Jay Rosen

Jay Rosen

I teach journalism and direct the Studio 20 program at NYU, critique the press, try to grasp digital logic. I advise media companies too. Yours, perhaps?

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@janelle_rbw  May or may not be relevant: the president of CBS News is a woman— for the first time ever, which is itself absurd. I took 24 hours to think about it, and could not come up with a good reason for skipping the question.

Another impression from the CBS interview. Birx seems to me an example of a public servant caught in an intensely political position who convinced herself that to succeed she had to be as un-political as possible, as against mastering the politics, too. It could never work. But..

...politicizing her role as Task Force Coordinator— that wouldn't work either. There's no good answer, and here I admire her for taking on an impossible job. Still, she needed to realize she had *some* power. It originated in the cost of firing her and her freedom to speak after.

If you have never seen it, here's the clip of Dr. Deborah Birx trying to persuade us that Trump is an attentive student of the scientific literature on COVID-19 with a deep grasp of the data.

@ConnieRR4  @NormOrnsteinOne  thing (of many) that makes the episode absurd is that even Trump's friends and defenders would not try to persuade you that he pays close attention and masters the details. "He's a big picture guy, " they would say. And they would lionize him for NOT getting lost in the data.

"Twitter unveiled a feature Monday meant to bolster its efforts to combat misinformation and disinformation by tapping users in a fashion similar to Wikipedia to flag potentially misleading tweets." Worth a try.

In 2017, I wrote this about Dean Baquet... "If the perception of critics can edit the actions of his staff then he has surrendered power to enemies of the Times, who will always perceive bias because it is basic to their interests to do so."

A "decentralized, multi-platform network of high-performing Black and Brown media organizations" has launched: URL Media. Part of their logic: it's taking too long to diversify media companies. We can't wait around for them to change.

Another thing that stands out for me about Baron: Set your own standard and don't react to people who want you dead and also find you "biased."


Man. When CNN's fact checker @ddale8  gets into his rhythm, he IS the firehose of falsehood. Watch:

Read this headline: A Kenosha Militia Facebook Event Asking Attendees To Bring Weapons Was Reported 455 Times. Moderators Said It Didn’t Violate Any Rules. It remained up. Two people were shot dead. Then it came down. Now for the story:

Greg Sargent tells me: "I believe Republicans are banking on a pathology of the press, in which the media will place the entire onus of unity on Biden, and allow the Republican claim that unity hasn't been achieved to count as proof of itself." His post:

For me, this is the quote of the year. From 1951.

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The @GOP 's verified account sent this out. That he won in a landslide. Here, I think, the party made official its break with American democracy. Not saying it wasn't apparent before. It was. Just more official now. As ridiculous as Sydney Powell is, this is a sobering moment.

Jake Tapper does a great job here. It's the right mix of news reporting, astonishment and outrage. And it begins with Biden as the man of the hour, not the deposed would-be autocrat, or any of his dead enders. Watch it.