*NewsBusters cites apparent gas price-related bias on the part of NBC News. When George W. Bush was in office, writes Kyle Drennen, NBC talent was arguing that sky-high gas prices might be good for the country — something to force America to find alternative energy sources.
...former [Today] co-host Meredith Vieira asked Chevron CEO David O’Reilly on the June 21, 2007 broadcast: “Would we be better off, sir, if gas prices were even higher, if it were four, five, six dollars a gallon? Wouldn’t that provide the incentive we need to come up with alternative forms of gas and to stop this dependence that we have on foreign oil?”
And now to Brian Williams on Feb. 14:
BRIAN WILLIAMS: Why now? In a tight economy with so many Americans living on the financial edge, why are they being asked to pay so much more for gas?
It’s a fun catch by NewsBusters. As to whether it reflects systemic ideological dysfunction at the top of NBC . . . eh.
*Skepticism on the future of Patch.
*Dylan Byers bangs out a revealing interview with New York Times Jerusalen bureau chief Jodi Rudoren, whose recent tweeting has stirred its share of interest.
*Mediaite reports that Stephen Colbert’s show on Comedy Central is doing reruns for the rest of the week.
*Amanda Hess of Good Magazine takes a hard look at gender hiring numbers in the news profession. Here’s how she comes down:
It’s easy to hide behind that old journalistic convention of objectivity, but when your “unbiased” hiring strategy results in the systematic underrepresentation of women, something very biased is going on. And the problem compounds itself—male workforces mean male networks and male job candidates and male hiring metrics and stories about men. About half the time, we should be hiring the best woman for the job. If we don’t, we’re part of the problem. So hire women. Write about them. Give them lines. Invite them onto your shows. Just do it, and don’t stop.
*Amy Chozick and David Carr of the New York Times, right in the lede of this story, tell a powerful story about what’s happening at the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Last week, Gregory J. Osberg, chief executive and publisher of the Philadelphia Media Network, which publishes The Inquirer, The Daily News and Philly.com, summoned the news organization’s three most senior editors to his office.
Over three hours, he told them he would be overseeing all articles related to the newspapers’ impending sale.
It gets worse, too.
*Want to bring class warfare to your newsroom? Send management to St. Bart’s in the Caribbean and regular old staffers to Atlantic City. That’s essentially what David Bradley has done at Atlantic Media, as BuzzFeed reports.
This year’s trip is open to top managers and to the editors of the Atlantic Media’s various titles, including Atlantic chief James Bennet and National Journal Editor Ron Fournier.
The more junior editorial staff was treated last year to a visit to Atlantic City, a former staffer said, but family was not invited, and they were expected to work the whole trip.
I nominate this piece as the No. 1 media story of the day.
*Chris Matthews: Normal life is when the wife cooks dinner; “weirder” life is when the husband cooks dinner. Nothing like broadcasting your cretinous, outdated views to the entire public!