*Dylan Byers of Politico writes about how Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard has again led the conservative charge for the GOP VP choice:
For two consecutive presidential cycles now, the founding editor of the Weekly Standard has successfully led the conservative media drumbeat for a bold vice presidential pick: In 2008, he fervently supported and promoted Sarah Palin for months before the country even knew her name. In 2012, he urged Mitt Romney to “go for the gold” with Paul Ryan.
*John McCain continues to beat the media pathways in reflecting on his 2008 veep choice, as he used Fox News to rave about the choice of Ryan as well as about Sarah Palin.
*Want to know precisely how the Romney people kept the choice from leaking too early to the media? Check out this Philip Rucker piece in The Post.
*Ryan’s selection, at the very least, fuels come clashes within the media elite. Here, Rachel Maddow and Rich Lowry manage to make compelling TV out of Medicare.
*Where will Ryan and Romney do their first joint TV interview? CBS’s “60 Minutes.”
*Enough of Paul Ryan! French Vogue is getting a makeoever.
*Fareed Zakaria of Time and CNN on Friday was suspended from both gigs over a plagiarism case. David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun lets the outrage fly:
Maybe I am a hopelessly out of date moralist, or maybe it is because I have taught media ethics for the last 20 years to college students, but I don’t care how smart someone is supposed to be, if they steal others’ ideas and words, they are dead to me as a source of intellectual or moral discourse. And if the media did a better job policing themselves in this regard, the public would have far more trust and confidence in us.
I am sorry if it sounds harsh, but I have no confidence or trust in anything Zakaria has to say.
*Geraldo’s radio show is going national and robbing Glenn Beck’s show of some distribution in the process.
*David Carr of the New York Times takes a look at Newsweek as a conversation-opener on the crisis in the magazine industry. They’re dying, and fast, he says. It’s too narrow, says Carr, to examine the troubles of Newsweek/Daily Beast based on the merits of Brown’s leadership:
People who predicted that her effort would come to tears might be tempted to do an end zone dance now. But that would be dumb. The problem is not Tina Brown or her conceptual obsessions, or even the calcified formula of the weekly magazine.
The problem is more existential than that: magazines, all kinds of them, don’t work very well in the marketplace anymore.
Like newspapers, magazines have been in a steady slide, but now, like newspapers, they seem to have reached the edge of the cliff. Last week, the Audit Bureau of Circulations reported that circulation in the first half of the year was down almost 10 percent. When 10 percent of your retail buyers depart over the course of a year, something fundamental is at work.
*A trivial NBC commentator fail: Confusing Hollywood’s Mark Zuckerberg for the real Mark Zuckerberg at the Olympics.