Friday, cable news audiences watched aghast as reporters from MSBNC, CNN and Fox News Channel toured the San Bernardino shooters’ home, broadcasting live as they pilfered through belongings. What’s the value in broadcasting that moment? Is there any?
Seth Fiegerman, Mashable: “Ethics went out the window when media mobbed the San Bernardino shooters’ apartment”
David A. Graham, The Atlantic: “What the hell just happened on MSNBC and CNN?”
David Zurawik, Baltimore Sun: “MSNBC, other outlets gone crazy in shooting suspects’ San Bernardino apartment”
Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “MSNBC’s terrible live tour of the San Bernardino attackers’ apartment”
Tommy Christopher, Mediaite: “MSNBC’s live tour of #SBShooting killiers’ apartment is the most awful thing ever”
Mollie Reilly, Huffington Post: “Reporters storm San Bernardino shooters’ home like a pack of vultures”
Tom Kludt, CNN Money: “News crews swarm San Bernardino shooters’ apartment”
Kelly McBride, Poynter: “Yes, reporters should go into the apartment, but don’t broadcast it live”
Stop the violence: Front & Center
The New York Times and the New York Daily News vocalized their frustrations with the on-going gun violence, each making strong statements on their front pages.
The Editorial Board, New York Times: “End the gun epidemic in America”
Ravi Somaiya, New York Times: “Gun debate yields page one editorial”
Al Tompkins, Poynter: “New York Times publishes front-page editorial advocating gun control”
Nick Baumann, Huffington Post: “The big problem with the New York Times’ Gun Editorial”
Zachary A. Goldfarb, Washington Post: “N.Y. Times calls U.S. gun laws ‘national disgrace’ in first front-page editorial since 1920”
Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “New York Daily News editor defends provocative cover: ‘We are stating the facts’”
Michael Calderone, Huffington Post: “The grim, sadly busy existence of a mass shooting tv pundit”
John Koblin and Ravi Somaiya, New York Times: “A grim new playbook in repeated mass killings”
Krithika Varagur, Huffington Post: “How many times will The Onion have to repost this article?”
Nathan McAlone, Business Insider: “These photos show how Snapchat handled its first serious breaking-news event with the San Bernardino mass shooting”
Donald Trump no longer ‘entertainment’
Arianna Huffington and the Huffington Post have made an about face, taking the Trump presidential campaign off the entertainment pages.
Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post: “A note on Trump: We’re no longer entertained”
Kelsey Suttin, POLITICO: “Huffington Post reverses policy of covering Trump under ‘Entertainment’”
Benjamin Mullin, Poynter: “The Huffington Post is no longer treating Trump as ‘entertainment’”
Philip Bump, Washington Post: “Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslim immigrants is based on a very shoddy poll”
Jill Colvin & Bruce Smith, Associated Press: “Trump calls for ‘complete shutdown’ on Muslims entering the US”
Donald Trump: “Donald J. Trump statement on preventing Muslim immigration”
Sinclair revives Circa
The Sinclair Broadcast Group announced it is reviving Circa, the bite-sized news service popular with Millennials.
Keach Hagey, Wall Street Journal: “Sinclair acquired and will relaunch mobile news site Circa”
Abhimanyu Ghoshal, The Next Web: “News app Circa is making a comeback”
Reporting on the spectrum
Eric Garcia, National Journal: “I’m not broken”
James Warren, Poynter: “What it’s like being an autistic reporter in D.C.”
First Amendment Defender
The Radio Television Digital News Foundation has awarded Tim Tai the first-ever First Amendment Defender Award. Other honorees this year include the Washington Post's Jason Rezaian, CBS's Cami McCormick, NBC's Tom Brokaw.
Missouri School of Jouranlism: “Senior Tim Tai named inaugural recipient of RTDNF First Amendment Defender Award”
Benjamin Mullin, Poynter: “Tim Tai wins First Amendment award”
Santa's Not Dead!
Lee Moran, Huffington Post: “Santa isn’t dead! Newspaper says sorry for fake obituary”
Rachel Blundy, Evening Standard: “Newspaper apologises after publishing Father Christmas’ ‘obituary’”