Can we just let NY1’s Pat Kiernan live? Fareed Zakaria apparently can’t, at least not with all these haters. Neither can a food journalist upset over food journalists dictating the world’s food fads, as she dictates a food fad. But at least New York Post staffers have reason to celebrate (because the Post will let them do so, in the paper). These are your Tuesday Morning Media Briefs: Read More
By Foster Kamer 8/20/12 4:34pm
Maybe you’ve heard of the buzzed-about Tumblr known as Rich Kids of Instagram? It’s a blog that chronicles the comings and goings of some of the world’s uber-rich children. It’s an unapologetic, hilarious display of extravagant wealth, the teenagers who have done little to fall into it, and the way they live their very-moneyed lives. Some people see it as voyeurism, others see it as a despicable celebration of undue wealth, and others see it as a others see it as a problem (like some of the parents of these children, who have found their own personal security compromised by their kids’ aggregated “contributions” to the blog).
But if you’re working the ad buys on a presidential campaign, you see it as an opportunity to reach a certain demographic. Read More
By Foster Kamer 8/20/12 2:11pm
Ever since a debate erupted over the merits of a clue whose answer was the word ‘illin’ in the New York Times crossword puzzle in January, obsessives of crossword master Will Shortz‘s diabolical work have carefully watched developments in the newest evolution of what may be the most famous daily puzzle game in Western Civilization. Today, another brave, daring step is taken. Read More
By Foster Kamer 8/17/12 4:34pm
Layoffs are hitting the editorial staff at The Village Voice today, and they’re hitting some of the most widely-read staff writers in the office. The Observer has heard from multiple sources familiar with the situation that the bad news is beginning to spread around the office, and that the following people are out at the Voice: Read More
By Foster Kamer 8/17/12 1:23pm
The New York Times finally resolves its ‘Pussy’ issues, a Gawker writer gets a book deal inked, a media outlet’s social media presence gets feisty, and more. Here are your Friday Power Lunch Media Briefs: Read More
By Foster Kamer 8/16/12 4:48pm
Time contributor Fareed Zakaria’s fate at the magazine just came in via press release. Here’s what we got:
We have completed a thorough review of each of Fareed Zakaria’s columns for TIME, and we are entirely satisfied that the language in question in his recent column was an unintentional error and an isolated incident for which Read More
By Foster Kamer 8/16/12 4:35pm
Yesterday, we wrote an innocent item about lightning striking The New York Times building the day after the company’s new CEO was announced. It was our own fun little way of checking in on the narrative of the Times‘s new leadership, just a little honey to make the media news medicine of recent bureaucratic shifts at the Times go down easier (not that the drama at the top of the Times really even needs that).
Somehow, it ended up on the Drudge Report. As is wont to happen whenever one gets ordained with a link from Matt Drudge, an influx of viewers came shooting our way. As did, of course, some new commenters. Read More
By Foster Kamer 8/15/12 7:35pm
It’s raining me…dia items. Hallelujah. With so much to get through today, rather than act out the pretense that people are ever going to click on media news roundups from a landing page, we’re just going to skip the obligatory formalities of teasing anything out and just get right into them. Starting now.
As such, here are your Wednesday Evening Media Briefs. Read More
By Foster Kamer 8/15/12 5:15pm
Yesterday, The New York Times Co. named the BBC’s outgoing Director General Mark Thompson to the post of CEO. The company had been without a new chief executive since Janet Robinson was tossed from the coop with a golden parachute at her back in December; Times Co. chairman and publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. served in the position as an interim chief executive up until yesterday, when Thompson was named.
A few minutes ago, the building was struck by lightning… Read More
By Foster Kamer 8/14/12 4:57pm
Ever-progressive world policy journal The Economist ran a piece about the tragic state of sobriety in the workplace. Their argument boiled down to: Everyone is boring without booze, which while often true, isn’t necessarily something you’d expect to find in The Economist.
Neither is the correction at the bottom of the piece. Read More