Daily Archives: August 2, 2012

This is incredible:

A UNITY News reporter who had been assigned to live tweet the [National Association of Hispanic Journalists] board’s discussions was asked to stop reporting and to leave the room. The reporter sent out three messages on the social media network before she left and waited outside the meeting room, at the request of her editor.

Nadia Khan of UNITY News points out that “the incident further enflamed board critics’ existing concerns that the NAHJ leadership has lacked transparency during its two years in power.”

* NAHJ president bars social media from open board meeting (
* Rafael Olmeda: My comments on the NAHJ board meeting Twitter controversy (
* Read Joe Vazquez’s tweets about what happened at the meeting (@joenewsman)

Fort Myers News-Press executive editor Terry Eberle sent this statement about Mark Krzos’s comments regarding Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day customers, posted yesterday on Facebook and pulled today.

The comments made by reporter Mark Krzos on his personal Facebook page were completely inappropriate. They were done without the knowledge of The News-Press and violate our policies. When we became aware of the comments, we asked the reporter to remove them. We consider this a very serious matter and hurts our credibility and we will take strong and appropriate action.

Terry Eberle
Executive Editor/Vice President of Content
The News-Press Media Group

* Romenesko gets hate mail from people who apparently think he wrote the rant (scroll to end)

The Buffet, a food magazine published by Northside College Prep students and edited by 17-year-old Morley Musick, “has a refreshing lack of the sort pretension and territoriality that plagues the work of us jaded, bitter old wonks,” writes Mike Sula. “I believe the children are the future.” (When he was 11, Musick was a restaurant critic for a night for the Chicago Tribune.)

* The future of food writing ( || Read The Buffet

* Elizabeth Spiers steps down as New York Observer editor-in-chief. Read the memo. (
* Huffington Post’s tablet magazine is now free. (Capital New York)
* “Good Morning America” takes the ratings crown away from the “Today” show. (New York Times)
* CIR’s I Files showcases the the best video journalism from around the world. (YouTube)
* WSJ’s David Wessel sets the record straight about the Providence Journal and Nixon’s tax returns. (
* Oprah isn’t a big fan of USA Today these days. (

Fort Myers News-Press reporter Mark Krzos’ Facebook post about Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day customers had nearly 100 shares before it was pulled earlier today. (“The level of hatred, unfounded fear and misinformed people was astoundingly sad,” he wrote. “I can’t even print some of the things people said. …It was like broken records of Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh and a recitation of half-truths and outright lies.”)

(Credit: Dials/TobyToons

I’ve twice asked Krzos to comment, but have yet to hear from him.

Meanwhile, Mollie Ziegler Hemingway at writes that she was tipped off to Krzos’s comments by an “alarmed reader.” Mollie says she ate at the chicken chain yesterday, and “it was almost like a party atmosphere. Lots of families. Lots of mothers. I saw a friend and his son and I joked that the food tasted like freedom and the whole line kind of laughed. It was obvious that people were there for a reason.”

She tells her readers:

Do let us know if you see any good or bad coverage. I thought this Los Angeles Times story was fine but had a stupid headline and overplayed some incidents from spectators and protesters. The LA Times also, of course, ran a bigoted, error-prone and hate-filled screed (from what I hear is its business writer) against Christians the day before the day Chick-fil-A had record sales under the headline “Chick-fil-A gets a lesson on corporate outspokenness.” That’s not just a problem of bad timing. The Huntsville Times had a pretty good angle for its coverage.

* When hating on Chick-fil-A, try to hide it better (
* A reporter writes about his trip to Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day (

MEANWHILE… I’m surprised by the number of people who think I wrote that rant. (I only posted it, folks!) They’re sending me tweets and emails, including this pair that just arrived:

Subject: Stupid is, as stupid does…
1:31 PM (11 minutes ago)

(Photo did not accompany the email. I added it.)

Look around you, this country is being destroyed by you and your fellow liberals. Lead like mindless sheep by the LIAR in CHIEF Barack Hussein 0bama. Do you think you and your family will be immune from the misery and costs wreaked on America by this dangerous fool in the White house?

