Pontifications from the press
It only took Morning Joe three days to blame the racist SAE video on rap music (~1,500 shares as of this morning). "Oh good, we’re in the 'white pundits blame hip-hop' part of the SAE news cycle," announces National Journal's Emma Roller. Also, welcome to the inaugural edition of CNN's Being Moody, starring Chris Moody showering in Palm Beach campaign cash. Also starring Chris's mom. "@moody became a reporter after he decided to get out of the cutthroat world of hair modeling," teases colleague Brenna Williams. We interned alongside this guy, everybody.
Today we remember Claude Sitton, the New York Times reporter revered for covering the South in the Civil Rights Era. Timothy Noah with Politico reacts, "Reporters aren't typically important historical figures, even at the NYT. Claude Sitton was an exception. RIP." Also, this bad news about the Orange County Register: "Holy moly. Aaron Kushner resigns as CEO of the company that owns the OC Register. What a mess," tweets Voice of San Diego's Scott Lewis.
From David Uberti with the Columbia Journalism Review, here's a wrap-up we loved on how Hillary Clinton made journalists’ lives difficult yesterday, which included "leaving dozens of reporters hemmed in a cramped space, doing what we’re best at: tweeting in indignation" (100+). Too true. "In Hillary Clinton's defense, she's only doing her event here at the UN because the vault at Fort Knox was already booked," jokes Guardian's Ben Jacobs. CJR is also hot on the trail of the problem with the World Press Photo contest (1,600+ shares). The Intercept's Peter Maass calls it "Essential reading on photography from @ninaberman on latest controversy over staging and post-processing."
In entertainment, a band of local LA TV reporters (including Matt Schrader and Kenny Holmes of NBC Los Angeles) are in the throes of making a documentary on the genius of the world's greatest composers, and it's called SCORE (~3,400 shares). Check out their trailer and Kickstarter (where they've earned Kickstarter "Staff Pick" accolades) here, and support these journalists gone Hollywood before their fundraising deadline arrives.