December 4, 2013


CBS News’ retraction of “60 Minutes”‘ big Benghazi story is No. 4 on Time’s list of the year’s best apologies: “Logan issued two on-air apologies on CBS This Morning Nov. 8 and on 60 Minutes Nov. 10, though media watchdogs said the mea culpa should have explained how the program failed to see all sides of the story.”

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s apology for smoking crack came in a little higher.

Time’s year end Top 10 Everything in 2013 package also takes a few more looks at journalism:

TOP 10 OVERREPORTED STORIES – NO. 4, Wendy Davis’s shoes:

Never mind that for 11 hours Texas State Senator Wendy Davis filibustered a controversial bill that she and other critics insisted would close all but five of the state’s abortion clinics. Instead, Look at her shoes! Just look at those things! They’re pink and stylish and, seriously, they look really comfortable.

TOP 10 UNDERREPORTED STORIES – No. 3, Legalization of pot in Latin America:

Across Central and South America, a number of countries are following the lead of neighbors to the north and looking to legalize marijuana. Uruguay is on the verge of allowing its citizens to grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has said he would back legalization if his Latin American neighbors did the same. Legislators in Mexico are trying to push through their own decriminalization bills.

TOP 10 INTERNATIONAL NEWS STORIES – No. 5, Francis, The Progressive Pope:

He selected his name—the first Francis in the history of the papacy—after the champion of the poor Saint Francis of Assisi, and has since shaken things up, spearheading financial reform within the Vatican, challenging traditional Church views on homosexuality and women, and denouncing the rapacious nature of Western capitalism.

TOP 10 U.S. NEWS STORIES – No. 1, the Snowden leaks:

On June 6, the Guardian and the Washington Post broke the first stories in a series that would expose extraordinary surveillance at home and abroad by the U.S. National Security Agency in arguably the most important leak of classified intelligence ever. The stories initially detailed the NSA’s program of bulk data collection of Americans’ phone and internet records, but soon exposed U.S. spying against allies and other more traditional espionage targets abroad.

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden made the lists a few more times himself, including, No. 1 for most overreported stories concerning his whereabouts and No. 4 in the Top 10 international news stories.

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Kristen Hare teaches local journalists the critical skills they need to serve and cover their communities as Poynter's local news faculty member. Before joining faculty…
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