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Media news derivatives: July 9

*Are you in the money if your book appears on the cover of the New York Times Book Review? Well, maybe for a short spell.

*So what was wrong with the media’s coverage of the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act? Didn’t explain just what Mitt Romney would do if he became president and managed to repeal the whole thing:

Every angle of the story was over-covered, except what President Romney would do about health care in the event that he and a Republican-led Congress rescind Obamacare. Romney’s affirmative policy proposals, such as they are, became almost completely lost in the shuffle. Typical was an Associated Press story by Kasie Hunt and Steve Peoples that began with the intriguing lede: “So m

uch for Mitt Romney escaping health care.” But the AP dispatch almost exclusively dealt with Romney’s latest efforts to explain away his support for a healthcare mandate in Massachusetts. This, admittedly, is a valid topic, but probably less critical to swing voters than what, if anything, Romney would do to address the concerns of Americans without health insurance.

*On MSNBC panel, commentator S.E. Cupp states that religion “requires intolerance. It requires you to say I believe this and not this.”

*David Carr of the New York Times writes that newspapers are running out of time.

Between operational fiascos and flailing attempts to slash costs on the fly, it’s clear that the print newspaper business, which has been fretting over a looming crisis for the last 15 years, is struggling to stay afloat. There are smart people trying to innovate, and tons of great journalism is published daily, but the financial distress is more visible by the week.

*Yet more analysis of CNN’s troubles. And strengths too!

CNN’s strong reputation for international reporting extends back to its coverage of the outbreak of the first Gulf War, which made household names of Wolf Blitzer (left), now the host of “The Situation Room,” and Christiane Amanpour, who reports for both CNN and ABC.

Their coverage helped brand CNN as the place for breaking news. But that reputation suffered last week when the network -- along with many others, including Fox News -- initially misreported the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare, saying the court seemed to have struck it down.

“I was very disappointed,” [CNN Worldwide managing editor Mark] Whitaker said. “We pride ourselves on our reputation for thorough and accurate reporting, and in that case we got it wrong. We corrected it and we admitted our mistake -- not everybody did -- but it shouldn’t have happened.”

*National Journal redesigns its lobbying page, Influence Alley.

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


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