It didn’t take long for Major League Soccer (MLS) to formally respond to an article in the July 17 issue of The New York Times Magazine, posted online Tuesday. Written by Jay Caspian Kang, “The Dark Side of American Soccer Culture” distills time spent by the author at Seattle Sounders home games and his thoughts about local fan group the Emerald City Supporters (E.C.S.).
A large chunk of Kang’s piece is devoted to examples of past and present U.K. hooliganism. That history is connected to the Sounders in both photographic form (a shot from 2013 depicts E.C.S. members burning a scarf emblazoned with the insignia of opposing team the Portland Timbers) and passages like this:
About a half-hour before kickoff, E.C.S. arrived to the beating of drums. They marched a few hundred deep up the alleyway, holding banners and scarves above their heads. Some wore bandannas over their faces; some held up flares of green smoke; the vast majority were white. In throaty unison, they sang: “Take ’em all, Take ’em all, put ’em up against a wall and shoot ’em! Short and tall, watch ’em fall. Come on boys, take ’em all!” Each phrase was sung with a disorienting British lilt.
MLS commissioner Don Garber happens to be in Seattle this week for a technology summit. During a scheduled press event, he spoke to reporters Tuesday about the article. From a report by SoundersFC.com:
“Like unfortunately things can be with the media, it was poorly reported, factually incorrect and irresponsible, with a lack of any research whatsoever,” Garber said. “Frankly, something like this should never see the light of day…”
“This was not some blog. This was The New York Times. They know better,” Garber said. “What empowers me is to see the guy getting scorched in social media, because this is just not representative of good journalism.”
Kang was separately criticized Tuesday via Facebook by TNR executive editor Ryan Kearney, prompting some lively back-and-forth on Twitter. While Garber mentioned at the press conference that no MLS officials or players were interviewed, that reflects more the type of piece Kang wrote than anything else.
In the article comments, Seattle user Allora writes, in part: ‘This piece is truly shameful. Poorly written, extremely biased and the “author” has done zero research… “They” in the “Line ’em Up” chant clearly – CLEARLY – refers to the other team, oh my god, that I even have to explain this to you is insulting… You think we chant with a British accent? Are you drunk? No, we don’t chant with a British accent. You’re either willfully ignorant or you need your hearing checked.’
Ultimately, there is no “Dark Side” revealed. And when Kang ends his piece with these thoughts, it betrays once again a focus on matters far from the Pacific Northwest:
There is nothing wrong about borrowing what you love, but it should be called what it is – a dream of an ultimately monochromatic gathering in which thousands of white men can brawl (but safely and without guns!) in the streets and drunkenly sing Phil Collins melodies in pubs, lending a hooligan snarl to a white, suburban culture.
Statement: Our ship is big enough for everyone. All are welcome aboard. The NYT prefers to yacht alone.
See you tomorrow night #ebfg
— EmeraldCitySupporter (@WeAreECS) July 12, 2016
Photo via: weareecs.com
Politico announces that Carrie Budoff Brown will take over as editor following the November presidential election. She had been managing editor of the publication’s European newsroom, a job she took after serving as White House correspondent between 2009 and 2014. “There have been moments in Politico’s history when we really benefited from an outside perspective,” publisher and editor in chief John Harris said of the decision. “In this instance, I’ve thought we’ve never had more talent residing in our newsroom right now, and I thought it was a wonderful thing to be able to find someone within our newsroom.” Current editor Susan Glasser will become chief foreign affairs columnist and director of editorial innovation, a position she’ll hold from Jerusalem, where she’s moving because her husband, Peter Baker, is The New York Times’ new bureau chief in the city…
BuzzFeed loses White House correspondent Evan McMorris-Santoro. He’s off to Vice News to work for the new HBO show… Nathan Coyle leaves Refinery29 for Domino Media Group, where he’ll be CEO. The former Creative Artists Agency executive joined Refinery29 in 2013… A.B. Stoddard moves from The Hill to RealClearPolitics. She’ll be associate editor… Mediaite hires Joe DePaolo as editor of the site’s forthcoming sports vertical… Jason Kleinman joins Hearst Magazines Digital Media as vice president of brand solutions. He had been senior vice president of Guardian Labs and brand partnerships at Guardian News and Media… And there are changes at The New York Times and more…
The UNESCO-backed Posterheroes project is the work of non-profit association PLUG, which works to involve the creative community in expressing issues with potentially a strong social impact. Posterheroes, now in its sixth year, is an expression of this, with past poster contests being devoted to such themes as the future of energy production, conservation of the world's resources, urbanization and sustainable food production.
