Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been generating plenty of headlines lately, but the biggest news seems to be that the U.S. actually cares.
Toronto’s infamous crack-smokin’, oft-sweating mayor has made waves in the past week for such admirable feats as talking about oral sex on live TV, and bowling over a charming little old lady in city council.
But during the past five days I spent visiting my glorious hometown, there was one Rob Ford story that seemed to dominate the local news networks: that Mr. Ford is being mentioned on American late night comedy shows. Read More
Ravi Somaiya is joining the Times media desk, he announced on Twitter this evening. Read More
Bloomberg News laid off dozens of staffers and eliminated some positions today in an effort to shift resources within the company.
“One lesson we learned was that we must have the courage to say no to certain areas of coverage in order to have enough firepower in areas we want to own,” editor in chief Matthew Winkler wrote in an email that went out to the newsroom this evening. Read More
Last week, The New York Times ran a story on China that sounded remarkably like a story that the Times reported had been killed by Bloomberg News, without mentioning the coincidence. Read More
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has “cleared the air” with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly after Playboy published an interview in which the city’s top cop agreed with the suggestion that the Democratic mayoral contenders were “full of shit.”
Mr. de Blasio, who was one of those Democratic candidates, said today the two had spoken yesterday and were “moving forward,” despite the harsh words. Read More
The New York Observer has just hired a new photo editor. She’s a talented photographer in her own right, with a great eye and an extensive network of photographers who shoot in all styles. These are all important traits. But the skill that makes a really great photo editor is the ability to select a photo that both illustrates the accompanying story and elevates it. Read More