Daily Archives: February 28, 2012

A Detroit Free Press rival sends this note and image: “The Freep is allowing folks to tweet on their site right now for primary coverage. He’s an example of it backfiring.”

UPDATE: Detroit Free Press assistant managing editor/digital media Stefanie Murray sends this email:

Just saw the screenshot you posted. Yes, we are encouraging people to tweet with the hashtag and we’re running a real-time feed on our homepage. I’m monitoring it and banning abusive users and tweets that are off-topic or purely advertisement. This tweet shown, I deleted it within 5 seconds of it being posted. Obviously someone is trying to create drama where none exists by taking advantage of what we’re offering readers, posting something, then taking a fast screen shot before it is deleted. I think we can have a conversation about this, but the post with the big screenshot on your homepage now is fairly disingenuous to the real story – that tweet only existed for mere seconds.

Curious about Jennifer 8. Lee’s name? The former New York Times reporter explains it in a 1996 Boston Globe piece, which was posted over the weekend on Quora.

When my family realized I was one of about 10,000 Jennifer Lees in the United States (at least 70 in New York City, where I’m from) the adoption of a middle initial seemed to be in order. And appealing to Chinese superstition, we arrived at a natural choice: the number 8. My identity has not been confused since.

* Why does Jennifer 8. Lee have a numerical middle intial?


General Excellence, Digital Media
Honors the best magazines published on digital platforms
* The Atlantic
* Golf Digest
* National Geographic
* New York

* Check out the full list of nominees.

Earlier this month, Luke Kummer tweeted this objection to the handling of his reporting a half-hour after resigning from The Daily, Rupert Murdoch’s iPad publication.

He then received this warning from the HR manager for The Daily and New York Post:

From: Bontzolakes, Lainie
Date: Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 4:25 PM
Subject: The Daily
To: Luke Jerod Kummer


I understand you submitted your resignation to The Daily earlier today, effectively immediately. As such, I’d like to request that you return the company equipment in your possession (VPN key). Please mail to Beryl Shereshewsky at 1211 Avenue of the Americas, 9th FL, New York, NY 10036.

Further, it’s come to my attention that following your resignation, you sent the below Tweet:

@daily story on Iranian ninjas has nothing to do with my reporting. I object to it in every way. I wrote straight w/o absurd sensationalism.

As you should recall, when you joined The Daily, you signed a Non-Disclosure/Non-Compete Agreement. In section 5 of that Agreement (see attached) you agreed that during your employment and for two years after, you “will not criticize, ridicule, or make any statement which disparages or is derogatory of the Company or its affiliates, or any of their representative employees or business products or services.”

It goes without saying that you are currently in breach of your contractual obligations to the Company. Should you engage in any further misconduct, you will leave The Daily no choice but to sue you for injunctive relief, money damages and attorneys’ fees, as provided for under the Agreement. While we have no desire to sue you, that is something only you can control. Please do the right thing and immediately refrain from any further breaches of your contractual obligations.


Lainie Bontzolakes
Senior HR Manager, Generalist

Here is the Non-Disclosure/Non-Compete Agreement she refers to:


The photos and headline above appear on the front page of today’s Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, but Cleveland Scene’s Vince Grzegorek reports “the photos showing a teenager with two guns and a message that appears to read “02-26-12″ and ‘high school massacre’ are not of TJ Lane. Chardon students themselves have tweeted that it’s not him.” I called the Tribune-Review Metro Desk this morning and left a message for Metro editor David Conti.

* Attempting to trace how the picture of a kid with guns became the TJ Lane Twitter photo, which it’s not

* Tribune-Review: Ohio school rampage suspect took to Twitter

It started with this Feb. 23 post on the Future Ex Banker blog (now MIA)

It landed on The Huffington Post — of course! — the next day.

It was finally knocked down on Monday:

From: Jami Reagan []
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2012 3:32 PM

Subject: True Food Kitchen Media Statement

Hi, Following please find the statement from True Food Kitchen.

We’re glad to respond to the news stories about a tipping incident at True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach.

Our first concern upon learning about this situation was our staff. We are very fortunate to have employees that are talented, bright, and undoubtedly, some of the best in the business.

However, we would like to report that there is misinformation circulating about this situation. The dining receipt that was originally posted on the blog, Future Ex Banker, and then republished by various websites, was, in fact, altered and exaggerated. We’d also like to assure people that the receipt was not posted and altered by anyone on behalf of True Food Kitchen. We respect our guests’ privacy and take it very seriously; we would never share personal information.

Jami Reagan, Shine Factory, on behalf of True Food Kitchen

The Smoking Gun reports is told that the amount on the actual receipt is $33.54 — not $133.54 — and that the actual tip was more than $7 on the $33.54 tab.