I’m not sure why any of this is news (what Dave Letterman said about Gov. Sarah Palin; what Palin said about what Letterman said; and, perhaps most of all, what John Ziegler, a radio host and director of a documentary called Media Malpractice…How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted, says about what Palin and Letterman said). I’m also not sure what MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer and her team expected when they booked Ziegler (could it be, precisely this — the video below, blog posts about said video — although they pretended to be interested in answers to questions such as, “What was it about the Top 10 List that hurt [Palin’s] feelings?”) And finally, I’m not sure this is what I expected from the typically, um, sunny Brewer (h/t, TVNewser):
12:59 PM - June 10, 2009
What? You Expected
Intelligent Discussion Roses?
Fox News not outraged by retailers’ War on Thanksgiving - As giant stores commercialize the last holdout, Bill O’Reilly & Co. shrug
BuzzFeed’s all-positive books section - It doesn’t make sense to pledge positivity if your aim is to provide readers with critics’ takes on new books. It makes more sense if your aim is to cultivate a thriving community.
Disappointing Deadspin - It broke the Manti Te’o story, but then stopped reporting and resumed trashing
Healthcare in Great Britain vs. healthcare in the USA: part one - A conversation with Chris Smyth, health reporter for The Times of London
Asperger’s, pedophiles, and questionable motivations - A dart to the Daily Beast, for its ill-informed speculation on Adam Lanza’s psyche
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
The problem with viral videos
The NYT’s obituary for the South African leader, written by Bill Keller
How two alienated, angry geeks broke the story of the year
In magnificent defense of snark
Timelapse of a photo-realistic painting of the actor being done on an iPad
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.