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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 04/13/2012

Media news derivatives: April 13

In case you missed it---A couple of women on CNN discuss the Hilary Rosen comments about Ann Romney. They talk about how hard motherhood must be. Rush Limbaugh hears the conversation. And he calls the women “clucking hens.” Nice choice of words there.

Also: Everyone’s wondering just why Newt Gingrich is hopping mad at Fox News. One guess: It’s the Anthony Weiner thing.

Elsewhere:

*David Folkenflik of NPR sizes up Mike Huckabee’s new radio gig, which runs opposite the Rush Limbaugh show from noon to 3 p.m. Takeaways:

---Huckabee wants “more conversation and less confrontation” (and perhaps more boredom?);

---Huckabee has started off with great guests, including Mitt Romney, Dick Morris, Ed Rollins;

---Term for fans of the new show: “Huckabeetniks.”

*The good news: Magazines are experiencing a digital boom. The bad news: Digital revenue “remains about 1% of magazines’ total paid and verified circulation.”

*David Axelrod continues the distancing act vis-a-vis Hilary Rosen, telling CNN’s John King that Rosen is an employee of CNN, not the administration.

*Getting back to that story about Newt Gingrich being mad at Fox News. Well, last night Fox News chief Roger Ailes, speaking to a crowd of college students in Chapel Hill, said this about the situation: “[He’s] trying to get a job at CNN because he knows he isn’t going to get to come back to Fox News.”

*So-called “unpublishing requests” are on the rise, according to a piece in CJR. Without such requests, newsrooms across the country would experience at least a 5 percent boost in productvity (that’s totally a guess). These things happen all the time, and the scenario is pretty uniform: Someone you wrote about years ago finds that he or she said something perhaps a little off color or was identified as having a view that, 10 years later, doesn’t look so prescient. Said individual is now looking for a new job and that embarrassing story keeps popping up when you punch said individual’s name into Google. So could you remove the story from your archives? No!

*Lawyer Michael Novicoff tells the Hollywood Reporter why Fox News might consider not taking legal action against the Fox Mole:

“It’s always awkward for a news organization to take the position that information or opinions shouldn’t be shared,” he says. “Also, if Fox decided to sue, they would have to explain how and in what amount they suffered financial harm from this employee’s conduct; that’s never easy, and it might require Fox to publicly reveal some information about its marketing, viewership and revenues that it might prefer to keep to itself.”

By  |  08:16 AM ET, 04/13/2012

Tags:  rush limbaugh, mike huchakbee, newt gingrich, anthony weiner, ann romney, david axelrod, john king, hilary rosen

 
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