A headline on a June 25 Style article about the National Enquirer refusing to pay a Portland, Ore., masseuse to talk about her assault allegation against former vice president Al Gore erroneously implied that she charged $1 million for her services and that Gore paid such a sum. In fact, that amount was what the Enquirer's editor said the masseuse requested of the publication.
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Al Gore and the Enquirer's non-checkbook journalism
"Flip through the channels and there is no denying it: The world of cable news -- and their network chat-show brethren -- is very, very white."
Dave Weigel is learning his own hard lessons about media management:
"I'm a member of an off-the-record list-serv called 'Journolist,' founded by my colleague Ezra Klein. Last Monday, I was deluged with angry e-mail after posting a story about Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) that was linked by the Drudge Report with a headline intimating that I defended his roughing-up of a young man with a camera; after this, the Washington Examiner posted a gossip item about my dancing at a friend's wedding. Unwisely, I lashed out to Journolist, which I've come to view as a place to talk bluntly to friends.
"Below the fold are quotes from me e-mailing the list that day -- quotes that I'm told a gossip Web site will post today. I apologize for much of what I wrote, and apologize to readers.
" -- 'This would be a vastly better world to live in if Matt Drudge decided to handle his emotional problems more responsibly, and set himself on fire.'
"I apologize to Matt Drudge for this -- I was incredibly frustrated with the amount of hate mail I was getting and lashed out. If he wants to link to this post with some headline accusing me of wishing death on him, I suppose he can do so. But I don't wish that. I was tired, angry, and hyperbolic, and I'm sorry. . . .
" -- 'I'd politely encourage everyone to think twice about rewarding the Examiner with any traffic or links for a while. I know the temptation is high to follow up hot hot Byron York scoops, but please resist it.'
"I stand by that reaction but apologize for belittling Byron York."
Whatever happened to just muttering under your breath?
Your U.S.-Russian summit coverage
Dmitry Medvedev, amazingly, has a Twitter account: "Haven't had a burger in a while. Lunch with Obama at Ray's Hell Burger."
What, he wasn't important enough for Five Guys?
Howard Kurtz also works for CNN and hosts its weekly media program, 'Reliable Sources.' Staff writer Carol D. Leonnig contributed to the report on Gore.