Media, on the media
More than a day later, the New York Times' ambitious multimedia work "Invisible Child: Dasani’s Homeless Life" is still trending at the top of the Muck Rack newsroom, and everywhere else in social media.
But the New York Post isn't happy about that.
Under the blaring banner of the headline "The New York Times’ ‘homeless’ hooey," the NY Post posits "Yes, the family’s housing has problems, including mice and reports of sexual assaults and other crimes. But the Times and Elliott, like much of the liberal establishment, seem to think it’s the city’s job to provide comfortable lives to outrageously irresponsible parents. In this case, that’s a couple with a long history of drug problems and difficulty holding jobs."
Let's see how the rest of the media reacted to this assessment:
- "8AM, already outraged: 'If the city is at fault here, it might well be for having been too generous.'" - Adam Cancryn with SNL Financial
- "ICYMI: The New York Post is run by a band of craven mole people." - Benjamin R. Freed, The Washingtonian
- "The NY Post totally nails. Poor people in NYC have it so easy!!!" - Sam Stein, The Huffington Post
- "A lot of times, I wish D.C. had a decent tabloid. And then there are these times…" - Will Sommer, Washington City Paper
- "NYPost to homeless kids with troubled parents: Drop dead!" - David Carr, The New York Times
- "I get the feeling that tonight the New York Post editorial board will be visited by four spirits." - Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago
- "'These people have a ROOF, for Chrissakes! How is that homeless?'" New York Magazine's Stefan Becket, in a sarcastic re-imagining of additional commentary from NY Post.
- "This only works if you picture NY Post editorial board cackling and fondling their watch fobs while drowning orphans." - Heidi Moore, The Guardian
- "Have strong feelings about the NY Post's "homeless hooey" editorial? Talk to edit page editor @wjmcgurn." - Marcus Baram with the International Business Times, being helpful!
- "OK so quick poll: Which paragraph is the most heartless and gleefully cruel? I vote 6." - Tom Gara, Wall Street Journal
... and perhaps best of all, the reaction from a journalist actually in the newsroom under fire:
- "I fear this one is going to cost me some interviews." - Tim Donnelly, New York Post
We feel your pain, Tim.
In other news from the media about the media, AllThingsD Editors Are Said to Complete NBCUniversal Deal, according to Bloomberg's Edmund Lee and Serena Saitto. "Looks like @karaswisher & @waltmossberg have found a new home. … And it may be Comcastic!" reacted Houston Chronicle's Dwight Silverman. "Wait, what? "Revere Digital"? Really?" asked Chris Krewson with The Hollywood Reporter, confused, and he seemingly wasn't the only one. So co-author Lee set the record straight: "So it's clear (& as it says in the story) Revere Digital is name of holding co., not the name of forthcoming website." Everybody relax!
Also filed under "media moves," The Boston Globe reports NYT columnist David Carr is joining Boston University faculty (but don't worry, he'll keep writing for the Times). "New byline will be 'David Cahh,'" colleague Mark Leibovich teased. "Big win for BU's journalism program as it lands NY Times media columnist," surmised David L. Harris at Banker & Tradesman. Poynter's Craig Silverman didn't see it as such a good thing, though: "Pressure from expanded Capital NY, loss of Stelter & now David Carr scaling back… NYT Media section on the wane?"
Also at the Times, Ravi Somaiya penned this cautionary piece that suggests if a story goes viral, the truth may be taking a beating. Rolfe Winkler from WSJ responded, "2 reactions: 1) Amen, 2) how did they not update story for Google bus hoax today?" The Atlantic contributor Sara Morrison pulled this quote from Gawker's EIC: "'It is impossible to have the strict standards of accuracy that other institutions have.' That's embarrassing." The piece also prompted WSJ's Rubina Fillion to query, "Can a false viral story be a "hoax" if the creator of the content never meant to deceive anyone?" Sara Catania at NBC Los Angeles replied to her, "No way. It's reckless misuse."
Always quick with the quips, Reuters' Margarita Noriega suggested, "Let's get this trending for irony's sake!"