Pertaining to the press

Apr 22, 2016

In the latest update to the case of the wrongly accused social justice columnist Shaun King, former New York Daily News editor Jotham Sederstrom devoted a Medium post to apologize for and explain how "two unintentional, albeit inexcusable, instances of sloppy editing" and a formatting glitch could cause King's copy to appear plagiarized when it was in fact properly attributed. Sederstrom writes, "until Tuesday I had no idea" the error was "was systematically stripping out large blocks of indented quotations each time I moved Shaun’s copy from an email to The News’ own Content Management System" a.k.a. CMS. "I've never said this before but... someone should hire this nice straight white man," advises Vox's Choire Sicha. Relatedly, Max Read reminds everyone that you just don’t trust your CMS. "There’s a way in which this is the most important thing you’ll read all week," cautions Gabriel Roth at Slate

Impressively, the Washington Post has just cooked up an exquisite "virtual museum" of President Obama's years in the White House. "@ObamaFoundation library may be years away, but @washingtonpost virtual library is up. Take a look (on your phone)," recommends Juliet Eilperin there. Weekly Standard's Mark Hemingway was less a fan: "WaPo's 'virtual museum' of Obama's presidency seems more cult worship than journalism." Things are less rosy at the Financial Times, however, where they're quoted "We are facing daunting conditions." Carl Zimmer from STAT and the NY Times reacts, "If even @FinancialTimes is having a rough go of it …" The only silver lining we could find here was that the Wall Street Journal has some openings. "Don't be mad, WSJ is hiring. Opening to join our bureau to cover Iraq and Syria, based in Beirut," shares correspondent Tamer El-Ghobashy.

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