera operator Dutch Wargo. “I think there was some unhappiness we were showing looting,” Harrigan said.

One person shouted “Fuck Fox!” Another smashed the camera to the ground, disabling it. Harrigan and Wargo broadcast from iPhones while Wargo got his backup camera operating.

Steve Harrigan, who is normally based in Miami, has been in Ferguson for 11 days and also covered Ferguson in August. Read more

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Career Beat: Former White House chief of staff to Vice Media

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Alyssa Mastromonaco will be chief operating officer at Vice Media. Previously, she was deputy chief of staff for operations for the Obama administration. (New York Times)
  • Adam Kilgore will be a national sports reporter at The Washington Post. Previously, he was a Nationals beat writer there. (Washington Post)
  • Eric Eldon is now editor-in-chief of Hoodline. Previously, he was co-editor at TechCrunch. (Otherwise E)
  • Alyssa Danigelis will be head of media and storytelling at Flip Labs. She was an editor at Muck Rack. (Muck Rack)
  • Sandra Kotzambasis is now news director at KPNX in Phoenix, Arizona. Previously, she was senior executive producer there. (Arizona Republic)
  • Andy Fishman is now news director at WJW in Cleveland. Previously, he was interim news director there. (Cleveland.com)
  • Sean McGarvy will be managing editor of WXIN in Indianapolis.
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Fox News diversity program marks 10th year

Fox News Channel’s Ailes Apprentice Program has graduated its 10th class. The diversity initiative, launched by Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, provides four people a paid yearlong deep dive into Fox News’ operations. Vice President of Fox News Latino Francisco Cortes was a 21-year-old production assistant when he got the tap in 2003.

“I was thinking I was getting a call from the newsroom director because I did something wrong,” he said. Cortes, who had recently left the U.S. Army, called the program “boot camp for up and coming journalists.” He would learn about various departments and “the ABCs of the business” from company executives he said, and the year culminated in meeting Ailes.

“You’re not just given a certificate, given a pat on the back,” Cortes said. “You’re given continued mentorship after that, continued support from Mr. Ailes and his executive team.”(Cortes, a network executive, said he still refers to Ailes as “Mr.” – a habit he attributes to his military background.)

Llenas.

Llenas.

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Fox News crushed competitors on election night

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Fox News beat broadcast networks on election night

    It also crushed in 2010, the last Republican wave. (NYT) | "Fox News is normally the dominant player in cable news, but its high ratings on Tuesday may have been partly influenced by the nature of the 2014 electorate." (Politico) | Related: "Think of the GOP’s Senate takeover as a full-employment act for Washington reporters," Jack Shafer writes. (Reuters)

  2. Earnings season update

    News Corp saw overall revenues rise, but ad revenue at its print newspapers fell 7 percent over the same period the year before. Strong results at its book division (including recently acquired Harlequin) and other businesses drove an overall growth in revenue at the spun-off company. (Capital) | Torstar, which sold Harlequin to News Corp, saw a 7 percent drop in revenue over all.

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Cell Sets Fire to Pillow, Story Sets Fire to TV Station Website

A news report about a small fire with no injuries took the internet by storm last week. The question is why.

The story is about a Dallas area teen who says her cellphone caught fire beneath her pillow as she slept

The teen went to sleep with her Samsung Galaxy S4 under her pillow and awoke to a smouldering mess, according to KDFW, a Dallas-Fort Worth Fox affiliate. The father of the teen told KDFW he thinks the phone battery may have caused the meltdown, Samsung says the battery was not an original part but was a replacement unit.

The video has generated more than 1.1 million YouTube Views, 4 million page views on the station’s website and generated even more for the other Fox owned and operated stations that posted the story.  Until now, the station’s YouTube record stood at 27,000. KDFW Consumer reporter Steve Noviello says he has never seen anything like it, but says there are some solid reasons for its success. Read more

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