From the Fourth Estate

May 06, 2015

"I need to talk about @_kevindonovan," shares Canadaland media critic Jesse Brown, as he dropped on Twitter a scathing redress of Toronto Star's Kevin Donovan and his decision to publish a "tell-all" on Jian Ghomeshi without consulting the alleged victims (2,900+ shares so far). Donovan doesn't "work with sources," he reportedly told Brown, in response to questions about his refusal to communicate with the anonymous sources what he will and won't redact about their identifying information. Then there was this: "'We have enough victims' –How the Toronto Star told @JesseBrown it was moving on from the Jian Ghomeshi investigation  tweets Ruth Spencer with Guardian US. "One side of the story, for sure, but Donovan and the Star look terrible here," admits Adam Wazny with the Winnipeg Free Press.

In other media skirmishes, Al Jazeera network's own inner turmoil is now headline news. VentureBeat's Greg Ferenstein reacts, "this piece on @ajam is just devastating ... 30K viewers a night. that's less than a blog post." David Beard with details, "Lawsuit alleges senior @AJEnglish exec told staff: 'Whoever supports Israel should die a fiery death in hell.'" Freelancer Gregg Carlstrom concludes, "The guy who runs Al Jazeera America comes across here like a miniature Hosni Mubarak." Sounds like NBC News is no longer the most troubled network in town.

In politics, Andrea Mitchell has drawn admiration for ruthlessly hounding Hillary Clinton as her "rope-line antagonist." The line to tape to your mirror: “Sometimes people use the term ‘aggressive’ pejoratively. It is not anything to apologize for.” Across the pond, ITV News has dug up Ed Miliband's first ever TV appearance as a fresh-faced student, and it's pretty darn adorkable. "This footage @itvmeridian unearthed of young 'Ted Miliband' definitely makes me think he has grown into his nerdiness," shares Newsnight's Jess Brammar. We'd guess Miliband is nostalgic for those days, now that The Sun is tearing into him even more viciously than they did Labour's Neil Kinnock in 1992. So don't let it surprise you when you read in David Axelrod's exit interview that, now working for Ed Miliband, he finds Britain's conservative media more powerful and more partisan than American media. Author Michael Goldfarb of Politico notes, "David Axelrod told me working against Fox News was tough. Then he went to work in Britain ..."

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