The Washington Post

Media news derivatives: June 19

In case you missed it---What’s inside the partnership between BuzzFeed and the New York Times? Quite a bit, in fact. The two central characters in this coming-together are BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith and Jim Roberts, assistant managing editor at the New York Times. They’d had a discussion earlier this year at a panel discussion. I swear: Everything of note that happens in the social media stems from some panel discussion.

The New York Times initiated this partnership and also pretty much controls it. It’ll be hosting BuzzFeed talent on its video programming on the Republican and Democratic conventions. There’s no revenue-share component to the arrangement, which is fine with Smith and BuzzFeed, who aren’t looking to make any money out of the deal in any case.

Also: How does the Daily Caller’s Neil Munro turn down questions about his questions?


*David Fahrenthold of The Post notes that Fox News has corrected a report that said that the Environmental Protection Agency was flying unmanned drones to keep tabs on farms in the Midwest.

“We identified and discussed the aircraft as being unmanned drones,” Fox’s Megyn Kelly told viewers after 2 p.m. “In fact, the EPA is flying these missions and taking pictures from manned aircraft. We apologize for the confusion.”

Sounds like a rather towering correction, huh?

Not in the world of Fox News. See the video below, wherein Kelly introduces the matter as a “clarification.”

*Prosecutors in the case of Jerry Sandusky are interested in the full scope of Bob Costas’s interview last November with the former Penn State coach and accused pedophile. From Deadspin:

And now it turns out Sandusky may have incriminated himself further in a portion of the Q&A that never aired that night. NBC News reported today that prosecutors may introduce unaired portions of the interview as evidence sometime this week. Yes, there’s still a gag order in place, but on Friday, one of the network’s lawyers got a call from a prosecutor in the state attorney’s office who wanted NBC to authenticate a transcript. Which is as good an indication as any that the state is at least considering using the information in court in some way.

*A big step forward in the Romney veepstakes story: Marco Rubio is not getting vetted for that job, according to ABC News.

Although it is possible that Rubio may yet be asked to go through the vetting process, it has been nearly two months since Romney named his long-time aide Beth Myers to run his vice presidential search. The fact that Rubio has not been asked to turn over any documents by now is a strong indication that he is not on Romney’s short list of potential running mates.

*Fox’s Steve Doocy and the Daily Caller’s Vince Coglianese attack on Media Matters for America:

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


Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
What can babies teach students?
Unconventional warfare with a side of ale
A veteran finds healing on a dog sled
Play Videos
A fighter pilot helmet with 360 degrees of sky
Is fencing the answer to brain health?
Scenes from Brazil's Carajás Railway
Play Videos
How a hacker group came to Washington
The woman behind the Nats’ presidents ‘Star Wars’ makeover
How hackers can control your car from miles away
Play Videos
Philadelphia's real signature sandwich
Full disclosure: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 ghoul
Europe's migrant crisis, explained