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Morning Media Newsfeed: BuzzFeed Editor Fired for Plagiarism | Palin Launches Channel

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BuzzFeed Fires Staffer for 40 Instances of Plagiarism (FishbowlNY)
It looks like the magic number was 40. BuzzFeed has decided to fire its viral politics editor, Benny Johnson, after finding that many instances of plagiarism in his work. FishbowlDC A note to editorial staff sent Friday evening from BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith announced that the website has parted ways with Johnson after identifying “40 instances of sentences or phrases copied, word for word, from other sites, many of them inappropriate sources in the first place.” Capital New York Earlier last week, a pair of Twitter users called into question several of Johnson’s posts that had taken phrases and sentences from sources including About.com and National Review. Smith said Friday that editors were reviewing Johnson’s work. Poynter / MediaWire In his note to readers, Smith wrote that the plagiarism constituted “an act of disrespect to readers” and that Johnson’s editors were “deeply embarrassed and sorry” for misleading BuzzFeed’s audience. HuffPost Smith said BuzzFeed would correct every post where plagiarism was found and add editor’s notes to them. Johnson was previously with Glenn Beck’s The Blaze and has also written for Breitbart News.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: McCarthy Joins The View | Zimmerman Juror’s Book | Drama Over KTVU Blunder


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Jenny McCarthy Named Co-Host of The View (TVNewser)
Following the news that Elisabeth Hasselbeck would be leaving The View to join Fox News, Barbara Walters insisted, “We will not be filling [the position] very soon.” Well, apparently a week was long enough, as Walters announced Monday that actress Jenny McCarthy will be joining the program in September. NYT In a statement, Walters said, “Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor.” McCarthy, 40, has had roles in a few short-lived situation comedies but is probably best known on television for the game show Singled Out on MTV, where she was a host in the 1990s. Time / Tuned In She’s also the single most visible celebrity spokesperson for the discredited, literally dangerous belief that childhood vaccines can cause autism. The View’s Sherri Shepherd may once have wondered if the world might be flat, but at least no one fell into orbit as a result. Vaccines are actually a matter of life and death. Slate / Bad Astronomy Giving McCarthy a large public forum to share her views is a terrible idea. I’ll note The View has more than 3 million viewers, and given the time slot, I suspect a lot of those folks watching are parents of young kids — precisely the demographic most prone to listen to anti-vaccine views. And even if she doesn’t talk about any of her nonsensical health ideas on the show, the very fact that she now has this co-host position gives her a tacit credibility to the viewer. HuffPost Bill Nye is among those who take a dim view of McCarthy’s new gig — and the possibility that she will use it as a forum to spread her pseudoscientific views on vaccine safety. “I am concerned that Ms. McCarthy will encourage parents to prevent their kids from getting vaccinated,” Nye told The Huffington Post in an email. Business Insider Even non-scientists are upset. Comedian Julie Klausner tweeted “Wow! Congratulations to Jenny McCarthy and Measles/Mumps/Rubella for spreading its reach!” and movie critic Scott Weinberg tweeted “Jenny McCarthy’s views on vaccination are only slightly less barbaric and repulsive than a movie she made called Dirty Love.”

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Victor Cruz: I Wouldn’t Be Opposed to a Twitter Editor

Back from two weeks’ vacation, Dan Patrick and the Danettes relaunched things in the Man Cave this morning with a timely guest: New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz. The athlete explained why he deleted his controversial Twitter reaction to the George Zimmerman verdict, replacing the message with an apology and several other more heartfelt observations:

“In the moment, when it happened – I’m not going to lie, I was a little angry. As a father, you think about if that was your son, if that was your kid… I put out the tweet as a reaction to what I was seeing on Twitter, to what my friends and family were writing on Twitter.”

“And I put the tweet out there and once I put it out, I thought, ‘Man, it’s not the right thing to say.’ There’s kids that follow me and I don’t want them to think that I’m trying to incite violence on anyone. Those aren’t my intentions, I’m not that type of guy. Where I come from, I heard violence outside my window each and every day, and I don’t want to be someone to promote that even more so.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Zimmerman’s NBC Suit | JK Rowling Unmasked | Asiana May Sue KTVU


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Zimmerman Lawyer to Move ‘ASAP’ Against NBC News (The Washington Post / Erik Wemple)
Saturday’s not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial will enable the neighborhood-watch volunteer to resume his case against NBC News for the mis-editing of his widely distributed call to police. Back in December, Zimmerman sued NBC Universal Media for defamation over the botched editing, which depicted him as a hardened racial profiler. According to Zimmerman attorney James Beasley, the case against NBC News was stayed pending the outcome of the criminal case. Now that’s out of the way, and Beasley is ready to proceed. TVNewser It was on NBC’s Today, regular readers may recall, that a severely out of context spliced clip of Zimmerman was played. A number of NBC News staffers lost their jobs over the edits, and Zimmerman’s legal team subsequently sued. The Atlantic Wire NAACP president Ben Jealous told CNN’s Candy Crowley that his team has been in contact with the attorney general’s office, but he doesn’t expect the Justice Department to act until the end of the any civil suits that result from George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict. HuffPost Melissa Harris-Perry shared a very personal response to the Zimmerman verdict on Sunday, telling viewers that she felt “relief” at her ultrasound when she found out she was giving birth to a daughter instead of a son. HuffPost Gawker provoked a wide range of reactions after it posted a haunting, graphic image of Trayvon Martin’s dead body on Friday. The site used a huge picture of a screengrab from MSNBC, which fleetingly — and seemingly accidentally — showed Martin’s corpse as an image was being discussed during the Zimmerman trial. Gawker To Trayvon’s parents, Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, I’m sorry that I feel compelled to share this photograph. Were I a slave to journalistic norms, I would say that it’s somehow in the public interest to see him there. I would point out Florida’s sunshine laws, and the TV network’s incompetence, and argue the inevitability that this image would’ve gained a wider audience than it has already. The Root And about the whole “this is what happens” bit: Have you been around for the past year? Spent any time on Twitter during the trial? It may come as a surprise, but people get that already. And just about anyone paying attention has shared your “good old-fashioned rage that this kid is dead” for a while now. None of it — none of it at all — required a visual.

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Fox Pulling Neighborhood Watch Movie Ads

Following the tragic murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Twentieth Century Fox are pulling the movie posters and trailer for their summer comedy Neighborhood Watch.

“We are very sensitive to the Trayvon Martin case, but our film is a broad alien-invasion comedy and bears absolutely no relation to the tragic events in Florida,” Fox said in a statement.

Martin was shot and killed by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Fla.

Both the trailer and movie poster were created before last month’s shooting. In theaters July 27, the film stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade.

The eXiled Gives a Preview of Its Media Transparency Project

The eXiled is on the verge of launching its new media transparency project, aimed at exposing the “conflicts-of-interest and corruption in the media and among our major ‘thought leaders’ and ‘independent voices.’” They’re calling the site S.H.A.M.E–Shame the Hacks who Abuse Media Ethics. The eXiled’s Yasha Levine put up a preview dossier of The Atlantic‘s resident Randian Meghan McArdle–who, incidentally, just got into a bizarre argument in the comment section of Julian Sanchez‘s blog, in which she essentially argued that prosecutors shouldn’t bring charges against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case because they might lose. Wouldn’t want to squander taxpayer money in pursuit of justice, now, would we?

Anyway, Levine claims he has the goods on dozens of prominent U.S. journalists who take money from various think tanks and corporate sponsors in exchange for slanted coverage. Can’t wait to see who makes the list. Although we have a few guesses who might be on there.