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Media news derivatives: March 26

In case you missed it---Over its five-year history, Politico had struggled a bit in building a national platform for its stuff. Then C-Span knocked. Also: All that Geraldo chatter about how a hoodie was responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin — that wasn’t real, was it?


*Sasha Frere-Jones in the New Yorker calls Twitter a “self-cleaning oven.” The social network, he says, is often the first place where unfounded rumors emerge and get shot down. Otherwise, Frere-Jones incinerates the notion that Twitter was ever a threat to sustained contemplation. And this:

It takes an investment to make Twitter work. You need to edit and trim your feed for weeks, or months, to find the people who link to relevant material, write elegantly within a small space (a good exercise for any writer), and don’t tweet too much.

Yes, I know what he means by the last grouping.

*Yay, Howard Kurtz! The host of CNN’s Reliable Sources banged out a special mini-segment to blast “This American Life” Executive Producer Ira Glass for turning down his interview requests following the Mike Daisey unfortunateness. An aide to Glass told Kurtz that Glass had already said what he was going to say and that they had too many interview requests — the same line they gave me, by the way. Kurtz slams it:

*So 25 journalists signed the recall petition for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. For a debate on whether that’s a good thing or bad, see the comments attached to this story.

*Gail Collins, in a chat with David Letterman, roots for the survival of the New York Times print edition.

*Brian Stelter of the New York Times traces the arc of the Trayvon Martin story:

Notably, many of the national media figures who initially devoted time to the shooting are black, which some journalists and advocacy groups say attests to the need for diversity in newsrooms. The racial and ethnic makeup of newsrooms, where minorities tend to be underrepresented relative to the general population, has long been a source of tension for the news industry.

“On this story, there is a certain degree of understanding that comes from minorities, and particularly African-Americans, just because we’ve lived it,” said Don Lemon, a CNN weekend anchor who has covered the case extensively for the last two weekends. He recalled that in a planning meeting for his program, one of his producers, a black mother of two teenage boys, was “almost in tears” as she said, “We’ve got to do something on this story.”

*Tweep asks whether the New York Times has to use haiku to write about a Tokyo restaurant.

*Gridiron Dinner slam.

*Will Cain on CNN tries to make the case that race is not part of the Trayvon Martin case.

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


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