Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert had at 60 Minutes Monday about its end-of-show apology Sunday for using Dylan Davies as a principal in its segment on the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. Michael Calderone of Huffington Post notes that the program didn't get to the bottom for its audience on how it was duped by Davies, how it vetted (or didn't) his assertions, and whether it even bothered to check with the FBI if its segment was congruent with what he had told them. The segment and the tepid apology raises more questions, he asserts, including those about CBS News' leadership. Lloyd Grove, writing for The Daily Beast, reports that media ethics experts believe 60 Minutes needs to do much more than apologize. They argue it needs to demonstrate how it will avoid such blunders in future.
As anyone who has dealt with the International Olympic Committee can attest, the issue of copyright is no small burning matter. The IOC owns lock, stock and barrel the rights to anything that smacks of Olympics and is vigilant, to say the least, in according opportunities to share its spoils. Which is why it is a surprise that an IOC spokesman has said that Instagram's short-form video and all other social media photography will be permitted from accredited photographers at the Sochi Games in three months' time. USA Today reports on the clarification of the guidelines and how they are social-media friendly.
David Carr's latest Media Equation column for The New York Times looks at Contently, the next-generation version of the much-reviled content farms that produces well-paid, well-researched journalism for corporate websites. Carr wonders if this is a site/sight of things to come in journalism: writers creating solid content, with some boundaries on editorial independence, for those who want to reach audiences directly without using public relations.