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ICYMI: CNN Tells the Future; AOL Patch Says ‘Goodbye’

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A way cool futuristic new program, Dataminr for News,  unveiled by CNN yesterday uses Twitter to get tipped off about breaking stories hours before anyone else knows about them. Our friends at TVNewser covered the event:

Dataminr uses an advanced algorithm to home in on similar sets of tweets around the world, thus alerting its clients to trends—or breaking news— potentially from the moment it’s first tweeted about…

“…We think it is revolutionary for newsgathering,” SVP of CNN.com K.C. Estenson said, jokingly calling it to “bionic vision for our reporters.”

The network has already been testing the program for six months, using it on-air for about two stories a day, including this past weekend’s Maryland mall shooting, and during the Nelson Mandela memorial service, when Dataminr alerted CNN to the most shared Mandela photos online. CNN then used those photos on-air.

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Romenesko Now Offers Sponsored Posts

Everyone’s got to pay the bills, but when we noticed that Jim Romenesko, journalism stalwart, has started offering sponsored content on his site—our hearts sank just a little. Has it come to this?

“Have news to share with the journalism community? Consider a Sponsored Post on this page. Contact Tom Kwas for information,” his morning reports say at the bottom.

If Romenesko—whose former media notes blog at Poynter.org was legend—has joined the journalism devolution into advertiser-controlled coverage, who’s next?

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BuzzFeed Responds To Onion Article

An article titled “BuzzFeed Writer Resigns In Disgrace After Plagiarizing ‘10 Llamas Who Wish They Were Models’” made the rounds among members of the media on Twitter today.

The story was published on the satirical news website The Onion and said BuzzFeed staff writer Tim Mills “resigned his position Wednesday following widespread accusations that he plagiarized content in the recent slideshow.” The story reported that media reporter Jim Romenesko first discovered the plagiarism when he “noticed several striking similarities between the BuzzFeed post and a November 2011 slideshow on the Cheezburger Network titled ‘These Llamas Have It Better Than You.’”

This wasn’t the first feature on llamas to appear on the site. Ashley McCollum, publicist for BuzzFeed, said the website has been featuring llamas since it started. “We’ve been covering llamas since the early days of BuzzFeed,” she told FishbowlDC. “The Onion trolled us… A+ job.”

Mills tweeted many times about his “plagiarism.” Here are a few examples:

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AnonymASS Tipster of the Week

We conclude the week with this love note from a reader that came in this morning. Good morning to you too, AnonymASS!

“Betsy, I know it’s tough to be a journalist, but put down the vitriolic pen for a minute and report on important things going on in media like this: [ A story from Jim Romenesko on Gannet.] Also, that asswipe Ogburn is making you look bad.”

Dear Ass, thanks so much for writing in. It always touches our hearts to get letters and constructive criticism like this. Ogburn may be an asswipe, but he’s our asswipe, Ass, so you can kiss our asses on that one. Eddie seconded me, saying, “Peter, the people love you.” And Peter, through his tears, said, “Asswipe is actually the nicest thing someone has said to me today.”

 

TWT Prez Calls for Prayers: Rev. Myung Moon in Critical Condition in Seoul

TWT employees are on pins and needles as they’ve only recently learned that Rev. Myung Moon, the founder of the paper, is in critical condition.The 93-year-old is in intensive care in a hospital in Seoul, Korea with symptoms of pneumonia. TWT President Tom McDevitt released a memo to staff Wednesday. AP reported the news Wednesday. TWT and other outlets such as HuffPost and Boston.com all ran the AP version of the story. UPDATE: It appears AP and Jim Romenesko came in with the story within one hour of each other with Romensko coming in first. Still, outlets ran with the AP story. The above has been altered to reflect this.

McDevitt called for staff prayers.

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Intern Aftermath

Earlier in the week, we got tipped off by a WaPo staffer that management had released an internal document to the entire newsroom introducing the current crop of interns and what drew them to the paper.

