Much Ado About Mandate
Although he condemns his party’s federal representatives for the partial government shutdown currently gripping Washington, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota today endorsed one of their top demands: delaying the individual health care mandate.
“It should be delayed for one year,” Mr. Lhota flatly said this morning in a WNYC radio interview with Brian Lehrer.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn went on WNYC this morning to make her pitch to voters, but the New Yorkers who called into the show were more interested in highlighting some of the biggest issues that have dogged her mayoral campaign.
Ms. Quinn was pressed repeatedly on her decision to extend term limits in 2009, which one caller, Susan from Greenwich Village, said had undermined democracy by overriding voter referendums.
In the beginning there was radio, and everyone tuned in collectively. Satellite radio changed the equation slightly as listeners moved to create their own sound experiences, free of commercials and all those unwanted stations. Then, along came podcasts, and it seems there’s one for every listener these days. Now you can personalize your own aural Read More
Although they had a rocky start to the season (and a broken nose), the team’s stats are now giving Tina Brown reason to celebrate the merger (recently christened again by the recent redirect of Newsweek‘s site to the belly of the Beast). Before The Daily Beast and Newsweek merged, they Read More
Last weekend was a bad time to be Rupert Murdoch. Not only did he shutter British tabloid News of the World after the phone hacking scandal reached epic proportions, but The Wall Street Journal’s champion softball team lost a highly anticipated game…to a bunch of stoners.
Pledge drives finally translated into line drives for WNYC. They scored their first win of the softball season in a nail-bitingly close game against New York. The score was tied 2-2 at the top of the eighth inning before WNYC went on to win 6-2. Read More
The New York Media Softball League continues to heat up as landlocked editorial staffers channel their sublimated rage into line drives. Two-time champions the Wall Street Journal Capitalists faced off against the Newsweek/Daily Beast team during Week 2 of the league’s exhibition play. In 2010, the only team to slay the mighty Beast was Newsweek. After a tumultuous year in which the properties merged and the editorial reins were handed to Tina Brown, the combined entity can be sure of at least one outcome: a better, tougher softball team.
The Peabody Awards–so much more staid and trustworthy than those flashy Emmys!–announced the recipients of their prizes for excellence in media this morning, and the list is deliriously familiar, if worthy: PBS’ Great Performances, American Masters, and American Experience, C-SPAN’s online library, HBO’s The Pacific. All very worthy recipients! But the more lowbrow Read More
A colleague jokes that NPR’s lobby is…elected officials. And this email, from Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s spokesman, only underscores that point, coming hours after a similar one from Rep. Steve Israel.
De Blasio’s spokesman:
Today, House Republicans are calling an emergency meeting to cut 100% of federal funding to public broadcasting.
If Read More
“When I bring a guy home, he has to measure up to Kai Ryssdal,” said the brunette. “The only guy close on NPR is Jad from Radiolab.”
“When Kai Ryssdal talks about money–oh, Jesus!” said the blonde, of the host of Marketplace. She mimed a swoon.
“Kai’s gotten me through a lot,” said the brunette. Read More