Daily Archives: May 21, 2013

I read on Columbia Journalism Review’s site today about two Climate Desk reporters tracking down their “most pernicious” troll and interviewing him at his home. (We learn that the 57-year-old guy loves cats, wears argyle sweaters and is “really normal.”)
That got me wondering: What happened to Paul Lukas’s troll? About five weeks ago, I posted a link to the Uni-Watch editor’s Q-and-A with his most obnoxious troll — a man who calls himself “Joe ‘Big Cock’ Johnson.” Lukas told his readers that for the past half-dozen years or so, the man has posted “extremely profane and abusive comments” to the Uni-Watch site.

“After years of dealing with this Wizard of Oz, I wanted to see this man behind the curtain.”

What happened after the long interview with the troll was published? “Big Cock Johnson has gone back down into his hole (or foreskin, or whatever),” Lukas tells Romenesko readers. “Not a peep out of him since I ran that interview transcript.”

* Under the bridge: Climate Desk tracks down its most pernicious troll (
* Trolling right along: An interview with Joe “Big Cock” Johnson (

HELP WANTED: NPR seeks a person who loves public radio and has a “clear, confident, and welcoming” voice that will be used for all of the network’s “support for this program comes from…” announcements.

Applicants get bonus points for demonstrating familiarity with “the Public Radio sound” and having the ability to sound authentic on the radio. “We’re not looking for ‘the voice of god,'” says the ad.

The ideal candidate has a “working style that makes the complex look simple” and gets “a bit tingly at the thought that your voice will be part of public radio’s daily connective tissue all across the country.”

* NPR Careers Center – “This is NPR” announcing job (

UPDATE: NPR spokesperson Cara Philbin tells Romenesko readers:

Frank Tavares has voiced our underwriting credits as a part-time contractor (from his home) for more than three decades. NPR is creating an Announcer staff position and moving this role in-house to bring greater efficiency to our broadcast operations. We are also putting in place a new process that will allow us to respond quickly to new sponsorship opportunities. We hope to make the final selection for the Announcer position by this summer and, once it is filled, we’ll have a gradual transition this fall.

* Tavares reads lyrics to “Welcome to the Jungle” (
* Tavares’ visit to WNPR “turned us all into giddy schoolgirls” (

Gannett is asking employees to use their social networks to encourage followers to give $10 to the Red Cross. The messages will be going out at 3:50 p.m. ET today — the time the tornado touched down in Moore yesterday.

From: Gannett Communications
Sent: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:25 PM
Subject: Gannett Cares

As Oklahoma struggles to recover from the impact of yesterday’s devastating tornado, Gannett will for the first time launch a cross-company campaign called “Gannett Cares.” gannett At Gannett, our purpose is to serve the greater good and today people are in need. Our goal is to harness the power of our 100+ brands and our 31,000 employees to help those impacted by the tornado. Gannett Cares is intended to augment the terrific work already being done by our local media organizations.

As part of this campaign, we would like to encourage employees to use their social networks at approximately 3:50 p.m. (ET) today (to coincide with the time the tornado touched down yesterday) to extend this message:

Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to #Oklahoma relief. Spread the word. #gannettcares

Together we can make a difference.

Thank you!


New York Media’s Grub Street is closing its blogs in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Boston, and says the site “is being refocused as a national food website with its home base in New York, but will continue to cover big stories wherever they originate on the map.”

* Grub Street shutting down sites outside of New York City ( | (

“WTF?” writes Romenesko reader Ronald Holden after hearing that one of his friends was scolded by Google for using the Bacchus image below for his Google+ avatar. (We’re trying to get permission to use the pal’s name and Google+ URL.)

The friend wrote to Holden:

This is funny — Google “tagged” me somehow and sent a nasty e-mail message because I was using the attached image as the avatar for my account with them (it’s my Facebook image too). They say it’s pornography.Cherub I appealed and argued that it was art, but they’re not changing their tune. Good thing I wasn’t using Michelangelo’s David! He’s got a bigger pecker than poor little baby Bacchus.

The Bacchus photo was in my profile photos folder with a message from Google “stamped” across saying it violated their policies. It’s now gone from there, but it’s still in my Google+ photo file. The message is below, and they actually haven’t responded since I appealed; unless their response was to remove the photo from that one file. I think they consider the image “sexually explicit material” and not artistic . . . or maybe just their software does. I changed my profile image — to one of Santa pissing from a rooftop.

Here’s the policies statement and message that Google sent to Holden’s friend:

Google+ is not a place for pornography or sexually explicit content. Most nudity is not allowed, particularly if it is in a sexual context. There are exceptions for some educational, documentary, scientific, and artistic content, but only if that is the sole purpose of the content, and it is not gratuitously graphic.

“Molto strano, as the Italians might say,” writes Holden.

Washingtonian, D Magazine and Honolulu Magazine won the General Excellence Awards at last night’s 28th Annual National City and Regional Magazine Awards competition.
Atlanta Magazine and Texas Monthly were the top winners, each receiving four awards. Los Angeles Magazine and Washingtonian won three prizes.

The Writer of the Year Award went to Texas Monthly’s Pamela Colloff.

The full list of winners is after the jump. Read More

There was that big deal with Mark Cuban, too:


* 1999: Shares of Yahoo fell $3.9375, to $168.375, on news of the deal (
* 2013: Yahoo’s other billion-dollar bets: Where are they now? (

pageone* Jack Shafer wonders how much of Fox Newser James Rosen’s trouble is of his own making. ( | “An idiotic piece,” says Alex Berenson. (@alexberenson)
* Was Fox News blindslided by the Rosen investigation? (
* Richard Tofel: “ProPublica’s job is to report the news rather than to make news ourselves, but…” (
* Yahoo moves into four floors of the old New York Times building on 43rd St. (
* “It’s a great time to launch a new publication,” says former Facebook managing editor Dan Fletcher. (
* Why Above the Law blog allows racist, nasty comments. (“You’re going to meet people like that. Those people may be your boss.”) (
* The discussion of money “leaves a bad taste in the mouth of some bloggers.” (
* At the Miami Herald, Twitter is used in the morning as a headline service and in the afternoon as conversation. (
* Seattle public radio station takes a look at Warren Buffett’s interest in newspapers. (
* Former Washington Post managing editor John Temple is named a Knight senior fellow. (
* Watchdog columnist Dave Lieber, who was recently laid off from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, lands at the Dallas Morning News. (
* Tumblr users react to the Yahoo deal. (Keep it weird, they say.) (
* “Coming up on ‘Today’ – Al Roker barks like a dog at a disaster scene.” (
* The Oklahoman has a daily “Today’s Prayer” on page one. Here’s today’s: “Dear merciful Lord, we turn to You in difficult times. Amen.” (