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  • Disgraced Birther Donald Trump Accuses Obama Of Being A "Foreign Candidate Getting Foreign Donations"

    Blog ››› ››› JUSTIN BERRIER

    Fox News and CNBC regular and "birther" conspiracy proponent Donald Trump reacted to a conservative group's unsubstantiated report that President Obama's campaign may be receiving illegal donations from foreign donors by calling him a "Foreign candidate getting foreign donations."

    In fact, the report, from conservative group the Government Accountability Institute, did not assert that the Obama campaign is receiving unlawful contributions, and the group's founders have admitted that fraudulent and foreign donations are just a "concern."

    From Trump's twitter feed:

    Trump foreign candidate

    Trump has repeatedly been criticized by conservatives and the media for his continued obsession with Obama's birth.

  • Malkin Attacks Meghan McCain And Sandra Fluke For Bonding Over Sexist Attacks

    Blog ››› ››› ADAM SHAH

    Michelle Malkin and the team at, a website she founded, are attacking Meghan McCain and Sandra Fluke for showing solidarity with each other over the sexist attacks both have endured.

    Yesterday, McCain tweeted a picture of herself and Fluke at an after-party following the White House Correspondents Dinner. McCain said "My fav meeting of the night" and referred to Fluke as "very brave and badass."

    Meghan McCain tweet

    McCain later tweeted: "Everyone calm down. I'm a proud pro-life republican but standing up to publicly being called a slut is brave. I've been through it." Fluke tweeted a response to McCain: "thanx 4 support/advice re: public attacks! We girls have each others' backs despite polit differences."

    McCain and Fluke have indeed been subjected to sexist attacks for speaking out publicly: Fluke was infamously called a "slut" and a "prostitute" and subjected to a barrage of other sexist attacks by Rush Limbaugh after speaking out about insurance coverage for contraception, and McCain has been subjected to repeated sexist comments after speaking publicly.

    Malkin's was outraged that McCain and Fluke would compare notes on sexism. The website collected some of the tweets on the subject by McCain, Fluke, and others under the headline "Groan: When Meggie Met Fluke-y" and called McCain a "GOP embarrassment" and referred to Fluke as a "Democratic embarrassment."

  • Maroon 5's Adam Levine To Fox: "Don't Play Our Music On Your Evil ... Channel Ever Again"


    In a post on his Twitter feed, Adam Levine, lead singer of pop rock band Maroon 5, commanded Fox News to stop playing its music on air, writing: "Dear Fox News, don't play our music on your evil f****** channel ever again. Thank you." From the post:

    Indeed, on the October 17 edition of Fox News' early morning show, Fox & Friends, Fox played an excerpt from the 2004 Maroon 5 hit "She Will Be Loved" from the band's album Songs About Jane. The song can be heard playing as co-host Steve Doocy teases a story about a cheerleader who fell into a swimming pool at the Pan Am Games in Mexico. As the song is playing, text on the top-left corner of the screen reads: " 'She Will Be Loved' Maroon 5." The show then went to commercial.

    Rolling Stone reported today that "[w]hen reached by Rolling Stone, Levine's representative declined to comment."

  • UPDATED: Cato's Michael Cannon jokes about "Illegal immigrants helping to clean up the oil" by calling them "absorbent"

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    On June 10, The Cato Institute's Michael F. Cannon responded to a story about "illegal immigrants helping to clean up the oil" by joking "I hear they're very absorbent" on his Twitter page. The post appears to have since been deleted:

    Michael Cannon calls illegal immigrants working on oil spill

    H/T Think Progress


    Cato's health care expert Cannon weighs in on reconciliation (NSFW)

    Update: The Washington Post's Dave Weigel writes that Cannon was "joking about what he sees as craziness in Louisiana," in response to "a local Louisiana sheriff fretting that undocumented workers might bring a 'criminal element' to the gulf if brought in for oil spill cleanup."

  • Vote for Media Matters in the Shorty Awards

    Blog ››› ››› KARL FRISCH

    Media Matters has been nominated as one of the top non-profits in the Shorty Awards honoring the best producers of short, real-time content on Twitter. Be sure to cast your vote by clicking here and let your friends know why you think Media Matters deserves to win!

    By the way, you can follow Media Matters on Twitter at @mmfa and the Media Matters senior fellows as well at @EricBoehlert, @JamisonFoser and @KarlFrisch.

  • Letterman, Kurtz and an issue of "discretion"

    Blog ››› ››› KARL FRISCH

    Marcy Wheeler has a post up looking at David Letterman, Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz and the issue of "discretion"... on Twitter.

    Wheeler notes:

    On September 30, several days after news of the WaPo's new Twitter policy came out, Howie Kurtz tweeted one of his last meta-tweets on the policy, calling for "discretion."

