Bill O’Reilly Slams Obama’s “Lack Of Religion,” Says He Believes in Global Warming

Bill O’Reilly took aim at President Obamas “lack of religion” on Thursday night while discussing Obama’s meeting with the Pope on Friday. He stated that Obama is a “secularist” who rejects public spirituality and citing several incidents.

He claimed that Obama ducked a recent question about when life begins and criticized the Pentagon’s recent decision to discontinue Air Force flights over the “God and Country Festival.”

Listed alongside O’Reilly during his speech was the following: “The USA has become the strongest nation on earth largely because of its Judeo-Christian traditions. Someone remind Obama.”

Secularists “are mainly concerned with things of this world, like global warming.”


Later, O’Reilly stated that he himself believes in global warming, getting into a tough argument with guest Laura Ingraham, who proudly touted that she was “stockpiling SUVs… I’m buying as many as I can.”

When Ingraham claimed that the planet was getting cooler – O’Reilly cut her off and said, “Well, that’s not what the temperature says.”


Bonfire of Vanities, Part Deux: Speaking Fees of Media/Internet Types

A random tweet somewhere reminded me of speaker’s fee for various celeb speaking types in the media/Internet sphere. A lot of this info is public on various speaking bureau websites, so thought it would be interesting enough info to point out, at least for the ones that publicly disclose their fees.

Jimmy Wales: Above $75K
Anderson Cooper: Above $75K
Jay Leno: Above $75K
Bill Maher: Above $75K
Jim Cramer: $50K and above
Mark Cuban: $50K and above

Dr Sanjay Gupta: $50K to $75K
Ben Stein: $50K to $75K
Charlie Rose: $50K to $75K
Al Franken: $50K to $75 K (not anymore, I suppose)
Deepak Chopra: $50K to $75K
Bob Woodward: $50K to $75K
Craig Ferguson $50K to $75K
Bob Costas: $50K to $75K
Wolf Blitzer: $50K to $75K
Steve Wozniak: $50K to $75K
Arianna Huffington: $30K to $50K
Tavis Smiley: $30K to $50K
Esther Dyson: $30K to $50K
Andrea Mitchell: $30K to $50K
Lester Holt: $20K to $30K
Andy Serwer: $20K to $30K
Bob Parsons: $20K to $30K
Bob Davis: $20K to $30K
Larry Kudlow: $20K to $30K
Kay Koplovitz: $20K to $30K
Bob Garfield: $20K to $30K
Joseph Jaffe: $20K to $30K
Jim McCann: $25K to $30K
David Pogue: $15K to $20K
Kevin Mitnick: $15K to $20K
Helen Thomas: $15K to $20K
David Faber: $15K to $20K
Gerd Leonhard: $15K to $20K
Rick Karlgaard: Under $15K
Doc Searls: $10K to $20K
David Weinberger: $10K to $15K
Hal Varian: $10K to $15K
Chris Pirillo: $10K to $15K
John C. Dvorak: $5K to $10K
Michael Rogers: $5K to $10K
Kevin Maney: $5K to $10K
Greg Stuart: $5K to $10K

P.S.: Note that a lot of them do waive their speaking fees in a lot of instances. And some of the fees listed above may be outdated.

Gawker Media Claims 35 Percent Gain in Ad Revs; Pageview Bonuses Join ‘Paycheck Journalism’

For most online media companies, trying to maintain flat advertising revenues is still a struggle. Not for Gawker Media, if publisher Nick Denton is to be believed when he tells NiemanLab’s Zachary M. Seward that the company’s ad revenues are up 35 percent in the first half of the year.

And now that the good times are back, Denton has slowly brought back the pageview bonus system for Gawker writers. The system was suspended last fall when the financial meltdown struck. In conjunction with bringing back the bonuses, Gawker will also begin paying sources whose tips generate pageviews as well. “By bringing back pageview pay, we also open up the possibility of web-style checkbook journalism,” Denton told Seward.

$10k for 2 million pageviews: Two years ago, Gawker’s female-focused site Jezebel paid a source $10,000 for an un-retouched Faith Hill pic that appeared on the cover of Redbook, which Denton guessed could have spurred roughly 2 million hits.

Tom Alderman: Brutality in a Bucolic Amish Town — An Audio Book Review

Title: Sworn to Silence
Linda Casitllo
11 hrs, 43 min
Macmillan Audio
Kathleen McInerney

2009-07-09-sworntosilence.jpg A young, raped and blind-folded woman hangs upside-down with ankles chained to a ceiling beam, blood gushing from her slashed throat like some slaughtered animal. If this kind of graphic opening scene is a bit much for you, please don’t let that stop you from going on. The killing, and subsequent eviscerations and exsanguinations, are in vivid contrast to the pastoral setting of a small Amish town in Ohio in Linda Castillo’s riveting, suspense thriller, Sworn to Silence. What makes this tale so engrossing is the friction between old-world Amish simplicity and modern mayhem and being an outsider among your own people.

