New York Times is Not on it
Update: Invisible Child has now gone live on the Times’s website. Guess we don’t have to wait till the morninng after all. Thanks Twitter/Buzzfeed!
Sunday is the worst time in the world for news junkies. Sure, they’ve got their analysis from Meet the Press, international half-truthsies from 60 Minutes and fake trend stories from The New York Times, topped off with a good dose of Charlie Rose-flavored methadone to keep the shakes away until you can get the real shit again Monday morning.
But enough chatter, it’s time to give momma her 24/7 newscycle fix. Why toy with us, New York Times editor Carolyn Ryan? She must have known how desperate we were for real news when she tweeted at 7:59 p.m.
Only to follow it up with:
WHAAAAT! What is it?? Tell us!
The internet was like the NYT–that is to say, “on it“–as everyone scrambled to think of #NYTGUESSES of what this incredible scoop might be.
Some of the best guesses, below:
‘Tis the season for giving—but only to people with sweet punning skills.
Even before Twitter, 68 percent of Americans knew of the president’s death within a half hour. Read More
Around the town
The illustrious Beresford building, at 7 West 81st Street, recently lost Goodyear Tire heiress Dorothy Seiberling Steinberg, who sold her co-op in the building earlier this month for $3.8 million. But Beresford residents—thoroughly accustomed to sharing their halls with diplomats, athletes, and stars of stage and screen—will be getting another heiress transplanted from points West. (Thank goodness!) Coke Anne Murchison Wilcox and her husband Jarvis G. Wilcox have purchased a 2-bedroom, 18th-floor apartment in the building for just under $4.6 million, according to city records.
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New York Times political editor Carolyn Ryan is set to become the paper’s new Washington bureau chief, replacing David Leonhardt. Mr. Leonhardt—apparently known as “next Nate Silver”—will go on to lead a new column on polls and statistics. (Politico)
Have you heard? Video is really big right now. The New York Times launched “The New York Times Minute,” a one-minute video news report that will come out three times a day and summarize three stories. Microsoft Corp. is the official launch sponsor. (NYT Press Release)
Ravi Somaiya is joining the Times media desk, he announced on Twitter this evening.
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.
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When, in September, New York Times literary critic Michiko Kakutani unexpectedly published a heartfelt appraisal of Mariano Rivera, the Yankees closer who retired from the majors this year, you had to furrow your brow in surprise.
Scotland Yard, Britain’s largest police force, is pursuing an unspecified criminal investigation involving intelligence leaks to the Guardian. The investigation was apparently launched in response to the much-publicized detention of David Miranda—Glenn Greenwald’s partner—at Heathrow Airport. (The Washington Post)