In the latest of skeezy reports surrounding Uber, BuzzFeed's Ben Smith reveals an Uber executive suggested digging up dirt on journalists (12,600+ shares). One targeted journalist in question, PandoDaily's Sarah Lacy, then took to the web to write, "The moment I learned just how far Uber will go to silence journalists and attack women." ValleyWag's Nitasha Tiku jumped all over this attempt to smear female reporters, too. And San Francisco Magazine's Ellen Cushing notes, "For what it's worth, several Uber employees have warned me that Uber execs might look into my travel logs." Next, TechCrunch reports Uber won’t investigate journalists, moments after exec suggests it investigate journalists.
Time to re-up a recent LA Weekly post on how Uber tried to dupe them.
In other media news, YouGov profiles the nation’s newspaper readers. "FT readers enjoy braised endives and sailing, describe themselves as analytical but arrogant. That's why we love you," remarks Robin Wigglesworth with Financial Times.
Some career reflections (in addition to our usual career updates): Mike Wise is departing The Washington Post to join Jason Whitlock’s ESPN project. "Sad news: @MikeWiseguy, staple of @PostSports & an outstanding writer, leaving for ESPN," colleague Philip Rucker tweets. SNL Financial's Adam Cancryn is less enthused: "The white guy lecturing black people on how to act is joining Black Grantland sooo that's cool." Well, when you put it that way.
Finally, BuzzFeed's Matthew Zeitlin asks, "Can Joe Weisenthal change Bloomberg before Bloomberg changes him?"