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Media news derivatives: April 25

In case you missed it---Steve Doocy issued a correction yesterday over President Obama’s “silver spoon” remark. It wasn’t perfect by any means, but it was progress.

Also: Should NPR’s Peter Overby have made a self-disclosure in a story he did on the American Legislative Exchange Council?

Also also: FishbowlDC asks whether I was really “hurt” by the comments of Bernard Goldberg about my lack of intelligence. Well, the sting subsided pretty quickly, yielding to a realization that Goldberg had a point. He noted that I wasn’t among the “smart” media critics, and looking at the landscape out there — lots of very intelligent media mavens! — he appears to be on solid ground. So in retrospect, I am delighted to have played a part in one of the most accurate and incisive remarks that Goldberg has ever uttered on Fox’s air.


*Rupert Murdoch is lighting things up at the Leveson inquiry. He’s getting pressed on all kinds of topics and characterizes phone hacking as “lazy reporting.” He denies using newspapers to advance News Corp.’s commercial interests and he at one point discusses a “pajama party.” In other words, great stuff. The spectacle is unfolding on livestream right here, among other places.

*Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren has a guest for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner (Lindsay Lohan).

*Bill O’Reilly discusses legalization of prostitution in the aftermath of the Secret Service scandal. O’Reilly feels that legalization would “send a message” that the activity is “okay.” Sienna Baskin, a lawyer and legalization advocate, tells O’Reilly that most of her clients do not choose to do sex work but have resorted to it because they have no other opportunities. To which O’Reilly objects, “What do you mean they don’t have other opportunities? This is America.”

*Eliot Spitzer dishes on his “openly progressive” show on Current TV.

*Andrew Beaujon of Poynter reports some good news for the news biz: The unemployment rate of people with journalism degrees isn’t that bad, relatively speaking.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.

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