11. NY Times Under Fire for Calling Michael Brown ‘No Angel’ - http://www.mediaite.com
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A New York Times piece on Michael Brown’s final weeks before he was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is getting flack on Twitter for its characterization of Brown as “no angel” due to his recent “dabbling” in rap lyrics and at least one “scuffle”:

Critics were quick to point out that past drug use and lyrics about the same were hardly enough to indict white figures, though we all hold our breath for David Allen Coe‘s obit:

Did @nytimes conclude grown adults Robin Williams or Philip Seymour Hoffman “no angel” bc they ‘dabbled in drugs’? http://ift.tt/1tBngTe

— Boy Toy Troy (@pterosaur) August 25, 2014

Look forward to see how the @nytimes writes up Gregg Allman’s obituary #NoAngel

— Jason Kaplan (@Siriusjay) August 25, 2014

Hi, @NYTimes. You’d never say this about a white kid who liked country music, and that’s racist. http://ift.tt/1qhhdCW

— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) August 25, 2014

.@nytimes reports that Mike Brown was “no angel” http://t.co/RsiwE66zyp #VictimBlaming101

— allisonkilkenny (@allisonkilkenny) August 25, 2014

The ironic hashtag #NoAngel has sprung up on Twitter:

I’ve dabbled in drugs. I’ve gotten into fights. I’ve written things both vulgar & contemplative. #NoAngel

— William K. Wolfrum (@Wolfrum) August 25, 2014

I fully expect the NYT to note that every dead person they ever write about from now on “was no angel.” #noangel http://t.co/lDwBZMc8cJ

— Greg Pak (@gregpak) August 25, 2014

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Fox Defends Roger Goodell From Liberal Media Scrutiny

Fox’s Howard Kurtz says there’s a crusade against the NFL, the fans and of course, Commissioner Roger Goodell. Nothing revs up the Fox’s base like a reference to a Christianity and the battle of good versus evil. Mediate columnist Joe Concha echos Fox’s opinion as he wrote NFL bashing is part of the media’s faux outrage industry. No matter what “tipping point” we’ve reached, viewership of the NFL is at an all-time high, so the scrutiny leveled upon Goodell is inconsequential and superficial.

Unlike Kurtz and Concha, the Hollywood Reporter’s Marisa Guthrie welcomes the coverage of important subjects by encouraging the debates about child abuse and domestic violence. Guthrie feels that during the Goodell press conference, he “deflected and obfuscated,” rather than owning up to his deliberate dismissal of evidence. He created “more questions than he answered.” But Kurtz and Concha see it differently.

Since there’s a female player with a pending domestic abuse case who is still playing professional soccer, the credibility of the liberal critics of Goodell should be questioned. Names like Rice, Dwyer and Peterson are not the only ones who should be called out. Hope Solo of the Seattle Reign FC was arrested on domestic violence charges. The case will be heard in November.

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Fox Defends Roger Goodell From Liberal Media Scrutiny

Fox’s Howard Kurtz says there’s a crusade against the NFL, the fans and of course, Commissioner Roger Goodell. Nothing revs up the Fox’s base like a reference to a Christianity and the battle of good versus evil. Mediate columnist Joe Concha echos Fox’s opinion as he wrote NFL bashing is part of the media’s faux outrage industry. No matter what “tipping point” we’ve reached, viewership of the NFL is at an all-time high, so the scrutiny leveled upon Goodell is inconsequential and superficial.

Unlike Kurtz and Concha, the Hollywood Reporter’s Marisa Guthrie welcomes the coverage of important subjects by encouraging the debates about child abuse and domestic violence. Guthrie feels that during the Goodell press conference, he “deflected and obfuscated,” rather than owning up to his deliberate dismissal of evidence. He created “more questions than he answered.” But Kurtz and Concha see it differently.

Since there’s a female player with a pending domestic abuse case who is still playing professional soccer, the credibility of the liberal critics of Goodell should be questioned. Names like Rice, Dwyer and Peterson are not the only ones who should be called out. Hope Solo of the Seattle Reign FC was arrested on domestic violence charges. The case will be heard in November.

