Mediatwits #68: Watching State of the Union Online; Andrew Sullivan’s Leaky Pay Wall

    by Mark Glaser
    February 15, 2013
    The Mediatwits podcast is now a Google Hangout on Air. This week's episode included blogger Andrew Sullivan on a tear, showing his boxers and deriding sponsored content.

    We are back with the Mediatwits podcast, revamped in a roundtable format with “regulars” and occasional special guests. This week we have Mark Glaser moderating, along with the Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox, Seattle Times’ Mónica Guzmán and Reuters’ Felix Salmon (USC’s Andrew Lih can’t join us this week). Special guest Andrew Sullivan will be joining us as well.

    Our topics this week include the State of the Union and how many people followed Obama’s speech on social media and at WhiteHouse.gov, and the rise of instant memes such as Marco Rubio’s water break. Plus, special guest Andrew Sullivan will talk about the success of his experiment going independent and charging for content. And we discuss the Knight Foundation paying $20,000 for disgraced plagiarizer Jonah Lehrer to speak at a conference.

    What we're trying to do is find the right balance between a paid subscription entity and a blog that desperately wants to be open and linkable." -Andrew Sullivan

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    Mediatwits Bios

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    Ana Marie Cox is a senior political columnist for The Guardian. She is the founding editor of the Wonkette blog and has covered politics and the culture of Washington, DC for outlets including the Washington Post, Playboy, GQ, Mother Jones and Elle. She is the author of the novel Dog Days and lives in St. Paul, Minn. Follower her on Twitter @anamariecox.

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    Mónica Guzmán is a columnist for the Seattle Times and Northwest tech news site GeekWire and a community strategist for startups and media. She emcees Ignite Seattle, a grab-bag community fueled speaker series. Mónica was a reporter at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and seattlepi.com, its online-only successor, where she ran the experimental and award-winning Big Blog and drew a community of readers with online conversation and weekly meetups. Follow her on Twitter @moniguzman


    Felix Salmon is the financial blogger for Reuters. He was named one of Time Magazine’s 25 Best Financial Bloggers, and offers his frank view on the maneuverings of Wall Street, Washington and popular culture. Watch him on Felix TV or follow him on Twitter @felixsalmon.

    Special Guest

    Andrew Sullivan is a blogger, author and political commentator. From 1991 – 1996, he was the editor of The New Republic, bringing its circulation to a record 103,000 and, alongside predecessor Rick Hertzberg, winning three National Magazine Awards in his tenure. He was named editor of the year by Adweek in 1996. From 1996 – 2000 he devoted his time to writing for the New York Times Magazine, a weekly column for The Sunday Times in London, and to the campaign for marriage equality for gay couples.


    The Daily Dish was founded in the summer of 2000 by Andrew Sullivan as one of the very first political blogs. Andrew wrote the blog alone for the first six years, for no pay, apart from two pledge drives. In 2006 he took the blog to Time.com and then to The Atlantic.com, where he was able to employ interns for the first time, to handle the ever-expanding web of content.

    More Reading

    1. Watching the State of the Union on Twitter, Obama’s tech push, Rubio’s water break

    Obama Calls for Tech Research Not Seen Since Height of Space Race at Mashable

    State of Our Union? Thirsty, Says Social Media at NBC News

    State of the Union: Live and Interactive at Search Engine Journal

    A Virtual State of the Union at VOA News

    2. Andrew Sullivan and his leaky pay wall

    New Dish: Update at The Dish

    Andrew Sullivan’s New Site Has a Super Friendly Paywall at Forbes

    Top Blogger Andrew Sullivan Wants Your Cash at Mashable

    Andrew Sullivan: The Dish Experiment Goes Live at The Verge

    3. Knight Foundation pays plagiarizing writer Johan Lehrer $20K; apologizes

    Knight Foundation Regrets Paying Lehrer Speaking Fee at Knight Blog

    Knight Foundation President: Lehrer’s $20,000 Not Controversial at Washington Post

    Jonah Lehrer Apologizes, Cashes in on Notoriety at Forbes

    Lehrer Falls into Familiar Pattern, Fails to Face His Reckoning at Poynter


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    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian and fiancee Renee. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit. and Circle him on Google+

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