Views of the News: Could Aereo case change TV as we know it?

Apr 22, 2014

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in the case of American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo.

For more than two years, broadcast and cable companies have argued Aereo's subscription-based streaming of local programming is a violation of copyright.

Aereo maintains its use of mini-antennae allows users to tune in signals already available to them using over-the-air tuners.

Full transcript of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court (pdf)

Matt Wilstein, Mediaite: “Dear Justice Scalia: It’s not tv, it’s HBO

David Carr, New York Times: “Aereo case will shape TVs future

Jeff John Roberts, Gigom: “Aereo’s CEO on the future of Netflix, TV sports and the public airwaves

Brian Stelter, CNN: “Supreme Court case could change how you watch TV

Joshua Brustein, Businessweek: “Aereo’s Supreme Court showdown won’t end TV as we know it

VIDEO: Aereo fights for its life in Supreme Court

ABC demands credit for Pulitzer

ABC News says it deserves credit for its contributions to a year-long investigation led by the Center for Public Integrity's Chris Hamby into the coal mining industry.  The story looks at how doctors, lawyers and members of the coal mining industry blocked miners with black lung from betting benefits.

VIDEO: Head of CPI explains why he gave bylines to ABC producers

Ravi Somaiya, New York Times: “Credit sought by ABC News for Pulitzer, but rejected

Dylan Scott, Talking Points Memo: “ABC News burned in open letter after demanding credit on Pulitzer story

Katherine Fung, Huffington Post: “ABC News gets slapped down after demanding Pulitzer credit

Dylan Byers, POLITICO: “Pulitzer prize fight

Jordan Chariton, TV Newser: “ABC News asking Center for Public Integrity to share Pulitzer prize

Bill Buzenberg, The Center for Public Integrity: “The Center for Public Integrity’s response to ABC News

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Getting inside David Gregory’s mind

According to a report in the Washington Post, in 2013, NBC News hired a psychological consultant to interview Meet the Press moderator David Gregory's family and friends.  A network spokeswoman reportedly said the network hoped to gain perspective and insight from those who know him best.

Ratings for the Sunday morning political program have been on a steady decline since Gregory took over in 2008 following the sudden death of Tim Russert.

Paul Farhi, Washington Post: “As ‘Meet the Press’ struggles in the ratings, plenty of questions for host David Gregory

Katherine Fung, Huffington Post: “NBC News hired psychological consultant to talk to David Gregory’s family, friends

Joe Concha, Mediaite: “Concha: Messy David Gregory ‘branding’ story marks beginning of the end as MTP host

Dylan Byers, POLITICO: “The missing Brokaw quote

Lloyd Grove, Daily Beast: “The shrinking of David Gregory

Publishing mug shots
A federal judge ruled that news organizations have the legal right to request and publish criminal mug shots -- and that law enforcement must turn them over. 

AP: “Judge rules for newspaper in mug shot dispute case

Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press: “Free Press wins lawsuit over release of mug shots in federal criminal cases

Leaflet tells Jews to register in East Ukraine

A group of masked men handed out leaflets after a Passover service in Donestk, Ukraine last week that said all of the city's Jews must register and pay a $50 fee or face losing their citizenship, deportation and the seizure of assets.  This created an unease among the Jewish community, reminiscent of policies enacted during the Nazi occupation.  Word quickly spread and stories appeared online, in print and on air around the globe.

Some say the fliers were circulated to create unrest -- but there's no actual threat to Jews in the region.  Others say anytime someone creates and passes around a message like that there's reason for worry.

Oren Dorell, USA Today: “Leaflet tells Jews to register in East Ukraine

Julia Ioffe, New Republic: “Ukraine is not ordering its Jews to register

Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times: “Demands that Jews register in Eastern Ukraine are denounced, and denied

Will Stewart, Daily Mail: “Jews in Ukraine seeking escape to Israel over letter demanding they ‘register’ with pro-Russian forces that was branded fake by a rabbi

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CNN: Can KKK can re-brand itself?

In the wake of the arrest of accused Overland Park shooter Frazier Glenn Cross, CNN published a story this weekend asking if the Ku Klux Klan could see a revival if it rebranded itself.

Ashley Fantz, CNN: “Can this KKK leader rebrand?

Brian Morrissey, Digiday: “CNN asks if the Klan can rebrand. Twitter asks if CNN is high.

Dayna Evans, Gawker: “CNN Shamelessly wonders about the Ku Klux Klan’s rebranding potential

Doktor Zoom, Wonkette: “CNN looks into whether KKK can rebrand as kinder, kooler, kuddlier, possibly with Happy Meals

Katherine Fung, Huffington Post: “CNN changed its KKK headline, but the article is still awful