From the top of an NPR report:
“With all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey,” Vice President Biden said during Thursday’s debate as he challenged Rep. Paul Ryan‘s assertion that U.S. foreign policy has unraveled under President Obama.
A little later in the debate, Biden said Ryan’s criticisms were “a bunch of stuff” — and when moderator Martha Raddatz asked “what does that mean?” he said, “we Irish call it malarkey.”
In that same article, reporter Mark Memott also revisits the origins of the term. In a cartoon by Thomas Aloysius Dorgan published March 9, 1922, “Milarkey” was used as a fictitious place name. Two years later, on April 2, 1924, he used the word Malachy, apparently with its nonsense meaning (‘Malachy — You said it — I wouldn’t trust a lawyer no further than I could throw a case of Scotch’).”
From there, several others contributed to the modern-era “malarkey” momentum. From the Visual Thesaurus:
Slang expert Jonathan Lighter notes that along with Dorgan, another early popularizer of malarkey was Davis J. Walsh, sports editor of International News Service. Here are some examples from Walsh’s syndicated columns (Lighter found the examples in the archives of The Oakland Tribune and other newspapers):
That the business is not so much malarkey is indicated by the fact that [etc.]. (April 19, 1924)
We presume, however, that this kind if malarkey is to be expected from certain quarters. (May 20, 1924)
However, all talk of Eddie Roush figuring in any deal with the Giants is so much malarkey, according to Hendricks. (Dec. 6, 1924)
His announcement, consequently, could be taken as so much malarkey. (Jan. 3, 1925)
It was just a lot of malarkey. (June 25, 1925)
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The annual AIGA Design Conference will once again provide the opportunity to experience "provocative speakers, local culture, exhibitions, professional development sessions and face-to-face roundtables."
These are just a few of the countless artifacts that will be sampled and enjoyed anew in memory of illustrator Jack Davis, who passed away today at the age of 91. The beloved cartoonist’s career took hold at EC Comics and encompassed every medium, including advertising. From a remembrance by friend and colleague Mark Evanier:
Davis’ first drawing in print was a small sketch that ran in Tip Top Comics in the thirties. It was on a page that printed reader contributions and he was not the only soon-to-be-famous cartoonist who first saw a drawing of his published there. So did Mort (Beetle Bailey) Walker and Davis’s soon-to-be collaborator/employer, Harvey Kurtzman.
Davis attended the University of Georgia and his work for the campus newspaper (and an independent humor publication) got him an intern job at the Atlanta Journal which in turn led to assistant work on the newspaper strip, Mark Trail, and later on The Saint.
A funeral will be held Friday at St. Simon’s Island. RIP.
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A couple Revolving Door items for you this afternoon, involving O The Oprah Magazine and Mashable. Details are below.Kristina McMahon has joined O, The Oprah Magazine as associate publisher of marketing. She previously served as Women’s Health’s senior associate publisher, brand innovation, creative services and marketing. Mashable has named Damon Beres deputy tech editor. He joins Mashable from The Huffington Post, where he most recently served as senior technology editor.
In an op-ed headlined “Resisting the Strategy of Hate,” Le Monde’s editor in chief Jérôme Fenoglio (pictured) writes that the latest home-soil ISIS attack, which claimed the life of 86-year-old ather Jacques Hamel, is designed to provoke “blind vengeance” and nudge the entire country into the “empire of hate.” France, he says, is being targeted in large part because it is home to one of Europe’s largest Muslim immigrant communities, where terrorists hope in part to stir misdirected reprisals.
Fenoglio also decries the latest round of rumors aired out in some French media circles, in connection with the attack this week in a suburb of Rouen. He also restates the paper’s decision, after Nice, to longer publish photos of terrorist perpetrators, and urges his colleagues to do the same:
Without call to conscience at the companies controlling the social media network and new media, it will be more and more difficult to resist the effects of the strategy of hate. Its best allies – rumors and conspiracy theories – are in effect today put on the same level as information that is proven and verified. Websites and newspapers that produce this kind of information can no exonerate themselves from introspection.
The EIC says the discussion at the paper on how to improve the ways it sensibly covers terrorist attacks is ongoing. Propaganda documents and Islamic State materials are also now on Le Monde’s no-publish list.
