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‘Rosewater,’ Jon Stewart’s film about a jailed journalist, opens Friday

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Jon Stewart’s first film as a director, “Rosewater,” opens in theaters on Friday. The film is based journalist Maziar Bahari’s book about his detention in Iran in 2009. Manhola Dargis wrote about the film on Thursday for The New York Times and includes this background.

This fictional movie tells the story of the real Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-born journalist living in London who was arrested in Iran while covering the 2009 elections for Newsweek. Accused of being an agent for foreign intelligence organizations, he was thrown into the Evin Prison, where he was interrogated and beaten, partly for the surreal reason that he had appeared on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.”

Here’s the trailer:

Mike Pesca spoke with Bahari on Thursday for Slate’s The Gist podcast about appearing on The Daily Show and his arrest in Iran. Read more


After Schiller exit, an odd tension at Twitter

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Vivian Schiller’s exit could signal tension for Twitter and journalists: Adam Sharp, who is in charge of government partnerships, will return to heading news partnerships as well. (Re/code) | “That puts him in an oddly conflicted position of advising government officials who are seeking to influence public opinion and journalists who are trying to get past that manipulation and explain what they see as the real story.” (NYT)
  2. NBC wanted Jon Stewart for “Meet the Press”: “They were ready to back the Brink’s truck up,” a source tells Gabriel Sherman. (New York) | “The revelation also underscored just how seriously [NBC News President Deborah] Turness thought about blowing up “Meet the Press,” which has fallen from first to third place in the Sunday morning political show ratings.” (CNN) | “If it’s Sunday, it’s your moment of zen.” (@chucktodd)
  3. Readers have always lied about what kinds of stories they like: “We were always ‘Facebook readers’ long before there was a Facebook.” (The Atlantic) | RELATED: Kara Swisher says, “I still think the old media hates the Internet and hopes it will go away.” (Vanity Fair)
  4. Still missing ONA?
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Texas Monthly BBQ editor travels ‘from one end of the state to the other eating smoked brisket’

mediawiremorningHappy Labor Day weekend. Andrew Beaujon’s back on Tuesday. Thanks for reading this week.

  1. Ask him about his cholesterol: The nation’s only full-time barbecue editor — no, he doesn’t weigh 400 pounds — understands why readers are obsessed with his health: “My job requires that I travel from one end of the state to the other eating smoked brisket, one of the fattiest cuts on the steer. And I can’t forget to order the pork ribs, sausage, and beef ribs,” Daniel Vaughn writes. Former Texas Monthly editor in chief Jake Silverstein says Vaughn has “figured out how to make the barbecue lifestyle compatible with staying above ground.” (Texas Monthly)
  2. What to do when you’re arrested: Whether it happened in Ferguson or elsewhere, first you should call the station where you were booked to get your arrest report.
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Russian ‘law on bloggers’ takes effect today

mediawiremorningHello there. Sorry this isn’t Beaujon. Here are 10 or so media stories. Happy Friday!

  1. Russian blogger law goes into effect: It could crack down on free expression, Alec Luhn explains: “Popularly known as the ‘law on bloggers,’ the legislation requires users of any website whose posts are read by more than 3,000 people each day to publish under their real name and register with the authorities if requested.” (The Guardian) | “Registered bloggers have to disclose their true identity, avoid hate speech, ‘extremist calls’ and even obscene language.” (Gigaom) | The law also states that “social networks must maintain six months of data on its users.” (BBC News)
  2. More on David Frum non-faked photo fakery saga: Photo fakery surely occurs in places like Gaza, James Fallows writes.
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Wikipedia blackout forces Jon Stewart to turn to news outlets for SOPA information

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Wikipedia’s blackout to protest SOPA forced Jon Stewart to learn about the legislation another way: “With Wikipedia down, I had no choice but to turn to a notoriously unreliable source: the news,” he said, grimacing. || Related: 8 million people used Wikipedia’s tool to look up contact information for their elected officials (Techdirt) | TV news shows spotty about disclosing parent companies’ support of SOPA (The New York Times) | SOPA proponents launch TV, radio print ad campaign (Adweek) | Dilbert creator Scott Adams writes, “I have one of the most widely stolen intellectual properties in the history of the world. Emotionally, I’m okay with that. It feels like a compliment. Financially, I have no idea if piracy has hurt me in any meaningful way.”

