Inside Media - February 10th, 2020

Inside Media (Feb 10th, 2020)

Pelosi's request to remove video denied / Capital Gazette sanity trial postponed / MuckRack "Trends"

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1. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's request that Twitter and Facebook remove a doctored video made from the State of the Union address has been denied. President Trump posted the video last Thursday without any commentary showing Pelosi ripping up the president's speech manuscript. But instead of showing that it occurred as it happened at the end of his address, the video makes it look like Pelosi tore the papers at the same time Trump was honoring a Tuskegee airman and other guests at the address. The video was shared tens of thousands of times on Twitter and Facebook. Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesperson, said that the video did not violate Facebook’s policy on manipulated media.  A Twitter spokesperson responded to the request by saying that starting March 5, the company would start applying labels that read “manipulated media” on heavily edited videos like Trump’s. The Trump campaign responded that the video was clearly a parody. -- NEW YORK TIMES

2. New York Times' captions of Oscar night photos captured attention on Twitter early this morning. Heather Kelly, a technology reporter for the Washington Post, tweeted late last night, "Shout out to the drunk intern* having a blast writing NYT Oscar captions." The captions include one under a picture of the Best Actor nominee for "Marriage Story" that read "Who’s going to drive you home, Adam Driver?" Kelly's tweet was followed by many retweets, postings of other photos from the NYT story, and commentary. -- TWITTER/@HEATHERKELLY

* We're interpreting this as Kelly's commentary, not a fact that the photos were posted by an intern, nor that he was he drunk.

3. The trial to determine whether shooter Jarrod Ramos was sane at the time he killed five Capital Gazette reporters on June 28, 2018, has been delayed until June. The public defender representing Ramos asked for the delay due to "personal and medical reasons," giving the defense time to bring another attorney in for the case. Ramos has pleaded guilty for fatally shooting Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith, and Wendi Winters. -- CAPITAL GAZETTE 

4. The Myanmar government has shut down mobile internet services in five of its townships. The suspension affecting Maungdaw, Buthidaung, Rathedaung and Myebon townships in the Rakhine region, and Paletwa in the Chin region, is in response to intense fighting between the ethnic-Rakhine Arakan Army and Myanmar’s military. The action has been taken under the government's Article 77 of the 2013 Telecommunications Law that allows the government to cut telecommunication services “when an emergency situation arises." This is despite the fact that the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution in 2016 to prevent governments to suspend online access or the flow of information. -- THE IRRAWADDY

5. The deadline for the 2020 ICFJ Knight International Journalism Award is February 21. The award honors journalists "whose pioneering coverage or media innovations have a significant impact on the lives of people around the world." According to the ICFJ website, "Candidates can be reporters, editors, technologists, media managers, citizen journalists or bloggers, who are from and work in Africa, Asia, Central/Eastern Europe, Latin America/Caribbean or the Middle East." Applicants can be named by colleagues, or can also nominate themselves. -- INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISTS' NETWORK

6. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked his government's lawyers to revoke broadcasting rights from the ABS-CBN network there. Duterte has pledged to do this several times after being angered by 2016 presidential election reporting. The Philippines' constitution restricts foreign ownership of mass media. Other media outlets are rallying in support of ABS-CBN today. -- THE GUARDIAN

7. A new tew tool called "Trends" from MuckRack has been developed to show what journalists are reporting on a universal level. It indexes news sites on the internet that meet criteria MuckRack has established for journalist verification. The Trends tool is currently available to journalists free of charge, while public relations professionals can access it for a fee. -- POYNTER


If you aren't familiar with the daily album of best photos from The Guardian, take a look. The gallery is a collection of the paper's most popular photos each day. -- THE GUARDIAN


Rather than posting lists of recommended books, a reader suggested that I run more expanded information about one book at a time. With that, here is today's pick:

"Don't Believe a Word: The Surprising Truth About Language" by David Shariatmadari
In its Amazon listing, "Don't Believe a Word" is described as a "mind-boggling journey" through language and the science that determines what we do with words. It explores the dichotomy between our prejudices and the truth about what we think about and how we use words. The premise of the book is to "explode nine widely held myths about language."

Please send me your favorite Word Nerd book by replying to this email -- and tell me why you enjoyed it.


Written and curated by Kathleen Walder, writer and humorist who co-hosts KatSoup, a weekly program on Ohio’s Radio Reading Service for the visually impaired and print disabled. Her blog, Date-a-palooza, takes a jaundiced look at the world of online dating. Follow her on Twitter @KatWalder.

Edited by Beth Duckett, staff writer at Inside.

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