Views of the News: Todd Akin; Party Platforms; Conventions Matter?; Zakaria Back; Media Credibility

Aug 21, 2012

Akin, Rape and Media Responsibility

Sharon Begley and Susan Heavey, Reuters: "Rape trauma as barrier to pregnancy has no scientific basis"

David Taintor, Talking Points Memo: "Todd Akin Interviewer: 'I Screwed Up' By Not Following Up"

Jeff Sonderman, Poynter: "3 lines journalists cannot cross on Twitter (or anywhere else)"

Richard Allen Greene, CNN: "Piers Morgan puts up empty chair after Akin cancels appearance"

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: "Huffington Post puts strong, provocative hanger on homepage"

Do Platforms Matter? (and More Convention-al Wisdom)

Jeff Greenfield, Yahoo! News: "Jumping ship: The part platforms no one stands on anymore"

Donald Wolfensberger, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars: "Party Platforms Are Not Just Meaningless Fluffery"

George E. Condon, Jr., National Journal: "Political Conventions: No More Dead Doves, but They Still Matter"

Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times: "Party conventions still matter as a political reality show"

Gerald F. Seib, Wall Street Journal: "Political Perceptions: Eagerly Awaiting the Fall Debates"

Zakaria's Wrist Slap

Christine Haughney, The New York Times: "A Media Personality, Suffering a Blow to His Image, Ponders a Lesson"

Peter Osnos, The Atlantic: "Fareed Zakaria and the Perils of Modern-Day Punditry"

Jim Kelly, Vanity Fair: "The Lobster Shift: The Monster Behind Jonah Lehrer's and Fareed Zakaria's High-Profile Mistakes"

Steven Brill, Reuters: "Stories I'd Like to See: Fareed Zakaria's 'mistake'"

Media Credibility Drops Again

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press: "Further Decline in Credibility Ratings for Most News Organizations"