Daily Archives: November 2, 2012

Keith Olbermann did a two-part “Larry King Now” interview on Hulu this week. A few quotes:

KING: What would you do if you weren’t a broadcaster?
OLBERMANN: Probably a teacher, probably an English teacher. Early on I did dabble with the idea of becoming an actor, but the terror involved in some of that was overwhelming for me.

KING: There’s a recent piece, they tell me, on that describes you as aggressively job-shopping.
OLBERMANN: I have had a lot of good conversations with old friends in the media, in the business, but I would say that none of them are really worth talking about at this point. Nothing has that sort of imminence to it. But that’s about where it stands. As you can tell, I don’t seem to be in a particular hurry.

KING: None of my business, don’t you have financial need?
OLBERMANN: Not really. Who are we kidding? We work in a fairly well-paying environment. I didn’t spend all of it on baseball cards.

KING: How did you react to criticism? People would write, like the New York Post — they would have a field day with you — how did you take that? Emotionally?
OLBERMANN: You’d be lying if you said it didn’t get under their [sic] skin. But I knew every time that they wrote something it was because I had scored a direct hit, usually on Rupert Murdoch — directly. Or O’Reilly, or anybody else with an even more sensitive skin than mine.

And my feeling was, yes this hurts a little bit. It’s annoying, and when it spilled over to girlfriends, and friends, and relatives — then it got really personal. But otherwise, it was evidence that I had hit. You know, the old Muhammad Ali thing — you may hit me, but I’m going to give you a little more on the way out.

KING: What do you make of O’Reilly’s success as an author? The Kennedy book… the Lincoln book…
OLBERMANN: Well, you know, I could write a book about almost anything too if I didn’t have to worry about the facts. I could get three done by Tuesday of next week if you wanted me to.

* Part 1: Keith Olbermann talks to Larry King ( | Watch Part 2
* An inside look at Larry King’s new home on (

Chris Anderson is leaving Wired after 11 years as editor-in-chief to run his robotics company, 3D Robotics. He says in a statement: “This is an opportunity for me to pursue an entrepreneurial dream. I’m confident that Wired’s mission to influence and chronicle the digital revolution is stronger than ever and will continue to expand and evolve.”

Chris Anderson

Venturebeat’s Dylan Tweney reports on Anderson’s company:

3D Robotics has a Facebook page, Twitter account, and domain name (, but currently no website. Currently, that URL redirects to DIY Drones, another company Anderson founded, which sells kits and parts for people making their own unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — robotic aircraft, essentially. It appears that 3D Robotics is an outgrowth of that company.

Six weeks ago, a Romenesko reader noticed that review copies of Anderson’s latest book had lifted from Erin Biba’s Wired story. Anderson never responded to my inquiries about this, but his publisher said “any insinuation of plagiarism is entirely baseless and without merit.”

* Chris Anderson leaves Wired to run his robotics company (

Murray (left) and Narisetti

Wall Street Journal executive editor/online Alan Murray was named president of Pew Research Center this morning. “We are fortunate to have the extremely able Raju Narisetti ready to assume the mantle of digital czar,” WSJ managing editor Robert Thomson writes in a memo.

From: Thomson, Robert
Sent: Friday, November 02, 2012 1:10 PM
To: WSJ All News Staff; Newswires_USERS
Subject: Alan Murray

Dear All,

The inimitable Alan Murray, who has led us into the digital age and been a friend and muse to many, including me, will be leaving the Journal to take on a new role as President of the Pew Research Center. We will thankfully still have a chunk of Alan for a transitional period as a Senior Contributing Editor for our executive conferences, which he has personally fashioned into a flourishing editorial operation.

As we rightly laud Alan for his many and varied achievements and leadership, we are fortunate to have the extremely able Raju Narisetti ready to assume the mantle of digital czar. Raju has played a significant role in our global expansion over the past 12 months, when, among other advances, we bought out our partner in the Japanese site, established a Korean website, and launched a Bahasa site in Indonesia./CONTINUES Read More

New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan wrote on Thursday: “Mr. Silver also has a desk in The Times’s newsroom.” This tweet from a Times reporter followed:

After seeing the tweet, I asked Stephanie Strom if she’d take a picture of Nate Silver’s empty newsroom desk. She agreed to it, and sent her photo and a note this morning with the subject line: “Whaddayaknow????” She writes: “Walked over to take a photo of Nate’s desk — and he was sitting at it, eating his lunch! Here’s a shot of him, making a liar out of me.”

(Photo: Stephanie Strom)

* Score this one for Nate Silver (

Letter to Romenesko

A journalist in his late 50s writes after reading Patriot-News political writer Robert Vickers’ disclosure that he’s voting for Mitt Romney:

Dear Jim,

Here’s proof that we have both outlived our time. This sort of thing was never done in years past. Given the amount of guessing people do already about the politics of the reporters who cover public policy, I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing. But I do know it’s a thing we’re not accustomed to in the news business of yore.

Possibly, this is the steady, generational shift created by 24/7 cable, the Internet and press secretaries-turned-journalists and anchors-turned-candidates.

Either way, it’s like ringing a bell. Even if you stop, everybody knows what it sounds like.

Robert Vickers

Vickers tells readers that “Americans should legitimately wonder whether Romney even knows what he believes in,” but “I can’t vote for President Obama, who was a first-term senator when he was elected president, because he has proved to be out of his depth wading into Washington’s shark-infested waters.”

The political reporter continues:

Romney has been deceptive and dishonest in his campaign, but he has been no less disappointing than the Washington neophyte in the White House who promised a bipartisan nirvana four years ago and failed to deliver.

At last check, there were nearly 100 comments on Vickers’ Romney endorsement, including this: “Whatever happened to the neutrality of reporters that preserves their credibility? I’m not surprised at Vickers’ perspective…he’s foreshadowed it for weeks, but I’m really shocked at the editorial staff decision to run it.”

Another commenter says:

“Robert we need to get you to a safe house right now. The Obamites will be after you soon. Don’t answer your front door unless we call. Walk with a limp and talk with an accent, that should throw them off.”

* Robert Vickers: Why I’m voting for Mitt Romney (
* Vickers in June: One on one with Mitt Romney (

* Nate Silver calls Margaret Sullivan a “terrific” public editor. (@fivethirtyeight) | Earlier: New York Times public editor calls Silver’s wager offer “a bad idea.” (
* Washington Post Co. reports sharply higher third-quarter earnings, thanks to its broadcast division. (
* Ex-Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham may have enjoyed some hashish with Truman Capote. (
* TV political ad revenue is up 68% over the 2008 election, reports Kagan. (
* All of Chuck Todd’s newspaper-reading — New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times — is done on the iPad. (
* There’s a very real possibility that Mark Thompson’s NYT days will be cut short by the diligence of his own staffers. (
* Keith J. Kelly hears tensions are flaring between Martha Stewart and her CEO. (
* Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia releases a disappointing third-quarter earnings report. (
* In recent weeks, Obama and Romney have both received more negative than positive coverage from the news media. (
* Upworthy’s mission is to share meaningful content and get other people to spread it. (
* Atlanta police investigate a bomb threat and extortion plot called in early Friday morning to the CNN Center. (