Media news derivatives: June 25

In case you missed it---Joe Williams, the Politico reporter who was suspended Thursday night over controversial tweets and remarks on MSNBC, issued a statement Friday evening. He could have been a bit tougher on himself.

More on the Joe Williams issue:

*Dr. Boyce Watkins at News One wonders what the big deal is all about:

The saddest thing about what happened to Joe Williams is that he is the consummate professional (much more so than myself), dedicated to his job and darn good at it. It’s even more unfortunate that he was hit with a massive penalty for making remarks that were not only uneventful, but are also in alignment with millions of other Americans. You want to know why I don’t work for networks like Politico, CNN or MSNBC? It’s because Black men are never truly free if their platforms are supported by the descendants of their historical oppressors.

*FishbowlDC notes that Williams had indicated he was “done” at Politico, but that apparently wasn’t what he intended to say.

*Howard Kurtz takes up the matter on “Reliable Sources.” The panel finds something far short of a scandal.

Elsewhere:

*New York Times editor speaks to the “rub-off” factor in relation to the paper’s partnership with BuzzFeed for the upcoming political party conventions.

*A kerfuffle is developing over whether Anthony Shadid was pressured into venturing into Syria for the reporting trip during which he lost his life.

*Holy gaffe: Fox News plays a shot of Mitch Daniels during a segment on Jerry Sandusky. Not a good editorial pairing.

*Jack Shafer of Reuters strafes Brian Stelter and the New York Times for making altogether too much of the story of Ann Curry’s expected departure from the “Today” show. It’s not as big a deal as the Times makes it appear, says Shafer:

...Stelter serves an extended story packed with anonymous sources – “some at NBC,” “some staff members,” “people with knowledge of the negotiations, who insisted on anonymity because the matter was confidential,” “several people who know Ms. Curry,” “one of the people” who know Curry, “friends” of Meredith Vieira, and “one of the people with knowledge of the negotiations” between Curry and NBC – that makes the departure of a TV co-host sound like the final days of Richard Nixon. How much of the anonymous dancing is Curry’s people spinning her story and how much of it is NBC framing the ouster as necessary strategy to save the show is anybody’s guess.

*All about MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.

*NBC sustains criticism for not airing the part of the historic Bob Costas-Jerry Sandusky interview in which the now-convicted child molester said words that could be interpreted as admitting guilt.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.
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