Daily Archives: September 24, 2014


“I’m really proud of this,” tweets Chicago Tribune editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis. In his full-page cartoon essay, Stantis writes: “Growing up in an abusive home mangles the soul. You have been formed in an environment that guarantees you will forever see yourself hardened into a shameful, distorted lump. Unworthy of love or affection.”

I never talk about it. I keep it deep inside in a dark corner where it can’t be reached. On those rare occasions it comes into the dim light of memory you would see the bruised and battered child. A tear streaked face twisted in pain and confusion and fear. A child removed from his home for fear he would be seriously injured or worse.

Update – Stantis tells Romenesko readers: “The reaction to my cartoon essay has been overwhelming. It was a VERY tough piece for me to write. As I mentioned in the essay, I NEVER talk about this.

The piece surprised more than a few of my friends. Some very close.stantis The outpouring of affection and support have, likewise, been gratifying. But the biggest, most surprising reaction has been from friends I have known for decades as well as people I barely know or don’t know at all. All had a story to tell of abuse in their lives. A reader called in tears. Emails revealing haunting stories of abuse have been pouring in and still are.

“The reason I decided to write the essay now versus a year from now or a year ago is, exactly as you noted, because of the NFL domestic violence scandals. I found myself getting madder and madder as these oafs and their supporters continued to offer up explanations and excuses for what I knew from first hand experience, were heinous crimes against those they were charged to nurture and protect. As a cartoonist and an artist I had an obvious avenue to express myself. I am very glad that I did.”

* “The Beatings Never Really Stop” | Full cartoon PDF (
* Read comments about the cartoon essay (

Letter to Romenesko
From PETER KING, CBS Radio News correspondent: Saw the [Morning Report] item about Gwen Ifill’s Twitter confusion with Gwen Stefani. I feel her pain. I’m getting slaughtered, alternatively, by critics of Peter King, the Sports illustrated football writer, and Peter King, the congressman from New York!

It’s been particularly ugly during the NFL/Domestic violence story of the past several weeks, although terrorism and middle east stuff has gotten in there too. Take a look at “notifications” for my Twitter handle, PeterKingCBS and have a few laughs! I’ve answered some of them…a few, not…

* @SI_PeterKing | @RepPeteKing | @PeterKingCBS
* Earlier: WBAL-TV’s Gerry Sandusky is getting hate tweets – of course! (

* Mayor forces out his No. 2 at City Hall (

* Update: My Facebook friends/subscribers are having fun with this (

Dean Baquet

Dean Baquet

New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet is eliminating the managing editor position “in favor of four deputy executive editors who are as excited about the future as I am.” The editors who’ve been promoted are Susan Chira, Janet Elder, Matt Purdy and Ian Fisher.

Tom Bodkin gets the title of creative director; he’ll be equal to the deputies.

Baquet writes in his memo:

So what am I trying to accomplish here?

The newsroom’s main job — and mine — is and always will be to cover the world and break big stories. But senior editors will have to be something more — strategic leaders in shaping the future of The New York Times. We have to play a bigger role in steering The Times through the forces that are reshaping our world. We need a masthead that allows good ideas and good stories to get a fast and decisive hearing, an operation that encourages big risks, and one where the route to my office will never be blocked.

* New York Times promotes editors in change of leadership structure (

Baquet’s memo is after the jump. Read More


The cutline ran in the Sun and the Province, which also apologized. Sun deputy editor/digital Gillian Burnett writes on Twitter: “That cutline, written by a photog, should NEVER have been written, let alone made it online. Egregious error that we regret.”

* Newspapers apologize for “dark guy in the middle” caption (

* The U.S. Forest Service now wants journalists to pay for a permit and get permission before shooting photos or video in federally designated wilderness areas. “It’s pretty clearly unconstitutional,” says a press advocate. ( | (
bez* Jeff Bezos‘ Way: Washington Post cuts retirement benefits on the first day of contract talks. ( | Maybe Bezos will change his mind on that. (
* San Francisco Giants? Try Babies: The team refuses to talk to the media if CSN Bay Area beat writer Andrew Baggerly is around. ( | Baggerly: “I’ll do my best to cover the Giants with the same fairness, accuracy and comprehensive vigor that I’ve always strived to provide.” (@CSNBagg)
* Robert Lipsyte says ESPN’s NFL/Ray Rice coverage “was ESPN’s finest hour during my tenure as ombudsman.” (
* Meet the 24 writers who will participate in the Amtrak Residency program. (
* Derek Jeter – the face (and butt?) of the Yankees. (@GlibandBitchy)
* Reporters say the White House sometimes demands – and gets – changes to press-pool reports. “The disputed episodes involve mostly trivial issues and minor matters of fact,” writes Paul Farhi. (
* Luke O’Neil: “Once, credibility was the linchpin of journalism. Today, as dubiously sourced stories multiply, it’s an afterthought.” (
* A $1.6 million ransom was paid for the release of German-American journalist Michael Scott Moore. (
* Gwen Ifill: People on Twitter are confusing me with @gwenstefani. (@gwenifill)
* Martin Smith of PBS’s “Frontline” wins the 2014 Chancellor Award. (
* Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes is on Homeland Security’s Terrorist Watchlist. (
* “For Facebook users, there are few places to hide on the Internet.” (
* An NPR comments FAQ. (