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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 08:21 AM ET, 05/11/2012

Media news derivatives: May 11

In case you missed it---Why wouldn’t Mitt Romney make himself available to The Washington Post for its piece on his prep school days? Perhaps because there was no good reason to.

Also: The New York Times suggests that the Romney-prep-school story might just kick up “questions” about whether going back that far in a candidate’s life is “fair game.” No need for debate on that topic; it is fair game.

Elsewhere:

*Brian Stelter of the New York Times asks whether news outlets drove the gay marriage announcement of President Obama:

At each step along the way to President Obama’s statement on Wednesday that same sex couples “should be able to get married,” the press was in the middle of the process, prodding the president and other politicians along.

*Eleven potential bidders have emerged in the sale of Variety.

*Rush Limbaugh correctly predicts that a boorish quote of his will be aggregated by Media Matters.

*According to Business Insider, we’re getting conflicting information on the Facebook IPO:

Reuters says the Facebook IPO is oversubscribed – that institutional buyers who have already bought in are calling around looking for some way to somehow get more stock.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg says that just the opposite – that demand for the IPO is weak and that Facebook is going to have to rely on retail investors for its offering to pop.

*Rebekah Brooks, formerly of News International, is testifying before the Leveson Inquiry. According to the Guardian, Brook has denied that Prime Minister David Cameron texted her 12 times per day. Helpful point there.

*SavetheNews.org asks who’s afraid of News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch. And then it answers its own question: the Federal Communications Commission and Congress.

[T]he public’s right to know shouldn’t get lost in this exchange of money and favors. Congress should concern itself with questionable activity by a company that controls so much of our nation’s media, and dictates so much of our political discourse.
The American people expect the media to uncover government and corporate vice — not contribute to it. It is Congress’ responsibility to get our back, and investigate corruption and cover-ups of this scale.

*Jon Stewart notes how the opposition to gay marriage has moved over the years: from apocalyptic pronouncements to contentions that the motive behind the president’s “evolution” is cynical political considerations.

By  |  08:21 AM ET, 05/11/2012

Tags:  jon stewart, daily show, savethenews, rupert murdoch, david cameron, facebook ipo, rush limbaugh, variety, brian stelter, new york times

 
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