The hardbaking staff has been AWOL the past few weeks – Matriculation and all that – but we’re back now, presumably to the dismay of one person and another.
So, let the Great Boston MediaWatch Dogfight re(jack)boot, and don’t spare the horse laughs.
Start, as usual with Underdog Press Party, the Boston Herald’s weekly Wayne’s World Webcast. This week’s rundown:
The Boston Herald “Press Party” web show focuses on press and political blunders committed during the wake the Washington D.C. Navy Yard shooting massacre, and Attorney General Martha Coakley’s debut as a gubernatorial candidate.
The panelists included retiring state Rep. Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk), who is resigning to take a job in the private sector and recounted some of his own biggest mistakes, like an April Fool’s Day YouTube video during his failed U.S. Senate run that critics panned as “not senatorial.”
Winslow also offers parting advice to the media and “Press Party” panel, saying journalists too often rely on generalizations and stereotypes when covering politicians. The web show’s “mediafail” segment focuses on a reporter misquoting the co-founder of Dropbox saying “anyone with nipples” instead of what he actually said – “anyone with a pulse.”
Okaaay . . .
Crosstown at Big Dog WGBH’s Beat the Press, the topics were very different: Feel Good Ads That Get Free Play (specifically Carl Sciortino’s TV spot in the MA 5th Democratic primary), the Glen James story about the Boston homeless man who returned $42,00o he found in a lost backpack, and the usual Rants ‘n’ Raves.
The one intersection of the two media hall monitors was the coverage of the D.C. Navy Yard shootings.
Press Party talked about how “the media botched the story and politicians rushed to judgment.”
The media did not cover itself in glory, according to the Pressniks, especially given that NBC and CBS identified the wrong person as the shooter. Beyond that, news media should never quote the police scanner or let social media pressure them to be first.
As if . . .
Over all, the Pressniks concluded, the coverage was “a poor excuse for journalism.” Moral of the story: don’t tweet before you vet. As if . . .
Meanwhile, the Beatniks at BTP proffered that the coverage “had numerous mistakes.”
I think they were trying.
It wasn’t egregious.
I’m not that outraged.
There’s gonna be mistakes.
Two different worlds, yeah?