Jessie Jackson on Diversity in Media: I Bought My Way Into Speaking With CEOs


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Jessie Jackson spoke recently with USA Today about the push of his group, Rainbow Push Coalition, for increasing the number of minority employees in the tech industry’s workforce. His approach has been mainly comprised of talks with senior management in the field. But these talks occurred only once he invested in stocks of the executives’ companies.

“I think the reason we got some media coverage is because we go to shareholder’s meetings. You can’t get an appointment with a president or a chairman of the board, but at the shareholders meetings, they’re there so we bought shares of stocks in a significant number of companies, whether it’s high tech, automative, or Wall Street or banks. We’re able to go to those shareholders meetings and demand some answers and reciprocal trades.”

Watch the entire interview here.

London Police Replacing Peer-to-Peer Websites Ads With Ambiguous Warning


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From Forbes:

“The City of London police in the UK has begun placing ads on illegal torrent sites in an effort to curb their advertising revenue.

Messages will appear instead of paid-for ads which, according to the police, will make it harder for these sites to look authentic. (…)

Speaking about the new initiative, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fyfe said: “When adverts from well known brands appear on illegal websites, they lend them a look of legitimacy and inadvertently fool consumers into thinking the site is authentic.”

Sunblock will detect websites on the police’s “infringing websites list” that are displaying adverts, and serve the police notice instead, which simply explains that the website is under investigation and encourages the user to close their browser. The website will not be paid from the police or Sunblock to display the warning.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles PR Forgot To Inform Them About 9/11?


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From Ad Week:

“Ninja Turtles reboot—showing the half-shell heroes leaping from an exploding skyscraper and advertising a Sept. 11 release date—met with widespread criticism after being tweeted by Paramount Pictures.

The poster image, tweeted by @ParamountAU, was accompanied by the message “Check out the official poster for #TMNT in cinemas September 11!” The tweet was deleted several hours later, after being passed around Twitter by offended users.

Paramount’s social media gaffe, as The Daily Dot pointed out, was likely a result of slapping the Australian release date on the pre-existing poster art. The movie is slated for an Aug. 8 release in the U.S. and the studio seemingly overlooked the signifigance of the Australian release date and how it would change interpretations of the poster.

By the time the tweet was deleted, it had made the rounds on Twitter and elsewhere.”


Ex-Formula One Head Sues Google For Prostitute Pictures


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From BBC:

“Ex-Formula One boss Max Mosley is suing Google for continuing to publish images of him with prostitutes at a sex party.

He has issued High Court proceedings against the internet firm for breaches of the Data Protection Act and misusing private information.

The 74-year-old wants Google to block pictures first published in the now-defunct tabloid News of the World, which he successfully sued in 2008.

Google said it had been working with Mr Mosley “to address his concerns”.Mr Mosley won damages from the News of the World after it published a story alleging he had organised a Nazi-themed orgy. (…)

The newspaper had secretly filmed the former president of the FIA, motor sport’s world governing body, with five prostitutes and later published a front-page story.

Mr Mosley – the son of 1930s fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley – won £60,000 after a judge ruled there was no substance to the allegation that there had been a Nazi theme to the sex party and found that his privacy had been breached.”

Oopsie: Newspaper Mistakes Dead ‘Jackass’ Actor For Israeli Soldier


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From L.A. Times:

“New Zealand newspaper is making apologies after it accidentally ran a front page picture of the late “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn, thinking he was a New Zealand-born Israeli soldier.

The editor of the New Zealand Herald took full responsibility Monday for the error.

Both on the cover of its print edition and on its website, the outlet ran a photo of Dunn thinking he was Staff Sgt. Guy Boyland, a soldier killed Friday during combat in Gaza. Boyland was featured in the paper’s cover story.

The Herald lifted the picture of Dunn off Boyland’s Facebook page without further investigating, according to the editor.

Boyland was a fan of Dunn’s, and the two do look similar.”

All The Sarah Palin You Can Handle For $99.95/Year (This Just In: Savings Accounts Openings Skyrocket)


From Variety:

“Sarah Palin — former governor of Alaska, erstwhile candidate for VP of the U.S. and polarizing public figure — has unveiled a new subscription-based Internet TV network that promises direct access to her and her supporters.

The Sarah Palin Channel, which costs $9.95 per month or $99.95 for a one-year subscription, will feature her commentary on “important issues facing the nation,” as well as behind-the-scenes looks into her personal life as “mother, grandmother, wife and neighbor.”

Palin serves as executive editor, overseeing all content posted to the channel.“I want to talk directly to you on our channel, on my terms — and no need to please the powers that be,” Palin, who is also a Fox News contributor, said in a video announcing the channel. “Together, we’ll go beyond the sound bites and cut through the media’s politically correct filter.”

Palin is producing the channel in partnership with Tapp, the online-video venture formed by Jeff Gaspin, former chairman of NBCUniversal Television, and Jon Klein, former president of CNN U.S.

The conservative pol’s online network is modeled on TheBlaze, the online-video network and website that ex-Fox News host Glenn Beck launched in 2011. TheBlaze TV is now also carried on Dish Network and regional cable systems.

Subscribers to the Sarah Palin Channel will have the ability to post their own videos to the website, submit questions to her, and participate in online video chats with her and other subscribers. Active U.S. military members can subscribe free of charge, according to Tapp. (…)

Tapp investors include Discovery Communications and individuals including investment bankers Ken Moelis and Peter Ezersky. They were recently joined by Luminari Capital, a venture fund founded by Daniel Leff focused on digital video investments.”

TMI 2.0: Reporter Fired After ‘Bra-less’ ‘Confessions’


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From Mediaite:

“WAAY-TV reporter Shea Allen posted a controversial “confessions” blog last week, caught some heat for it, and ultimately decided to leave it up in honor of the right to free expression.

The investigative reporter for Huntsville, Alabama’s ABC affiliate wrote a blog post last week, originally entitled “Confessions of a Red Headed Reporter,” containing 10 confessional bullet-points on her looks, her TV career, and her beliefs.

Full list below:

1. I’ve gone bra-less during a live broadcast and no one was the wiser.

2. My best sources are the ones who secretly have a crush on me.

3. I am better live when I have no script and no idea what I’m talking about.

4. I’ve mastered the ability to contort my body into a position that makes me appear much skinner [sic] in front of the camera than I actually am.

5. I hate the right side of my face.

6. I’m frightened of old people and I refuse to do stories involving them or the places they reside.

7. Happy, fluffy, rainbow stories about good things make me depressed.

8. I’ve taken naps in the news car.

9. If you ramble and I deem you unnecessary for my story, I’ll stop recording but let you think otherwise.

10. I’ve stolen mail and then put it back. (maybe) (…)

UPDATE: Allen updates me, via Twitter, that she was “terminated without cause” for her confessional post. Unsure why exactly her post warranted unemployment, but we will wait to see if WAAY-TV has any comment.

UPDATE II: WAAY-TV responded with a swift, stern “no comment” on matters relating to employees.””