In case you missed it---Rachel Maddow has been hammering PolitiFact for the better part of two months. Here’s everything you need to know about this media-on-media spat.
Also: The Associated Press has changed its logo. For the better? Well, the new look is certainly fresher, and it ditches a design that’s three decades old. I argue that the old look is classic, not outdated. AP did not consult me on the change.
Also also: Do take the time to watch the video of Lara Logan talking with a panel from CBS’s “This Morning.” You’ll learn yet more about her own misery since being attacked in Egypt as well as about her chosen field of endeavor.
*How many “experts” can the Christian Science Monitor trot out to scold the National Enquirer for its Whitney Houston funeral pics? See for yourself.
*More from the Syrian city of Homs. Photographer captures incredible footage of the fighting.
*Mathew Ingram of GigaOm writes on a new survey showing that people don’t care much about scoops — they’re fleeting sensations quickly overtaken by social media. What people care about, he writes, is trust. Here’s the key paragraph:
The survey also asked what the most valuable quality was for a news source when it came to reporting on election news, and gave respondents a choice between “first to report a story” as well as “free of charge,” “in-depth analysis” and “trustworthy.” Close to 50 percent of those who responded (the survey posed the questions to 1,000 people nationwide) chose trustworthiness as the most important quality, and almost a quarter said that in-depth analysis was the most important. Just 6 percent of those who were asked said it was important that a news outlet be the first to report something.
But what if we have a false choice here? Why ask people to choose between trustworthiness and first-to-report? Could it be that the public views a news outlet as trustworthy precisely because that outlet is the first to report on stuff?
Whatever the survey’s methodology, the notion that people don’t care about scoops runs counter to everything I’ve witnessed in more than a decade and a half of doing Web journalism. Whenever you have a scoop — or even a fresh new detail on a developing story — the clicks rush in. So while people may say they don’t care about who has it first, their browsing habits suggest otherwise.
*BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith fails to score a comment from the New York Times regarding columnist Charles Blow’s tweet on Wednesday night during the CNN debate. Mitt Romney was condemning the ills of out-of-wedlock births. Blow wrote:
Let me just tell you this Mitt “Muddle Mouth”: I’m a single parent and my kids are *amazing*! Stick that in your magic underwear. #CNNdebate
That’s highly disrespectful of Mormonism, whose followers wear garments as part of their faith.
Words have power. And power recklessly exerted has consequences. It’s not about being politically correct. It’s about being sensitive to the plight of those being singled out. We can’t ask the people taking the punches to also take the jokes.
*“Who Decided That This Election Should Be About Sex?” That’s the question Gail Collins and David Brooks process in this New York Times chat. Brooks:
We’ve reached a national consensus. People in the educated class talk like social progressives and behave like traditionalists. People in the less educated classes talk like social conservatives and behave like libertines. Nearly everybody is cool with things like contraception. Most people want to restrict abortion without making it impossible and we’re kind of exhausted by the fight that never goes anywhere.
*CNN zoomed in on a racy anti-Rick Santorum poster the other night.