'Hipster hunters' get mad at BuzzFeed; we all get mad at Manti Te'o hoax (but at whom?)
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The current flare-up in the long political battle over gun laws is coming at a moment when American gun culture is more expansive than ever, having gained a foothold among the type of coastal elites that, just a couple decades ago, would have dismissed the very idea of holding a rifle as obscene and offensive. Hunting and recreational shooting, once viewed by the left as backwater pastimes, have won over a liberal coalition of eco-conscious locavores, hipster hunters, and adventure-seeking New York media elites.
That's BuzzFeed's McKay Coppins writing on "How Gun Culture Won Over Liberals."
For evidence, according to Coppins' premise, look no further than the New Jersey shooting-range excursion that "New York media elites" Foster Kamer, Anthony DeRosa and David Carr made last year.
But Kamer and DeRosa aren't happy with how they were portayed in the article, and they took to Twitter to call foul on Coppins' reporting:
Uh, @mckaycoppins: What the shit? You managed to omit the entire part of our conversation where I called gun ownership reprehensible.— Foster Kamer (@weareyourfek) January 17, 2013
@mckaycoppins Dude, you wrote a story where you had to lie about the thrust, w/a premise that can be debunked with a single statement. Nice.— Foster Kamer (@weareyourfek) January 17, 2013
. @mckaycoppins why let the truth get in the way of a sensational bullshit story— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) January 17, 2013
@antderosa Indeed! Though I'm not totally sure how your thoughts on gun control undermine the story's premise.— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) January 17, 2013
In other news...
How the media fueled the Manti Te'o fake girlfriend hoax. [HuffPost/The Backstory]
New York Times Company communications chief Bob Christie is on his way out. [NYT/Media Decoder]
Glenn Kramon is the Times' new technology editor. [The New York Observer]
Dennis Kucinish is now a Fox News contributor. [Politico/On Media]
Choire Sicha on Newsweek's "bold stance against Tumblr's struggle for profit." [The Awl]
Quote of the day...
The lesson here is ‘look inside the freezer.’ Journalists shouldn’t be taking [a source’s] word if there is some way to verify it for themselves.
Lesson from Manti Te'o story for journalists. If it sounds too good or too bad to be true, it probably isn't.— Joe Flint (@JBFlint) January 17, 2013
Who cares what the Boston Globe thinks?— Jack Shafer (@jackshafer) January 17, 2013
Anderson Cooper talked to one of the Deadspin reporters who broke the Te'o hoax:
From our inbox...
Here's Bob Christie's farewell email:
In the coming days I will be leaving The New York Times Company after three terrific years. I’ll leave here with many fond memories and plenty of battle scars.
My new contact information is below. Please don’t be a stranger.
It's the 15th anniversary of Times Talks:
TimesTalks, The New York Times’s acclaimed series of live conversations between Times journalists and leading figures in culture, the arts and politics, will mark its 15th anniversary year with an exclusive series of events, including TimesTalks at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and a special Winter season of programs in New York.
TimesTalks has brought some of the world’s most recognizable names in film, music, politics, ideas, fashion, food and books to live audiences across the country and internationally since its launch in 1998. Star-studded TimesTalks alumni include Madeleine Albright, George Clooney, Jeremy Irons, Stephen King, Karl Lagerfeld, Yoko Ono, Nancy Pelosi, Salman Rushdie and Denzel Washington, along with renowned Times columnists David Brooks, David Carr, Thomas Friedman, Nicholas Kristof and Paul Krugman.
Kicking off the Winter 2013 season, TimesTalks at the Sundance Film Festival will present engaging discussions with independent film directors and actors making news at the Festival, including Dave Grohl, David Gordon Green, Juno Temple and Robin Weigert. Melena Ryzik, lead writer for The Times’s Carpetbagger blog, will moderate TimesTalks at the Festival, beginning Jan. 22 at the Cinema Café at the Festival’s Filmmakers Lodge.
Access to TimesTalks at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City will be for credentialed Festival attendees. TimesTalks will be available to the public via live stream, which is free to view, at www.TimesTalks.com and www.Sundance.org/Video/Live.
TimesTalks has also unveiled its lineup for Winter programs at TheTimesCenter in New York. TimesTalks at TheTimesCenter will include conversations with the creators of “Portlandia,” Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel; interviews with Grammy Award-winning artists Josh Groban and Norah Jones, who will also perform live; and Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper on the upcoming Broadway show “Kinky Boots,” with a live musical performance by cast members.