CBS, NBC Retract Navy Yard Shooter Reports (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
CBS News and NBC News retracted reports about the identification of the Washington Navy Yard shooter on Monday, just minutes after each network reported that the suspect in question was a Navy chief petty officer named Rollie Chance. CBS’ John Miller reported that Chance was a suspect before 1 p.m. on Monday. NBC News later reported the same information and continued to do so past 1 p.m., even after Miller reported that the initial reports about Chance were wrong. Finally, at 1:05 p.m., NBC political director Chuck Todd tweeted: “NBC News: we are now NOT reporting name of shooter; retracting that report. deleting those tweets.” HuffPost NBC’s Pete Williams said the error came from sources who found an ID card that looked like the suspected gunman. The false reports were perhaps the most prominent errors in a day filled with confusing and contradictory information. The shooter was later identified as Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old from Fort Worth, Texas. Slate / Future Tense Deleting tweets doesn’t undo the damage. That said, Todd deserves at least some credit for continuing to report and tweet about how the mistake transpired. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Given that other outlets reported the name, and that they subsequently turned out to have been right, what could CNN possibly have been waiting for? The Erik Wemple Blog put that question to CNN. Spokeswoman Edie Emery responded that the network didn’t go with story until “the FBI told CNN the name on the record.” Revolutionary. Had CBS News and NBC News followed that prescription earlier in the day, they wouldn’t have pushed the bogus name of a suspect into the public realm. The Washington Post / The Switch A section for finding the Navy Yard shooters on the popular online community Reddit has been banned. Reddit became a gathering place for amateur sleuthing in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year, fueling what some reports called “online witch hunts” that resulted in some people being falsely identified as the bomber.
Bryan Goldberg’s Adventures in Women’s Publishing (The New Yorker)
Bustle’s articles are modest, but the ambitions of its founder, a young Silicon Valley entrepreneur named Bryan Goldberg, are not. When I first spoke to him, early in the summer, he referred to Bustle as “the next great women’s publication.” Salon “Is this a feminist publication?” asks Goldberg. “You’re damn right this is a feminist publication.” To illustrate this point, in the photograph accompanying his profile in the current New Yorker, Goldberg is pictured using a high-heeled, short-skirted young female colleague as his laptop desk. And the image of Goldberg, surrounded by a total of nine females and one wineglass, lounging on the floor and typing on a Mac perched daintily on a purple-clad female’s legs, isn’t the only incongruous aspect of Lizzie Widdicombe’s fascinating feature on the man “looking to redefine what ‘women’s interest’ looks like.” New Republic I have never found myself rooting against a journalistic enterprise succeeding before, nor have I ever disliked the idea of finding ways to make journalism profitable, nor am I at all reflexively anti-tech. But that’s how I felt by the end of the article, until I realized that I was the one using the j-word. Widdicombe doesn’t drop it once to describe the site’s writing, and Goldberg clearly thinks of Bustle as a product.
President Obama Gives Interview to Telemundo (TVNewser)
Following some criticism by Spanish-language media for shutting them out last week during a round of interviews, President Obama has granted an interview to Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart. Parts of the Obama interview will air Tuesday night on Noticiero Telemundo with the full interview airing on Telemundo’s Sunday public affairs show, Enfoque, also hosted by Díaz-Balart. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Yet again, the other big Hispanic news outlet — Univision — appears to have been snubbed. Last week, Univision expressed disappointment when they were not included in the series of interviews Obama had with the major networks on Syria.
How Al Jazeera America Tackled The Crisis Over Syria (Pew Research Center)
In its coverage of the Syrian crisis, the fledgling Al Jazeera America cable news channel provided viewers with content that often resembled what Americans saw on other U.S. cable news outlets, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. The showdown over Syria’s chemical weapons is the first mega-story to break since Al Jazeera America’s much-publicized launch on Aug. 20. One major question was whether the channel — an offshoot of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera network — would present news largely through a U.S. perspective or provide an alternative, more global, view of events. The Atlantic Wire From the moment Al Jazeera America pulled the rug out from under Current TV and started airing, it’s been trying to convince Americans that it’s American. And, as a new study from the Pew Research Center shows, they’ve succeeded in one sense — just 16 percent of the network’s Syria stories between Aug. 26 and 31 had datelines from the Middle East, compared to 20 percent of CNN’s stories and 25 percent of BBC America’s.
Guardian Story on Israel And NSA Is Not ‘Surprising’ Enough to Cover (NYT / Public Editor’s Journal)
Many Times readers have been writing to me for several days about a story The Guardian broke last week, describing how the United States routinely shares with Israel intelligence information that the National Security Agency gathers on American citizens. After a weekend in which no mention was made in the Times of the article, I asked the managing editor, Dean Baquet, about it on Monday morning. He told me that the Times had chosen not to follow the story because its level of significance did not demand it.
