In case you missed it---A whole bunch of news outlets discover that a story that they’d aggregated onto their sites is bunk. Completely false. How do they respond? Well, some “update” the story. Some opt for an “editor’s note” or do nothing at all. One writes a little note about the problem, prefaced with the term “For the record.” Lesson: It’s hard to spell “RETRACTION.”
Also: New York Times story on Mitt Romney’s foreign policy ends up saying a lot about his media policy.
*Rebekah Brooks of News International and the ever-mushrooming phone-hacking scandal is set to face charges for an alleged frenzy of evidence concealment that went down last July, just after the crisis over the hacking erupted. One of the counts against her is that she and another individual removed seven boxes from New International archives between July 6 and July 9. Others, including her husband, Charlie Brooks, are facing similar charges. In Britain, they call this “conspiracy to pervert the course of justice,” as the Guardian relates. And with each development in this scandal we learn a bit more about the justice system over there: “The charge is a serious one which carries a maximum penalty of life, although the average term served in prison is 10 months.”
*Al Jazeera English correspondent Melissa Chan tells the Los Angeles Times why she thinks she lost her credentials to report from China.
In March, she wrote about a distraught mother seeking a daughter who had been forcibly sterilized and put in an illegal “black jail” for violating China’s one-child policy.
“A lot of journalists have done black jail stories,” she said, but hers “was probably the first” to get coverage on TV. “It’s also the first time that we got a government official to respond to a question about the existence of black jails.” The official denied the black jails existed, “but it was on the record, Chan said, “so that was useful for human rights groups. And that could be one reason why there’s the perception that I’m a go-getter.”
*In a discussion with Greta Van Susteren, Donald Trump talks about why he called Cher a “loser” and how he develops his Twitter followership. “People seem to like it because my Twitter account has millions of people watching it.”
*Friday night ratings not looking wonderful for CNN.
*President Obama becomes media critic in chief at Barnard College commencement:
“No wonder that faith in our institutions has never been lower, particularly when good news doesn’t get the same kind of ratings as bad news anymore. Every day you receive a steady stream of sensationalism and scandal and stories with a message that suggest change isn’t possible; that you can’t make a difference; that you won’t be able to close that gap between life as it is and life as you want it to be.”
*News Corp.’s The Daily, a tablet newspaper, is doing “great,” says Jesse Angelo, its top editor, according to Capital. Angelo was participating in a panel for Internet Week New York:
“We are looking at every single page. We are customizing content. We’re looking at saying, ‘Wow, this photograph of devastation from a tornado would look really fantastic across three screens with a headline on the third screen and an audio component.’ We’re making those editorial decisions around what assets come with a story.
“A lot of magazines were shocked to discover that their readers weren’t very impressed with their tablet product because it didn’t do anything that was different,” Angelo continued. “They just in essence took PDFs of their magazine and they threw it up on the tablet and said, ‘Pay for this!’”