Letter to Romenesko
From ROGER FRIEDMAN: For the last 24 hours, I’ve had a story on Forbes.com about Madonna and how she inflated her sales numbers to debut at number 1 on the charts this week. Drudge has had it highlighted for all that time on his homepage. Now NY Post Page Six has just lifted it, without credit or doing any new reporting. Just boggles the mind.
[He sends this followup email]
She [Page Six editor Emily Smith] tells me that she doesn’t read me– “Roger you are a fool if you think that you alone are entitled to report on data from Billboard. Stop wasting my time.”
This is amazing — this was my reporting, fully a day and a half ahead of her. And only I knew about it.
I’ve invited Page Six’s Smith to respond.
UPDATE: Emily Smith sends this email:
It was our own reporting on a story that was being widely reported yesterday. The figures were available to all, posted at 6.20pm last night on Billboard.
Roger’s claim only he knew about Madonna’s tactic to inflate sales is false. It was reported by Billboard on March 28.
The Boston Globe says Boston University Daily Free Press editor-in-chief Chelsea Diana shouldn’t have been forced out over the “Disney Free Press” April Fools’ issue that involved Disney characters and sexual assault.
“Under Diana’s direction, the paper had written several well-reasoned articles and editorials about sexual assaults on campus,” notes today’s Globe editorial. “The paper’s board of directors would have had a justifiable case to stick up for their editor, not push her out.”
Boston media critic and journalism professor Dan Kennedy says “the whole idea of a student press is to give young journalists a chance to make mistakes and learn from them. Yes, this was a big one. Still, I hope this does no serious or permanent damage to Diana’s prospects.”
* Globe: BU editor shouldn’t take fall for April Fools’ issue mistake
* Kennedy: At BU, a big mistake and a tough call
In 2009, Hearst’s Albany Times Union filed an open records request for copies of parking tickets voided or dismissed by the city. Officials contended the tossed tickets were equivalent to sealed criminal records and turned down the request. A court ruled late last year that Albany had disregarded the public’s right to open government and said it should pay the newspaper’s legal fees. The $70,000 payment was approved on Tuesday.
The newspaper’s request was part of a broader examination of alleged systemic ticket-fixing by the city’s police department, treasurer’s office and parking violations bureau. In November 2008, the newspaper exposed a secret system where police and parking enforcement officers issued tickets with no fines to private vehicles that had coded windshield stickers issued by the city’s police union.
* Albany pays $70,000 to settle FOIL denial case