12:42 pm Sep. 18, 2012
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We can't think of anyone better qualified than BuzzFeed's Ben Smith to produce a great tick-tock tracking the provenance of the leak that gave us video of Mitt Romney's damning "47 percent" remark, which has resulted in fallout for the Romney campaign, nor to put it in the right context.
Its emergence offers a glimpse at the workings of the contemporary media: Chaotically driven by an anonymous leaker; empowered by ubiquitous recording devices; and competing not just with other media outlets, but with the source him or herself.
AllThingsD's Peter Kafka reports that the surreptitiously recorded footage of Romney speaking to a group of G.O.P. donors has generated two-million views in the past two days.
Meanwhile, Mother Jones, which gave the edited footage a viral boost on Monday, is planning to release the full video later today. And The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone reports on how Team Romney "uses the media to promote a strategy shift or place blame" and "simultaneously criticizes the media for so-called liberal bias, a move that veteran Republican and Democratic strategists say can be disruptive."
In other news...
Condé Nast is launching a French Vanity Fair. [NYT/Media Decoder]
If you read anything today, it should be the bananas letter the Church of Scientology's attorney wrote to Graydon Carter in August threatening Vanity Fair with legal action if they proceeded with the publication of this month's Tom Cruise girlfriend-search exposé. [The Huffington Post]
Big ratings for week 1 of "Katie." [The Washington Post]
When it comes to the morning-show wars, you can safely tune out the Ann Curry-Savannah Guthrie argument. [Jeff Bercovici]
Journalist arrests during the "birthday" Occupy Wall Street events. [Poynter]
The Internet Archive is compiling "every morsel of news produced in the last three years by 20 different channels, encompassing more than 1,000 news series that have generated more than 350,000 separate programs devoted to news." [The New York Times]
The fight to save the Times-Picayune. [The Gambit]
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