Media Takeaways on Scaramucci Eruption

Is there ever a story about stopping leaks in the Trump White House that doesn’t include at least one leak? 

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How many times do people need to be told that off-the-record comments must be mutually agreed upon? (And even then, unless you know the reporter, don’t say anything you’ll regret seeing in the paper, period.)

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This paragraph should be cut and pasted in every Trump story.

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Diagnosing the President from Afar

Medicine is hard. Or at least the names of medicine groups are.

Stat news created buzz when it published a story that a psychiatry group wanted to do away with the Goldwater Rule, which prohibits most psychiatrists from giving opinions about the mental state of anyone they have not evaluated.

Still it’s all about Trump, pundits and social media jumped on the news.

But the news site was talking about a small group, American Psychoanalytic Association, which has some psychiatrists, as opposed to the larger group, American Psychiatric Association.

Denials of things not said in the story, and word parsing exploded. The more nuanced story, which Statnews’s gets, is that cracks on following the rule continue to spread.

YouTubing The Prosecution’s Case

It was inevitable. Prosecutors have frequently used a compliant media. The perfectly timed leak. The perp walk. And the press conference. All to gain public attention and sway any potential jurors before a trial begins.

But why bother with the mainstream media when you can go straight to the public using social media, especially video?

Embattled District Attorney Tony Rackackas decided to embrace the social media era by using YouTube to fight back against what the Orange County DA’s office feels is unfair and biased reporting in a murder case as well as social media postings from the felon’s defenders.

Kenneth Clair was sentenced to death for the sexual assault, beating and strangulation of babysitter Linda Faye Rodgers in 1984. That sentence was overturned, and Clair is facing life without parole. Supporters of Clair argue that at least he should get a new trial. Something Rackackas is against.

As part of the DA’s offensive is a series of videos detailing the crime.

By taking the Clair case to the general public, Rackauckas is appealing to people in a way that will become the norm, Lawrence Rosenthal, a professor at Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University, told the Register.

“I think what you are looking at is the future,” he said.