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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Media news derivatives: Dec. 1

In case you missed it---The Erik Wemple Blog has solved Greta Van Susteren’s conflict-of-interest disclosure problem. Her husband, you see, is a Washington big shot, and these days he serves as an unpaid “informal” adviser to the Herman Cain effort. And the other night she did some coverage of the Cain campaign’s troubles without disclosing her family interest in the matter. Her response was, well, my husband is friends with many, many powerful people. Here’s the solution for that situation.

Also: Why do conservatives so hate crowdsourcing?

Elsewhere:

●Here’s one for the journalistic ethicists: The Washington Post is allowing @UNAIDS to stage a “takeover” of the newspaper’s Twitter account this morning. Says a Post post on the matter:

This is a chance for UNAIDS to reach a bigger Twitter audience. and it’s an opportunity . . . for us to connect our followers with an expert on an important story.

It’s great that UNAIDS is going to reach a bigger Twitter audience. My only question is why on earth is The Post supplying that audience? Is the newspaper prepared to do likewise for other groups that come knocking? Or just AIDS groups? The second part — about connecting the Post followers with an expert — is more intriguing. We’ll see how Twitter responds.

●Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker breaks down Barney Frank’s best insults to reporters. They’re all fun, but they boil down to a common theme, in which Frank basically tells reporters they’re stupid. Example:

“That is the kind of argument that people who do not have any idea what they are talking about like to make.”

—to Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes.”

●Warren Buffett buys a Nebraska newspaper company that runs the state’s main daily, the Omaha World-Herald.

●New York Times blogger Nate Silver points to this piece as evidence that Newt Gingrich is starting to feel some heat from conservative outlets.

●Much buzz about this Ron Paul attack on Gingrich:

●Chris Greenberg of HuffPost Sports goes long on ESPN’s handling of the Bobby Davis-Laurie Fine phone discussion:

That ESPN and the Post-Standard had to choose how to handle the recording distinguishes those parties from Syracuse University and the Syracuse Police, neither of whom had been provided the tape. A spokesperson for Syracuse University admitted that they had not had access to the recorded when they performed their own investigation into Fine back in 2005. Likewise, Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler said this department had not been aware about the audio tape or the university’s investigation until this month.

●Neil Cavuto presses Herman Cain on his flagging campaign. Highlight comes when Cavuto uses exceptional verbs in a smart question to the candidate: “You’re the only one who seems to gather or collect, again, accurate or no, these types of charges — whether it’s harassment, whether it’s womanizing, whether it’s inappropriate relationships. It all might not be anything, like you say, but they all tend to pile up around you. Why is that?”

Cain: “Maybe I’m the Democrats’ worst nightmare if I win the nomination.”

More Cain: “The media is focusing on all of the negatives. . . . The people are focusing on my strengths.”

By  |  08:37 AM ET, 12/01/2011

 
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