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As ‘Daily Show’ turns 15 years old, Jon Stewart’s best media criticism moments

The longest-running show on Comedy Central debuted July 21, 1996 — 15 years ago this week. Jon Stewart became host of “The Daily Show” in 1999, and has been commenting on the media ever since. Stewart, who has often been compared to broadcast news icon Edward R. Murrow, insists he is not a journalist but holds accountable those who are. Stewart and his staff are serious about media criticism, as they told Mallary Tenore in 2009. Here are highlights of the show’s media criticism through the years. Read more


Jon Stewart ‘apologizes’ for remark about Fox News viewers

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On Tuesday’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart responded to PolitiFact’s “False” verdict on his claim that Fox News watchers are “the most consistently misinformed media viewers.” Here’s an excerpt:

I may have during the ["Fox News Sunday"] interview [with Chris Wallace] mentioned that Fox News viewers are, quote, the most consistently misinformed media viewers …As it turns out I was misinformed, which should not have been surprising because I watch a lot of Fox News. … PolitiFact, the nonpartisan fact-checking guy or guys or girl, thoroughly researched my statement and they found that while in two of the surveys Fox News viewers scored the lowest, in other polls they were merely near the bottom. …

Anyway, ultimately PolitiFact declared my statement false. I defer to their judgment and I apologize for my mistake.

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PolitiFact to Jon Stewart: Not true that Fox News viewers are ‘most consistently misinformed’

PolitiFact, the fact-checking operation run by Poynter’s St. Petersburg Times, looked into  Jon Stewart’s statement to Chris Wallace, “Who has the most consistently misinformed media viewers? Fox. Fox viewers. Consistently. Every poll.” Louis Jacobson writes that three Pew studies “superficially rank” Fox News viewers low in knowledge of current events. But people who rely on other general-interest media also rank low, and viewers of some Fox News programs rank high (along with those who watch Stewart’s show). Two other surveys show mixed support for Stewart’s statement. Read more


Stewart’s best lines to Wallace on ‘Fox News Sunday’

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Ken Tucker says Jon Stewart’s appearance on “Fox News Sunday” was “one of the best interviews Stewart has given articulating his views” and that the Comedy Central host “came as close as I have seen to losing his temper” when he told Chris Wallace: “Who has the most consistently misinformed media viewers? Fox. Fox viewers. Consistently. Every poll.” Here’s what else he told Wallace:

* I think that you are here in some respects to bring a credibility and an integrity to an organization that might not otherwise have it, without your presence. So, you are here as a counterweight to Hannity, let’s say, or a counterweight to Glenn Beck.

* Being a comedian is harder than what you do.

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Cramer: ‘The old me would have hit Jon Stewart with a chair’

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Jon Stewart‘s “Daily Show” takedown of Jim Cramer happened more than two years ago, but the CNBC “Mad Money” host is still discussing it. He says in Sunday’s Times Magazine:

I’m proud I didn’t [hit Stewart with a chair]. I controlled myself. But maybe I shouldn’t have. Maybe I should have taken the gloves off. When Stewart talked about how his 75-year-old mother lost money in the market, I could have said: ‘Hey, your brother Larry Leibowitz is one of the heads of the New York Stock Exchange. Why didn’t he give your mom advice? Maybe I should have said that.”

For 15 long minutes, Cramer sat abjectly as Stewart pummeled him, writes Zev Chafets. Stewart accused Cramer of being a snake-oil salesman and suggested that he and his colleagues at CNBC were responsible for cheerleading Wall Street shenanigans. Read more

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