One intern, Rosie Powers, a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate, proceeded to introduce her new WaPo colleagues to their own CEO Don Graham. She told them he’s the son of Katharine Graham, explained who she was and misspelled her first name. Rosie committed no crime here. Nor did we “attack” this young woman or say she committed a “sin.”

But as usual, when we do what the rest of Washington’s journalism community does — which is, we dig, report, we get leaked documents — some went into an apoplectic uproar. FishbowlDC is “loathsome” remarked James Grimaldi, a longtime investigative reporter who recently took WaPo‘s buyout and is headed to the WSJ. 1. We’re quite certain that the self-righteous Grimaldi has been leaked documents once or twice in his career. 2. We’re sure he appreciated it. 3. We’re convinced he didn’t give a rat’s ass about the person in question’s feelings. A day earlier, NBC’s Luke Russert said FBDC had reached a “new low” and PBS’s Gwen Ifill appeared to second him, calling him a “good man” — apparently for writing that. For starters, we have a history of defending Luke when his enormous army of detractors writes to say what scum he is for riding his father’s coattails. Funny, he never saw fit to praise us for that. But more fittingly, Luke likely never considered the feelings of others when he interviewed ex-New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner last summer and nailed him on that Weiner underwear shot because everyone was doing it. By Luke and other’s standards, he probably should have thought about Weiner’s poor wife, Huma Abedin, or the innocent, unborn Weiner who hadn’t yet breathed his first weinerous breath.

Journalism is not about protecting people’s feelings. And in Washington when it’s not journalists being covered, it isn’t about feelings. When President Obama recently goofed and called Mitt Romney “George” which is his dead father’s name, the news cycle went wild. Was it petty? Maybe. Did family members get their feelings hurt? Who knows? No one cared. And when Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) said first lady Michelle Obama had a large derriere in a private phone conversation, countless pubs (including and especially us) covered it. Were Michelle’s feelings on the line regarding the size of her rump? Again, it wasn’t an issue. But there’s a double standard. All reporting is fine as long as you’re dissecting the lives of government officials, their staffs and the White House. But dare to cover media in the same way that journalists here cover politics and that is preposterously off limits.

The outrage didn’t end with Grimaldi or Russert. WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten, who devotes much of his waking existence to poop, dubbed FBDC “petty” and called us “kindergarten muckrakers” who specialize in “phony” controversy. He spent actual time searching for FBDC stories he feels were particularly egregious. Meanwhile, Weingarten routinely calls up company administrators to harass them about a myriad of stupid things and then he writes about it. Half the time they don’t respond, the responses in his stories are blank spots and somehow this is considered humor. Meanwhile, FBDC is the lowest form of, to put in Weingarten terms, feces, out there. And for what? Getting leaked an odd piece of news about his own paper’s intern? Yes, suddenly there’s a huge moral problem here.

But what is more morally outrageous is the fragility with which this young woman, Rosie, is being treated by these longtime journos like Weingarten, Katharine Zaleski and Lauren Ashburn, Editor-in-Chief and founder of DailyDownload.com. They coddled her. Worse, they pitied her. Weingarten referred to her as a “kid.” Zaleski, formerly Executive Digital Director at WaPo, said an internship at WaPo was “preschool for interns” adding, “that’s what an internship is for.” She later said that was a typo and meant “press-school.” That’s SOME typo. Ashburn said this was “sad” that an “innocent” girl was being attacked. Russert, meanwhile, rode in on his white horse, saying, only “professionals” like him should be on the receiving end of supposed attacks. I’d like to think Rosie is well worth being considered a “professional” and not demean her as a weakling who needs swaddling. Whatever happened to grizzled editors who told you when your work wasn’t worth a damn? They cut your copy with brutal honesty and toughened you into being reporters who didn’t emote all day long. There were editors who killed your copy when it didn’t make sense. Or the ones who threw you out of their offices when you wasted their time with nonsensical chatter. Or the journalism profs who gave you big fat F’s for a single spelling error. Are today’s journalists expecting to have hands held and pacifiers in mouth every step of the way? Is the new mentality that media coverage must be gentle and Washington’s journalists must be protected from hurt feelings?

