shirt2From Romenesko reader and journalism teacher Charlene Oldham:

Subject: St. Louis morning host interviews rabbi while wearing crucified Christ shirt. What is the story behind this?

Update: Morning host Kim Kelly Hudson explains her shirt: “I was promoting a Christian rapper who had an event that night for families affected by incarceration. No insult was intended. On our features talk show, I wear a shirt from a different organization or biz in the community everyday as part of our format.”

* Special Chanukah celebrations kick off at Chesterfield Mall (

My email to Bloomberg News:
“Is Jessica Pressler still joining Bloomberg News after being snookered by the high school student who claimed he made $72 million?

“Capital New York reported that she’s joining Bloomberg’s investigative unit; does Bloomberg have confidence in her investigative skills after this New York magazine fiasco?”

Bloomberg News spokesman Ty Trippet:
“Got your query passed to me. We’re declining to comment.”

* Mag: “We were duped” ( | How the story was fact-checked (
* Earlier: Investment club says New York magazine is wrong (

* Patch’s Joseph Hosey will not have to reveal his anonymous source. (
* New York magazine’s Jessica Pressler is “moderately surprised” that a teenager she profiled didn’t really make $72 million. ( | The magazine “is looking into it further.” (
* New York: “We were duped; our fact-checking process was obviously inadequate.” (
* Vice Media would be stupid not to consider an IPO, says CEO Shane Smith. (
* We need a magazine that only covers doings at The New Republic. (
* Everyone knows freelancing sucks. (
* Freelancer Stacy Brown called Bill Cosby and “to my surprise, he just picked up the phone.” (
* The founders of the New Times alt-weekly chain are establishing a Chair in Borderlands Issues at Arizona State University. (
* Why journalists continue to report from dangerous places. (
* New York Times layoffs begin today. (
* Jacob Weisberg: News organizations should cover the Sony hacks, but not report “the fruits of the digital break-in.” (
* Don’t kill comments; fix them. (
* Alex Burns quits Politico after six years and may be headed to the New York Times. (
* An AP reporter is ordered out of an open court hearing in St. Louis – a mistake, says the mayor’s spokesperson. (
* New York Times could do a lot better when it comes to linking to other sites, says its standards editor. (
* “You filthy grub”: Rupert Murdoch is blasted for congratulating the Daily Telegraph for catching “the bloody outcome [in Sydney] at 2 a.m.” (@rupertmurdoch)
* Union journalists in the UK refuse assignments normally given to photographers. (
* Another study we really didn’t need: “Gossipy magazines were more likely to disappear [from a patient waiting room] than non-gossipy ones.” (

* Update: “There was no $72 million, no ‘eight figures,’ not even one figure,” reports New York Observer. The teen tells the paper: “I run an investment club at Stuy High which does only simulated trades.”


No he didn’t, says the Leaders Investment Club.

After performing due diligence and talking with Mohammed Islam himself, we have determined that these claims are false and simply been blown up by the media in the interests of sensationalism

- Now scrubbed from the investment club's site

– Scrubbed from the investment club’s site

Jessica Pressler, who wrote the New York profile and is headed to Bloomberg News, tweets: “We saw a bank statement confirming the eight figures, & I’m comfortable with what’s in the piece.”

Mohammed was on the investment club’s team page before this brouhaha — “Mohammed’s goal is to pave a path in the financial industry that will lead him to become a reputable hedge fund manager” — but his name is now missing.

New York magazine now says: “The article portrays the $72 million figure only as a rumor; we changed the headline on the story to reflect more clearly the fact that we did not know the exact figure of how much he had made in trades. The story itself does not specify an amount. However, Mohammed provided bank statements that showed he is worth eight figures; he confirmed on the record that he’s worth eight figures.”

* New York magazine: A teen made $72 million trading stocks (
* Investment club: He did not make $72 million (
* The teen trader has never confirmed or denied the $72M figure (
* Shouldn’t these kids be in school anyway? (@SallyPancakes)

* New The high school student denies making $72 million (

This story ran in the Lenoir (NC) News-Topic on December 5:stolen

The jeweler bought a full-page ad in the News-Topic a week later:

I called Garon Mabe and asked about the ad. “I just did it to poke fun of myself,” he said. (He didn’t clear it with his lawyer.) By the way, that’s not Mabe in the Santa mug shot; it’s an image his employee grabbed off Google Images.

* Jeweler accused of buying stolen property (

The Bucks County Courier Times is getting attacked for this cartoon:

- Cartoon by Chris Britt

– Cartoon by Chris Britt

The people behind a Facebook page called “Standing Up Against BCCT’s [Bucks County Courier Times] Attack on Law Enforcement” says that “it is not our intent to encourage financial harm to any business or the local economy for innocently advertising in this paper …[but] each proprietor will ultimately decide whether they are comfortable supporting the publication of this cartoon, and the subsequent gain or loss of business exercised by their clientele.”

