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NYT Mag: Journalists Share Blame with Reddit for Boston Bombing Mistakes

New York Times Magazine has an article out this week by Jay Caspian Kang that should probably devastate a few journalists we all know—or at the very least, make them think long and hard about themselves.

You know this story. It’s about how, in the information void after the Boston bombings a bunch of internet sleuths took to Reddit and fingered an innocent kid—Sunil Tripathi—as Suspect No. 2. What you might not know much about is how a few journalists on Twitter fueled the fire by taking Reddit’s accusation and building a bridge from “take this with a grain of salt” to “absolutely credible.”

Whether it was a desire to be first or just part of a really big story, whether it was a lack of experience or training or oversight or naivete or some combination of all of these, these few journalists took absolutely unverified bits of information from Twitter posts and republished them as facts without, at least according to NYT Mag, barely even a second’s thought.

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Afternoon Reading List 07.25.13

Controlling information in the age of Reddit and Twitter — Reddit has become a dominating traffic-gobbler on the web, calling itself “the front page of the Internet.” It has millions of users that constantly post content, some of which goes viral. NYT’s Jay Caspian Kang examines what happens when false information is spread on the site, especially when it spills into the media. Within minutes of the FBI posting photos of Suspect #1 and Suspect #2 of the Boston Marathon Bombings, a Reddit user posted a photo of Suspect #2 beside a photo of Sunil Tripathi, starting a viral rumor that Tripathi was the suspect. This spread through Twitter and eventually made it to the Twitter accounts of journalists, such as BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski and Luke Russert of NBC News. The only problem was that Tripathi, a 22-year-old student at Brown, had been missing. His family had set up a Facebook page with the name “Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi,” but took it down after receiving threatening and hurtful messages from Internet users in connection with the Suspect #2 photo, all but abandoning their search. Kang uses this case to show how Internet communities like Twitter and Reddit have caused information to run wild on the web. The problem is, not all of it is true.

Why you should read it: Kang, in a compelling and well-written article, examines modern reporting practices and citizen journalism through the Internet and how false information affects innocent people. The article dives deep into how groups like Anonymous are contributing to this whirlpool of fact and rumor.

Anthony Weiner is no Bill Clinton Anthony Weiner was involved in a sex scandal (well, actually the count’s at three right now, but that’s beside the point) and his loyal wife stood by him and supported him and his career. Bill Clinton was also involved in a sex scandal (also more than one, but the Monica Lewinsky scandal is obviously the one we’re referencing) and his wife also stood by his side as he faced impeachment. But The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky argues that this is about the only thing Weiner and Clinton have in common. He writes that anyone comparing the couples doesn’t have a full understanding of what happened in the Clinton sex scandal, and promptly explains what did happen. Clinton was a president, not a disgraced congressman running for mayor. Tomasky lists accomplishments that made Democrats love him and Republicans come to despise him. The GOP was so set on stopping him. The couple came under attack by the GOP, and together they fought back. Weiner, however, is not some target of some conspiracy. Rather he’s got a strange appetite for phone sex and sexting, in which dirty rants on healthcare are the norm, not to mention promising his online girlfriend a job at Politico. Tomasky says Huma has no reason to stay with him, other than publicity and political power. Another difference between Weiner and Clinton: Weiner has been embroiled in a number of sex scandals, but so far hasn’t sealed the deal.

Why you should read it: Tomasky takes Huma from being a victim to questioning her reasons for staying with Weiner, even calling her a “co-conspirator” since she allegedly knew about the most recent scandal before Weiner announced his mayoral bid. It makes for a rather interesting perspective in the widely-reported story of Weiner and his sex scandals.

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Trevon vs. Trayvon

“Noon to12:15 for the next 40 days I will give 15 min a day in silence asking Creator how I can honor Trevon since the courts did not.” — motivational author Iyanla Vanzant, who, with her heart likely in the best of places, spelled Trayvon Martin‘s name incorrectly in the aftermath of the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

And a question… “Wonder if they got Zimmerman out of USA? Transit hotel in Moscow airport?” — Matt Drudge.

Editor recalls strange liverwurst phase

“A 19-yr-old is about to win a PGA Tour event. When I was 19, I liked liverwurst sandwiches.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Weekend working habits…

“You know you’re getting old when you’re up late on a Saturday night not partying but working — and still awake by 8am. #morecoffee” — Managing Editor, HuffPost Blog, Erin Ruberry.

The Observer

“For all the RW blogs who have set up their sites to be a bastion of racist reader comments, Zimmerman verdict has been a real home run.” — Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert.

