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Media Bits and Bytes – July 12, 2023

The train wreck that is Twitter, and other fun stuff

  1. Platforms and Human Rights
  2. Mark Mashes Musk
  3. Warner Discovery in the Clutches of an Idiot
  4. Berlin Court Backs Palestinian Journalist  
  5. Fox News Reshuffles
  6. AI and Jobs
  7. World’s Oldest Newspaper Stops the Presses
  8. Covering the Court
  9. Is TCM Safe?
  10. The Politics of Yellowstone


Platforms and Human Rights

By Veridiana Alimonti, Daly Barnett, and Agneris Sampieri
Electronic Frontier Foundation

The right to seek, receive, and impart information has enabled the exercise of other rights and strengthened the internet ecosystem, but not without backlashes and critical challenges. The current discussion about platform regulation in Brazil demonstrates that much effort is going into addressing these challenges.

Mark Mashes Musk

Warner Discovery in the Clutches of an Idiot

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By Drew Magrery

David Zaslav is the man in charge of frankencorp Warner Bros. Discovery and, in an impressively short period of time, has managed to f—k up nearly everything within its considerable portfolio. You have to really try to make CNN more inane than it already was. Zaslav did.

Berlin Court Backs Palestinian Journalist

The New Arab

A court in Germany ruled that the dismissal of a Palestinian-Jordanian journalist by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle for alleged expression of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views was invalid. Farah Maraqa was one of five members of staff, of either Lebanese or Palestinian origin, fired by DW in February 2022.

Fox News Reshuffles

By Justin Peters

The changes were catalyzed by three main factors, the most important of which is the network’s recent and alarming prime-time ratings slump. Tucker Carlson lost the internal power struggle with Murdoch, but it was a Pyrrhic victory for the network, which has foundered since Carlson’s exit. Finally, Fox News wants to make sure that its hosts avoid any more costly defamation lawsuits.

AI and Jobs

By Sonali Kolhatkar

The framing of “Will AI replace your job?” obscures the bigger problem that has been at work for centuries: and that is how our jobs, and therefore our educations, careers, and livelihoods, are at the whims of a capitalist system intent on minimizing costs and maximizing profits.

World’s Oldest Newspaper Stops the Presses

By Donna Ferguson
The Guardian

The world’s oldest national newspaper has printed its last daily edition almost 320 years after it began. Wiener Zeitung, a Vienna-based daily newspaper, will no longer print daily editions after a recent law change meant it had ceased to be profitable as a print product.

Covering the Court

By Jon Allsop
Columbia Journalism Review

Reporters too often treat the Supreme Court as hallowed institutional ground and its decisions as pure expressions of judicial science, rather than as a political body engaged in politics. This criticism has resurfaced during the Court’s most recent term and has perhaps come into sharper focus than before.

Is TCM Safe?

By Kim Masters
The Hollywood Reporter

Film directors, including Scorcese and Spielberg, rushed to TCM’s defense, pledging to be involved meaningfully in nurturing the channel — though obviously they can do nothing to stem the erosion of cable audiences at the root of the channel’s chaos.

The Politics of Yellowstone

By Andrea Long Chu
New York Magazine

Taylor Sheridan’s Yellowstone is known for being a red-state show. But its political ideology is lifted from the left. In fact, the whole moral vision of Yellowstone is founded on a striking equivalence between the genocide of Native peoples and the present-day encroachments on the rancher heroes’ way of life.