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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 07:47 AM ET, 07/20/2012

Media news derivatives: July 20

In case you missed it---Libor simply can’t compete against an aggressive chimp or man-eating sharks.

Republicans are apparently, reportedly, allegedly launching a wide-ranging investigation of the PolitiFact units spread across 11 states. The goal is to out bias among the reporters who write the PolitiFact rulings. Have at it, fact-checker checkers.

Also: The difficulties of editorializing against Mitt Romney releasing his tax forms.

Elsewhere:

*Poynter.org shows how news spread of the horrific movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. And video aired by the Denver Post conveys the chaos in the aftermath of the shooting:

*AllThingsD captures a copy of Marissa Mayer’s intro memo to her new colleagues at Yahoo, where she’s now the CEO. One telling excerpt:

The company has been through a lot of change in the past few months, leaving many open questions around strategy and how to move forward. I am sensitive to this. While I have some ideas, I need to develop a more informed perspective before making strategy or direction changes. In the meantime, please do not stop. You are doing important work. Please don’t stop. If you have questions or concerns about whether to continue or not, please ask. However, with the exception of a few things that might heavily constrain us in the future, the answer is most likely: “Yes, keep moving.”

*WWD tells the story behind the story on the cover of the New Republic, “Confessions of an Ex-Mormon,” by Walter Kirn. Turns out that GQ, where Kirn had worked, had ambitions for the story, but Kirn jumped to TNR and published it there. GQ Editor Jim Nelson:

“We were disappointed Walter chose to take the story with him, since the story originated with us; we had worked on it, had high hopes for it and had every intention of running it,” he wrote via e-mail. “Frankly, it didn’t seem right to me, but Walter made the unilateral decision, and that was that. I still think Walter is a wonderful writer, and I expect great things from him at The New Republic.”

*Bill O’Reilly weighs in on apparent tensions between Sarah Palin and the Romney camp. He pulls off a flawlessly executed early interruption of Janine Turner, who remarks that it’s too “early” to tell whether there are tensions over Palin’s presence at the Republican convention.

*John Harwood in the New York Times runs a story about the dynamics of reporters’ words getting tossed into political ads. It recaps the tiff between Tom Brokaw and the Romney campaign and between Bob Schieffer and the Romney campaign.

Once campaigns feared complaints from prominent TV journalists — and the hassle of responding to the lawyers who spoke for them. Now ad makers from both parties shrug them off, as the prevalence of the practice increases their confidence that “fair use” broadcasting rules make legal threats toothless.

*The Obama administration slaps back a petition that sought to get Rush Limbaugh taken off the Armed Forces Network in light of his misogynistic comments about Sandra Fluke.

*Phew! After expressing concern that Mitt Romney isn’t being aggressive enough, Rupert Murdoch is changing his tune on that question, via Twitter:

At last Romney attacks, looks better. Keep it up! Still needs to address all Hispanics, 80 per cent Multi- cultural. Dole got 20, Bush 45.

By  |  07:47 AM ET, 07/20/2012

Tags:  aurora, colorado, theater, shooting, denver post, poynter, marissa mayer, wwd, mormon, kirn, GQ, the new republic, bill o'reilly, john harwood, tom brokaw, bob schieffer, rush limbaugh, sandra fluke, armed forces network, rupert murdoch, mitt romney

 
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