Last media thoughts for the week
Not a good look, BriWi. CNNMoney's Tom Kludt pointedly asks, "What else has NBC News dug up on Brian Williams?" (1,400 shares). After reading, Tal Kopan with Politico concludes, "Wow, this article really makes Brian Williams look like a pathological liar at worst, exaggerator at best." Elsewhere in scandals, Quicken Loans owner Dan Gilbert didn't like a Yahoo blog post, so Yahoo deleted it (700 shares). "Zero surprise here w/hopelessly conflicted CMO/media head," shrugs Re/code's Kara Swisher.
On the sympathetic end of the spectrum, NYT's Jon Ronson revisits how one stupid tweet ruined Justine Sacco’s life (67,000+ shares). "Nice piece about the larger cost of the public-shaming machine. It’s all very Lord of the Flies," notices Heidi Moore with Guardian US.
By the way, BuzzFeed not only scored an interview with the President, but they also got him to use a selfie stick in this video about things we all do, but won't admit (8,300 shares), one of which includes saying, "Thanks, Obama." Rachel Sanders there wonders, "who knew our president was so frickin CUTE." Press Association's Jamie Grierson admits, "Trying and failing to think of UK politician who could pull this off." Rob Delaney was less impressed, however, tweeting at Obama, "I unvote for you." Other than that, most people just really seemed distracted by that White House mirror in the video that oddly looked like it hadn't been cleaned. "WHY IS THE MIRROR DIRTY? WHY IS THE MIRROR DIRTY? WHY IS THE MIRROR DIRTY? WHY IS THE MIRROR DIRTY? WHY WHY WHY WHY?" demands FiveThirtyEight's Mona Chalabi, as the mystery triggered her slow descent into the abyss of insanity.