The New York Times / Rachel Abrams
One America News Network stays true to Trump →
“Into April, news articles on the OAN website consistently referred to Donald J. Trump as ‘President Trump’ and to President Biden as just ‘Joe Biden’ or ‘Biden.’ That practice is not followed by other news organizations, including the OAN competitor Newsmax, a conservative cable channel and news site.”
The New York Times / Katie Robertson
Swiss billionaire is said to end his bid for Tribune Publishing →
“Mr. Wyss, who made his fortune as a medical device manufacturer, had joined the Maryland hotel executive Stewart Bainum Jr. in a bid that seemed as if it had a chance of preventing Tribune from becoming fully owned by its largest shareholder, the New York hedge fund Alden Global Capital. … Mr. Bainum, who had taken a special interest in another Tribune paper, The Baltimore Sun, remains committed to pursuing ownership of Tribune Publishing.”
AP / Michael Kunzelman and Jacques Billeaud
Some Jan. 6 defendants try to use journalism as riot defense →
“The Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol in January created a trove of self-incriminating evidence, thoroughly documenting their actions and words in videos and social media posts. Now some of the camera-toting people in the crowd are claiming they were only there to record history as journalists, not to join a deadly insurrection.
It’s unlikely that any of the self-proclaimed journalists can mount a viable defense on the First Amendment’s free speech grounds, experts say. They face long odds if video captured them acting more like rioters than impartial observers. But as the internet has broadened and blurred the definition of a journalist, some appear intent on trying.”
Minnesota Reformer / Tony Webster
The New York Times / Katharine Q. Seelye
Shawn G. Kennedy, part of a wave of recruited Black reporters at The New York Times in the ’70s, dies at 73 →
“Ms. Kennedy was an accomplished cook and knowledgeable about fashion, interior design and architecture. She was disappointed when she was told that she was ‘not ready’ for Styles, [reporter Lena Williams] said, though she occasionally freelanced for the section anyway.
[Paul Delaney, the first Black reporter hired in the newspaper’s Washington bureau], said ‘you’re not ready’ was a common explanation when a Black reporter was denied a move. ‘That was the kind of stuff we faced all the time,’ he said. ‘That’s what we had to overcome.'”
Next Avenue / Richard Harris
Reflections on my days working with the “Founding Mothers” of NPR →
“No evening was more memorable for me than the night [Nina] Totenberg sparred with Republican Sen. Alan Simpson, debating Anita Hill’s allegations against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, a story Totenberg broke when she interviewed Hill.
As contentious as their ‘Nightline’ appearance was, it was what I witnessed after the broadcast on the sidewalk in front of the ABC Washington bureau that left me slack-jawed. Totenberg asked me to escort her out of the bureau to her waiting car. As she got in, Simpson held the door open, called Totenberg an unethical journalist and wouldn’t let the car go. Then Totenberg got out of the car, called Simpson ‘an [expletive] bully,’ then got back in and told the driver, ‘Let’s go!’ And as she rounded the corner, Totenberg recalls, the driver looked at her and said, “Lady, you need a gun.'”
Eventually, Totenberg and Simpson became friends, and she took him to the annual Radio-TV Correspondents dinner. Washington doesn’t work well if reporter and source hold a lasting grudge.
CNN / Arnaud Siad and Eoin McSweeney
The Objective / Gabe Schneider
What does movement journalism mean for journalism as a whole? →
“Movement journalism represents a fissure in American journalism. It is a framework opposed to mainstream journalism practices — which still often prioritize the comfort of white male cisgender voices — in the guise of ‘objectivity.’ And many of the journalists that practice it seem unconcerned with larger legacy newsrooms that are preoccupied with stature and tradition, instead of emphasizing the importance of doing right by the communities they report with.”
New Naratif / Aye Min Thant
“Every journalist’s worst nightmare”: CNN’s Myanmar misadventure →
“To add insult to injury, Ward’s participation in this nightmare of a trip produced little to no information not previously reported by local journalists. CNN endangered 11 people and their families just to pursue celebrity-driven, parachute journalism that serves no purpose other than chasing higher ratings. Ward’s in-studio colleague gave it away when the first question he asked her on air was: ‘Tell us why it’s so important for you to be there.’”