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Reuters’s Jack Shafer Lectures FNC’s James Rosen on Reporting Technique

While many journalists rallied around FNC’s Washington Correspondent James Rosen after news broke that his emails and phone records had been subpoenaed by the Department of Justice, Reuters‘ media columnist Jack Shafer went a different route. He wrote a column criticizing Rosen’s newsgathering style.

In a blog post headlined “What was James Rosen Thinking?” Shafer asserts that Rosen could have kept his sources in the federal government secret had he been more… secretive.

Shafer writes:

Rosen’s journalistic technique, if the Post story is accurate, leaves much to be desired. He would have been less conspicuous had he walked into the State Department wearing a sandwich board lettered with his intentions to obtain classified information and then blasted an air horn to further alert authorities to his business. For example, one data point investigators used to connect Rosen with his alleged source, Kim, was the visitor’s badge the reporter wore when calling on the State Department offices. According to security records, Rosen and his source left the building within one minute of each other and then returned only several minutes apart inside the half-hour. A few hours later that day (June 11, 2009), Rosen’s secret-busting story was published.

Even teenagers practice better tradecraft than this when deceiving parents.

Shafer goes on to offer tips on what “a smart reporter” would do. Read more

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RAINING IN THE ROSE GARDEN: “Overheard: ‘Melt the Press.’ @MarkLandler of NYT pops out a Georgetown umbrella.” — NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro with the accompanying photograph. And NBC’s Luke Russert: “The #Marines holding the umbrellas at this presser are unbelievably cool, had no idea there’s military protocol for umbrella holding.”

Umbrella memories

“In my first job as a sports reporter, my editor had me hold the umbrella over him & his camera on the sidelines. Good times.” — HotAir’s Mary Katharine Ham.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 5:48 a.m.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“So much happening-impt stuff must be slipping by for bandwidth lack. Just in my niche, turned in 7 stories in past 4 days & 8th mostly done.” — NYT‘s Charlie Savage.

ABC “Scandal” finale fallout

“So Fitz is porking a black woman to bring diversity to the Republican Party? Wow. #StartedFromATwerkNowWereHere” — Javonni Brustow, Washington editor of The DC Pundit.

“Oh damn Fitz just went rogue! And quotes Dillon Thomas to boot!” — Essence and theGrio.com‘s Sophia Nelson.

“Damn, Fitz just went Bulworth on Mellie! @ScandalABC #Gladiators” — Washington Watch and Tom Joyner Show regular Roland Martin.

“When @tonygoldwyn saw this two page monologue for the first time at the table read, he gasped. Then he dove in.” — Scandal creator and writer Shonda Rhimes.

“Mellie is going to fuck everybody. #Scandal” — @emokidsloveme.

“Liv. #shutitdown and call a locksmith.” — Avid “Scandal” watcher Shawna Thomas of NBC News as Olivia Pope nearly gets killed. And later, after Fitz sees a video in which Olivia, his mistress, has sex with another man, she writes, “OK Fitz. She is not a virgin nor your wife and she didn’t know that guy was charged w/ bedding/protecting her. STOP BEING A CHILD.”

“Can’t even type. This ending kills me! #scandalfinale” — Actress Kerry Washington, who plays Olivia Pope.

“Lemme get this straight, the season finale of Scandal is on during #ScandalWeek? THIS TOWN” — TPM Assistant Editor Igor Bobic.

Brian’s Stelter’s walk on the moon

“I vividly remember my first time watching ‘The Office.’ It was May 2005, on my laptop, on a train from Baltimore to NY.” — NYT‘s Brian Stelter. And were you simultaneously monitoring your Tumblr account, Facebooking, and checking your MySpace?

The power of ass kissing

“The power of @carr2n: He tweets your story and you get 126 clicks in 15 minutes.” — Slate‘s Jack Shafer in reference to NYT‘s David Carr.

Journo annoyed by mouth breather

“This kid who is mouth breathing next to me really needs to get off the train. Can’t deal. #imsoannoying” — Roll Call‘s Emily Cahn.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Intrigued by Cool Ranch tacos tho I’m normally not a Taco Bell fan & hearing cool ranch flavor gets overwhelmed by filling. Anybody tried?” — Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein.

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: “On a certain street in Cambridge, MA. (And yes, I respected their wishes.)” — CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Chelsea Handler says WHCD is a sure thing

It’s very easy to get invited to that thing, by the way.” — E! late night talk show host Chelsea Handler on her show last night of the WHCD. She has attended the dinner in previous years.

Women pooping at work

“How did I miss this groundbreaking piece on the last great obstacle facing woman at work: finding a place to poop.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein, who links to The Daily Beast story. Tim Miller, executive director of the America Rising PAC, responds, “Isn’t it easier for women to poop on the sly? Unlike men they don’t have to deal with the shame of choosing stall over urinal.” And HuffPost‘s Jon Ward tells them both, “Just stop.”

Convo Between Two Journos

Today we have Reuters’ Jack Shafer and Reuters Op-ed Editor James Ledbetter. Clearly these two don’t believe in walking down the hallway to talk to each other.

