Sometimes, scoops are sitting right there in plain sight.
In this week’s issue of the National Enquirer, out today, editor in chief Dylan Howard highlights a guest column dug up from the publication’s archives. The Sept. 24, 1985 issue article, headlined “How to Protect Your Children From Molesters,” was written by Bill Cosby and published following The Cosby Show’s debut on NBC the previous fall.
In the piece, Cosby notes that he and wife Camille have received vile letters threatening their five children ages nine to 20, and that these letters have been passed on to the FBI to investigate. To guard against potential child kidnappers and child molesters, Cosby itemizes a number of tips and tricks, based on conduct within his own family. These include the suggestion to “Act Out Little Dramas:”
Other times, I play the part of a potential molester trying to lead the child away. I approach one of my kids with a bag of candy, a toy or a doll and ask them to come along on a walk.
I teach them to reply immediately, ‘My teacher says I’m not supposed to accept anything from anybody I don’t know. I don’t want your presents – just leave me alone. I’m going home right now!’
Another technique touched on several times by Cosby is the value of a secret, safe word. The sexual abuse accusations made against Cosby date all the way back to the 1960s and, in once case, involve a woman who claims it happened at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15.
For this week’s revisit, the Enquirer asked psychotherapist Dr. Gilda Carle to review Cosby’s 31-year-old words and provide her analysis. “He’s laughing at everyone,” she suggests, “clearly thumbing his nose at the people he hurt.”
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From being viewed initially as a novelty, drone photography has quickly advanced to the point where it's now as serious a form of photography as any other. Dronestagram, a community for drone photography fans, recently announced the winners of its third Drone Photography Contest, which received more than 6,000 submissions.
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Top Gear loses host Chris Evans. “I have never worked with a more committed and driven team than the team I have worked with over the last twelve months,” he said. “I feel like my standing aside is the single best thing I can now do to help the cause. I remain a huge fan of the show, always have been, always will be. I will continue to focus on my radio show and the allied events that it encompasses.” Matt LeBlanc will continue as host, but the BBC tells Mashable he won’t get a co-friend next season. There were rumors of tension between LeBlanc and Evans, and the latter host is being investigated over sexual assault allegations…
Mark Marvel takes over as video sales director at Hearst Magazines Digital Media… Men’s Health ups Chris Peel and Gil Tiamsic to associate publisher and advertising sales director, respectively. Peel had been national ad director and Tiamsic advertising sales manager… And there are changes at Allure, CNN and more…
How’s this for a comedy club performer line-up: Bob Costas; Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper; billionaire entrepreneur Lynda Resnick; The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Golderg; and New York Times columnist David Brooks.
Wrapping up this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen Daily News reporter Curtis Wackerle reveals that this was the case last Wednesday for the event’s annual comedy night, held at local club Belly Up. Goldberg told the audience that because he had been funneling marijuana edibles all day to Brooks, the latter was about to come out in support of Donald Trump. From Wackerle’s piece:
When Brooks took the stage to deliver his stand-up set, he thanked Goldberg for his introduction and said that if Goldberg was “as good of a journalist as he is a comedian, he’d be a New York Times columnist.”
Being a conservative commentator at the Times is kind of like being the chief rabbi at Mecca, Brooks added.
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Rory Smith (pictured) currently describes himself as a “football writer.” However, when he moves over in September from the Times of London to the New York Times to continue writing about his sport of choice, from Manchester, the job title will become chief soccer correspondent.
The sport’s purists need not worry. As Smith himself points out today on Twitter in the midst of fielding congratulations from colleagues, soccer is an English word, one that was commonly affixed to the sport in the U.K. back in the 1930s. From today’s note by NYT sports editor Jason Stallman:
This is a huge move for us. We now have one of the smartest soccer writers on the planet covering the world’s most popular sport, full-time, from England.
Rory got into journalism the old-fashioned way: he moved to Bolivia. You know the old chestnut: teenager goes to South America, learns Spanish, finds a job at a paper there, then returns to England for college, graduates and works his way into writing opportunities at The Telegraph and The Independent and ESPN and, most recently, The Times.
In the same memo, Stallman also announced that Andrew Keh, post-Summer Olympics, will take over for Sam Borden as European sports correspondent. Borden is returning to the U.S.; Keh will be based in Berlin.
As Smith’s Twitter feed and a Q&A he did with the U.K. Football Writers’ Association in 2012 both demonstrate, he approaches the beat with a healthy sense of humor. An essential quality in today’s sports journalism field.
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In the July issue of Boston magazine, Denis Leary tells a great Sam Kinison story. We were lucky enough to see Kinison live back in the day, in a similar comedy club setting. Everything in the Leary anecdote jives with our memory of the preacher-turned-punchline-screamer.
There’s also a pretty funny explanation of why the title Leary’s current TV series, which returned for a second season June 30, is written the way it is. Boston magazine staff writer Chris Sweeney asked, ‘Why are there so many ampersands and no spaces in Sex&Drugs&rock&Roll?:’
“It was actually a mistake on the cover page of the initial pilot script. I didn’t really think twice about it. And a few months went by and we were going into production and the first marketing things came in and all the words were run together with the ampersands. And I said, ‘So you guys don’t want to separate the words?’ And they were like, ‘No, we liked the way it was on the title page of the pilot.’ And I was like, ‘I think that was a mistake.’ So now it’s just our trademark for as long as we exist.
Leary also clarifies the circumstances of how he used to cross paths, during his Emerson College days, with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. Read the Q&A here.
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The Yahoo sale drama continues, with third round bids expected tomorrow. According to Recode, the final round will be coming by the end of the month.