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11. John Oliver: Roger Goodell Has Lost the ‘Moral High Ground’ to TMZ - http://www.mediaite.com
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In his catch-up of the week’s biggest news stories Sunday night, John Oliver cruised through the Scottish Independence vote before arriving at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s defensive press conference.

After playing a montage of nonsensical quotes from Goodell’s presser, Oliver summed up his words like this: “And in so saying, I have effectively made sounds, which when put together make words, which can then be turned into sentences, which can make noise and travel into your ears, and that’s 45 minutes, I’ve done it, Goodell out! Clear eyes, full heart, can’t take my job, fuck you!”

But the moment that Oliver enjoyed the most was Goodell’s interaction with TMZ Sports reporter Adam Glyn. While Goodell reiterated that the NFL was unable to get the elevator surveillance video of Ray Rice punching out his then-fiancée, Glyn pointed out that TMZ was able to get with “one phone call.”

“You know that things are not going well when you lose the moral high ground to a TMZ reporter,” Oliver remarked.

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Governor Jay Nixon and the Missouri State Patrol will hold a press conference on Saturday, August 16 beginning at approximately 4 p.m. ET to discuss the ongoing unrest in the city of Ferguson following the fatal shooting of 18-year-old unarmed Michael Brown by a police officer one week ago.

        


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On Wednesday afternoon, Republicans in the Senate effectively blocked a bill that would have overridden the Supreme Court decision that said closely-held corporations like Hobby Lobby did not have to cover certain contraception methods for their employees. But not before Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) made her opposition to the decision loudly known.

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11. Concha on Media Buzz: Where’s the Outrage Over Hope Solo’s Domestic Violence Charges? - http://www.mediaite.com
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Mediaite columnist Joe Concha paid a visit to Howard Kurtz‘s show Media Buzz on Fox Sunday morning, where the pair and Hollywood Reporter media reporter Marisa Guthrie discussed whether there is a double standard in the media regarding how cases of off-the-field misconduct among professional athletes are covered.

Similar debates have taken place earlier Sunday morning and last week, with many claiming a double standard on covering misconduct of NFL players versus similar behavior by female soccer star Hope Solo. Concha ignited the debate over this issue in his Mediaite column last week.

Kurtz said the media are now “launching a crusade against the National Football League and its fans,” and Concha said the outrage is “genuine” until it “reaches a certain point.”

While the outrage may be there among NFL fans, Concha said, the NFL is still seeing record numbers and people are not letting these scandals affect their football-watching habits.

Kurtz agreed that the NFL is a “juggernaut” and these instances of misconduct are not taking the league down financially or otherwise in the minds of the public. He then brought up how commentators on NFL, CBS, and ESPN are criticizing the NFL while at the same time having contract deals with them worth billions of dollars.

Guthrie chimed in, saying “the NFL has turned a blind eye” to criminal off-the-field behavior of its players, and agreed with Kurtz that despite the fact that ESPN has a $15 billion contract with NFL, they released the damning report on Friday which incriminated the NFL and Ravens executives, saying the Ravens knew within hours about the elevator video showing Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée.

She added that the reason why there is so much outrage is that NFL has “turned a blind eye” to this issue for years, “and now it’s exploded.”

Concha said ESPN did great work with that report, but said they’re “also hypocritical in certain instances,” as he wrote here last week.

Hope Solo is a U.S. women’s soccer goalie who won 2 gold medals and is arguably the most popular female athlete in the country right now. And on ESPN, on Thursday night, there’s Hope Solo playing. Now why does that matter? Well, she’s up on 2 counts of domestic abuse charges — one against her teenage nephew — yet, she has a trial in November, she continues to play. I don’t hear Hannah Storm, I don’t hear ESPN doing too many exposés on Hope Solo because maybe, she’s a woman, maybe it’s soccer and it’s not as popular, but it’s just as important, and I think this is becoming too much of a “this is an NFL problem” instead of “this is an epidemic that happens across all industries, all genders, and even soccer.”

Kurtz said this is no longer a news story, and is instead a cultural one.

Guthrie continued with her theme of incriminating the NFL, saying “they’ve allowed these guys to continue raking in millions in endorsements to make sure this stuff stays quiet.”

