March 28, 2017 Last Updated 12:37 pm

Daily Mail referred to press regulator over sexist front page, Obama environmental rules about to be jettisoned

Morning Brief: New report shows, that thanks to digital streaming, advertising on radio will soon surpass that of newspapers, as digital advertising on radio grew 16% last year

If there is one issue a majority of young people care about it is climate change. Only the Pew Research Center came out with a poll showing it not the top issue – and that was due to using the word “environment” rather than climate change. Still, despite the risk of losing young voters for years to come, the Trump administration and the Republicans are set to roll back environmental regulations on air and water.

It should be remembered that the Clean Water Act was passed in 1972, under the Republican president Richard Nixon. At that time conservatives were seen to also be not so against conservation, more in keeping with the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt.


Photo: Pollution by Ian Burt used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

The Washington Post, Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis:

Trump moves decisively to wipe out Obama’s climate-change record

President Trump will take the most significant step yet in obliterating his predecessor’s environmental record Tuesday, instructing federal regulators to rewrite key rules curbing U.S. carbon emissions.

The sweeping executive order also seeks to lift a moratorium on federal coal leasing and remove the requirement that federal officials consider the impact of climate change when making decisions…

…“This policy is in keeping with President Trump’s desire to make the United States energy independent,” said a senior administration official who briefed reporters on the directive Monday evening and asked for anonymity to speak in advance of the announcement. “When it comes to climate change, we want to take our course and do it in our own form and fashion.”

Vox, Brad Plumer:

Trump’s big new executive order to tear up Obama’s climate policies, explained

Trump’s order, meanwhile, won’t say anything about whether he wants the US to stay in or withdraw from the Paris climate deal, the key international treaty on global warming. Although Trump vowed to pull out of the accord during the campaign, some of his advisers, like Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have reportedly warned that he’d face immense diplomatic backlash if he did so. A White House official said that’s “still under discussion.”

The order also won’t challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s fundamental authority to regulate greenhouse gases via the so-called “endangerment finding,” a power that Obama used to craft climate policy after early attempts to pass legislation failed. That’s important: If the EPA’s regulatory authority survives the Trump era, then a future president could use it to write new rules to curb US emissions. That’s what happens when climate policy is crafted through the executive branch, as it currently is in the United States — things can change drastically with a new president.



“It’s the Daily Mail.”

That’s about all one can say about its front page today, decried as sexist by much of the press that noticed it.

Of course, The Daily Beast doesn’t quite get the story right, calling the two politicians featured in the photo “Brexit Leaders.” The two politicians are UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who came out against the UK leaving the EU, though is now in charge of implementing Brexit, and Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, and most definitely against Brexit.

This is one of those examples were turning off reader comments probably hurts a news outlet. I am quite sure a number of readers would be eager to point out that, yes, the Daily Mail is sexist, but The Daily Beast is stupid.

(It should be pointed out that the fault lies with whoever wrote the headline, not Tom Sykes who wrote the story. Nowhere in the story does he call Nicola Sturgeon a Breixt leader.)

The Independent, Jon Stone:

Daily Mail formally reported to press regulator over ‘Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon’s legs’ front page

Amelia Womack, the deputy leader of the Green Party, accused the paper of breaking the editors’ code and treating women with “contempt” in a submission to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso), which the paper is signed up to…

…In her submission to Ipso Ms Womack accused the paper of breaking clause 12 of the code which says editors must “avoid prejudicial or pejorative reference to an individual’s race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or to any physical or mental illness or disability”.

“To bring the politicians’ appearance into this story is not only entirely irrelevant but incredibly disrespectful,” the submission states.

“This headline and the further derogatory comments inside the paper would not have even been considered, let alone published, if the two politicians in question had been men.”



Everyone understands that newspapers are suffering because of advertising is moving to digital. But what few want to admit is that the reason newspapers are losing this revenue is that they have not succeeded in growing their digital ad platforms – and, in fact, have in many cases decided to abandon the ad model for a digital subscription model.

But it is not just the big digital players like Google and Facebook that are growing thanks to digital, so is radio, which has found a new life thanks to digital streaming.

AdAge, Sami Main:

Radio Is Expected to Surpass Newspapers in Local Ad Revenue by 2021

Nearly a century after radio stations began accepting commercials, a new report says the medium now takes about 10 percent of all local ad revenue. And the fastest growing segment of radio isn’t over the air, but on digital platforms.

According to BIA/Kelsey’s 2017 Investing in Radio report, the digital advertising income of U.S. radio stations was up 14 percent in 2016. There was only a slight increase in over-the-air income, which still raked in the biggest piece of the pie at about $14.1 billion in 2016.

“In an age where consumers have many entertainment choices, local radio maintains its strength and popularity in the marketplace among national and local advertisers,” said Mark Fratrik, svp and chief economist at BIA/Kelsey, in a statement. The report found that by 2021, radio will surpass newspapers and become the fifth-largest media category among advertisers.

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