Morning Media Newsfeed 04.19.13
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New York Post's Boston 'Bag Men' Front Page Called 'A New Low,' 'Appalling' (HuffPost)
The New York Post once again found itself in trouble after it published front-page photos of two men on Thursday who it said were being searched for in connection with the Boston bombings. The problem? They were completely innocent. "BAG MEN: Feds seek these two pictured at Boston Marathon," the Post's front-page headline blared. TVNewser After a 17-year-old was implicated as someone authorities wanted to speak to about the Boston bombings -- and Thursday featured on the cover of the Post -- the teen would like you to know he was just there to watch the Marathon. Salon New York Post editor Col Allan has issued a statement to Salon about Thursday's cover story. Though the headline, "BAG MEN," simultaneously pointed out that the young men carried bags and used slang for criminals at once, Allan points out that the story did not state whether or not the two young men were the two suspects (they are not) or how many photos had been circulated by the FBI: "We stand by our story. The image was emailed to law enforcement agencies yesterday afternoon seeking information about these men, as our story reported. We did not identify them as suspects." Foreign Policy In situations like this, standard journalistic practice would mandate that the Post correct its inaccurate reporting. But since the paper isn't bothering to do so -- on one of the year's biggest stories, no less -- we have tracked down every correction the Post has issued in 2013 -- four in total as far. That's right, over four and a half months of coverage, the Post has issued only four corrections by our count. CJR / The Audit If there's any consolation, it's that it's not hard to imagine these guys getting a very large check from Rupert Murdoch in the not-too-distant future. The Daily Beast The Post, now under fire for posting the images without any apparent confirmation that the men were being investigated, implied that it obtained the image from law-enforcement sources. But it's the same one that was circulated widely the night before in online communities like Reddit and 4chan, both of which have rushed to conduct an investigation from Internet armchairs as federal law-enforcement officials coordinate a national manhunt. Politico The inaccurate report by CNN and other news organizations about an arrest in the Boston bombing case was arguably one of the most flagrant errors on a story of major national consequence in years. When the news organizations later corrected their mistakes, there seemed to be something missing -- any big shows of contrition, or even a sense of the magnitude of the error. In a new media era, many journalists -- and perhaps many in the audience as well -- seem to accept that information on a big story is fluid and fragmentary, and are ready to move on without pausing long for either apology or explanation, other than to blame their sources. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media NBC's Pete Williams is currently trending worldwide on Twitter -- and not without merit. On a major story that has been defined by inaccurate and conflicting reports and wild speculation, Williams has been calm, diligent and correct. HuffPost A local paper in Minnesota ran an unfortunately placed ad for a pressure cooker -- right next to a story about the Boston Marathon bombing, which was likely carried out using pressure cookers packed with shrapnel and explosives.
Chaos Overnight As One Boston Blast Suspect Is Dead, His Brother on The Loose (TVNewser)
A holdup at a Cambridge 7-Eleven store around 10 p.m. Thursday set off an all-night pursuit for the suspects in the Boston Marathon blasts. By sunrise, an MIT police officer was dead, as was one of the suspects, an MBTA officer was wounded and another suspect remained on the loose, both have been identified as brothers, originally from Chechnya, living in the Boston area. With multiple crime scenes in multiple locations, one suspect still at large, and the area in virtual lockdown, the overnight events kept local and national news crews on the air nonstop. CJR / The Audit From everything I saw all night from the West Coast, the press performed admirably. The Boston Globe had reporters on the scene and set up a liveblog to collect their tweets and pictures. It scooped that the suspects being pursued were indeed the marathon bombing suspects.
YouTube Again Beats Viacom's Massive Copyright Infringement Lawsuit (THR / Hollywood, Esq.)
After an appellate court revived Viacom's claims that YouTube hosted copyright infringing work, U.S. District judge Louis Stanton has again given the defendant a victory. The Wrap "The burden of showing that YouTube knew or was aware of the specific infringements of the works in suit cannot be shifted to YouTube to disprove," U.S District Judge Louis Stanton said in his ruling from New York. NYT The $1 billion lawsuit, first filed in a New York federal court in 2007, became a symbol of the tug of war between media companies and Internet video outlets. Variety In a statement, Google's senior VP and general counsel, Kent Walker, said, "The court correctly rejected Viacom's lawsuit against YouTube, reaffirming that Congress got it right when it comes to copyright on the Internet. This is a win not just for YouTube, but for people everywhere who depend on the Internet to exchange ideas and information."
TV Tattle Calls It Quits After 13 Years (JimRomenesko.com)
TV Tattle has folded after 13 years. Founder Norman Weiss posted a three-sentence farewell Thursday morning: "TV Tattle is calling it quits. This is the end of the line. Thanks for reading."
