Around the town
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.
Time contributor Fareed Zakaria’s fate at the magazine just came in via press release. Here’s what we got:
We have completed a thorough review of each of Fareed Zakaria’s columns for TIME, and we are entirely satisfied that the language in question in his recent column was an unintentional error and an isolated incident for which Read More
It’s raining me…dia items. Hallelujah. With so much to get through today, rather than act out the pretense that people are ever going to click on media news roundups from a landing page, we’re just going to skip the obligatory formalities of teasing anything out and just get right into them. Starting now.
As such, here are your Wednesday Evening Media Briefs.
Blogging for the Washington Post probably isn’t that bad. Still, the Post‘s ombudsman, Patrick Pexton, felt the paper deserved a spanking after the recent resignation of BlogPost blogger Elizabeth Flock. In his opinion piece regarding Ms. Flock’s resignation following what amounted to a (minor and perhaps unintended) plagiarism scandal, Mr. Pexton detailed the unrealistic demands made on young journalists who find themselves fielding blogging duties at a major newspaper. He noted BlogPost was expected to garner up to 2 million hits a month, with Ms. Flock publishing 5-6 posts a day. She wasn’t writing simple paragraphs hitting major points in a story either, but full-on 500-word pieces aggregated from multiple sources.
Traffic expectations and heavy workload contributed to Ms. Flock’s two mistakes, which included re-writing a Discovery News post without crediting the source, the incident that led to her resignation. “[Ms. Flock] said it was only a matter of time before she made a third one; the pressures were just too great,” wrote Mr. Pexton.
Anthony Shadid, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who reported on the Middle East for the New York Times and Washington Post, passed away on Thursday in Syria. The details surrounding Mr. Shadid’s death are unclear but he may have suffered a fatal asthma attack. Mr. Shadid was in Syria reporting on the ongoing conflict between political opponents of President Bashar al-Assad and the Assad regime–a characteristic assignment in his remarkable career:
The Washington Post is not renewing leases for any of its regional bureaus, except those in Richmond and Annapolis, according to a message sent to the WaPo Guild’s private Facebook group, obtained by Romenesko.
But they’re not laying off any reporters, according to an internal memo obtained by Politico.
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The fellas at 4chan should get some mileage out of this.
The CIA has started a group to determine the impact of Cablegate, the leak of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables and military files by WikiLeaks, which is known as the Wikileaks Task Force, or WTF, reports The Washington Post.
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New York’s PFC Opinion Research is sullying the good name of Washington, D.C. journalists with dubious consulting gigs, reports The Washington Post. The gigs take the form of 25-minute interviews, compensated with a $250 cash “honorarium”. The interviews are about the oil and gas industry and they are reaching out to journalists on Read More
FishbowlDC editor Betsy Rothstein called out the Washington Post on Monday with a blog post that accused the paper of taking two stories from other outlets without attribution — Politico’s story about Keith Olbermann’s campaign contributions and FishbowlDC’s scoop about the ouster of TBD.com editor Jim Brady.
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WaPo columnist Gene Weingarten trotted out the “English is dead” meme on Sunday and he targeted newspapers to support his thesis. He ended up making a pretty good point; but it may have more to do with small budgets that don’t permit copy editors or even editors in general. Still, his litany Read More