Daily Archives: April 5, 2013


The end of sex * The end of power * The end of money * The end of war *

“One could dismiss this proliferation of ‘The End’ as a plea for attention by publishers, magazine editors, authors, bloggers, TED talkers and the rest of the ideas industry — a marketing device signaling little more than the end of imagination,” writes Washington Post Outlook editor Carlos Lozada. (He’s also keeper of the Things We Do Not Say list.)

But it is more than that. “The end of” is also the perfect headline for our age. It fits a moment that fetishizes disruption over stability. It grabs an audience enamored of what is next, not what is here. It suits a public debate in which extreme positions are requisite starting points.

* The end of everything (


Sorry to lose you as a newsletter subscriber, Teri, but you probably wouldn’t be able to read it very often in jail anyway.

Teri Buhl

Teri Buhl

On Thursday, a judge sentenced journalist Teri Buhl to 30 days in jail and one-year probation for harassing her former boyfriend’s teen daughter by posting parts of the girl’s journals on Facebook. (They described drug use and sexual activity.)

Buhl got off my newsletter list four days after I reported that she was found guilty of harassment and breach of peace.

In February, Buhl threatened to sue me and others for using her Twitter photo on posts about her. I used it to go with a response to Techdirt that she asked me to post.

It appears that Buhl’s trial was the talk of New Canaan. The sentencing story is the most-read on the local newspaper’s website — a lengthy article that even describes Buhl’s courtroom look:

Buhl stood facing the judge, wearing a white blazer with black horizontal stripes and a black skirt. Her dark brown hair was done into a single braid.

* Teri Buhl gets 30 days jail time in harassment case (
* Earlier: Buhl threatens to sue blogs for using her Twitter images (

I tweeted this late Thursday after returning from Evanston’s Chicago Main Newsstand:

These cartoons were emailed to me on Friday morning:


Deb Milbrath drew the cartoon on the left; the second one is by David Haywarth.

Philadelphia magazine took an April-issue story titled “The War Within” off its website earlier this week after two readers questioned it. The story is about former Marine sniper John P. Boudreau who says he’s haunted by his actions in the Middle East. After being quizzed by the magazine, Boudreau admits that much of what he told writer Anthony Gargano was embellished or, in some cases, fabricated.philly

Editor Tom McGrath writes:

There were red flags that all of us missed along the way, as well as a major failure on our part to use outside sources to verify the information we’d been given. While other publications have certainly been duped by sources over the years, that in no way lessens our responsibility or culpability in this case. In plain terms: We blew it.

McGrath adds that “I will be forever baffled by what motivated his lies” and “can only hope he seeks treatment for whatever real demons he has battled and clearly continues to battle.”

Gargano, the radio host who wrote the Philadelphia profile, says “I was actually quite proud of the piece. I spent months on it, laboring over every word.”

But now…

I sit here a fool, sickened that I unwittingly led the magazine, a group of caring, diligent editors, and our readers into John Boudreau’s troubled world and his web of deceit. I recklessly ran the red lights that arose while writing this story and sped past all of the basic reporting, which is heresy for a 22-year veteran of the craft. For that, I apologize. I should have seen it from a mile away, and I didn’t see it from nose to nose.

* A retraction and an apology from the editor (
* What went wrong with “The War Within” (

varietyAfter hearing about Roger Ebert’s death on Thursday, Romenesko reader Avi Forstein watched some of the Sun-Times critic’s old review shows and other broadcast appearances. Forstein writes: “I watched an episode of ‘The Critic’ he and Gene [Siskel] guest-starred on. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed ‘The Critic’ so I watched some more episodes. One of them has a gag in it that predicted the future! [“NBC Sinks to 5th”] 19 years ago…and the headline is true. Creepy!”

“The Critic” in 1994, when NBC had the top-rated show (“Seinfeld”)

…and a headline from 2013:

clap“Considering how many reporters were actually applauding at various stages during [Mark Zuckerberg’s Thursday] presentation, the truth is that quite a few members of the tech press have already surrendered their souls to Zuckerberg. Tsk tsk.” — Andrew Leonard

* Facebook wants to steal your soul (

tributes* Sun-Times editorial: We felt intense pride in being journalists here simply because Roger was one of us. ( | More from Roger Ebert’s newspaper: (
* “He personified the paper and was its heart and soul,” writes former Sun-Timesman Robert Feder. (
* Chicago Tribune on Siskel and Ebert: “Cancer claimed them both, 14 years apart.” (
* Tribune’s Michael Phillips: “Right away Roger presented himself as a colleague, then a champion, later a friend.” (
* “Ebert was one of us,” writes Michael Miner. “He just had a neater job.” (
* Ebert’s Twitter brilliance helped him find a new generation of fans. (
* “I became a newspaperman because of Roger,” writes Roger Simon. (
* The Daily Illini reprints its former editor-in-chief’s columns from the early 1960s. (
* Watch last night’s Chicago public TV station tribute to Ebert. (

* Longreads teams up with the Atlantic, but remains an independent company and editorial team. (
* Columbia j-school’s Bill Grueskin on reporting in a social media world. (
* Cleveland Plain Dealer alums react to news that the paper is cutting home-delivery days. (
* Jeff Bezos makes “a significant investment” in Business Insider. (
ali* Ali Velshi will anchor a primetime business show on Al Jazeera America. ( | (
* NCAA cuts floor seating for reporters covering the Final Four. (
* Daily Tar Heel’s sexual assault coverage page explained. (
* Anna Wintour tries to revitalize Brides and Lucky. (
* University of Cape Town student paper apologizes for its most-attractive-race poll. (