Rotten Tomatoes to Give ‘Fresh’ Ratings to TV Shows (Variety)
Popular movie review website Rotten Tomatoes will now also start tracking television shows. On Tuesday, the site will launch a separate “TV Zone” that includes a Tomatometer based on reviews of a TV show’s seasons, not individual episodes. Reviews will cover all the new fall scripted series, as well as shows that have aired on primetime over the last four years that received coverage by critics from major media outlets Rotten Tomatoes follows. It will not track reality shows. FishbowlNY Once everything is in place for the new RT section, it will definitely be interesting to see for example whether The Sopranos gets a higher rating than Breaking Bad, and so on.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck Debuts on Fox & Friends (TVNewser)
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who survived Survivor and The View, joined Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade Monday morning. Hasselbeck got a welcome from Regis Philbin, a cake from Carlo’s, she did Zumba with Sean Hannity and got a visit from, naturally, Donald Trump. The show also got a new set.
James Patterson to Give $1 Million to Indie Bookstores (GalleyCat)
Bestselling novelist James Patterson will give away $1 million to indie bookstores around the country. According to the author, he will only have two conditions for giving out the money: “Is it a viable bookstore?” and “Do they have a children’s section?”
Did MSNBC’s Morning Joe Lose Its Starbucks Endorsement Deal? (BuzzFeed)
Fans of Morning Joe might have noticed that the “brewed by Starbucks” tagline that has been a part of MSNBC’s popular morning show since 2009 has not been used since the end of August. Also noticeable was the giant orange straw protruding from host Joe Scarborough’s iced drink Monday morning. Orange straws are typically a sign of a Dunkin’ Donuts beverage.
UK Sun‘s Disastrous Paywall Start as Traffic Plunges by 62 Percent (The Guardian / Greenslade Blog)
Web metrics sometimes appear to resemble opinion polls in that the questioner gets the desired result. They are more believable when a Web measurement company is entirely dispassionate and neutral. By any standards, I think this amounts to a disastrous start for the Sun‘s paywall strategy. I have to say I am surprised.
In A Year, Netflix’s Competition Shifted From Hulu to HBO to Everything (Quartz)
Netflix recently updated its “long-term view,” the company’s refreshingly candid assessment of its place within the Internet video industry. Which means, if you care about Netflix, you should go read it now. Or better yet, read BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield’s assessment of what has changed from the last version. He was the first to spot this strategy update.
Upworthy, The Viral Video Site for Do-Gooders, Raises $8 Million (paidContent)
Viral video site Upworthy has raised $8 million in Series A funding, the company announced Monday. It plans to use the funds to hire more employees, build new tech and expand into new editorial areas.
Instead of Shoehorning, NowThis News Is Building Video Content That Fits in Where The Audience Lives (Nieman Journalism Lab)
If you were being lazy, you might call NowThis News the BuzzFeed of web video. After all, it’s a born-online media company, going after digital natives with a strategy heavy on social and mobile. In fact, when NowThis News was prepping for launch last fall, it started off by posting its short, ready-to-share videos on BuzzFeed — something it’s done 3,598 times in the year or so since. But NowThis has found a new distribution platform that is drawing a big share of its strategic attention: Instagram.
Video Isn’t Breaking The Internet — The Industry Giants Are (GigaOM)
The Web can’t handle video, goes the common refrain. For example, Comcast estimates that if people wanted to watch the television content they watch on its pay TV service using the web, each home would consume 648 gigabytes per month. But we’re not nearing some technical tipping point where Netflix, YouTube, Hulu or even pay TV’s on-demand applications are about to break the Web.
The New York Times Rolls Out Another Advertising First (Adweek)
The New York Times has notched a number of advertising firsts lately in its ongoing effort to make marketing messages more engaging, and Tuesday it’s unwrapping another one. Bank of America is running a takeover unit at the top of the NYTimes.com homepage that when clicked, will activate a Web cast of the Times’ Schools for Tomorrow education conference. It’s the first time an advertiser has hosted a live Web cast of a Times conference within an ad unit.
Do you think social media is helping or hindering the coverage of the D.C. shooting?
jschil Hurting. Reporters/editors/producers feel need to say SOMETHING rather than report it & make sure its right
hcram1 The need for speed is hurting the accuracy of the reporting.
breeshirvell I think it’s been better than Boston so far. It seems like people have been more cautious.
Guy Michan It’s helping in spreading the information, hindering in a sense that some of that information is inaccurate.
Samantha Campbell Too soon to tell.. But in my case helping, so far. Heard it first here..