New York’s national affairs editor Gabriel Sherman is joining NBC News and MSNBC as a contributor.
According to Politico, at NBC Sherman—who has gained notoriety via reporting on Roger Ailes—will focus on media and politics.
Sherman’s role at New York will remain unchanged.
This particular “Crime Scene” article by Michael Wilson was posted online Sunday and appeared in print on page A1 of Monday’s New York Times. For anyone who missed, it was a case of elevating a somewhat mundane crime spree to to much higher prosaic levels.
Here is how Wilson began his article:
A particular wave of crime has yet to crest, a pattern of theft in Manhattan that has penetrated the safest of neighborhoods.
The thieves know just where to strike, entering stores and making their way through the aisles, past the diapers, the formula, the razors and the deodorant.
In response, stores have put in place all manner of security measures. Cameras. Alarms. New locks. Security patrols.
We all scream.
But nothing has stopped the thieves from taking the very specific item — one of life’s enduring, sweet pleasures as summer takes a bow — that they have come for.
For ice cream.
The police have asked the public for assistance in identifying four suspects in a string of ice cream thefts since at least November. They have stolen approximately 1,249 cartons or bars of ice cream and gelato in 11 thefts, the police said. All the thefts took place in chain stores like Duane Reade, CVS and Rite Aid.
After a start like that, how can you not read the rest!?
The New York Times Magazine has named Caitlin Roper its special projects editor, a new role at the magazine.
Roper most recently served as Wired’s articles editor. She previously served as managing editor for The Paris Review.
“The magazine isn’t just a magazine anymore,” said Times Mag editor Jake Silverstein, in an announcement. “We’re now involved in virtual reality, live events, podcasts, and special newspaper sections, just to name a few things. Caitlin is going to be instrumental in helping us manage this growth and execute on these exciting initiatives.”
Now that Joanna Coles is Hearst’s chief content officer, the company has found her replacement at Cosmopolitan. The publisher has tapped Michele Promaulayko to succeed Coles as editor in chief. Promaulayko will also serve as editorial director of Seventeen.
Promaulayko most recently served as the editor in chief of Yahoo Health. She previously served as vice president and editor in chief of Women’s Health for six years.
This is a return to Cosmo for Promaulayko. Prior to her time with Women’s Health, she worked as Cosmo’s executive editor for eight years.
There’s a ton of lively color in WSJ magazine’s look at how Shane Smith came to own the palatial Santa Monica estate known as Villa Ruchello. The property was previously owned by film director Henry Jaglom and his wife, Victoria Foyt.
Initially, per Andrew Goldman’s September issue cover story, Smith was eyeing a property closer to New York:
A couple of years ago, when he was still living in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, Smith had hoped to find a place in upstate New York so that on weekends his 4- and 6-year-old daughters, Martina and Piper, could have a place to play in the grass. “We wanted them to go out and fall into the crick and stuff like that,” Smith says. Locusts-on-Hudson, a 76-acre estate just outside Rhinebeck where he and his wife got married in 2009, fit the bill.
Unfortunately the plan hit a snag—hotelier André Balazs already owned it. “I literally offered him a blank check,” Smith says. “He said, ‘F— you.’ ” (Balazs confirms this, adding that he delivered his reply “in the most friendly way.”)
Another highlight of the article is a revisit of the February dinner at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, which cost Smith $380,000 plus tip.
There’s a lot of history to the Villa Ruchello property. Per the piece, Smith and his wife poured a ton of money into the restoration of the property, which had been allowed over the last few decades to deteriorate. And if you ever see a guy on the westside of L.A. biking who looks like Smith, that could very well be him. Cycling is his preferred mode of transporation to Vice’s West Coast offices in Venice.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Shane Smith Now Owns 2 Los Angeles Homes
Ramin Setoodeh’s latest cover story for Variety will be online this afternoon and in print tomorrow. The publication’s New York bureau chief told Taylor Strecker, host of SiriusXM show Wake Up With Taylor, that he spent two and a half hours with actor Shia LaBeouf for this week’s sure-to-be heavily discussed piece.
