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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 07:59 AM ET, 05/31/2012

Media news derivatives: May 31

In case you missed it — Fox News has bailed on its slanted video about President Obama’s years in office. The video was showcased on yesterday’s “Fox & Friends.” It lay the blame on Obama for basically everything that has gone wrong with the economy and credited him for absolutely zero. After a rush of criticism, Fox proclaimed that the video hadn’t been vetted at the network’s highest levels and took it down. It wasn’t a perfectly executed bailout, but it was the right move.

Also: Washington Times reporter takes a photo of a D.C. Superior Court proceeding, then publishes it. That’s strictly forbidden. But what’s the penalty?

Also also: The Atlantic Wire examines Arnaud de Borchgrave’s defense against charges that he took material from the work of others.

Elsewhere:

*The Guardian tells of an Israeli journalist in trouble for receiving classified documents:

Israel’s attorney general, Yehuda Weinstein, announced on Wednesday that Uri Blau, an investigative reporter for Haaretz, is to be charged with unauthorised possession of classified information. A statement from the state prosecutor’s office said: “The potential for damage in the unprotected possession of the documents was enormous.”

*Why not blow up the traditional news article?

*See just how fast Chinese Internet censorship can work.

*Steve Myers of Poynter writes of anxieties at various Advance Publications properties that they may get the same treatment as the company’s holdings in New Orleans and Alabama.

So are these fears justified? On the one hand, it took the company more than two years to expand the limited printing, Web-first approach from Ann Arbor to other papers in Michigan. However, those cutbacks at the Michigan papers went into effect just a few months before last week’s news in New Orleans and Alabama. Perhaps the company is speeding up the transformation.

*A post on the Business Insider site asks a tough question about the Business Insider boss: “Could Henry Blodget Be an Anti-Semite and Not Know It?”

*Just what does Donald Trump want from the media: To probe the birther issue or to probe economic issues and the like? Jon Stewart toys with the ambiguity:

*The Atlantic Wire takes a look at gender byline disparity and notes that commentators appear to agree that sexism and bias don’t account for the full picture. A recent panel discussion addressed one of the issues:

New York Times reporter Amy O’Leary, host of the panel, told the audience that male reporters, at least those she worked with when she was just starting out, simply weren’t as paralyzed by the fear of rejection that plagued her — Jillian Keenan writes at Poynter that O’Leary said “her male counterparts would happily send off pitches they had written in a day.” The one guy on the panel, Evan Ratliff of Atavist, added that male journalists tend to be innately entitled, which means they’re tenacious, and don’t give up pitching even when rejected; in contrast, he said, female journalists get a no from an editor and then are never heard from again. The OpEd Project’s Katherine Lanpher also said that the byline imbalance is less about editorial bias and more about female journalists who “simply do not feel emboldened to express their opinions to the same degree as men.”

By  |  07:59 AM ET, 05/31/2012

Tags:  fox news, washington times, atlantic wire, donald trump, jon stewart, d.c. superior court, poynter, advance publications, gender gap, bylines

 
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