Morning report: ‘Foodie’ fight; Buffett aide bullish on newspapers; and more

“Look. Foodie is not a word,” New York Times national editor Sam Sifton tweeted a few months ago. Kyle Cherek, who writes a Milwaukee magazine online column and hosts a PBS show called “Wisconsin Foodie,” was bothered by that.

Sifton (left) and Cherek

What troubled me was not the latently New York-centric, snobbish subtext, which I have come to expect from Sifton, but that the comment was aimed and fired, like an unexpected spit ball in a high school hallway, at people like me.

Sifton left the Times food critic post in 2011, so why now? What gives? I checked with a few New York food media friends, and confirmed my suspicions. Sam Sifton just needs a hug.

Cherek concedes that “foodie” is a little too cute, but “what then could stand in its place to evince a more serious tone? Gastronome is too heady and way too French. Enthusiastic eater? Who isn’t? Edible epicurean? I love a double-entendre as much as the next guy, but… Sustenance geek? Conscientious calorie consumer? You get my point.”

* In defense of “foodie” (milwaukeemag.com)

Also…
* Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen says the New York Times should kill its print edition “as soon as possible.” (reuters.com)
* “We’re very high on the [newspaper] industry,” says the head of Warren Buffett’s newspaper empire. (bloomberg.com)
* University of Michigan social media director resigns after she’s accused of lying about having a journalism degree. (michigandaily.com)
* “Nightly Business Report” cuts jobs and closes its Chicago bureau. (timeoutchicago.com)
* Just-launched Symbolia magazine aims to “strengthen the bond between the words of journalism and comics.” (latimes.com)
* NPR ombud investigates a claim that there’s “an excessive number of Republican voices” in the network’s fiscal cliff coverage. (npr.org)
* Politico asks: Has Stephen Colbert run his course? (politico.com)
* What NYT’s Mark Leibovich learned from reading the Economist’s “World in 2013″ issue. (nytimes.com)
* Ryan Chittum vs. Steve Buttry on paywalls. (cjr.org)
* A report about an incident involving Birmingham’s ex-mayor should be public, but town officials refuse to give it to the Press-Register. (al.com)

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