“He’s very aware of the way in which he was being portrayed in the press, the reports. He was concerned that people wouldn’t want to work with him… He talks [in the article] about the drinking, and what led to his breakdown.”
Setoodeh also asked LaBeouf about Lindsay Lohan’s similarly very public struggles and how the actor might have fared in the glare of the media if he had been female.
There is a hilarious quote in Sydney Ember’s report about Joanna Coles getting a huge promotion at Hearst. Explains Coles, editor of Cosmopolitan:
“I love Cosmo, but I gave it everything I had,” she said. “I just didn’t have another sex position in me.”
Per Ember, Coles first expressed her desire to do something new with Hearst during a lunch with David Carey, president of the magazine division. Her vacated position at Cosmopolitan will be quickly filled, with Hearst announcing her replacement this afternoon.
Coles has been with Hearst since 2006, when she joined the firm to guide Marie Claire. Read the rest of Ember’s report here.
The New York Times is expanding its coverage of the Golden State with California Today.
Publishing every morning at 9 ET and 6 am PT, California Today features news about the state from the Times and California-based publications. The feature is also available as a newsletter.
“Outside of New York, we have more readers in California than any other state,” said Marc Lacey, Times national editor, in a statement. “Our goal with California Today is to better serve the interests of those readers.”
California Today is written by Mike McPhate and edited by Julie Bloom, both native Californians.
Politico has made some additions to its Pro team. Details are below.Tony Romm is joining the Pro tech team to cover technology policy. Romm has been with Politico since 2010. Anthony Adragna has been named a reporter focused on energy. He previously worked for Bloomberg. Benjamin Wermund has joined as a higher education reporter. He most recently covered the same beat for The Houston Chronicle. Lorraine Woellert has joined as a financial services reporter. She previously worked for Redfin and Bloomberg.
The Newspaper Association of America (NAA) is dead. Long live News Media Alliance, a new name that—according to NMA CEO David Chavern—better reflects the industry.
“‘Newspaper’ is not a big enough word to describe the industry anymore,” Chavern told the New York Times (a newspaper). “The future of this industry is much broader.”
Despite dropping “newspaper” from its name, Chavern wants everyone to know that newspapers are still fantastic.
“The name change doesn’t reflect any diminishment of newspaper as a central way for people to get information but, instead, indicates just how many new ways our members are delivering journalism to their communities,” Chavern explained to Poynter. “The bottom line is that people consume more news than ever—in all forms—and that is the basis for a vibrant and growing news media industry.”
Roger Ailes has hired lawyer du jour Charles Harder and hinted that a lawsuit could be coming for New York mag and its reporter Gabriel Sherman.
According to The Financial Times, Harder sent a letter to New York asking the magazine to retain Sherman’s documents related to Ailes. Sherman was responsible for breaking multiple stories about Ailes and the many, many women accusing him of sexual harassment.
If Ailes does sue Sherman, at least that might mean he’s done thinking about hiring someone to “beat the shit out of” Sherman.” So… Good?
In a statement to Politico, New York confirmed that Harder had contacted the magazine.
“New York Media and Gabriel Sherman were contacted by Charles Harder on behalf of Roger and Elizabeth Ailes, asking that we preserve documents related to the Ailes, for a possible defamation claim. The letter sent by Harder was not informative as to the substance of their objections to the reporting.”
Harder has been in the news (and attacking the news) a lot lately. He was behind Peter Thiel’s revenge plot lawsuit that took down Gawker Media and he’s also repping Melania Trump as she sues The Daily Mail.
Over the weekend, Margaret Sullivan spoke up in defense of comments, reacting to NPR’s recent decision to do away with them. She wrote that she finds this form of discourse more varied than Twitter and Facebook, and reads comments both on her articles and others of interest. She also cited a recent speech made by Texas Tribune chief audience officer Amanda Zamora.
