Monthly Archives: September 2014

* New York Times Magazine is slowly getting the Jake Silverstein touch. The final installments of “The One-Page Magazine” and “Who Made That” appear on Sunday. (
* National Geographic Way: The magazine steals your art, then puts its lawyers to work. (
* [Right] A bad situation for “Jersey Shore” star The Situation: “Another winner, @NYDailyNews print team.” (I’m told Matt Pabreza came up with the hed.) (@rshields37) | Why do so many reality TV stars have money problems? (
* Re Bill Simmons: “Someone familiar with ESPN’s management’s thinking said the combination of the nature of the personal attack on [Roger] Goodell and the challenge to his bosses were the key elements in the decision and the length of the suspension.” ( | Listen to Simmons’ remarks. (
* Iran’s president won’t speed up the legal case against detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian. (
* An autopsy is conducted on Atlantic Media’s The Wire. (
* NPR pulls the plug on science blog Krulwich Wonders. “It needs to cut costs and — you know the phrase — it has chosen to go ‘in new directions,'” writes Robert Krulwich. (
* The Forbes contributor who wrote “Drunk Female Guests Are the Gravest Threat To Fraternities” – the piece was quickly pulled – says “I stand by every word I wrote.” (
* Of course the Cuddlr app is creepy. (
* The should-journalists-learn-how-to-code? debate continues. (
* Follow today’s #ONA14 happenings in Chicago. ( | You can watch them, too. ( | Eric Holder resigns just as #ONA14 gets started. (@GlennOstenA)
* Report: Home design/D.I.Y. bloggers are suffering burnout. “It consumes your life and sucks the joy out if it,” says the editor of Retro Renovation blog. (
* JOBS: KTOO in Juneau, Alaska, is looking for a news director. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Amtrak Residency winner Jen Carlson: “It will be nice to mix in the writing with some quality ‘staring out the window’ time.” (
* “We’re running against the tide,” says Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner, “but we’re certainly going to keep running.” (
* goes long on Eagles coach Chip Kelly. (
* Make sure that subscription renewal notice is legit. Someone’s sending bogus notices to Raleigh newspaper subscribers. (


“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. (

* A student looking into the Kansas University-Koch brothers financial relationship is told she’ll have to pay $1,800 for records. She’s raised the money. ( via @NYTJamesCobb)
* Student editor investigating the ESPN-Mid-American Conference contract: “How can these universities agree to a confidentiality agreement without having a copy of the contract? The facts just don’t seem to add up.” (
* Here’s the Des Moines Register/Iowa News Network “newsroom of the future” organization chart: (Google Drive) | The Register – a Gannett paper – is cutting 18 positions. (
* A Birmingham judge says the court erred by issuing a restraining order against the Montgomery Advertiser. (
* [At right] You did see her shirt, New York Post, correct? (
* Washington Post has added more than 100 staffers since Jan. 1; it now has 650 newsroom employees. (
* A strong season premiere – almost 18 million viewers – for “Sixty Minutes”; only “Sunday Night Football” topped it last week. (
* Ben Smith, the Daily Caller intern, slams Ben Smith‘s BuzzFeed. (@danprimack)
* Syracuse University’s Daily Orange corrects the spelling of Snoop Dogg‘s name; Monday’s paper had “Dog.” (
* Layoffs at the Orange County Register and Memphis Commercial Appeal.
* I’ll do you a favor, Jeff Zucker, and not ruin it by tuning in: The median age for CNN’s primetime viewership has fallen below 60 for the first time since 2008. (
* Tennessean metro government/politics reporter Michael Cass is named Nashville Mayor Karl Dean‘s communications adviser and speechwriter. (

Update on Thursday: Rose Thayer reports that she’s covering the 1st Cavalry Division again. “The PAO [public affairs officer] in Afghanistan said he couldn’t get into [details of the reversal], just that everyone is back as it was and he hoped we could all move forward. I agree.”

Killeen (TX) Daily Herald military editor Rose L. Thayer told her Facebook friends last week: “Let it be known that on Sept. 15, I was officially banished from covering the 1st Cavalry Division. Not the Killeen Daily Herald, just me. I wish I could explain why exactly.”

Rose L. Thayer

Rose L. Thayer

I contacted Thayer, and she agreed to tell Romenesko readers what happened: A commander in Afghanistan didn’t like this lede:

FORT HOOD — The 1st Cavalry Division will return home from Afghanistan and uncase its colors in October, Maj. Gen. Michael Bills, division commander, announced Thursday during a town hall meeting.

Bills, who “banished” Thayer from covering the largest division at Fort Hood, was apparently upset because most of the division – not all, as the lede implied – will return to the United States – something Thayer had in the fourth paragraph of her town hall meeting story.

“My newspaper stands by the story I wrote,” says Thayer. “The editors don’t feel I did anything wrong.”

Here is what I heard Bills say at about 10:40 of this video of the Town Hall meeting:

We are seeing successes because of our Afghan partners, demonstrating the kind of independence and effectiveness that has come as the result of the many years of our military and civilian elements who have spent time working with them.

What this means is that regional command south headquarters transitions to a train, advise and assist command south on 15 October, going into resolute support. 1st Cavalry division will … uncase its colors in Fort Hood, Texas, on 17 October. A small organization and still very effective will continue the partnership with our Afghan partners and we’ve got all the confidence in the world in our Afghan partners to keep Kandahar and the outlying provinces safe.

Thayer, who is married to a soldier, says she’ll remain as military editor and “if something comes up, the 1st Cavalry won’t get covered. We don’t have the [size of] staff to go out of our way to accommodate them.” (The paper has six reporters.)

Thayer does have supporters at Fort Hood, and they’re trying to get Bills and his public affairs officer to work with her again.

“I think she’s a fantastic reporter,” says Fort Hood III Corps public affairs officer Col. Christopher Garver, who declines to comment on Bills’ action. (I couldn’t reach the commanding general in Afghanistan.)

The III Corps public affairs team, which outranks the 1 Cavalry, is trying to get a three-star general to intervene, says Thayer.

She adds:

“The whole thing has just been disheartening, because I hate that one man can spoil the good work that his soldiers are doing. While we do report the good and the bad, he is blocking my ability to report on the good. When soldiers do bad things, it’s pretty easy to get the information from outside sources, like the police.”

* Bills announces 1st Cav’s early return to Fort Hood (
* 1st Cavalry Town Hall (

Larry King on the WGN-TV set

Larry King on the WGN-TV set

Larry King’s USA Today column was killed 13 years ago this month, but the TV-radio legend is still having fun with it. On the “WGN Morning Show,” King read a producer’s random thoughts in the style of his old column. (He also did some ad-libbing.) King “was GREAT with this,” says the show’s Facebook page.
* Larry King reads producer’s random thoughts on-air (
* WGN Morning News promo: “Nobody f#@king likes you” (