Daily Archives: January 9, 2015

* The New Yorker’s bloody Charlie Hebdo cover explained. (
* PolitiFact – a Poynter/Tampa Bay Times venture – shakes a tin cup on Kickstarter. (saintpetersblog)
* The government won’t call New York Times reporter James Risen as a witness at the leak trial that starts next week. (
* Dan Mitchell: My objection to Thursday’s USA Today “Opposing View” is that it’s propaganda from a person spouting nonsense. (
* Why do New York Times staffers bother appearing on Fox News (even by phone)? (
* Bill Keller talks to Nick Gillespie about leaving the Times to edit The Marshall Project. (
* Did you catch the Tommy Craggs “roast”? ( | What Craggs wants to see on Gawker Media sites in 2015. (
* Finally, someone’s bringing cat coverage into the 21st Century. (
* “There are many, many ridiculous and unintentionally hilarious items” at CES, but… (
* It’s time to plan your trip to Kyrzbekistan! (@douglas) | (
* That would have been one hell of a media center at Dartmouth! “The original version of this article indicated that the budget for the renovation is $1.7 billion. The budget is actually $1.7 million.” (

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In another comment on his Facebook wall, USC Annenberg journalism professor Marc Cooper writes: “You just happen to be wrong. man. I call you that instead of your word ‘asshole’ as I try to meet long standing standards we have here of decency and refrain from insulting, as you put it.” Baquet: “Your note was thoughtless and arrogant. It didn’t invite argument.”

* Cooper: “A question for NYTimes editor Dean Baquet” (
* “I told him what I thought,” says Baquet (

A Chicago Sun-Times reporter asked Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner’s press guy about some inaugural events, including a dinner and reception, being closedrocky to all press except the AP. He got this response from Mike Schrimpf:

You are members [of AP] aren’t you? There is NOT ENOUGH ROOM. This is the thanks we get for opening events that previously have never been opened before. We can make them closed entirely if you prefer that instead.

Schrimpf’s LinkedIn profile says he knows about media relations; I don’t think he does.

* Rauner’s limits on media coverage at inaugural raise eyebrows (
* Earlier: Rauner aide tells j-students they’re not welcome at press conference (


Scott Carney and a friend who writes for the New Yorker tried to figure out “how big the pie was for longform freelance writing in America.” What they found:

* There’s only enough money in [major American magazines’ freelance] pot to keep 72 writers fully employed.

* Those writers would have to pen approximately 11 well thought out and investigated features per year – something that both my friend and I knew was almost impossible.

* A single issue of one major American magazine generates more gross revenue than what the entire magazine industry pays out in word rates over an entire year.

By the way, Butch Jones coaches at the University of Tennessee and, according to one source, makes about $3.2 million a year.

* How much are words worth? (
New: A lot of skepticism from my Facebook friends and subscribers


On Saturday, the Santa Barbara News-Press ran this front page headline, “Illegals line up for driver’s licenses.”

On Wednesday night or Thursday morning, somebody left this spray-painted message at the newspaper: “The border is illegal not the people who cross it.”

News-Press news operations director Donald K. Katich says the paper has used “illegals” for years. He calls it “an appropriate term in describing someone as ‘illegal’ if they are in this country illegally” and adds that “when breaking the law becomes the norm, America is no better than other lawless nations.”

Here some passages from a very long paywall-hidden News-Press’ story about the “Illegals” controversy and vandalism:

Someone with apparent open-border sentiments lobbed paint bombs and sprayed graffiti at the headquarters of the Santa Barbara News-Press over the paper using the word “illegals” to describe people in this country illegally. …

At issue is the word “illegals” in a Jan. 3 headline accompanying a story about the state of California granting driving privileges to people who entered the U.S. illegally.

In addition to the News-Press building, graffiti of an open-borders nature was scribbled on the ground in Storke Placita and on a sidewalk near Santa Barbara City Hall.


* Former Slate and Reuters press critic Jack Shafer joins Politico, where he’ll do more longform reporting. His column debuts Tuesday. (
* Maggie Haberman leaves Politico for the New York Times. (
* Walt Mossberg doesn’t miss the Wall Street Journal at all. (* Long Island Press journalists read their “fan mail.” (
* A 10-year-old girl gets the Boston Globe to finally update its murder victims database. (
* Gossip Jose Lambiet: “We rarely call out colleagues, but…” (
* USA Weekend’s demise hasn’t prompted Parade to rush to sign up new clients. (
* [RIGHT] Newspaper front of the day. (via @jfdulac)
* Laurie Hays leaves her senior executive editor post at Bloomberg. (
* NBC’s Tom Costello got the most evening news airtime in 2014. Richard Engel was #2. (
* Global Television news anchor Leslie Roberts suspended over PR firm ownership. ( | (
* NPR’s Eric Deggans asked an “uncomfortable” Tina Fey about the Charlie Hebdo massacre because she “seemed a perfect person to ask about the importance of satire in a free society.” (
* “While glorifying Charlie Hebdo, [media] outlets are simultaneously thumbing their noses at the cartooning industry” by publishing artists without obtaining rights. (
* Dallas Morning News has Charlie Hebdo covers in today’s paper. (
* Some government officials believe the press and the public should be treated like mushrooms: watered and in the dark. (
* Suzanne Spector is out as New York Times tech editor, “due in part to many defections of talent during her tenure from the section and tensions with some of those remaining.” (
* Conservative news outlet Townhall Media names Conn Carroll its first White House correspondent. (