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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 05/17/2012

News media derivatives: May 17

In case you missed it — Arnaud de Borchgrave, longtime columnist for the Washington Times and UPI, has written some stuff that bears resemblances to previously written stuff. Have a look.

Elsewhere:

*Joe Pompeo of Capital reports that the New Republic is going to establish a New York presence. The office, he says, will house editorial and business staffers. A likely frequent presence in this office-in-abeyance will be Chris Hughes, the Facebook co-founder and multi-multimillionaire who earlier this year bought a majority stake in the magazine. This is a really good sign for TNR staffers and frequent readers — this guy wants to beef up the magazine, whatever the short- or long-term costs. Jack Shafer wrote that with his cash, “Hughes should be able to sustain the magazine’s annual losses — which Anne Peretz, the ex-wife of former owner Martin Peretz put at $3 million a year — for a couple of hundred years after his death.”

*Speaking of Shafer, don’t miss his critique of Politico’s story on why the 2012 election “is shaping up to be an especially sour cycle for the campaigns and the media.”

The evidence presented by Politico that this campaign is “shaping up to be especially sour” is so thin it almost vanishes. Obama has said vague things about being disappointed by the press, such as in his commencement address at Barnard College, and he delivered a cheap shot about Huffington Post’s aggressive aggregation in his White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner speech. But that hardly constitutes press hatred. Straining to come up with material, the Politico piece quotes David Plouffe’s The Audacity to Win, the Obama adviser’s 2009 memoir about the 2008 campaign, on press-candidate relations. Exactly how Plouffe’s views on his candidate’s relations with the press in the last campaign help show candidate-press relations approaching some new “sourness” plateau in this campaign is not explained.

*For CNN, more bad news on the ratings front, via TVNewser.

*Michelle Malkin talks polling on Fox News. “There should be no whitewashing or sugarcoating of these poll results by Mitt Romney or his campaign,” she says, adding that he needs to take “the mits off.”

By  |  10:24 AM ET, 05/17/2012

Tags:  chris hughes, facebook, upi, arnaud de borchgrave, washington times, jack shafer, politico, cnn, michelle malkin, mitt romney

 
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