Daily Archives: November 3, 2014

New York Times Book Review, November 2

* Amazing Ann Patchett correction in the New York Times (@tombonnick)

Update: Comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers (

Carleton University (“Canada’s Capital University”) says 73 of its journalism students interned at CBC Toronto between 2003 and 2014, and that at least one worked on fired host Jian Ghomeshi’s “Q” program.
“We have no information at this time that any of our students have been affected” – had unpleasant, or worse, dealings with Ghomeshi – and “no one has raised any concerns about their placements there,” the school says. “However, we are making counselling services available to anyone requiring them.”

So far three women have filed abuse complaints against the former CBC star. One spoke to CBC’s “As It Happens” show today.

* Carleton University offers counseling to former CBC interns (
* Earlier: Carleton gathers information about CBC interns ( | Inappropriate advances at young journalist reported (
* How the Ghomeshi scandal unfolded (

The State sport columnist Ron Morris, who was once told by his publisher that he couldn’t write about coach Steve Spurrier and his South Carolina football team, wrote after Saturday’s loss: “Suddenly, Spurrier is no longer bigger than life.” | No excuse for Spurrier’s press conference pouting.

* Earlier: Columnist isn’t allowed to mention South Carolina football (

The editor of the Billings (MT) Gazette didn’t like that the Los Angeles Times used this quote. “It was simply a passing comment,” writes Darrell Ehrlick. “Was it a self-deprecating crack? A joke? A veiled threat? Who knows? And who cares?”

* Using off-hand remark to play gotcha is gutter politics (
* Does being a veteran help candidates? (

NPR reports Tom Magliozzi died Monday of complications from Alzheimer’s. “If there was one thing that defined Tom Magliozzi, it was his laugh,” writes Lynn Neary. “It was loud, it was constant, it was infectious.” Doug Berman, executive producer of “Car Talk,” writes in a memo: “For this coming weekend, we are producing a special version of the show in which Ray will share the news with listeners and remember some of Tom’s most spectacular moments on air.”

From: NPR Communications
Sent: Monday, November 03, 2014 2:30 PM
Subject: Tom Magliozzi

All –

I have hard news to share. Car Talk co-host Tom Magliozzi has passed away from complications of an illness.

Tom Magliozzi

Tom Magliozzi

This is a heartbreaking loss for all of us at NPR, our Member Stations, and the millions of listeners in the public radio family. Countless people first discovered public radio by laughing along with Click and Clack every Saturday morning. Through Car Talk, Tom is one of those responsible for transforming NPR into the institution it is today. We extend our deepest sympathy to Ray and the Magliozzi family.

Doug Berman, Car Talk Executive Producer and long-time friend and associate of the Magliozzi brothers, shared the below note with us.



To NPR’s Staff:

I have the sad duty to report today that Tom Magliozzi, one of the hosts of Car Talk, passed away this morning due to complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Tom’s been such a dominant, positive personality amongst us for so long that all of us in the public radio family—and I include our millions of listeners—will find this news very difficult to receive.

We are offering our Car Talk web site ( as a place where listeners can engage and share their thoughts and memories.

For this coming weekend, we are producing a special version of the show in which Ray will share the news with listeners and remember some of Tom’s most spectacular moments on air.

Tom and his brother came to public radio when it was stiff, academic and formal— and, not coincidentally, largely irrelevant to most Americans. And by being entirely and unselfconsciously themselves, they broke our medium open for real voices and real people, who turned out to be much more interesting, informative, and entertaining than the canned radio people we thought our listeners wanted. All of us who have created programming in Tom and Ray’s wake owe both of them a deep debt of gratitude.

Please note that the Magliozzi family is asking that in lieu of flowers, friends and listeners make a donation to either the Alzheimer’s Association or their favorite public radio stations in Tom’s memory. It’s just one more gift to us from a guy who gave so much to our network and its listeners over the decades.


* “Car Talk” co-host Tom Magliozzi dies at 77 (

- Austin American-Statesman's endorsement

– Austin American-Statesman’s endorsement

On October 13, the Austin American-Statesman endorsed Laura Pressley for city council, saying that “her actions and statements since [2011] have persuaded us that she has moved on from [her] fight” to remove fluoride from the city’s water.

