Care for a h/t? I asked my tipster. She responded: “This has been the most challenging decision of my day. I’m going to say no, due to fear of this becoming a top Google result for me.”

* Seaman: Rushing to put on condoms may lead to problems (Reuters)
* Seaman “tweets about things that might kill you, sperm and media” (@andrewseaman)
* Earlier fun with bylines: Gold on gold; Hamburger on food (


Spotted by Romenesko reader Sean Driscoll. in Centerville, MA.

* 30 Newspaper Rd. (

Gawker editor-in-chief Max Read on Tom Scocca’s Bill Cosby post from February: “[It] is good proof that by fulfilling our institutional obligation to ‘always go there, to never flinch, to never look away,’ we can force other organizations to look, too.”

From: Max Read
Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 7:32 AM
Subject: honesty & fearlessness
To: Gawker Writers

In 2008, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote about Bill Cosby in an Atlantic story, but (in his words), “declin[ed] to seriously reckon with the rape allegations against him[.]” Yesterday he reflected on that failure: tom

“I don’t have many writing regrets. But this is one of them. I regret not saying what I thought of the accusations, and then pursuing those thoughts. I regret it because the lack of pursuit puts me in league with people who either looked away, or did not look hard enough. I take it as a personal admonition to always go there, to never flinch, to never look away.”

Guess where he links out to at “to never flinch”: Tom’s unflinching post from earlier this year, “​Who Wants to Remember Bill Cosby’s Multiple Sex-Assault Accusations?” (On Twitter, TNC calls Tom “the inspiration.”)

Scocca’s piece was the catalyst for the year of dismantling the Cosby myth. The comedian’s career is over, and it’s thanks to Tom and the accusers whose voices he amplified and carved a space for. And Tom was able to do so because Gawker, at its best, is place that doesn’t “flinch” or “look away.” There are not many other organizations like this, and we should all ensure that we don’t leave Gawker (far in the future, with any luck) with regrets of omission — stories we should have run but were too scared to.

Ultimately we didn’t — and don’t — have the CNN or ET-level resources necessary to find more accusers (or Janice Dickinson), or even to follow up Tom’s story with the reporting it deserved. We’ll get there soon. Till then, Tom’s piece is good proof that by fulfilling our institutional obligation to “always go there, to never flinch, to never look away,” we can force other organizations to look, too. You don’t need television (or VC) money to drive the conversation. Just a willingness to be honest and fearless.

Max Read

* The undoing of Bill Cosby (
* Who wants to remember Bill Cosby’s multiple assault accusations? (

* CPI’s new Couldn’t Be Reached Tumblr is about officials who refuse to comment. (
bill* “A chilling insight into why it took so long for the [rape] allegations against [Bill Cosby] to become a major news story.” ( | Pop culture writer: I should have asked Cosby about the allegations during my May interview. ( | BuzzFeed’s Kate Aurthur has been on the story. (
* AP: The November 6 Cosby interview was on the record with no restrictions. (
* Why the video was released just now: Lou Ferrara, AP managing editor for entertainment, says that “when we went back and looked at everything, combined with where the story is now, we realized that people would want to see the additional video. It has more significance and interest now than it did just a couple of weeks ago.”
* I suggest New York Times Magazine hire Jack Shafer to write a weekly media column. (
* Today’s inappropriate tweet: “Reported gunman on the FSU campus. Maybe he is heading for Jameis.” ( | (
* Washington Post aims to build a larger national audience with its new app for Amazon Fire owners. ( | (
* Jennifer Preston on New York Times’ Innovation Report: “There wasn’t anything new in there to anyone who had been in the sandbox trying to get things done. But what was fantastic about it is that it was said out loud.” (
* A “major” book deal for New York Times Kabul bureau chief Rod Nordland. (
* Times chief financial correspondent Floyd Norris is leaving the paper after 26 years. (
* Bill De Blasio vs. New York Post. (
* Orange County Register’s new publisher is nothing like Aaron Kushner. (
* There aren’t as many sex columns in college papers. One reason: Student journalists fear potential employers will be turned off by them. (
* Mizzou gets a $1 million gift to support community journalism. (

On Monday, Spokane’s KXLY-TV reported that “John Doe” – he didn’t want to give the station his name – was handing out cash to the homeless. “Every week as long as I can do this I’m going to try to hand out $5,000 or more,” the man told KXLY.
On Wednesday, KXLY reported that do-gooder Doe is a convicted felon who was just released from prison.images-1 “His criminal past raises serious questions about the origin of the stacks of cash he showed off to kxly4 cameras,” the station notes.

On November 4, Yahoo Finance reported that 27-year-old blogger Anton Ivanov “made his millions the old-fashioned way: He read books. He saved early and often. And he started planning his rise to millionaire status before most kids his age had their driver’s license.”
This week, Yahoo Finance told its readers that Ivanov now admits “that 75%-80% of his wealth consists of an inheritance that was left to him by his parents,” and that he didn’t make his money the old-fashioned way.

* Anton Ivanov, 27, is a self-made millionaire | Correction: He’s not (
* “John Doe” hands out cash to the homeless | He’s a convicted felon (


“The state Department of Transportation wasn’t aware of the [MILF] situation when contacted by the Gazette earlier this week,” but now promises to change the word back to “mile” within a few weeks, reports the the Daily Gazette of Schenectady.

“It’s not safety-related, which would obviously be a higher priority,” [DOT spokesman Ryan] Viggiani said. What has probably happened is that a strip of the magnetic tape that makes up the sign lettering has fallen off, he said.

“It is interesting, I have to say that,” Viggiani said of the re-wording. “I think people can use their common sense as to what its supposed to mean, but we wouldn’t leave it there forever, either.”

* Road sign’s E has worn so that MILE now says “MILF” (
* Earlier: The Milfs celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary (
* MILF defined (


You’ve got to be kidding! say hotdish-loving Minnesotans.


* “This does not exist. No one [in Minnesota] has ever made this” (
* Thanksgiving recipes across the United States (

Update: Read the comments on my Facebook wall (

- From Sunday's White Plains (NY) Journal News

– From Sunday’s White Plains (NY) Journal News

“Would you want this graphics person giving you a ‘tatoo?'” writes the tipster who sent this image from Gannett’s Journal News in White Plains, NY. “I think endangered copy editors caught it before it went online.”

* Best tatoo tattoo studios ( | See a larger view of “Top Tatoos”
* Earlier: Gannett newsletter spells the company name “Gannet” (

* University of Delaware’s student paper drops “Lady Hens.” (The women’s sports teams will now be call Blue Hens.) (
* New York Times runs its first print native ad. (Shell bought the eight-page wraparound.) (
* [Right] How many Buffalo News subscribers got this paper this morning? (
* “As the press does stories on random acts of mayhem, we should also do stories on random acts of kindness,” writes Roger Simon. (
* Bob Schieffer would love to interview the pope. (
* Jamie Horowitz was bounced after pushing too hard and too quickly for “Today” show changes. ( | “He seemed to alienate everyone all at once.” (
* Uni-Watch’s Paul Lukas scolds an “admirer” for his “lazy-ass approach” to trolling. (
* Scribner Magazine, a literary website, has launched. (
* Former HuffPo managing editor Jimmy Soni, who was investigated for sexual harassment, is now a New York Observer social media consultant. (
* JOBS: Temple invites applications for the Verizon Endowed Professorship and Chair. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Howard Kurtz gets his highest ratings since moving to Fox News. (
* A Thanksgiving tip sheet for journalists. (
* TMI about People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” selections. (
* Town & Country put together an odd “top political bachelors” list. (
* This is what you get when you let the locals fill your newspaper pages: (