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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 07:57 AM ET, 05/23/2012

Media news derivatives: May 23

In case you missed it---Patch is trimming some managers — about 20 of them — in an effort to cut costs. Or, in Patch’s view, in an effort to restructure itself in line with something called “OTOG,” an acronym for ”One Team, One Goal.” It’s all about breaking down walls between departments and scurrying for all available stories and all available ad dollars.

Elsewhere:

*Politico’s Josh Gerstein writes about how the White House and key agencies helped Hollywooders who wanted to know all about the successful Osama bin Laden raid of May 2011.

At a briefing in July 2011, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Mike Vickers told filmmakers Michael Boal and Katherine Bigelow that the leaders of the the Special Operations Command couldn’t speak to them for appearances’ sake. However, Vickers said that the Pentagon would make available a Navy SEAL who was involved in planning the raid from its earliest stages.

Yeah! sums up how the filmmakers responded to the news. Documents on the White House’s openness on the matter were obtained by Judicial Watch. As Gerstein notes, “officials seemed aware that cooperating with Boal was in some tension with the government’s public line that it was trying to crack down on leaks.” Correct: Officialdom just couldn’t keep quiet about this event.

*Michael Wolff, showing frugal use of the comma, punctures the notion that there’s something revolutionary about Facebook’s biz model:

Facebook currently derives 82 percent of its revenue from advertising. Most of that is the desultory ticky-tacky kind that litters the right side of people’s Facebook profiles. Some is the kind of sponsorship that promises users further social relationships with companies: a kind of marketing that General Motors just announced it would no longer buy.
Facebook’s answer to its critics is: pay no attention to the carping. Sure, grunt-like advertising produces the overwhelming portion of our $4 billion in revenues; and, yes, on a per-user basis, these revenues are in pretty constant decline, but this stuff is really not what we have in mind. Just wait.

*Sean Hannity presses Colin Powell on the importance of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers in the biography of President Obama:

*Phone-hacking scandal depravity check, via the Guardian: Turns out that while Andy Coulson was editor of the News of the World, some of his voicemails to a government official were allegedly hacked. The hacking operation, it appears, didn’t discriminate against anyone.

*Peter Osnos hails ProPublica in the Atlantic, writing that the site is delivering great journalism and growing its donor base:

It needs to be said that dependence on philanthropy can be tenuous as priorities, especially among foundations, can change over time. But ProPublica has shown conclusively that it is possible to build a major news gatherer that the public will reward with donations, recognizing that the return on that support will only be in the amazing array of stories that profoundly affect how our institutions of government and private enterprise function.

By  |  07:57 AM ET, 05/23/2012

Tags:  propublica, atlantic, peter osnos, andy coulson, sean hannity, michael wolff, josh gerstein, politico, patch

 
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