Friday Crib Sheet: CNN Debuts New Show, Sharpton Vs Santorum

– CNN debuts new morning show:

Megyn Kelly vs Kent Sorensen. Point Kelly. I adore how at 1:45 in a Bachmann for President truck drives by in the background.

– Rick Santorum vs Al Sharpton. Point Santorum.

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If Sharpton is trying to stay positive so that he can attract more guests, which is part of the double-edged sword of political shows, it would show that he’s actually grown a bit as a media figure (he’s not a broadcaster). However, I think it may stem from his reluctance to allow Santorum to defend himself against Sharpton’s wild accusations. Sharpton doesn’t stay positive: he continues alluding to some sort of smack talk for the duration of Santorum’s appearance. Lame.

Andrew Malcolm’s sharp piece on the NYT’s subscription gaffe:

A worker for the New York Times was preparing a pleading missive to several hundred disgruntled subscribers noting that they had recently canceled their paper deliveries …

… The Times worker, who will shortly be informed that he/she has accepted the next buyout offer, pushed the button. And off the email went — to nearly 9 million people on the wrong list …

… So, according to Associated Press, in true Anthony Weineresque fashion, someone rushed out an urgent company Tweet suggesting spam: “If you received an email today about canceling your NYT subscription, ignore it. It’s not from us.”

Read what happened next here.

The ongoing NYT war:

The family-controlled New York Times Company is gripped by a crisis, its news staff near mutiny over the escalating financial squeeze on their pay and benefits, and its president abruptly dismissed with a $15 million golden parachute. According to unnamed sources, Robinson’s sin was to overshadow Pinch Sulzberger, the incompetent family heirduring whose tenure the newspaper has gone from high profitability and prestige to continued shrinkage, low profits, and status as house organ of the American left, widely distrusted and ridiculed outside the blue bubble.

Read the whole thing.

– Malcolm sends this link: Save Our Times. Can the Times be saved?

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