Other parties still involved in the process include a group led by Quicken Loans and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and private equity firm TPG.
BuzzFeed has decided to lend a hand to the gullible. According to First Draft News, the site is adding a beat dedicated to debunking fake news stories that have gone viral.
Leading the beat is BuzzFeed Canada editor Craig Silverman. Scott Lamb, BuzzFeed’s head of international growth, wrote in a memo that Silverman will be “bringing his deep expertise at debunking hoaxes to our reporting arsenal… and acting as a resource for all BuzzFeed editions, as well as a watchdog on behalf of our readers worldwide.”
Silverman explained that not every single dumb, fake story needs to be debunked. It’s the biggest fish in the sea that need to be reined in.
“If something is very small then I don’t think there’s an argument to debunk that,” he told First Draft News. “Arguably you’re giving more attention and traffic to a fake news site with the debunk [of a story that isn’t spreading] than it would get otherwise.”
At age 15, Maile Carpenter worked the fry station at a local McDonald’s. Today, the founding editor in chief of Food Network magazine presides over a publication that has 1.75 million subscribers and, even more astonishingly, a ‘pass-along readership of 13.5 million, the largest in the food category.’
Those factoids come from a profile of Carpenter written by Washington Post contributor Alex Witchel. The nuggets are especially intriguing for those of us who are not part of that aforementioned group of 15 million monthly Hearst publication readers. Here’s another tidbit per Witchel: Food Network kitchens create 90 percent of the recipes featured in the magazine:
The network’s kitchens developing 90 percent of the magazine’s recipes. Each issue boasts more than 100 recipes, 50 of which are short riffs on a single dish; this month it’s pesto, including Thai Peanut and Sesame-Seaweed.
Witchel interviewed the 42-year-old Carpenter at a New York photo studio, where the EIC was supervising artwork for the upcoming October issue. Read her conversation with ‘the leanest food editor living’ here.
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Vogue is headed to the Middle East with the launch of Vogue Arabia. The Press Gazette reports that the title, through a partnership with Middle East media company Nervora, will make its debut sometime this fall.
As part of the launch, Style.com/Arabia will be folded into Vogue Arabia. Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz will serve as editor of the new magazine. “The Arab world consists of 250 million people, and they never had a Vogue,” said Abdulaziz. “The time has come, and it has been a long time coming.”
Vogue Arabia will the 22nd international edition of Vogue.
Thanks to a free Journalism Boot Camp instituted last week by Montclair State University, 16 aspiring minority high school journalists from the New Jersey cities of Orange and Patterson got a close-up look at the profession.
Over three days, they visited ABC News headquarters in New York and also interviewed members of the Cuban national baseball team, which visited campus to play a game against the New Jersey Jackals. From a report by Jamal Eric Watson for Diverse:
Merrill Brown, director of Montclair’s School of Media and Communication and a veteran media executive who helped launch MSNBC.com, said that the boot camp is the first in a series of ongoing efforts aimed at encouraging underrepresented students in the region to pursue careers in communication. The journalism initiative, he said, is a priority for the school.
“For starters, it’s an important public service, bringing together gifted educators and talented high school students who may not be in a position to afford ‘boot camp’ programs or other journalism summer efforts,” he said. “We’re also pleased to be in a position to serve students with an interest in journalism, especially at a point in time in which the students and their parents may be getting mixed signals about opportunities in the field.”
Check out the students’ written work here.
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The New York Times’ Los Angeles bureau chief Adam Nagourney has landed one hell of an awkward book deal — to write about the Times itself.
According to The Huffington Post, Nagourney—who has been with the Times since 1996—is writing about the modern history of the paper for Tim Duggan Books’ Crown imprint. He told HuffPost that, despite being an obvious fan of the Times, the book would be “honest.”
“I’m not going to pull any punches, and I don’t think the Times deserves a book that pulls any punches,” he explained. “I think it’s a very balanced, nuanced story. The Times is a very fascinating, powerful, wonderful place run by incredibly talented and often flawed people, who can do some great stuff and can also screw some stuff up.”
Since no one (so far!) can seem to beat Donald Trump, the rush to make a dollar off of him has increased. Especially, as The New York Times reports, in the book publishing world.
There has been an influx of books about Trump, as every author seeks an angle to profit off of America’s biggest moron. There’s the thriller The Day of the Donald, the mock children’s book A Child’s First Book of Trump and many, many Trump-themed adult coloring books. Even Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau has entered the fray with Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump.
Hopefully this trend of people wanting to vote for, read or care about Trump is short-lived. However, Trump gaining the GOP nomination has shown us that we should never underestimate America’s love for idiocy.
Martha Stewart is expanding her empire to include Facebook Live. According to The Wall Street Journal, Stewart is using the livestreaming platform to replace her much more expensive, complicated TV show.
“It’s efficient and economical,” Stewart told the Journal. “You can let loose and have fun. There’s no teleprompter. I miss my daily show but not the expense or difficulty of making it.”
The only issue with Facebook Live is that ads aren’t permitted; only product placements. While Stewart has used some of the latter, she’s going to need the former for her Live shows to start really generating some cash.
We’re sure Stewart won’t have to wait long. Once Live gets some traction, you better believe Facebook will allow ads.
After IBT Media cut 30 at International Business Times and six at Newsweek—then spun Newsweek off into its own operation—rumors began to fly that IBT was looking to unload the news magazine.
According to Politico, that’s not in the cards. Sources inside IBT claimed that the company has no intention of discarding Newsweek—which IBT bought just three years ago—and in fact, it is “doubling down” on the title.
If this is true, great. But as anyone in the media industry knows all too well — everything is fine until it isn’t.