In case you missed it — In the early phase of the four-day Thanksgiving break, a debate raged over an editor’s essay by David Newhouse of the Patriot-News. He criticized the New York Times for including too many details about Jerry Sandusky’s alleged Victim One in this investigative profile.
*Julian Assange fights back against the mainstream media, or at least against the outlets with which Assange’s WikiLeaks collaborated on the cable-leaking stories. The medium is a film:
The film, to be aired on More4 tomorrow, charts how a pact to publish the contents of more than 75,000 leaked US cables in a deal between The Guardian, The New York Times and Germany’s Der Spiegel went interminably sour leading to bitter fallouts with all three newspapers. It comes as Mr Assange is still embroiled in a fight to avoid extradition to Sweden where he faces allegations of sex crimes. Senior judges will meet in London next Monday to decide whether an appeal will be heard by the Supreme Court.
*Weirdness in the Leveson phone-hacking inquiry: A political blogger is summoned to testify after he publishes “evidence” three days before said “evidence” was to be heard:
“The website asserts that this statement was obtained by ‘legal means’ but Lord Justice Leveson will be enquiring further into this claim and Mr Paul Staines will be required to give evidence pursuant to section 21 of the Inquiries Act 2005,” it said. “Witness statements are disclosed under strict confidentiality agreements in order that participants can prepare for the evidence; that confidentiality must be observed to maintain the integrity of the inquiry.”
*David Carr profiles Amelia Hill, an investigative reporter for the Guardian who has found herself the target of an investigation. Hill helped to break the phone-hacking story, and her life hasn’t been the same since. She was first interrogated on suspicion that she had “induced a police official to illegally share information.”
After the investigation into her reporting was announced, Ms. Hill suddenly found herself hunted, with reporters from the tabloid press camped out at her doorstep, digging into her personal life and following her with cameras when she went shopping for groceries.
“I am amazed, given that what I was doing was good old-fashioned journalism.”
*The Economist is saying it’s has in excess of a million readers on mobile each month.
*We received an allegation of media bias coming out of Ireland. Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin is saying that some reporters in his country have an anti-Catholic bias, but he wouldn’t say the media in general shares it. Martin says that some form of independent media regulation is needed in Ireland. Why?
He is the most senior Catholic Church figure to be openly critical of the national broadcaster [RTE]’s handling of the case — which centres on false allegations that Fr Kevin Reynolds (65), sexually abused a teenage girl in Kenya in 1982, fathered a child by her and abandoned the child....
“What worries me is RTE say this is without foundation, baseless and untrue. How did it come that it was adjudicated that there was a semblance of truth here?” he asked.
Check out RTE’s apology in the Reynolds case. Tough to get more contrite than that.
*Glenn Greenwald issued a Thanksgiving condemnation of the cult of journalistic balance. Slams Bob Schieffer interview of Ron Paul, among other things.