Convo Between Two Journos: Politico‘s Thrush gets thrashed by FNC Contributor  

This morning’s conversation is between Politico White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush and FNC media critic Richard Grenell. There’s no real explanation why Politico Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei’s name was added to both Thrush’s and Grenell’s tweets. VandeHei hasn’t tweeted since May 1.

THRUSH: “Me: Any violence in FL? Wife: U mean any kids shot for holding a candy bar? @JimVandeHei”

GRENELL: “Unbiased ‘reporter’ from Politico>”

THRUSH: “Explain the bias to me.”

GRENELL: “Oh God. This is a bigger problem than I thought.”

GRENELL: “Self defense, broken nose, MMA style beating, jury decision after evidence, your race baiting & idiotic tweet.”

THRUSH: “Gonna splain this nice and slow. I assumed there had been a race riot. Wife offered ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE. Crazy, right?”

GRENELL: “We now see why Politico is a lapdog for Obama @ the WhiteHouse. GZ got his nose broke, jury acquitted him. You pander to left. … so ‘another explanation’ from you is to tweet an idiotic statement that panders to race rioters? #Journalism @JimVandeHei”

Deep thoughts with BuzzFeed reporter

“We need to have a national conversation on calls for national conversations.” – BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.

Dr. Russert weighs in

“Well that’s just great for heart disease patients.” — NBC’s Luke Russert in reaction to a new study that says that fish oils may increase risk of prostate cancer. See here.

Is “The Newsroom” realistic?

“.@HBO Only in The #Newsroom… can people talk that way at work and not get their ass kicked.” — The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas in reaction to last night’s season premiere of “The Newsroom.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:42 a.m.

Reporter’s story bounced from A1

“‘In Ocean City, up in arms over drooping pants.’ My Sunday A1 (which got bounced to A20, because…news happens).” — WaPo‘s J. Freedom du Lac. Read the story here.

Pool Party Chatter… Over the weekend politicos and journos convened for a pool/birthday party in northwest Washington. Guests were thrown in the pool when they least expected it. Conversation topics included the Kurt Bardella chapter of Leibo’s This Town, whether Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer should get elected (the overall thought amid various groans was “no”) and how KTVU-TV could have possibly screwed up those Asiana Airline pilot names. The favorite name among partygoers was: “Sum Ting Wong.” A strong second: “Wi Tu Lo.” There was also a conversational party game: Would you sleep with SO and SO? Partygoers, gay and straight, weighed in. This being Washington, names like House Speaker John Boehner and House Maj. Eric Cantor were among the choices. Most said yes to Boehner, with one male guest reasoning that he’s the”Marlboro Man.” Cantor was generally a yes, just so long as he doesn’t speak.

Photoshop expertise by Austin Price. We sincerely hope Thrush’s body is better attached to his body than the above.

 

 

Journos React to ‘This Town’ in Good and Cozy Ways

Mark Leibovich‘s new book, This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America’s Gilded Capital, has caused quite a stir inside the beltway.

As an inside look into Washington’s culture, many politicians, journalists and anyone remotely involved in politics has been nervous and excited to see how — or worse, if — they are portrayed in the book. Many Washington journalists, as well as some outside the Beltway, have taken a look at the book, and we’ve compiled those reviews that stand out, for better or for worse.

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Quotes of the Day

Kurtz has stuff to figure out

“Thanks for messages and tweets about new Fox show. Still have lots of details to figure out, but what a challenge.” — CNN but soon-to-be Fox News’ Howard Kurtz.

Speaking of openings at CNN…

“If I hate myself, does that make me a media critic? #IhearThereIsAnOpening?” — CNN’s John Berman. Kurtz’ post on “Reliable Sources” will be filled by a rotating cast of hosts that haven’t been named yet.

Kim/Kanye baby name fallout

“Why did Kimye let Sarah Palin name their baby?? #North #wtf#” — The Times of LondonMatt Spence.

“I’m not sure I follow the logic of naming a kid after an airline that no longer exists.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“Are we being pranked? Is this a resurrection of a defunct airline where I still have miles? A DC neighborhood? Apple lkg bttr and better.” — NPR’s Kitty Eisele.

“This poor child,” — Roll Call‘s Emily Cahn.

“Also, currently arguing with my 13-year-old sister about the name of this Kardashian kid. Good lord.” — WaPo columnist Clinton Yates.

“Troll West.” — ReutersMegan McCarthy.

“Seven. Seven Costanza. Now THERE’S a name.” — CNN Contributor Kevin Madden.

