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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 07:20 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Media news derivatives: March 27

In case you missed it---Well, you almost definitely missed it. Unless you were among that insular 400-person elite that was allowed into the Supreme Court chambers to watch the first day of oral arguments surrounding the Affordable Care Act. What sort of elitist judicial system do we have in this country?

Elsewhere:

*Houston is on the media-gossip radar for the moment, via a story by Richard Connelly of the Houston Press. Titled “Sarah Tressler: Houston Chronicle Society Writer By Day, Stripper By Night,” the story recounts how Sarah Tressler, a society columnist for the Houston Chronicle is a society writer by day, stripper by night.

*Helen Thomas, denied. She’d asked for a table at the upcoming White House Correspondents Association dinner. But she’s not getting it, even though she’s a past president of the group. Caren Bohan, the current president, wrote in an e-mail to the Huffington Post:

“The board decided in 2010 to set a policy that, as a courtesy to past presidents only, they would be eligible to purchase two tickets even if they are no longer covering the White House,” Cohan wrote. “Usually, people need to be members of the WHCA to purchase tickets on behalf of their news organizations.”

---Update: WHCA writes in to clarify that it is treating Thomas no differently than other past presidents.

*Report: Management of the New York Times took a “slightly less offensive approach” to ongoing labor negotiations in the latest session. From New York Guild President Bill O’Meara:

“Guild members are angry over huge executive severance packages, alleged secret bonus plans and secret pension plans for top managers,” O’Meara said. “That’s against a backdrop of recent news of more than 400,000 paid digital subscribers, and paying off Carlos Slim. The picture for The Times has gotten a lot brighter – yet the people who produce the product are being treated poorly. This is not a time to have a fight with the people you need the most.”

*Stephen Colbert: “A hoodie can make an innocent teen look like a criminal just like a suit and glasses can make Geraldo Rivera look like a journalist.”

*MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell reports that Craig Sonner, lawyer for George Zimmerman, bailed on an interview about the Trayvon Martin case because he is “terrified.” Of what was he terrified? Well, O’Donnell would later give viewers an idea. He took to interviewing an empty chair. He pelted that empty chair with questions, including: “You said that Zimmerman was injured, a broken nose. Do you have photographs of your client’s broken nose?”

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By  |  07:20 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Tags:  lawrence o'donnell, msnbc, trayvon martin, helen thomas, huffington post, joe oliver, enw york times, supreme court

 
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