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TechCrunch, the tech site owned by AOL, was briefly hacked by the group OurMine yesterday.
For a few minutes, the site was overtaken by OurMine logos and a message from the group that read “Hello guys, don’t worry we are just testing TechCrunch security, we didn’t change any passwords.”
OurMine apparently used a contributor’s password to post the images and message. TechCrunch’s team removed the hack almost immediately.
“An unauthorized individual compromised the CMS account of one of our TechCrunch writers and used the account to post a story,” said TechCrunch, in a statement. “This was an isolated instance and we have secured the account. There was no risk posed to our readers or their data.”
Thanks to the playful way Howard Dean concluded his Tuesday night DNC remarks, the hashtag #DeanScream began trending. But the scream that has the stronger social media legs is the one unleashed by actress Meryl Streep at the beginning of her speech.
When happy hour ends at 7 and you and your girls get to the bar at 6:55 and order 22 drinks https://t.co/DZunzYXmap
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) July 27, 2016
The “When…” format used above by ESPN’s Hill is a popular one among reporters sharing the great visual of Streep celebrating Hillary Clinton’s nomination for president. Linked below are a few more noteworthy such captions, with plenty more yet to come.
When you get the ‘You up?’ text.
[Shea Serrano, The Ringer]
Tfw when you wake up and the coffee is already made.
[Jessica Valenti, Guardian US]
When you get your boss’s “out of office” message and realize he’s out for the day.
[Dave Quinn, People]
When you stop the microwave on 0:01.
[Micah Peters, The Ringer]
When you remember you never take the L train anyways…
[Jen Abidor, Seventeen]
Anyone who has been paying attention to the Hillary Clinton campaign has seen only one person more often than Bill Clinton — Lena Dunham.
According to The Daily Beast, that’s because the Clinton campaign sees Dunham as an integral part of the team. Dunham is popular, young and can push the “feminist case” for Clinton.
“She [Dunham] is one of the [celebrities] we’ve been in touch with the most during the campaign,” a senior Clinton campaign official told The Daily Beast. “She has taken on an even greater role than we had expected. It’s her part-time gig, and then some.”
You know what this all means, right? Dunham is going to run for president one day and she will win. You heard it here first. Her vice president? Jaden Smith.
In an effort to stop the bleeding, The Guardian is shrinking. According to Politico, the latest cost-cutting moves resulted in 268 staffers taking buyouts; 70 of which worked in the newsroom.
Some names that are departing: reporters Shiv Malik and Ed Vulliamy and Guardian mobile editor Subhajit Banerjee.
Separately, executive editor for digital Aron Pilhofer is leaving The Guardian to join Temple University as a journalism professor.
Trusted Media Brands (formerly Reader’s Digest Association) has shuttered Studio Fun International, a children’s book publishing company.
According to The New York Post, the closure resulted in 31 staffers losing their jobs. “The closing of Studio Fun International US is the next step in executing on our strategy to focus on our core businesses and brands,” said a Trusted Media spokeswoman.
Studio Fun was founded 1983 as Joshua Morris Publishing. RDA acquired it in 1991.
Bloomberg Media has named Kate Krader food editor for Bloomberg Pursuits. Krader comes to Pursuits from Food & Wine, where she served as restaurant editor for more than two decades.
“Kate is a legend—she’s the most well-respected and connected food journalist out there,” said Pursuits editorial director Emma Rosenblum, in a statement. “We are so lucky to have her join our team, and for all the amazing, delicious stories to come.”
Krader’s appointment is effective Monday August 8.
Now that Yahoo has been sold, the question is who will stick around (or be retained). Marissa Mayer will stay, at least for now: “I’m incredibly proud of everything that we’ve achieved, and I’m incredibly proud of our team. For me personally, I’m planning to stay. I love Yahoo, and I believe in all of you. It’s important to me to see Yahoo into its next chapter,” she wrote in a note to staff. But we’ll likely see some departures of the big names in its massive media division. As one unnamed person says, “in the long term, no one is safe.” If you’re a media executive looking to make a splash, start poaching…
New Time Inc. head Alan Murray makes a number of changes, the most significant of which is eliminating the publisher position and installing editorial directors across four groups. The new directors are Nancy Gibbs (News Group), Jess Cagle (Celebrity, Entertainment and Style Group) and Nathan Lump (Lifestyle Group). Chris Stone retains his position as editorial director of the Sports Group… Esquire loses Tom Junod, who’s off to ESPN The Magazine/ESPN.com as senior writer. He had been writer at large since 1997… Amtrak launches a new magazine with Anna Szpunar as publisher and Jordan Heller as editor in chief… And there are changes at National Geographic, BerlinRosen and more…
An event like the DNC is filled with human interest moments. From the podium, before each night’s marquee speakers, there will be smaller-scale speeches and stories that take hold.
