Omarosa Bails on Daily Show Appearance at the Last Minute

Top Trump campaign surrogate, and former Apprentice star, Omarosa Manigault abruptly canceled a scheduled appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Monday. Manigault was scheduled to speak about her role on the TLC reality show Say Yes to the Dress. According to the comedian, Manigault bailed at the last minute because the White House said her appearance could overshadow “the news of the day.” Noah said he was skeptical of Manigault’s explanation given that the news of the day was largely unfavorable to the Trump administration. He then proceeded to play a montage of footage from FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to the House Intelligence Committee. During the hearing, Comey confirmed that an FBI investigation of Trump’s Russian connections was ongoing and that the president’s wiretapping claims were spurious. “Wow, I did not see that coming,” Noah said sarcastically. “Is there like a thing for reverse mind Continue reading "Omarosa Bails on Daily Show Appearance at the Last Minute"

Must Reads in Media & Technology: March 17

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WATCH: A Cache of Declassified Nuclear Weapons Test Footage Has Just Been Uploaded to YouTube

A trove of 750 nuclear test films were declassified Tuesday, with a number making their way onto YouTube. The news was first broken by the Atlantic’s Sarah Zhang. The films were uploaded to the account of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, with an accompanying three-minute explainer video. According to Greg Spriggs, a physicist from the lab, the original videos were becoming dangerously degraded. “We got to this project just in time,” he said. “We know that these films are on the brink of decomposing to the point where they become useless.” During the Cold War era of mutually assured destruction, the United States tested more than 1,000 nuclear weapons. The blasts took place in the atmosphere, on the ground, over remote atolls and at sea. Tests virtually stopped after the fall of the Soviet Union, with the last occurring in 1992. “We’ve scanned about a little over 4,200 films,” said Spriggs, Continue reading "WATCH: A Cache of Declassified Nuclear Weapons Test Footage Has Just Been Uploaded to YouTube"

Watch the New Trailer for Game of Thrones

Fans of HBO’s highly anticipated series, Game of Thrones, were given a big boost yesterday after the show released its first promotional teaser trailer for season seven.

“I know what my father was, what he did. I know the mad king earned his name.” Emilia Clarke, speaking as Daenerys Targaryen, intones off-camera. On screen during the 90-second spot, viewers are treated to an ominous display of stone animals, representing each of the major families, swirling around each other before crumbling to the ground.

“There’s only one war that matters” says Kit Harington, also known as Jon Snow. “The great war, and it is here.” The trailer leaves no mistake that the new series will prominently feature the ultimate struggle against White Walkers and the continued decay and infighting of the great families of Westeros.

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MediaShift Podcast #223: SNAP Stock More Like FB or TWTR?; YouTube TV’s Skinny Bundle; BuzzFeed’s Craig Silverman on Fake News

In the news this week, Snap Inc. had a soaring stock market debut, valuing the maker of Snapchat at an eye-popping $33 billion. Not bad for a company that lost half a billion dollars last year. YouTube unveiled YouTube TV, a skinny bundle of live TV channels for $35 a month. And Twitter once again fought back against abuse by taking a proactive approach to trolls. Politico’s Joe Pompeo join us to talk about a potential sale of Time Inc. and layoffs at DNAInfo. Our Metric of the Week is Instagram Followers, and our interview with BuzzFeed media editor Craig Silverman, who’s become a noted fake news expert.  Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to get a roundup of the week’s top news? Then check out our Digital Media Brief below!

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Must Reads in Media & Technology: Feb. 22

Must Reads is MediaShift’s daily curation of the big stories about media and technology from across the web. Sign up here to get these delivered right to your inbox. 1. WhatsApp Launches Status, an Encrypted Snapchat Stories Clone (Josh Constine / TechCrunch) 2. Time Inc looks to Sell Services to 30m Subscribers (Shannon Bond / Financial Times) 3. How Swiss News Publisher Le Temps is Resurfacing Old Content (Lucinda Southern / Digiday) 4. YouTube Promises New Auditing Measures Will Prove Ad Quality (Garett Sloane / AdAge) 5. How to Cover Pols Who Lie, and Why Facts Don’t Always Change Minds: Updates From the Fake-News World (Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab) 6. Advertising Boycott of Breitbart News Appears to Be Growing (Mathew Ingram / Fortune)

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MediaShift Podcast #221: Facebook, Apple Push into TV; PewDiePie Dropped by Disney, YouTube; Local Media Consortium’s Rusty Coats

Thanks to our podcast sponsor, the International Women’s Media Foundation. Learn more about them and nominate a great woman journalist for one of their three awards! In the news this week, Facebook and Apple make moves into TV, but it might be BuzzFeed and NBC that make the biggest splash. YouTube star PewDiePie gets dumped by Disney’s Maker Studios for anti-Semitic videos, and his YouTube original show is canceled. Edward Snowden is president of the Freedom of the Press Foundation and is helping to develop tools to protect journalists and their sources. Politico’s Kelsey Sutton joins us to talk about Trump’s attacks on leakers and his selective choice of questioners at press conferences. Our Metric of the Week is Headline Metrics, and we speak with Rusty Coats, head of the Local Media Consortium, to talk about the prospects for local news in the digital age. Don’t have a lot of
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