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.”
- Three ways Twitter could make a newspaper obsolete: (AllTwitter)
- NY Times Asks Twitter To Shut Down Paywall Dodgers (Forbes / Mixed Media)
- NYT Publisher: Only Teenagers, Unemployed Will Game Paywall(Forbes / Mixed Media)
- AP staffers protest ‘onerous’ contract proposals (Romenesko)
- TV Advertising Most Influential–
According to Deloitte’s fifth edition “State of the Media Democracy” survey, 71% of Americans still rate watching TV on any device among their favorite media activities. In addition, 86% of Americans stated that TV advertising still has the most impact on their buying decisions.
- Groupon Sued For False Advertising On Google (MediaPost News) -A San Francisco tour company has sued Groupon for false advertising for allegedly running misleading pay-per-click ads on Google.
- Report: CBS News Top-Performing Media Site, MSNBC Most Improved (MediaPost News) – CBS News
was named the top media Web site in 2010, followed by Yahoo News and The New York Times, according to an annual report rating sites based on actual Web performance rather than content.