Seems the word “intern” caused some to go haywire this week as if the young woman’s age was reason enough to scrap the story. When a newspaper employs human beings, it is our beat to cover them, whether they are interns, reporters, editors or the blanched Marcus Brauchli himself. Chandra Levy was covered, but then again she was murdered and had been sleeping with a lawmaker. Monica Lewinksy, a low level White House aide, was covered. She gave the President a blowjob. What’s next, are reporters going to be forbidden from covering low-level staffers on Capitol Hill because they are fresh out of school? Next up: Jim Romenesko wrote a quick and dirty post wondering if FishbowlDC had reached a “new low.” His comments were minimal as is the Romenesko way. But he described what we wrote about Ms. Powers as “her sins” — his description not ours. Now there’s no doubt in our minds that Romenesko has never been leaked anything. To put the icing on the cake, The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox, who once made it her life’s mission to screw over many who helped her by giving them a good ass kicking on Wonkette, wrote in all caps, “Romenesko: HAS FISHBOWL REACHED A NEW LOW?” That’s rich, Ana. Call us when you get to that amends step.

Finally, where is the outrage for WaPo? Not only did they release internal documents about these youngsters to an entire newsroom of journalists, but they clearly didn’t carefully read what they had put out there. Or did they read it at all? WaPo Asst. Manager of Personnel Peter Perl wrote to say, “A new low today, picking on an intern. Really?” He didn’t bother with an email. He kept it all succinctly in the subject line. We certainly hope he’s coping in his paper’s post buyout haze with journalists leaving in droves this week and last. Maybe he was on a sugar high from all that goodbye caking? Clearly Perl wasn’t aware, but in a shocking twist of irony, WaPo went on Facebook this week to call for a public mocking of summer interns that they could meme-ify. They wrote, “Tell us about the questionable interns you’ve encountered and we’ll meme-ify your experience.” Urgent memo to Mr. Perl: Picking on an intern. Really? We’re not sure what’s worse — the word meme-ify or the fact that WaPo can’t apparently see its ass from its elbow or its own bullying mentality starting with Weingarten who devoted his entire Tuesday night to casting aspersions on FishbowlDC. Next Tuesday, Gene, we hope you will spend your evening doing something far more valuable such as changing the toilet paper roll or harassing a company spokeswoman. Let’s just hope she’s older than 22 and not an intern.

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Quotes of the Day

Reuters‘ Shafer confronts intern issue

“Most interns shd pay to intern.” — Reuters‘ media writer Jack Shafer, who engaged in a battle with New York Observer‘s Foster Kamer (previous Village Voice sh-thead, still a sh-thead) on Twitter yesterday. Shafer: “Most interns are whiny, needy little shits like you, who require endless babysitting.” Kamer: “Jack Shafer: The … abusive stepfather I never had nor asked for, who is not my stepfather.” Shafer: “See you at hospice.” Shafer: “If unpaid internships are so horrible, why is there so much competition for them? Because the experience is valuable.” Kamer: “I’ll remind you of that as your sole visitor while you otherwise die alone…Reliable Sources on endless loop.” Shafer: “Promise?”

Namedropping Hitchens

Andrew Ferguson proudly name drops the late Christopher Hitchens in this fascinating essay in Commentary Magazine in which he contemplates those who name dropped and wept for the writer upon his death. He also explores whether Hitchens would have enjoyed a hit-piece obit. The last graph: “It’s maybe not the best fate for a man who once might have hoped that his ideas would be taken seriously, but it’s the fate Hitchens chose. At least that’s my theory. And I knew the man for more than a quarter of a century. Did I mention that?”

