Media Navel Gaze: October 27, 2014
The Week Unpeeled
The "national hyperventilation" (NPR) over the "scream-fire-in-a-crowded-theater" coverage (me) of Ebola continued as a viral virus, with a doctor now contaminated in New York moving to center stage with surprisingly swift action taken by those in charge here amid lessons learned from Dallas no doubt. The coverage will continue with big precautions no doubt put in place and HazMat costumes a Halloween rage (so not creative).
- The markets continued a volatile path with the broader indexes boasting their biggest weekly gains in more than a year, and the Dow up 2.6% on the week to end at 16,805;
- Apple posted record year-end results and Microsoft revenue increased as Amazon recorded steep losses and saw its stock tumble;
- Normally peaceful Ottawa witnessed a gunman kill a Canadian soldier;
- Consumer giant P&G announced senior-management changes in a bid for a more focused company and amid talk on CEO succession plans;
- Washington Post Editor and "Watergate Warrior" (NYT) Ben Bradlee died, called in memorials the last of "lion-king" newspaper editors;
- The Sunday New York Post columnist Terry Keenan died, a pioneering financial journalist who was the first to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for CNN; and
- And outside of media circles but a media celebrity himself, Oscar de la Renta, fashion luminary, died.