Benjamin C. Bradlee, who presided over The Washington Post newsroom for 26 years and guided The Post’s transformation into one of the world’s leading newspapers, died Oct. 21 at his home in Washington of natural causes. He was 93.
From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily. He achieved that goal by combining compelling news stories based on aggressive reporting with engaging feature pieces of a kind previously associated with the best magazines. His charm and gift for leadership helped him hire and inspire a talented staff and eventually made him the most celebrated newspaper editor of his era.
The most compelling story of Mr. Bradlee’s tenure, almost certainly the one of greatest consequence, was Watergate, a political scandal touched off by The Post’s reporting that ended in the only resignation of a president in U.S. history.
The polarization of media is driven by self selection? I find it humorous that this would be the lede at the LA times, when the real story here is that Hard Conservatives tend to get the majority of their news from just one source.
Die-hard liberals and down-the-line conservatives have segregated themselves into strikingly different news universes, relying on sources of information that often reinforce their views and discussing politics mostly with others of like minds, according to an in-depth new study.
Although few people manage to live in a complete ideological bubble, the most politically active and aware Americans - the ones who dominate election contests, particularly primaries, and drive discussions of political issues - have gone far in that direction, according to the data from a Pew Research Center project on political polarization and the media.
The roughly 1 in 5 Americans with consistently liberal or conservative views, based on a 10-question scale of political opinions, rely on very different sources of news and information, and nearly all the sources trusted by one side are heavily distrusted by the other.
It should also be no surprise to anyone that Conservatives are more self limiting than Liberals in their selected set of news-blinders, with Fox News being the overwhelming Conservative choice.
No single source dominates the audience on the left the way Fox dominates the right. CNN, MSNBC, NPR and the New York Times each were cited by 10% or more of consistent liberals as their chief sources of political and government news. Just over half of consistent liberals said they had gotten news from NPR or CNN in the week of the survey. Almost no consistent liberals cited Fox as their main source of news.
Here’s a really interesting debate that has been playing out on Twitter over the past couple days, over a recent story in the Guardian saying the anonymous messaging app Whisper was tracking users’ locations without their permission.
The Guardian says its story resulted from a three-day visit to Whisper headquarters to discuss an “expanded journalistic relationship,” and now journalists are taking to Twitter to discuss the ethics of the Guardian’s reporting.
Whisper has a number of media partners, including the Guardian, and many of them are working to distance themselves from the company following the report, which Whisper has vehemently denied. BuzzFeed, Fusion and the Huffington Post have all confirmed to Re/code that they are temporarily halting their relationships with Whisper until more information surfaces about how the company deals with user privacy.
Aposematism is when animals have colors or markings that serve to ward off predators (e.g. the colorful skin of poison dart frogs). Inspired by this idea, South Korean art duo Shinseungback Kimyonghun decided to create the Aposematic Jacket.
The lenses on the jacket are meant to give the message, “I can record you,” deterring street robbers the same way a bank’s surveillance cameras might deter bank robbers.
The network’s newest prime-time host, Chris Hayes, also hit a low in the third quarter, averaging 129,000 viewers in the 25-54 category, his worst since his show began in the second quarter of 2013.
The median age of the MSNBC viewer has also ticked upward. Five years ago it was 58; now it is 61. CNN has edged down a bit, from 62 five years ago to 59. Fox News has aged from 65 to 68.
On Monday and Friday of last week, only one MSNBC show all day, “Hardball” with Chris Matthews, even topped 100,000 viewers in that 25-54 group. And the daytime numbers are much worse. Mr. Farrow’s show averaged just 45,000 viewers in the preferred group, down 51 percent from other programming in the same slot last year.
“The process of ‘data, filter, visualise and story’ is how you do data journalism,” she said, and just as there is more data available, the tools to manipulate it are becoming more widespread as well.
Tomlin shared some “free and easy” tools that will help journalists tell their stories at every stage of the process.
Gather the data
You can’t do data journalism without data, but where can you find datasets to work with?
datacatalogs.org is an extensive resource of datasets, maintained by data experts from around the world.
How the media allows wingnuts to skate away from their extremist statements.
The problem isn’t that one party gets treated more harshly than the other does. There are plenty of Republican candidates who have gotten pummeled for their “gaffes.” Rather, the problem is the standard that reporters use, probably unconsciously, to decide which gaffes are worthy of extended discussion and which ones merit only a passing mention, a standard that often lets GOP candidates get away with some appalling stuff.
Of course, these judgments by reporters end up being self-fulfilling prophecies: if they decide that a “gaffe” is going to have serious political effects, they give it lots of attention, which creates serious political effects.For instance, when Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst flirted with the “Agenda 21″ conspiracy theory — a favorite of Glenn Beck, in which the U.S. government and the United Nations are supposedly conspiring to force rural people in Iowa and elsewhere to leave their homes and be relocated to urban centers — national pundits didn’t see it as disqualifying. Nor did they when it was revealed that Ernst believes not only that states can “nullify” federal laws they don’t like (they can’t); and, even crazier, that local sheriffs ought to arrest federal officials implementing the Affordable Care Act, which is quite literally a call for insurrection against the federal government. I guess those are just colorful ideas.
National observers also didn’t find it disqualifying when Tom Cotton, who is favored to become the next U.S. senator from Arkansas, expressed his belief that ISIS is now working with Mexican drug cartels to infiltrate America over our southern border.
It’s commedia dell’arte minus the masks for lowbrows, of course the only thing that causes them to break away from their salacious story about photographing “women’s hoo-has” is the biggest populist fear news lead of this week, Ebola. Once again demonstrating that 24 hour news channels are all about infotainment, and that if you want serious news coverage then you need to resort to the internet.
I wonder how the women of Fox News feel about this. They are the endless subject of “upskirt” leering on the internet mainly because Roger Ailes insists that they wear tight, short skirts that show off their legs and they get caught in compromising poses when leering leering men take screenshots of them just trying to cross their legs.
They aren’t allowed to wear pants:
According to anchor Bob Sellers, Ailes once phoned the control booth to complain during a weekend news broadcast (haha!) that he was upset with the camera’s view of former Fox reporter Kiran Chetry: “Move that damn laptop, I can’t see her legs!”
“We could digress into what motivated that, the racial component of all this, the arrogance, the first world versus third world,” O’Brien said. “It’s offensive on several levels. It reflects, frankly, a level of ignorance we should not allow in our media and in our discourse.” (Host Brian Stelter also critiqued a CNN segment on ebola.)
Ever since 2000, when Vice President Al Gore got run over by a campaign press corps way too eager to wallow in Republican spin about what a phony exaggerator the candidate was, Democrats and progressives have been weary of campaign journalism that doubles as GOP spin; campaign dispatches that seamlessly echo efforts to push narratives about inauthentic Democratic candidates. And journalism that sets aside substance in order to focus on thin, bogus anecdotes that pass as supposed “gaffes,” or proof of a character flaw.