In case you missed it---The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a D.C.-based think tank, is preparing to review the work of Arnaud de Borchgrave, a CSIS program director who also serves as a columnist for the Washington Times and United Press International. The CSIS review comes amid revelations that de Borchgrave’s columnizing and even some CSIS work that bears his name appear mighty similar to previously published work.
Also: Why Sean Hannity shouldn't complain about the shortcomings of other media outlets.
*The New York Times’ David Carr takes a close look at the Atavist, a platform that in its own words “allows you to easily publish to mobile apps, the web, and e-readers like Kindle, Nook, and iBooks.” Carr notes that big-name investors such as Eric Schmidt and Marc Andreessen are getting behind the technology.
Sometime this summer, The Atavist will release a free version of its software, and people who sign up can begin building children’s books or travelogues or whatever else they fancy, some of which will become part of its online marketplace. Using the so-called freemium model, The Atavist may charge people fees for additional features — like the ability to create an app that could be sold by Apple — and will be making money by taking a cut of sales.
*BuzzFeed highlights a race war in the conservative media:
If you’ve spent much time consuming conservative media lately, you’ve probably learned about a slow-burning “race war” going on in America today. Sewing together disparate data points and compelling anecdotes like the attack in Norfolk, conservative bloggers and opinion-makers are driving the narrative with increasing frequency. Their message: Black-on-white violence is spiking — and the mainstream media is trying to cover it up.
*Dylan Byers of Politico sees three different ways of looking at what Cory Booker said yesterday on “Meet the Press” about the Obama re-election campaign’s hit on Mitt Romney’s time at Bain. Here’s one of those Bookers:
*CNN’s Candy Crowley pins down Republican leader on how the GOP expects to survive American demographic trends.
*Panel on Fox discusses Obama’s slam against sensationalism and negativity in the media.
*There’ve been some reports that News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch may just spin off his newspaper holdings in Britain into a trust, the better to insulate the rest of his empire from scandal. Murdoch denies any such notion:
“News Corporation remains firmly committed to our publishing businesses, including News International, and any suggestion to the contrary is wholly inaccurate. Publishing is a core component of our future.”
*Reuters’ Jack Shafer takes a deep look at the Buffett purchase of 63 daily and weekly papers from Media General.
Aside from Richmond, Va., and Winston-Salem, N.C., most of the towns where Buffett is now the press lord are backwaters — places like Hickory, N.C., Bristol, Va., and Eufaula, Ala. These small dailies and weeklies still retain franchise status because they cover local issues nobody else does, and they make money. It’s worth noting that Buffett did not purchase Media General’s Tampa Tribune, an unprofitable paper in competition with the Tampa Bay Times (née St. Petersburg Times) with no franchise value on the horizon.