Daily Archives: August 28, 2014

CNN producer Kim Segal is leaving the network to work as an attorney in the Broward County Public Defender’s Office. In a farewell “love letter” to her employer, she writes:

Oh how I long for that wonderful time when news was the star. Even then, some folks still called us Chicken Noodle News but more often we would hear Communist News Network.cnn This was because of Ted. (Remember him? His name is still on a few sister networks, for now anyway) But Ted’s relationship with Castro did not influence our coverage and the things people said didn’t bother us because we were a very proud bunch of journalists. And a lot of journalists there were. Those of us pounding the pavement outnumbered the people behind desks pushing paper. There were no pundits or opinions just a 24 hour quest for objectivity and balance.

Read the full post on her Facebook wall. (I’ve reprinted her “love letter” after the jump for readers who aren’t on Facebook.) Read More


* Also: The making of NYT Magazine’s August 31 “Abortion by Mail” cover (

The Washington Post reports this week that it warned in 2003 that the Knee Defender device is “a recipe for air rage.”defend

What the paper doesn’t report is that in 2004 it called the Knee Defender a “solution” to the problem of reclining airline seats. From that story:

* SNAG: The guy in the seat in front of you has reclined his seat so far back your knees are in your face.

* SOLUTION: If the guy won’t compromise, whip out your Knee Defender (, a plastic device that snaps onto your tray table and controls how far your nemesis can put his seat back.

The Post’s decade-old mention is being used as an “endorsement” for Knee Defender.

* “The Post noted presciently in 2003: ‘It’s a recipe for air rage.'” (
* “If the guy won’t compromise, whip out your Knee Defender” (

Contently sent an email Wednesday night with the subject line, “Why You Should Work for Free.” (It was attached to this story.) I’m guessing it heard from some freelance writers because less than an hour later it followed-up with this:


* Writing for free can pay off. But only for a select few (

— h/t Nicole Bleier

Letter to Romenesko
My name in Chris Herries. I was mentioned in a recent piece by Bloomberg News entitled “Hook­up Culture at Harvard, Stanford Ebbs Amid Assault Alarm” by John Lauerman.

Chris Herries

Chris Herries

The content of the original Bloomberg piece regarding my views on the concept of victim blaming were highly misleading. The article made it seem like I endorsed the practice of victim blaming when the opposite is true. After I raised concerns with Bloomberg News, they did a fantastic job reevaluating my position, listening to what I had to say and coming up with an acceptable edit. That edit more accurately reflects both my present views and my two previous articles on victim blaming written in 2012 and 2013. My latest piece for the Stanford Daily sums up the situation fairly well, and is worth the read.

My frustration now rests with three additional articles that fed off the Bloomberg piece. I wrote to .Mic regarding at least two pieces that have appeared on their website, entitled “Worried About Coming Off as a Creep?” and “One Stupefying Dumb Quote Sums Up Rape Culture in America” by Elizabeth Plank and Jared Keller, respectively. Both these articles contain content regarding me and my alleged views on victim blaming that is blatantly false./CONTINUES Read More

* What James Foley meant to us, by the GlobalPost staff. ( | Foley’s “E-Team” film to air on Netflix in October. (
* “The worst part of my life is newspapers are still alive,” says Maine Gov. Paul LePage.asshat ( | Earlier: LePage tells a flight simulator to blow up the Portland Press Herald building. ( | There’s a lively discussion about LePage on my Facebook wall. (
* It was USC Athletic Department’s social media director who put out the bogus story about Josh Shaw rescuing his young nephew. ( | “USC regrets the posting of the initial story.” (
* The London Times doesn’t just have typewriter sounds; “we brought back green visors; eye shields,” a staffer tells NPR. (
* Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. on yesterday’s Nikki Finke stories: “I cannot remember observing a personal attack as reprehensible, mean spirited and disgusting as this.” (
* “I think the 6:30 news is more important than ever,” says new ABC “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir. ( | Diane Sawyer says goodbye to “World News” viewers with little fanfare. (
* Catching up with the woman who wrote the syndicated sex column “Ask Isadora.” (
* Triad City Beat, a six-month-old North Carolina weekly, tries to raise $10,000 on Kickstarter. (
* Binge-reading at The Awl: “We are trying an experiment in which we publish all of the day’s stories at once.” (
* David Sessions: At one time I would have mocked Harper’s publisher John MacArthur‘s anti-Internet/pro-print views; now I agree with him. (
yo* Washington Post and a few other news outlets are trying out Yo. (
* What? We can no longer trust the tabloids’ coverage of celebrity couples?! (@ditzkoff)
* Ads are coming to Quora next year. “This is a company,” the CEO notes. “It needs to be sustainable.” (
* Hey, Milwaukee TV station, “Theresa” really isn’t that hard to pronounce. (@WISN12News)