HuffPo blogger pulls down post claiming Palin is trying to spread “retardation”

After Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announced today that she would step down the news made front page headlines and quickly spread online. But another story concerning Palin also cropped up: A Huffington Post blogger named Erik Nelson, whose bio states that he has “written for several comedy websites and published short fiction while living in the deep South,” published a “satirical” post claiming that Palin was trying to spread “retardation” …

Reversing the advertising trend: Will newspaper classifieds ever fully recover?

Steve Outing asserts that Craigslist is not the enemy. He says this despite the fact that his new site, Reinventing Classifieds, is focused on reversing trends that Craigslist and its ilk have caused.

“Enemy? No, I wouldn’t use that word,” Outing said in a phone interview today. “If Craig [Newmark] wouldn’t have come along with this idea then someone else would have. The nature of what the internet makes …

The ACLU defends anonymous newspaper commenters

Maggie McLetchie, a lawyer for the ACLU in Nevada, is defending four people whose names she does not know. Her boss knows their names, she said, but she doesn’t, and it’s her goal to make sure nobody else does either.

The ACLU was approached recently by four people who left anonymous comments on a story about a tax evasion trial in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. A subpoena has been issued …

How much influence does Salon’s Glenn Greenwald wield within the White House?

When measuring a media outlet’s influence, the idea that the White House reads or listens to what you have to say would be a good indicator that your political sway reaches far beyond mere readership, but Salon blogger Glenn Greenwald has the distinction of being one of the few who can write something that results in the Obama Administration actually dispatching operatives to push back against his posts. Early last …

How progressive bloggers pressured NYT public editor into addressing Acorn “pimp” hoax

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Brad Friedman had heard from someone at Acorn that the New York Times public editor Clark Hoyt had scheduled a meeting with leaders of the anti-poverty organization, but Hoyt’s column that hit the web over the weekend still came as a surprise to the blogger. Friedman, who writes for the progressive Brad Blog, has just spent the last two months leading a movement pressuring the Times into …

Dave Weigel and the rise of young libertarian journalists in DC

In the wake of Dave Weigel’s resignation from the Washington Post after a number of his emails were leaked to online news outlets, dozens of bloggers and journalists penned posts honoring and defending Weigel’s journalistic integrity. One suchdefense was written by Julian Sanchez for The Atlantic’s website and is notable not because it’s different from all the other posts but because of its similarity. Like many of his colleagues, …

The New Yorker allows Facebook fans access to its paywall content

Though some of the articles published in The New Yorker each week are free, it still shelves many of them behind a paywall. But on my Facebook news feed I just caught a glimpse of a new roll-out from the magazine: web content only available on itsFacebook page:

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And when you click on the link it takes you to a very New Yorker-esque Facebook version of a Jonathan …

How a Metafilter member caused the New York Times to pull down altered photos

new york times martinAdam Gurno does not have any particular expertise in photography or digitally altering photos, other than the fact that he has several kids and occaisionally uploads their pictures onto his computer. But when the Minnesota computer programmer was perusing through a photo slideshow at the New York Times’ website, one of the images caught his eye. Gurno has been a member of the Metafilter community since 2005, and yesterday during …

Gawker to publish Russian translation of buried GQ story critical of Vladimir Putin

gq storyEarlier today, NPR’s David Folkenflik filed a reportdetailing GQ’s efforts to bury and hide a feature-length article critical of Vladimir Putin. Titled “Vladimir Putin’s Dark Rise to Power,” it’s the result of war journalist Scott Anderson’s research into several bombings that ended with hundreds of deaths in 1999 in Russia. It quotes an anonymous KGB official connecting Putin to the bombings.

“But instead of trumpeting his reporting,” Folkenflik reported. …

6% of Huffington Post’s front page stories contain original reporting from the site

huffington postThere has been vibrant discussion recently about the Huffington Post’s contribution to journalism and whether it truly is the future of newspapers. In a New Yorkerpiece last year, Eric Alterman reported that the site’s owners were “convinced that they are ready to reinvent the American newspaper.” It was recently announced that Arianna Huffington had been honored with a “lifetime achievement” award for journalism. It has faced constant criticism over …