On Monday evening, CNN’s Don Lemon aired an unauthenticated recording said to have captured gunshots near and at the time of unarmed Michael Brown’s shooting death by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. The recording was brought to CNN by Lopa Blumenthal, the attorney of an unidentified man who said he recorded the audio.
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It’s been nearly two weeks since we heard from Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple and the radio silence has had us worried. Where in the world is Mr. Wemple?
Since August 8, not a post has been made to his site or tweet to his Twitter handle. Is he OK? Is he safe? Did something happen after we saw him two Fridays ago as a guest on PBS’s “Mediatwits” discussing recent accusations and instances of plagiarism in the media industry? Read more
Following instances of plagiarism at BuzzFeed and The New York Times in recent weeks, PBS MediaShift executive editor Mark Glaser pulled together POLITICO’s Dylan Byers, The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple, Newsweek’s Alex Leo and Poynter’s Kelly McBride for “How Far Does Plagiarism Go in the Age of BuzzFeed?,” the latest installment of “Mediatwits.”
“I think that the problem with an organization like The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed, while it’s a business model where the fun stuff pays for serious journalism to be done, is that you’ve blurred the lines completely between what are the serious practices and serious rules and something that we do on Tumblr for fun,” explains Leo.
Definitely worth a listen this weekend.
On Wednesday, CNN informed more than a dozen DC-based politics reporters that their positions would soon be eliminated. Fifteen politically-focused digital positions in Washington have also been posted on its careers page, and those as part of the layoff were encouraged to apply. Capital New York reports that, “the number of new positions added will be greater than the number of positions eliminated.”
“The reorganization of CNN Politics is a recognition of the shifting landscape of media, and positions CNN to disrupt rather than be disrupted,” said CNN spokesman Matt Dornic.
The network emphasized that the reorg was not about cost-cutting or downsizing, but rather, about evolving, in its effort to create “a brand new re-imagined digital politics product.”
“What we really need to do now and plan to do in 2016 is hyper-focus on the audience we want to reach…We want the names and the reporting that [are] absolutely essential for the influence makers in Washington,” said O’Keefe in a piece by Erik Wemple for The Washington Post in early June.
Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:
NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Mitt Romney, more guests TBA
ABC’s “This Week“: Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Col. Steve Ganyard, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), CNN’s Donna Brazile, Laura Ingraham, Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard, author Elizabeth Drew
Univision’s “Al Punto”: TBA
CNN’s “State of the Union“: Dana Bash and Gloria Borger co-host, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Fmr. Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD),
This afternoon in New York City, Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications hosted the eighth annual 2014 Mirror Awards competition, honoring excellence in reporting on the media industry. “CBS This Morning” co-host and O editor at large Gayle King emceed the event, held at Cipriani 42nd Street.
The afternoon recognized the work of several Washingtonians including The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple for Politico’s Mike Allen, native advertising pioneer in the “Best Single Article – Digital Media” category.
Also recognized, Michael Meyer of the Columbia Journalism Review for False fronts, Unfinished business, and News havens in the “Best Commentary – Traditional/Legacy Media” category and CQ Researcher’s Frank Greve for “Combat Journalism” with the John M. Higgins Award for Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting.
Special awards were presented to Discovery Communications CEO and president David Zaslav, who received the Fred Dressler Leadership Award and Washingtonian Walt Mossberg, along with his co-executive editor of Re/code Kara Swisher, who received the i-3 award for impact, innovation and influence.
As the nation gears up for the 2016 presidential election, CNN is preparing to lead in politics coverage.
In May, we wrote that CNN hired Ed O’Keefe as VP of CNNMoney and Politics for CNN Digital, a new role for the network. In just a matter of weeks, it looks as if his and the network’s vision, are clearly defined.
While CNN’s politics reporters currently total around 20, in the short term, that number is expected to double.
“What we really need to do now and plan to do in 2016 is hyper-focus on the audience we want to reach…We want the names and the reporting that [are] absolutely essential for the influence makers in Washington,” said O’Keefe in Wemple’s piece published late Tuesday afternoon.
For the full story, click on over to The Post.
Who’s on the public affairs shows this weekend? Glad you asked:
CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Mitt Romney, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Capt. Sully Sullenberger, oceanographer Dave Gallo, Clarissa Ward of CBS, Fortune‘s Leigh Gallagher, David Sanger of NYT
NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Jimmy Carter, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Frmr. Sec. of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, Andrea Mitchell, NYT‘s David Brooks, Rich Lowry of National Review, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D), NCAA’s Mark Emmert, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, frmr White House aide Reggie Love
Univision’s “Al Punto”: Immigration activists Elvira and Saúl Arellano, Angelica Salas of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Venezuelan Congresswoman María Corina Machado, author/journalist Anabel Hernández, and Cesar Chavez director Diego Luna
C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers”: Karen Ignagni of America’s Health Insurance Plans
CNN’s “State of the Union“: 9:00: Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Stephen Trimble of Flight Global, aviation analyst Mark Weiss, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinkin, Navy diving and salvage officer Bobbie Scholley, Maxim Van Norden of Univ. of Southern Mississippi, Newt Gingrich, USA Today‘s Susan Page, Neera Tanden of CAP, NOON: Madeleine Albright, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), oceanographer Luca Centurioni, Phoenix International’s Curt Newport, Rev. Earl Johnson of American Red Cross
Good reads from across the web that you might have missed:
Nielsen lays off employees in Columbia, MD. At AllAccess.com
The Simpsons takes digs at the Media: According to Jack Mirkinson from HuffPost, last night, as ”The Simpsons” rounds the bases on its 24th season, it also took several jabs at all the big media outlets. CNN, MSNBC, and the New York Times were all subject to lampooning, the bulk of which was reserved for Fox News. Rachel Maddow was also given an extended guest spot on the show.
Why you should read it: See how in “The Simpsons” universe, they use technology to deal with bipartisanship. Read more here.
Media misreports LAX shooting, still a win: Erik Wemple posted his appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with David Folkenflik on his WaPo blog. In that appearance, Wemple called the reporting of the LAX shooter a “win” for the media and a huge improvement from the breaking news reporting of Navy Yard and Newtown. Given, the media still misreports breaking news whenever it can. Now it’s just slightly better misreporting going on.
Why you should read it: See what NBC News still misreported, and see what hoax the Toronto Globe and Mail fell for and reported as actual news. Read more here.
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