When Conan O’Brien was tapped to host NBC’s Late Night in April 1993, UPI ran a 190-word story headlined “Unknown Comic Named to Replace [David] Letterman.”
Fans of the actual Unknown Comic, that groany staple of Chuck Barris’ Gong Show, were probably disappointed upon seeing the 6-foot-4, ginger-topped host. (That’s what he looks like under Read More
The Webby Awards just announced their nominees for their 13th annual awards show. No surprise that NYTimes.com got 13 nominations, including the “Newspaper” category (The New York Observer was also nominated, along with the UK’s The Guardian and The Independent). NBC.com and TheOnion.com also received multiple Read More
By Tuesday afternoon, The Onion’s ‘War For the White House Election Night Spectacular,’ at Fontana’s on the Lower East Side, was already sold out. Three hundred and fifty people were on the waiting list, and 800 others had been turned down.
As things got underway around 7 p.m. this evening, Onion features editor and Read More
As the Associated Press (here via CNN) reported yesterday, The Onion is going into comedic overdrive for Election Day:
To prepare for whatever happens Tuesday, the Onion has—like a real newspaper—organized coverage for either a McCain win or an Obama win. Both video and text stories have been completed for both eventualities.
But Read More
Last week, a lot of people in the media were upset about Newsweek‘s un-retouched cover photograph of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
The cover showed an extreme close up of Governor Palin’s face, illustrating a critical appraisal of the candidate by Newsweek editor Jon Meacham in the magazine.
It prompted Portfolio‘s Read More
An important social and medical story was the centerpiece of a recent episode of Today Now!, which featured Cosmopolitan Magazine’s "Lead Moan Zone Researcher" Dr. Rachel Steinberg announcing that after 120 years of research, the magazine had cataloged every possible way a woman can please her man. Dr. Steinberg claimed that she and her Read More
Is Wired better than The New York Times? According to this year’s Webby Awards, when it comes to Best Copy/Writing, it sure is.
Wired.com beat out NYTimes.com (as well as Slate, Design Observer, and HowStuffWorks) in that category. NYTimes.com did win in the News and Newspaper categories. Fresh off Read More
Washington-based thinktank the Brookings Institute released a report Tuesday about the damaging trend of "artistocratization" gaining steam in cities across the country. The study revealed that a recent influx of exceedingly affluent aristocrats into the nation’s gentrified urban areas is pushing out young white professionals, some of whom have lived in these neighborhoods for Read More
On Friday night, the authors and graphic designers of the latest book from the deadpan satirists at The Onion walked the one whole block from their office to the Apple store in Soho, to promote Our Dumb World: The Onion’s Atlas of the Planet Earth (73rd Edition) — now with "fewer clouds on maps," "better-veiled Read More