Question of the hour: “What do you get your wife for Valentine’s Day when she’s due to deliver your baby the day before?” — Newsbusters’ Ken Shepherd.

Mourning Soul Train’s Don Cornelius

“I never could get my Afro to work right, but I am among the legion who wanted a turn on that Soul Train line. #DonCornelius RIP” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

A sign of what’s to come…Former Poynter blogger extraordinaire Jim Romenesko shows up Poynter by breaking news of TBD’s Andrew Beaujon joining Poynter as a media writer before Poynter. @romenesko: “9 days after I broke the news!”MT @Poynter: “It’s official: Andrew Beaujon will join Poynter later this month as a media writer.”

Is this journo high?

“Telling moment: I was spilling coffee on my pants during an interview today while Facebook was raising $5 billion.” — NPR’s Scott Simon, who lost us at “pants.”

And finally, how does Jonah really feel about Trump?

“Folks I will criticize Trump even if he endorses ME. He’s an ass-clown of world-historical proportions.” — National Review Online’s Jonah Goldberg.

Fish Food

(A Sprinkling of Things We Think You Ought to Know…)

*Beware of being tardy to Cantor’s Presser: If you’re going to House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor‘s (R-Va.) noon press conference today, it turns out you have to be there right smack at noon — or else you won’t get in. Despite a press release sent Monday that gave you two hours leeway to arrive, today’s updated release says the following:  “**Participants must be on time; there will be NO admittance after 12:00 PM**”

*Don’t miss WSJ‘s Janet Hook and NPR’s David Welna: On April 8, the Brookings Institution will host a forum to examine congressional leadership in an era of intense partisan conflict. Former U.S. Sec. of Agriculture Dan Glickman will speak, followed by a panel that includes Hook, Welna and Brookings scholars like Thomas Mann and Sarah Binder. John Hempelmann, President of The Henry M. Jackson Foundation, will give introductory remarks. Questions they’ll address: “What can presidents and congressional party leaders do to rebuild congressional capacity for solving major public problems? How can sound policy be written without a commanding party majority?”

*Former TBD GM Jim Brady to advise Examiner.com: Poynter’s Jim Romenesko is reporting that Brady and USC Annenberg School of Journalism Geneva Overholser, among others, will serve as an advisory board for Examiner.com to guide its editorial policies. Weirdly, the release doesn’t mention TBD at all – Brady’s experience is listed as Journal Register and former Executive Editor of WashingtonPost.com.

*MSNBC WHCD After Party: In case you missed our late-night news last night of MSNBC’s party at the Italian Embassy, read here.

Morning Reading List, 09.01.08

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Morning Reading List, 12.27.07

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  • Most of you spent more than $400 on holiday presents.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “In the beleaguered newspaper industry, one chief executive has long stood out as the golden boy: Gary Pruitt. He skillfully managed the McClatchy Co. chain and last year engineered the $4.6 billion takeover of Knight Ridder Inc., one of the largest in the history of the business.”

  • Following our item yesterday, FishbowlDC heard from Post ombudsman Deb Howell, who confirmed that she’s staying at the Post for a third year.

  • In case you were wondering, “Fishwrap vs. Fishbowl” — there is no connection.

  • Mike Allen’s Playbook reports, “OOPS: A reporter was kept off Clinton’s press charter today because the reporter didn’t have her ID.”

  • The New York Times reports, Sylvan Fox, the first ‘rewrite man’ to be singled out for a Pulitzer Prize, died on Saturday at New York University Medical Center. Mr. Fox, who also worked as a reporter and editor for The New York Times, was 79 and lived in Manhattan.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “Free news online will cost journalism dearly”

  • Check out Omnivoracious’ “Reviewing the Reviewers

  • WTOP’s Mark Segraves will start writing a monthly column for Hill Rag papers, the first one will be in January.

