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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 05/07/2012

Media news derivatives: May 7

In case you missed it---Politico has declared that blogs “work in real time.” On its face, that’s the sort of statement that you’d hear at an online journalism conference; no one would raise a fuss. But in this instance, Politico issued that statement in defense of having posted a tweet that said something explosive and erroneous about the New York Times. The site’s editors were fine with having published first, checked later.

Elsewhere:

*David Carr of the New York Times writes of American apathy toward the phone-hacking scandal that’s smothering Rupert Murdoch in Britain:

Mr. Murdoch also remains mostly unscathed because much of News Corporation’s business and most of its profits lie here in the United States, where the scandal is viewed as something happening on a distant island.

Yes, posting items on the phone-hacking crisis is like blasting out a group e-mail to other reporters who are covering the same events: This 10-month-old news story just isn’t catching fire with the public. Carr lists American indifference as just one reason Murdoch has avoided “serious consequences” thus far. Another key one is the company’s board: “Being a board member of News Corporation is not a bad gig; it pays over $200,000 a year and requires lifting nothing heavier than a rubber stamp. The directors apparently haven’t asked why the company maintained its ‘rogue reporter’ defense after it became clear that ‘rogue enterprise’ was a more apt description.”

More from the New York Times: This story on the relationship between science and Internet comments and crowdsourcing in the case of the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker is: a) highly intellectual; b) highly baffling. I’ve read it 2.5 times now and still looking for the point, though there are some good thoughts in there.

*For a moment there, Charles Barkley had TNT sounding like quite another sort of cable channel:

*AP’s social media boss Eric Carvin wants to get all of the service’s 2,500 journos to use social media “and use it well.”

“A lot of people ask about traditional journalism versus news over social media,” Carvin told The Content Strategist recently during a telephone interview, having just moderated a Society of American Business Editors and Writers panel about finding sources and stories through social media. “I don’t really see it as versus; I see it as connected.”

*Henry Blodget has written a piece on Mark Zuckerberg for New York mag and has abstracted the piece on Business Insider. Now there’s a media mogul for you.

*Tom Brokaw claims that it’s time to “rethink” the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, for all the predictable reasons:

If ever there’s an event that separates the press from the people they’re supposed to serve, symbolically, it is that one. It is time to rethink it. I think George Clooney’s a great guy. I’d like to meet Charlize Theron. But I don’t think that the big press event in Washington should be that kind of glittering event where the whole talk is about Christal champagne, taking over the Italian embassy, who had the best party, who got to meet the most people. That’s another separation between what we’re supposed to be doing and what the people expect us to be doing. And I think the Washington press corps has to look at that.

The skinny: It’s fine to criticize the event. But if a “rethinking” is really the solution, I’ll expect Brokaw’s overhaul proposal on my desk within seven business days. If he’s saying that it just needs to be junked, then say that.

By  |  08:36 AM ET, 05/07/2012

Tags:  tom brokaw, david carr, new york times, politico, charles barkley, ap, eric carvin

 
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