Peter Kafka

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CNN Embraces Social Media, a Bit Too Fondly

Hey, here’s some “process journalism” for you: Anyone know what happened at the Hulu board meeting in Los Angeles on Monday? Besides News Corp. (NWS) digital boss Jon Miller taking his seat on the board? Inquiring minds want to know!

Meantime, check out this excellent “Daily Show” clip (via Hulu) from Monday, where Jon Stewart skewers mainstream media’s clumsy attempts–OK, Time Warner’s (TWX) CNN, specifically–to augment its product with some of that newfangled social media we’ve heard about. Facebook? Check. Twitter? Of course! Wisdom of crowds? Hard to discern, sometimes.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald