Eat The Press


    The debate over whether NBC should have aired the Virginia Tech shooter's "multimedia manifesto" continues. NBC faces growing backlash over its decision to broadcast the video and decides to limit use of its images. [NYT] Fox News "severely restricts" airing of the footage: "We see no reason to continue assaulting the public with these disturbing and demented images." [TVNewswer] "The criticism was reminiscent of the first days after the 9/11 attacks." [WaPo] "NBC News needn't apologize to anybody for originally airing the Cho videos and pictures...The real story here is the odd restraint NBC News showed." [Slate] "Newspapers also heard from sometimes-furious readers about their own decisions to publish the jarring images from that video." [E&P]

    Citizen Journalism, Chicago-style
    : The Chicago Tribune is rolling out a new website called, which will rely almost exclusively on contributions from locals. Watch out Brian Williams, we bet this means there's more guys named Vinny headed your way. [Tribune via Romenesko]

    Down Down Down: The New York Times Co. and the Gannet Co. are reporting a decline in ad sales, while Sam Zell's newly acquired Tribune Co. has reported a loss. It's that damn internet again. [NYT]

    MoveOn gets Stoned: The group has landed director Oliver Stone to direct an anti-war television commercial, to be chosen by its members. [Politico] [*note to Wikipedia, we're fairly certain is not led by Osama Bin Laden, just saying.]

    Alessandra Stanely hearts Gibson
    : An endorsement? We're not sure. Maybe she's confused and means Brian Williams, and no one fact checked her. We're also not sure what Katie Couric's make-up has to do with anything. [NYT]

    In Touch with the real world?
    We highly doubt it. However, in an effort to further close the gap with People, In Touch magazine is forgoing Brangelina for the moment and instead featuring "Heroes of Virginia Tech" on its cover. [NYP]

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