Mix o' media
We recently learned that Martin Bashir has resigned from MSNBC in the wake of controversial on-air remarks. You know which ones. And if you don't, Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski broke it down succinctly, if not so eloquently: "Martin Bashir resigns after saying someone should poop in Sarah Palin's mouth." Tim Dickinson with Rolling Stones reacted, "[S]uggesting that someone shit in Sarah Palin's mouth was unacceptable, but I'm sorry for this news."
Thanks to the close scrutiny of the media, now the GOP feels compelled to tutor potential candidates on how to run against women. "So no more 'binders full of women' & 'legitimate rape' comments?" tweeted financial journalist Melanie Zanona. One can only hope.
In social media, Facebook has just admitted that the "organic" reach of its brand posts is dropping. Taylor Lorenz with the Daily Mail plucked a choice quote from this Advertising Age article for us: "Facebook spokesman: 'The best way to get your stuff seen if you're a business is to pay for it.'"
Alas, poor Blackberry, we knew you. If you're like us, you've probably owned a Blackberry at some point. And if you're also like us, you don't any more. On that very topic, here's an oral history from Bloomberg News of the rise and fall of that once handy device. Tara Lachapelle there described it as a "BlackBerry former employees' account of the heartache of watching the company's demise."
In weird but true news, Amsterdam is offering an unbelievable deal for alcoholics. KUOW's Ross Reynolds explains it, "Amsterdam takes Seattle's drinking tolerant apts. for alcoholics 1 step further - jobs where people are paid in beer." Yes, you read that right. Freelance journalist Keegan Hamilton had a more sobering reaction: "Only a matter of time until media companies start paying journalists with 6 beers, a bit of tobacco, & $13 per day."