BTW, your right to say this is no less then the right of me to say I believe in traditional Man/Woman marriage!

Typical left wing kook… Get your head out of your a$$!


1:50 PM (1 minute ago)

CFA has the right to their opinion and to express same. You dont like it dont visit.


A Romenesko reader writes:

I got two post cards from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in the mail last week for the same offer.

I wonder if the offer code in the bottom right corner was supposed to say Direct Sale, not Dire Sale?

$10 bucks a year? Dire sounds about right. (Remember, this is a Tribune paper.)


Daily Post Staff Writer

About 30 missing newspaper racks, including several belonging to the Daily Post, were discovered yesterday in the back lot of the Mercury News building in San Jose.

Racks belonging to the Post, Metro, SF Weekly and USA Today have mysteriously disappeared from city streets recently.

When representatives of those newspapers attempted to recover the racks yesterday, Merc security guards threatened them with arrest. Merc officials didn’t return calls from the Post for comment. Metro publisher Dan Pulcrano called it “the worst example of anti-competitive activities that I have seen in three decades of publishing.”

“Apparently they’ve decided that since they are shrinking the circulation of their failing publications and melting down their own racks, they need to extend that methodology to racks they don’t own, whether legal or not.”

Some of the racks were found in a metal recycling dumpster behind the Merc headquarters, suggesting they might possibly be sold to a salvaging company. Metal thefts have been increasing as the value of metals has soared. …


Earlier this afternoon, representatives from a local newspaper came onto our property unannounced claiming that we had stolen their newsracks. To be clear, we have not stolen anyone’s newsracks. We were, however, recently contacted by local authorities and instructed to remove several newsracks that were not in compliance with a local rack ordinance. We complied with the request and notified the individual publishers whose racks we removed. The racks have been stored on our property since that time.

This is a normal practice in the industry that is recognized by the various municipalities as well as the publishers who place racks on the streets. This afternoon was the first time any of the publishers notified us that they were interested in retrieving the racks.

Given that we had not been provided with prior notice of their desire to retrieve the racks, after discussions with the publisher’s representatives and the San Jose police, we agreed earlier this afternoon to meet again tomorrow. At that time, we would make all the racks available for pickup by the publisher’s representatives, which had been our desire all along. Everyone was satisfied with this arrangement.

Given this prior understanding, we are unclear what led to the incident earlier this evening.

Mercury News

I asked author and journalist Greg Campbell about his “brief feud” with Katie Couric. He writes:

Yeah, that was probably the briefest feud in the history of human conflict. Actually, I considered it more of an “exchange of snide observations” than a feud, but I guess she thought differently.

From time to time, I’d sling an arrow her way over Twitter when I noticed that she was a little too in love with some worn-out meme or acronym. YOLO (you only live once) is a perfect example. Just as it was being run into the ground and starting to turn stomachs among everyone but tweens, Katie discovered it and has been flaying us with it ever since. YOLO this, YOLO that, like a stuck record. She’s become sort of a bellwether for when it’s time to move on to the next trend. I thought I was helping to point out a blind spot, in the same way a spouse would say, “Hey, hon, quit saying LOL every time the kids have their friends over, willya? No one has done that since 2003.”

I guess my comments about it struck a chord, because she wrote back. We went back and forth a few times before I was blockaded. Was I being an asshole? Not intentionally; she seemed to take it in good humor, at least from my point of view. Hell, I like Katie Couric. That’s why I added the #goodsport hashtag to the last tweet, to say, “hey, we’re just having fun, thanks for playing along.”

My biggest regret at getting kicked off her Twitter feed is that I won’t learn about the concerning trend of teens “sexting” or the witty way of avoiding a profanity in a common exclamation by saying “Shut the front door!” I’m sure she’ll discover those any day now. (#kidding!)

* How I got blocked by Katie Couric on Twitter (with tweets) (
* Follow Greg Campbell on Twitter | Follow Katie Couric

From Michael Moynihan’s chat with Reuters about busting Jonah Lehrer


“Just teasing,” Penenberg wrote in a follow-up tweet.

* Lehrer’s publisher tells bookstores to return “Imagine” for a refund (paidContent)