Rupert Murdoch writes an editorial, newspaper dumps George Will column

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories to start your day. (Sam Kirkland’s got your daily digital links.)

  1. Rupert Murdoch, who emigrated to America, wrote an editorial calling for immigration reform and a “a path to citizenship.” (The Wall Street Journal) His chief of staff tweeted a picture of him working on it:


  2. St. Louis Post-Dispatch replaces George Will’s column with Michael Gerson‘s. Will’s stupid sexual assault column “made the decision easier,” editorial page editor Tony Messenger writes. “The column was offensive and inaccurate; we apologize for publishing it.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) || Related: 9 best practices for publishing provocative opinions in a polarized world (Poynter)
  3. Jared Paul Stern talks about the messy way his job as a gossip columnist ended in 2006, with allegations of extortion. “I don’t see that the ethics of The New York Post would have prevented that situation,” he says. (The New York Observer)
  4. Gerry Lenfest is now the sole owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com. “Of all the other things I’ve been involved in, they pale in comparison to the opportunity of placing the newspapers in the right hands, and bringing back the editorial excellence of the Inquirer and the Daily News,” he says. (The Associated Press)
  5. WETA now owns “PBS NewsHour” and plans to raise money to keep the program in the black. (The New York Times)
  6. Hillary Clinton‘s Fox News interview drew 2 million viewers (The New York Times)
  7. 20 people complained to the FCC after ESPN showed Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend. (Deadspin)
  8. PolicyMic is now Mic. Just. Mic. (Mic)
  9. Area man starts newspaper (The New York Times)
  10. Angie Martinez has left NYC’s Hot 97 (WQHT). “A tweet featuring smiling emojis from Hot 97’s rival station, Clear Channel-owned Power 105.1, suggests that Martinez may take her popular afternoon show to their station.” (BuzzFeed)
  11. Ken Doctor replies to Clay Shirky, who wrote that Doctor and CJR’s Ryan Chittum pulled punches while covering the Orange County Register. Shirky replies to Chittum (who hasn’t yet replied to Shirky, except on Twitter). This could conceivably go on for a while.

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  • C.L.

    “Will’s ideas should be judged by their merit (or lack of same) by the general public, NOT some self-appointed ‘gatekeeper.’”

    Public petitions with thousands of signatures, Senators, members of Congress, and nonprofit organizations serving victims of assault have called for Will to be fired. The public has judged Will’s ideas and deemed them offensive.

  • http://rtberner.blogspot.com/ R Thomas Berner

    But the P-D did publish the column, then apologized when the heat was on.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    I read Will’s column. Why is it stupid? Because he *dares* to criticize the neurosis pervading academia today, especially concerning “diversity” and “compassion”? This is what hard-hitting commentary is *supposed* to do: confront stupid ideas or idiots in power, regardless of ideology or party. For the Post-Dispatch not to publish this column because it’s “offensive” smacks of prior restraint, let alone political correctness. Who is an editorial board to tell its readers what ideas are “offensive”? Will’s ideas should be judged by their merit (or lack of same) by the general public, NOT some self-appointed “gatekeeper.”

  • http://rtberner.blogspot.com/ R Thomas Berner

    Wasn’t Murdoch fast tracked, courtesy of Gingrich?