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The Village Voice’s latest journalistic campaign has an unlikely target in its crosshairs: The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.
Casual readers might think the alt-weekly champion of New York’s little guys and The Times’ in-house humanitarian would be bound by ideology. But as a result of two articles Mr. Kristof wrote this year about Voice sister company Backpage.com, he has become the subject of what he calls a “disingenuous” attack published on the The Village Voice website.
Yesterday when The Village Voice(‘s only full-time African-American) journalist Steven Thrasher threw down his glove and challenged “newbie” Runnin’ Scared blogger James King to a public duel over some perceived “casual racism” in Mr. King’s blog posts, we were ready to get our Facebook invite to the smack-down of the century. In fact, we emailed both writers and asked for comments.
While Mr. Thrasher never replied, Mr. King told us he would be officially responding in a post today. Which he did, in an article called “Hey, Steven Thrasher, James King Here — Nice To ‘Meet’ You!“
So let’s check out the stats on that:
Oooh, fight! Tony Ortega might have to go down to The Village Voice‘s cafeteria and separate Steven Thrasher from beating Running Scared‘s new kid* James King to a bloody pulp…with his words.
No, it’s not a physical fight, because this isn’t the Norman Mailer days anymore, but Mr. Thrasher, a 3-year veteran of the paper, has a few choice words (1363 of them, to be exact) regarding Mr. King’s “casual racism” in his colleague’s post.
The Village Voice‘s longtime chief film critic and an institution at the paper, J. Hoberman, is out, his tenure ended by Village Voice Media as yet another in a long, ongoing series in staff reductions at the paper. The reactions from fellow staffers and among his contemporaries have been swift and unilateral in their disappointment and sadness.
Occupy Wall Street
While we’ve noticed that many of Occupy Wall Street’s General Assembly meetings have been moved off-site and indoors (due to a literal lack of space now that the tents have gone up), it wasn’t till last night’s OWS first conference of a new council did we realize this was actually part of the plan to keep the movement alive once it gets cold. The Spokes Council–which was passed by the General Assembly committee but is not one of their working groups–had its first meeting in Murray Bergtraum High School cafeteria, to mixed results.
We’re all over the world with today’s list of indicators of societal decay. We ask questions across the ocean: does Tony Blair know fiction from reality? We call through the mists of Redmond, WA: has anyone at Microsoft headquarters bothered to Bing a map of West Virginia? And right here at home: should we thank Read More
Foursquare headquarters have been cramped this summer. The fast-growing location-based check-in service, which has been subleasing space from Curbed on the fifth floor of 36 Cooper Square since they moved out of founder Dennis Crowley’s kitchen, started the year with just five employees, and has since ballooned to 30. In May they were Read More
Josh Ozersky is a food critic for Time magazine, or something like that.
Yesterday the Voice‘s food writer Robert Sietsema wrote an open letter to Mr. Ozersky, criticizing him for his latest column about the food at his wedding — lasagna and cake provided by celebrity chefs that the groom couldn’t Read More
Chipotle founder, chairman and chief executive Steven M. Ells is bringing the heat to Greenwich Village. The “gourmet” taco and burrito czar recently bought the $11 million penthouse at 40 Fifth Avenue. Mr. Ells bought the 10-room co-op in Greenwich Village from psychologist Edwin Fancher, a co-founder and part owner of the The Village Voice Read More