Eat The Press


    The numbers are in: New York Times shareholders have withheld votes representing 42 percent of the Class A shares. The votes withheld represent over half the investors not a part of the Ochs-Sulzberger family, though reportedly all directors have decided to stay on despite the vote. Gawker has a behind-the-scenes look at the craziness of it all. [NYT, Gawker]

  • Meet the Press: No, really. Bill Moyers is back and with a vengeance. His special on PBS tonight titled "Buying the War" examines how, post 9/11 "the media abandoned their role as watchdog and became a lapdog instead." We wonder, can the conclusion behind today's NYT's MEL article be applied here also? [WaPo, NYT]

  • Take a deep breath, Chicken Little: A new study has shown that when online readership is taken into account, the world is not ending newspaper's readership is actually growing. [E&P]

  • "There is no cut-off or science to this or formula." In the aftermath of David Halberstam's sudden death this week the New York Times had to scramble to write the obituary. Jack Shafer offers his own thoughts on Halberstam's legacy. [E&P, Slate]

  • World Domination! Rupert Murdoch has called a summit at his California ranch next week to discuss survival strategy for his newspaper empire in the face of online growth [FT]

  • Like we said, world domination: Mark Burnett is reportedly planning on using the Rupert Murdoch-owned MySpace to create a new political-based reality show to air in the run up to next year's election. We're having visions of Tina Tequila for President bumper stickers. [LAT]

  • Don't touch the real world: In Touch magazine's foray into non-celebrity story-land was a bust. Last week's cover, which featured heroes of Virginia Tech in lieu of Brangelina et al., was one of the lowest issues of the year. Fortunately for them, we still have Paris. [NYP]

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