    WP has no plans to monitor tweets as far as I know, so there's no czar in charge. Grownups should just exercise a bit of discretion...

    Three tweets later, Howie set off on an obsession the likes of which we haven't seen since 1998.

    The obsession in question is over the controversy surrounding CBS' David Letterman of late. Check out the rest of her post for all the details on Kurtz's Twitter obsess...err "discretion."

    Shameless Plug: You can follow me on Twitter @KarlFrisch. My obsession happens to be media accountability, not Letterman.

  • Does Rupert Murdoch have his eye on Twitter?

    Blog ››› ››› KARL FRISCH

    As if his takeover of MySpace wasn't enough.

    The Guardian reports on speculation that Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp the parent company of Fox News, "could be ready to make a play for [Twitter]."

    From The Guardian (emphasis added):

    As the media world's most powerful figures gather in Sun Valley, Idaho to discuss the state of the industry the topics are likely to range far and wide. But aside from subjects like the economy and the influence of the internet, one question is likely to dominate conversations among the event's moguls and millionaires: will anyone broker a deal to buy Twitter?

    The hyped internet company's chief executive, Evan Williams, is one of hundreds of faces attending the shindig - a high-profile but secretive event organised by investment group Allen & Co. The fact that his fellow attendees reads like a Who's Who of the internet industry - including Google boss Eric Schmidt, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, new AOL chief Tim Armstrong, and media magnates Barry Diller and Rupert Murdoch - has lead some to speculate that an acquisition could be on the cards.

    Among those who believe a deal could be brokered at Sun Valley is journalist and entrepreneur Michael Wolff, who believes Murdoch could be ready to make a play for the San Francisco startup.

    Talking to Yahoo, Wolff said that Murdoch showed no evidence of regretting the purchase of MySpace, the social network he bought in 2005 that recently underwent severe cutbacks.

    "I don't think he feels that he was burned badly," he said. "They made a good deal and then the company soared to a theoretical valuation of $15bn. Where is it now? Certainly not at $15bn, but I think it's probably over $600m - though maybe not too much."

    Wolff, who wrote a biography of the 78-year-old and now runs a news aggregation website, said that Twitter could add substance to Murdoch's online empire.

    "I think they would say that they were caught," he said of the MySpace acquisition. 'They didn't have the technological heft to support this kind of company. Could they get that technological heft by adding Twitter to their formidable new media assets?"

    For what it's worth you can follow me on Twitter @KarlFrisch and Media Matters @MMFA. Hurry before Murdoch kicks us off. Sigh.

  • "I'd like to talk to you about that thing you put on the Friendsters and Tweeters..."

    Blog ››› ››› KARL FRISCH

    Editor & Publisher has an interesting look at how newspaper editors are reacting to the use of popular social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook by their journalists. As you can imagine, newspaper ethics policies for social networking sites are all over the map...

    From Editor & Publisher:

    The Los Angeles Times issued a list of guidelines in March, while The Wall Street Journal gained attention in May when it expanded its conduct guidelines to include a host of online-related restrictions, including warnings not to "friend" confidential sources or get into Web- related arguments with critics. The Washington Post, just a day later, did the same (as I observe in my story on p. 5). But not everyone is laying down the law on Twitter. Some papers want staffers to take a casual, open approach, while others admit they aren't sure how to police the social media outlets and still allow them to be useful.


    Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, started tweeting, albeit sparingly, last month. "I have asked people to use common sense and respect the workplace and assume whatever they tweet will be tied to the paper," he told me. "Even when they are tweeting personal information to their followers, they are still representing the New York Times."

    The Washington Post's new policy on social networking sites, created in mid-May, asks users to avoid "verbal fisticuffs with rivals or critics." The paper's policy adds: "In general, we expect that the journalism our reporters produce will be published through The Washington Post, in print or digitally, not on personal blogs, Facebook or MySpace pages, or via Twitter or other new media. We are happy to have reporters post links to their stories or other Post material.


    The Los Angeles Times "social media" guidelines make clear that staffers are always representing the paper when they engage in online activities: "Assume that your professional life and your personal life merge online regardless of your care in separating them. Don't write or post anything that would embarrass the LAT or compromise your ability to do your job."


    When I asked Associated Press Director of Media Relations Paul Colford about Twitter and Facebook policies, he cited a portion of the AP's "news values and principles," which states: "Anyone who works for the AP must be mindful that opinions they express may damage the AP's reputation as an unbiased source of news."

    Perhaps news outlets (print/broadcast/online) should post their ethics policies online. Not just policies as they relate to social networking but the policies that guide reporters in general.

    Over the years we've seen numerous examples of media figures breaching the tenants of basic journalistic integrity if not their employers' stated ethics policies. If editors are too busy to police their own reporters, I'm sure the American people would be happy to pick up the slack – on Twitter, on Facebook, on the news pages or on the air.

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