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Yesterday, Edward Snowden revealed himself as the source of classified information on the National Security Agency for both the Washington Post and The Guardian.
Barton Gellman, the reporter who co-authored the Post‘s article on PRISM, wrote late last night that Mr. Snowden had originally approached him and insisted that the Post publish a classified Powerpoint presentation about PRISM. The Post refused to guarantee that, Mr. Gellman wrote, so Mr. Snowden then contacted The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald.
Two things tend to be givens in the modern-day 24-hour news cycle: One, that something sad and tragic will invariably happen; and two, that when something sad and tragic happens, someone with a large social media following will not hesitate to immediately crack an inappropriate joke about it. (Too Read More
Shorthand-for-journalistic-disgrace Jayson Blair will be delivering the featured address at Washington and Lee University’s Journalism Ethics Institute next Friday, Oct. 30.
Washington and Lee’s Edward Wasserman, Knight Professor of Journalism Ethics, called the selection “definitely a departure for us.” He explained:
When I approached him with the invitation, he said that although he Read More
Boing Boing’s Xeni Jardin posts a letter from dot-com-era entrepreneur Josh Harris in which he criticizes The New York Times for knowingly promoting his company Pseudo.com even though it was "a fake company."
Actually, Media Mob isn’t clear on what Mr. Harris is charging—or why he’s bothering, since most of the references are Read More
FormerNew York Times reporter Charlie LeDuff is joining the metro team at the Detroit News. Fishbowl NY has the memo, and reports that Mr. LeDuff is packing it up from California and heading back to his native Michigan.
Media Mob took a moment to search for some old clips about LeDuff in Read More
“The line starts behind the rope,” a cashier announced as lunch-hour bargain-seekers bombarded the registers at Midtown’s soon-to-be-shuttered Coliseum Books on Friday afternoon.
Many shelves were already cleaned out, as the bankrupt bookstore’s liquidation sale approached its final day. (The shop closes for good on Sunday.)
But some riveting titles are still Read More
My most successful item on this blog, to judge from comments, was called Harvard’s Plagiarism Scandal, and was successful for two reasons, because I brought up issues of racism in the Kaavya Visnawathan case, and because Roger Ailes, the political strategist, zapped me and started an intense conversation. (Thank you, Mr. Ailes.) [Got Read More
Former New York Times executive editor Howell Raines–who was forced out of paper after the Jayson Blair debacle–is now getting out of the West Village, too (and, as far as we can tell, out of New York City entirely).
Mr. Raines recently sold his West 11th Street townhouse for $3.5 Read More
After a 10-month study, the New York Times Diversity Council issued its confidential internal report yesterday. The 39-page document, made available to staffers, describes The Times as “a newspaper at risk” on diversity matters and says the paper is “losing ground in comparison to business that are among the leaders in diversity.”
The council, a Read More
Deposed New York Times executive editor Howell Raines, sidelined and mostly silent after his eviction last June from West 43rd Street, is throwing himself back into the action. On March 24, The Atlantic Monthly will begin allowing the press to get a preview look at the cover story of its May issue, a gargantuan piece Read More