Posts Tagged ‘correspondent’

“Fukuppy” Media Disaster Continues – MSM-types from CNN, TIME, and the Washington Post Victimized – Who Will Be Next?

Monday, October 14th, 2013

This is from yesterday - it involved a Washington Post employee.

Here’s TIME from just a few hours ago

“Social media platforms over the weekend were brimming with sarcastic critiques of Fukushima’s newest unofficial mascot, Fukuppy, after a local refrigerator manufacturer in the disaster-struck prefecture unveiled their latest publicity creation.

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/10/14/look-its-fukuppy-to-the-rescue/#ixzz2hhVmRXLI 

And here’s CNN:

Kyung Lah ‏@KyungLahCNN

Truth is stranger than fiction. #Fukushima‘s new “cute” mascot is Fukuppy. http://www.fukusima.co.jp/  #CNN

And actually, MSM, Twitter was debunking this myth three days ago.

It was there if you knew how to look for it?

FTR, Fukushima is a family name as well as a place name.

FTR, “.co” in a URL means company, not government.

On It Goes…

Fukuppy: Washington Post Correspondent Chico Harlan Pollutes Twitter with Misinformation about a Japanese Corporate Mascot

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

[UPDATE: Oh, here we go: The thing I passed along yesterday about the “Fukuppy” mascot — please disregard; it has nothing whatsoever to do with Fukushima Prefecture.” So, move along, people. Nothing to see here. Excepting that initial Tweet is not the way you’re supposed to pass along info on Twitter, but anyway..]

Here’s the Tweet In Question:

“A Japanese corporation created a mascot to enhance the image of Fukushima and reduce food fears. Its name: Fukuppy. http://www.fukusima.co.jp/character/index.html …

See?

But it’s just a coincidence that the family name Fukushima (Lucky Island, something like that) is also the name of a prefecture in Japan.

So, Fukushima Industries makes fridges out of Osaka (which is Down South, Japan-wise) and this whole deal has nothing to do with Fukushima Prefecture (which is Up North) or any nuclear panner plants.

I’ll concede that this isn’t the best choice for a mascot name:

The jibber-jabber underneath is Fukuppy’s Dewar’s Profile – he comes from a Fukushima brand fridge and he’s coy about being a boy.

Now, one supposes that Fukuppy the winged egg mascot is concerned about keeping your food safe and cool. One supposes.

So, what Chico should have done was to check his work and/or show his work and/or do a retweet rather than to just cite the source.

IMO.

And 20 hours is a long time to do a correction in the Twittersphere, regardless of whichever time zone you live in.

This is akin to confusing the Washington Redskins mascot with the government of Washington State. IMO.

Just saying.

Famous Phil Bronstein, Michael Kinsley, Steve Coll ask “What Comes After Newspapers?”

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Publicity-shy San Francisco Chronicle/Hearst Communications editor-at-large Phil BronsteinThe One responsible for our nation’s recent newspaper upheaval, is not one to blow his own horn. You see he’s too polite too mention it, but he will be the star at tomorrow’s “What Comes After Newspapers?” panel at Fort Mason tomorrow night.

This free event is being put on by Zócalo Public Square, the people who just brought you Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark (another purported Killer of Newspapers.)

Get the deets below:

The answer is out there, Phil, and it’s looking for you, and it will find you if you want it to.

It appears there are a few seats left. You should get over there and try to ask them about Rupert Murdoch’s great idea.

Zócalo in San Francisco
What Comes After Newspapers?
  

A Zócalo/New America Foundation Event

Moderated by David Folkenflik, media correspondent, National Public Radio

Thursday, May 07, 2009, 7:30 pm

Fort Mason Center
Golden Gate Room at the Conference Center, Building A
San Francisco, CA 94123

From town tabloids to major metropolitan dailies, newspapers seem to be in their last throes. The availability of free and instant news online, the high profit margins demanded by media conglomerates, and the steep declines in advertising revenue have hit newspapers hard. They have been forced to lay off employees, trim their pages, close print operations or–as The Hearst Corp. has threatened to do to the San Francisco Chronicle–shut down completely. Will a new model or medium rise to do what newspapers have aimed to do for over a century–pursue accuracy and objectivity, doggedly investigate stories, act as a check on power, embody a community’s conversation with itself, and write a first draft of history? Or will the demise of newspapers mean a radical shift in what we know and how we know it? Zócalo hosts a panel–including former Washington Post managing editor Steve Coll, Slate founder Michael Kinsley, and former San Francisco Chronicle executive vice president and editor Phil Bronstein–to discuss the decline of print media and the future of journalism.

The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute based in Washington, D.C. For more information, click www.newamerica.net.