“If my parents named me North West I’d have to kick my own ass.” — BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.

“That’s like me naming my child Seth.” — NYT Communications Associate Jordan Cohen.

“Kanye must be trying working some sort of ‘Boy Named Sue’ angle here.” — Free Beacon‘s CJ Ciaramella.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:52 a.m.

AnonymASS and Anonymous Tipsters: 1. “ass holes.” 2. “Marty … need … more … Marty” Memo to #1. We love your candor. Don’t go changing. However, “ass holes” is actually written “assholes.” And #2: Your wish is our command. Never a shortage of material there.

Emotional sports watching

“To the guy wearing a Golden State jersey at game 7: you are an idiot. Oh, oh oh oh shut up.” — The Hill‘s Ian Swanson.

N-word-using Paula Deen sparks N-word debate

“LOL I sound ‘old’ @bdotm for having zero tolerance against the N-word? Good. I’d rather sound ‘old’ and be right than ‘young” and dumb.” — “Washington Watch’s” Roland Martin.

Speechwriter trash talk

“Lovett with no editor and 20,000 followers should scare people almost as much as his refusal to wear pants to work” — Jon Favreau, former speechwriter to President Obama. Now a consultant. His message is directed to Jon Lovett, also a former presidential speechwriter who sometimes writes for The Atlantic.

10 Journos You Don’t Want to Fight on Twitter

We’re not sure what we did for entertainment before we could watch what probably should be journalists’ private feuds unfold in public on Twitter. For all the talk about teens who have no social-networking shame, there are a few grownups in the media who haven’t seemed to learn the lesson either. Some days, our Washington Twitter lists look more like a Beltway Fight Club than they do a group of media elites.

Not that we’re complaining. We do need something to watch between episodes of Veep and Scandal reruns, and the journalists on our list below don’t disappoint. Fair warning though—if you take some of them on, you doing so at your own risk.

Honorable mentions: The Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher, Conservative radio host Dana Loesch, WaPo‘s Greg Sargent, the DNC’s communications director, Brad Woodhouse, and NRSC’s Brad Dayspring. If you don’t think Dayspring can fight, read this story published last night in which he was referred to as a “rabid dog.”

Here it is, FishbowlDC’s 10 Journalists You Don’t Want to Fight on Twitter:

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Male Reporters Harden Stances on Weiner Clash With Female Scribes

Some male reporters felt the need to get in a dick swinging contest with Donald Trump this afternoon. The subject matter: Ironically, ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).

On Wednesday we reported that TWT Senior Op-ed Writer Emily Miller wrote that she and a female colleague Susan Crabtree had alleged that Weiner had harassed them during conversations on Capitol Hill. In Miller’s case, she says a heated Weiner got inches from her face and subjected her to humiliating sexual comments as she tried to question him on the sexting scandal. Crabtree, meanwhile, says Weiner erected his middle finger at her in the Speaker’s Lobby in front of gobs of reporters.

Today, Trump, an expert on pretty much everything known to mankind, retweeted Miller’s story and the crowd went wild. Because retweets actually do mean endorsements now don’t they? Trump wrote, “Must read article by @EmilyMiller: ‘Anthony Weiner is a twit who treats women like dirt.’”

BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski (pictured at left) and Politico‘s Alex Burns  jumped all over it, equating that Trump being divorced and sending nasty missives to a columnist was equivalent to harassing women in the workplace.

Burns pointed to a story in New York magazine story in which columnist Gail Collins, the first woman to hold the position of Editorial Page Editor at NYT, recounts the time Trump sent her story back to her with her face circled with “The Face of a Dog” written all over it. Burns added, “Seriously, Donald Trump doesn’t demean women?” And Kaczynski cracked, “Twice divorced Trump.”

Miller (pictured above in pink) shot back on Twitter, “Divorce has NOTHING to do with demeaning women in the workplace.” She told FishbowlDC, “I am shocked these male reporters will do anything to defend Anthony Weiner’s pattern of harassing female reporters on Capitol Hill. Clearly, they can’t understand how humiliating it was for us and how difficult Weiner made it to do our job.”

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Top #ObamaCareInThreeWords Tweets

The House voted on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, yesterday, and the Twittersphere noticed, with uncommonly long hashtag #ObamaCareInThreeWords trending through last night.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) kicked off the avalanche of left and right-wing-aimed Tweets with this:

 

Well, “folks” from all over took to Twitter to describe Obamacare in (mostly) three words. Here are some of the top Tweets from inside the Beltway.

