In Westchester, a newsroom in the crosshairs
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Whether or not you agree with the Rockland- and Westchester County-based Journal News' decision to publish the names and addresses of local gun owners in the wake of the Newtown massacre, this is pretty disturbing:
Personal information about editors and writers at the paper has been posted online, including their home addresses and information about where their children attended school; some reporters have received notes saying they would be shot on the way to their cars; bloggers have encouraged people to steal credit card information of Journal News employees; and two packages containing white powder have been sent to the newsroom and a third to a reporter’s home (all were tested by the police and proved to be harmless).
Even the features editor and part-time wedding-anniversary and church-potluck-announcement writers find themselves in the crosshairs!
Christine Haughney has more in today's New York Times.
In other news...
David Carr writes that "the sky over traditional media is blue and it’s raining green." [The New York Times]
Independent cable channels like Current are "feeling heat." [The New York Times]
Deja vu: Eliot Spitzer's cable news show is dunzo. [NYT/Media Decoder]
The Financial Times is reportedly shopping for a buyer in China. [South China Morning Post]
Abrams Media enters L.A. [Mediaite]
Quote of the day...
What readers really want is reporting that gets to the bottom of a story without having to give opposing sides equal weight. They also want reporters to state established truths clearly, without hedging or always putting the words in a source’s mouth. They’re most interested in truth. Smart journalists may reasonably differ on how to get there.
Why does the Journal News map have so many stray, outlying dots outside the two counties? lohud.com/interactive/ar…— Dan Kennedy (@dankennedy_nu) January 7, 2013
Fair snapshot of the situation. Utter children behind death threats. Second amendment, meet the first. nytimes.com/2013/01/07/nyr…— Erik Shilling (@erikshilling) January 7, 2013
"60 Minutes" takes a close look at New Orleans media in a post-daily Times-Picayune world:
From our inbox...
The Runaway General had hoped that fatal Rolling Stone profile wouldn't be the end of his military career:
This morning on TODAY, Gen. Stanley McChrystal discussed the details about how he resigned after a controversial profile in Rolling Stone magazine in which he and his advisers were quoted making some disparaging comments about the President and key administration officials.
In the interview with Matt Lauer, Gen. McChrystal admits he hoped that the president would not accept his resignation, saying, “I wanted to stay in the job, but I wanted to do what was best for the mission.”
Video of this morning’s interview is available at TODAY.com here: http://nbcnews.to/XeyhZD.
FYI media reporters:
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