The first part of the headline for Sullivan’s latest Washington Post column—“Everyone Seems to Hate Online Reader Comments”—is misleading. In fact, a lot of people love them. For proof of that, one need look no further than the bottom of Sullivan’s Sept. 4 article where, at the time of writing, more than 1,270 responses have been logged. From far and wide:
Robert from Melbourne Australia: Marg, I have to say that I absolutely love the way that you do things at the WaPo. Some of the comments made are pretty direct (I have been responsible for some like that too) but it gives people a real chance to ‘let off a bit of steam’. And it hasn’t brought the country down. What you have going for you there at WaPo is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!! It ain’t broke so please don’t fix it.
MabelDodge: Apropos of Ms. Sullivan’s comment on her experiment [at the Buffalo News] with signed comments: Sixty years ago when I was a student at Antioch College there was a clothes line strung from one end of the Main Building’s central hallway to the other end. Large pieces of paper, dark pens, and clothes pins were available so we could write and post anything we wanted to say on the clothes line. We were expected to respect only two rules: what we wrote was to be an “informed opinion” and we had to sign our names. The clothes line made for interesting reading. Fast forward to 20 years ago when I worked for Williams College and was disturbed by many of the distasteful and mean spirited messages that were chalked on the college’s sidewalks. When I, in naivete, suggested that we ask our students to sign their names to what they chalked, others – younger than I – were horrified that anyone could suggest asking people to give up their anonymity. Too bad, one’s signature does seem to assure better writing and reading.
Roblimo: I was an early and long-time editor of the infamous Slashdot website, which helped turn news from a monologue into a dialogue. I’m a pretty fair reporter and writer, but I’ve never believed I was notably smarter than the average reader, and readers often know more than I do about a particular subject. I was even (BOAST ALERT) called the founder of citizen journalism by a few journo profs.
guybaehr: Without comments there is much less of a reason to subscribe to digital news media. As a former newspaper reporter, I know that the traditional one-sided conversation from all-knowing journalists is convenient and comfortable for the journalists. Letting readers talk back, especially when they add useful information, point out significant omissions or call out conscious or unconscious bias, can be uncomfortable. Your editor might read some of them. At the same time, one can take it constructively, using tips and suggestions and even critical comments to make your future reporting stronger and deeper, which should be the goal. Personally, I find the moderated comments at the New York Times more useful than the free-for-all at the Washington Post, but both systems have value.
In the Sullivan comments thread, there are also many people who mention the difference between the moderated approach favored by The New York Times vs. the more open system of the Washington Post and, formerly, NPR. Let’s hope others at the Post besides Sullivan read these comments as well—there are a number of good suggestions from readers on how to tweak the paper’s commenting system.
Two months after Gretchen Carlson sued Roger Ailes for sexual harassment—a move that essentially ended his career—Fox News has settled. According to Vanity Fair’s sources, Fox News will pay Carlson $20 million and offer her a public apology. Good for her.
As part of the settlement, Carlson has agreed not to pursue further legal action against Fox or other Fox News execs. That likely means Fox wanted to protect some people who might have knew about Ailes’ behavior toward Carlson and turned a blind eye.
Fox has also settled with two of the more than two dozen other women who have accused Ailes of sexual harassment.
It doesn’t get much bigger than the pope, and Time Inc. has him. The company has landed Pope Francis as the headliner for its Fortune/Time Global Forum conference.
The conference—taking place Dec. 2 and 3—will be held in Rome and at the Vatican because it’s quite an ordeal for the pope to travel; what with all the robes, spell books and such.
The theme of this year’s global forum is “The 21st Century Challenge: Forging a New Social Compact,” so attendees should be ready for “a solutions-based conversation aimed at encouraging transformative actions by the private sector to help create a more inclusive and humane economy and aid in eradicating poverty and the refugee problem around the world.”
The conference will be led by Time Inc. chief content officer Alan Murray and Time editor in chief Nancy Gibbs.
A couple Revolving Door items for you for you this morning, involving Bloomberg and Politico. Details are below.Jodi Schneider has been named Bloomberg’s editor in Hong Kong. She previously served in Tokyo as a reporter on North Asia economy. Schneider joined Bloomberg in 2010. Charlie Cooper has joined Politico Europe as a reporter covering Brexit. He previously worked for The Independent.
