Views of the News: Todd Akin; Party Platforms; Conventions Matter?; Zakaria Back; Media Credibility
Akin, Rape and Media Responsibility
Sharon Begley and Susan Heavey, Reuters: "Rape trauma as barrier to pregnancy has no scientific basis"
David Taintor, Talking Points Memo: "Todd Akin Interviewer: 'I Screwed Up' By Not Following Up"
Jeff Sonderman, Poynter: "3 lines journalists cannot cross on Twitter (or anywhere else)"
Richard Allen Greene, CNN: "Piers Morgan puts up empty chair after Akin cancels appearance"
Erik Wemple, Washington Post: "Huffington Post puts strong, provocative hanger on homepage"
Do Platforms Matter? (and More Convention-al Wisdom)
Jeff Greenfield, Yahoo! News: "Jumping ship: The part platforms no one stands on anymore"
Donald Wolfensberger, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars: "Party Platforms Are Not Just Meaningless Fluffery"
George E. Condon, Jr., National Journal: "Political Conventions: No More Dead Doves, but They Still Matter"
Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times: "Party conventions still matter as a political reality show"
Gerald F. Seib, Wall Street Journal: "Political Perceptions: Eagerly Awaiting the Fall Debates"
Zakaria's Wrist Slap
Christine Haughney, The New York Times: "A Media Personality, Suffering a Blow to His Image, Ponders a Lesson"
Peter Osnos, The Atlantic: "Fareed Zakaria and the Perils of Modern-Day Punditry"
Jim Kelly, Vanity Fair: "The Lobster Shift: The Monster Behind Jonah Lehrer's and Fareed Zakaria's High-Profile Mistakes"
Steven Brill, Reuters: "Stories I'd Like to See: Fareed Zakaria's 'mistake'"
Media Credibility Drops Again
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press: "Further Decline in Credibility Ratings for Most News Organizations"