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Nate Silver Calls Out

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 20:20

FiveThirtyEight founder and editor Nate Silver is sick of using his site’s charts. You know what this means — Twitter attack!

Silver took to Twitter to accuse Vox writers of passing FiveThirtyEight charts off as Vox creations, and for not crediting FiveThirtyEight in coverage:

Only about 20% of the maps @VoxMaps tweets were actually made by Vox. Always a link to a Vox story, rarely to original source.

— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) April 13, 2015

Yo, @voxdotcom: Y'all should probably stop stealing people's charts without proper attribution. You do this all the time, to 538 & others.

— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) April 13, 2015

Ironically enough, Daily Kos’ Twitter then pointed out that FiveThirtyEight could be a little more clear when it uses maps.

The solution to all this isn’t that complicated — sites can provide obvious links! Here is how you do it: “According to [name of site with link to that site], Mad Men is boring.” See? It’s easy.

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A Resounding NYT Op-Ed Misfire

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 19:35

The Rachel Maddow blog on MSNBC passed the buck in several directions after wrongly reporting that attendees at this past weekend’s NRA convention in Nashville were prohibited from following local gun laws:

Correction/Update: Rather than leaving a confusing series of updates, let’s summarize what we now know. The original report from the New York Daily News, which said the NRA had \"banned working guns\" from the convention, was inaccurate – Tennessee’s open-carry laws still apply at the NRA event… Similarly, when The Tennessean reported, \"All guns on the convention floor will be non-operational,\" that referred to the guns on display at exhibitors, not the guns attendees bring themselves…

Meanwhile, The New York Times Editorial Board was forced to rewrite the lede of an April 10 editorial and post a correction. In point of fact, it was only guns on display guns at one venue that were required to have firing pins removed:

Correction: April 11, 2015

An editorial on Friday about the National Rifle Association’s convention incorrectly described the rules for carrying concealed firearms at the event. Carrying is prohibited at one of the main convention venues [Bridgestone Arena], not all of them.

As you can imagine, the NYT incorrectly condemning the NRA for Nashville convention hypocrisy has been the subject of much blog amusement. Critics are also suggesting the above correction does not go far enough. Here for example is part of Powerline’s take:

And now missing is the central point of the editorial as originally written, the assertion that the NRA’s alleged gun ban is “the ultimate in hypocrisy.”

A more honest approach would have been to delete the editorial in its entirety and replace it with, “Oops. Never mind.” But honesty is not something anyone expects from The New York Times.

In USA Today, University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds sums it up this way:

The Times’ editors saw a chance to score a cheap shot and got carried away in their excitement.

[Screen grab of original NYT op-ed version, via:]

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The Verge’s Editor Doesn’t Tolerate Jewelry Criticism

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 18:30

It’s sort of interesting that Nilay Patel, editor of The Verge, wears a bracelet with spikes on it. While we certainly don’t endorse the “I just left Hot Topic” look, to each his own. What we find odd though, is how angry Patel gets when someone critiques his bracelet.

It started when former Apple exec Jean-Louis Gassée reacted to Patel’s review of the Apple Watch. Patel claimed in his piece that he felt “ridiculous” wearing the Watch. Gassée then pointed out that an adult who wears a spiked bracelet is probably not the best person to trust when it comes to fashion advice. Patel saw Gassée’s report and lost his mind.

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When Gawker’s Sam Biddle picked up on this rant and wrote a post about how ridiculous it was, Patel went after him.

Sam Biddle, Twitter Reporter

— nilay patel (@reckless) April 13, 2015

Sam do you want to go on a date with me I'll bring the cuff

— nilay patel (@reckless) April 13, 2015

And @samfbiddle is just the latest in an endless series of angry men telling me how I should behave myself. Enjoy these, your true friends.

— nilay patel (@reckless) April 13, 2015

We can only hope to one day feel as strongly about something as Patel feels about his jewelry. Er, bracelet.

