If you ever get an e-mail from a journalist, there’s one portion of it you should pay attention to more than any other. No, it’s not the part where they’re asking you about all that priceless art you stole and ate; it’s the sign-off.
If it’s “Cheers,” you’re cool. You did OK. If it’s “Regards,” you pissed somebody off, and you better figure out how to fix things, quick.
We apply those same tenets here, every week.
CHEERS to CNN for responding to concerns that a poll on their web-page, asking if gay characters on television are “bad for society,” was offensive to gays and lesbians and quickly pulling it. (DW)
REGARDS to CNN for running the poll and the video it was in reference too, which heavily featured the commentary of anti-gay activists, in the first place. It’s difficult to imagine any other minority group whose mere presence on television would be seen as a cause for concern by any major news organization. (DW)
CHEERS to Florida Times-Union Managing Editor Marilyn Young for flat-out refusing to pay the $300 the local medical examiner’s office apparently tried to charge the paper for two interviews. I mean, sometimes reporters can be a little dry in their questioning, but this is ridiculous. (MW)
REGARDS to the Christian Science Monitor for responding to accusations that the media blew up the Pastor Jones/Quran burning story well past its relevance by saying that in the digital age, media outlets simply had no choice in covering the (non-)event. (You know how ABC was going to fly Jones up to New York to interview him on television? They had no choice!) The article and its sources further go on to defend the coverage saturation by saying the Internet demands “greater contextualization than ever”–which is probably why coverage of the miners in Chile, floods in Pakistan and fires in Detroit have been been just as in-depth and ubiquitous as the Jones business, right? We’re disheartened to hear that in the age of greater and cheaper tools for mass coverage, editors and producers are claiming they have less control than ever over what they’ll print or air. (KL)
CHEERS, in that same vein, to Fox News Senior Vice President Michael Clemente for stating publicly that the network would not cover the Quran burnings. (MW)
REGARDS to Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington for wagging her finger at the mainstream media for covering “flash-in-the pan” stories. Seriously, has she read her own website? Never before have we seen a clearer case of a sensationalistic website that runs daily Katy Perry pictures and pseudoscience articles calling the kettle black.