In case you missed it — CNN last night showed that it wasn’t about reinforcing front-runners. It sponsored a wide-ranging debate that gave prominence to the Republican field’s second- and third-tier candidates. Also: Donald Rumsfeld announced yesterday that he was canceling his subscription to the New York Times because of Paul Krugman’s allegedly (but not) extreme views on the memory of Sept. 11. The public subscription cancellation put Rummy in some interesting company.
*Not the first time and not the last time that libraries and book authors will fight over digital copyright issues.
*Hot Capitol Hill news gets leaked, ruining the best-laid plans of a press release.
*Joe Weisenthal of Business Insider, with an interesting tidbit about a single quote in the Wall Street Journal that has been causing market convulsions in France. That quote is from an anonymous French banker and it says this: “We can no longer borrow dollars.”
*Critic: Don’t forget about weekly local newspapers! They’re small, they’re plentiful, and they happen to be thriving at a time when bigger papers are folding. Writes Judy Muller in the Los Angeles Times:
The “holy trinity” of weekly papers consists of high school sports (where even losing teams benefit from positive spin), obituaries (where there’s no need to speak ill of the dead because everyone in town already knows if the deceased was a jerk) and the police blotter.
Muller makes some great points. A great D.C. example of her argument is the Current newspapers, which cover rich neighborhoods in the District. Also, don’t forget about the Nome Nugget, which covers the 34th annual Bathtub Race in its current edition.
*Good item by Poynter’s Julie Moos: Why do newspapers use different numbers in tallying the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks?
*Arianna Huffington — never let it be said that she can’t wage a media war. In taking issue with a report by the Rupert Murdoch-cum-News Corp.-owned Wall Street Journal on the fate of AOL’s TechCrunch, Huffington writes this kicker: “There is one upside to this shoddy journalism: the reporters got the story so wrong, at least we know they aren’t hacking into our phones.”
*Media Bias Watch: Tommy Bottoms, writing in the Redding News Review, says that “major newsrooms” are full of reporters of the “liberal persuasion.” Even so, says Bottoms, “let us not forget that these journalists are also employed by mega corporations whose bottom line is profits, not politics. To claim that journalists control the narrative of the news is like saying the guy working the assembly line at GM dictates what cars are produced.”