Posted in Innovation in the media, Ethics, tagged Poynter, Ronald Reagan, Jay Rosen, Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, Los Angeles Times, Jon Stewart, The Daily Show, Al Tompkins, SPJ Code of Ethics, Stephen Colbert, Brian Williams, Lester Munson, David Gregory, Ann Curry, NBC, Comedy Central, John Oliver, Larry Wilmore, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Aasif Mandvi, Jessica Williams, Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, Steve Carrel, Seth Myers, Alex Rodriguez, Mary McNamara, Hillary Clinton, Poynter Guiding Principles for the Journalist, Stars and Stripes, Travis Trittten on February 11, 2015 |
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Jon Stewart cut his old friend Brian Williams a break, making some really big media news to overshadow the story about the possible death blow to Williams’ career.
A suspension of the leading anchor of the old Big Three television networks for embellishing stories is a big deal. But the departure of the king of fake news is huge. Whom will we turn to now to learn what the news really means? Well, John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Larry Wilmore and whoever replaces Stewart on The Daily Show, but more on that later.
The dual career moves — a suspension following an apology that only made things worse, contrasting with lavish praise following an announcement of a voluntary departure at some vague point later this year — were loaded in contrast and irony that tell us so much about television news and entertainment today:
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Posted in Ethics, tagged journalism ethics, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, linking, Margaret Sullivan, New York Times, The Borowitz Report, The Daily Currant, The Daily Show, The Onion on November 24, 2014 |
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The journalism establishment has not taken seriously my insistence that we regard linking as an essential practice of ethical journalism.
Poynter ignored my advice in adopting its new Guiding Principles for the Journalist last year and the Society of Professional Journalists brushed aside my advice in adopting its new Code of Ethics. The New York Times perhaps never heard or read my advice, but it certainly doesn’t require linking to digital sources of information. Update: I have done a related follow-up post on the Times’ linking policy and practice.
But, if the Times required linking, it would have avoided this embarrassing — no, humiliating — correction on Friday’s “I Was Misinformed” column by Joyce Wadler:
An earlier version of this column was published in error. That version included what purported to be an interview that Kanye West gave to a Chicago radio station in which he compared his own derrière to that of his wife, Kim Kardashian. Mr. West’s quotes were taken, without attribution, from the satirical website The Daily Currant. There is no radio station WGYN in Chicago; the interview was fictitious, and should not have been included in the column.
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Posted in How News Happens, Innovation in the media, Journalism, Media issues, tagged astrogirl's galaxy guide, Baltimore, Baltimore Sun, Fox News, Friends of The Senator, How News Happens, Jim Cramer, Jon Stewart, Laura Serena, Mark Potts, Pew Research Center, Project for Excellence in Journalism, Sean Hannity, Senator Theatre, The Daily Show, Tom Rosenstiel on January 16, 2010 |
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Note: I have added an update, in bold below, since originally posting this.
A study of Baltimore news sources was more deeply flawed than I initially realized.
I blogged Monday about weaknesses in the How News Happens study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and about the misinterpretation of the report by many journalists and media outlets. After further study of my own and a response from Tom Rosenstiel, director of PEJ, I have concluded that old-media biases by the researchers were so profound that they truly didn’t understand the “news ecosystem” they were studying. (more…)
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