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In response to Vanity Fair’s Monica Lewinsky exclusive, BuzzFeed pulled one of the oldest tricks in the fairly new internet reporting book by having Summer Anne Burton and Jack Shepherd file How Websites Today Would Report The Monica Lewinsky Scandal. Whitney Friedlander at Variety was “Kinda afraid to look,” but Boston Magazine’s Melissa Malamut thinks it’s rather “Perfect.”
And in a response to a response, Nate Silver, Harry Enten, and Mona Chalabi over at Five Thirty Eight talk about A Buzzfeed Parody Made Real and wonder: Was Monica Lewinsky Really That Bad For Bill Clinton? Enten added, “Back in December 1998, I was in 4th grade... Ms. Haffenreffer's class... I wrote this in ClarisWorks (look it up).” Julie Moos with McClatchy Newspapers called the whole thing: “Meta+.” Dan Seifert at The Verge deduced that “The future of data journalism is refuting Buzzfeed parodies,” which might have prompted National Journal’s Matt Berman to exclaim: “See! Journalism is fine!”
Speaking of saving journalism, the New York Times’s Brooks Barnes says a New Venture Envisions Films Based on Gritty Journalism. Freelancer Ellen Maguire explained, “A smart new film venture based on deep-dive reporting, run by @HugoLindgren,@meganeellison & @markboal.” Issie Lapowsky from Inc. said, “I have a feeling I'm going to love whatever comes out of this - new film studio marries film and journalism.” Maria LaMagna from Bloomberg View admitted, “I am so intrigued by this project.”
In quite the opposite turn of events, The Guardian reports that Fairfax Media threatens striking journalists with the sack.