Morning Media Mix
Totally unsurprisingly in the age of social media, a bunch of people misreported a bunch of information as news was breaking about yesterday’s Navy Yard shooting. CBS and NBC both initially identified the suspect as Navy chief petty officer Rollie Chance, only to retract their reports when the suspect’s real name, Aaron Alexis, was released. (Slate, Politico)
Staffing up! Times Union political reporter Jimmy Vielkind is Capital New York’s first major hire since Politico owner Robert Allbritton announced that he had bought the website last week. Mr. Vielkind will continue to cover the (state) capital for Capital’s Albany bureau. (Capital Confidential, Times Union)
Last week, newly appointed public editor Margaret Sullivan wrote about what she now calls “the insulting and profane Twitter messages” that Times freelancer Andrew Goldman tweeted at author Jennifer Weiner. Ms. Sullivan ended the post by calling for a clear social media policy at the paper of record.
Looks like they are now clearing it up. It is actually fairly simple: don’t be a jerk to readers.
Now that Arthur Brisbane is no longer holding The New York Times accountable as the public editor, he is publicly looking back at his two year tenure at the paper of record. Mr. Brisbane served as the fourth ombudsman — the readers’ representative — a position created in the wake of the 2003 Jayson Blair plagiarism scandal.
In an interview with Craig Silverman at Poynter two days after his time at the Times came to an end, Mr. Brisbane spoke about his experience.
“I’m trying to decompress,” Mr. Brisbane told “Yesterday and today are the first two working days that I haven’t had to worry about the e-mail queue and what’s coming in and what’s in the paper, and you know what? I am enjoying it.”
Mr. Brisbane expects to be remembered for his “infamous” truth vigilante post, where Mr. Brisbane questioned whether it’s a reporter’s job to challenge statements presented as facts by sources rather than just reporting it – especially by politicians during an election season. The post got a lot of attention, which came as a bit of a surprise to Mr. Brisbane.
“For better or worse, it’s probably the goddamn fact checking thing,” he said.
New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson announced Monday that Margaret M. Sullivan, editor and vice president of The Buffalo News, will replace Arthur Brisbane as the paper’s public editor.
Speaking on the phone from Buffalo Monday afternoon, Ms. Sullivan told Off The Record that she had lusted after the gig for years.
“Now that there’s going to be much more of a digital job,” she said, “it’s a very good fit for me.”
She described the Times search as broad and the vetting process as lengthy and thorough.
“It was not a slam dunk,” she admitted.
“Well, you’re here. You must be dumber than you look.” New York Times public editor Clark Hoyt remembered hearing these words from publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. on his first day.
In his last column over the weekend, Mr. Hoyt also remembered one highlight from his interactions with Bill Keller.
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