In case you missed it — Jim Romenesko finally prevailed in his efforts to resign from Poynter.org in the aftermath of the hubbub over his use of quotation marks. Media types responded with almost a single voice on the matter, saying that Poynter’s Julie Moos had overreacted and that no one ever supposed that Romenesko, though all his years of aggregation, was ever doing anything other than derivative work.
It’s not as if this was the result of some long-running internal investigation; Moos had received information on it via Erika Fry, a reporter from the Columbia Journalism Review. Fry essentially got scooped by Moos on her own story.
*Choire Sicha at the Awl went deep into the Romenesko affair, saying that the Poynter site has become “intolerable.”
Romenesko’s entire practice was about giving credit, in ways that virtually no other blog has been, a position that “Romenesko+” does not embrace as strongly. Poynter has worked systematically to erode a fairly noble, not particularly money-making thing as it works to boost “engagement” and whatever other (highly transitional!) web “best practices” are being touted at the heinous “online journalism” conferences that regularly go on. Charitable with links and naming bylines, and producing even more links when grubby reporters would come emailing with “but I posted that memo just now tooooo!”, the intention underlying Romenesko’s work has always been directing readers to reported material.
*Paterno biographer explains his approach to the sexual abuse scandal: ”I will have to wait.”
*On Letterman, Rick Perry does the top 10 excuses for his lapse. The best was Reason No. 2, which was that Perry screwed up so as to take the “heat off of my buddy Herman Cain.” The appearance may well complete a genius tack by the campaign — that of showing the public that Rick Perry can laugh at himself.
*Ryan Chittum of CJR gives the media — though not the Washington Post — very high marks for how it responded to the Big Lie that got thrown around at the CNBC debate. The Big Lie being that excessive government regulation caused the subprime lending crisis by forcing lenders to loan to people who couldn’t afford the loans. Chittum finds that the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and others really hammered away at the emptiness of this point.
*Mediaite goes pretty long on why the Penn State situation reflects a failure of sports journalism:
Even now, in the aftermath, we are being served a continuous serving of skewed perspective. Numerous reports are flowing all focused on one thing — the dismissal of Paterno. While passing mention is made of the victims, and how they are “central” in the story, JoPa continues to actually be the focus. This is so much the case that Paterno’s name is featured at a vastly higher ratio than the man responsible for all of the problems, Sandusky.
This has to be the result that sports reporters all too often find themselves in a position of being fans first, and journalists second. The borderline hero worship concerning Paterno has led to many reporters starting from the vantage of how much respect Paterno should be accorded.
*How do you objectify women? One sure way is to comment on their looks first while subordinating who they are as people, how intelligent they are, etc. Styleite has the form down, via this post on the appearance of Jon Hunstman’s daughters on MSNBC:
GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has spent most of the campaign on the back burner. But for his daughters, all of whom are regulation hotties and pretty damn well versed on his talking points, that is not the case. They proved that today in an interview with MSNBC‘s Martin Bashir, where in addition to supporting their father’s policy plans and debate performance, they wore some of the reddest red that ever was.