Media Mashup: July 3, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 7.03.51 AMJOURNALISTS REALLY READY FOR HILLARY

The email dump from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may be embarrassing to journalists.

Former New York Timesman Leslie Gelb showed a profile on Mrs. Clinton to her before publication–a definite no-no in journalistic ethics. But he apparently was not alone among the media crew. For more details, see


Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has returned to run his media empire, with more than a few bumps in the road. Some top editors have been pushed aside and some journalists have left the ship. As Columbia Journalism Review puts it: [T]he former mayor’s homecoming has reshaped the newsroom, giving rise to dramatic changes to the masthead and a tense struggle over its editorial vision. The regime change has also produced a series of resignations, bitter disagreements over what stories to pursue and an intricate Kremlinology of the newsroom’s future.” For more details, see


The debate over the Confederate flag may have some merit, but the removal of reruns of “Dukes of Hazzard” from cable television seems rather ludicrous. The 1980s show included a Confederate flag on the top of a car.

An organization critical of television complained about the hypocrisy of the decision. “When media companies are criticized for marketing programs that glamorize drug and alcohol use, or for sexualizing minors in television programs and movies, or for selling violent entertainment to children – despite overwhelming evidence of harm – or for trivializing rape, child sex abuse and pedophilia, all in the name of ‘entertainment,’ they are quick to wrap themselves in the banner of Free Speech,” Parents Television Council President Tim Winter.

We think Winter has a point!

We are off to China during the next two weeks and will try to keep you up to date on media happenings there and elsewhere.

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