Apr
01
2011

Tea Party Rally? Alert the Liberal Media!

I was struck by how much coverage yesterday'srather small-looking Tea Party rally in Washington got in the national media. Slate's Dave Weigel has a piece(3/31/11) explaining that the event wasn't as "extreme asDemocrats would like it to be," as the subhead says. But the movement'salso not nearly as popular as the media coverage would lead you to believe. As Weigel notes, this rally was rather sparsely attended–especially if you weren't counting reporters: About 200 Tea Party activists trod over damp grass to hear their leaders respond to [House Speaker John] Boehner. There was at least one reporter for every three […]

Jul
26
2010

Leaked Reuters Memo Suggests Reporters Should Keep Their Ideas to Themselves

David Schlesinger

Reuters editor-in-chief David Schlesinger sent a memo to staffers on July 8 with the subject line "How Social Media Impacts Your Professional Life," suggesting new rules for journalists' private expressions of opinion. So far, the memo seems to have only been discussed on a German language media blog (Ruhr Barone, 7/22/10). Jumping off from the cases of Dave Weigel and Octavia Nasr, who had to leave jobs at WashingtonPost.com and CNN, respectively, after their online communication became controversial, Schlesinger declares that "in a linked and searchable world, your online persona can reflect on how or even whether you can do […]