J-notes and such

Some passing notes gathered from the journalism, advertising and PR landscape-Trash talking unfolds in the media landscape this week:

And you thought it was only about the NCAA Basketball Tournament- SportsNewser:  Columnist Says Jay Bilas Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About

OMG!Lawrence O’Donnell Goes After Glenn Beck’s Religious Beliefs Again (HUFFPOST Media) -O’Donnell and Beck have been trading attacks ever since O’Donnell took Beck to task last week for wondering if the Japanese earthquake was a sign that the apocalypse is coming.

I broke that story first- Conservative blogger claims “pro-Muslim, liberal, self-hating Jewish reporter Simon Shaykhet,” aka: Detroit FOX TV reporter,  stole her exclusive story about a bomb in the McNamara Federal Building.

Conservative media watchdog Newsbusters eats Corn, er, uh, crow- Newsbusters Apologizes To Matthews And David Corn For Anti-Semitism Accusation (Mediaite)

Cable newsers at CNN and FOX lob verbal grenades in coverage of Libyan fighting- Steve Harrigan To Nic Robertson: ‘It’s Unfathomable That A Journalist Could Go On The Air Without Getting His Facts Straight’ (TVNewser)
Denying Fox News’  claims that ghe and other media were used as human shields in Libya, CNN’s Nic Robertson goes after Fox News’ correspondent Steve Harrigan.   Now Harrigan accuses Robertson of fudging the truth.  TVNewser: TVNewser talked with Fox News Pentagon correspondent Jennifer Griffin about the battle that has broken out between CNN and Fox News over Griffin’s reporting of a Libyan government-sponsored trip to the ruins of Muammar el-Qaddafi’s compound Sunday night.

The NYTimes Bill Keller writes: “The queen of aggregation is, of course, Arianna Huffington, who has discovered that if you take celebrity gossip, adorable kitten videos, posts from unpaid bloggers and news reports from other publications, array them on your Web site and add a left-wing soundtrack, millions of people will come.”

Bill Keller adds a postscript:

“I love aggregation. Aggregating, as I wrote, is what editors do. It is, to repeat myself, “plugging one another into the bounty of the information universe.” Readers come to The Times not just for our original reporting, but for our best judgment of what else is worth reading or watching out there, and for the comments posted by all of you. As I write, our Lede blog has been linking our readers to a profusion of information about nuclear accidents, earthquakes and tsunamis. But:

A. Aggregating the work of others is no substitute for boots-on-the-ground journalism.

B. There’s often a thin line between aggregation and theft. Sending readers to savor the work of others at the sites where they publish — that’s one thing. Excerpting or paraphrasing at length, so the original sources doesn’t get the traffic or the revenue, that’s something else.”


About Bernard McCoy

My views are my own and not a reflection of my employer. I'm a professor of Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I've also been a working journalist for the past 29 years. I have covered news stories in war zones, reported on human and natural disasters, presidential conventions, a presidential inauguration and the September 11th, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. My career experiences include work as an award-winning documentary producer, television news reporter, photographer, producer, and anchor. I worked at WIBW-TV, Topeka, KS., KCTV, Kansas City, MO, WKBD-TV, Detroit, MI., WILX-TV, Lansing, MI. and WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH. I have also worked as a contributing reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, Associated Press, CBS, CNN, the Ohio News Network and lecture at the Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Communications. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in telecommunications management from Michigan State University.
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