Press Releases: 08/20/14

Posted in Press Releases on August 20, 2014 by icn2

Al Jazeera America (1)


On the network’s first anniversary, Al Jazeera America will roadblock its primetime schedule from 6pm-midnight ET/3pm-9pm PT with six hours of continuous live coverage from Ferguson, Missouri, with breaking news and analysis on “Flashpoint Ferguson: The Way Forward.”
See the attached release for details.

Free for All: 08/20/14

Posted in Free For All on August 20, 2014 by icn2

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Zakaria Responds…

Posted in CNN on August 20, 2014 by icn2

Politico’s Dylan Byers writes about Fareed Zakaria pushing back on the new “old” Plagiarism accusations…

“These are all facts, not someone else’s writing or opinions or expressions,” Zakaria wrote in an email to POLITICO. He also referred to the majority of instances as “cases in my writing where I have cited a statistic that also appeared somewhere else,” suggesting that he had merely repeated readily available information. In some cases, he says he referred to the primary source or took quotes from an interview subject, not from other news reports.

The authors of the report — @blippoblappo & @crushingbort, two Twitter users who publish on a site called “Our Bad Media” — immediately took issue with Zakaria’s statement. His claim that the passages were facts as opposed to other authors’ writing or expressions was “patently untrue from the 1st example,” @crushingbort wrote on Twitter.

Kate O’Brian Interview

Posted in Al Jazeera on August 19, 2014 by icn2

Capital New York’s Alex Weprin interviews Al Jazeera America President Kate O’Brian…

CAPITAL: Is there any type of programming that you think AJAM could be doing more of? I know you have morning programming now, but last year, you were still trying to figure out the morning show strategy. Is there more you want to do to build out the schedule?

O’BRIAN: There is always more, we have a number of things in development that we are looking at piloting, and we are seeing if they are good. It is all about the quality. If the quality is good and compelling, then we will give it a go ahead and you will see it on the schedule at some point. We are also doubling down on what we have right now. It is a pretty full grid of produced content, whether it is the breaking news hours, or the longer form hours. We want to be sure that they are doing the absolute tippy-top quality that we expect them to do.

CAPITAL: There has been some staff restructuring and layoffs over the first year. The sports department I know was affected. Was that focused in specific areas? Do you feel like the news team is structured in a way that is more efficient?

O’BRIAN: We made some choices based on who we are, and what kind of programming people expect to see on our channel, and that we expect to be providing for people. Looking over the year, we made some decisions based on that. Again, every news organization does the same calculus and makes their own decisions based on those things. I think we are in a good place, but we are always looking at improvement. Always. And we would be remiss, and I would be irresponsible, if I weren’t always looking at how to make things better. We are looking at high performance from every sector, and every time of day, and every show.

Trouble for Zakaria?

Posted in CNN on August 19, 2014 by icn2

Our Bad Media has a lengthy story on Fareed Zakaria and more alleged examples of plagiarism…

Unless Adam Winkler’s book on gun rights detoured into issues like the Chinese movie industry and corporate tax rates, the examples below seem unlikely to have been the result of another notes mix-up by Zakaria.


These are all articles that were written before the plagiarism scandal in August of 2012. In other words, these passages ostensibly would have been part of the reviews conducted by CNN, TIME and the Washington Post. Unless otherwise noted, none of the examples listed here have any kind of citation (hyperlink or otherwise) to the sources Zakaria lifted from.

Because these are no new instances of alleged plagiarism since the original scandal in 2012 that are listed here, this story takes on more of a historical tone than it would if any of these incidents had happened in the years since. But, it does raise serious questions regarding the due diligence that was conducted by those investigating Zakaria at the time.

Media Overreach?

Posted in CNN on August 18, 2014 by icn2

I suppose this was going to happen one way or another but it still makes me queasy. NewsBusters’ Tim Blumer writes about media outlets, including CNN, which revealed home location data on the Feguson shooter…

… CNN broadcast a report Friday that showed the house, including the street number, of the Ferguson police officer who police say shot Mike Brown. The officer has been in hiding due to death threats since the shooting last Saturday. His name, Darren Wilson, was just released Friday morning.

Another news outlet apologized for broadcasting video of Wilson’s home while others have virtually drawn a map to Wilson’s house for those bent on vengeance.

Yahoo News named the community Wilson where Wilson resides and published a photograph of the officer.

The UK Daily Mail also named the community, posted photos of the officer and gave a description of the house.

USA Today also named the community and reported a local police presence.

The Washington Post named the street where Wilson lives.

In the video report, CNN reporter Ed Lavandera is seen walking in the street where Wilson lives. The CNN video shows a wide view of Wilson’s house and then pans around the street to show its relative position in the neighborhood. While Lavandera does not name the street, he gives its approximate location.

Given what’s been going on in Ferguson right now, the media should have been a little more restrained in what it decided to reveal regarding the shooter.

Free for All: 08/15/14

Posted in Free For All on August 15, 2014 by icn2

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