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Obama met with journalists before ISIS speech

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Obama met with journalists before Wednesday’s ISIS speech: “The group, which met in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in an off-the-record session, included New York Times columnists David Brooks, Tom Friedman and Frank Bruni and editorial writer Carol Giacomo; The Washington Post’s David Ignatius, Eugene Robinson and Ruth Marcus; The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins and George Packer; The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg and Peter Beinart; The New Republic’s Julia Ioffe; Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll; The Wall Street Journal’s Jerry Seib; and The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky, a source familiar with the meeting told The Huffington Post.” (HuffPost)
  2. CBS won’t CNET CBS News: While the company’s news operation benefits from cross-pollination among news properties, it doesn’t have to worry about suits asking for more sinister forms of synergy, Alex Weprin reports: “[W]e are not going to be asked to do something that doesn’t fit for the news division,” Steve Capus says.
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Greg Sandoval, who quit CNET, joins The Verge

Greg Sandoval | The New York Times
I’m saved,” Greg Sandoval wrote on his blog Sunday, announcing he was joining tech site The Verge as a senior reporter. Sandoval quit his previous employer CNET after he announced on Twitter, “I no longer have confidence that CBS is committed to editorial independence.” CBS owns CNET and forbade the site to give an award to a product from Dish Network, with which it is engaged in litigation.

He’s obsessed with getting the news — the real news — and I find that kind of energy infectious,” Verge Editor-in-Chief Joshua Topolsky told Brian Stelter.

Sandoval writes that he has a “written guarantee from management that nobody from the business side of the company will ever have any authority over my stories.”

Related: Carl Franzen also joins The Verge; he comes from Talking Points Memo, where he was a tech reporter. Read more

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In BitTorrent case, CBS argues for CNET’s editorial independence

The Hollywood Reporter | Poynter
CBS is fighting an injunction that would bar its tech publication CNET from reporting on BitTorrent, a peer-to-peer file sharing technology, Eriq Gardner reports. “[T]he public interest would be damaged by denying legitimate and truthful information about a pervasive technology, as well as by impending noninfringing uses,” CBS’ lawyers argue in the suit, which was filed by Greek billionaire Alki David and some musicians.

CBS’ defense of CNET’s editorial independence in this instance may seem dissonant given its recent clampdowns on CNET’s ability to report on technologies produced by companies with whom CBS is engaged in litigation. CBS prohibited CNET from granting an award to a Dish Network product and won’t let the publication review TV-streaming service Aereo. Read more

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CBS again impinges on CNET’s editorial independence

The Verge | Jim Romenesko
John P. Falcone’s CNET story about TV-streaming service Aereo carries an unusual, and prominent, notice three paragraphs in:

Disclosure: CBS, the parent corporation of CNET, is currently in active litigation with Aereo as to the legality of its service. As a result of that conflict of interest, CNET cannot review that service going forward.

CBS had previously barred CNET from giving an award to a Dish Network product at the Consumer Electronics Show because it was in litigation with Dish.

This is the first time we’re seeing that broader policy applied to another company,” Tim Carmody writes in The Verge.

CNET and its staff have been put in an extraordinarily difficult position by CBS. They have to prove that what remains of their editorial independence is full and robust. They have to cover news controversies involving their publication and its parent company; these controversies necessarily involve some evaluation of the value of products and competing legal claims.

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CNET reporter quits after reports that CBS impinged on editorial decision

The New York Times | The Verge | CNET

CNET reporter Greg Sandoval announced he was leaving the publication Monday:

 

His departure follows the news that CNET owner CBS bigfooted the publication during last week’s Consumer Electronics Show, forcing it to remove a Dish Network product from its annual awards program. CBS is one of the networks suing Dish over its Hopper, a digital recorder that makes it easy for viewers to skip ads. Read more

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