Thursday, November 16, 2017

State and Local Media, Niche-Issue Media

Helena Bottemiller Evich's reporting drives other media
The difficulty of covering fragmented jurisdiction:

Other examples:

Some examples of niche-issue media:

Accusations via Social Media

As more prominent men are accused of sexual harassment, NPR notes that many of these allegations initiated on social media, not through lawyers. Maybe this is because such few sexual harassment cases actually go to court or result in a charge for the offender.

Consequently, "lawyers who represent the accused are beginning to aggressively scour social media searching for accusations." Are journalists doing the same?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bannon to stick with Moore, say people close to Breitbart chief

Link here

"Sources tell The Hill that Bannon is still slated to rally support for Moore at a campaign stop in early December and said other events could be in the works.
Breitbart already has two reporters on the ground in Alabama writing stories that are favorable to Moore or that raise questions about his accusers. On Wednesday, a third Breitbart reporter arrived to join the effort."

"'The locusts in the fake news media at swamp newspapers who do the bidding of the political establishment and failed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are 100 percent incorrect in stating that Stephen K. Bannon is abandoning Judge Roy Moore,” the source said. “That’s 100 percent false.'”

Worst Legal Spin, Ever

Russia Making a Statement

CNN published "Russia Moves Ahead With Rules Targeting Foreign Media" (11/15/17)

They state:

"It's the first tangible response to a move by the U.S. Department of Justice to require the firm that produces the U.S. branch of Russian television network RT to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
For weeks Russian government officials, including Putin, have promised a tit for tat response targeting American outlets operating in the country."
What outcome are they really looking for?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

When viewing the front page of CNN today (November 14, 2017) I saw a lot of “Democrats say” “Republicans remark” and “Sessions says” headlines. ( ) This, to me, seemed to exemplify a sensationalist, reality TV inspired reporting style. That is to say, that interpersonal or political drama was at the forefront. It was easy to reimagine the headlines as clickbait articles: “You won’t believe what Jeff Sessions just said!” Or, “Is Trump too unstable for nukes?” Although relegated to the far-right column (direction not political) were stories of greater direct public import like “Kratom has ‘deadly risks’ FDA warns”, most other headlines concerned comments and not decisions or events.

Perhaps in the electronic age news media like CNN race to find any comment to fill their front pages, but what was conspicuously absent was news of the shooting at a Rancho Tehama elementary school. ( ) I actually got an update notification and I expected to see the shooting mentioned, but the banner that fell instead read “AG Sessions said it would be wrong to use department to retaliate against political opponents.” 

To be fair, I did find a small mention of the Rancho Tehama shooting after visiting the U.S. specific section, but even that headline was listed after “McConnell: ‘I believe the women.’ Moore should go.” ( ) Five other headlines about Roy Moore preempted the shooting story as well. Perhaps CNN waited for all the facts to surface before putting the shooting on its front page (which it did eventually), but at least before 12:18 there was almost no sign of the story. Honest question: why was this?

Coverage of Justice, States, and Localities

Cameras in Court. Hauptmann testifies, Lindbergh watches.

Sheppard v. Maxwell (1966)

Chandler v. Florida (1981)

Actual Malice

The Gloves Come Off (literally)

The OJ Trial:  the Sequestration Loophole

Cops and the Media


"Umbrella Competition" (Graber 285)

The Decline of Statehouse Reporting.

Corruption is the price of scant coverage.

How to follow California?