The panelists talk about Wisconsin television news anchor Jennifer Livingston, who took on a viewer who called her fat.
Livingston said she exchanged several e-mails with occasional viewer Kenneth Krause before she made her case on the air. She gave a four minute editorial – speaking directly to Krause – in which she addressed weight and bullying.
The panelists talk about the past and future of USA Today, which recently marked its 30th anniversary.
Panelist Lisa Kernek points out the paper was widely scorned by journalists – but it was also widely imitated. USA Today influenced the industry by making papers more appealing visually and more reader-friendly.
Panelist Mike Murray said it was designed to appeal to the generations raised on television – its color photos and short stories made it a sort of newspaper version of a TV newscast.
The panelists discuss the practice of quote approval in exchange for access to sources. Some journalists allow sources to read and approve quotes before a story is published.
David Carr of the New York Times wrote about the practice in a piece with the headline "The Puppetry of Quotation Approval." He wrote, "What pops out of that process isn't exactly news and isn't exactly a news release, but contains elements of both."
The panelists discuss a proposal to create an alternative American communications system. The catch is that the idea was suggested by University of California - Berkeley Professor Robert Cirino in 1977.
Cirino developed his plan at a time when cable was in its infancy and the Internet could only be found in science fiction.