Media news derivatives: April 24

April 24, 2012

In case you missed it---Michael Moore is listening to his gut on whether the phone-hacking crisis has a Fox News dimension to it. Not so sure the gut is doing its best work on this matter.

Also: Steve Doocy mangles an Obama quote and needs to correct the record. But when he corrects the record, will he issue a retraction of the huge smirk he produced, one that clearly signaled to interviewee Mitt Romney that he didn’t think too highly of the president?

Also also: S.E. Cupp has a bit of trouble with the notion that women could well be better Secret Service officers than men.

Elsewhere:

*NewsBusters’ Matthew Sheffield seizes on David Carr’s interview with NBC News prez Stave Capus, in which Capus tells Carr he’s “probably right” that the George Zimmerman tape screwup merits an on-air apology. Sheffield can’t seem to believe where the accountability journalism is coming from in this case:

Incredibly, it was a New York Times columnist, David Carr, who decided to confront the network on how that just isn’t enough.

And that’s the way this common critique of the New York Times goes: It’s a tool of the left, until it isn’t.

*Stephen Colbert has some fun with the Doocy moment: “I am an independent newsman, not some smug, self-satisfied brown-noser toting for the Republican establishment, unlike some people.”

*Big day at the Leveson inquiry. James Murdoch is front and center, giving testimony on the details, or at least those he can recall. Try the Guardian for livestream, NPR’s @DavidFolkenflik for live tweets. Michael Wolff gets us ready for Rupert Murdoch’s turn before the inquisitor: “There is nothing Rupert Murdoch is more temperamentally and philosophically at odds with than the idea of a government commission impaneled, in the name of propriety and decorum, to discipline the press.”

*Craig Silverman of Poynter.org goes long on the lessons and implications of the Elizabeth Flock situation at The Post.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.
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