Daily Archives: March 2, 2015

CBS 2 News (Los Angeles) anchor Paul Magers

CBS 2 News (Los Angeles) anchor Paul Magers

The person who sent me the Paul Magers dance clip notes that “this was a prerecorded show and the entire control room staff left it in.” I’ve asked the CBS 2 News Los Angeles news anchor about his quirky exit from the set. (If you’re a Magers colleague or competitor and know more, please send me an email.)

Update —
ME: “Paul, was your dance off the set supposed to be aired? What was that all about?
MAGERS: “Some things are better left a mystery!”

* VIDEO: Watch Los Angeles anchor Paul Magers dance off the set (



I’ve ask the Times and Journal about both papers using “The Upshot” name. Update – Wall Street Journal spokesperson Colleen Schwartz writes: “The Upshot has been a column in WSJ since at least 2010. The column originally focused on earnings and now features pieces from WSJ’s bureau chiefs.”

February 23: “My husband, Joey Kennedy, was fired by Alabama Media Group on Thursday. …He had been with the Birmingham News/AMG almost 34 years. He won a Pulitzer Prize and was in the top three for a Pulitzer two other times.” (

March 1: Alabama Media Group/Birmingham News starts running a Pulitzer Prize-winning series of columns from 1990 examining tax system. Kennedy co-authored them. (

One of the many comments criticizing


Michelle Holmes, vice-president of content, writes in an email:

We began in November to plan an op-ed series that would pair archival Birmingham News editorials on Alabama’s tax structure with contemporary commentary from researchers and advocates in an attempt to define how little has changed, and to speculate on the reasons for Alabama’s lack of progress.

The series was timed to begin the Sunday before the legislature begins its 2015 session — one with substantive tax issues on the table. The reasons and timing around personnel decisions are confidential, as all employees would wish in a matter involving them.

* revisits a 1991 Pulitzer-winning series (
* “We may never know why AMG gave Joey Kennedy the boot, but…” (

With the help of his mom, an 8-year-old boy named Mac got on the phone Sunday and complained in a voicemail to Bloomington (IN) Herald-Times editor Bob Zaltsberg about his favorite comics no longer appearing in the paper.

“OK, I want back these comics now,” the boy demanded. His list- some of his parents’ faves, too? – included “Peanuts,” “Dilbert,” “Doonesbury,” “Nancy,” “Garfield,” “For Better or For Worse,” “Ziggy,” and others.

“I’ll give you all my money” if the comics are returned to the paper, the boy said before ending his call by blasting the “idiots, jerks, [and] shitholes” at the paper.

The editor tells me: “I thought it was a very funny thing, but still an eight-year-old calling me a shithole isn’t that pleasant.”

Zaltsberg says the paper negotiated with three syndicates after the publisher ordered the comics budget cut. The Herald-Times got “pretty good breaks” from Creators Syndicate and King Features, but Universal Uclick wouldn’t negotiate. Its 13 comics were dropped.

“We replaced them with 13 others from Creators and King,” says the editor. “We haven’t had an onslaught on callers [complaining]. I had explained in a column that this was a cost-reduction issue, and I think some readers took pity on us.”

* Editor hears from an 8-year-old about comics changes (
* Listen to the boy’s call to the newspaper editor (

Brian Stelter via YouTube

Brian Stelter at the college journalism convention

CNN’s Brian Stelter told student journalists at the Associated Collegiate Press’ National College Journalism Convention over the weekend: “I think [Brian Williams] can actually revolutionize what we think of as television news if he did it with a little more humor – if he’s willing to call BS BS. …There’s a real opportunity for him to try something new. …I’d love to watch ‘The Daily Show with Brian Williams.'”

Stelter was a last-minute replacement for the late David Carr – “the most influential, most important media reporter of our time.” The “Reliable Sources” host told students that “I wish I wasn’t up here. You guys seem great, and I’m happy to meet you all. But I do wish David was here.”

* Stelter would love to see Williams host “The Daily Show” (
* Read tweets from the college journalism convention (#ACP2LA)

* Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian finally gets a lawyer after being held in Iran for seven months – but not the one he wants. (
* Journalism students are helping with Columbia Journalism Review’s revamp. “They have a view of journalism that people that have been in it longer don’t have,” says editor Liz Spayd. (
* The editor of Gannett’s largest paper in Wisconsin – the Green Bay Press-Gazette – touts the newsroom’s “big bold moves,” then announces he’s not sticking around. (
* Cablevision boss James Dolan is interested in the New York Daily News. (
* [RIGHT] Nice to see newlyweds with a sense of humor. ( | Cooper-Palm announcement. (
* Bill O’Reilly is a performance artist, not a journalist. ( | Phone recordings catch O’Reilly lying. (
* At Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times, “one point of contention within the newsroom is the sense that management has not been forthright about the scope of the paper’s problems.” (
* U-T San Diego’s photo editor didn’t want to run a front-page ISIS photo, but he was overruled by the editor. (
* Today’s Dori Maynard memorial service will be livestreamed. (
* Bob Ryan: Why do reporters need to talk to athletes? (
* Gannett says Carl Icahn has withdrawn his board nominees. (
* “Pretty much everyone is a publisher in the modern day,” says Medium’s Ev Williams. (
* Wesleyan’s student paper isn’t naming the students arrested in the Molly overdoses cases – at least for now. (
* Leonard Nimoy did not play Dr. Benjamin Spock! ( | It’s been corrected.
* The holdings in T. Rowe Price’s Media and Telecommunications Fund indicate “Wall Street sees no future in print,” writes Jack Limpert. (
* “We’ve reimagined every aspect of the Wired experience,” writes editor Scott Dadich. “And we have improved it” with a redesign. (
* Jack Shafer tips us off to the California Digital Newspaper Collection. (@jackshafer)
* Jessica Bennett: “I went out with a guy based on his use of dashes once. ..This man used a proper em dash.” (
* If you’re looking for people to “Like” your photos, the best time to post on Instagram is 5 p.m. ET Wednesday. (
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A few of Steven Greenhouse’s recent stories on Wal-Mart:
* Wal-Mart illegally punished workers, judge rules. December 11, 2014
* On Black Friday, Wal-Mart is pressed for wage increases. November 29
* Wal-Mart memo orders stores to improve grocery performance. November 11
* Wal-Mart protesters demand a $15 per hour wage. October 17

* Greenhouse: Times friends surprised me with a witty tasty cake (@greenhousenyt)
* Earlier: Exit interview with NYT labor reporter Greenhouse (