Poynter Power Rankings – who influenced the media this week? – Poynter
Hello. I end this week with something a little different for The Poynter Report. Here is my Poynter Power ranking – something I will do occasionally on Fridays. It’s a look at those people, places and things that have had a big impact on the media. They were the movers, shakers and influencers of the week. Have a very good weekend everyone. Here are this week’s power rankings:
A week ago, we did not know his name. Now, it may have changed one of the world’s biggest companies forever. Haugen, the Facebook whistleblower, provided tens of thousands of internal documents to the Wall Street Journal, exposing the damage Facebook is doing to our democracy and others, including young people. Then she gave a lengthy interview to “60 Minutes” and testified before a Senate subcommittee. Facebook has already come under close scrutiny, but this time around, Haugen’s revelations appear to have some real teeth. His testimony particularly captivated lawmakers. Is This Facebook’s Big Tobacco Time? The New York Times’ Kara Swisher compared Haugen to Susan Fowler, whose blog post on Uber drove radical changes within that company. Haugen’s actions could lead to significant changes. Margaret Sullivan of the Washington Post suggested a federal agency that focuses on the digital economy. Haugen will be remembered for a long time for what she did.
The prime-time MSNBC host revealed this week that she had undergone surgery for skin cancer. Maddow reported on the air that her partner, Susan Mikula, noticed that a mole on her neck had changed. So she met a dermatologist, who made the diagnosis. Maddow says the surgery “got it all figured out” and that she expects everything to be okay. Then Maddow sent this powerful message to viewers: “Schedule a check-up now with your doctor. Then when your doctor tells you that you’re okay, but you should do it every year, put it on your phone’s calendar for a year, then come back and make that follow-up appointment. It was only by the grace of Susan that I found mine quickly enough that it was totally treatable, as I have always missed my appointments to get things checked out like this because I have assumed that everything will always be fine.
The cable news giant celebrated its 25th anniversary this week. Love them or hate them, love them or hate them, there is no denying the impact Fox News has on our political ecosystem and the influence it has on millions. conservative viewers. Its prime-time programming of Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham is among the most watched in cable news history and has a strong following. Many would argue that Fox News is sometimes akin to state television for the Republican Party and was (is?) In cahoots with former President Donald Trump. Many would also say that he has done more than any media to stir up political division in this country. And how does it feel to manage this network? Check out the title of this Hollywood Reporter story by Marisa Guthrie: “‘Sleep Well At Night’: Suzanne Scott on Running Fox News.”
The ICIJ is a US-based nonprofit newsroom that works with a global network of journalists and media organizations to report on what it calls “the world’s most important stories”. It includes 280 investigative journalists from more than 100 countries and territories, and it partners with more than 100 media organizations. This week he published another example of his elite journalism with a project called “The Pandora Papers”. It begins with this paragraph: “Millions of leaked documents and the largest journalistic partnership in history have uncovered the financial secrets of 35 current and former world leaders, more than 330 politicians and officials in 91 countries and territories, and a worldwide list of fugitives, crooks and murderers. A truly impressive journalistic article.
For more than nine months as Donald Trump’s White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham did not hold a single official media briefing. Most of us didn’t even know what her voice sounded like. Now, she can’t stop talking as she promotes her new book, “I’ll Answer Your Questions Now”. Grisham blows it down on her former boss, calling him “erratic” and “delusional” and saying she is “terrified” of Trump running for president in 2024. She also shot Fox News for being willful accomplices in promoting Trump’s agenda, and revealed various gossip about others, including Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump. She described her time in the White House as a nightmare because of what she witnessed and the way Trump was running the country. It would have been nice if Grisham actually spoke up while she worked in the White House instead of waiting to try and sell a book. But, in this case, it’s better late than never to expose what she saw and warn Americans of what could happen if Trump were to be president again. Given her position, while realizing that she was once one of Trump’s fiercest supporters, Grisham has some credibility.
The New York Times media columnist blew up Ozy Media’s problems. And now Ozy Media has been thrown into a whirlwind of chaos – to the point where it’s not really clear if the company still exists. Now let’s take a moment and recognize that this Ozy Media story is a niche story – a story that media junkies like me eat. It’s definitely fascinating, but I’m willing to bet that a lot of people had never heard of Ozy Media before all of this. The point, however, is that Smith and his “Media Equation” column for The Times continues to be must-read. Each week, Smith delivers a media column that’s worth your time. He joked Thursday with this tweet: “Hmm, does anyone have a non-Ozy scoop for the column?” Something tells me he will find something to write.
Marchand is the sports media columnist for the New York Post. Ourand writes for the Sports Business Journal. They are two of the country’s hippest sports media writers and are among the leaders in the breaking news industry. Not only are they connected, but they have great insight and are must-attend guests on sports media podcasts, such as those hosted by Richard Deitsch of The Athletic and Jimmy Traina of Sports Illustrated. So it makes sense that Marchand and Ourand launched their own podcast on sports media. It debuted this week and featured an interview with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt.
She is credited as a producer on FX’s “Impeachment: American Crime Story” about the scandal that made her famous (or infamous). She was recently a guest on “The Daily Show” and Kara Swisher’s “Sway” podcast for The New York Times, while doing the interview circuit on the FX show. She acknowledges her role in the affair with former President Bill Clinton, telling CNN it was “totally inappropriate.” But she’s moved on from what happened when she was 22 and now, at 48, confidently offers smart thoughts on things like media, social media, and her life. And it’s a fun follow on twitter. For example, Wharton School psychologist, author and professor Adam Grant once asked his followers, “What’s the worst career advice you’ve ever received.” Lewinsky responded, “An internship at the White House will look amazing on your resume.”
The two CNN media reporters attacked one of the biggest stories this week – the Reuters scoop that AT&T helped support One America News Network – even though AT&T is CNN’s parent company. Speaking on CNN’s ‘New Day’ show, Stelter said, “There’s a reason Comcast and Charter and others don’t broadcast this conspiratorial network. There’s a reason they don’t. do not provide transport costs to OAN They make a choice on the content Competition is a good thing It’s great to have more and more channels But there is a limit when it comes to channels that spread hate and misinformation. It’s not just a conservative channel. It’s a conspiratorial channel, and there is a big difference, and that’s why AT&T has been the subject of very much scrutiny. stern. ”Thank Stelter and Darcy for not shirking their parent company role. (For more, check out this story from Ken Meyer of Mediaite.)
The author of my favorite story of the week. It’s in the New York Times Magazine: “Who is art’s bad friend?” I mentioned it in the “Hot Type” section of my newsletter earlier this week, but felt the need to recommend it again.
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