Jay Leno Caught Stealing

Jay Leno


That Jay Leno steals jokes shouldn’t surprise anyone anymore — not even Taylor Swift.

This week, Leno stole a bit for “The Tonight Show” from a VH1 blogger, got caught and — unlike his years of mugging David Letterman and Howard Stern — was forced to admit it.

On Monday’s show, Leno played a series of video clips for Swift of the country-pop starlet’s surprised reactions to winning various awards. When Leno showed the clip to Swift, he told her, “We put together a little montage of you being surprised.”

Leno was using “we” pretty loosely. The bit was taken from Rich Juzwiak’s FourFour.com blog, which posted the montage last week under the heading, “Taylor Swift is surprised.” (It was also posted by VH1.com, where Juzwiak is a senior editor.)

Juzwiak explained what happened next:

Sean O’Rourke, a research coordinator for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno reached out to me for permission to show my Taylor Swift Is Surprised video during an upcoming sit-down interview with the pop star. … Sean assured me I and/or my blog would get credit. Duh squared, that wasn’t even a concern. … In my response, I stressed how important it was for my friend Kate Spencer (who came up with the idea for the video in the first place) to be credited, too. … Sean warned me that he couldn’t promise any specific mention from Jay, but at the very least, our names would appear in the show’s credits. Since Jay Leno tends toward the diabolical, I wasn’t going to get my hopes up that he’d actually say my name on air.

But Leno nor “The Tonight Show” credits made any mention of Juzwiak or Kate Spencer.

What surprised me the most wasn’t so much that Kate and I weren’t mentioned, but that the video wasn’t credited as having originated on the Internet. This is not an obscure work — it’s racked up over 200,000 views in a week! I thought at the very least, he’d give and indication of this thing’s preexistence so that his viewers could hunt it down if they were so inclined. That was, apparently, expecting too much.

During the credits on Tuesday’s “Tonight Show,” Juzwiak and Spencer are credited. (Click here to see the screengrab.)

It’s not the first time Juzwiak has had to fight for credit — in May, Juzwiak had a dust-up with NPR over crediting for a segment about horror movies.

And it’s not the first time Leno has stolen material and presented it as his own.

For starters, Leno’s “Headlines” segment was directly lifted from Letterman’s “Small Town News.”

Howard Stern has long complained about Leno’s thievery — and claims Leno’s “Jaywalking” bit is based directly on the Stern show’s popular “Homeless Game.”

The USA's Most Insane Political Discussion of all Time

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SENATOR-ELECT SCOTT BROWN (R-MA):  (From tape.)  I’m Scott Brown.  I’m from Wrentham and I drive a truck.

MR. SHIELDS:  This week on “Inside Washington,” a political knockout: a Republican wins Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat.

SENATOR-ELECT BROWN:  (From tape.)  People do not want the $1 trillion healthcare plan.

MR. SHIELDS:  So what happens to healthcare reform now?

REP. JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH) [House Minority Leader]:  (From tape.)  This bill is dead.

MR. SHIELDS:  The Supreme Court reopens the money faucet in politics.  Corporate and union bucks are back big time.  President Obama calls for bank reform now.

PRES. BARACK OBAMA:  (From tape.)  If these folks want a fight, it’s a fight I’m ready to have.

MR. SHIELDS:  And what does Scott Brown’s victory mean for the election year ahead?

JAKE TAPPER:  (From tape.)  Interesting anniversary present for you guys from the voters.

DAVID AXELROD:  (From tape.)  I mean, admittedly, we would have preferred a cake.

RUSH LIMBAUGH:  (From tape.)  This is a stunning and for Democrats an ominous development.

(Musical break.)

MR. SHIELDS:  Hello.  I’m Mark Shields sitting in today for Gordon Peterson.  Republican Scott Brown drove a pickup truck fueled by voter anger and anxiety straight into Washington this week.  Brown beat Democrat Martha Coakley handily in the special election for Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate seat.  Within 24 hours of his victory, the healthcare reform bill in its current form was dying.  And another blockbuster story broke Thursday.  The Supreme Court struck down parts of the McCain-Feingold campaign law.  Corporate and union money will be back in the game big time and on the airwaves in this election year.  We’ll get to that in a minute but we want to start with Scott Brown, senator elect.

