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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 05/25/2012

Media news derivatives, May 25

In case you missed it — The Daily Caller’s new gun promotion pairs Web entre­pre­neur­ship with a gun manufacturer who’s written some out-there stuff.

Also: New York State Sen. Tom O’Mara, champion of anti-anonymous-commenter legislation in New York, defends the spirit behind the bill, which is to launch a dialogue about cyberbullying. He acknowledges a need to “tighten the language.” Understatement right there.

Elsewhere:

*Jack Shafer of Reuters gives us the encouraging news that the cable news, such as it is, and all the fireworks around it have plateaued:

Bill O’Reilly? Peaked. Chris Matthews? Peaked. Anderson Cooper? Peaked. Democratic Party outrage over what Fox News said about the president? Peaked. Maddow, Hannity, O’Donnell, Sharpton? Peaked, peaked, peaked, peaked.

*Have a look at today’s New Orleans Times-Picayune.

*In Fox session, NewsBusters’ Tim Graham bashes networks for insufficient coverage of Catholic lawsuits against the Obama administration. Of the three, Graham says, “This is a group of people who all want Obama to be reelected, and they’re going to simply say ‘Look, this whole Catholic lawsuit just seems like a Republican publicity stunt to us, and we’re not gonna touch it.’”

*Nielsen breaks down Web news users.

*Former publisher of the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader gets sued for an alleged “pattern of causing The Times Leader to transfer cash to him for personal use and causing The Times Leader to satisfy personal credit card charges.”

*The New York Times points out an important consideration in the move by the New Orleans Times-Picayune to go mostly digital and publish a print edition only three times per week:

According to a 2010 report from the Kaiser Foundation, 36 percent of residents in New Orleans still do not have Internet access at home. “Both my subjects and my neighbors are always looking for a print copy of what I do,” said one reporter.
The reporter added: “One of the charms of New Orleans is that we are 10 years behind in everything, and that includes the Web.”

*And despite what Jack Shafer says about cable peaking, Chris Matthews, complete with distracting tie-and-shirt combo, puts in a fine performance for the medium via his interview with Newt Gingrich.

By  |  09:14 AM ET, 05/25/2012

Tags:  daily caller, gun promotion, tom o'mara, new york state senate, jack shafer, chris matthews, hardball, new york times, new orleans times-picayune

 
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