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He Said, She Said: Bloggers Question AP Article

That the proliferation of blogging has transformed otherwise perhaps antiquated forms of news consumption is indisputable. Blogs often break news stories even before news organiztions gather enough evidence to report them, and a resulting influx of citizen journalists has greatly influenced the shifting media landscape we so often discuss. But when bloggers begin to question published articles, accusing the media of spinning stories in order to cater to a specific agenda, it is the journalists that become afflicted.

An article in The New York Times yesterday discussed a controversial AP article that detailed an incident in which six Sunnis were killed violently by a group of Shiites. According to the article, Bloggers questioned the report's validity, citing both Iraqi and American officials' insistence that the event was a rumor.

Submitted by Tracy Bratten on December 6, 2006 - 4:56pm.

E-Pulitzer and Other Evidence of Blended Media

Evidence of the shifting media landscape has become increasingly apparent recently, and the Pulitzer Prize has taken notice. An article on Editor and Publisher online reported that the Pulitzer Prize will now accept entries from newspapers that contain video and/or interactive graphics. The article states:

Allowing more online material "was the next logical step," said Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzers. "It emphasizes blended journalism and that's where newspapers are today."

Submitted by Tracy Bratten on November 28, 2006 - 10:24pm.

Talk Show Goes Too Far in the Name of Exposing a Scam

Though I rarely have the time or patience to watch daytime television (or any entertainment television at all, for that matter), over the Thanksgiving holiday I had the opportunity to talk to my family about ethical issues in the media, and our conversation turned to The Tyra Banks Show.

Submitted by Tracy Bratten on November 26, 2006 - 10:20pm.

Lawsuit Brought Against CNN and it's DisGRACEful Host

The day after being rigorously questioned by Nancy Grace on CNN Headline News in September, Melinda Duckett committed suicide. Now, CNN and Grace are being sued, according to an AP article, because Grace "caused emotional distress that led to the suicide."

Submitted by Tracy Bratten on November 21, 2006 - 7:11pm.

Kazakh Paper Gives Borat Thumbs Up

Despite a slew of negative reactions to the controversial hit comedy "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," a Kazakh paper has gone so far as to call the movie the film of the year.

Submitted by Tracy Bratten on November 20, 2006 - 1:35am.

Anything Posted on MySpace Can (and Will) Be Used Against You

MySpace may prove to be the downfall of Justin Seay, more commonly known as one of the inebriated Chi Psi fraternity boys in the hit comedy Borat.

Submitted by Tracy Bratten on November 15, 2006 - 4:59pm.

Journalists on Trial for Publishing Classified Documents, Cite Public Interest as Rationale

Three Journalists, including the editor-in-chief, from a Danish Newspaper are now on trial for publishing classified documents in 2004. The reports, leaked from the Danish Defense Intelligence Service, asserted that Iraq did not, in fact, have weapons of mass destruction under Saddam Hussein, an AP article today said.

Submitted by Tracy Bratten on November 13, 2006 - 3:19pm.

Public Interest vs. Privacy: Which Side Will Prevail?

Several Florida newspapers have requested access to a list of those who received government aid after Hurricane Katrina, an AP article reported Tuesday. This is problematic because disseminating such information may invade the privacy of those affected.

Submitted by Tracy Bratten on November 8, 2006 - 1:54am.

Wikipolitics and "Dirty Wikitricks"

Not only has the media been saturated by nasty political advertisements and coverage of alleged political scandals in recent weeks, but the proliferation of blogging and the increased importance of the internet in general have had an enormous impact on this year's midterm elections. Case in point: Wikipedia.

Submitted by Tracy Bratten on November 6, 2006 - 9:19pm.

Cheaters Never Win, At Least Not for 50 Straight Games

An AP article on today drew attention to New York Mets relief pitcher Guillermo Mota, who has been suspended for 50 games after having been found in violation of MLB's drug policy, which previously warranted a mere 10-game suspension for first-time offenders.

Submitted by Tracy Bratten on November 1, 2006 - 6:03pm.

Cashing in on Tragedy

Chevrolet recently unveiled a new advertising campaign for their Chevy Trucks that features a song by John Cougar Mellencamp entitled "Our Country." The commercial includes a montage of historical anecdotes, from the Vietnam War to Hurricane Katrina and even 9/11. Has Chevrolet gone too far?

Submitted by Tracy Bratten on October 30, 2006 - 6:16pm.

"Duped" by The Times for an Interview

The Smoking Gun reported today that Jane Pauley is suing The New York Times for interviewing her under false pretenses. Pauley was under the impression that she was giving an interview for a story on mental health, however, her photo and comments were the featured content of an advertorial that ran for an advertising supplement for a drug company.

Submitted by Tracy Bratten on October 25, 2006 - 4:00pm.

Post-Interview Favors: Conflict of Interest or Commending Do-gooders?

The Business Section of The New York Times made brief mention today of the possible ethical conflict raised by talk show host Charlie Rose, who is co-hosting a dinner in honor of H. Lee Scott Jr., previous guest to Rose's talk show and Wal-Mart CEO.

Submitted by Tracy Bratten on October 23, 2006 - 4:27pm.

Fortune Schmortune, We Want Your Vote

Consumers at numerous Chinese restaurants in Austin, Texas will get a surprise when they crack open their fortune cookies to discover, in addition to the expected prophecy, a political advertisement, explained an article in the Washington Post Sunday.

Submitted by Tracy Bratten on October 16, 2006 - 5:34pm.

Baseball Analyst Axed for Inappropriate Comments On-Air

Steve Lyons, baseball analyst for Fox Sports, was fired after making allegedly racially-charged comments Friday during game 3 of the ALCS. Evidently these remarks weren't the first offensive comments he has made on the air, though they would be the last.

Submitted by Tracy Bratten on October 15, 2006 - 7:18pm.
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