A federal judge in Manhattan yesterday denied New York Post editor Col Allan the right to invoke editorial privilege to avoid answering questions about Rupert Murdoch posed by former employee and plaintiff Sandra Guzman, reports Reuters. Ms. Guzman, a former associate editor, is suing the paper and parent company News Corp. for discrimination and harassment on the basis of her gender, race and nation of origin. Read More
In a bit of holiday-appropriate news, The Atlantic national correspondent Mark Bowden has sold a book about the death of Osama Bin Laden to Morgan Entrekin at Grove/Atlantic, reports Publishers Marketplace. The book, to be published in October 2012, is “an account of the Bin Laden strike written in Bowden’s signature ‘you are there’ style, going inside the war room as decisions were made and onto the ground as directives were executed.” It’s titled The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden. Read More
A Page Six item quoted New York Times public editor Arthur Brisbane weighing in on yesterday’s non-news that Anderson Cooper is gay with uncharacteristic snark. “CNN is reporting that Anderson Cooper is straight,” Mr. Brisbane said, referring to the cable news network’s incorrect report that the Supreme Court struck down Obamacare last week. Except that, as Poynter notes, Mr. Brisbane is not responsible for that particular quip. His parody Twitter account is. [Page Six]
That seems like a much bigger error than poor Alessandra Stanley’s mistaking an old highlight reel for a live broadcast while watching the Today show online. The television critic’s history of errors has made her an easy target for NBC Universal but, in this case, Times culture editor Jonathan Landman takes some blame for asking her to multitask. [Poynter]
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Former News of the World reporter Graham Johnson has published a tell-all of his time under Rebekah Brooks called Hack: Sex, Drugs, and Scandal from Inside the Tabloid Jungle. An interview with Vice suggests Rupert Murdoch’s former deputy might not enjoy her portrayal.
“The problem is with tabloid journalists, like Rebekah Brooks, and the editors at the Mirror, Read More
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School may be out for the summer, but the downtown kids were in attendance at the Old School Wednesday evening for a so-called “jamborée” in honor of Olivier van Themsche’s start-up, The Cools.
The Cools is a social shopping site that’s sort of like Etsy, but for people who live in New York or Paris or want to look like they do. A “jamborée,” The Observer learned, is sort of like a party, but with shopping and performances.
To date, life has mercifully failed to imitate social networks. But wandering the three floors of the converted Nolita elementary school was not entirely unlike discovering new designers and boutiques while clicking around The Cools. The site boasts a list of “curators” like Erin Fetherston and Kathy Grayson, who drew a line down the block, but there was no list. Read More
On Twitter, News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch publicly aired his concern that Governor Mitt Romney‘s presidential campaign isn’t tough enough to beat President Obama and save us from “socialism, etc.,” ruffling some feathers within the Fox News favorite’s camp. They can repent by reading the the Declaration of Independence aloud—at least once—on the Fourth of July. [Twitter]
The number of college-aged women reading Seventeen has somehow jumped 17 percent in the last five years, prompting the Hearst teen title to add a 40-page supplement to its August issue called “Seventeen College Style.” It features “campus fashions, creative ways to apply eye makeup for rush week events and affordable ways to decorate a dorm room and make it the ‘hangout, study haven, makeout spot of your dreams.’” So they already got the whole “what kids do in dorm rooms” thing wrong. [New York Times] Read More
June is the most popular month of the year to get married, and not just for the Romans, who did so to honor Juno, the goddess of marriage. It is also preferred by media power couples. Three of them snuck in late-late June weddings over the weekend. Read More