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Post-Cronkite Journos: The Battle of Advocates, Narcissists & Sleuths

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It's a mad, mad, mad, mad media world, and we're just players, right? We don't even have Walter Cronkite to tell us how it is anymore. The latest to the fray is Mediaite.com, and on today's Wilshire & Washington, we have Rachel Sklar, the Editor-at-Large for Mediaite and a former senior contributing editor here at Huffington Post, to talk about this new venture. One of the site's most interesting features is its Power Grid, which uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the top voices in 12 different media categories. (Damn popularity. You thought you escaped it after high school, didn't you? Not a chance.) It's certainly an interesting feature (like a car crash, you can't look away) but should journos be ranked like this? Does the feature inspire a narcissistic-type of journalism, with people trying to game the system? Sklar offers a few fascinating tidbits, including that men are way, way more likely to tweet their personal ranking than women. Hmm, curious.

Along with hosts Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, and Teresa Klein, Sklar also talks about the media feedback loop: Does the media cover itself too much? Also, can this "new new journalism" ever produce a figure of such towering importance and universal voice as Walter Cronkite? (TV news was kind of the first version of an RSS feed, right? Cronkite Aggregator? Sounds like an iPhone app.) Now we've lost the fabled newsman, and with the news media splitting itself into increasingly small segments of the population, can anyone command that sort of influence again? Finally, we touch on Obama's upcoming presser tonight. What do we expect? Will he say anything new or novel? And more importantly, will he be wearing those mommy jeans again?

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Wilshire & Washington, the weekly Blog Talk Radio program that explores the intersection of politics, entertainment, and new media, features co-hosts Ted Johnson, Managing Editor of Variety; conservative blogger Teresa Valdez Klein (www.teresacentric.com), and liberal blogger Maegan Carberry (www.maegancarberry.com). The show airs every Wednesday at 7:30am PST on BlogTalkRadio.com.