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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 07:49 AM ET, 04/16/2012

Media news derivatives: April 16

In case you missed it — A St. Louis TV anchor presses President Obama on the alleged offense of “jetting” around while people around the country are struggling to make ends meet.

Elsewhere:

* David Carr goes long on Andrew Breitbart, a piece that includes this line:

In the days following the death of Mr. Breitbart, many of his admirers adopted a meme of “I am Breitbart,” and vowed to continue his work. But even though his Web site, run by his business partner and lifelong friend Larry Solov, is fully staffed and unveiled a redesign after his death, there could be no real replacement.
For good or ill (and most would say ill), no one did it like Mr. Breitbart.

Bold text added to highlight authorial elbow.

* “Fox & Friends” gives a grilling to Robert Jeffress, the Texas pastor who gave a controversial introduction for Rick Perry months ago.

* Chris Wallace really makes an attempt to corner David Axelrod with a tough question. Doesn’t quite work.

* A little computer-tech aggregation here: Tom Scocca writes in Slate that Microsoft Word is “the story-fax of the early 21st century: cumbersome, inefficient, and a relic of obsolete assumptions about technology. It’s time to give up on Word.”

* Ben Smith notes that Hillary can still get a little bad press, if the right circumstances arise.

* Some daily papers in the U.K. published by Johnston Press undergo a circulation demotion: They’re now going weekly. And the Johnston Press can write a reality-softening statement with the best of ’em:

The Johnston Press statement on each site reads: “Our publishing strategy going forward will ensure that we give our local audiences what they want.
“While providing our existing audiences with an even better product, both in print and online, we will extend our audience by increasing our online content and making it easier to access in the most relevant ways as technologies continue to evolve.
“Our focus has always been on local and we will increasingly benefit from that core expertise with the rapid growth in both social media and in demand for access from mobile devices.”

* A new blog from Politico launches today. Domestic geopolitical junkie Charlie Mahtesian talks about the vehicle for his obsessions:

My colleagues at POLITICO are familiar with (and laugh at) my passion and curiosity about what’s happening across the entire political map, whether it’s in Newark or North Dakota. Blue state, red state, swing state — it’s all the same to me. They’re all interesting in their own ways and they all reveal something important about the battle for control of the House, Senate and White House.
That’s where the blog’s tagline – ‘on the American political landscape’ — comes from. I know it sounds a little far-reaching, and maybe even a tad pretentious. But it seemed like the best way to convey the idea that this space is about something more than Beltway thumb-sucking or whatever shiny thing is driving the news cycle at the moment.

* Ken Doctor writes that news orgs simply cannot rely on big revenue streams anymore. Gotta go for lots of small ones.

By  |  07:49 AM ET, 04/16/2012

Tags:  white house, obama, jetting, andrew breitbart, david carr, tom scocca, fox & friends, chris wallace, david axelrod, ben smith

 
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