Daily Archives: May 4, 2012

* Politico endorses post-first, check-later journalism. (Erik Wemple)
* James Beard Foundation announces Journalism Award winners. (
* “‘All the President’s Men’ has withstood rigorous scrutiny over the past four decades,” notes Jack Shafer. (Washington Post)
* AP apologizes for World War II-era firing of reporter. (NPR)
* Arnie Robbins steps down as editor of St. Louis Post-Dispatch. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
* Dave Barry to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from National Society of Newspaper Columnists. (
* Washington Post Co. newspaper division reports 1Q loss of $22.6M vs. $12.8M in 1Q last year. (Washington Post)
* Struggling for a way to correct the day that the world will end — or, actually, likely will not. (

Juan Williams

Juan Williams was quick to accept a few million bucks from Roger Ailes and jump to Fox News after NPR gave him the boot. He then went on a non-stop NPR-bashing tour, accusing the radio network of being “elitist and white.”

Williams is singing a different tune these days, according to Capital New York’s Glynnis MacNicol. She writes:

Fox News political analyst Juan Williams misses working for NPR “big time.”

“Because that’s such an informed and influential audience,” he told me last night at the swanky Industria Studios, a big loft and event space in the far West Village. “And the thing is that audience really liked me and I would often times help raise money for NPR.”

I asked NPR’s PR department if they wanted to comment on Williams’ remarks. “Thanks for the opportunity to but we’ll pass,” a spokesman said.

* Juan Williams misses NPR

I’m jealous, Mark Knoller!

Mark Knoller

Starbucks hasn’t talked to me ever since I posted Howard Schultz’s leaked this-place-has-gone-to-hell memo back in 2007.

Here’s how Knoller — the CBS Radio White House reporter who once made the front page of the Wall Street Journal — forced an apology out of Starbucks:

* May 1: 7:15 a.m. tweet: Memo to Tim Geithner: money signed by you as Secy of Treasury rejected at Starbucks nearest the WH.

* May 1: 7:16 a.m. Tried to pay for my $9.74 purchase at Starbucks this morning, but my $50 bill signed by Geithner was not accepted.

* May 1, 7:16 a.m.: The Federal Reserve Note, 2009 series, states it is “legal tender for all debts public and private.” But not at Starbucks.

* May 1, 7:18 a.m. Had to peal off ten singles to pay my bill. Is it possible Starbucks didn’t have 2 twenties in the register at 8AM? Nope.

* May 1, 7:50 a.m. Mrs Obama does an Obama Campaign fundraiser in Las Vegas this morning. Am certain they accept $50 bills.

Finally, Knoller gets Starbucks corporate office’s attention.

* May 3, 3:27 p.m. Just got a call from a Starbucks VP who says their store should have “absolutely” accepted my $50 bill the other day.

* May 3, 3:27 p.m. The Starbucks official was courteous and apologetic over the episode and said its employee should not have turned down my fifty.

* May 3, 3:28 p.m. Thanks for the call, Starbucks. Much appreciated.

Case closed — until his next bad Starbucks experience.

* Starbucks faces wrath of White House reporter (Fishbowl DC)


After posting the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review graphic on the left earlier today, I got an email from a reader who said: “Looks like it didn’t run that way in all of the print editions… checked out a copy of both the Pittsburgh and Greensburg editions and, well, see for yourself.” (That reader sent the image on the right. The person who forwarded the image on the left is a journalist, and I don’t think he would have altered it.)

UPDATE: Features editor Sally A. Quinn confirms there was a replate. “Most of the papers” that got to readers did not have the headline on the left, she says. Another source tells me that 40,000 papers with the “Shit Yourself” headline were printed before an editor saw the problem.

George Freeman, who was laid off as New York Times Co. assistant general counsel on Wednesday, tells Romenesko readers:

After 31 wonderful years at The Times, and working with 6 fabulous executive editors from Abe Rosenthal forward, I am both saddened and shocked. It has been a great run, in as interesting, challenging and worthwhile a job as a lawyer can have, but now I look forward to the chance of a new opportunity in the First Amendment world.

I received multiple tips late Thursday about layoffs at the New York Times, including this report:

More than 50 people were laid off on the corporate side. The layoffs include George Freeman, one of their well-known in-house lawyers. The worry is this is just the begginning of cuts — and that the company is putting pressure on the unions. Several of the people who were laid off were minorities, including African Americans and Hispanics.

Another tipster says of Freeman: He was “one of the two go-to guys on news-department legal matters, from story vetting to fighting First Amendment cases. The entire legal floor is in shock. Reportedly, nobody had advance inkling. (Don’t know if George did or not).”

I have emailed Freeman — he was Times Co. assistant general counsel — for comment. (UPDATE: He says he’s “saddened and shocked” by the Times’ decision to lay him off.)

I asked the Times about the layoffs and got this confirmation from corporate communications senior vice president Robert Christie:

Yes, there were non-newsroom layoffs announced Wednesday in corporate and business-side positions and this was to adjust to the changing business environment and maintain our financial health.

In a follow-up email, I asked about the number and the Freeman report. “I won’t confirm anyone by name but the 50 positions, not employees number is correct,” said Christie.

U.S. Nieman Fellows in the class of 2013 and their areas of interest:

David Abel (Boston Globe); Laura Norton Amico (Homicide Watch, Washington, D.C.); Brett Anderson (Times-Picayune); Chris Arnold (NPR); Alexandra Garcia (Washington Post); Blair Kamin (Chicago Tribune); Jennifer B. McDonald, (New York Times Book Review); Betsy O’Donovan (Herald-Sun, Durham, N.C); Mary Beth Sheridan (Washington Post); Jane Spencer (Newsweek and The Daily Beast); and Laura Wides-Muñoz (The Associated Press).

The release is after the jump. Read More

A Romenesko reader writes: “It can’t be just me who thinks this graphic headline on the cover of the Living section in today’s Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says ‘Shit yourself.'”

-- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (May 4)

* Check out earlier graphics on Pinterest

* Time named Magazine of the Year at National Magazine Awards bash. (Capital New York) || (Winners list)
* Arianna Huffington’s role at AOL narrowed to focus on Huffington Post. (Hollywood Reporter)
* Former NPR ombud Alicia Shepard to teach media ethics at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
* Will Gov. Scott’s PR woman start reading NYT now that she’s joining Romney’s camp? (St. Petersblog)
* Dismembered bodies of three photojournalists found in Mexico. (New York Times)
* Report: ESPN’s Bill Simmons withdraws MVP vote for LeBron James due to bet he made on the award. (Business Insider)
* Birmingham Weekly will now be published every 10 days. (