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This is a rare sight. He’s a writer telling people not to read his books. But that’s what acclaimed author Jeff Perlman did this week.

Perlman is a former Sports Illustrated writer (I might add that he’s a very good writer) and the author of 10 books on the New York Times bestseller list. This includes his 2014 book “Showtime” about his Los Angeles Lakers, which was the basis for the HBO series “Winning Time.” Also included is his 2016 book The Gunslinger: The Amazing, Impossible, Iconic Life of Brett Favre.

Favre is a Hall of Fame quarterback who spent most of his career with the Green Bay Packers. He also caused controversy off the field in 2008, including sending an obscene message to a woman named Jen Starger, who was a reporter for the New York Jets.

Then this week, Mississippi Today’s Anna Wolfe reported that former Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant helped Ferb get state welfare funding to build a new volleyball center at the University of Southern Mississippi. 2017 text between Favre and Mississippi nonprofit executive Nancy New Ferb seemed to suggest that he knew he was making money, but that it might not be upside. (See Wolfe’s story for more.)

Back to Perlman. Right after we stopped talking Perlman tweeted this:

On the day of the extended Fabre Revelation, I’d like to share something… soccer heroics, overcoming obstacles, pranks, and more. Yes, that included his brutality, his addiction, and his treatment of women.but it was pretty positive

And looking at it now, if I’m being brutally honest, I advise people not to read it. He doesn’t deserve the icon treatment. He deserves no credit. Image Rehab. A warm tale of Grid’s glory. His treatment of @jennifersterger was… unacceptable.

And now taking the money designated to help the poor in his state and pouring it into (checking notes) building a (expletive) volleyball arena (!?!?!?) is very It’s grotesque and very monstrous. I don’t

So please don’t buy the book. Please do not take it out of the library. Leave it. There are many better people out there who deserve your reading time. of your time. Like Brett Favre, I like crumbs who walk into the abyss shamed by their greed and selfishness.

Admittedly, the book is now several years old and probably hasn’t sold any more copies. All signs point to Perlman doing well. Not only does Perlman tell you not to buy or read the book, he admits that his work may have helped Favre tarnish his image.

Journalist and podcaster Jemele Hill tweeted:“Not many writers do this. Trust me.”

One more thing I wanted to say about Perlman. Apart from his great work as a writer, he also hosts one of his interesting podcasts called ‘Two Writers Slinging Yang’. Most of his guests are from the world of sports, but not all. It’s a great podcast thanks to Perlman’s excellent questions that allow guests to be the star of each episode.

Oh, and closing this story. Sterger — the woman whose life was turned upside down by Favre — gets credit for tweeting today.

she tweeted“Oh.. now WWWWWW he’s in trouble for inappropriate text.”

I’ll leave this item to Poynter Media Business Analyst Rick Edmonds.

USA Today first published September 15, 1982. For startups of that age, reaching 40 can be considered solid middle age. Remember Manhattan Inc. and Smart Money?

USA Today was influential early on with its rich use of color, weather charts across the country, and stories ranging from short to very short. A news summary containing at least one brief item from each state will persist. It was positioned as a traveler’s newspaper and was widely available free of charge in hotels.

Despite strong research by USA Today, it took years for him to shed his frothy and unserious image. Until 2018, he had not won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on President Donald Trump’s border wall in the Republic of Arizona, overseen by current editor-in-chief Nicole Carroll.

I wonder how print can remain profitable as reading habits shift to mobile devices and business travel declines. The publisher’s girlfriend, Maribel Perez Wadsworth, asserted in her May interview that the print version is still profitable and, like the digital version, will live on indefinitely.

The launch of USA Today and the expansion of Gannett in the last quarter of the 20th century characterize flamboyant CEO Al Neuharth. He thought big, spent big, and later joined the ambitious Newseum. In an oft-repeated anecdote about him, when asked how to pronounce Gannett, Neuharth replied:

Fox News’ Sean Hannity spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas last month. (AP Photo/LM Otello)

If I were to point out all the outrageous things I said during prime time on Fox News, that would be it for this newsletter. Much of what is said there is ignored here. But sometimes you have to call it.

