Rebooting The News #57

In Podcast on June 28, 2010 by Jay Rosen

We opened with some review and commentary on Rebooting the News #55 with Readability developer Richard Ziade, and #56 with Brendan Greeley of The Economist.

We discussed Dave’s post, Why I don’t do interviews.

We sorted through a big event in national politics and Beltway journalism: Rolling Stone, the Church of the Savvy and the resignation of General Stan McChrystal. Jay’s post about The Politico “disappearing” a key passage is here.

Jay: I think you need outsiders as well as insiders reporting on big institutions. Dave: I wish we only had the outsiders.

Meanwhile, CNET reports… growing pains afflict HTML5 standardization. The nasty emails are flying. The big companies are moving in. Momentum toward a common standard is being disrupted. Dave: “This is how the tech industry works,” but it’s surprising to a get a journalistic account that brings us inside it.

We finished up with what Scott Rosenberg called “the war between journalists and bloggers at the Washington Post,” occasioned by the resignation of a young blogger the Post had hired to cover the conservative movement, Dave Wiegel, and a poorly-reasoned ombudsman column about the episode.

Dave’s given up on the Washington Post; he think they’re pretty much dead. Not Jay: “I criticize because I care.”

Here’s the show, we hope you like it.

2 Responses to “Rebooting The News #57”

  1. I did like it.

    Here’s a good take from Matt Taibbi on Hastings and insiderism

  2. Good discussion! One thing that I thought worth bringing up in the context of the Hastings-McChrystal story is that oftentimes the inside access which the beat reporter is maintaining is used to do the most shoddy of anonymously-sourced “journalism.” That is, that kind of inside access is used to disseminate the anonymous view of the insiders. There are tons of examples of this, but Glenn Greenwald is good at finding them, and an especially ironic recent example related to another issue you discussed is here:

    The real story, in these cases, is often exactly that so-and-so is slamming so-and-so-else, and the reporter is acting not in the public interest, but in the interest of the powerful, in suppressing the actual news (who is slamming whom) in favor of just passing on the scuttlebutt in the interest of getting more of the same later.

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