Ledbetter: “You’re awfully ornery for a guy with no column ideas.”

Shafer: “Rejecting yr bad ideas does not equal having no ideas.”

Ledbetter: “And yet you have presented none.”

The Observer

“Whoever this homeless lady is talkin to she is PISSED at them. Too bad they’re not on the bus to hear her mutterings.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

Birthday shoutouts to…Sam Youngman, formerly of Reuters, and Daily Caller TV reporter Jeff Poor, whose birthday was yesterday.

Politico Playbook publish time: 8:19 a.m.

A fellow’s ‘stupid’ assumption

“I stupidly assume when someone gets assigned a beat to write about they have some knowledge of it. obviously not.” — Media Matters fellow Oliver Willis, who wasn’t done quite yet. He added: “Re: my complaining about media writers. A lot of political reporters don’t understand politics either. Saw it in 2012 campaign writing.”

Jonah Goldberg: The Stylist

“Hey @greggutfeld you need collar stays.” — NationalReviewOnline‘s Jonah Goldberg to Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld.

Aasif Mandvi: ‘Conan Had Best Joke of Night’

The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi gave fellow comedian Conan O’Brien a big thumbs up today, insisting he had the best joke of the night.

“Yeah, I thought he was good,” said Mandvi. “It’s a tough gig talking to people while they’re eating and following President Obama. I thought he was very funny and had the best joke of the night — the Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow joke.”

The joke involved comparing Obama and House Speaker John Boehner getting together to CNN’s Anderson Cooper and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “Nothin’s gonna happen,” he cracked.

The highlight of Mandvi’s weekend? “I guess meeting Michelle from Downton Abbey. I’m a huge Downton Abbey fan.”

Mandvi’s impromptu review of O’Brien’s performance was told to FishbowlDC today at the Thomson-Reuters/Yahoo! News post prom night brunch at Hay Adams, where a variety of journalists were buzzing around the room.

Spotted in the mix: BuzzFeed‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro and publicist Ashley McCollum, who, while making fun of her own boat shoes, said it made her feel so good being at such a posh party. Also dotting the room was WaPo‘s Erik Wemple (from the ERIK WEMPLE BLOG) and Jack Shafer (where does he work again, Reuters?) as well as The Hill‘s Emily Goodin and Judy Kurtz (Howiella!) and Washingtonian‘s Carol Joynt. A journo who shall remain nameless and genderless somehow sneaked his or her way into the party without being on the list (yes, crashing a party, even at the opulent Hay Adams, can happen.)

Quotable: “If this wasn’t here I’d be shitting my pants.” — FBDC’s Eddie Scarry standing on the balcony of the Hay Adams, safely inside the wrought-iron railing.

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“So many newspaper reporters. So many interviews to turn down.”President Obama at this weekend’s Gridiron dinner.

Bureau Chief says no to mom jeans

“I’m pretty sure I’m the only person not wearing mom jeans in this Outback bar.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton in a series of tweets this weekend from a suburban Outback bar. He was staying at his sister’s house while his home gets repairs.

Journalist has hair issues

“That point where your hair, which was perfect length a day ago, is now suddenly out of control.” — Amy Walter, The Cook Report.

The Observer

“I sometimes read comments on news or op-ed pieces in the WaPo and am always shocked at what people say. Jerks for sure!” — Marketing writer Deborah Brody.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:18 a.m.

Reporter gets patriotic and speaks for the country? “Attending Gridiron dinner tonight. Am expecting the president to be funny. We could all use a good laugh. By which I mean the country.” — HuffPost Editorial Director and MSNBC Analyst Howard Fineman.

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What’s the Media Lesson In Sandy Hook Shooting?

In the heat of the moment last Friday, the news media fudged many of the facts regarding the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Most glaring was misidentifying the shooter as Ryan Lanza rather than Adam Lanza.

Given the severity of the situation, it’s only natural that some would be upset about journalists screwing up the facts. “If you’re wondering why the public dislikes the media, scummy behavior like this doesn’t help,” The Week‘s Matthew Lewis wrote.

BuzzFeed posted the “9 Things The Media Got Wrong About The Sandy Hook Shooting.” TheBlaze (where I work) ran “The Confusing Things About the Conn. School Shooting That Got Reported Wrong.” Kiri Blakeley at CafeMom said botching the facts made both the media and the internet “look pathetic.”

Somewhat more sympathetically, Reuters media critic Jack Shafer wrote a column detailing the inaccuracies, concluding “don’t expect too much [in breaking news]. You won’t be disappointed.”

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Reuters Website on the Mend?

Want to read something from the Opinion section of the Reuters website? Well, you may be in luck. But if you checked in just a few minutes ago or any time in the past week, you would have received the apology note below.

Strangely enough, within the past half hour the Opinion section is back up and running with media writer Jack Shafer‘s latest column third in the mix. But please note, the blog section, where writers like Shafer and Felix Salmon ordinarily live, is still down.

