Daily Archives: September 12, 2012

The Times says the U.S. government’s request to pull the photo of a dying ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was based on “an emotional argument.”

(Credit: Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)

Standards editor Philip Corbett told the State Department:

We think the photo was newsworthy and important to our coverage. We did, however, try to avoid presenting the picture in a sensational or insensitive way.

Unfortunately, our news coverage sometimes demands visual depictions of terrible events — bombing victims, famine victims, crime victims, fallen soldiers. We regret the pain this can cause to families and to other readers, but we feel the decision in this case is the right one.

* Times denies request to remove photo from website (
* NYT public editor: I wouldn’t want to see a similar photo on Thursday’s front page (
*’s front page has a photo of Stevens being dragged by Libyans ( scolds the New York Times for not putting a 9/11 anniversary story on page one, but one of my Facebook friends points out that the “snarky Fox News story failed to mention that Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal also ignored 9/11.” (Its front page is on the right, with only a ad mentioning the anniversary.)’s Perry Chiaramonte turned to Times-hater Brent Bozell for comment: “It’s disgraceful on two levels,” the Media Research Center president said. “First, as a national issue, this being the single deadliest attack on America since Pearl Harbor. And, secondly, as a local issue. This is, after all, The New York Times, not the Honolulu Times.”

* For New York Times, 9/11 anniversary not fit for front page (

Ten years ago this week, Bob Greene was fired from the Chicago Tribune by then-editor Ann Marie Lipinski for having what she called an inappropriate relationship with a woman who interviewed him for her school newspaper. (She was an adult when the two eventually paired up.)

Greene, 65, now a contributor, tells Robert Feder:

I continue to enjoy looking for stories, and trying to do the best job I can reporting and writing them. I treasure the 31 years of writing columns for Chicago newspapers, and miss the old friends and colleagues who are no longer with us.

The Tribune’s Eric Zorn says of Greene:

The one book he hasn’t written — either doesn’t want to write or is perhaps incapable of writing — is a brutally candid account of his phenomenal rise, long cruise at altitude, devastating crash and painful period of recovery (tragically, his wife died of a respiratory illness four months after he left the Tribune).

* Bob Greene, 10 years later: “Trying to do the best job I can” (
* A look back at former Tribune columnist Bob Greene (
* From 2003: The confessions of Bob Greene (

Here’s some how-to-get-ahead-in-journalism tips that Greene gave to college freshman Jim Romenesko:

I can’t keep this kind of stuff “strictly confidential” for a full day, so I won’t be calling Ms. Marston. However, please let me know if you learn the name of the “special political guest.”

From: Amanda Marston []
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 1:18 PM
To: Amanda Marston
Subject: “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble”

Good Morning,

I am writing to follow up on a media alert you may have received this morning for Dish Network’s The War of The Words event at the Hammerstein tomorrow, September 13,th at 1:30pm.

For more details regarding this photo-worthy event with Glen Beck, here is the New York Times piece that ran this morning. For your convenience, I have also enclosed the original invitation as well as a story from The Daily Beast (see below).

If you are able to keep it strictly confidential until 1:30pm ET Thursday, I can also give you embargoed information about the event, participants, and additional news if you call me at 212-885-0399.

Please let me know if you are planning on attending—it will be a sure crowd-pleaser, hosted by Michael Buffer and featuring a special political guest.

Hope to see you there!

UPDATE: The State Journal reports 26 jobs were cut across the company. “In the State Journal newsroom, two full-time employees and one part-time employee were laid off and one vacant full-time job was closed down.”

EARLIER: A tipster told me this morning about layoffs at Lee Enterprises’ Wisconsin State Journal: “Three in the newsroom and 19 others at Capital Newspapers, the partnership company between the State Journal and the Capital Times. The other layoffs were in business, advertising etc.”

The tipster added:

Another noteworthy element: In the past, WSJ and the Cap Times have shed jobs through buyouts. That is apparently no longer the case. I believe these were the first straight-up layoffs.

Also, WSJ continues to shed reporting jobs but has even added editors in recent years. I don’t know where they believe this top-heavy approach is taking them.

I check the State Journal’s website and only found a story about 21 layoffs at Weather Channel-owned Weather Central. I asked State Journal editor John Smalley why his paper’s downsizing isn’t reported when another local media company’s is. His response:

Reason we didn’t report on it yet is that some of the necessary conversations with affected people around the company were still taking place this morning. I told the newsroom staff in our meeting yesterday that we’d be reporting on it today.

The numbers [my tipster passed along] are close but perhaps not precise. We’re working up the news brief now, and I’ll be happy to point you to that once it’s done.

Thanks, John, for your prompt response; other Lee editors I’ve contacted about layoffs ignored phone calls and emails or declined comment. Lee, of course, is the struggling newspaper chain that rewards its CEO with cash and stock bonuses for — well, the way I see it — cutting quality.

UPDATE FROM MY TIPSTER: “As Smalley indicated, apparently the number I was originally told was off. This is what departing WSJ reporter Clay Barbour (who is leaving for another job) wrote in a recent Facebook update:

“So very weird day yesterday. Getting ready to announce my departure from the State Journal and I learn the paper is getting rid of 17 people in the newspaper (three and 1/2) in the newsroom. Turns out my job was safe, but my leaving saved one person from the axe, since they will fill my position from within.”

Doug Manchester, the conservative owner of U-T San Diego, visited North County Times on Tuesday after announcing that he had just bought it from Lee Enterprises for nearly $12 million.

Papa Doug was in red, white and blue at Tuesday’s meeting.

Here’s what he told the staff, according to NCT reporter Brandon Lowery. Here are his tweets:

* “Papa Doug” wants to be cheerleader for our community. [U-T San Diego CEO John] Lynch says he wants all NCT staffers to interview to keep their positions.

* He said he wants to keep all of the “winners.” Interviews will start Monday with UT HR, Lynch says

* This will not be our last acquisition, Lynch says. Goal is to build real significant company here in America.

According to the North County Times story on the meeting, CEO Lynch also told his new employees: “Papa Doug has reinvested in the business, and people think we’re a little crazy for that. But the fact is, we believe if you give people the product they want, the newspaper will be read. Our circulation has grown over the last few months We’ve upgraded the kind of newsprint we use, the color, the amount of pictures and the in-depth stories.”

* Manchester consolidates power with second newspaper buy (
* The two faces of Papa Doug Manchester (
* U-T San Diego to buy North County Times (
* U-T San Diego to buy North County Times for nearly $12M (

UPDATE: No, Caulfield isn’t headed to the Times. “An editor incorrectly listed my email address on that one,” he writes. “Thanks for pointing out, we’ll fix.”
* Woman discovers old boyfriend living in heating duct attic (

– Rob Koebel’s WTMJ-TV promo shot (left) and mug shot

Last Friday, I posted a story about investigative reporter Rob Koebel losing his Milwaukee TV job after being arrested for urinating outside of an Apple Store, then telling a cop, “Do you know who you’re messing with?”

In today’s Journal Sentinel, Koebel tells media writer Duane Dudek: “I really don’t recall a lot about that evening.” He adds that “what really set me off in a three-day drinking binge leading up to the arrest” were two interviews that former wife and HLN (formerly CNN Headline News) anchor Christi Paul did in Atlanta to promote her book, “Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt.”

Koebel’s ex-wife Christi Paul

Acccording to, the book is about “the emotional abuse heaped on [Paul] by her first husband, whose violent, profanity-laced tirades left her feeling as though she had no value, no self-worth and nowhere to turn for help.”

Koebel says he’s the abusive husband “Justin” in the book.

“It’s pretty apparent, at least for people in the industry,” he tells Dudek. “I get hate mail, so it’s hard not to figure out.”

The book, he says, “destroyed my life. …Obviously, I have to deal with my alcohol problem. It’s plagued me my entire life. And now it’s taken a good job.”

* Ex-reporter says he didn’t deserve public’s trust after arrest (
* Milwaukee TV investigative reporter behaves badly (

Hearst announced this morning that a new documentary (infomercial?) titled “Citizen Hearst” will premiere next month at the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival.

The iconic nature of W.R. Hearst — an important and indelible part of American history — has long enthralled the public, and was famously dramatized in the 1941 film Citizen Kane, starring Orson Welles. Citizen Hearst, produced by Iwerks and Jane Kelly Kosek, is the first in-depth look at how the company has navigated the changing times over the span of two centuries.

“Citizen Hearst” — narrated by “Shameless” star William H. Macy — includes interviews with Oprah Winfrey; Mark Burnett; Ralph Lauren; Donna Karan; Dan Rather; Bob Iger; Leonard Maltin; several descendants of W.R. Hearst, and others.

Read the company’s press release after the jump.

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