The Herman Cain “Hit Piece”

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit asks:

Would Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman, Anna Palmer and Kenneth Vogel have put their names on a similar piece, with no named sources, aimed at Barack Obama? Would Politico have run it?

He’s referring to the Politico piece about how two women working for the National Restaurant Association, of which Cain was CEO, complained about sexual harassment by Cain and were given severance packages “in the five-figure range.”

It’s obvious in reading the story that these reporters and their editors were highly conscious of the importance of thoroughly backing up their reporting. Despite the number of sources confirming each fact, it’s still being called a high-tech lynching and a hit piece. Some have linked it back to the accusations against Clarence Thomas.

I’d argue that yes, if Politico received information that Barack Obama was accused of sexual harassment by a former employee or two, these reporters would pursue the information. If they found enough evidence – anonymous sources and documents – they’d put their names on it. And of course Politico would publish it – think of the traffic they’d get and the reputation they’d gain if they broke that kind of story.

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Mobile Journalism Changes Reporting and Reading Experience

Mobile web devices are revolutionizing journalism in two ways: the tools journalists use to report the news and the tools the public uses to get the news.

With the huge advance in technology in the past 10 years, things that were once difficult, costly and time consuming can now be done in a matter of seconds. You can interview someone face-to-face halfway across the world with video chat tools. You can upload video of an event from your phone moments after violence breaks out or a storm hits. You can sit at a speech or rally or fundraiser and report with text and pictures directly from your smartphone.

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Mitt Romney v. Herman Cain?

I cheerfully admit to being completely wrong about it being a two-man race between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. But then, I did tell you polls were useless.

Nonetheless, I’m still unwilling to buy Herman Cain as a serious candidate. Besides the regressive nature of the 9-9-9 plan and it’s general condemnation by even conservative analysts, there’s the ad. Yes, that ad.

I’m not even that bothered by the smoking – although my working conspiracy theory on this is that it’s actually paid for by the tobacco companies – but the editing! The unmotivated zooms! The jerky cuts! What kind of example is this setting for people trying to learn how to do good video editing for multimedia classes? Huh?

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Cracking Down on OWS in Oakland, Atlanta, San Diego and Nashville

And the field day for conservative media continues. It’s Occupy Wall Street hunting season. Finally, at last, police have seen these rabid, deranged criminals for what they really are – a public menace.

With a cold front moving in and potential for as much as a foot of snow, the NYC government has removed fuel and generators from Zuccotti Park. A reporter for Fox 5 News was threatened by one protestor, clear evidence that these are “peaceful protestors” and not peaceful protestors. Police arrested the man, but who knows what’s next! Never you mind that John Huddy, the Fox reporter, said he doesn’t think the attack was representative of the movement.

Most of the folks I’ve dealt with have been accomodating. There is an element here that we’ve seen that has caused problems. Overall, it has been peaceful in the park.

Also, go Huddy for going live on air soon after being attacked. That’s what I call live TV poise.

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Decisions, Decisions

Starting Fall 2010, instead of just picking one of six tracks, new journalism students at the University of Missouri had the option of picking one of 25 “interest areas” – including a “create your own” option.

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Continued Wall Street Occupation

Okay, okay, I was maybe a little harsh about those silly demands. After all, it’s not like everyone there really thinks a $20/hour living wage is realistic. I’m starting to lean more toward the idea that we need an injection of sheer extremism to stimulate the public debate anyway. And this has certainly got people talking about stuff, right?

Not that people on the right aren’t ready to dismiss the protests outright because of the statements of a few – it’s only fair, since the left-leaning media did the same (and worse) to the Tea Party. Right?

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Who Will Own You(r Information) in the Future?

Facebook or Google? Where will you spend more of your time and share more of your private information?

Sarah Hill, from KOMU 8, introduced me (and a roomful of Multimedia students) to a key feature of Google+ that Facebook has not yet matched: the Hangout.

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