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Opinion | Now Twitter Edits The New Yorker - The New York Times
Nevertheless, Bannon remains among the most outspoken impresarios of nationalist, illiberal politics in an age when such politics are sweeping the globe. If high-profile interviews with a racist like George Wallace or a theocrat like Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini were worth doing by a past generation of journalists, Remnick reasoned, why not one with Bannon?

That’s nice, and possibly sincere. But as a friend recently remarked with respect to another publication that quickly capitulated to online furies, what this really means is that Remnick is no longer the editor of The New Yorker. Twitter is. Social media doesn’t just get a voice. Now it wields a veto. What used to be thought of as adult supervision yields — as it already has in Congress and at universities — to the itch of the crowd.

And not just the crowd. As Remnick acknowledged, members of his own staff also revolted at the invitation. One of his writers, Kathryn Schulz, took to Twitter to say she was “beyond appalled” and invited readers to write Remnick in order to add their voices to the pressure.

That’s an astonishing statement coming from any journalist who believes that the vocation should largely be about putting tough questions to influential people, particularly bad people. If speaking truth to power isn’t the ultimate task of publications such as The New Yorker, they’re on the road to their own left-wing version of “Fox & Friends.”

It has kept Bannon’s name prominently in the news, no doubt to his considerable delight. It has turned a nativist bigot into a victim of liberal censorship. It has lent credence to the belief that journalists are, as Bannon said of Remnick, “gutless.” It has corroborated the view that the news media is a collection of left-wing group thinkers who, if they aren’t quite peddling “fake news,” are mainly interested in advancing only their own truths. It has kept readers of The New Yorker locked in their usual echo chamber. It has strengthened the belief that vulnerable institutions can be hounded into submitting to the irascible (and unappeasable) demands of social media mobs. Above all, it has foreclosed an opportunity to submit Bannon to the kind of probing examination that Remnick had initially promised, and that is journalism at its best.
journalism  integrity  socialmedia  twitteroutrage 
june 2019 by kme
Want a New Emoji? Good Luck. - by Andy Warner
How a nearly invisible cabal of tech industry leaders controls what you can and can’t type 🤔
emoji  unicode  language  journalism  cabals  cartoon  webcomic  explained 
june 2019 by kme
Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party • The Register |
Unsurprisingly, The Register is not all that flexible when it comes to tech companies trying to intimidate us into writing nothing but positive press coverage. The question you should be asking yourself is: does that mean that everyone who is invited to Apple's events can be relied upon to self-censor any negative comments? (Quick clue: the answer's yes.) ®
apple  wwdc  conference  press  reporting  journalism  reviews 
december 2018 by kme
Broken in Firefox 50-something with uBlock (or for some other reason).
news  english  journalism  filtering  webapp 
may 2017 by kme
Trump’s Attack on the Press Shows Why Protests Are Necessary - The New Yorker
What was this all about? Trump has a tender ego, of course. Perhaps he was simply angry at the comparisons with his predecessor, and he lashed out, as he often does, then dispatched his spokesman to follow up. My own suspicion is that Trump and Spicer were trying to distract attention from the indisputably huge crowds turning out in Washington and many other places to protest against him. Spicer spoke at about 4:30 P.M., insuring that his bad-tempered remarks would compete for space with the protest marches on the evening news shows.

What did the dual outbursts say about the new President and his fledgling Administration? Surely that the mass protests were entirely justified. That Trump has brought his blatant disregard for the truth, and his calculated enmity toward the media, into the White House with him. That his spokesman will engage in Orwellian Newspeak when given the order. And that a protester’s sign I saw on Fifth Avenue that said, simply, “NOT NORMAL” was right on point.
truth  reporting  journalism  journalisticintegrity  protest  presidenttrump 
january 2017 by kme
White House press secretary attacks media for accurately reporting inauguration crowds - Jan. 21, 2017
Former Democratic congressman Steve Israel, who recently joined CNN as a commentator, said, "This isn't a petty attack on the press. It's a calculated attempt to delegitimize any questioning of @realDonaldTrump by a free press."
presidenttrump  politics  journalism 
january 2017 by kme
Did Trump's scorched-earth tactics mortally wound the media? - Columbia Journalism Review
Jay Rosen, who teaches journalism at New York University and whose blog has been a widely-cited resource on the fraught relationship between Trump and the press in 2016, sees the DC hotel debacle as a seminal moment. “That’s when people in the campaign press corp got disgusted not just with Trump’s mendacity and manipulation but at themselves for playing along with it. That turned the worm.”
elections2016  journalism  presidenttrump 
november 2016 by kme
‘It’s Yours’: A Short History of the Horde : Longreads Blog
How Ta-Nehisi Coates built the best comment section on the internet—and why it can’t last.
forthecomments  journalism  community 
april 2016 by kme
Covering the Cops - The New Yorker
In the newsroom of the Miami Herald, there is some disagreement about which of Edna Buchanan’s first paragraphs stands as the classic Edna lead. I line up with the fried-chicken faction. The fried-chicken story was about a rowdy ex-con named Gary Robinson, who late one Sunday night lurched drunkenly into a Church’s outlet, shoved his way to the front of the line, and ordered a three-piece box of fried chicken. Persuaded to wait his turn, he reached the counter again five or ten minutes later, only to be told that Church’s had run out of fried chicken. The young woman at the counter suggested that he might like chicken nuggets instead. Robinson responded to the suggestion by slugging her in the head. That set off a chain of events that ended with Robinson’s being shot dead by a security guard. Edna Buchanan covered the murder for the Herald—there are policemen in Miami who say that it wouldn’t be a murder without her—and her story began with what the fried-chicken faction still regards as the classic Edna lead: “Gary Robinson died hungry.”
journalism  murde  macabre  humor 
april 2016 by kme
Notes on the Surrender at Menlo Park - The Awl
There is toxic mindset that permeates discussions not just about Facebook but about most accelerating, inevitable-seeming tech companies. It conflates criticism with denial and nostalgia. Why do people complain about Uber so much? Is it loyalty to yellow cabs and their corrupt nonsense industry? Or is it a recognition that, as soon as a company reaches its level of importance and future inevitability, it should be treated as important. A word of caution about Facebook is not a wish to return to some non-existent ideal time. Print media was broken, TV was broken, commercial and public radio were broken, local media was broken, web media was very broken.
facebook  media  publishing  journalism 
may 2015 by kme
Don’t Look: Beheadings, Stolen Nudes and Choosing to Be Decent | TIME
Decency, at least a very big part of it, is knowing that you are permitted to do a thing–it’s physically possible, it’s not illegal, no one can stop you–yet you shouldn’t anyway. And it’s about something that probably every one of us who uses the Internet loses sight of sometimes: that at the other end of all these views and comments and transactions, there is, or was, an actual human person.
photography  journalism  decency 
september 2014 by kme
Dear Jill: From One Pushy Media Dame to Another | Re/code
After I explained the situation, he took only one second to give me a piece of advice that I have been following since: “If your reporting is right, tell them to f#*k off.”
journalism  onbeingpushy  ws  womeninleadership 
may 2014 by kme
Twitter / ashk4n: 12 of the top 25 news sites ...
12 of the top 25 news sites (incl. @washingtonpost) rely on Microsoft or Google for hosted email services (2/2)
google  gmail  microsoft  debacle  privacy  journalism 
march 2014 by kme
Daring Fireball: 60 Days
I’m guessing the ellipsis denotes when he paused for another line of coke.
iwatch  journalism  apple  funny 
march 2014 by kme
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