In addition, all three agreed it doesn’t add up how Rice’s attorney and TMZ received — with just a phone call — the incriminating video immediately, yet the NFL and the Ravens organization did not see it until TMZ released the video earlier this month.

Howie said he hadn’t seen “the kind of hammering” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell took at his news conference on Friday.

“Oh I have, Howie,” Concha interjected. “Chris Christie, back in January.”

Kurtz and Guthrie replied by simply saying Goodell did not even answer most of the reporters’ questions, and instead “deflected” and “obfuscated.”

Concha concluded by saying people care about the scandals as a dinner-table issue, but they “put all that aside” on Sundays.

The media thinks we care more about character than we actually do when it comes to this sport. And we’re selfish about it, we set our fantasy lineups, we enter our office pools, and we forget about it from 1 o’clock today to 11 o’clock tonight.

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11. Supporters Tout NYC Climate Change March as Biggest in History - http://www.mediaite.com
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An estimated 310,000 people flooded (sigh) the streets of New York City Sunday for the People’s Climate March — a number that supporters said made it the largest march of its kind in history.

Sympathetic accounts tweeted out some pictures capturing the enormity of the march as it wound down the side of Central Park and into Midtown, which is crazy as it’s a proven true fact that there’s nothing of worth above Fourteenth Street:

Biggest. Climate. March. In. History!!! 300,000+ people! #ActOnClimate #PeoplesClimate @Peoples_Climate http://ift.tt/1mx5ctO

— SEIU (@SEIU) September 21, 2014

Another aerial shot of #PeoplesClimate March NYC http://ift.tt/1utnsTD

— Michael Poland (@_michaelpoland_) September 21, 2014

The #PeopleClimateMarch today was undeniably a historic moment in the fight against #climatechange ignorance 310k people strong!

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) September 21, 2014

Of course, Isaac Newton — A SCIENTIST — said every action has an equal and opposite reaction. So Conservative Twitter did its petulant best to counter the march, noting that the strongly anti-corporatist marchers met at Starbucks, used iPhones despite Apple’s questionable environmental record, etc.:

Wonder how much extra pollution is being spewed into the air thanks to rows & rows of cars backed up endlessly thanks to the Climate March.

— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) September 21, 2014

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11. George Zimmerman at Firearms Expo: Won’t Use an Alias Because ‘I’m Not Able to Lie’ - http://www.mediaite.com
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George Zimmerman, who was famously acquitted last July in the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, attended a Florida firearm expo on Saturday and was given “celebrity treatment” by many attendees, the Orlando Sentinel reports. He also has, as of late, been encouraged to use fake names to disguise himself, but insists he can not lie.

He reportedly showed up to the gun show in Lake Mary with a smiling face and was “posing for photos, sharing hugs and shaking hands with gun enthusiasts,” the Sentinel reported. Zimmerman told the newspaper that he appreciated the “celebrity treatment,” and even received party invitations from complete strangers.

But it’s hot all happy-go-lucky for Zimmerman, who still receives death threats and is constantly on the move, leaving him in debt. He also travels around the country to accommodate speaking requests and to meet with lawyers.

A spokesperson for one of the event’s sponsors told the Sentinel that Zimmerman does not have a reason to be “hidden from the public,” while some event-goers were shocked and surprised he would show his face at such a gathering.

As our Matt Wilstein notes, Zimmerman has had more than a few run-ins with the law since his acquittal. In addition to a recent road rage incident in which he allegedly threatened to kill another driver, Zimmerman has been:

— Pulled over at least three times by police for various infractions.

— Detained after threatening his estranged wife and her father with a gun.

— Arrested following a domestic violence incident with his girlfriend.

— Questioned by police for voluntarily “patrolling” a Florida gun shop.

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11. The Pointlessness of Every Sunday Political Show Interviewing the Same Person - http://www.mediaite.com
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U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power fell two shows short of pulling a full Ginsburg Sunday morning (in which a single figure does all five Sunday political shows), but she got close enough to demonstrate the utter uselessness of spreading a spokesperson out over multiple shows.