The Bucks County Courier Times community affairs director writes:

Though we don’t know what was in the heart and mind of the award-winning syndicated cartoonist who penned the cartoon, it was selected for publication for thoughtful reflection on that relationship. It in no way was intended to indict the law enforcement community.

If we had recognized prior to publication that the cartoon would have caused unintended offense, our editors would have selected a different one for Sunday’s newspaper. Editing a newspaper is not easy and we don’t always get it right.

I’m told that the police union president has told departments in the newspaper’s circulation area to stop giving information to Courier Times reporters.

* Paper: We wouldn’t have run the cartoon if we knew it was going to offend (
* “Standing Up Against BCCT’s Attack on Law Enforcement” (
* “People can be sheep around here. That comic was called for.” (

- From Saturday's New York Times

– From Saturday’s New York Times

The above passage appeared in Rob Lieber’s December 13 “Your Money” column. He tells Romenesko readers: “Our basic approach is that as far as possible, we want to respect people’s preferences in how we refer to them. So that’s what we did here. We had taken the last-name-only approach at least once before, most recently in an obit.”

Lacey Mamak, who made the request, describes herself on Twitter as a “community-college librarian, curious individual.”

* Revisiting mortgages with low down payments (

* What Newsweek’s 1994 interns are up to now. (Franklin Avenue)
* Smart people predict what’s up for journalism in 2015. (More robots?) (
* New York Times’ The Upshot “has established itself as an irresistible read and a significant source of traffic,” writes Gabriel Sherman. (
times* Yes, millennials read the New York Times – and other “traditional” publications. (
* The Times labels a commentary by its editor “false.” (
* The Week is killing its comments section. (
* Why a subscription to The Week makes a good Christmas gift. (One reason: It’s “brain sex.”) (
* News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson calls BuzzFeed “a really strange place.” (
* “Ben Smith, [BuzzFeed’s] top editor, told me recently he didn’t expect BuzzFeed to be around in three years, not under its present owners nor in its present form,” writes Michael Wolff. (
* Gawker’s Nick Denton: “The real secret of [digital media] success is to avoid the herd.” (
* Chris Hughes‘ intentions were good, but he didn’t know what he was doing, says former New Republic senior editor John B. Judis. (
* “Bad journalism, in The Racket’s eyes, was a publication like The New Republic.” (
* Last night’s “The Newsroom” season finale was “weird.” ( | (
* $10M/year man? Brian Williams signs a new NBC News contract. (
* Finally, we have a “Serial” skeptic. (
* How one student uses “I need a working media professional to tell me about your journalism experience in order for me to get some material to write about.” ( | h/t Peg McNichol

Gannett’s Courier-Journal in Louisville has a good police-shooting investigation on Sunday’s page one. Unfortunately, much of it is covered by a gun sale ad.

Update: The Courier-Journal’s publisher says “this positioning was unfortunate and unintended.”

This timing of the advertisement and the decision to run the story were independent actions within different departments of The Courier-Journal; however, we should have identified the inappropriate relationship and made an adjustment.

We are reviewing our internal processes and will make adjustments to ensure we prevent this problem in the future.

* Firearms ad placement unintentional, says publisher (
* “Ghoulish” ad covers police shootings story (@ispradlin) | Page one – without the ad (
* More people dying in Louisville police shootings (

- h/t (@geoffglaab)

* Above: “The WSJ page 1 quote to end page 1 quotes.” (@EvelynRusli) | (
* Report: New York Times reporter James Risen won’t be forced to name his source. (
* The New Republic walkouts left owner Chris Hughes “shocked” and “contrite.” ( | (
* Jack Shafer: Too many “chickenshit” anonymous sources in the stories about TNR. (@jackshafer) | (@jackshafer)
* “Do numbers help explain what happened at The New Republic?” (
car* Dear Auto Industry: The people who cover you want more free stuff. (
* Maureen Dowd was just “air-kissing” in the emails that BuzzFeed published, says New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal. ( | One view: BuzzFeed shouldn’t have posted Dowd’s emails. (
* Media outlets showed little interest in the FOIA Improvement Act of 2014. (
* The new owner of Parade cuts ad rates. A four-color ad full-page that previously cost $924,209 is now $667,165. (
* David Carr says going out to lunch is “sort of a lost art for reporters.” (
* FAIR didn’t get the memo: It blasts NPR for not using the word “torture.” ( | NPR memo: It’s OK to use “torture.” (
* “2015 is the year of monetization” for Circa. (
* Report: deputy editor Hilary Sargent is suspended for a week for peddling a Harvard Biz School prof-related T-shirt. (
* President Obama spends his mornings watching ESPN. (
* Let’s end the week with some good news about journalism. (