Media Mashup: October 9, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 6.49.30 AMLeno Doesn’t Watch the Evening News Anymore

Former late night host Jay Leno has given up on the evening news programs–once a mainstay for his jokes. “I don’t watch traditional 6:30 newscasts anymore. Those don’t really deal with international news. Those are all the lost puppy stories,” he said recently.

“I’m kind of an NBC guy. I’ve been at NBC my whole life. [CNBC] is kind of the stepchild and it’s nice to meet the other members of the family. My goal is to meet each viewer personally. Right now on CNBC that should be pretty easy to do,” he said, failing to mention MSNBC as well.

The Journo and the Killer

Michael Ross murdered eight young women and raped even more. He was sentenced to die. As a small army of law-enforcement officials prepared the execution, reporter Martha Elliott tried to prepare for the loss of a subject who, against journalistic standards, had become a dear friend. “I’m afraid this is going to happen,” she said to one of Ross’s lawyers. “And I really don’t want to watch.”

The journalist—she also taught for 10 years at the Columbia Journalism School—begins The Man in the Monster by disclosing her friendship with Ross and anti-death penalty views, a reminder of conflicts of interest that she repeats throughout the book. By exposing her biases, she gives readers the chance to make their own decisions about the story she tells.

Coulter on the Oregon Murders

Ann Coulter writes on “There’s a rigid formula in media accounts of mass shootings: If possible, blame it on angry white men; when that won’t work, blame it on guns.

“The perpetrator of the latest massacre… was a half-black immigrant, so the media are refusing to get too specific about him.”

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to


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