Disney Overkill? OC Register Has 90 Journalists Contributing To Today's 'Disney News Mob'

Categories: Dishney, OC Media
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Stop the presses! Nah, forget that. Stop all other news coverage whatsoever! This just in: Disneyland is . . . still Disneyland! And the Orange County Register is really, really excited about it! 

So excited that the newspaper has 90 journalists reporting stories, snapping photos and hashtagging tweets for today's Disney News Mob. It's all Disney, all day over at Reg Land. "We launched a new web page, plus every section in print has a huge Disney package on the cover," project editor Keith Sharon tells JimRomenesko.com.

Wanna know what the weather is like at the Anaheim theme park? Or see a slideshow titled "Which Disney character do you love most?" It's your lucky day. 

The Disney overload coincides with the opening of Disneyland's Cars Land (which looks really fun--can we have the rest of the day off, boss?). The paper launched a similar takeover, an Angels News Mob, on the Angels' opening day back in April. 

Yep, this should guarantee several more years of full-page Disney ads in the Register. Perhaps the Weekly should follow suit. We can have Moxley do an investigative piece on how many people lose their lunch on the Teacups.  

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OC Register journalists arrive to service Disneyland, again
Let's hope no major news breaks today. Mickey would be so annoyed.  

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Bill T.
Bill T.

Hey, back-and-forths are where we have the opportunity to see if we can't come to an agreement that at least we can agree to disagree. I think on this one that you're a bit wrong and you obviously think I'm wrong.  I've been called worse, I'll survive. I think we agree that these sorts of storys need to be told, and it's MY belief that the OCW has few to no peers in central California to Tijuana ("teeWHANa") on their record of reporting them. If people argue with me I think much more deeply about what my opinions are and whether I have any real basis for keeping them and I thank you for that.

kushibo
kushibo

And apologies if I sounded a bit harsh, Bill. T. You and I may not see eye to eye on this, but we've both been reasonably civil about it, and I certainly don't mean you any disrespect. Even if I can't convince you, Bill T., you've given me the opportunity to lay out for the OCW reporters (at least one of whom I hope is reading this) why follow-up on this case is important. 

kushibo
kushibo

Did I read the link? You may have noticed that seven months ago I commented on the story in that very link, describing myself as "perplexed by the lack of follow-up to this story at the LAT, the OCR, the LB Press-Telegram, and even the OC Weekly." Bill T., with all due respect, I think you are confusing an update with thorough follow-up of a story. Yes, they updated the story to add a few important facts. When they first reported the story, it was that an off-duty officer shot and killed a guy who had been breaking into a car when the guy reached for his waistband. Then they "updated" the story (corrected the inaccurate narrative, in fact) by saying the dead guy's name and that, whoops, he wasn't armed, and whoops, he wasn't actually stealing the car.  But then they stopped. In what school of journalism would that be the proper end of the appropriate end of the story? Follow-up would mean finding out the name of the police officer, reporting the status or results of the investigation, explaining how/why the officer was (reportedly) refusing to talk with investigators, etc. You say they follow up "when they get information." Well, their job as reporters and journalists is not to wait for someone to mail them something but instead to go obtain it. An off-duty officer shooting and killing a guy who was unarmed and not breaking the law — and possibly lying about it — is definitely worthy of that. I dare say it's almost as worthy as the Kelly Thomas story.  And I was certainly not out of line for pointing that out in a story where one of the negligent newspapers is chiding another of the negligent newspapers for not doing real news.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Did you read the link? It explicitly states (and obviously is) "UPDATED". The OCW commonly does follow-ups on their storys, ---> when they get information ("facts", as best they can tell) to write about

kushibo
kushibo

The investment firm may not turn out to be as ominous as it sounds. It seems they're looking for a paper to try to run a new business model on. An experiment, if you will. But yeah, that could mean lots of lay-offs. 

kushibo
kushibo

I wouldn't say “no news” is covered but this was potentially a pretty big story for them to have just stopped following up on. An SAPD officer chases down a young man he wrongly claimed was stealing a car and the kills him when he “reached for his waistband,” after which the thin blue line in two counties closes ranks. And there are others, but this was the most recent.

Bill T.
Bill T.

They, apparently, miss one piece and you come to the conclusion that no news is covered.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Slays me, it was OK for Walt to have a 'stache, but not OK for me.

kushibo
kushibo

Instead of taking the time to knock the competition for excessive reporting on a fluff piece, how'z about setting an example and doing some real news yourselves? Start with following up on the baffling killing of Jason Bitz by an SAPD officer last fall.

Morrow Rosanna
Morrow Rosanna

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kushibo
kushibo

Yup, took you just five seconds. Maybe if you'd taken another five or ten you would have realized that there is no follow-up after that cursory report, despite mistaken reports (parroting the shooting officer) in the OCR and the LAT that the shooting victim had been stealing a car and was possibly armed.  To my knowledge, no media has reported the name of the police officer, who reportedly refused to answer investigators' questions days later. We have no reports of disciplinary action or anything. No results of an investigation of an unarmed civilian who was not committing a crime. It looks like a cover up of a trigger-happy loose cannon who sees criminals everywhere and shoots at them, the kind that give OC law enforcement a bad name. At worst, it might be a cover up of deliberate homicide to avoid an embarrassing false arrest. This comes after we have Susie Kim shot supposedly from the side and back of the car by an SAPD police officer who insisted he was in fear of his life, yet there was no follow-up on that except some cursory reports of the eventual trial long, long after.  What is up with this? It is negligent for the papers in the area not to follow up on a story like this, and if the OCW is bagging on the OCR for over-reporting on Disneyland, that's just too rich.

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