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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Media news derivatives: Feb. 28

In case you missed it---PolitiFact shows an admirable willingness to reconsider its journalism and revises a ruling that a claim by Sen. Marco Rubio that a majority of Americans are conservative was “mostly true.” Under the revised ruling, the claim is just “half true.”

The cynical way of looking at this turn of events is that PolitiFact caved to pressure from Rachel Maddow and others to make a change.

The good-faith-human-being way of looking at this turn of events is that PolitiFact is open-minded enough to listen and adjust.

And no matter how you view it, Politico came through for PolitiFact by furnishing a poll that shored up Rubio’s statement.

Also: The Daily Caller seems to have a thing about the word “vagina.”

Also also: Media Matters breaks out the trend-story cliches in its book “The Fox Effect.”

Elsewhere:

*The greatest detail about the $4.5 million one-year consulting gig that former New York Times CEO Janet Robinson received upon her exit from the company: “…(c) you shall not be required to provide more than 15 hours of such services or assistance in any month.”

*News Corp. is ever more likely to face charges under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the U.S. law that criminalizes bribery of overseas officials. That’s because of recent testimony in the ongoing Leveson inquiry in Britain — a police official said that there was a “culture of illegal payments” at the Murdoch-owned newspaper the Sun and that those payments went to a “network of corrupted officials.”

*Jeff Bercovici of Forbes asks whether Warren Buffett may have bashed the Washington Post’s biz strategy. Appearing on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Buffett chided newspapers for failing to experiment with paid online models. Charging for subscriptions and allowing free online news, he said, didn’t make a lot of sense: “You shouldn’t be giving away a product that you’re trying to sell.” That a hint to The Post? asks Bercovici.

*The latest in the saga of information yearning to be free and far-flung, as recounted by Poynter’s Jeff Sonderman: A 16-year-old boy dies after being hit by a train in Oshawa, Ontario. Police do not divulge the name and the family asked that it not be disclosed. Social media ignored the plea, putting the newspaper in a pickle:

Durham Regional Police are not releasing the boy’s name upon the parents’ request, but his friends and peers have turned to social media to share their condolences, identifying him in their messages ...

What does the local paper do? Identify him. Correct decision.

* Bill O’Reilly and Brit Hume disagree over something Michael Barone wrote. Hume credits Barone for writing that Rick Santorum was engaging in “political malpractice” in attacking social issues; O’Reilly disagrees with Barone, saying that Santorum is being “true to himself” and he admires that.

*Bill Maher explains to Chris Matthews why he donated to the super PAC that’s behind President Obama.

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By  |  08:16 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Tags:  bill o'reilly, brit hume, forbes, jeff bercovici

 
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