Omaha World-Herald reporter Joseph Morton sets the stage for one Tuesday night’s such moments, in today’s paper. At the top of the front page, above, is a 1994 photo of Hillary Clinton with Ryan Moore, 7 at the time. Moore will give a three-minute speech tonight about his friendship with Clinton and the value of a health care system that does not disqualify applicants for pre-existing conditions.
Moore was born in Nebraska with dwarfism. His condition and need for health care was highlighted by Clinton during a 1994 press conference. From Morton’s article:
Over the years, Clinton and Moore would have many more interactions. Clinton met with him on a visit to Sioux City, Iowa, during her husband’s re-election effort in 1996, and then again the following week at then-Sen. Tom Harkin’s steak fry.
When he had a big surgery in Baltimore in 1997, the family first stopped by the White House, where Clinton gave them an 90-minute tour and they were able to see the president as well.
Clinton presented Ryan with a signed, enlarged photo of her holding him at that 1994 press conference.
Moore currently works in the technology department of the South Sioux City Community Schools.
“How Will Campus Carry Change UT?” That’s the headline on the cover of this month’s issue of Austin Monthly, which hit newsstands today.
There’s a powerful second reason for the magazine to choose to crown the image of a gun with the UT Tower. The day that the new UT carry law goes into effect, Aug. 1, is also the 50th anniversary of the UT Tower shooting, the first mass shooting at an American university. Assailant Charles Whitman killed 16 people and injured 30 more.
The grim anniversary is being marked by outlets across Texas. The Texas Tribune for example has a profile of Allen Crum, the armed civilian who helped bring the Aug. 1, 1966 mayhem to a halt. Meanwhile, at the website towerhistory.org, an excellent radio documentary about the UT Tower incident can be listened to.
Three professors at the University of Texas at Austin – Jennifer Lynn Glass, Lisa Moore and Mia Carter – have taken legal action to try and obtain an injunction that would block the new campus-carry law before the first day of fall semester.
H/T: Gary Dinges
University of Missouri student newspaper The Maneater has always had fun with the task of writing about itself. For example, in 2001, then-managing editor Chris Heisel argued that there were three reasons to come work for the publication – pride, profit and professional success – adding a caveat to the middle one: ‘Yes, Virginia, you do get paid. Every position at The Maneater pays money. It’s not a lot of money – but who gets into journalism for the money anyway?’
With another school year around the corner, it is now the turn of student politics editor Emily Gallion to pitch the incoming masses. She ratchets it up to “Five Reasons to Work for The Maneater” and includes several great vintage photos of prior crews. From the top of her piece:
At the Missouri College Media Association Convention last year, we overheard a journalist at another table say “take a shot every time [The Maneater] wins something.” That would be inadvisable, as we won 24 awards that night. We took first place in the categories of In-Depth News Reporting, Multimedia Package, Feature Writing, Sports Writing, Investigative Reporting, Column Writing, Sports Column Writing and Photo Page. We also took home the awards of Overall Newspaper, Best in State, and First Place in Sweepstakes.
Folks who have passed through these award-winning halls over the years include Vanity Fair correspondent Bryan Burrough, Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Powers and Riverfront Times founder Ray Hartmann.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this afternoon, involving Refinery29 and Consumer Reports. Details are below.Refinery29 has named Shyema Azam Middle East beauty correspondent. Azam is based in Dubai and will report on “everything from the best brands and products coming out of the region to the latest beauty stars,” explained Refinery29 beauty features director Megan McIntyre. “She’ll also tackle heavy-hitting issues around Muslim beauty, and the misconceptions people have about it.” Consumer Reports has added Eric Hagerman as content development team leader for its home and appliance coverage. He previously worked for This Old House as special projects editor and director of video and multimedia content.