By Elizabeth Cherneff, CNN
This week on Reliable Sources, we’ll look at media coverage of the devastating Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes as well as the ongoing federal investigation into Fox News reporter James Rosen’s sources. Until then, here are some other stories that caught our attention this week:
Scandals and Watergate: An overused analogy? – In a piece for Slate this week, chief political correspondent John Dickerson urged his younger peers to be cautious in comparing the recent controversies facing the Obama administration to the infamous 1970's Watergate scandal. Dickerson argues that the tendency to overuse the phrase in modern reporting “has scrubbed the analogy down to near meaninglessness.” Rather than exaggerate, he writes, journalists should exercise caution in covering political scandals with the knowledge that “if something is like Watergate, you will not have to say it is so.”
For Weiner, a Campaign Apart – With this week’s YouTube video announcing his bid, Anthony Weiner ended months of speculation and confirmed that he will enter the race for NYC mayor. The Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Grossman notes that this will be a campaign unlike any other for Weiner, who was forced to resign in 2011 after sending inappropriate tweets and photos to several women on social media. Now, Weiner faces several hurdles, including the fact that many unions and political groups have already thrown their support behind other candidates. As he kicks off his latest campaign, it will be interesting to see how receptive New Yorkers are to Weiner’s latest message to focus on issues affecting the city’s middle class voters.
ESPN Cutting 300 to 400 Jobs – ESPN is cutting 300 to 400 jobs through layoffs and leaving vacant positions unfilled. The company confirmed the changes and released a statement on Tuesday reading, ‘We are implementing changes across the company to enhance our continued growth while smartly managing costs.” Despite the revenue ESPN brings to its parent company, Walt Disney, the staffing cuts come at a time when sports programming costs are also on the rise.
Celebrities who have fallen asleep during tv interviews – A tv interview with actor Morgan Freeman went viral this week after he appeared to fall asleep during a live segment with Seattle affiliate KCPQ. Freeman was appearing alongside fellow actor Michael Caine to promote the pair’s new film, ‘Now You See Me.’ With hectic press tour schedules, Freeman isn’t the first celebrity to doze off on-air, but the actor had the last laugh this time. Following the interview, he posted a good-natured response on his Facebook page, writing, “Regarding my recent interview, I wasn't actually sleeping. I'm a beta tester for Google Eyelids and I was merely taking the opportunity to update my Facebook page .”