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WSJ Brings Web Designers, Coders Into Newsroom

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:44

The Wall Street Journal is bringing web designers and coders into its newsroom. According to a memo from managing editor Gerard Baker, the moves are “a very important step forward in our growth as a digital newsroom.”

As part of the integration, the paper has made a couple staffing changes. Details are below.

Katharine Bailey has been named head of news initiatives. Bailey most recently served as general manager for WSJ digital. She has been with Dow Jones since 2008. Che Douglas has been named head of newsroom digital design. He previously served as WSJ digital’s art director. He’ll report to Bailey.
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Lena Dunham Backs Hillary Clinton

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 16:15

This is Hillary reading a text from me that says "with you every step of the way, gurl" #mypresident

A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Apr 12, 2015 at 12:51pm PDT

Lena Dunham is backing Hillary Clinton’s run for the White House. Now you know who to vote for. Or against?

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NY Post Unsure About Hillary Clinton

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 15:40

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 9.02.29 AMThe New York Post just isn’t quite sure what to make of Hillary Clinton’s decision to run for president. Hopefully their position will become more clear as we approach the 2016 election.

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A New York Radio Icon Signs Off

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 15:30

After 42 years on the air with WPLJ, WNEW-FM, WAXQ and WCBS-FM, Pat St. John bid his east coast farewells Sunday afternoon. The 101.1 FM host and his wife are moving west to San Diego to be closer to their two children and grandchildren.

Per Radio Ink:

“I want to thank everybody…\" St. John said on his final WCBS-FM show. \"It’s been an incredible ride in New York City. I celebrated my 42nd anniversary on New York radio this past Thursday, and then fitting, it’s today and this is it. I’m moving strictly for my family. My little grandson… we just got to be near him. I got to see him. I got see him all the time! And that’s it. The fact I won’t go through a winter – I’ve been through a few – that’s just a little perk.”

From a home studio, St. John will continue to host a weekday 1 p.m. program for Sirius XM’s Sixties on 6 channel. Speaking ahead of his final April 12 show with David Hinckley of the Daily News, St. John acknowledged the commercial radio business has changed:

“The relationship with the listeners has remained the same,” he says. “That’s as solid as ever. What we’re allowed to do for them now is another story.”

It’s a too-familiar story: less personality, more tightly formatted playlists. Much of radio over the years has evolved into shut-up-and-play-more-music.

“I’ve been fortunate,” St. John says. “It isn’t free-form any more, but I’ve been allowed to say things and play some of my songs.”

As Hinckley notes, once Vin Scelsa retires next month from WFUV, there will be very few of the old NYC radio guard left.

[Photo of St. John with The Beach Boys’ Mike Love via:]
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Reuters’ Baghdad Bureau Chief Leaves Iraq

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 15:20

After several threats, Ned Parker, Reuters’ Baghdad bureau chief, has left Iraq. Parker was threatened via a Facebook page run by “armed Shi’ite groups” and a TV report by an Iranian-backed armed group.

In both situations, the parties demanded that Parker be banished from the country. Comments from supporters suggested they take another route. “The best way to silence him, not kick him out,” read one comment, according to Reuters.

The threats were a response to Parker’s April 3 report about human rights abuses in Tikrit.

A US State Departmen spokesperson denounced the threats in a statement.

This was a wise decision by Parker and Reuters. The Committee to Protect Journalists’ latest report said at least 15 journalists have been killed in Iraq over the past two years.

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 15:00


(Images: Newseum)

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Bill Maher Blasts ‘Traitors to Journalism’

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 20:00

Take a look at the following screen grab:


It’s from the end of last night’s funny bit on Real Time with Bill Maher during which the host mockingly broke down, for the benefit of the “PC police,” a recent “New Rules” joke about One Direction member Zayn Malik. After Maher made that joke on the Mach 27 episode, there was plenty of media coverage of the resulting  social media “outrage.” And here was the comedian’s message for all of those pictured outlets:

“But for all the respectable media outlets who covered this story, when you could have spent time and space on real news that needs reporting… You are not only traitors to journalism. You are, in the truest sense of the word, 12-year-old girls.”