In the background, former Biden White House press secretary Jen Saki made her debut on MSNBC Tuesday night to talk about the upcoming midterm elections. He teased the segment by saying: His circleback Jen Psaki started a new job at MSDNC. Can she come up with a better example of media collusion?Remember some of the White House lowlights from her previous job: Head Over. “

It’s perfectly fine for Hannity to question and criticize Psaki’s role as press secretary. Indeed, everything Psaki says on air is fair game for Hannity’s commentary. But the whole “media collusion” thing?

Hannity was apparently a close friend of Trump, texting then-President Donald Trump’s chief of staff in the aftermath of the 2020 election.

Then Justin Baragona of The Daily Beast tweeted. Wednesday: “Fox News’ afternoon panel show Outnumbered is now hosted by Trump’s former press secretary and daughter-in-law, who are Fox News employees.”

Baragona had screengrabs from the show showing former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and, in fact, Fox News contributor Lara Trump.

Again, if Fox News wants to dismiss Psaki’s commentary, so be it. But to accuse MSNBC and her Psaki of being “media collusion” when they’re paying for on-air talent tied directly to Trump… sounds particularly rich, right?

Semafor announced Wednesday a new global news startup from former New York Times media columnist Ben Smith and former Bloomberg CEO Justin Smith (the two are unrelated). (CNN’s Oliver Darcy tweeted the memo announced in-house

The most notable move that has been rumored for some time is the hiring of Dave Weigel for The Washington Post. The Semafor memo called Weigel “probably America’s leading reporter covering campaigns and political movements.” Weigel made news earlier this year that he was suspended for a month from the Post after he retweeted a sexist joke.

Other notable hires included NBC News’ Benji Thurlin, who would become Semaphore’s Washington bureau chief. Morgan Chalfant of the Hill who becomes a reporter in Washington; The Daily Caller’s Shelby Talcott covers Donald Trump and Republicans nationwide.

2019 NFL Broadcaster Al Michaels. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

As we wrote in Wednesday’s newsletter, the National Football League is king when it comes to TV viewing. The numbers for the first weekend of regular season play were staggering — some of the best the network has seen in years. And sports were already the most popular product on television.

Tonight is his first appearance in the NFL. “Thursday Night Football” will air exclusively on Amazon Prime, making it the first streaming service to exclusively show the game. Creatures of habit, especially older NFL fans, will almost certainly be scrambling for the game tonight.

So far, “Thursday Night Football” has performed relatively well on the network despite often not having great matchups. Last Thursday night’s game averaged 16.4 million viewers across Fox and his NFL network. This was an increase of 16% year-on-year.

Amazon is telling advertisers to expect 12.5 million viewers, but many in the industry think higher in the 7 or 8 million range.

But Amazon Prime has two advantages. One is the elite broadcast crew of Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstrait. Michaels, for my money (and not just me), is the best play-by-play announcer in NFL history, and he’s as good as ever at 77. Herb Streit is college football’s best analyst, Issues with calling NFL games. Also, long-respected veteran of the television industry, Fred Gaudeli, will serve as Executive Producer.

Considering Amazon paid $1 billion per season to acquire the exclusive airing rights to the game, expect production and broadcasting to be top-notch.

We have no doubt that this broadcast will be as good as anything you see on Fox, CBS, NBC, or ESPN.

Michaels told Stephen Battaglio of the Los Angeles Times: They want it to be classy. It has to provide a level of comfort so fans who want to watch the game don’t get lost. ”

Another point in Amazon’s favor is a string of very good looking games, starting tonight with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers.

For more information, read this article by New York Post sports media columnist Andrew Marchand.

As far as ratings go, Marchand writes: Amazon has been testing and retesting for months to avoid self harm. They’re confident, but as the sports world moves to streaming, this is a big deal, as he did in 1939 when the first football game was televised nationally, reaching 400 sets. not. This is him in 2022, and anything less than perfect will have his customer service hotline ringing and social media buzzing. ”

The New York Times features Nate Cohn’s new newsletter on elections and polls leading up to and beyond the November midterm elections. It’s called “The Tilt” and he publishes at least twice a week.

In addition to the latest surveys and election trends, Cohn also touches on more exotic subjects, such as poll methodology, in the newsletter. After the survey misfire, it’s worth a deeper look into the right and wrong of what pollsters are doing.

(Courtesy of CNN)

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