SENATOR-ELECT BROWN:  (From tape.)  What I’ve heard again and again on the campaign trail is that our political leaders have grown aloof from the people.  They’re impatient with dissent and comfortable in making backroom deals and we can do better.  (Applause.)

PRES. OBAMA:  (From tape.)  We were so busy just getting stuff done and dealing with the immediate crises that were in front of us that I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are.

MR. SHIELDS:  When a Republican comes out of nowhere to win Ted Kennedy’s seat taking down healthcare in the process, it’s clearly cause for worry for the Democrats.  Evan, the president admits he lost touch with the voters.  What’s the message for him and for Democrats?

MR. THOMAS:  Be more honest.  He tried to finesse this.  Regular voters can figure out that if you’re going to extend healthcare to 40 million people you’re going to have to pay for it someway and they’re just not going to believe it if you say to them nothing will change, this will be okay, no problem for you.

National Broadcasting Company Soon To Be Owned By Cable

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Carter / Merced Reporting

November 30, 2009, 8:17 pm <!– — Updated: 8:33 pm –>

G.E. and Vivendi Agree on Value of NBC Universal

Update | 8:28 p.m. General Electric has reached a tentative agreement to buy Vivendi’s 20 percent stake in NBC Universal for about $5.8 billion, helping clear the path to a sale of the television and movie company to Comcast, people briefed on the matter told DealBook.

But much remains to be negotiated, these people warned. The Vivendi agreement values NBC Universal at $29 billion, less than the $30 billion or so that G.E. and Comcast had agreed to last month.

Harmonizing the two values, as in so much of the talks over NBC Universal, may take days to do, and these people cautioned that a deal may not be reached.

Still, many analysts and people close to the talks expect a deal to be forged soon, and with it a reshaping of the entertainment industry.

The groundwork for the tentative pact between G.E. and Vivendi was laid out last week, when G.E.’s chief executive, Jeffrey Immelt, met in person with his counterpart at Vivendi, Jean-Bernard Lévy, in Paris, these people said.

If it holds, the agreement would conclude weeks of hardball negotiations between G.E. and Vivendi over an alliance first forged in 2004. Resolving the issue of Vivendi’s stake is crucial to completing the G.E.-Comcast deal. But the French company took a tough stance, brandishing its option of holding an initial public offering for its stake rather than selling it back to G.E.

Under the current outlines of the agreement between G.E. and Comcast, NBC Universal would be put into a new joint venture, between the two giants. Comcast would pour billions of dollars in cash and its own cable channels for a 51 percent stake, while G.E. would hold an initial 49 percent and contribute about $12 billion in debt.

G.E., which has owned NBC for more than two decades, is expected to eventually sell its ownership interest to Comcast over the next several years.

Michael J. de la Merced and Bill Carter

Numerous Myths and Falsehoods Advanced by the Media in Their Coverage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Banking, Beltway Groupthink, D.C., Finance, GOP, Infrastructure, Jobs, Media, Media Matters, Politics, Propaganda, Republicans, Stimulus Bill


Media Matters for America previously identified numerous myths and falsehoods advanced by the media in their coverage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As debate on the bill continues in Congress, other myths and falsehoods advanced by the media about the recovery package have risen to prominence. These myths and falsehoods include: the assertion that the bill will not stimulate the economy — including the false assertion that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the bill will not stimulate the economy; that spending in the bill is not stimulus; that there is no reason for stimulus after an economic turnaround begins; that corporate tax rate cuts and capital gains tax rate cuts would provide substantial stimulus; and that undocumented immigrants without Social Security numbers could receive the “Making Work Pay” tax credit provided in the bill.

1. The bill will not stimulate the economy

In a February 1 article, The Associated Press reported an assertion by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that the recovery bill will not stimulate the economy without noting that the CBO disagrees. ABC World News anchor Charles Gibson echoed this assertion during his February 3 interview with President Obama, stating: “And as you know, there’s a lot of people in the public, a lot of members of Congress who think this is pork-stuffed and that it really doesn’t stimulate.” Additionally, on the January 28 edition of his show, nationally syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh allowed Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) to falsely claim of the bill: “Even the Congressional Budget Office, controlled by the Democrats now, says it is not a stimulative bill.” Fox News host Sean Hannity repeated this claim on the February 2 broadcast of Fox News’ Hannity, asserting that the CBO “say[s] it’s not a stimulus bill.”

