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Given that Romney turned climate change into a laugh line at his convention, Brooks's suggestion that Obama embrace the climate cause more fully seems extraordinarily unlikely to be taken seriously. But I wonder...
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Any farmer in the middle west who thinks climate change is a liberal media hox hasn't seen his own soil in the last month.  If Obama wants to depict Romney as ignorant and himself as down-to-earth, a climate campagne now could actually work.  Well, he has to be really down-to-earth in a very literate thing to make this happen.
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Read what happened when I tried to check out new Facebook app WSJ Social.
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The list of updates at the top of this post by +Nick Bilton is a good stopgap way of dealing with being transparent about your revisions. But a true version system would be even better, and easier for the writer, too.
http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/making-sense-of-news/137888/how-news-sites-could-improve-accountability-by-tracking-story-changes-but-probably-wont/
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I like the comment about revs revealing post-publication copyedits.
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Sunday must-read: +Jay Rosen experiments with Storify to explore the ethics of Edelman taking NewsCorp as its client: http://is.gd/xxn8Pc

Jay wants to know whether the PR giant is risking its reputation by taking Murdoch on without knowing whether he and his company are telling the truth. He thinks through the story out loud here. It's fascinating.

My thought: The reputation that matters most to a PR firm is future potential clients/customers -- i.e., other corporate leaders in trouble. If Edelman can come out of this and be seen as having helped NewsCorp, then it has burnished the reputation it cares about. In other words: PR isn't about public service, it's about serving clients. We should have no illusions about this.
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The scenario under which Edelman suffers for News Corp.'s mendaciousness still seems elusive to me. It would have to become complicit in advancing falsehoods, or a false narrative, and then the falsehoods would have to be exposed. It seems pretty late for that now. This might happen if News Corp. executives make more statements implausibly downplaying what happened and protesting their own innocence, but that would be both legally risky and bad PR. If it is simply guilt by association, Edelman is too late to the party for the association to stick. If News Corp. blows up, Edelman wouldn't be blamed for what will be viewed as a lost cause, either in PR terms or ethical ones. So, unconvinced of the risks to Edelman here.
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The first syllable of Michele Bachmann's own last name is pronounced like the composer, not "batch." So presumably she's familiar with the guttural "ch" sound. Nonetheless, she breaks new pronunciational ground as she tries to say "Chutzpah" here. Too funny.
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Ha. I lived on a kibbutz in the 70s, but it was because I was a Marxist.
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What a crappy and hypocritical move by the Wall Street Journal, which has been running an overwrought but still useful series of articles in recent months re online privacy. The WSJ is changing its own privacy policy in a way that mocks everything it's been complaining about -- giving itself the right "to connect personally identifiable information with Web browsing data without user consent."

More insulting, the Journal couches this shift in marketing-speak, such as the notion that it's merely "streamlining" its approach. Yeah, right, as long as streamlining means betraying.

Remember: I and other Journal readers are paying real money to use that site. We are not getting something for free in return for handing over some personal information. The Journal is just greedy.

I'm not sure whether to just cancel my online subscription or find countermeasures. Suggestions welcome...
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Over at the Atlantic, MediaBugs has just posed an in-depth look at how 14 erroneous words in the NY Times sat uncorrected for nine years, then emerged to derail a KQED news show. Since then the error has only been partially corrected. We argue that news organizations need to take more active responsibility for their own archives.
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A big project I wrote for JLab is now out on the web: it's all about the "new ethics of local journalism." Got to do scads of interviews with smart editors on the front lines of the new news. Loved doing them!

The full thang is online but there's also a printed edition available for those who cling to paper :-)
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Arrogance-of-power, autumn-of-the-patriarch dept: Murdoch: “News Corp. has handled the crisis ‘extremely well in every way possible.’" As the parapets begin to collapse around him...
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Dave Winer reminds us that letting the US default on its debt is no joke.

In a similar vein, Josh Marshall points out: "It seems quite clear to me that if what was coming in early August was an immediate 50% cut in Social Security payments and/or a similar cut in salaries to members of the military and a lot else that the tenor of this whole conversation would be quite different." http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2011/07/dumbfounded.php
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Some pols have indeed brought up the possibility of SS cuts in lieu of defaults. I recall President Obama talking about it. Though I would think that no politician really wants to be identified with that outcome… so it's better politically not to speak of it, even though it does make people pay attention.
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Started in journalism at the Boston Phoenix writing theater, book and movie reviews. Moved to San Francisco in 1986 to write for the Examiner as its theater critic, later movie critic and digital culture columnist. Left to help start Salon in 1995. Covered tech there and became managing editor in 1999. Published my first book, Dreaming in Code, in 2007. Second book, Say Everything, came out in July 2009. Ran the MediaBugs project 2009-11. Edited Grist 2011-13.

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