Media muckery and more
... that's not a word, but we're going to try to make it happen, anyway. There's some none too pretty stuff going on between Buzzfeed staff and progressive web site Firedoglake (by which we mean FDL contributor D.S. Wright, who appears to have penned this post). We'd rather not go into too many of the details, but it's trending too high in our newsroom for us to ignore it. Suffice to say, Buzzfeed EIC Ben Smith's response to the account by Wright was this: "Unbelievable, grotesque, sexism toward a young reporter from the progressive @firedoglake."
Which leads us to believe it might be a good time for a refresher course on how reporters can ethically navigate social media, a helpful offering by Amanda Hess for Slate. Considering we regularly include tweets in our newsletters, the importance of further studying this topic is not lost on us. Nevertheless, ABC Radio's Mark Colvin states, "I’m hard line on this. What you say on an open twitter feed is as public and quotable as a speech in a town square."