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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Media news derivatives: Feb. 6

In case you missed it---Any upside to CNN going all out to get early vote counts out of Nevada counties?

Elsewhere:

*People are jumping on CNN’s John King for calling Mitt Romney “Governor Mormon.” The verdict from watching the video below? Unintentional!

*David Carr of the New York Times riffs on the two cultures of BuzzFeed — one a world of “frilly” content and the other a focus on news and reporting.

So now [BuzzFeed founder Jonah] Peretti has high and low, news and fun, all ready for sharing. “People are now used to having everything mixed together in a Facebook newsfeed,” Mr. Peretti said. “A story about the Arab Spring will be next to a picture of your sister’s new baby. Why not have a publishing site that embraces those colliding worlds?”

*A little industry speculation here — Peter Kafka in All Things D talks about the possibility that GigaOm could buy PaidContent.org, the site that knows absolutely everything there is to know about paywalls, click-through rates and cash.

*A tweet from @PoliticoKevin: “Scott Brown visits my hometown, Patch covers it entirely via press release: http://bit.ly/zr7nIq

*Dahlia Lithwick of Slate explains why the Supreme Court is having some troubles with Stephen Colbert:

When President Obama criticized Citizens United two years ago in his State of the Union address, at least three justices came back at him with pitchforks and shovels. In the end, most court watchers scored it a draw. But when a comedian with a huge national platform started ridiculing the court last summer, the stakes changed completely. This is no pointy-headed deconstruction unspooling on the legal blogs. Colbert has spent the past few months making every part of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion in Citizens United look utterly ridiculous. And the court, which has no access to cameras (by its own choosing), no press arm, and no discernible comedic powers, has had to stand by and take it on the chin.

*Fareed Zakaria, addressing Mitt Romney’s remark about the “very poor”: “I feel as though the media here has sort of said, ‘Yes, yes, but if we take this entirely out of context, it really sounds like he’s being very mean to the poor.” Boy, what complete garbage there. There really was no context for the Romney comment about the “very poor.” In an interview with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, he just came right out with a statement that he was in the race for Americans. Then he said he wasn’t concerned about the very poor; they have a safety net, and if that net is porous, well, then, Romney will mend it.

Not a lot of ways to triangulate that Romney moment. He said what he meant and vice versa. David Remnick noted that if Romney had spent “five minutes on the campaign trail discussing poverty, it would be a lot. I think it’s emblematic of his attitude.”

By  |  08:36 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Tags:  stephen colbert, john king, fareed zakaria, david remnick

 
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