Daily Archives: August 20, 2014


Sorry, Matt, but it was changed for the final edition.

“As anyone who took Elementary French can tell you, ‘soupçon’ means ‘a very small portion,’ which is a completely incorrect description of partisanship in D.C., at present,” writes my Facebook subscriber Steve Rinehart. “The use if the word actually contradicts the point of the article. I believe the editors were correct to change the headline.”

* Never change, New York Times (@mattdpearce) | Changed headline (
* On Senate menu, bean soup and a serving of “hyperpartisanship” (

According to former Reuters journalist Andrew MacG Marshall, a Harvard Crimson writer received a death threat from a Thai microbiologist from UCLA, which prompted the paper [see the update below] to pull “Troubles with Thai Studies.” I’ve contacted Crimson president Samuel Weinstock for more information about the threat and the man who made it.

Wednesday evening update – Weinstock tells me the piece was pulled because of threats from within Thailand, and not because of the microbiologist’s post. “Yesterday, the author informed us about a number of concerns regarding his ability to leave Thailand safely, which he did this morning. … We remove content from our website only in very exceptional circumstances, and are glad that the author is safe and that the piece is back up now.”


* UCLA microbiologist allegedly makes death threat against Crimson writer (
* Troubles with Thai Studies ( | @zenjournalist
* UCLA says it won’t discipline its employee (

– h/t Peter Heimlich

Jonesboro (AR) Sun police reporter Sunshine Crump resigned Monday after being repeatedly attacked on Facebook by Jonesboro Police Chief Mike Yates. She told her paper that “I do not feel safe here, and I will not continue to be put in a position of self-defense. I am an innocent person and an American citizen.”

Chief Mike Yates

Chief Mike Yates

Here are some of the comments Yates posted about the reporter:

* “Pro-dope smoking, law license revoked, left wing liberal, smelly, arrested by police, unscrupulous reporter.”
* “This is the kind of journalism we have now … ask ole Sunshine (reporter) why her law license got suspended next time you see her.”
* “Reminds me of a song … ‘ain’t no Sunshine when she’s gone’ etc.”
* “Dealing with ole Sunshine is like trying to pick up a dog turd by the ‘clean end.'”

The Arkansas Times reports:

Waylon Harris, the Sun’s managing editor, said Crump had told the paper allegations about drug use were false. She said she once had a law license in Texas, but decided to quit practice and so stopped paying annual licensing fees, resulting in a procedural suspension. She was arrested once, in college for participating in a protest. The charge was dropped, Harris said.

The newspaper’s publisher and its law firm have asked the city to take action against the chief. “Any other entity would have already fired or suspended an employee who made these types of vindictive comments,” says publisher David Mosesso, “and our city department heads should obviously be held to an even higher standard.”

The chief says his comments about Crump are “constitutionally protected free speech” and that “I didn’t sacrifice my rights to freedom of speech for the sake of my job as police chief.”

Yates was out to lunch when I called this afternoon.

Update: Publisher Mosesso tells me that Crump moved from the circulation department to the police beat about a year ago. One of her early stories was about the chief getting extra pay by teaching at Arkansas State University. He was supposed to have written permission from a supervisor, but he didn’t have it. The chief had to quit the teaching job because of Crump’s article, says Mosesso.

David Mosesso

David Mosesso

“That’s when it all began. This is definitely a retaliatory action.”

Why didn’t the paper just put Crump on another beat?

“We didn’t want to reassign her because that’s exactly what the police chief wanted. …We had had several meetings with the mayor and we had hoped he would have stepped in and stopped [the chief’s bullying].”

Mosesso says he’s still considering a lawsuit, “but it’s my hope that if this can be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction we might be able to get [Crump] to rescind her resignation.”

I’ve been unable to reach Crump, and Mosesso wouldn’t give me her contact information. “She’s a very private person,” he says.

* Reporter quits over tension with Jonesboro police chief (
* Reporter resigns amid police chief’s intimidation (

* Update: Read comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers

* “I love the caption under the image in @rdevro‘s article about being arrested in Ferguson.” (@runasand)
* “We have never been prouder of our son Jim,” writes Diane Foley. “He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.” (
* Daniel Pearl‘s mother, Ruth: “Our hearts go out to the family of journalist James Foley. We know the horror they are going through.” (@DanielPearlFNDN)
* James Foley in Marquette Magazine: “Marquette was perhaps never a bigger friend to me than when I was imprisoned as a journalist.” (
* Afghanistan’s attorney general orders New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg out of the country. “We’re appalled that a government would kick a reporter out for doing his job,” says Dean Baquet. (
* Why journalists are siding with protesters in Ferguson. (
* University of Michigan junior Mark Gurman makes six figures a year reporting on Apple. (
* The U.S. military doesn’t want its employees checking out Glenn Greenwald‘s The Intercept. (
* For $19, you can learn how to write just like Susan Orlean! (
* Editorial cartoonist Joe Fournier makes a “bad living” freelancing for the Chicago Tribune. (
* Why news sites still allow comments: tradition. “[They] have been a convention for nearly a decade now, and publishers are hesitant to eliminate them.” (
* E.W. Scripps exec on the broadcast division vs. print unit: “It’s premature to handicap which would be more successful in the coming years, and by what measure.” Really!? (
* JOBS: Current newspaper – a publication of American University – seeks an executive director. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Matt Taibbi‘s digital magazine is expected to be named Racket. (
* Disappearing news articles, video clips and ads are coming to Snapchat. (


Beginning September 4, The Bullet at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, becomes The Blue & Gray Press. “The editorial board felt that the paper’s name, which alludes to ammunition for an artillery weapon, propagated violence and did not honor our school’s history in a sensitive manner,” says a release. “The new name is simple but calls forth UMW’s colors, giving a direct reference back to the school and students the university paper should represent.”

A name change was also considered in 1971, at the time of the Vietnam War. The Bullet was founded in 1922.

Update — Managing editor Mariah Young writes:

I think [this post] framed our decision as being centered solely around the issue of gun imagery. While this was one of many reasons for the name change, it was not the leading reason, which is the impression the article puts forth. Rather, the biggest reason for the name change was so that the paper’s name reflected something students could connect with. As it previously stood, the name of the publication had no relation to the school community and therefore did not reflect the school it served in the way college newspapers – and all school organizations – should. Blue & Gray symbolizes the university’s colors and represents our school’s spirit. We believe this is a symbol the UMW community can feel a connection to, whereas The Bullet did not connect the students with their paper.

* New name for University of Mary Washington newspaper (
* The UMW Bullet on Facebook