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Marketing one of the major purchases of their lives to Americans was an exacting process that involved not only traditional advertising but also a crucial item that extolled the virtues of the cars: the brochure. Frequently overlooked in design and automotive histories, this piece of ephemera is a surprisingly lucid mirror image of American tastes, consumerism, and buying habits since the dawn of the automobile. TASCHEN's Automobile Design Graphics 1900–1973 presents for the first time a comprehensive overview of this mostly forgotten breed of collateral advertising.
We’ve heard these cautionary words before. But that doesn’t make them any less worth repeating.
At this year’s Mosaic Summer Journalism Workshop, a two-week event held at San Jose State University, one of the visiting speakers was Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times columnist Héctor Tobar. Here’s what he told one of the 20 participating school students in a separate one-on-one interview:
“You can’t go into [journalism] expecting to make a lot of money,” Tobar said. “It’s something that you do for the love of it, and sometimes those are the best things in life. If you stick with it, you’ll have rewards in the long run by becoming a more cultured, informed person.”
“What journalism does is it puts you into the world. That’s worth not getting paid very much. It’s a sacrifice, but it’s a worthy one.”
The caveat, perhaps, is that the kind of journalism environment Tobar is referring to here is today more difficult than ever before to find. A Master’s degree in journalism is almost requisite. Tobar is the son of Guatemalan immigrants; his father used to deliver the L.A. Times.
The Mosaic event ran June 12-24. Intriguingly, Tobar visited June 16, the same day that he also participated in a special Pulitzer Centennial event that tried to answer the question: ‘What is the future of journalism in the very state that’s given the world the information revolution of apps and social media?’
P.S. It looks like the author of the cited item, Skylar De Paul, has gotten an early jump start on their LinkedIn template. That’s a smart move in today’s world, as well. We look forward to seeing how it gets filled out.
Kim Kardashian is Forbes’ latest cover star.
Before you start yelling, here’s why: Her mobile game, “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood,” has generated $160 million in revenue, with Kardashian pocketing roughly $45 million of it. Not bad.
Nelvin Cepeda has been with the San Diego Union-Tribune for several decades. His challenge Monday, July 11 at Petco Park was to convey the awe-inspiring power-hitting show put on by Miami Marlin Giancarlo Stanton.
Over the course of three elimination rounds, Stanton hit an astounding 61 homers, pulverizing the previous MLB Home Run Derby record and taking home the trophy. As the caption for Cepeda’s photo above notes, he also hit the night’s eight longest blasts, several of which rang in at just under 500 feet.
This is a wonderful photo. The souvenir ball is about to (we assume) land in one of those seven outstretched gloves. All around, there are wonderful spectator reactions to what’s going on. Thanks to Stanton, tonight’s game has a very tough act to follow.
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In an interview with Luxury Listings, Martha Stewart said young people today are lazy and just need to try harder.
“I think every business is trying to target millennials,” said Stewart. “But who are millennials? Now we are finding out that they are living with their parents. They don’t have the initiative to go out and find a little apartment and grow a tomato plant on the terrace.”
“I understand the plight of younger people,” continued Stewart, who definitely does not. “The economic circumstances out there are very grim. But you have to work for it. You have to strive for it. You have to go after it.”
Okay young people, did you jot all that down? If you find a little apartment, grow a tomato plant and “strive for it,” you should be good.
Twitter is trying to become the new TV. Its latest deal is with Bloomberg, which will soon stream four Bloomberg shows—Bloomberg West, What’d You Miss?, With All Due Respect and its markets coverage—on Twitter.
“By partnering with Twitter, viewers from all over the world will now be able to leverage a powerful, real-time platform to consume and react to the news, accelerating our position as a leader in global business video, and offering new and innovative opportunities for our marketing partners,” said Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith, in a statement.
