Et Tu? Even Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board Scolding Trump For ‘False’ Stormy Daniels Claims

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board issued a rare rebuke of President Donald Trump on Friday, taking him to task conflicting stories regarding the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. The White House has taken heavy fire since Rudy Giuliani declared that Trump reimbursed his lawyer Michael Cohen for his payment to the porn star to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump — despite both the White House and the president previously having denied he knew about the payment. And the Journal’s editorial board, recently known for its defenses of Trump and crusade against the Mueller investigation, joined in on scorning of the president in its latest piece, the print edition of which is headlined “Does Trump want Americans to believe him in a genuine crisis?” “Most storms pass eventually,” the editorial starts. “This week Donald Trump tried to ensure that Stormy Daniels doesn’t rain Continue reading "Et Tu? Even Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board Scolding Trump For ‘False’ Stormy Daniels Claims"

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation is coming May 25. How have news publishers prepared?

The maximum penalty for breaking Europe’s coming General Data Protection Regulation laws — a massive revamp of the EU’s data privacy requirements, with a worldwide impact — is the higher of the following two options: €20 million, or 4 percent of a company’s worldwide annual revenue. Do the math: That would mean fines of more than €3.6 billion for Google’s parent company Alphabet, €5.9 billion for Amazon, and €1.3 billion for Facebook. (A law that states “the processing of personal data should be designed to serve mankind” in its introduction isn’t kidding around. You can read the full text here.) GDPR will take effect May 25, and it will apply most directly to companies based in the 28 member states of the European Union and the three additional countries in the European Single Market. But they’re also written to cover European users of companies not
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Sean Spicer Gets Needy After WSJ Calls Gary Cohn ‘First Relevant’ WH Departure: ‘I Think I Was Relevant’

As President Donald Trump’s administration hemorrhages senior staffers, we must strive to never forget a true pioneer of getting the hell out of the West Wing: Sean Spicer. Unfortunately for Trump’s first White House press secretary, the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel has already done so. In a Friday op-ed, Strassel made the case that Gary Cohn, Trump’s chief economic adviser and the latest official to ditch the White House, “is the first of the relevant to leave.” And when Maria Bartiromo informed Spicer of the op-ed on her Fox Business Network show Friday morning, his reaction was priceless. “Oh, come on Kim,” Spicer said sheepishly. “I think I was relevant, for a day or two.” The Mornings With Maria panel rushed to assuage Spicer’s feelings, reassuring him that Strassel didn’t name-check him as one of the irrelevants. “Omarosa, Hope Hicks, Anthony Scaramucci, Steve Bannon, Sebastian Continue reading "Sean Spicer Gets Needy After WSJ Calls Gary Cohn ‘First Relevant’ WH Departure: ‘I Think I Was Relevant’"

Media Metrics Roundup for February 28, 2018

Lessons Learned from the Quartz Email Team
Cate Blouke / Really Good Emails
The most important metric? “Total number of active subscribers we have per newsletter.” Trust In News Matters. Don’t Give Up On It.
James Tyner / MetricShift
What publications lose by prioritizing “engagement” or page views. Paths To Subscription: Why Recent Subscribers Chose To Pay For News
American Press Institute
45 percent finally subscribed because of a promotion or a free trial. It’s Time To End ‘Trending’
Brian Feldman / Select All
Trending algorithms can’t determine whether content should be shared. After Years Of Testing, The Wall Street Journal Has Built A Paywall That Bends To The Individual Reader
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab
Each site visitor is scored, “based on dozens of signals,” on their propensity to subscribe. A Guide To Page Value – The Undervalued Metric
Donovan Ayon / Luna Metrics
How to track which Continue reading "Media Metrics Roundup for February 28, 2018"

After years of testing, The Wall Street Journal has built a paywall that bends to the individual reader

The Wall Street Journal thinks it might know your reading habits — and your potential spending habits — better than you know them yourself. For the past couple of years, the Journal — home to one of journalism’s oldest paywalls — has been testing different ways to allow non-subscribers to sample its stories — refining a subscription prediction model that allows it to show different visitors, who have different likelihoods of subscribing, different levels of access to its site. Non-subscribed visitors to WSJ.com now each receive a propensity score based on more than 60 signals, such as whether the reader is visiting for the first time, the operating system they’re using, the device they’re reading on, what they chose to click on, and their location (plus a whole host of other demographic info it infers from that location). Using machine learning to inform a more flexible paywall takes away guesswork Continue reading "After years of testing, The Wall Street Journal has built a paywall that bends to the individual reader"

Media Metrics Roundup for February 14, 2018

How The Wall Street Journal’s Facebook Strategy Helped Double Social Subscriptions
Simone Flueckiger / WAN-IFRA
Expert advice for using Facebook as an acquisition channel. The 15 Biggest Local News Sites on Facebook in January
Liam Corcoran / MetricShift
The New York Post and the Los Angeles Times lead the list. How Long Should You Run Your A/B Test?
MailChimp
These are best practices for testing opens, clicks and revenue. How Facebook Is Changing the Way It Reports Organic Reach for Page Posts
David Cohen / Adweek
The new methodology counts organic reach like paid reach. (Did you know organic reach used to include posts that users never saw?!) Consumers Give Up On Slow Content
Sara Fischer / Axios
Speed matters, so here’s some new Adobe Consumer Content Survey data to share with your boss. Organizations That Turn Data Into Insights Are Gaining Competitive Advantage Through Improved Connections With Consumers
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Ex-RNC Finance Chair Steve Wynn Reportedly Created LLC to Pay Off One of His Accusers

After news broke this morning that a 1998 story on ex-RNC finance chairman Steve Wynn‘s sexual harassment was spiked by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Wall Street Journal released another report detailing how the billionaire set up a separate LLC to conceal his $7.5 million harassment payment. While the GOP mega donor runs his personal organization Wynn Resorts Ltd., he opted to set up a limited liability company named Entity Y in 2005 to hide the fact that he made a multi-million dollar settlement with a woman accusing him of forcing “her to have sex.” Records suggest the LLC was only used as a vehicle to settle the accusation. Wynn’s accuser worked as a manicurist at one of his resorts at the time of the incident, and she is just one of his many alleged victims who worked under him. The $7.5 million payment had Continue reading "Ex-RNC Finance Chair Steve Wynn Reportedly Created LLC to Pay Off One of His Accusers"