Power appeared on Meet the Press, This Week, and Face the Nation, for a total of seventeen minutes. A seventeen minute interview by contemporary media standards is a marathon, but not if it’s split up. Instead of a sustained, detailed interview, Power got away three superficial ones: Chuck Todd got off four questions with one follow-up, Bob Schieffer the same, and George Stephanopoulos a comparatively impressive five questions with two follow-ups.

With all three interviewers trying to cover all their bases, many of questions were the redundant: Power twice fielded a question about U.N. authorization, twice was questioned on Iran’s participation, and got three versions of whether other countries would join air strikes in Syria. Stephanopoulos asked if Obama had “trapped himself” in his anti-ground troop rhetoric; Schieffer wondered if he had “boxed himself in.” Power’s various answers were, of course, functionally identical; nothing surprised the ambassador off her talking points, as the hosts had no time to depart from the headline questions for which Power had clearly prepared.

In short Power did three interviews but only really gave one. That’s a waste, as the devil is always in the details: I for one would like to have heard more about the Syrian Free Army’s victories over ISIS that Power breezed past in her Meet the Press interview, as it could have given us more of a clue for how the Syrian rebels might be deployed in the fight against the Sunni militants, an aspect of the Obama administration’s strategy that is currently an optimistic fog.

This is certainly not specific to Power. The same has happened when Secretary of State John Kerry has done the recent rounds (to the point that he sometimes has to introduce the news he wants to make during commercial break), or White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough last week. Perhaps the worst example was the Chris Christie pentablitz last November, in which the then-victorious New Jersey governor skated through all five networks shows bothered by nary a follow-up question — a sycophantic performance that seems especially embarrassing given what happened next.

The idea of a spokesperson hitting multiple shows carries with it an aura of trial by fire: surely, if a politician or administration spokesperson is willing to subject herself to not one but three or five rounds of a national interrogation, she cannot be accused of hiding. (Contrast against the treatment of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who’s barely been spotted over the last two weeks.)

But the fire spread out over multiple shows is all light, no heat. One of the ideas behind the myth of Russertism — which has its flaws, but is true enough for today’s purposes — is the sustained interview, in which the talking points are burned away through the relentless duration of questions, not the speed with which they’re fired. It seems pointless to lionize Russert without emulating him.

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11. Brian Stelter: Sarah Palin Deserves Benefit Of Doubt Over ‘Brawl’ Reports - http://www.mediaite.com
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On his show Reliable Sources this morning, CNN host Brian Stelter defended Sarah Palin against media coverage of her family’s alleged “brawl” at a snowmobile party earlier this month.

“Doesn’t Sarah Palin deserve the benefit of the doubt?” Stelter asked.

He began the segment by airing a clip from Morning Joe in which host Joe Scarborough seemed to take a jab at what Stelter called Scarborough’s own network’s “saturation” of coverage over Gov. Chris Christie‘s “Bridgegate” scandal — or lack of.

Stelter then took aim at the New York Daily News‘s coverage of the story, saying the newspaper did not have its own sources for the story and instead relied on others — namely, an anonymous source reported on by Amanda Coyne, a blogger who focuses on Alaska politics.

“So from one single story, hundreds were born,” Stelter added.

He acknowledged that a story about a “VP candidate turned a reality show star gone wild is irresistible to a lot of reporters,”  but said the result was a “feeding frenzy.”

One show even created a logo for the story, Stelter said. He credited his own network with attempting to get the Palin family’s side of the story.

But he said there are still no photos or videos recounting the alleged events, and said some in the media were “too quick to jump to conclusions.”

Other, like Fox News, shockingly, did not mention the Palin brawl story even once. “Palin is, of course, a Fox News contributor, so you have to wonder if the network shied away from the story for that reason, or if it simply decided that the famous family’s possible feud wasn’t really newsworthy,” Stelter said.

He then sided with Palin’s daughter Bristol, who wrote on her blog last week about a front-page story on Yahoo! News‘s website which revived rumors about a possible divorce. “I find something new about my family every day!” Bristol wrote.

Bristol’s blog post has to make you wonder. What is it like to see your alleged family drama splashed across the Yahoo front page? Don’t they deserve the benefit of the doubt?