The main outsider here is a former Amish, now police chief of the Mayberry-like town, who’s dealing with a series of brutally tortured and raped women. The lady’s got three problems: she’s hiding a 16 year old job-ending secret that may be revealed and connected to the current murders; she’s emotionally shunned by her former Amish family and brethren; she’s viewed with hostility by town leaders because of her relative inexperienced in the top cop job.

As if that weren’t enough, higher-up law enforcement officials assign a emotionally shaky, rogue detective to aid the inexperienced chief, assuming he’ll fail so they can fire him for cause. So, to be clear, we’re not talking Batman and Robin save the world here, more like two emotionally damaged, smart, likable and dedicated cops doing their jobs – both outsiders in an insider world against considerable forces.

The chief and the rogue detective develop their own sub-plot, not surprising given Castillo’s background. She’s a former romance writer for Silhouette, Berkley and Harlequin series. Like several before her – Janet Evanovich, Tami Hoag, Tess Gerritsen and J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) – she makes a nifty transition from romance to the male dominated mystery-suspense genre as she deftly peels away layers of secrets and surpirises in this absorbing tale. Aside from the who-and-why-dunit part, it’s the intelligent, determined, and vulnerable chief and her flawed detective that’s the sell here.

Narrator, Kathleen McInerney, perfectly modulates among all the various male and female characters’ menace, strengths and flaws.

For listeners attentive to gender issues, some might wish that next time out, the lady chief is allowed to save herself, rather than the strong manly-protector swooping in to rescue the damsel in danger — perhaps a leftover from Castillo’s romance writing days. Also leftover, Castillo’s prose can get a little over-ripe with lines like “…the gnawing compulsion of his dark hunger.” But don’t let the blood-letting and occasionally over-seasoned words deter you from this first-string summer entertainment.

Intense suspense, appealing leads, a nasty villain, this is a battery-burner.

Universal Allies With Digital Music Startup To Find New Talent (And Get Into Guitar Center)

Universal Music is linking up with another digital music distributor, albeit this time a less traditional one. The company said it had signed a strategic alliance with TuneCore, a startup that in exchange for a one-time fee will take anyone’s song and distribute it to major online digital music stores. Universal Music will offer its “artist-discovery, marketing, and upstreaming opportunities” to TuneCore customers—and in the process get access to new talent. It also gets an added bonus: Guitar Center is a TuneCore investor and Universal Music will now be able to distribute its records at all 200 Guitar Center stores. The company invested last year in digital music distribution company InGrooves, although that deal involved Universal Music using InGrooves for “a variety of digital distribution, promotional, and royalty management” services, according to Digital Music News.

Universal Music has been aggressive with its digital moves—and they’re also very broad. The company has partnered with YouTube to launch music video site Vevo, which will launch later this year. And it’s also an investor in recently renamed Buzz Media, which operates the Buzznet music social network, along with other music and entertainment sites. Release.

iGossip Tries Blending Citizen Journalism With Celebrity Buzz

With social media and user-generated content increasingly influencing mainstream news coverage, it was only a matter of time before that influence made its way over to entertainment news. Blogs like TMZ and Jezebel may attract tons of user comments—but they’re not crowd-sourcing the stories they cover. One site that’s trying to combine citizen journalism, social media and celebrity gossip is; out of beta today, users can post, comment on and share articles about their favorite celebrities.

Co-founder Devin Rice said he founded the site with partner Curtis Robinson with a “small, five-figure investment” from a private entrepreneur. Initially launched as last year, the site failed to gain much traction until recently. Unique visits lingered in the hundreds to low thousands until they scored the domain and did a complete redesign; over the past three months, traffic has spiked from around 1,200 uniques in April, to over 38,000 in May, and over 117,000 in June (per Compete).

iGossip isn’t glossy—in fact, the homepage looks like it could use some polish. But Rice said the simple design and interface (users create profiles, earn badges for posting popular stories, etc.) is also fueling the traffic surge. “We tried to make it look a little more like OMG with different modules, but traffic actually slowed down after that,” he said. “The goal is to keep it as simple as possible so that everyone’s stories get enough face-time; people like seeing what they’ve written hit the top of the homepage.”

Currently running Google AdSense display ads, Rice said the site is making “a little bit” of money—but that he’d been “in talks” with networks like Glam and Gorilla Nation. “We need to raise our CPMs with a better ad network,” he said. As for concerns that brands might be leery of having their ads running alongside user-generated gossip content, Rice said iGossip’s users self-policed to make sure that stories weren’t too lewd or mean-spirited.

And for an exit strategy, Rice said getting acquired was an obvious option, though the preferred route would be to have bigger sites like TMZ start pulling in branded iGossip modules on a rev-share basis.

Where Social Media and Shopper Marketing Merge to Reach Moms

BATAVIA, Ohio ( — Social media and shopper marketing are probably the two hottest areas in the marketing industry. Now Mars Advertising has combined them by snagging John Andrews, a former senior manager of emerging media for Walmart and organizer of its ElevenMoms mommy-blogger network to lead a new unit, Collective Bias.