The hardest part of this was how far from any actual evidence there actually was, and how quickly and how painfully this traveled…We find it incredibly unfortunate that media outlets were so quick to jump without checking with authorities, but we hope they use the same energy and intensity they showed in the past 24 hours to really help us find Sunil.We spoke with Sangeeta Tripathi, whose innocent brother Sunil was made into a Boston Marathon bombing suspect by social media and news organizations. (via motherjones)
dapenguinninja asks: you think the tumblr editorial team should still be working? that it is an unprecedented layoff?
» SFB says: I wouldn’t call it “unprecedented,” per se—people get laid off all the time, sad as it is—but I do think that it’s a shame because they did a lot to “class up” the joint, so to say. Storyboard stretched out Tumblr’s voice in a way that it needed to be stretched and showed that deep, interesting things can be done with the format in truly engaging ways. But as my friend Josh Sternberg points out on Digiday, that may not be exactly what Tumblr needs right now from a business strategy point. “An editorial outfit is a nice idea, but it’s hardly what the company most needs, which is experienced sales people and a differentiated message to bring to agencies and brands,” he wrote today. “Ironically enough, firing its editorial staff can be seen as a needed step in becoming a real media business.” So from a pure business standpoint, perhaps the move makes sense. But from a cultural and journalistic standpoint, it’s a bummer. — Ernie @ SFB
One group that advocates against illegal immigration said it will begin using the term “illegal invaders” after the Associated Press announced it would no longer use the term “illegal” or “illegal immigrant.
Group to use ‘illegal invaders’ term in response to AP ban [Los Angeles Times]
I have another I-Word for describing people who want to incorporate the terms “invaders” or “infiltrator” into this discussion, the word is idiots.
It’s worth noting that the difference here is that one runs a wire service that everyone relies on, and the other is just some advocacy group that you didn’t know existed until the LA Times did this story. So once this story fades, nobody will notice.
Will the new guidance make it harder for writers? Perhaps just a bit at first. But while labels may be more facile, they are not accurate.The Associated Press’ reasoning (in a nutshell) for officially dropping the term “illegal immigrant” from the AP Stylebook on Tuesday. Official AP style now calls for writers to specifically state that a person(s) is living in a given location illegally, rather than referring to the person(s) themselves as being illegal. source
blackcrowcalling says: Ah be nice to the PI - they’ve been struggling to stay afloat for years.
» SFB says: I don’t consider it being mean to the P-I. I know they’ve had a tough run and many people have lost their jobs as a result. But there’s gotta be a point where you say “this isn’t working.” When you’re laying four layers of ads on top of a wire story, something’s broken. There are high-up businesspeople making decisions that lead to cluster you-know-whats like that. It’s an injustice to everyone that still works at that paper to say, “You know what we need? Another layer of ads!” As someone who remembers that they were a good newspaper that actually printed physical copies, I’d rather think of it as intervention to say that a new approach needs to be taken. — Ernie @ SFB
There’s a wrinkle here: In its recounting of today’s revelations, the Daily Caller writes that the lawyer “blamed four news outlets — CNN, The Daily Caller, Telemundo and Univision — for allegedly encouraging him to fabricate false accusations about Menendez.” This isn’t true; according to the Post, the man only accused the Daily Caller—not the other three outlets—of offering to bribe him (the other three were mentioned as having requested to interview the man after he made the claims). The lawyer’s reliability is already shot, having reversed his story at least once, but the Daily Caller has seriously undermined its own credibility by reporting the original story in such a misleading, and indeed factually inaccurate, way. This is one of those weird news stories where all parties involved seem to have been dishonest to some degree—with the possible exception of Menendez himself.