off the record
Last week, Clyde Haberman was let go from The New York Times. For the second time in his career.
Nicholas Kristof (né Nicholas D.) announced on his blog late last night that he had removed the middle initial from his byline.
For those of you who didn’t know Mr. Kristof, an opinion writer for the Times, used a middle initial in his byline, this may come as a surprise. It also may come as a surprise that he took to his blog to announce a change as seemingly inconsequential as a letter drop, but there is, it seems, more to it than that.
The New York Times
An editor at The New York Times is denying newly-elected Public Advocate Tish James’s apparent claim that she played a role in the paper’s blockbuster feature on Dasani Coates, an 11-year-old homeless girl in Brooklyn.
Last night just hours after taking the oath of office with Ms. Coates holding the bible, Ms. James went on Road to City Hall where she laid out her vision for the next four years and discussed having “a little bit of something to do” with the original story.
Around the town
It’s been a rough week for contract writers at the Times.
Since last Monday, at least three longtime writers have been let go—including Stanley Fish, an op-ed contributor who published his last column on Dec. 23; Verlyn Klinkenborg, whose final Rural Life column appeared in print on Dec. 26; and Clyde Haberman, whose Breaking Bread column ended today.
The Year Observed
Don’t worry, Bloomberg News and New York Times reporters: you get to stay in China. Some worried China wouldn’t renew the journalists’ press passes after they published stories about the wealth of certain members of Chinese government. (Reuters)
New York Times is Not on it
When it comes to the world of sex, it often feels like everything old is new again, but 2013 saw its share of novelties, provocations, celebrations and oddities—the good, the bad and the bizarre.
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.
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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.