This is just the latest streaming deal for Twitter. It recently inked partnerships with the NFL and CBS News.
Thomson Reuters has sold its intellectual property and science businesses to Onex Corporation and Baring Private Equity Asia for $3.55 billion in cash, total.
The deal is part of Reuters’ shift to double down on its financial units. Reuters said it will use a portion of the money to buy back shares and the remaining funds to pay down debt and reinvest in its other businesses.
“With the completion of this divestiture, Thomson Reuters will be even more focused on operating at the intersection of global commerce and regulation,” said Reuters CEO Jim Smith, in a statement.
There’s a lot of interesting anecdotal info in Success magazine’s August cover story “Introducing the YouEconomy,” part of an issue that hits newsstands today.
We’re all surrounded by evidence of a U.S. economy increasingly powered by freelancers and independent contractors. Here’s how that scenario developed for one such person, Tameka Collins:
When Collins lost her job at a large public relations firm, she at first began taking on YouEconomy work to bridge the gap until she could land another position in PR, her college major. But through a combination of driving for Lyft during surge hours, tutoring the children of people in her church network in English and taking on short-term contract work in PR, she is now making almost 150 percent of what she made with her salaried position, and even has time to serve as a volunteer librarian at her daughter’s school three days a week and take an active role in the Parent Teacher Association.
“I really only thought of this as short term,” Collins says. “I thought, I got this degree in PR, I paid for college; I better use it. But part of my education was learning how to manage a schedule of things I have to get done and to take care of myself. And I know I’m doing that now. On my time, too.”
The magazine commissioned an online poll from Harris, conducted in May. There are also sidebars from West Coast entreprenuer Gary Vaynerchuk and author Daniel Pink, alongside tons of practical, categorized advice for those seeking to follow the example of Collins and others.
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The Daily Beast is expanding its content with the launch of a style vertical. Interestingly, the vertical will cater to men’s fashion only.
The style vertical was developed by Daily Beast creative director Wendell Brown and vp of brand partnerships Andrew Bowen. The site features large photos heading each article.
There are also several new editorial series exclusive to the vertical, including Unlikely Style Icons (outside the box profiles) and How They Make It (a video series giving readers the back story on how fashion is created).
“Typical of The Beast, we’re not doing style content the way you would expect,” said Brown, in an announcement. “We’re going behind the scenes to give our readers a combination of inspiration, access and insight they can’t get anywhere else.”
A couple early morning Revolving Door items for you today, involving USA Today Network and HGTV Magazine.USA Today Network has added Estee Cross as the Northeast vp of digital sales. Cross previously served as the national director of CPG for Tumblr. Alex Rodriguez has joined HGTV Magazine as account manager. She joins from Meredith Hispanic Media.
Father Federico Lombardi is retiring from the Vatican press office, after ten years. That left the Basilica door open for a new person to take the reins and today, at a press conference, Pope Francis formally welcomed Lombardi’s successor.
He is Greg Burke, a Columbia University Class of 1983 alum and veteran journalist. Another reporter is also stepping in to take Burke’s place. From today’s report by Sean Smith of Catholic News Service:
Burke, a native of St. Louis and the current vice-director, succeeds the Italian Jesuit, while Spanish journalist Paloma Garcia Ovejero will step in to Burke’s current role, making her the first female to hold that position.
Burke was Fox News’s Rome correspondent before being hired by the Vatican in 2012 as special communications adviser in the Secretariat before he was named by Pope Francis as the vice-director of the press office last December. Burke spent 24 of his past 28 years based in Rome as a journalist – with the National Catholic Register, Time magazine and the Fox News network.
Ovejero, who earned her Master’s degree in management strategies and communications from NYU, comes to the Vatican from Spanish radio broadcaster Cadena COPE. For the local academic record, Burke when at Columbia majored in comparative literature with a specialization in journalism.
At the press conference, Ovejero framed her status as the first female vice-director of the Holy See Press Office with humility and class. She told CNS the Church’s true female pioneers are “the ones who found the empty tomb and proclaimed the Resurrection to the apostles.”
P.S. One more reason to love this trailblazing Vatican staffer: the profile photo for her Twitter account is a still photo from the beloved journalism movie His Girl Friday.
Screen grab image of Ovejero via: YouTube