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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 09/09/2011

News media derivatives: Sept. 9

In case you missed it: The Erik Wemple Blog went to a non-blog platform to publish a long story on the fight between the New York Times and California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa. There’s some new stuff in there as well as some new thoughts on old stuff.

Also: Is there any merit in President Obama’s elbow to the media at the beginning of last night’s jobs speech?

Elsewhere:

*Back again to Sarah Ellison’s Vanity Fair story on the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal. Yesterday we left off with Ellison reporting that staffers at News of the World were likely to hack each other!

Moving on, here’s a paragraph in which Ellison visits the company’s London headquarters and chats up an exec about the refusal of company directors to acknowledge the phone hacking problem until very late in the game:

When I went to News Corp.’s new headquarters in London not long ago, one executive there looked sheepishly at me when I brought up the initial denials. “That’s a bit unfortunate, isn’t it?” The second floor of the building, which had housed the News of the World’ s offices until just weeks before, had been closed off. “It’s not a crime scene,” the executive said to me. “But we want to keep everything intact just in case.”

*Check out the video of Ron Paul addressing the quickly famous photo of Rick Perry apparently getting aggressive with Paul on the night of the Reagan Library NBC/Politico debate.

*Jay Rosen launches a withering attack on NPR for engaging in “he said, she said” journalism regarding a report on abortion. In a letter to the ombudsman, the NYU prof and journo-watchdog engages in a touch of self-righteousness, bragging about the uniqueness of his concern:

I would like the ombudsman to listen to this story because I have a complaint about it. My complaint is not the usual one that you probably get: biased reporting. No.

*Jon Stewart wonders: The previews of Wednesday night’s Republican debate emphasized a Perry-Romney theme. And voila — the post-debate coverage obsessed over the exact same clash! Only two ways that could happen, jokes Stewart: Either the media decided it was a Perry-Romney race, or “you’re pre-cogs. I’ll let the audience at home decide.”

*Staffers at the St. Petersburg Times to take 5 percent pay cuts — but the austerity lasts only till January 2012, apparently.

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