Daily Archives: June 19, 2013

Unknown-1* Fauquier (VA) Times-Democrat drops Democrat from its name. It says that “having a word in our banner that is so associated with a political party is no longer a very astute business decision.” (
* Longtime Rolling Stone writer Chet Flippo is dead at 69. ( | (
* Boston Globe signs deal to print the entire press run of the Boston Herald for the next decade. (
* Cleveland Plain Dealer announces layoffs. (The newsroom isn’t affected – for now.) (Save the Plain Dealer)
* News Corp. publishing spinoff begins trading at about one-seventh the market value of the entertainment side. (
* AP CEO Gary Pruitt lays out 5 measures to ensure press freedom. (
* BuzzFeed scoops Charlie Rose on his own interview with the president. (
* New York Times throws a big party for cultural-section advertisers. (
* Ex-Los Angeles Times A&E editor Sallie Hofmeister: “I didn’t think I would ever join a PR firm, but…” (
* Fox News PR woman Irena Briganti – profiled here in 2012 – tries to improve her reputation. (
* Five more things reporters hate about PR. (
* Wired senior editor Michael Copeland joins Marc Andreessen’s venture capital firm. (
* Washington Post’s Wine Club debuts with a $59.95 special offer. (
* Hipster subway stop in Brooklyn now has a hipster newsstand. (

newripIt’s suggested that memorials go to “Socialist” groups
that keep greedy banks, politicians and others in line


I don’t watch Dr. Who, so tipster Kathleen O’Brien had to explain the TARDIS reference: It’s “a time-travel spaceship that looks like a regular British police booth on the outside [and] stands for Time and Relative Dimension in Space.”

* Read the full obituary for Jeffrey Daly | Story about his scooter accident

“Today” co-host Matt Lauer was a guest on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show this morning. Here’s their discussion about reading and newspapers:


STERN: Do you like to read?

LAUER: I love to read, although I’ll be honest with you: because I have to read so much for work I’ve lost a little bit of the love of reading for pleasure. I think that’s something I’m going to really dive into when I’m not doing this job anymore.

So when you prepare for work, what do you do — you read newspapers?

I read newspapers. I’m finally getting with the system. I get in in the morning and I go on all the websites that I want to see.

You don’t hold the newspaper?

I do. When I’m getting into the car, I have the Times and one of the tabloids in the back seat.

What do you read – the Post?

It depends, which one they get in the morning.

It’s either the Daily News or the Post. Why not both?

Generally the guy buys me one or another. The amazing thing, from my apartment, I go 10 blocks and I’m done with that paper. I look at the sports page, I look at the television page. If it’s the Post, yes I look at Page Six. I look at the front page and maybe one other page, and then I’m into the Times or whatever else is in the car.

The Times is a great newspaper and is probably the Eighth Wonder of the World. Do you agree with that statement?

[He pauses and sort of grunts.]

You don’t?

Well, you know what, I think it’s still a great newspaper. I think that in my personal opinion – we always deal with these things based on how they have treated you personally, and I think there has been a little erosion in some areas as of late. Overall are they still a great newspaper, as is the Wall Street Journal, which I also read in the morning? Yes.

You mean the way the New York Times treats you is going to, sort of —

Not only me personally, but the show, the industry, the way they cover television. If I think it’s unfair, if I think at times it’s been a little lazy, then it absolutely affects my opinion.

Will you ever call someone at the the New York Times and say ‘I think you’ve been lazy in this area’?

No, no, no. I don’t call back people – I’m not a complainer, that’s not what I do.

* New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter on being Matt Lauer’s nemesis (
* Read a summary of this morning’s Lauer-Stern conversation (last item) (

* Update: Here’s a video clip of the interview.

Fox News talker Sean Hannity tells Playboy that he was “a big troublemaker” when he was a kid.
“I don’t know how far I want to go with my honesty here, but I was taken home by the cops in the first grade for hanging on the back of cars in the wintertime,” he says. “We called it ‘skitching.’ I’d get in trouble for sneaking out of the house late at night to have snowball fights. And I started smoking at a young age. I remember pitching baseball games and smoking a cigarette between innings.”

PLAYBOY: Didn’t Catholic school keep you in line?

HANNITY: Nobody could really discipline me. I remember one day at Sacred Heart Seminary in Hempstead, Long Island, the boys hadn’t been good and one of the fifth-grade teachers was pulling their ears and slapping them on the head. She gets to me and I’m like, “You’re not pulling my ear, and you’re not slapping me either.” I stood up for myself pretty early. My father, on the other hand, if he got mad, you knew it. The belt would come flying off. I got my fair share.

* Playboy Interview – Sean Hannity (

Yesterday’s nameplate:

Sun-Times editor Jim Kirk: “Today marks the beginning of a change in the way we deliver news and information both in the newspaper and online. We are rolling out a new contemporary design in print that we believe will help you navigate the paper better while better connecting related information and content on our website.”

* From the editor: A new Sun-Times online and in print (
* Chicago Sun-Times launches a redesign (


Peter Hartlaub points out that “the only way to initiate this service was to get a scissors, cut out the ‘electronic edition’ coupon, address a stamped envelope and wait at least a week for further instruction.”

* Full page ad: San Francisco Chronicle e-edition from 1981 (

Michael Hastings

Michael Hastings

* Ben Smith on the late Michael Hastings: “I marveled at his talent and at the thing I hadn’t particularly expected: his generosity. …Great journalists take themselves and their work seriously because it is serious; they know the power they wield. Michael knew how good he was, how much damage he could do. He was shy of playing gotcha games with junior staffers — his target was always the principal.” (
* Tim Dickinson: “Hastings’ hallmark as reporter was his refusal to cozy up to power.” (
* Hastings’ advice to young journalists (from a 2012 Reddit AMA). (
* At least eight potential buyers are weighing bids for the Boston Globe. (Deadline for submitting offers is June 27.) (
* Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who is now refusing to talk to the Portland Press Herald, once threatened to punch a radio reporter. (
* “New Day” ratings a disappointment for CNN. (
* Laid off ESPN researcher: “I always did everything asked of me and more. What did I get in return today … word that I should get lost.” (
* Terry Moran is named ABC News chief foreign correspondent. (
* Chicago Tribune sports columnist Dan Pompei wins the Dick McCann Memorial Award for distinguished reporting. (
* Schools make student journalists pay excessive fees for public records. (
* Eva Chen replaces Brandon Holley as Lucky editor-in-chief. (
* Robert Decherd will retire as CEO of Dallas Morning News parent A.H. Belo CEO in September. ( | (

Correction from today’s Wall Street Journal:
bloodymary* Corrections & Amplifications (
* Off Duty: Lovage recipes for summer (