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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 02/21/2012

Media news derivatives: Feb. 21

In case you missed it — Chelsea Clinton, the NBC correspondent and butt of much criticism from TV writers, is close to finalizing terms on a new contract to extend her time at the network.

Elsewhere:

*The New York Times’s Brian Stelter tells Atlantic Wire how he consumes media. The quick answer: Via four TV screens in his bedroom.

*Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone finds echoes of Iraq in the media coverage on the nuclear ambitions of the current Iranian regime.

“Some of the media’s more overheated Iran coverage bears an eerie resemblance to Iraq coverage, but instead of former Vice President Dick Cheney we have his daughter Liz Cheney making the Sunday show rounds.
“A nuclear weapon in the hands of the world’s worst sponsor of terror, one of them, is something we can’t stand for,” Cheney said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”
The Iran nuclear story has also led several network newscasts this week. On Tuesday, ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer talked of a “shadow war being waged by Iran,” followed by chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross describing a “violent series of attacks by Iran,” which may be retaliation for the recent killing of Iranian scientists.

Calderone does note one key difference between the pre-war Iraq coverage and what we see now vis-a-vis Iran, and that is that the current White House is not campaigning for war.

*A tweet: “Networks shouldn’t fire a guy for being the [guy] they hired, as MSNBC did PJB. 1/2 RT @TPCarney Hey, @jackshafer. Thoughts on MSNBC’s firing PJB?”

*Pulitzer-Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold jumps to the Los Angeles Times from the L.A. Weekly. Ownership at the Weekly, a property of Village Voice Media, attempted to keep Gold around but couldn’t compete, according to L.A. Observed.

*Here’s a story about the good things that can happen when a journalist is late to a story. The New York Times did a classic obit on a guy named John Fairfax, who died on Feb. 8. The Washington Post did the first take on his life, and then an editor at the Times handed the Post’s work to writer Margalit Fox. A story of pistols and jaguars and transoceanic rowing ensued.

*The Chicago News Cooperative is shutting down

*Glenn Beck, a Mormon, says that we are all Catholics now.

[The founding fathers] knew if you can’t serve God as you choose, you are not free. And so they enshrined that right in the First Amendment of the Constitution: The state “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .
This is why Americans are offended by the ruling from the White House that would force church-run institutions to pay for birth control and morning-after pills, which are tantamount to abortion. The so-called compromise is no compromise — under government-approved health insurance plans that the church pays for, abortifacients would be covered. Sin by proxy — that’s the compromise.

*The Sun is launching a Sunday edition, the better to replace the shuttered News of the World. And the Sun thinks pretty highly of the decision, all told:

Our historic announcement yesterday to launch The Sun on Sunday this weekend made headlines around the globe. Even our critics admitted Rupert Murdoch’s bold move was a masterstroke.

*Ari Fleischer declares that he’s “prepared” to proclaim that Rick Santorum could nail the GOP nomination.

*Sarah Palin released a video yesterday, ostensibly to celebrate great presidents. Less ostensibly to highlight her own failed attempts at memorable speechmaking. Speaking of Abraham Lincoln, Palin is heard on the clip saying, “He secured our union at the moment of its most perilous time.”

By  |  10:55 AM ET, 02/21/2012

Tags:  sarah palin, iran iraq, leon panetta, david ignatius, new york times, john fairfax

 
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