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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 06/14/2012

Media news derivatives: June 14

In case you missed it---Ed Schultz is all over the place on the subject of the campaign to target Rush Limbaugh’s advertisers. First he was for it; now he’s against it because of people who are “getting hurt.” We could use reconciliation/explanation from big Ed.

Also: PBS is the most civil outlet in a new study on niceness in American society. Yet some people nonetheless called it uncivil. How, why?

Elsewhere:

*Ken Auletta, Joe Pompeo, Anna Holmes, Rebecca Traister, Peter Maass among those receiving Mirror Awards for distinguished writing on the media.

*According to the Guardian, British Prime Minister David Cameron will “implicitly accept that the government’s handling of the News Corp. bid to take full control of BSkyB was flawed, when he tells Lord Justice Leveson he will bring in new guidelines for how ministers and special advisers operate during quasi-judicial decisions.”

*Nieman Journalism Lab takes a huge look at the economic and logistics of scaling back print and home delivery, via the experience of Detroit.

In 2009, the Freep and its jointly operated partner the Detroit News tried to navigate that bind by continuing to print seven days a week, but only deliver the paper to subscribers on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. (The Freep has the only Sunday paper in the deal.) Now, a thousand miles south, another paper is preparing to go a step further: In New Orleans, the Times-Picayune will cut print down to three days this fall. Papers in Alabama, Canada, and Oregon are all cutting out days.
What happens to a newspaper when it’s no longer a daily front-porch habit? And what happens to a city?

*On “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart skewers the hubbub over the “leaks” on Obama administration national security initiatives.

*Jeff Sonderman of Poynter discusses potential illegalities in companies’ social media policies, which often bar their people from discussing internal workplace stuff. Such prohibitions could be “overly broad” suppression of worker rights.

The NLRB seems particularly concerned with any restriction that might impair employees’ rights to discuss employment terms and conditions publicly or with each other. The guiding law here is Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, which gives workers the rights to organize, unionize and bargain collectively.

Solid concern: Companies, even (particularly?) media companies, are paranoid about Twitter and what their employees may say about the workplace. Let the info out.

*Twitter, blurring “the line between content provider and producer.”

*Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is denying that any classified information was leaked to Hollywood producers looking to gather data for a film on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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Tags:  ed schultz, rush limbaugh, pbs, the guardian, ken auletta, joe pompeo, detroit, new orleans times-picayune, jeff sonderman, poynter, leon panetta

 
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