Vince Coglianese of The Daily Caller opted to make an observation about the hashtag itself instead commenting on the healthcare bill.

 

Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) decided the hashtag wasn’t long enough, so he made up a new one while dutifully informing Twitter users of the proper terminology.

 

Unfortunately for Rigell, the hashtag didn’t catch on.

WaPo blogger Greg Sargent made up a new word as to not go over the three-word limit.

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BuzzFeed Party Heats Up

For its White House Correspondents’ Dinner party, BuzzFeed brought its entire politics team to D.C., but one of its members was noticeably absent from the party.

Andrew Kaczynski, the prolific tweeter and Internet video resurfacer, skipped out. He was at the actual Dinner, the one BuzzFeed had failed to secure a table at. CSPAN brought him as a guest.

“It must be nice, right,” BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith told FishbowlDC that night. “He’s like our celebrity.”

Even without their own version of a celebrity in attendance, the party was packed with hundreds of people, causing long waits at the bar, but even worse: Long lines outside to even get in. Senior Press Director Ashley McCollum manned the mess outside. At one point the general guest line stretched almost 100 people-deep.

For Dorsey Shaw, BuzzFeed‘s resident TV news watcher, it was his first time down from New York since the publication celebrated the launch of it’s Washington bureau in early August last year. He told us he was disappointed that he wouldn’t have time to see the monuments and other sights but that he’d make sure to schedule them in next time he’s in town. (He ended up being able to schedule in some time to see them Sunday, we hear.)

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Quotes of the Day

MAKING AN ENTRANCE AND AN EXIT: Host of “CBS This Morning” Gayle King walked into the Washington Hilton on Saturday night in an eye-popping kelly green gown by Vicky Tiel. On Friday night, she was spotted leaving the Turkish Embassy residence where The Hill was hosting its pre-WHCD party.

“Don’t hurt yourself.” — A St. Regis employee to guests of Friday night’s TIME-People party at which partygoers, many of whom were White House correspondents, received gift bags so heavy they could give you a hernia. More on the contents later…

Humility is…

“I have been told many times I look like @MatthewPerry. I just saw him at #nerdprom. He is far better looking.” — The Hill’s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Editor wants WHCD weekend to be more substantive

“It kind of sickens me when you’re here for the White House Correspondents’ Weekend that there are not more substantive discussions.” — Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large for The Atlantic, who hosted a discussion over the weekend with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Sen. Joe Manchin (R-WVa.) at the Ritz. The banquet room was packed. Breakfast disappeared too fast. The discussion centered on American military power today. Attendees included BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton, NJ‘s Brian Fung, Yahoo! NewsChris Moody, Newsweek-Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake and The Atlantic‘s Jay Lauf.

A plea for help

“Someone catch me up on the last 9 days of news.” — Politico White House Correspondent Byron Tau.

Important Q to Ponder: “In a cab going to the airport but our driver is sleepy so he has the window down – to freeze or get into an accident?” — Oversharing Sherri Shepherd, co-host of ABC’s “The View.”

HuffPost‘s Sam Stein “impressed” with Politico

ThinkProgress‘ Judd Legum: “Politico currently has 54 separate links to stories abt WHCA Dinner on its front page.”

Huffpost‘s Sam Stein: “I’m kind of impressed.”

And in Bob Schieffer, Claire Danes father-daughter news… 

“Someone asked Bob Schieffer if he was Claire Danes’ daddy.” — former White House reporter Myles Miller.

Some buzz on BuzzFeed Party

“CSPAN showing super long line for @BuzzFeed party. A lot of sad faces who can’t get in #buzzfeedbbq” — Washington Examiner‘s Charlie Spiering. And this from Roll Call HOH’s Warren Rojas: “Crowd in #BuzzFeedbbq just let out very self-satisfied collective whoop after @cspan live shot of line @JackRoseinDC #counterwhcd”

Psy or is it more like Sigh?

“Psy just walked by me. I feel somehow cooler. Or at least more relevant.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza. Good thing Cillizza didn’t actually try to communicate with Psy.

Starting new pub is stressful

“Rare has oped from Jeb Bush today so big relief we can get the big names when so new. I’m on pins and needles every day.” — Rare Editor-in-Chief Brett Decker. See here. Will Jeb run or won’t he? Who knows, but his last graph sounds rather presidential. He writes, “American greatness comes from the power of individuals – not the government – to create wealth and opportunity through competition, innovation and empowerment. Not only must we pursue reform, we must do a much better job communicating how these reforms protect and promote the genius of America.”

 

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