Here’s your chance, fingered outlets. If that #RespectforZayn hashtag starts trending again, show Bill that you get the joke by not writing another story.

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NY Jobs: HBO, TIME, BBC Travel

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 23:53

This week, HBO is hiring a product manager, while TIME needs a vice president of marketing. BBC Travel is seeking a deputy editor, and The Fiscal Times is on the hunt for a managing editor. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Product Manager HBO (New York, NY) Vice President, Marketing TIME (New York, NY) Deputy Editor BBC Travel (New York, NY) Managing Editor The Fiscal Times (New York, NY) Manager, Footage Review Shutterstock (New York, NY)

Find more great NY jobs on the Mediabistro job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented media pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

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RD Recap: Fortune Snags Former Gigaom Staffers; Newsweek Europe Expands

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 23:09

Revolving DoorFortune swoops in and recruits former Gigaom staffers Stacey HigginbothamBarb DarrowKatie FehrenbacherMathew IngramJeff John Roberts and Jonathan Vanian. That’s quite a haul, a serious boon to the publication’s technology coverage, and an excellent place for the half-dozen to land after Gigaom imploded in March… Speaking of media-world refugees, ProPublica hires Alec MacGillis. He previously called The New Republic home, but left in December as part of the “Franklin Foer is gone” shakeout…

Amanda de Cadenet, Sarah Kunst, Courtney Diesel O’Donnell and Alexandra Robbins join Marie Claire as contributing editors… Newsweek Europe expands in a major way, adding staffers Harry EyresNicholas ShakespeareAdam LeBorRudolph HerzogMiranda GreenAlex RentonSarah HelmGraham Boynton, Catharine OstlerAlice Hart-Davis and Nick Foulkes to the ranks… Bell Media loses president Kevin Crull after he was caught “trying to interfere with reporting at CTV, the largest television network in the country.” He apologized, saying, “it was wrong of me to be anything but absolutely clear that editorial control always rests with the news team,” but still lost his job… Read More

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Media Minutiae

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 23:00

TVNewser: ABC News is really excited about exploiting Bruce Jenner this weekend!

TVSpy: Another tragic tale of morning show anchors dancing.

GalleyCat: There is a Kanye West themed Bible available on Etsy. Good job, America.

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Lou Lumenick Updates His Twitter Avatar

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 21:10

LouLumenickTwitterIt’s in The Hollywood Reporter headline.

It’s in The Hollywood Reporter permalink.

And now, it’s also in every one of New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick’s tweets.

Well done, Lou. This is how you make the most out of being ranked ninth on a Top Ten list.

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The Most Popular FBNY Posts for The Week

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 21:00

Here’s a look at the posts that made the most buzz the past seven days.

A Drunk Media Gal Undone by LinkedIn Heather Muir Joins Real Simple Condé Nast Traveler is Getting Fatter The Drudge Infographic The Secret to Getting Published by The NY Times

Keep up-to-date with the latest FishbowlNY news. Click here to sign up for the daily newsletter, bringing you our articles each afternoon directly to your inbox.

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A Rich Obituary Sentence

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 20:00

The second paragraph of this week’s Connecticut Post obituary for Stephen K. Galpin, who passed away April 3 at age 93, sums it up beautifully:

He was a sailor, paratrooper, newspaper reporter, OSS intelligence agent, humorist, local politico, business executive and renowned dog lover.

The obituary goes on to provide some more detail, for those who need it. The “newspaper reporter” portion of Galpin’s life encompassed The Hartford Courant and the Wall Street Journal, post-World War II. For the Journal, the New York City native wrote the front-page “Worldwide” column and later covered federal politics out of D.C.

