In a particularly lively TimesCast, A.O. Scott and David Carr enjoy a snack and talk journalism movies. Executive editor Jill Abramson weighs in, deeming Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series The Newsroom “a fantasy.”
“It’s an idyllic version of how a modern-day newsroom might operate. [...] There’s been a race to the bottom that has made the public cynical. I worry that the cynicism may undermine the public’s belief in the value of the First Amendment and freedom of the press. The bottom line to me is facts desperately matter and they’re hard to get and that’s what we do. That’s our calling.”
Her favorite journalism movie? His Girl Friday, obviously. [NY Times]
The New York Times corresponds with a fictional character in the service of a correction to Janet Maslin‘s review. Read it, it’s charming. [GalleyCat]
The usual media mafia is due at Allen & Co’s media conference in Sun Valley next week for the annual fly fishing and world dominating, including: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch, IAC’s Barry Diller, AOL’s Tim Armstrong, Time Warner’s Jeff Bewkes, small newspaper hoarder Warren Buffett, start-up founder Cory Booker, Businessweek benefactor Michael Bloomberg and newlyweds Washington Post CEO Donald Graham and Mark Zuckerberg (not to each other). [Bloomberg]
In Vanity Fair, Henry Porter remembers foreign correspondent Marie Colvin, who was killed in Syria.
There is a good reason why Marie was held to be a cut above the average foreign correspondent, brave though they all are. It was her astonishingly brave behavior in East Timor in 1999, when she alone among 23 journalists refused to leave a compound where some 1,500 women and children had sought refuge from Indonesian forces. Because the soldiers knew she was still there with the unarmed U.N. force—and would tell the world if the compound was attacked—those women and children lived to be evacuated a few days later. [Vanity Fair]
Good Morning America tied Today during Ann Curry‘s last week. [The Wrap]
Well, this explains Rupert Murdoch’s anti-Romney tweets. Governor Mitt Romney told the Wall Street Journal he would bring in McKinsey consultants to help him pick a cabinet if elected. Not Bain!? No loyalty. [NY Times]
John Harris talks about Joe Williams‘s departure from Politico. [Poynter]
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