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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 08:22 AM ET, 06/12/2012

Media news derivatives: June 12

In case you missed it---The White House pleads for context in coverage of President Obama’s private-sector-fine moment from last Friday. Yet context doesn’t always help.

Also: How does a quote go from unnamed to on the record in Politico over four years?

*Watergate: The Washington Post gets some key players together and talks things over.

*Writing in the Daily Beast, Max Holland again blasts away at “All the President’s Men.” The Woodstein tome, says Holland, author of Watergate lore-debunking “Leak,” is shot through with “the problems often associated with the New Journalism, or more precisely, the literary license that some practitioners embraced in the service of ‘higher truth.’”

The “residual fear in my soul” that [Ben] Bradlee spoke of in 1990 was not unwarranted. And Woodward was hardly overreacting when he pleaded, cajoled, and otherwise tried to dissuade Jeff Himmelman from using that pregnant phrase. Woodward realized that airing Bradlee’s heretofore private misgiving not only undermined Woodstein’s journalistic stardom, but also confirmed an inconvenient yet essential truth: all of ATPM, and not just the Deep Throat portions, must be read with caution.

*BuzzFeed interviews Glenn Beck, discovers that he and his people are working with a rapper. He also thinks “Glee” is brilliant.

*Jack Shafer does the bleak work of looking at the future of the Tribune papers.

“For anybody on the left that thinks I’m done, oh please continue thinking that,” he intoned, his lips curling into a mischievous smile. “Oh please.”

*“Artisanal journalism” on the way?

*Alex Pareene of Salon writes that the decline of the newspaper, especially in the Midwest, is causing a crisis for democracy.

I suspect a lot of voters across the country, but especially in places like Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, still think they’re voting for the old Republican Parties of those states, where George Romneys and Arne Carlsons and even Tommy Thompsons thrived. I suspect that the political education they’re receiving on local stories from their TV news is brainless and unhelpful and that their online consumption of news follows the same patterns as everyone else’s online news consumption: largely the sort of material that newspapers used to put after the world, nation, state and metro sections.

*Four factors determine how successful your news tweet will be:

The news source that creates and publishes the article
The category of news the article belongs to (technology, health, sports)
Whether the language in the article was emotional or objective
Whether celebrities, famous brands, or other notable institutions are mentioned

One of the lessons here is to stay calm on Twitter. “[E]motional language doesn’t seem to matter when it comes to predictable sharing. So, by that logic, a tweet that calmly describes what you’ll get by clicking on a link — ‘Here is some news about Lady Gaga’ — will have about the same attentional impact as a tweet that HYPERBOLICALLY SHOUTS IT. Even within the tumult that is the Internet, when it comes to framing the news, objective language does just as well as emotional.”

*Jon Stewart follows the evolution of a gaffe:

By  |  08:22 AM ET, 06/12/2012

Tags:  white house, politico, private sector is doing fine, watergate, washington post, daily beast, max holland, glenn beck, jack shafer, alex pareene, jon stewart, daily show

 
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