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How Close is Too Close For Political Reporters?

For political reporters, the relationship with sources can be a tricky game. Reporters are expected to hold elected officials accountable, but require a certain level of access in order to get any sort of response from them.

CNN’s Ed Henry drew some attention from media observers when he tweeted photos from a barbecue hosted by Vice President Joe Biden. The photos and video, one of which Henry jokingly tagged as “exclusive” showed members of the Washington press corp mingling with Biden and other White House officials.

Henry appeared on NPR’s “On The Media” to discuss the incident:

The notion that we’re working 24/7, holding their feet to fire every single second, and you can’t actually stop to have a conversation or, God forbid, go to the vice president’s house, somehow democracy is compromised – I think people have to look at the whole picture.

And if you look, for example, at what I do on a daily basis with Robert Gibbs in the briefing room at the White House, I hardly think that Robert Gibbs thinks that I give him an easy time or that going to a White House holiday party with the president, which pretty much everyone in the White House press corps and a lot of people from New York and other cities who comment on politics, etc., show up for those parties too, and I hardly think that they’re compromised.

NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen also mentioned Henry in a column examining “the actual ideology of the American press.” Rosen mentions an exchange Henry had with White House press secretary Robert Gibbs last year.

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David Gregory: ‘People Can Fact-Check Meet the Press Every Week on Their Own Terms’

David Gregory.jpgFirst came an announcement by ABC’s This Week interim moderator Jake Tapper that the program would team each week with the St. Petersburg Times‘ PolitiFact to fact-check guest interviews.

Now, NBC’s Meet the Press moderator David Gregory tells The Washington Post‘s Howard Kurtz that fact-checking is an “interesting idea” but that his program will not follow ABC’s lead. “People can fact-check Meet the Press every week on their own terms.”

The fact-checking concept was originally proposed by NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen in December. “Nice!” Rosen tweeted yesterday in response to Gregory’s quotes. “David Gregory probably thought this exercise was pointless,” he continued in another tweet. “Viewers of Face the Nation can do it themselves, right David?”

No response to Rosen has been posted by Gregory on his Twitter account.

Also in Kurtz’s column is news that Meet the Press will debut a new set on May 2. “The look is ultramodern,” Kurtz writes. “Floor-to-ceiling bookcases, a pair of huge video screens with a White House backdrop, a small, circular glass table as well as a larger, rectangular one.”

>More: In a tweet today, Rosen points out that Gregory told Politico in January that fact-checking was a “good idea” and that he and MTP staff were “going to talk about it”.

The Future of @Journalism

mediabistro_1-22.JPGWhat is the future of journalism? For some, it begins with new digital tools like Facebook and Twitter.

Check out mediabistro.com’s panel discussion next Wednesday in New York about “Journalists and Social Media.” Jay Rosen of NYU and HuffingtonPost.com, Andy Carvin of NPR and Shirley Brady of Businessweek.com discuss how individual journalists are using new technology to source and report stories.

And of course, click here to follow TVNewser on Twitter.

Ross Responds to “Vital Questions” About Anthrax Report

ross_8-6b.JPGThe ongoing anthrax case appears to be over, as more information is revealed following the suicide of the leading suspect, Army scientist Bruce Ivins.

But with the end of the case comes a small but vocal group who still want answers from ABC News for their 2001 report that implicated Iraq (Salon’s Glenn Greenwald has written the most about the issue).

On Monday, Jay Rosen of New York University and Dan Gillmor of the Center for Citizen Media identified, “Three Vital Questions,” ABC News should answer.

TVNewser spoke with ABC’s Brian Ross today, the lead reporter on the anthrax stories in late 2001. He explains in detail, what happened then and what it means now.

“In the end, you’re only as good as your sources,” he said. “My sources were good, we just got information that became outdated before they could update. My point of view is viewers of World News knew early that week we had been wrong to say bentonite.”

All the details, after the jump…

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