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Howard Kurtz Assails New York Times for ‘Reckless Move’

ShutterstockTimesSquareProtester1124Heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, media critics continue to question the wherewithal of New York Times editors with regards to this week’s article “A Quiet Wedding for Darren Wilson.” Although the report by Julie Bosman and Campbell Robertson, posted ahead of the Grandy Jury verdict announcement, hints that the police officer and his wife have essentially vacated the referenced property, it’s still extremely surprising that the paper, at this late press time, has yet to redact the pinpoint-his-whereabouts information. The paper has only removed an equally careless image of Wilson’s marriage license, which revealed the full name of the officer’s wife.

From Howard Kurtz‘s op-ed:

The New York Times, whether consciously or not, has just endangered Darren Wilson’s life.

With tensions running high in Ferguson over the lack of an indictment for Wilson’s killing of Michael Brown, the paper has published the officer’s approximate address – the street and town where he lives with his new wife, who also is named.

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Rowling Power | Over It | Cuff ‘Em

JK Rowling GGalleyCat: THR has named J.K. Rowling the “most powerful author.” It’s true. We’ve seen her benchpress a car. Fairly powerful.

SocialTimes: If you need one more reason not to visit family tomorrow, a study found most elderly people would like phones banned during Thanksgiving.

TVNewser: Geraldo Rivera wants people to stop being rude on Facebook, so he’s “turning your posts over to Fox News and Facebook authorities.” Facebook cops! Geraldo is so cute.

New York Media Vet Insists: Middle Age is Only the Beginning!

NelsonAspenMyPrimeTimeNext Tuesday at 7 p.m., longtime entertainment reporter Nelson Aspen will host a launch party at JackRabbit Sports (140 West 72nd Street) for his newest memoir.

As anyone who grabs a copy of My Prime Time: Middle Age Is Only The Beginning! before or after will quickly discover, Aspen has packed a century’s worth of highlights into his first 50 years: actor; cabaret performer; Australian morning show correspondent; marathon runner; and more. The author wastes no time at the top of his breezy, candid tome, explaining how his mother’s efforts with diet food led to a surfeit of teenage weight, just in time for relentless high school bullying.

From there, it’s a hit parade of anecdotes, factoids and solid life advice. In the last case, not just from Aspen himself but also from close friends and some of the many celebrities he has interviewed. At one point, the 51-year-old author also lists his “Favorite Grown-Up Celebrities,” an honor roll that includes 56-year-old Viggo Mortensen:

This painter, poet and musician also publishes the works of little known authors and artists and is politically active and remarkably fair and bipartisan in his views and responses.

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Next Week’s Brilliant New Yorker Cover Takes on Ferguson

This stunning New Yorker cover seems destined to take its place among the magazine’s pantheon of illustrations that merge iconographic simplicity with sharp social commentary. As the artist, Bob Staake, explains to the magazine, his overt depiction of a city’s division is accompanied by a wish:

At first glance, one might see a representation of the Gateway Arch as split and divided, but my hope is that the events in Ferguson will provide a bridge and an opportunity for the city, and also for the country, to learn and come together.

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[Image via The New Yorker]

NY Lands Four in Rolling Stone’s ’15 Worst Owners in Sports’ List

James Dolan GIt will come as no surprise to fans of the Knicks, Islanders, Mets or Jets, but the owners of those franchises were all chosen by Rolling Stone as among the “15 Worst Owners in Sports.” Luckily for New Yorkers, none landed the top spot; Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has that on lock.

The Knicks’ James Dolan was ranked as the worst New York owner, at number three. He was even voted the worst owner by ESPN experts. As Rolling Stone notes, the Knicks have been garbage trash since 2000, and “Most of that can be put down to Dolan’s colossal mismanagement.”

Charles Wang was ranked 15, so feel better Islanders fans, he’s the best of the worst! The Wilpons were next at 14, followed by Woody Johnson at 12.

Click through for the entire list. Unless you’re a Knicks, Islanders, Mets or Jets fan. You don’t need to be reminded of your hell.

This Racket Magazine is Alive and Well

Thanks to the wonderful whirl of Twitter, we received this rapid response Tuesday to an item about the retreat of First Look Media’s Racket:

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Ha ha. Duly noted. As a public journalism service, we took the time to check out the content of this Racket gang, posted below the delightful tagline – ‘The Lifestyle Magazine For People With No Life.’ What’s more, in the retreating shadow of Matt Taibbi‘s eight months of service, this Racket – based in Redlands, CA – is getting ready to celebrate its tenth anniversary under the leadership of Jonathan Yost:

I launched Racket in 2005 because I loved talking about bands, concerts, comics, video games and God knows what else with my friends. It didn’t hurt that publishing one’s opinions makes you some kind of journalist, and journalists get this shit for free.

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Time Inc. Launches Sponsored Video Series

Time Inc. — like any publisher — needs as many revenue streams as possible, and so it is turning to sponsored videos. The company has launched a series titled “Lightbulb,” which features Time Inc. staffers asking various people why they’re so great.

In the second LightBulb installment, Entertainment Weekly’Darren Franich interviews Tavi Gevinson.

Adweek reports that each LightBulb episode is sponsored by Glade. You will know this because there’s an ad for Glade before the video begins, “Presented by Glade” written on the screen after the ad and during the interview, and Glade products on a table between Franich and Gevinson. Glade, Glade, Glade.

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Reuters and Cablevision Add to Teams

A couple Revolving Door items for you today, involving Reuters and Cablevision. Details are below.

  • Sue Horton has been named West Coast-based top news editor at Reuters. She comes to the company from The LA Times, where she had served as opinion editor for the past six years. Horton had been with the LA Times for 13 years. She previously served as LA Weekly‘s editor-in-chief, from 1994 to 2000. Horton is succeeding Peter Henderson, who has been named deputy editor for companies.
  • Cablevision has promoted Lisa Anselmo to vice president of corporate communications. She most recently served as senior director of corporate communications. Anselmo has been with Cablevision in 2010. She will report to Charles Schueler, executive VP of media and community relations.

Single Mother of Five is First ‘Savannah’s Fund’ Recipient

SavannahsFundFinalIn April, as we reported, west coast entertainment journalist Larry Carroll somehow found the strength to turn the tragic death of his young daughter Savannah into the basis for a most unusual charitable campaign. This week in Savannah, Georgia, Carroll and his wife Carrie found and gifted a randomly chosen family with the spirit of their Savannah, and Thanksgiving.

From a feature interview report by Yahoo Parenting senior writer Elise Solé:

“When Savvy was alive, we made a point to create spontaneous memories with her – a surprise cookie, a trip to the playground – and we’d refer to these experiences as ‘Stolen Moments,’” Carroll tells Yahoo Parenting. “We wanted to find a girl who resembled Savannah and give her a ‘Stolen Moment.’” The Carrolls determined that $10,000 would pay for a “Stolen Moment” of the girl’s choice (“It could be a trip to Paris or an expensive birthday party — whatever she wants,” says Larry) and the remaining amount would be directed toward her college education fund.

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News Orgs Team up for Ferguson Site

A collection of news organizations have teamed up to launch FergusonNext.com, a site dedicated to finding justice in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting/Darren Wilson ruling.

Collaborators on FergusonNext include The Guardian US, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Ebony, Colorlines, The St. Louis American and The St. Louis Riverfront Times.

FergusonNext allows readers to submit a solution to the issues at hand. Users on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr can contribute using the hashtag #FergusonNext. The site also has links to the various news organizations’ Ferguson-related opinion content and a link to donate to the Brown Sibling Memorial Fund.

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