The narrative appetizers in Ian Parker’s article about New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells in the Sept. 12 issue of The New Yorker include details about the critic’s attempts not to be recognized in Chelsea at Momofuku Nishi, a quick history of restaurant reviewing at the Times and this fascinating tidbit offered up by former Wells colleague Jeff Gordinier:
Gordinier had spoken with me about Wells’s chances of remaining anonymous by referring to a famous contractual demand made by Van Halen: concert promoters were asked to supply the band with a backstage bowl of M&M’s, with the brown ones removed.
David Lee Roth, Van Halen’s lead singer, has said that the request was not whimsical. It helped to show whether a contract had been carefully read and, therefore, whether the band’s complex, and potentially dangerous, technical requirements were likely to have been met. Gordinier said that an ambitious New York restaurant’s ability to spot Wells is a similar indicator of thoroughness: “If they don’t recognize who he is, then they are missing a very important detail, and therefore they may not be paying attention to other important details.”
Wells has begun to review restaurants well beyond New York for the Times. In fact, the first of these articles, about an establishment in Los Angeles, will appear online today.
The New Yorker profile is a treat, thrusting the reader front and center into what it’s like for Wells to dine around town and, occasionally, bear the brunt of a brutal review, as he did in 2012 for his famous question-marked pan of Guy Fieri’s Times Square restaurant. There’s also a certain element of symmetry at work here, since Wells and his wife, novelist Susan Choi, started dating while both working as fact-checkers at The New Yorker. Savor the full piece here.
Illustration by: Luci Gutiérrez
Dick Cavett once joked that Barbara Walters always had a strained look on her face when they ran into each other. Why? Because he was the one who, in the fall of 1973, nabbed that rarest of TV experiences: an interview with Katharine Hepburn.
Earlier that same year, Cavett sat down with Marlon Brando. These are two of the most well-remembered episodes of Cavett’s illustrious career, and they both come up in the 79-year-old showbiz vet’s T magazine “Perfect Strangers” conversation with Seth Meyers, online today and in print Sept. 11:
“The great moment for me on the Hepburn show was when I decided to poke her a bit. I said, ‘Do you remember me as an actor?’ And she just stopped and said, ‘I’ve been told I should.’”
“I said, ‘We were in a play together. Stratford, Connecticut, The Merchant of Venice. I had one line: ‘Gentlemen, my master Antonio is at his house, and desires to speak with you both.’ She looked at me and said, ‘Is that the way you said it?’ It was one of the longest laughs I didn’t get.”
Speaking of Hepburn and Connecticut, the actress’s namesake Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook just handed out, at an Aug. 27 gala, its first-ever Spirit of Katharine Hepburn award. The recipient: Cavett. From some related coverage in Connecticut magazine:
“Not only does Cavett embody the spirit Katharine had in his career and his enjoyment of life, he really helped capture that out of her for the population,” says Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center director of development and external relations Dana Foster. “The way she was sitting, the repartee they had, it really drew out her spirit. When we were talking amongst the staff about the award and who might be a recipient of this, it really came through that he really was a core person in capturing her spirit.”
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In the latest Financial Times Monday interview, conducted by Anna Nicolaou, New York Times Company CEO Mark Thompson covers a range of topics: Donald Trump; the recruitment of key personnel at the paper under his watch since 2012; and a certain company currently being hard-press serenaded by Gannett:
Mr Thompson is keen to preserve the NYT heritage and its physical paper, which he says will be printed for “a long time to come, a decade or more”. He rejects any notion that the NYT could go down the path of Tribune Publishing, the 169-year-old owner of papers such as the Los Angeles Times, which in June changed its name to Tronc as part of an effort to jolt its ailing business. He quips that the NYT is “pretty happy with the name we’ve got”.
“What would be the equivalent of Tronc? Newt?” he says, adding that he is focused “not just on the rhetoric of change but stuff that actually makes money.”
Thompson’s brainstorm about a Tronc-like New York Times name jives with the way Joe Pesci’s character Vinny Gambino famously pronounced “youth” in My Cousin Vinny. That film was released in 1992, when media companies not yet obsessed with how to connect with millennials, in New Jersey and beyond. Read the rest of the FT interview here.
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