In fact, in analyzing the House version of the bill, H.R. 1, and the proposed Senate version, the CBO stated that it expects both measures to “have a noticeable impact on economic growth and employment in the next few years.” Additionally, in his January 27 written testimony before the House Budget Committee, CBO director Douglas Elmendorf said that H.R. 1 would “provide massive fiscal stimulus that includes a combination of government spending increases and revenue reductions.” Elmendorf further stated: “In CBO’s judgment, H.R. 1 would provide a substantial boost to economic activity over the next several years relative to what would occur without any legislation.”

2. Government spending in the bill is not stimulus

Several media figures, including CNN correspondent Carol Costello, CBS Evening News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, and ABC World News anchor Charles Gibson, have all uncritically reported or aired the Republican claim that, in Gibson’s words, “it’s a spending bill and not a stimulus,” without noting that economists have said that government spending is stimulus. Indeed, in his January 27 testimony, Elmendorf explicitly refuted the suggestion that some of the spending provisions in the bill would not have a stimulative effect, stating: “[I]n our estimation — and I think the estimation of most economists — all of the increase in government spending and all of the reduction in tax revenue provides some stimulative effect. People are put to work, receive income, spend that on something else. That puts somebody else to work.” Additionally, Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, has said, “[S]pending is stimulus. Any spending will generate jobs. It is that simple.”

3. There is no reason for stimulus after a turnaround begins

Tough Times Complicate the Case for Buying Super Bowl Ads

Advertising, Media, Superbowl

With advertising rates for the Super Bowl running as high as $3 million for a 30-second spot, some marketers are wondering whether during these tough economic times they can afford the big game.


FedEx, a loyal Super Bowl advertiser, still hasn’t decided if it will buy in. FedEx is concerned that shelling out big bucks — at a time when it’s “asking employees to do more with less” — will look “wrong,” says a person close to the company.

“Companies have to be mindful that jumping into the game can open them up to criticism,” this person says.

The Memphis, Tenn., package-delivery giant is holding out to see if it can get a bargain.

FedEx’s hesitation is raising eyebrows on Madison Avenue because it has advertised in 12 of the past National Football League championship games.

The company is also one of those that get extra mileage out of the game because its spots tend to be entertaining, and are widely anticipated. During the last Super Bowl, one FedEx ad featured an enormous carrier pigeon wreaking havoc in a city.

Advertisers taking a pass on Super Bowl XLIII altogether include beleaguered General Motors, which has been in 16 games, and Garmin Ltd., the maker of GPS devices, which had advertised in the past two games. A company spokesman for Garmin says its decision to sit out was “unrelated to the economy.”

Jumping into high-priced media deals can raise lots of image questions, say ad executives.

“With this much money on the line it can be a negative reflection on a company, especially if they are cutting back staff or getting a government bailout,” says Steve Lanzano, chief operating officer at MPG North America, a media-buying unit owned by Havas.

General Electric‘s NBC had sold most of its Super Bowl ad inventory by early September, prior to the meltdown on Wall Street. Because the economy had been soft for most of the year, many in the industry were surprised by the brisk pace of sales. Advertisers gobbled up the available slots even though NBC raised its price sharply, compared with the previous Super Bowl, for which News Corp.‘s Fox got about $2.7 million for 30 seconds of commercial time. (Advertisers who buy multiple slots and fourth-quarter space typically get discounts).

NBC is in better shape than Fox was during the past recession. In 2002, Fox, whose parent also publishes The Wall Street Journal, had about 10% of its ad time unsold just two weeks before the game.

NBC seems to have experienced some slowing of demand over the past few weeks. It says it now has about eight ad slots left to fill. That’s roughly the same number that were left in September.

The Super Bowl has shown no signs of flagging in the ratings. This year’s nail-biter between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots drew 97.4 million viewers, the biggest TV audience for a U.S. sporting event.

Ads appearing in the game seem to get more advance publicity every year, helping to offset the price tag.

Advertisers on next year’s broadcast include Anheuser-Busch, CareerBuilder.com, Hyundai Motor, PepsiCo, Viacom‘s Paramount Pictures, Cars.com and Coca-Cola.

The peacock network has also lured some new marketers to the Feb. 1 game in Tampa, including Pedigree, the dog-food brand owned by Mars. Even Monster.com, the online job site owned by Monster Worldwide, is currently in talks to jump back into the game after sitting out the past few years, according to people familiar with the matter.