Anonymous Raises $54,000 to Start A News Site (Ars Technica)
On Wednesday an Indiegogo fundraiser set up by "Jackal Anon" closed, raising $54,668 to set up a dedicated news site for Anonymous. The campaign initially set out to raise $2,000 for the site, which will be called Your Anon News (or YAN, for short) after the group's Twitter handle. HuffPost The group called "Anonymous," in whole, is hard to pin down. According to internationally-recognized Anonymous scholar Gabriella Coleman, anyone can be Anonymous: "All it takes is to self-identify as Anonymous." Dedicated to reporting what the mainstream media doesn't, the staffers' mission has been, according to their Indiegogo page, "to disseminate information we viewed as vital, separating it from the political and celebrity gossip than inundates the mainstream." The Daily Beast While the news branch of the decentralized group has mainly existed on Twitter as @YourAnonNews, Anonymous wants to expand and have its own news site, which will focus on "citizen journalists," rather than relying on mainstream media, which it describes as "constrained."
Robin Roberts Re-Admitted to Hospital (TVNewser)
Midway through her Key West vacation last week, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts started not feeling well. Her doctors advised her to return to New York and be admitted to the hospital. On her Facebook page, Roberts writes, "Seems my young immune system needed a little boost to fight off 'opportunistic infections.'" LA Times / Show Tracker But she assured fans in her post that her recent stint in the hospital was not the result of jumping back into her work duties too soon. "It's extremely common, post bone-marrow transplant, to have complications. I'm blessed that mine have not been severe."
Lucasfilm Cuts 20-Plus Jobs As Disney And Star Wars Company Further Integrate (Deadline Hollywood)
A week after layoffs at Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm was hit this week with pink slips of its own. More than two dozen staff members were laid off, I have learned. The cuts came primarily in the company's financing, licensing and distribution divisions and were not all together unexpected.
Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. Dodge Phone-Hacking Ruin (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Today, Murdoch survives at the helm of a global entertainment and publishing company that, far from being diminished, has soared in value. The day before Murdoch appeared in Parliament, the stock closed at $14.96 a share. On April 12 it closed at $31.54. The company is now valued at $73 billion. Revenue and earnings are up. The company has $3.3 billion in cash. Since July 19, 2011, the Murdoch family's 38 percent stake of News Corp. Class B voting shares has grown in value from $5.1 billion to $9.5 billion. Given his track record, it should come as no surprise that Murdoch has slipped away. FishbowlNY Rupert Murdoch is a survivor. No, not just in the sense that he turned 82 last month and, when by summer News Corp. splits in two, is expected to chair the board of two multinational media giants. The media mogul defied the critics that believed, two years ago, the phone-hacking scandal at his British tabloids would sink him and the company. But today, he remains as powerful as ever.
At Fox News, Less Attention Paid to Gun Debate Than Elsewhere (NYT)
President Obama hadn't finished his first sentence on Wednesday when the Fox News Channel cut away from his Rose Garden remarks about the Senate's defeat of a measure that would have expanded background checks for gun buyers. Viewers were told they could watch the rest online if they wanted to. Then the hosts of The Five, the channel's 5 p.m. talk show, resumed their conversation about liberal media bias. TVNewser MSNBC president Phil Griffin calls Fox's decision, "a disgrace," adding, "This is one of the critical issues of the day, and MSNBC's been on it." Fox News, which rarely lets a competitive swipe get by, responds, "Phil's network of partisan pundits have to rely on the talents of Brian Williams and NBC News to cover basic news events. So him calling anything a disgrace in regards to news coverage is ironic considering he oversees one daily."
Soros Obituary Published in Error; Financier Is Alive (Reuters)
Reuters erroneously published an advance obituary of financier and philanthropist George Soros. A spokesman for Soros said that the New York-based financier is alive and well. Reuters regrets the error.
Kevin Smith, HuffPost Live Host? (FishbowlLA)
Because Kevin Smith still and primarily uses an AOL email address (!), he is utterly familiar with HuffPost Live and a major fan of the nascent network. From the get-go of his half-hour chat alongside Jason Mewes with Alicia Menendez Thursday afternoon, he kept dropping hints about wanting to be a host himself.
Time's 100 Skips Journalists (FishbowlDC)
Time magazine released its 100 Most Influential People in the World issue. And there's not a single journalist on it. Thank God. Could you imagine the fat head this person would have?
Fujitsu Develops Technology That Turns Paper Into A Touchscreen (Mashable)
We're quickly getting used to the fact that computer, smartphone and tablet screens are meant to be touched -- but what about paper? Fujitsu has developed a technology that detects objects your finger is touching in the real world.
Here's How Fox Could Make Billions by Ditching Broadcasting (Forbes / Mixed Media)
Throughout the television industry, News Corp. COO Chase Carey's threat to pull the Fox network off the broadcast airwaves unless it wins its lawsuit against Aereo was greeted by a healthy amount of skepticism. Why would a network voluntarily give up invaluable spectrum and distribution that could cost it hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising revenues?
Pulitzer Surprise: The Sun Sentinel's Rise to A Gold Medal (CJR / Behind The News)
In this year's American Society of News Editors, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and Scripps Howard competitions, Fort Lauderdale's Sun Sentinel was runner-up for its gripping series exposing widespread reckless speeding by off-duty cops and the death and injury it caused in South Florida.