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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 02/08/2012

Media news derivatives: Feb. 8

In case you missed it---More on the homophobic tweets of CNN’s Roland Martin. As in, what’s the deal with his second apology, which includes yet another soccer-joke defense? And what’s the deal with the silence from CNN?

Also: CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson is expected to be front and center to receive her award from Accuracy in Media (AIM) at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

Elsewhere:

*The New York Times does a story about the two brothers of a Mexican casino mogul who have emerged as big donors for President Obama. The mogul, Juan Jose Rojas Cardona, got into trouble with the law in Iowa, then “jumped bail” in 1994 and “disappeared.” Of the story, titled “Obama to Return Major Donations Tied to Fugitive,” Jay Rosen notes: “Liberal media.”

*Mathew Ingram of GigaOm takes aim at the silly social-media guidelines issues by Britain’s Sky News. They ban, well, they ban pretty much all the activities that make Twitter great day in and day out. Like random retweeting — can’t do it at as a Sky employee ’cause the retweeted material may not be true. You can retweet only stuff that is on a Sky News account or tweets from other Sky reporters who are working on assignment:

Do not retweet information posted by other journalists or people on Twitter. Such information could be wrong and has not been through the Sky News editorial process.

Once Sky News figures out how to vet all of Twitter, perhaps that policy will change.

Ingram opines:

As we’ve pointed out before, these kinds of rules seem to be aimed at trying to remove the human being from the process, something that may work in traditional forms of media, but fails miserably when using social tools like Twitter. The whole point of using them is to be social, and that means expressing human emotions and possibly even opinions in some cases. The best social-media policies — like the exceptionally minimalist version that Media News CEO John Paton came up with — simply ask reporters and editors to be themselves, but to think about what they post before doing so, and to use common sense and “don’t be stupid.”

To those standards I’d add my own social-media formulation:

Dear Editorial Staff: We hired you because we were impressed with your integrity, your attention to detail, and your passion for getting it right every time. Please make use of those traits on all social media platforms.

My fantasy would be to do a little reporting and identify all the folks at Sky News who collaborated on these boneheaded social-media policies. Then add up how many tweets they’ve sent out. Or how many followers they have. Bet you could fit them in my bathroom.

*New strategy by Salon: Post less.

*So, is Wolf Blitzer’s “OMG” moment on CNN last night: 1) Evidence of the media rooting for a close primary race? or 2) A guy showing some enthusiasm for his work? I’ll go with the latter.

*Ouchie! McClatchy revenues are down by 8 percent in the fourth quarter. Can’t imagine who the cultprits could be in this scenario. It couldn’t be declining print advertising, could it? Or flagging circulation? Naw. It’s those and more.

*Glenn Beck goes all thinky on the Roland Martin situation. He and his crew don’t buy Martin’s excuse that he was joking about soccer when he wrote those homophobic comments. They agree that the excuse makes no sense. They agree that he advocated beating people because they’re gay. And here’s where the twist comes — here’s where Beck makes his cash: Though it’s clear that he spouted violence-inciting homophobia, Beck says, “I have to stand . . . with him and say you don’t fire people for what they say in their personal life or what they happen to believe. You fire them because they’re idiots.”

One of Beck’s buddies said: “By the standard the left has created, this would be a firable offense. The question is whether that standard is legitimate.” Agreement descended on the notion that it’s not.

By  |  08:05 AM ET, 02/08/2012

Tags:  glenn beck, new york times, roland martin, mathew ingram, juan jose rojas cardona

 
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