Around the town
NYU’s Jay Rosen talked with eBay founder Pierre Omidyar about his decision to join forces with Glenn Greenwald in his new venture:
“Omidyar believes that if independent, ferocious, investigative journalism isn’t brought to the attention of general audiences it can never have the effect that actually creates a check on power,” Mr. Rosen writes, “Therefore the new entity…will have to serve the interest of all kinds of news consumers. It cannot be a niche product. It will have to cover sports, business, entertainment, technology: everything that users demand.” (PressThink)
NY1′s bubbly traffic reporter Jamie Shupak is one step closer to becoming a lifestyle personality.
Ms. Shupak launched a new web series today where she makes dinner for her friends and her fiancé, Brian Stelter (yes, the couple announced their engagement this past weekend) at their apartment.
Dept. of Corrections
A recent New York Times article misidentified Graydon Carter as an investor in Keith McNally’s Minetta Tavern.
“An article on Monday about Hollywood’s displeasure with Vanity Fair’s sharper celebrity coverage erroneously included one establishment on a list of restaurants in which its editor, Graydon Carter, invests,” read the Times‘s correction. “Mr. Carter invests in the Beatrice Inn and Monkey Bar, but he is not an investor in the Minetta Tavern.”
A day after two polls came out showing ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s once-commanding lead in the comptroller’s race had vanished, another new poll tells quite a different story.
A New York Times poll released today found that Mr. Spitzer is still leading his opponent, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, 50 to 35 percent among likely voters–a far cry from yesterday’s Quinnipiac poll, showing them tied, and another, from amNewYork and News 12 Long Island, showing them locked in a dead heat less than two weeks before the September 10 Democratic primary.
The Fourth Estate
That was fast.
Less than half a day after copies of the New York Post shipped out across the city with their reluctant endorsement of her mayoral campaign on the cover, Council Speaker Christine Quinn is out with a new ad touting her support from the city’s three big daily papers.
Dowd But Not Out
This afternoon, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn offered a heartfelt rebuttal to comments made by Chirlane McCray — the wife of Ms. Quinn’s opponent, Bill de Blasio — despite an admission by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd that Ms. McCray had been misquoted.
“I agree with Maureen that the sentiment is the same and that sentiment, to me, is really saddening and troubling,” said Ms. Quinn at the end of an unrelated press conference at City Hall. “I don’t understand why Ms. McCray or why the public advocate sitting next to her would allow statements to be made that clearly indicate that somehow I am not able to listen to women, listen to families, serve women and families who do not have children.”
War of Words
With only three weeks left until primary day, the mayor’s race has just hit a new fevered pitch.
Today, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd quoted Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, criticizing her husband’s rival, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, calling her “not the kind of person I feel I can go up to and talk to about issues like taking care of children at a young age and paid sick leave.” (Update: the de Blasio campaign said she was misquoted, see below for details.)
The remark, which comes as the contest becomes increasingly nasty, prompted a furious statement from the Quinn campaign criticizing Mr. de Blasio for discriminating against childless families.
War of Words
Bam! Pow! Smash!
Mayoral rivals Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson are officially going at it, trading blows at an increasingly furious pace as Primary Day–just over a month away–quickly approaches.
do you know the way to santa fe?
On Monday, The Santa Fe New Mexican announced that New York Times reporter Ray Rivera will take over as editor of the New Mexico paper in August. The paper’s previous editor, Rob Dean, retired in early July after 21 years at the paper.
Mr. Rivera is currently an investigative reporter on the Times’s Metro desk. Since arriving at the Times in 2006, he’s also done a stint on the National desk, spent a year as an Afghanistan correspondent, and reported from Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
But his journalistic roots are in the Southwest, something that New Mexican publisher Ginny Sohn told The Observer she was looking for in an editor.
off the record
Last weekend, NY1 anchor and New York institution Pat Kiernan hosted something a little different. “Scarlet Mathilde Cronin and Matt Sullivan were married Saturday at Oak Hill, an estate in Hudson, N.Y.,” read the Times wedding announcement. “Pat Kiernan, a Universal Life minister and an anchor on NY1, the New York City cable news channel, officiated.”