The Akron Beacon Journal told Rep. Bill Johnson’s campaign to stop using this obviously doctored front page in the Republican candidate’s ads, saying it has “a strict policy on the use of its content in campaign advertising. Nothing is to be altered.”
Campaign manager Sarah Poulton responded: “Although it’s clear that the law and First Amendment permit the use of quotes from newspapers in political ads, we have honored the newspaper’s requests and are editing and replacing the commercial to remove the accurate quotes altogether.”
Update: Beacon Journal files complaint with election commission (ohio.com)
* Akron Beacon Journal tells campaign to stop using fake front page (ohio.com) | (cleveland.com)
– Don Surber
Charleston Daily Mail has fired editorial writer and columnist Don Surber (above) over his blog post calling Michael Brown an “animal” that was put down.
Editor and publisher Brad McElhinny says of his dismissed staffer:
He selected words that were unfortunate, inflammatory and, in our view, inexcusable.
It’s his own blog, but still, he’s known as a Daily Mail editorial columnist and many readers seemed to perceive the views stated to reflect on the Daily Mail’s editorial policy.
They don’t. And this newspaper is working to rebuild the community’s trust.
Surber, who worked at the Charleston paper for 30 years, deleted his Saturday blog post on Tuesday after I linked to it. (You can still read it here.) He wrote that his “initial reaction was Michael Brown deserved to die and I was right. His death was a justifiable homicide.” He called Brown “a gigantic thug who was higher than a kite when he attacked Ferguson Police Department Officer Darren Wilson, who unfortunately had to put this animal down.”
Update: Surber has republished his post “without the passage I apologized for.” He adds: “Readers who want to carry this on forever should be ashamed of themselves.”
* Regrets, and a change on the editorial page (charlestondailymail.com)
* Earlier: Charleston Daily Mail editorial writer calls Michael Brown an “animal” (jimromenesko.com)
* New York Times Co. beats analysts’ third-quarter forecasts with a loss of $12.5 million. (Reuters via yahoo.com) | (nytimes.com)
* Ben Bradlee‘s funeral was “a statement of the man’s irreverence and verve.” (washingtonpot.com) | The word “dickhead” was used twice at Bradlee’s funeral. (washingtonpost.com) | Many gushing and heartfelt tributes. (usatoday.com) | Transcript and video of Quinn Bradlee‘s eulogy. (washingtonpost.com)
* “I had fun” using a manual typewriter for a week, says student journalist Cory Blair, but “it was frustrating, my grades suffered and my productivity dropped.” (ajr.org)
* [Right] Screw ISIS and Ebola! There’s a cat stuck in a tree in Charlottesville, VA. (facebook.com/NBC29)
* How Tim Cook came out in Businessweek: He pitched his piece to editor Josh Tyrangiel. (observer.com)
* Family Circle hears from haters after profiling a gay family. (washingtonpost.com)
* Banner Alzheimer’s Institute to journalists: Cover our briefing and you get $100. (healthjournalism.org)
* Why Rupert Murdoch is still working at 83: “Curiosity,” he says. (businessinsider.com)
* The redesigned Flipboard is “broader but also more personal than ever.” (theverge.com)
* No sympathy for “whining” White House correspondents. (firstlook.org)
* Gawker considers covering Albany. (capitalnewyork.com)
* FYI: It’s daylight saving time that’s ending – not daylight savings. (npr.org)
* Verizon’s new tech site bans stories on U.S. spying. (dailydot.com)
I asked Jay Rosen if he’d be posting the pitch he made to his bosses. “There was no pitch,” he replied. “I just said to my colleagues: I want to teach an elective in the spring called, The Future of the New York Times. The director of undergraduate studies said: Can I audit it?”
Update: Course description for “The Future of the New York Times” (docs.google.com)
* Comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers (facebook.com)
“I still love my hard copy newspaper,” says Arik Hanson. “And I shouldn’t feel ashamed to read it.”
There’s nothing like reading the Sunday paper with a cup of coffee on the porch, he notes. “Now, you can definitely do this with an iPad. No question. But let’s face it – it just ain’t the same. …
“Not EVERYTHING has to be interactive. Not EVERYTHING has to be personalized. Not EVERYTHING has to be on Instagram for God’s sake (and I love Instagram!).”