Laura Pressley

Laura Pressley

Two weeks later, opinion page editor Tara Trower Doolittle wrote that the paper had fresh “concerns” about Pressley after reading a KUT public radio report, “which suggests that Pressley believes that the World Trade Center explosions on 9/11 were caused not by airplanes but by explosives that had been planted at the buildings.”

A piece in last week’s Austin Chronicle had to add to the Statesman editorial board’s concerns, too. The alt-weekly reported:

[Budget hawk Laura Pressley] talks a lot about “affordability”; she doesn’t talk at all about her fight against fluoridation of the city’s water supply, her belief that Austin Energy’s “smart meters” caused her legs to twitch, or her scorn for any attempt to keep military-style weapons off city streets. Pressley also doesn’t talk about her fear of smartphones, or her “gift” for sensing “vibrations” from cordless phones and iPads.

An Austin journalist who doesn’t want to be named writes in an email: “I feel these [city council] elections are crucially important, and for the daily to fail so dramatically in their due diligence is just astonishing.” Doolittle responds: “There are 78 folks running for city council, a historic number for us, and we do our best to vet them all.” The Pressley endorsement, she notes, was “adjusted.” | Update: “Austin City Council, District 4: Revised: No endorsement.”

* October 13: Choose Laura Pressley (
* October 31: Behavior of Pressley worrisome (
* Pressley doesn’t talk about smart meters, fluoride and guns (austinchronicle)
* Candidate Pressley’s views include 9/11 conspiracy (

Also: Minneapolis Star Tribune’s controversial endorsement (

Here’s what the Opelika-Auburn News says about that photo:

The picture is gut-wrenching. It also tells the story. That’s why we chose to run it. As journalists, our primary job is to report what happens – whether by words or photos. Often, what we write or publish is unpleasant. Regarding the photo, this was one of those instances. We did not intend to glorify Treadwell’s injury or offend any reader. To any person hurt by our editorial decision, we apologize.

Our staff has already spent several hours discussing Sunday’s decisions, and we’ll continue to do that in the next few days. If we could redesign Sunday’s 1B again, we would. One thing we would do is use a different headline. We chose “FINDING A WAY” because after the game, numerous players and coaches discussed how the team keeps fighting and finding a way to win difficult games, such as those against Ole Miss, South Carolina and Kansas State.
The headline was not meant to celebrate Treadwell’s injury.

* Auburn paper, Texas writer in hot water with Ole Miss fans (
* Editorial (and explanation): Best wishes for Laquon Treadwell (
* Nothing graphic: How the Daily Mississippian covered Treadwell’s injury (

* Jon Stewart says his name being on a most-trusted list “was a fuck-you to everybody else.” (
geo* Noted: National Geographic now has an animal sex column. (
* Vermont’s 58-year-old governor has been dating a 30-year-old woman, and the state’s media have said nothing about it – until now. (
* The Ferguson no-fly zone, which officials claimed was imposed for safety, was really about keeping the media out. (
* Why did Northeast Ohio Media Group content chief Chris Quinn pull the Kasich/FitzGerald video? Jay Rosen has a theory. ( | Full blog post: (
* Another reason not to read comments: You’re going to see ads there now. (
* Harper’s Bazaar is opening a cafe in the United Arab Emirates. (
* “The good people of Elizabethton, Tennessee just got an upclose look inside the dirty engine of the Fox Noise machine.” (Southern Beale)
* David Carr: The Texas Tribune idea sounded far-fetched five years ago, “but it all came true and then some.” (
* More on the First Look Media drama from Andrew Rice and Paul Carr.
* Heard on the Court, WSJ! (@writerknowles)
* Rupert Murdoch‘s pay through the years. (
farmer* No surprise: “Modern Farmer is not widely read by farmers.” (
* Nothing ever changes at Michael’s, the favorite dining spot of media bigs in Manhattan. (USA Today)
* JOBS: Springfield (IL) State Journal-Register is looking for a features editor. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Freelancer Parker Molloy lashes out at former Advocate colleagues. (
* No more free newspapers in Northwestern’s dining halls. “My first thought was, ‘what are the Medill freshmen going to do about current event quizzes?'” (
* CNET – now in print. (
* Louis C.K.‘s Twitter account vanishes after he posts vulgar things about ISIS. (