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Daily Archives: April 17, 2014

* Minneapolis Star Tribune’s new owner says he bought the paper for about $100 million. (Boston Globe went for $70 million last year.) (minnpost.com)
* Seven Peoria plainclothes cops with a search warrant raided a home to unmask the person behind the now-suspended parody @peoriamayor account. (pjstar.com)
franc* New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley won’t be suing James Franco for calling him “a little bitch.” (“He’s entitled to say whatever he likes about me, as long as it’s not libelous, and somehow I don’t think ‘little bitch’ qualifies.” (observer.com)
* Laid-off Trentonian editorial writer: “what the hell, I’ve been at this so damn long it’s maybe about time somebody gonged me.” (watchdog.org)
* Washington Post investigative reporter Joe Stephens is named Ferris Professor in Residence at Princeton. (princeton.edu)
* Community newspaper publishers ask the Newseum to showcase their front pages, too. Update: I’m told the Newseum agreed to it. (ananews.com)
* An Oregonian tipster writes: “This is the craziest competitor rant I’ve read in a good, long while. Satan-worshiping mega-corporation?” (pamplinmedia.com)
* No surprise that BuzzFeed and Daily Beast tried to win a Pulitzer. (gawker.com)
* ESPN hired Jason Whitlock to stop his attacks on the sports media giant? (thebiglead.com)
* Fashion magazine editor-in-chief puts out a statement about Lorde’s nose. (Not Photoshopped!) (eonline.com)


Kudos to Roger Ailes biographer Gabe Sherman for raising Bill O’Reilly’s blood pressure a bit at last night’s Hollywood Reporter-sponsored “Most Powerful People in Media” party.

Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly at the "Most Powerful" party

Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly at the “Most Powerful” party/credit: Associated Press

What happened when Sherman confronted the “Factor” host:

I asked if he had read the book and what he thought. When he registered who I was, his eyes bulged out of their sockets.

“Drop dead, man!” he screamed. …

He lunged forward at me. He stood there, all six foot five of him, staring me down. I thought he might take a swing at me. His producer Jesse Watters stood nearby, smiling. Before I could say anything more, O’Reilly spun around and stalked off with Watters in tow.

Then Sherman went up to Megyn Kelly…

The vibe was cold. “I’m sorry, but I can’t be seen talking to you,” Kelly said. “It will get me in trouble.” I asked her why. She stuck to her talking points.

Before I turned to leave, there was one thing she wanted me to know. “Roger Ailes is a great man,” she said.

* “Drop dead, man!” When Bill O’Reilly attacks (nymag.com)

-- From the "Fed Up" movie poster

— From the “Fed Up” movie poster

The Motion Picture Association of America, which originally rejected the “FU” art for Katie Couric’s “Fed Up” childhood obesity documentary, now says movie poster is okay to use.

* MPAA approves “Fed Up” poster art after reconsideration (deadline.com)
* Katie Couric is “Fed Up” with childhood obesity (usatoday.com)

Montana governor’s communications director vs. Billings Gazette

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Gazette political reporter Tom Lutey tells Romenesko readers: “Gov. Bullock’s office issued a non-embargoed advisory. We reported it. If Mr. Parker chooses to exclude The Gazette in the future, we will certainly report that, too.”

I’ve asked Parker if the Gazette is now off his advisories email list. He hasn’t responded to my voicemail message.

* Montana governor to unveil $45 million aid project (billingsgazette.com)
* Top Bullock staffer threatening Billings Gazette (northernbroadcasting.com)

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A Romenesko reader writes: “Our local CBS affiliate here in central Pennsylvania apparently thought interviewing the grand dragon of the state KKK would balance a segment about the Kansas shooting suspect. Inspired journalism!”

* Grand Dragon speaks (wearecentralpa.com)


* Possible bidders for Philadelphia’s dailies include Ray Perelman and the Communications Workers of America. (philly.com)
* Paul Krugman‘s $25,000/month CUNY pay defended. (newrepublic.com) | (slate.com)
* Michael Wolff and the Guardian “go our separate ways” and don’t say why. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Smashing Pumpkins founder Billy Corgan guest-edits a suburban Chicago weekly. (robertfeder.com) | Sofia Coppola guest-edits W. (Fashioncopious)
billy* Ken Doctor asks in his post about the L.A. Register: “How many humans are going to be buying daily print newspapers in 2024?” The answer: Few. (niemanlab.org)
* The Minneapolis Star Tribune – sometimes called the Star & Sickle by its critics – will become less liberal, says its new owner. (minnpost.com)
* The Army won’t say what law two Toledo Blade staffers broke that caused them to be detained. (cjr.org)
* Barry Diller: Daily Beast “will have to carry its weight — meaning, it will have to be deficit-neutral at the least for it to continue.” (hollywoodreporter.com)
* The seven sins of online publishing, according to Lucia Moses. ( (digiday.com)
* JOBS: A defense contractor in Colorado seeks writers. | Tech journalist wanted. (Romenesko Jobs Page)
* “People want the Village Voice to succeed,” says the paper’s boss. (capitalnewyork.com)
* A plea for the Newseum to pay more attention to community newspapers. (ananews.com)
* Larry Flynt has been sending Hustler to congressional offices every month for decades. (nationaljournal.com)