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    TV

  • From DCRTV:

      Yes, that’s DC TV and radio veteran Frank Herzog (right) in the new “National Treasure 2: Book Of Secrets” movie. The current WTOP news anchor, who used to be the radio voice of the Redskins and a sports anchor at Channels 9 and 7, appears with star Nicolas Cage, who is talking to the president, played by Bruce Greenwood, at his birthday party at Mount Vernon. As they are looking at a map at George Washington’s home, Herzog walks up and says: “Happy Birthday, Mr. President,” and the president says: “Thanks, Frank.” Also, Herzog played a dance contest judge in 2006′s “Step Up,” which was filmed in Baltimore…..

  • The Washington Times reports, “The Federal Communications Commission doesn’t need a procedural overhaul, despite criticism from Capitol Hill as well as commission Democrats, Commissioner Robert M. McDowell told reporters last week.”

  • The AP reports, “The Republican chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is disputing Democratic assertions that a new rule loosening restrictions on media ownership is full of loopholes and will lead to a wave of mergers and fewer choices for consumers.”

  • TVNewser reports, “MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is back in Washington for Hardball, but he began his day in New York, guesting on Morning Joe, sans Scarborough. As Willie Geist and Mika Brzezinski were thanking Chris for his appearance he jumped in and gave a classic Matthews yelp. ‘This is the greatest show in the morning. This is better than Imus! Haaaa.’”

  • Inside Cable News is just wondering — is this TMI?

  • A release announced, “Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby daily tracking polls in Iowa kick off today with one of the most competitive presidential elections in modern history just around the corner. This partnership brings together the biggest and the best in the news and polling industries, teaming up Reuters – one of the largest news agencies in the world — with one of the most renowned pollsters in the world, and C-SPAN, the groundbreaking source for news about our federal government.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Romney Takes Break From Bird-Flapping to Call Out Carl Cameron”

  • TVNewser reports, “ABC will be setting aside a Saturday night of entertainment programming next week and will air back-to-back Republican and Democratic candidate debates. Moderated by ABC’s Charles Gibson, the debates will take place in New Hampshire Saturday, Jan. 5 and are being produced in conjunction with Facebook and WMUR-TV. During the debates, Facebook users will be able to participate in groups, which will ‘provide a companion to the televised debates.’”

  • Huffington Post reports,Chris Matthews Imitates Vampires, Flunks Geography”

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  • Talking Points Memo reports, “Bill Clinton Was Kinda Right, Media Is Obsessed With Horse-Race And Is Toughest On Hillary.” (Hat Tip Playbook)

  • Huffington Post’s Jay Rosen writes, “The Hill Restores Armstrong Williams to Legitimacy. Why?”

  • Machinist presents, “The year in technology”

  • A reader writes in, “DUUUUDE!!! That was the most unhappiest of ‘happy hour’ clips of all time. Thanks for sending me into a dark hole of despair for Christmas, Gavin!!” Whoops.

  • The Seattle Times reports, “When Jim Romenesko isn’t running the premier Web page about journalism-industry news, he is monitoring two other subjects: unusual news stories at ObscureStore.com and the world’s largest coffee-shop chain at StarbucksGossip.com.”

  • CBS’ Chip Reid shares, “Five Things I Learned in Ten Days With Edwards”

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    RADIO

  • News Busters reports, “Once again, those class-warring liberals are organizing a luxury cruise. This time, it’s National Public Radio talk show host Diane Rehm.” For more info, click here.

  • WTOP reports, “When President Bush appeared with D.C. firefighters after the fire at the Old Executive Office Building, it wasn’t by chance. Not that anybody thought it was, but it wasn’t orchestrated by the West Wing press office either. It was the brain child of D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Alan Etter.”

  • In the latest installment of Blogs The Famous Media Reads, His Extremeness presents XM’s Rebecca Roberts.

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    JOBS

  • Bisnow on Business is seeking a smart, experienced and energetic editor.

  • The New Republic is looking for reporter-researchers for the 2008-2009 internship program.

  • The Society of American Florists has a great job for a newbie writer-editor.

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