My full statement:I’d like to apologize to my viewers and my staff for the failure of Current TV…. tl.gd/gnlt4t
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) March 30, 2012
New York Post editor Col Allan: “My attorneys are today filing a formal demand of retraction from the Observer and its publisher.”
New York Observer editor Elizabeth Spiers: “It doesn’t make much sense to retract.”
The Observer reported Thursday that “among the names of various powerful men found in transcripts of the surveillance audio from the five-year-long investigation [of the Soccer Mom Madam] is one prominent media figure: Col Allan, the editor of the New York Post.”
* Observer won’t retract story about Col Allan and “Soccer Mom Madam”
* NYO: We never claimed that Allan was friends with the woman, only that she said he was on surveillance audio
* Allan: “Observer’s report is nothing but a smear and a lie”
Current TV has given Keith Olbermann the boot, saying that the network was “founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers [and] these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann.” Starting tonight, former New York governor Eliot Spitzer will replace him with a show called “Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer.”
Glens Falls Chronicle readers on Facebook were able to figure out that the report below about “Jersey Shore Season 6″ being filmed in Lake George, NY, is part of an April Fools package, but an Examiner.com writer apparently didn’t get the joke. “Summer 2012 in Lake George could be very interesting,” writes Cassandra Secor.
The Huffington Post has reacted to a judge’s ruling against unpaid bloggers who sued Arianna & Co. Here’s the statement that HuffPo sent to media reporters:
“This judgment removes any question about the merits of this case and we look forward to continuing the mutually beneficial relationship we share with our growing roster of interesting, dedicated and engaging bloggers.”
Excerpts from U.S. District Judge John Koeltl’s opinion: “No one forced the plaintiffs to give their work to The Huffington Post for publication and the plaintiffs candidly admit that they did not expect compensation.” “The principles of equity and good conscience do not justify giving the plaintiffs a piece of the purchase price when they never expected to be paid, repeatedly agreed to the same bargain, and went into the arrangement with eyes wide open.”
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* Unpaid bloggers’ lawsuit against Huffington Post is tossed. (Thomson Reuters)
* Philly newspapers, website sale announcement now expected on Monday. (Philly.com)
* Joe Posnanski quits Sports Illustrated for USA Today/MLB Advanced Media. (The Big Lead)
* Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Rex Babin dies at 49. (Sacramento Bee)
* How do you make stories about old, white businessmen visually appealing? (Capital New York)
* U.S. education system has never been better, but you wouldn’t know that from media reports. (AJR.org)
* “The Wire” creator David Simon was a muckraker in high school. (Washington Post)
* At least six laid off at struggling Maxim magazine. (TechCrunch.com)
A freelance photographer on assignment for the Newtown (Conn.) Bee noticed that a man claiming to be from the Bee was snapping photos at the same “War Horse”-related event attended by many children.
The impostor is described as white, about 60 years old, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, “scruffy” looking, partially bald with patches of salt-and-pepper colored hair, and wearing a pair of thick, black-framed eyeglasses.
“I don’t know whether he was so disreputable-looking that he thought he’d be able to pass himself off as a reporter,” the editor told me, “but all joking aside, I’m waiting for an innocent explanation.”
“We actually have a reporter who kind of fits that description, but he was nowhere near there.”
“At first @TheCrimsonWhite got me,” tweeted Caitlin Hunnicutt. “I was really confused but then I realized its the April Fools edition.”
That’s the problem when April Fools’ Day newspapers are published on March 30 — you’re just not expecting the journalists to pull one over on you.
Sarah Tressler, who has been fired by the Houston Chronicle for not disclosing her stripper job, tells “Good Morning America”: “The reason I started dancing is, it sort of just boils down to money: the economy was bad, and I couldn’t get a job at a bookstore, like a Barnes and Noble. …I think the most I ever made in one night [as a stripper] was maybe $2,000.”
Naive? “The idea of somebody outing me, seemed like it would be like such a mean thing to do that I never thought anybody would do it.”
Her life now? “I think I’m doing pretty well. I mean, I was a stripper-reporter-professor, and now I’m just a stripper-professor. I don’t think that’s too bad.”
Houston Press editor Margaret Downing tells “GMA”: “We aren’t prudes; we’re hardly very conservative about these things. We have nothing against strippers, it’s just a good story.”
FWIW DEPT.: It appears that the last story Tressler wrote for the Chronicle was “The Hipster’s Guide to Oral Hygiene”
A Romenesko reader writes:
The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, had its website crash today in a really hilarious way. There was a lot of city news, like strikes and strippers at city hall and the like, all really Canadian, but it was also the day of Canada’s federal budget — and also one of our largest companies, RIM, was detonating and firing all its staff. In short, it was general news hell and the Star’s website crashed and was reduced to, not essentially, but literally, a blog. See screen shot. It’s still like that as of as of half past midnight.
I’ve left a message for Star digital editor Shawna Richer.
In the meantime, a Star staffer who asked not to be named because he’s not authorized to speak for the paper told me that site experienced problems for “a fair number of hours,” starting late afternoon. He said he doubted that “general news hell” caused TheStar.com to crash, “but I’m not privy to any specific information as to what the cause was.”
UPDATE: Star spokesman Bob Hepburn called me back and said the reason why the website went down is still unknown. “We’re still doing forensic work to find the cause” of the crash.