TUESDAY’S LINKS: Hitchens on Novak, WH Communications Director, 100M Videos Per Day on YouTube

By: E&P Staff

In today’s edition, Christopher Hitchens claims Robert Novak’s admission has exonerated the Bush administration in the Plame case, youTube gets 100 millionvideos each day, and President Bush names a new White House communications director.


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YouTube Hits 100M Videos Per Day
Internet video site YouTube has said its users are now watching more than 100 million videos per day. YouTube is the leading net video download site in the US, with 29% of the country’s multimedia market, according to traffic monitor Hitwise. Last month 2.5 billion videos were watched on YouTube, the company said. YouTube said that its videos account for 60% of all videos watched online in the US. It has almost 20 million visitors to the site each month, according to Nielsen/NetRatings.


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Bush Taps Ex-Broadcaster For Top Post
Broadcasting & Cable: The White House is calling on another broadcaster to help get its message out.Kevin Sullivan, former senior VP of corporate communications and media relations for NBC Universal, has been named White House communications director. That puts him in the West Wing and makes him the real-life counterpart to Toby Ziegler from Sullivan?s favorite show, NBC?s just ended The West Wing.


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The End of the Plame Affair?
Slate: “Robert Novak’s July 12 column and his appearance on Meet the Press Sunday night have dissolved any remaining doubt about the mad theory that the Bush administration “outed” Ms. Valerie Plame as revenge for her husband’s refusal to confirm the report by British intelligence that Iraqi officials had visited Niger in search of uranium,” writes Christopher Hitchens. “I have heard a few desperate individuals arguing that we have only Novak’s word for all this, and I am not myself numbered among his most ardent admirers, but it is plainly out of the question that after almost two and a half years of being subpoenaed, and questioned by the FBI, and testifying under oath to a grand jury, and having only recently been advised by Patrick Fitzgerald that he is no longer a subject of investigation, Novak would perjure himself in print or on television.”


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Presidential Potty Mouth Has Bloggers Atwitter
CJR Daily: Yesterday at the G-8 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, President George W. Bush was caught (dramatic pause) swearing. Bloggers reacted by doing what they do best — that is, a whole lot of shit-talking.


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Israel Detains Al-Jazeera Journalist
Associated Press: Police on Monday detained the Jerusalem bureau chief of the Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera for the second time in two days, authorities said. Walid Al Omari was questioned for several hours about issues related to Israeli military censorship rules, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Al Omari was released without being charged. Al Omari was first detained Sunday night in the northern Israeli city of Haifa. He was released several hours later.


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Will 2008 Election Spur Media Deals?
Reuters: Big media deals and strict regulation don’t mix well. But will the fear of potential change in control of the White House in 2008 spur mergers and acquisitions before then? That’s the question some Washington watchers and bankers are considering as they look beyond this fall’s congressional elections to the next presidential contest. “The regulatory environment is probably as favorable for deals as it is ever going to get — so companies that are considering deals have to be factoring that in right now,” said Paul Gallant, media analyst at Stanford Washington Research Group.


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Interview: ‘New York Post’ Writer Holly Sanders
PR Week: “We obviously have a focus on things that are of interest to New York,” says Sanders of her paper’s business section. “We’re heavy on real estate, Wall Street, and media. We also like a healthy dose of ego in our stories. I guess in that sense, we consider ourselves to be competitive with The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, or any major paper’s business section.”

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