- UnBeige: An interview with Dirk Barnett, the man behind Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s look. He says that he loves Breaking Bad, which makes us like him even more.
- PRNewser: Those pictures of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords that were recently released were only done so to stop the press from hounding her when she leaves rehabilitation this month. We have nothing nice to say about the paparazzi, so – as our mothers told us – we won’t say anything at all.
- TVNewser: Jon Stewart is going to appear on Fox News Sunday this Sunday. Fox News Sunday is – uh, well, please see our previous item about not having anything nice to say.
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This week Time dedicates itself to the Gabrielle Giffords incident, with a wide array of of features on the tragedy, including a section that asks the question, “Are we becoming an uncivil society?” The magazine poses this inquiry to 16 people in the media, education and political realm, and the answer is mostly “no.” As Tom Brokaw says:
I think that’s a very sweeping conclusion – one that I would be reluctant to make. My hope is that we would begin to have a dialogue in this country about the importance of civility.
Peter Singer, a Professor of Bioethics at Princeton agrees, and says that we shouldn’t be asking ourselves about civility, we should be asking ourselves about gun laws:
I don’t think you can totally generalize from one act to a society as a whole – that would be too much of a judgment. To me the more significant aspect is that we allow people to get guns so easily, and not just any guns but semi-automatics, which can kill a large number of people in a very short time.
When the attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords happened, the Arizona Republic, a newspaper with a little over 300 staffers, had to race against time, as well as a tidal wave of national outlets, to report on the incident. Randy Lovely, the paper’s Vice President and Editor, spoke to the Columbia Journalism Review about how it dealt with the incident.
Lovely discusses the chaos that came with the false report that Giffords was dead, saying that because they couldn’t confirm where the report came from, it made the paper even more cautious about what information it released. Lovely also says that the advent of social networking has posed new obstacles to newspapers when breaking news: