Daily Archives: October 9, 2012

A message sent to New York Times guild members on Tuesday evening says management answered staffers’ “demonstration of profound unhappiness” — a brief Monday afternoon walkout — “by throwing a tantrum and taking two provocative actions Tuesday.”

First, the management team walked out of contract negotiations after only 10 minutes. Second, late in the day, management informed the Guild that it intends to make a “final offer” on Thursday, as well as canceling Wednesday’s scheduled negotiating session.

The guild says it made two counter-offers on Tuesday after the Times last week raised its offers “a touch” on health care and wages last week. “We lowered our wage demand for 2012 from 4 percent to 3.75 percent, and we cut by about $750,000 our demand for increased management contributions to our health plan over the next three years.”

Read the guild’s full message after the jump.

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Bloomberg News is told that Nicholas Lemann, 57, plans to step down as dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism after ten years in the position. The announcement could come as early as tomorrow.

Chris Staiti writes:

Under Lemann’s stewardship, the New York-based school added 15 members to its full-time faculty; built a student center; completed its first capital fundraising campaign; and created new initiatives in investigative reporting, digital journalism and executive leadership for news organizations, according to the school’s website.

* Columbia’s Lemann said to step down as journalism dean (
* Earlier: Lemann accidentally sends his self-evaluation to his students (

The Associated Press explained this photo after being criticized by conservative media watchdog Tim Graham and others. Its updated caption:

CLARIFIES THAT STUDENT IS REACTING BECAUSE MITT ROMNEY WILL BE POSING FOR A PHOTO DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF HER AND HER CLASSMATES – Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney poses for photographs with students of Fairfield Elementary School, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Fairfield, Va. A student, right, reacts as she realizes Romney will crouch down directly in front of her and her classmates for the group photo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

* AP is criticized over a Romney photo (

More links:
* Orange County Register is launching “a serious Sunday magazine.” (
* Sharon Waxman: Why Nikki Finke + Variety = a business dilemma for Penske Media. (
* Gov. Cuomo hires ex-NBC spokesperson Allison Gollust as his communications boss. (
* Reporter found in her burning home died of a gunshot wound to the neck. (
* Romney ad in Ohio State paper tries to connect the campaign and NCAA football. (
* Is Milwaukee radio talker Charlie Sykes aiming to be the next Glenn Beck. (

Howard Stern got press today for his Hulk Hogan interview, but I was more amused by the SiriusXM talker’s comments this morning about Rachel Maddow. I transcribed the best lines:

I was watching MSNBC and that Rachel Maddow is fabulous. I mean, what a wealth of information she has! I guess they have writers on that show. Could she possibly know everything in the world about politics and government? I’d like to see her debate, like, Bill O’Reilly.

Bill O’Reilly’s all crowing about debating Jon Stewart, who’s a comedian who happens to be pretty knowledgeable himself. But I don’t think Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or Bill O’Reilly would debate Rachel Maddow; she knows too much!

That woman may be an alien, I swear to God. She knows things — I watch that show, and I mean, what information that woman has! I have to admit I’m envious.

* Earlier: Howard Stern and Rachel Maddow show love for the New York Times (

Reaction to this tweet from an “award-winning magazine writer” was …. well, what you might expect:

“The problem with everything lies in this tweet.” …”You literally have to TRY and screw it up like this.” … “Apparently the Sandusky sentencing took a very unexpected turn.” … “Embodies the uninformed general public.” … “Jailed from the grave. Prob deserved.” … “Moron.” … “Paterno’s lawyers are dead set against this & will fight it to the death.” …and more

More apologies followed.

ANOTHER MISTAKE: “A Texas TV station put up my Twitter feed next to an article about a convicted rapist named Abraham Joseph,” writes Abraham Riesman.

Poynter’s PolitiFact fired off a cease-and-desist letter after hearing about the above billboard, which was paid for by Oregon Transformation Project, a Republican-oriented political action committee. “We didn’t think we’d ruffle feathers that much,” says Rob Kremer, the group’s treasurer. “I think a reasonable person could certainly see it’s a parody.”

* PolitiFact sends cease-and-desist letter over PAC’s “Pants on Fire” billboard ( | (’s Mike Fleming, who previously worked for Variety, says the Penske’s purchase of Variety “is a bit jarring for me.” (Penske also owns Deadline.)

I spent 20 years writing columns and covering the film business for Daily and Weekly Variety before moving to Deadline. I am relieved to see the publication get an opportunity to be reinvigorated. I would be surprised, for instance, if Variety continues behind a pay wall, or continues to exist in its current form as a daily and weekly print publication.

Fleming adds: “I will be intrigued to watch as Penske reconfigures Variety to make the pieces fit and complement what we do here at Deadline.”

* parent Penske Media buys Variety (
* Penske believes Variety faltered under Reed due to complacency (