Daily Archives: March 30, 2012

* Read Olbermann’s statement
* Earlier: Current TV fires Olbermann

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.”

* Current TV dismisses Keith Olbermann
* Open letter to Current TV viewers

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 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.”

Rhoades Alderson
Director, Communications
Huffington Post Media Group

* Unpaid bloggers’ lawsuit against Huffington Post is tossed. (Thomson Reuters)
* Philly newspapers, website sale announcement now expected on Monday. (
* 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. (
* “The Wire” creator David Simon was a muckraker in high school. (Washington Post)
* At least six laid off at struggling Maxim magazine. (

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.

“She confronted him,” says Bee editor Curtiss Clark, “and he made a hasty retreat and disappeared.”

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.”

Clark added:

“We actually have a reporter who kind of fits that description, but he was nowhere near there.”

* Police investigate report of suspicious photographer

This is just one of the many comments on my Facebook wall about Sarah Tessler getting fired for not disclosing her stripper job to Houston Chronicle editors.

- From Crimson White's April Fools' Day edition

“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.

The University of Alabama’s Crimson White and Daily Nebraskan put out their April Fools editions today. Do you know of others? Please tip me off to them.

* The Compost (Allegheny College)
* University of Wisconsin Daily Cardinal (starts at page 9)

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.”

* Houston Press and cover the “GMA” interview || Watch it here

FWIW DEPT.: It appears that the last story Tressler wrote for the Chronicle was “The Hipster’s Guide to Oral Hygiene”