The digital PR consultant and blogger continues:
I’m really not a salesperson for the Star Tribune. They are not paying me for this post. I just continue to wonder why people continue to slam hard copy newspapers so much. Because I have yet to hear a legit argument for why you shouldn’t read it each and every day.
Reaction to the post “has been predominantly in agreement with me, but [for] a few folks on the all-digital side so far,” Hanson tells Romenesko readers. “I’m pasting in a couple screen grabs from Facebook, where I typically see the most comments about my posts.”
* Should you feel ashamed for reading a hard copy newspaper? (minnpost.com)
* Earlier: “I am no digital native, but the digital medium has won me over” (ryerson.ca)
Fox News contributor Michelle Fields and her Twitter followers got a big laugh out of this photo, which immediately set off my B.S. detector. I asked Fields where this photo was taken – I doubted it was shot at The CNN Store – but she didn’t respond to my DM.
Greg Galloway, a manager at The CNN Store in Atlanta, tells me that Fields’ photo was taken at Hudson News at the Atlanta airport, which sells some CNN merchandise. Galloway says The CNN Store only airs Turner brand networks and has never put MSNBC on its flat screens.
Update — Fields tweets: “I didn’t take the photo in Georgia. I took it at the CNN newsstand in Florida.” Actually, you took it at a Hudson News shop, not a CNN-operated property.
* Matt Taibbi leaves First Look Media after eight months. “Our differences were never about editorial independence,” writes Pierre Omidyar. OK, so what was the reason for his departure? (firstlook.org)
* Read this excellent ProPublica/NPR investigation before you text your next donation to the Red Cross. (“They were not interested in solving the problem — they were interested in looking good.”) (propublica.org)
* Kansas City Star’s “Heavenly” front. (newseum.org/PDF)
* Chicago police union asks a judge to stop the city from giving misconduct records to the Sun-Times and Tribune. (suntimes.com)
* Storyful applies “traditional journalistic skills to a new medium” to debunk stories. (npr.org)
* How the White House leaks stories. (washingtonpost.com)
* “I’m inside of a demographic that’s supposed to love newspapers. But…” (ryerson.ca)
* Claim: PolitiFact “has completely failed to serve any useful purpose” in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race. (expressmilwaukee.com)
* Misleading headlines examined. (fastcodesign.com)
* Hartford Courant celebrates 250 years. (courant.com) | Congratulations from President Obama. (tribpub.com)
* The line for Ben Bradlee‘s funeral. (@HowardKurtz) | Watch it on C-SPAN. (washingtonpost.com)
* New York Times kills its standalone auto section. (capitalnewyork.com)
* “Asking if journalism is dying is no different from asking if vegetables are dying.” (Buswell Street)
* “We are not going to censor a student paper,” says the president of Missouri State University. (news-leader.com) | Still, this front page made him cringe, he says.
* The FBI confirms it created a fake AP story to lure a suspect into downloading secret software. (seattletimes.com) | Seattle Times has questions for the FBI. (seattletimes.com) | Jeff Reifman: Take a deep breath and review the facts here. (geekwire.com)
* Paul Smalera leaves the New York Times to become Ideas editor at Quartz. (@zseward) | Veteran media reporter Jeff Bercovici quits Forbes to become Inc.’s SF bureau chief. (nypost.com)
* Stephen Burgard, director of Northeastern University’s journalism school and longtime Los Angeles Times journalist, dies at 66. (bostonglobe.com)
NPR standards and practices senior editor Mark Memmott writes in his Tuesday blog post: “Words and phrases matter, of course, because we’re in the business of writing and telling stories that are compelling and clear.” Getting them wrong and relying on “cliches and shopworn phrases” gets in the way of NPR’s mission, he notes.
These words and phrases annoy NPR staffers:
* “In the wake of.” How about “after” or “following?”
* “Ordinary people” and “real people.” As opposed to what?
* “Dude.” There’s really only one.
* “Confined to a wheelchair” and other phrases that imply a judgment about someone’s condition. A simple substitute: “Uses a wheelchair.”
* Don’t Be Reticent Or Reluctant About Flagging The Words We Overuse, Misuse Or Otherwise Abuse (npr.org)
* Earlier: Words and phrases that WaPo’s Outlook section avoids (jimromenesko.com)