Reuters and WSJ recently reported that the blogging platform of its website had been hacked. Posted on the site was a false story declaring that Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister had died. On August 3, they wrote, “Reuters was forced to shut the platform temporarily after the appearance of unauthorized, and false, reports citing military reverses for rebels in Syria.”

The url for Reuters Opinion section has been down for more than one week and there are a variety of screwy things going on with the website. For instance, a click on “Tales From the Trail” still gets you nowhere.

Columns from Shafer are still running, just in another area of the site. Most recently he had a story yesterday on the usefulness of presidential conventions. In short, he doesn’t think they’re that useful — “Yes, the news-to-blather ratio is huge,” he writes. He also tells readers it’s okay to not watch at all: “Go ahead and scan the newspaper and Web accounts of the event if you must, but feel free to watch something else on TV.”

For now Shafer’s work is most easily found by typing in his name — other attempts just result in yanking out your hair follicles and PTSD tremors from navigating WaPo‘s website.

Separated At Birth: Reuters’ Jack Shafer

While looking over a recent interview Reuters media reporter Jack Shafer did with Talking Points Memo, we noticed Shafer looks an awful lot like… a certain mystery author. Over the weekend it hit us like a bag of bones.

Today, we pair up Shafer and the terrifying bestselling author Stephen King.

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Breitbart.com’s War on BuzzFeed

“If BuzzFeed Politics would just come out against the right, it would be a much better site. Seriously.” — Breitbart.com‘s John Nolte.

HuffPost reporter with broken hand pissed

“I hate everyone. I’m typing with one hand!” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley, who broke her arm while texting and walking at the same time. As we reported previously, she’ll be in a sling for six weeks.

Poor Mr. Kim: “Mr Kim, the DC liquor store owner featured in 9 News Now reports for selling booze to underage kids, was found guilty in court today.” — News Assignment Manager at WUSA9′s Bill Starks.

Slate‘s Jack Shafer: “Can’t somebody give Joe Biden a blog? I’d read it.”

Journo prays for strength amid loudmouth train rider

“Please, Lord, make her stop talking. I beg of you. Make. Her. Stop. #auralhostage #acela” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart.

Whoa! You did what? “Engrossed in my phone, literally bumped into a person coming out of Barneys @georgetowndc. Look up, it’s Jennifer Hudson. M’scuse, J-Hud.” – Washingtonian‘s Kate Bennett.

Reporter offers unusual warning

“Gird your loins, ladies and gentlemen: @JoeBiden is armed with visual aid in latest campaign speech.” — Tribune‘s Mike Memoli.

Writer fights back

“People who #hate have NO CLUE what goes on in other people’s lives beyond what you think you see. NO CLUE. To my haters YOU ARE CLUELESS!” — NBC theGrio’s Sophia Nelson, who recently had her life threatened. “Folks I am not upset with #haters they are what they are. I am disgusted by people who think they have the right to curse you out publicly.”

Reporter covering Romney tossed out of hotel

“Two very large, very serious-looking security folks just booted me from back entrance of Hyatt in midtown, where Romney is about to arrive.” — NBC News campaign embed reporter Garrett Haake.

WTF?

“Oh WTH, FYI, in case you missed it, ICYMI means ‘in case you missed it.’ — author David Limbaugh, brother of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. Thanks, David, for letting us in on that national secret.

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Quotes of the Day

“I love your underwear!”Bloomberg‘s Stephanie Green to model Elle MacPherson in the hallway of the Washington Hilton prior to WHCD. Turns out MacPherson, who beamed in response, has an underwear line.

Convo between pundit & politico

The following conversation transpired between conservative pundit Ari Fleischer and DNC Spokesman Brad Woodhouse on Sunday.

Fleischer: “I wish POTUS had not poked fun at Secret Service. If anyone should have risen above the easy pot shots, it’s the President.”

Woodhouse: “Ari Fleischer: Like when Bush joked about not being able to find WMD at WHCD in the middle of the Iraq war. That was a real knee slapper.”

Comcast has its period?

“Must be that time of the month again. Comcast internet has gone down forcing me to 3G for who knows how long.” — Accuracy in Media Chairman Don Irvine.

“All dressed up and ready to go to the nerd prom!” – Author and MSNBC Contributor Meghan McCain.

A follower asks, “Is there a Twitter filter to screen out journalist tweets about journalism?” So ReutersJack Shafer snapped, “Yes. It’s called unfollow.”

Actor adamantly denies ass pinching

“The Mormon stuff is true, but I’ve never done that other thing [pinched a woman's ass] in my life.” — Actor Richard Kind at the Haddad/Rosen garden brunch Saturday afternoon when we approached and said, “So I heard you pinched a woman’s ass the other night. What was up with that?” Meanwhile, FBDC sources maintain it happened. The incident reportedly occurred at the Elle/Creative Coalition/Lani Hay dinner at the Ritz on Thursday night.

Reporter thanks God for editors

“Turning in a draft of a story that includes two of these notes in the text: [IS THIS A WORD?] Thank god for editors.” — NYT‘s media writer Brian Stelter, who came to Washington this weekend for the WHCD.

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