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Posts Tagged ‘Poppy Harlow’

CNN Slammed for Coverage of Steubenville Rape Verdict

CNN has received a lot of negative attention over the past 24 hours for its reporting on the convictions of the Steubenville, Ohio high school students who were found guilty of raping a classmate after evidence of their crime was widely shared on social media. Most of the outrage focused on this clip:

Many felt that anchor Candy Crowley and correspondent Poppy Harlow spent too much time speculating about the damage the verdict would do to the lives of these “promising” offenders rather than just, you know, reporting on the news or discussing the gravity of the crime. Casting convicted rapists as “poor young men” whose futures have been ruined is not the best way to boost your network’s reputation as “the most trusted name in news.”

It’s damage control time for CNN.

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AOL CEO: Social Media For Us ‘Is A Distribution Platform’

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong was interviewed by Fortune‘s Poppy Harlow at the publication’s Brainstorm TECH conference this past weekend. Harlow asked about AOL’s social media strategy, noting their failed investment in Bebo, which took place before Armstrong joined as CEO.

“Social for us is a distribution platform,” said Armstrong, adding that social media ties in well with the company’s content strategy, since so many people use social networks to share content.

PR pros should be keeping tabs on AOL’s content sites, as the company has said it plans on hiring hundreds of journalists.