Galpin was also a trailblazer for something that is routine today: the segue of a journalist to the more lucrative world of PR. The “business executive” portion of the man’s career refers to his long service as a GE manager of corporate affairs, after initially joining the company as a speechwriter.

Galpin is survived by four children, ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and his dog Rufus. RIP.
[Image via:]

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California Newspaper Gifts James Dean Fans with East of Eden Photos

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 18:45

EastofEdenPosterExactly 60 years ago, East of Eden was released in movie theaters.

Part of the Elia Kazan film was shot in Spreckels, just south of Salinas, California, and today, local daily newspaper The Salinas Californian is celebrating the results of a painstaking restoration effort: 52 rare black and white photos from the portion of the production. The name of the photographer who took them is at this stage still unknown. From today’s write-up by features editor Joe Truskot:

The images, most measuring two-and-a-half by four inches, were a result of a salvage effort. Some were printed on contact sheets, cut up and pasted on note cards perhaps displayed in the past and then filed away for years. Someone had even used a pinking shears to separate a couple of them. Most of the glue had dried up years ago. Imperfections on the prints are numerous — but they are unique and, most likely, unpublished. Kudos to Jim Albanese and Dave Nordstrand, the caring reporters who recognized their value and kept the photos safe.

Several of the pictures show a wagon load of coal headed by a team of horses. The local star who is holding the reins in all the photos is uncredited in the movie. He is the cowboy and rodeo star Marvin Roberts, who with his wife taught several generations of Salinas natives to ride horses. His son Monty Roberts is The New York Times best selling author of The Horse Whisperer.

The photos – some of which do not feature Dean – are priced, very affordably, for purchase from the Gannett newspaper via Earlier this year, aforementioned repoorter Nordstrand had a fun look back at the filming of East of Eden in Spreckels. Among the people he spoke to was 94-year-old Nick Cominos, whose family owned and operated Hotel Cominos in Salinas, where some cast and crew stayed:

Cominos was far from star struck by what he saw on one of the East of Eden sets. His family’s hotel hosted many celebrities. They’d stop to dine or to stay over on their drive from San Francisco to Hollywood or vice versa. Those luminaries included Charlie Chaplin, John Payne of Miracle on 34th Street and James Cagney.

[Poster image courtesy: Warner Bros.]

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Glamour Hires Communications Exec

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 18:30

Kimberly Bernhardt has been named Glamour’s executive director of communications. Bernhardt comes to the magazine from Edelman, where she served as executive VP of the global and US Unilever business.

“I’ve admired Kimberly’s work from afar for years, and I’m thrilled to have her join our team in this newly created role,” said Glamour editor Cindi Leive, in a statement.

Bernhardt’s appointment is effective April 13.

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Clay Shirky Addresses NY Times’ Future

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 17:27

Clay Shirky, author, NYU professor and media critic, has some interesting thoughts on the future of The New York Times. Shirky shared them in an email exchange with Times public editor Margaret Sullivan, and the entire piece is well worth a read.

The Cliff Notes version of Shirky’s ideas:

Get comfortable with the fact that print is going to die sooner rather than later. Cut more costs. Maximize mobile ad dollars. Charge more for whatever form of the print product that remains. Much more.

That’s just a quick glance and don’t do his thoughts justice. Do yourself a favor and check out Sullivan’s piece.

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Mary Byrne Joins ESPN

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 16:30

Mary Byrne is leaving USA Today to join as an NFL editor. Byrne was managing editor for USA Today Sports since 2012.

Byrne previously worked for USA Today from 2004 to 2006 as Olympic editor. Before rejoining USA Today, Byrne was the AP’s deputy sports editor for five years.

According to a memo obtained by Jim Romenesko, David Meeks is succeeding Byrne as managing editor of USA Today Sports. Meeks has served as the paper’s managing editor for enterprise and investigations for the past three years.

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