Media news derivatives: Aug. 14

In case you missed it — Ryan Lizza, the Washington correspondent for the New Yorker, doesn’t really get why Paul Ryan made himself available for extensive interviewing right in the middle of Mitt Romney’s vice presidential vetting process. Why not just hunker down and avoid the spotlight?

Elsewhere:

● Craig Silverman of Poynter notes that responses to Fareed Zakaria’s plagiarism vary widely — there’s no consensus on what sort of punishment that this violation merits.

But after tracking plagiarism and fabrication cases for more than seven years (see some data here) I’ve found many news organizations don’t immediately investigate a writer’s previous work, and it’s often a struggle to get anything other than a prepared statement from them about the incident. When they do investigate previous work, news organizations usually fail to follow up publicly about what they found.

● A break for some seasonal fare: Watch a Discovery crew get some thrilling shots of a great white shark bursting from the water, hungry:

● Dylan Byers of Politico breaks down the decisions of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which chose Candy Crowley, Bob Schieffer and Jim Lehrer to moderate the 2012 face-offs. Why old, white and non-social-media savvy?

“We picked the people we thought were the best, regardless,” Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., co-chairman on the Debate Commission, told POLITICO. “This is a two-year process, and all the way through we looked at new ideas, new people. But historically, we have stayed with television journalists, because the moderators have to be experienced.”

● Jon Stewart takes some pot shots at media for commenting that Ryan’s accession to the race will add some substance to the presidential race.

● Portland Press Herald pulls photo from Flickr without the photographer’s permission, agrees to pay $400 for its use.

● AP is reporting that two Syrian journalists were killed in Damascus.

● First one-on-one interview for vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan goes to Brit Hume of Fox News, a choice that Media Matters for America blasts as an example of coddling. “The selection of Hume as the interviewer suggests that the Romney-Ryan campaign has no intention of even going through the motions. Picking someone like Bret Baier or Chris Wallace, each of whom has some reputation for asking tough questions of Republicans (at least compared to their Fox colleagues), would at least have suggested that the campaign wanted an imprimatur of impartiality.”

● Margalit Fox of the New York Times slaps this lede graph on the obit of Helen Gurley Brown:

Helen Gurley Brown, who as the author of “Sex and the Single Girl” shocked early-1960s America with the news that unmarried women not only had sex but thoroughly enjoyed it — and who as the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine spent the next three decades telling those women precisely how to enjoy it even more — died on Monday in Manhattan. She was 90, though parts of her were considerably younger.

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

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