In case you missed it---What you can speculate about as a TV news reporter and what you cannot speculate about as a TV news reporter.
*Reuters media critic Jack Shafer sort of takes off the media-critic hat and goes sociological, concluding:
The impulse to kill irrationally, and to use whatever means accessible to do so, resides deep in the American grain, perhaps integral to being human. That doesn’t mean our situation is hopeless. As Noel Perrin wrote in Giving Up the Gun: Japan’s Reversion to the Sword, 1543-1879, cultures can change their violent ways, but building such a cultural consensus takes more effort and persuasion that just passing new gun-control laws.
*The Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas nails an interview with the person that ABC News wrongly speculated was the James Holmes who was arrested for the Aurora shootings. A sampling of how Holmes is feeling about the mistake:
“What kind of idiot makes that kind of statement?” Holmes told TheDC. “Really, seriously, how do we take a journalist seriously when it’s pretty clear they really haven’t done any sort of check on their facts?”
*Advice for the media on the occasion of a mass murder:
*Poynter brings the latest news on Journatic and the Tribune Co., which has brought on a consultant to deal with the troubles related to the beleaguered content provider.
*Interesting: Rupert Murdoch resigns as director from a number of News Corp. subsidiary boards, including the one that oversees British newspapers. The company dismisses the moves as mere formalities leading up to the recently promulgated split of the company between publishing and entertainment/TV. But it could signify that Murdoch is trying to run away from the slime covering his British newspaper properties.
*Piers Morgan feels that guest patronizes him in resisting a debate on gun control in the immediate aftermath of the Aurora shootings.
*Bill Maher takes some heat for a tweet tying the Aurora shootings to American exceptionalism — the bad kind, that is.
*Josh Feldman of Mediaite critiques the critique that CNN’s Howard Kurtz and The Post’s Paul Farhi deliver on Reddit’s coverage of the Aurora shootings:
Farhi said that Redditors were helping work on the “first draft of history,” which would be edited and followed up on by actual journalists. Even when Kurtz acknowledged that Reddit has a few advantages over traditional media, Farhi insisted that Reddit can never equal what the mainstream media is capable of.
“What the mainstream media provides in this kind of ecosystem is the notion that we will vet the information, we will tell you what’s right and what’s wrong, we won’t print rumors, we won’t tell you things to be the result of the heat of the moment.”
That may be true, but the reverse applies as well. The mainstream media can’t offer what Reddit and other user generated sites do either.