In case you missed it — More criticism of Politico’s media criticism.
Also: Fox News’s Bernard Goldberg notes a filtering effect of anti-Romney stories from establishment media to other channels of dissemination.
*“Difficult times” for the media industry watchdog/blogging machine/journo-training school also known as the Poynter Institute. The place’s funding model has viability problems and needs a leader who can round up money.
*David Carr explains exactly what CNN was thinking in pulling Anthony Bourdain from the Travel Channel to do a traveling food show on the news net.
CNN, the former cable news leader, is at loose ends, having recorded its lowest ratings in 10 years in April. The channel still makes a lot of money, an expected $600 million in operating profit this year. But nothing — not the lift of an election year, the switch-out of Piers Morgan for Larry King or firm edicts from Time Warner management — has moved the needle on viewership.
Even as profits pile up, CNN is in danger of becoming a niche channel. Perhaps signing a proven niche player — according to Nielsen, Mr. Bourdain’s show draws about 450,000 viewers on a channel that lives far down the dial — is a small part of the answer.
*Rem Rieder writes in AJR that he’s not much impressed with Marvin Kalb’s defense of Arnaud de Borchgrave, the Washington Times/UPI columnist who’s under investigation for plagiarism. When asked about de Borchgrave’s alleged infractions, Kalb noted, among other things, that the guy has compiled a great record over the years. Rieder writes:
What troubles me about Kalb’s position is that it suggests that allegations of plagiarism should be judged in part on the track record of the alleged plagiarist. That’s a very dangerous path to pursue.
What possible difference does it make that de Borchgrave has had a tremendous career? So what if he “has a record of incredible courage under fire as a reporter” and “spent decades covering every single diplomatic story that existed...?”
What matters is the behavior. If someone is lifting material from someone else without proper attribution, they should be called to account for it. (And, in fact, far more than “one or two examples” have been cited.)
*Now that a multi-multimillionaire is its majority owner, the New Republic is recruiting, and big names are on the to-get list. According to WWD:
Recently, the magazine has approached The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins, New York Times Magazine contributor Robert Draper and The New York Times’ Mark Leibovich, several sources familiar with the conversations confirmed.
*Check out the comments on this Washington Post article from last week — it’s the tale of a photographer who watched a West Virginia pastor die after being bitten by a rattlesnake in a religious ceremony.
*The New York Times’s Christine Haughney examines the bet that some newspaper publishers are making vis-a-vis their print product. Will the decision to reduce their print schedule work out?
By cutting back on print publishing, newspaper executives are betting they can wean loyal customers and advertisers from their daily print newspaper habit, while at the same time driving them to their own Web site. Some industry analysts warn that readers raised on a daily newspaper appearing at their door will lose a sense of loyalty if it arrives only a few days a week. It is like having CBS and NBC going dark on nights when they do not sell much advertising.
*CNN’s Candy Crowley scores something of a coup in the video below: Getting Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to admit that President Obama’s national policies helped his state. A bit. In the short term. Not the long term.