Morning Report for October 22, 2014

* McClatchy’s Raleigh News & Observer and Charlotte Observer pull out of a debate they sponsored over an empty chair on the set. “We wanted to have a serious discussion … about the issues without any gimmicks,” says N&O’s editor.
* New York Times columnist Ross Douthat speaks at an anti-gay group’s Texas fundraiser. (
* Over 300 at the New York Times have asked to take a look at the buyout offer, according to the Guild. (
* What journalists worry about at night. (“I worry that there won’t be jobs for people over 50.”) (
* Medill junior Lucas Matney blasts news outlets for “just feeding the public whatever it desires.” (
* Wonder why: “More than a dozen other current [Thought Catalog] employees contacted for this story either declined to comment or didn’t respond. The site’s co-publisher, Gorrell, also didn’t respond to requests for comment.” (
* Phillip Alder‘s bridge column in the New York Times is safe – at least for now. (
* Business Insider veteran Joseph Weisenthal joins Bloomberg to host a TV show and develop a markets website. (
* Charles Apple leaves the struggling OC Register to become managing editor for visuals at the Victoria (TX) Advocate. (
* “The Walking Dead” star Steven Yeun‘s morning habit is lurking on Reddit. (