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11. Civil Rights Activists: Danièle Watts ‘Cried Wolf,’ Should Apologize to LAPD - http://www.mediaite.com
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Civil rights advocates are reversing course on the LAPD’s detainment of Danièle Watts, now calling on the Django Unchained actress to apologize to the LAPD.

The story started when Watts and her boyfriend posted to Facebook that they had been detained by the LAPD after officers mistook the pair for a prostitute and john. The plot thickened when TMZ obtained audiotape of Watts refusing to hand over her identification and sparring with officers, along with photos in which Watts appeared to be straddling her boyfriend in the passenger seat of a car with the door open.

RELATED: Django Unchained Actress Tells CNN Why She Didn’t Give ‘Condescending’ LAPD Officer Her ID

Those who originally defended Watts now think she owes the LAPD an apology. Scholar Earl Ofari Hutchinson and others said in a press conference Friday that the photos indicate that the LAPD had probably cause to detain Watts.

“I was one that was very outspoken about it,” Hutchinson said. “We take racial profiling very seriously. It’s not a play thing. It’s not trivial.”

“It’s like crying wolf,” he added. “After awhile, it has no meaning.”

Watts filed a complaint with the LAPD, which the department is investigating; meanwhile, the department maintained the possibility of eventually arresting Watts for a lewd act.

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11. LZ Granderson: Media Not Paying Attention To Hope Solo Because Of Her Gender - http://www.mediaite.com
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During a discussion about Roger Goodell’s handling of recent off-the-field NFL scandals Sunday morning on Reliable Sources, CNN contributor and ESPN writer LZ Granderson said the media are not paying nearly as much attention to soccer star Hope Solo’s domestic violences charges for two reasons: she’s a girl, and she plays soccer.

Before mentioning Hope Solo, Granderson said sports writers should stop “hero-worshipping” athletes just because of their on-the-field performance. He noted how similar practices used on politicians ended after Watergate.

“We also need to be critical of the women as well,” Granderson continued, invoking the soccer star. Host Brian Stelter then asked Granderson to delve deeper into that subject.

Granderson said Hope Solo’s case is not given similar media attention because of a “gender difference” and “the sport that they play.”

Forgive me, but soccer just is not as relevant in this country as the NFL, so that’s part of it. But then it’s also the imagery. The idea of a big, strong man hitting a defense-less woman does something to us that a woman hitting a woman does not do.

Granderson also said given that the issue is domestic violence, sports writers should “be consistent” in their reporting of the allegations.

Sports Illustrated assistant managing editor Mark Mravic agreed with Granderson that it’s an issue of gender, and said the media have not been paying enough attention to these societal issues that are currently being reflected in the professional sports world.

He also said recent developments are a “tipping point for the media” and the NFL.

Similar discussions have played out over the past week on cable news and by our own columnist, Joe Concha.

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11. Chuck Todd to Amb. Power: ‘More Dysfunctional, U.N. or Congress?’ - http://www.mediaite.com
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Ending on a light-hearted note following a discussion of ISIS and Middle East power vacuums, Meet the Press host Chuck Todd asked U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power which is more dysfunctional, the United Nations or Congress?

RELATED: Stephanopoulos to Amb. Power: Has Obama ‘Trapped Himself’ on ISIS?

“No comments,” Power said. “I’m a diplomat.”

“A very diplomatic answer,” Todd said. He then divided the U.S. into coffee chains and chicken stores.

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11. How Many Ravens Fans Traded Their Ray Rice Jerseys? - http://www.mediaite.com
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After video emerged two weeks ago of former running back Ray Rice punching out his then-fiancée Janay Palmer, the Baltimore Ravens announced a jersey exchange as part of an effort to distance the team from their now-toxic ex-player. How many people actually took advantage of the offer?

According to the Associated Press, more than 7,000 fans showed up to trade in their Rice jerseys on Friday and Saturday. In fact, the Ravens ran out of other players’ jerseys after handing out over 5,000, and had to issue more than 2,000 vouchers.

According to the team, “six figures” was spent on the exchange, though a specific figure was not given. A team spokesperson said the Rice jerseys are non-recyclable, but will given free of charge to a scrap company.

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