Not to be all high horsey about it but…is anyone else a little off put by real anchors so giggley and promotey about the fake Anchorman?
— R. Stassen-Berger (@RachelSB) December 3, 2013
The answer is yes, Rachel. One of my readers asked yesterday, “If local TV stations don’t take what they do seriously, how can we?” I passed that question along to KX News news director Tom Gerhardt. His response: “I would encourage you to contact General Manager/Owner Tim Reiten. This article also addresses that question.” I loved that the words “integrity of the newscast” appeared in a story about Ron Burgundy as co-anchor. I’ve emailed Reiten for comment but haven’t heard back.
* Anchorman Ron Burgundy visits KX in Bismarck, ND (kxnet.com)
* “Too good to check” used to be a warning to newspaper editors not to jump on bullshit stories; now it’s a business model. (daveweigel.com)
* Speaking of BS …. Politico CEO Jim VandeHei says Erik Wemple’s Mike Allen expose “was nonsense, which is why we didn’t play ball with him.” (nymag.com)
* Our newspaper opinion columnists are pretty old. (WSJ’s Dorothy Rabinowitz at left.) (gawker.com)
* Yes, this is from 2013 – not 2003! Users can now comment on Albany Times Union stories. (timesunion.com)
* The plug apparently has been pulled on The Daily Download, a Howard Kurtz/Lauren Ashburn production. (buzzfeed.com) | (slate.com)
* The Guardian has published just 1 percent of the material it’s received from Edward Snowden. (npr.org)
* New York Post in the clear on discrimination suits. (capitalnewyork.com)
* It appears that Rock from Backlinks.us doesn’t know much about “the Gawker.” (gawker.com)
* BuzzFeed forecasts revenue of as much as $120 million in 2014. (businessweek.com)
* Garry Howard departs as Sporting News editor-in-chief. (mije.org)
* St. Louis Post-Dispatch customer service rep goes off script and blabs about a paywall. (bizjournals.com)