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Mario Batali’s NY Times Column Ends

Mario Batali’s “What I’m Drinking” column that ran in The New York Times Magazine for the past three years is done. Or cooked, if you prefer a cooking pun. The weekly column — which was fairly small — featured Batali describing how to make some sort of cocktail.

According to Jake Silverstein, the Times Magazine’s editor, Batali was the one who made the call. “I absolutely did not can him,” Silverstein told The New York Post. “He felt the column had run its course. He’d written everything he could about drinking, and it seemed a very natural end to it.”

Batali will now devote the time he used to writing that column to making Eataly less annoying.

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In Face of ‘Capitalist’ Criticism, Michael Moore Remains Silent for Now

MMFlintTwitterPoint Web browser to @MMFlint… Refresh after seeing no recent tweet(s)…. Repeat.

That’s been our intermittent routine here at FishbowlNY HQ (a.k.a Chris & Me) as we await Moore’s comeback to a massive amount of media and public criticism. The details of the filmmaker’s messy divorce battle, first reported by The Smoking Gun, were picked up with a vengeance this week. It turns out MM owns many more homes in Michigan and New York than most people were aware.

The right-leaning press especially has been relishing this news. For example, the headline over at United Liberty reads: “Socialist Weasel Michael Moore Hates Capitalism So Much That He Owns 9 Homes.”

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Mayor de Blasio: ‘I Stand by the Knife and Fork’

GinoSorbilloLogoMichael Howard Saul, who covers New York City Hall for the Wall Street Journal, is toughing it this week in Italy. On the trail of Mayor de Blasio, he has filed – together with Milan-based colleague Manuela Mesco – a feature interview piece at the tail-end of de Blasio’s eight-day Italian vacation.

A highlight for de Blasio was dining on Wednesday night in Naples with that city’s mayor at a restaurant his grandfather used to frequent. In Napoli, there was also time for pizza:

Their 16-year-old son, Dante, was craving pizza, and mom and dad obliged when the family reached Naples on Wednesday. The family enjoyed pizza at Sorbillo, a well-known place on the water.

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BuzzFeed is Totally Cool with Plagiarism [Updated]

BuzzFeedLogoAccording to Gawker, BuzzFeed’s viral politics editor Benny Johnson was caught plagiarizing material three different times. To make matters worse, Johnson copied material from Yahoo! Answers of all places.

You would think this would warrant some type of disciplinary action, but nope! This is BuzzFeed. When your site is known for churning out shit content, it doesn’t really matter if some of it was stolen.

In an email to Gawker, Ben Smith — BuzzFeed’s editor — shrugged his shoulders at the incidents:

We’re grateful to @blippoblappo and @crushingbort for pointing out these serious failures to properly attribute two quotations and to credit a source in a third post. We’ve corrected the posts.

Benny Johnson is one of the web’s deeply original writers, as is clear from his body of work.

Let it be known that if you’re a BuzzFeed writer, you can get caught lifting content from other sources three separate times and it’s all good. Four times? Well, you might get a dirty look. Five times and Smith will be forced to describe you as “naughty.” Each time you plagiarize after that you get promoted.

Update (10:23 am):
There are now six more accusations of plagiarism against Johnson.

More Layoffs and Hires at Self

Self continues its transition under the leadership of publisher Mary Murcko and editor Joyce Chang. According to WWD, eight have been cut from the magazine, including six from the fashion department and one each from the photo and art departments.

When Murcko and Chang took over the title in April, they didn’t wait long — only three weeks — before dropping Self’s executive director, creative director, web director, entertainment editor, fashion editor, associate publisher for sales and associate publisher for marketing. Then, just a few weeks later, Murcko and Chang conducted a round of hirings.

Just like in April, a few hires have been made on the heels of the eight people getting cut this week. Self has hired Dania Ortiz as fashion market and accessories director; Lori Cohn and Tammy Cohen as beauty executive directors; and Lexie McCarthy as northwest account director.

Be sure to check back in two weeks when seven more people are fired and five new people are hired.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: WaPo Reporter Detained in Iran | Bloomberg Hires Topolsky

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WaPo Reporter, Other Journalists Appear to Have Been Detained in Iran (The Washington Post)
Three American citizens, including the Washington Post’s correspondent in Iran, appear to have been detained this week in Tehran, U.S. officials and the newspaper said Thursday. FishbowlDC Jason Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, are among four individuals — including two unnamed American freelance photojournalists — detained without explanation. Mediaite Salehi, an Iranian citizen, works for a paper out of the United Arab Emirates. The Post does not know why they were detained or by whom; Rezaian’s family has not issued a comment. The State Department said it was aware of the incident but revealed no further information. HuffPost Rezaian has been based in Iran since 2008 and with the Post since 2012. He most recently reported Friday from Vienna on talks over Iran’s nuclear program. Laura Rozen, a reporter with Al Monitor, tweeted that she saw Rezaian on Saturday and that he was planning to fly back that night to Tehran. NYT Hamid Babaei, a spokesman for Iran’s mission to the United Nations, said it, too, was “following up on the case” and would notify reporters when it had any news. The Committee to Protect Journalists, a press freedom advocacy group, called on the Iranian authorities to explain their actions, and to release those it was holding. The U.S. does not have diplomatic relations with Iran. The Swiss government, which has an embassy in Tehran, acts on behalf of American citizens in the country.

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Kim’s Video Owner: ‘Netflix is the Winner’

headerlogoThe obituary has been written for the last standing location of Kim’s Video & Music. But like any good title in the zombie movie section, this East Village video store operation may rise again in some form.

From Tom Roston‘s New York Times piece:

Pressed by higher rents, [owner Yongman] Kim said he plans to close the First Avenue store at the end of next month, 27 years after he opened the first one, on Avenue A, in 1987. But this is more than a story of rising rents and the disruption wrought by digital streaming. It’s the tale of a downtown culture now largely lost, one in which clerks and creative types mingled, influencing one another and the scene as well…

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White Dude Party | Bold Claim | Maybe, Just Maybe

alltwitter-twitter-bird-white-on-blueAllTwitter: Twitter hires a lot of white dudes. Surprised?

SocialTimes: A groundbreaking study found that people don’t like ads.

TVNewser: Michael Bloomberg says he’ll “never” buy CNN, which means it’s time to run that “Bloomberg Might Buy CNN” piece you’ve been working on.

The New Republic is Confused

The New Republic’s latest cover boldly states “Don’t Send your Kid to the Ivy League.” The accompanying piece has caused quite a stir, mainly because typically, going to Harvard or Princeton is what is known as a Good Thing. The stance is also interesting because — as Newsweek reported — over 50 percent of TNR’s editorial team has either an undergraduate or graduate degree from an Ivy League school.

Harvard leads the way, with 18 TNR editorial staffers (including owner and editor-in-chief, Chris Hughes) as alumni. Columbia comes in second place with 14 and Yale comes in third, with nine.

If having an Ivy League education is obviously helpful when applying for a job at TNR, wouldn’t that mean you should send your kids to one of those schools? After all, TNR is a great magazine. We imagine most writers looking for employment would be quite happy working there.

We’re confused. And so is TNR, apparently. You’d think all those Ivy Leaguers would have been able to figure this out.

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