“As of now, we have not committed to the Super Bowl,” says a spokesman for Monster.

“Companies realize that it’s even more important in a challenging economy to deliver their message in front of the largest audience they’ll see all year,” says a spokesman for NBC.

Still, marketers and ad executives say it is a tough call to make during hard times. E*Trade Financial knows exactly how nerve-racking the Super Bowl decision can be.

This past February, the New York company jumped into the game even though its stock price had plummeted more than 80% over the course of the year; the word “bankruptcy” was floated by analysts. Some consumers were pulling their accounts from the online broker.

“There were some people internally who said, ‘is this wise?'” says Nick Utton, chief marketing officer of E*Trade. Mr. Utton says he decided to do Super Bowl ads because he felt that it would ultimately show confidence in the brand.

But executives crossed their fingers: if the campaign wasn’t well-received, the criticisms wouldn’t be limited to “lackluster creative.” They would be about “irresponsible corporate spending.”

Luckily for E*Trade, its ads got a favorable reception, resulting in a 32% increase in newly opened and funded brokerage accounts during the week following the Super Bowl, the company said. And even though it is still hurting, it says it will be returning to the game. E*Trade is tightlipped on what the ads will look like, but it’s likely its talking baby will be back.

Write to Suzanne Vranica at suzanne.vranica@wsj.com

John McCain Picks Sarah Palin for Vice President

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Is McCain’s VP Pick: Source
By John Harwood

| 29 Aug 2008 | 09:24 AM ET

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a self-styled “hockey mom” who has only been governor for a little over a year, is GOP Presidential candidate John McCain’s choice for Vice President, CNBC has learned.

According to a Republican strategist, Palin is the nominee, though McCain’s campaign has not comfirmed this.

With an announcement scheduled in Dayton, Ohio, an associate of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said the governor had been informed he is not McCain’s pick.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for Pawlenty, who had all but ruled himself out.

“I’m not going to be there. I plan to be at the state fair. You can draw your conclusion from that,” Pawlenty said on his weekly call-in radio show on WCCO-AM in Minneapolis.

He also called it “a fair assumption” that he will not be McCain’s running mate.

Associates close to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney were saying the same thing, telling The Associated Press that the former presidential candidate had not been offered the job by McCain.

  • Video: Palin discusses energy policy in July appearance on CNBC
  • Video: Palin talks about oil drilling in June appearnce on CNBC.
  • Palin is a first-term governor credited with reforms of her out-of-the-way state.

    Newly minted Democratic nominee Barack Obama is making an aggressive play for the traditional GOP stronghold and its three electoral votes, and polls show the race close.

    At 44, Palin is younger than Obama and, like McCain, she calls herself a maverick.

    A Gulfstream IV from Anchorage, Alaska, flew into Middletown Regional Airport in Butler County near Cincinnati about 10:15 p.m. Thursday, said Rich Bevis, airport manager.

    He said several people came off the plane, including a woman and two teens, but there was no confirmation of who was aboard.

    “They were pretty much hustled off. They came right down the ramp, jumped in some vans here and off they went,” Bevis said. “It was all hush, hush.”

    Among the other possible running mates: former Pennsylvania Gov.Tom Ridge, Democrat-turned-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and former Rep. Rob Portman of Ohio.

    The Arizona senator decided on his choice for vice president early Thursday, but the campaign has given no hint on the selection that will be announced on his 72nd birthday.

    The speculation sent a buzz throughout Denver, where Obama accepted his party’s nomination and put Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware on his ticket.

    Jill Hazelbaker, McCain’s communications director, gave nothing away during an interview on CBS’ “The Early Show.”

    “John McCain is going to make the choice from his heart. He’s going to choose someone who can be a partner in governing. He’s going to choose someone who brings character and principle to the table and who shares his priorities. And I’m confident that he’s going to make a great pick,” Hazelbaker said.

    Republicans kick off their national nominating convention next week in St. Paul, Minn., and McCain’s campaign hopes the announcement of his running mate will stunt any momentum Obama might get from the just-concluded Democratic National Convention.

    McCain was mum on the subject Thursday as he and his wife, Cindy, boarded a plane in Phoenix bound for Dayton.

    —AP contributed to this report

    URL: http://www.cnbc.com/id/26454655/