Daily Archives: October 31, 2014

I’ve spotted a few tweets about this email to Washington Post staffers:


* Best all-newsroom email in some time (@mikedebonis), October 28

Columbus Dispatch, October 31
The Plain Dealer/Northeast Ohio Media Group editorial board – the people who refuse to explain why they took down their Kasich/FitzGerald videoare explaining why they’ve withdrawn their “glowing” Sandra Williams endorsement. The state representative has pleaded no contest and found guilty of using $2,255 in campaign funds to buy, then sell Ohio State football season tickets.

When an editorial board member questioned Williams about possible personal problems while the endorsement was still under consideration, Williams implied then that she was dealing with a minor technical error in a campaign filing.

The board is now issuing no endorsement for the Ohio State District 21 race.

Meanwhile, Plain Dealer/Northeast Ohio Media Group opinion director Elizabeth Sullivan and her colleagues continue to get beat up for their silence on the video removal. On Thursday, it was the Rachel Maddow blog’s turn to kick Cleveland’s largest news organization, which has endorsed John Kasich for governor. He performed poorly in the video that the Plain Dealer/NEOMG didn’t want its readers to see.

* Sandra Williams is “a top-notch choice” for District 21 (
* Editorial board withdraws “glowing” Williams endorsement (
* Williams found guilty of profiting from football tickets (
* Hey, Crain’s, NEOMG’s Chris Quinn doesn’t return any media calls (

Donald Trump, who repeatedly sues and criticizes journalists and wishes newspapers be put to sleep, is speaking at a First Amendment event this month. I emailed Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications executive director David Tirrell-Wysocki on Thursday to find out why Trump was chosen, but didn’t get a response. I called him this morning and got voicemail, so I left a Why Trump? message. Come on, David, don’t be a “loser” – Trump’s favorite diss – and ignore us!

Update – Tirrell-Wysocki sends this email:

You guess wrong about Mr. Trump giving to the school.

We approached Mr. Trump when he was in NH last spring, told him about the school and asked if he’d be williing to donate his time as the keynote speaker at our annual fund-raising event. He agreed.

Donald Trump is our featured speaker for the same reason we have featured Vice President Joe Biden, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, columnist Pat Buchanan, NBC’s Tim Russert among others, as our speakers. They aren’t afraid to speak their minds, something that the First Amendment protects for all Americans; and they help the Nackey Loeb School of Communications promote the First Amendment and communications through the free courses we offer.

In that regard, Mr. Trump and all our speakers have shown themselves to be friends of journalism and we thank them all.

* Trump to speak at Loeb First Amendment Awards event ( | Release
* Comment: “Watch what you say about anything ‘Loeb'” (

* From Thursday’s Halifax Chronicle Herald. | Full image (
* Tribune Publishing acquires Sun-Times Media’s six daily and 32 weekly suburban newspapers. ( | (
* New York Times cuts ties with Texas Tribune after four years. The Tribune blames “challenging economic times that continue to bedevil the media industry.” (
* Rafat Ali: “The days of cheap tricks for clicks is coming to an end, the days of bullshit ‘growth hacking’ are coming to an end.” (
* One problem with j-schools: “Faculty teach what they know, and that might not be cutting edge.” (
* Oh, no! “Colbert Report” ends December 18. (
* News outlets will have to pay about $70,000 to have a reporter travel with the president to Asia next month. (
* University of North Carolina claims it didn’t know that it wasn’t free to use a photo it grabbed from a weddings portfolio site. (
* Where was the Raleigh News & Observer during the 18-year UNC sports scandal? asks Murray Sperber. (
* The Matt Taibbi Story, according to his former colleagues at First Look Media. ( | Will Yahoo be Taibbi’s next stop? (@cwarzel)
* Gawker figures First Look Media will be around for five years. (
* The average salary at is around $75,000; those with entry-level editorial jobs make between $40,000 and $50,000. (
* Cincinnati Enquirer’s No. 2 editor and about a dozen others are out at the Gannett paper. ( ween
* [Right] I bet they had an interesting news meeting at Mashable this morning. (
* When restaurant critics decide to show their faces. (
* An FOIA-related arrest in Arkansas is a first. (
* Scrolling through conservative columnist Ben Shapiro‘s Twitter feed is “worse than watching ‘Faces of Death’ for the first time.” (
* Check out Austin Chronicle’s Halloween masks gallery. (Of course, Rick Perry and Ted Cruz are there.) (
* The Milwaukee Bucks are negotiating to buy the Journal Sentinel’s longtime home. (They want to build an arena there.) (