The Morning Lowdown 11.01.10


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»  The Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s Rally To Restore Sanity in Washington, D.C., on Saturday was “history’s largest act of press criticism,” noted the NYT’s Brian Stelter. Both Buzzmachine’s Jeff Jarvis and the NYT’s David Carr agreed with that assessment, but differed on the merits of the critique. [The Caucas, Buzzmachine, NYT]

»  Randy Michaels, who was ousted as The Tribune Company’s CEO last week, blamed his downfall on a careless” and “indefensible” memo written by his chief innovation officer Lee Abrams, who was also forced to leave. In any case you haven’t heard the last of Michaels, he says, claiming he’s already receiving job offers. [WSJ]

»  In another article about Gawker Media’s “magazine-like” redesign that’s coming in January, the company’s head Nick Denton simply says he’s bored with the traditional blog format of presenting articles in reverse chronological order. He’s also weary of being “the number one blog network.” [WSJ]

»  Advertisers are getting a little fed up with magazine publishers’ hefty fees and demands for a long commitment for iPad ads, as sales for major mag apps begin to dwindle. [Adweek]

»  Contextual ad firm Outbrain is straddling the worlds of publishing and advertising by promoting marketers as content aggregators. [Mediaweek]

»  In a Q&A, Viacom (NYSE: VIA) CEO Philippe Dauman says the company is closely watching for audience adoption of Hulu Plus, as part of considerations for putting The Daily Show and Colbert Report back on Hulu. [WSJ]

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