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Richard Horgan

[Email contact: rhorgan@gmail.com; personal Twitter account: @hollywoodspin] I have worked as a journalist and editor for several decades, beginning in Canada at age 17 with a full-time job at the Ottawa bureau of Associated Press Canada (Canadian Press). I also blog about independent film.

The Twelve Days of Cosby

ShutterstockCosbyAmericanComedyAwardsApril2014No entertainment news story was stretched as far across 2014, or with such sickening, cumulative power, as the one involving Bill Cosby. To reflect those facts, we have chosen to recap the trail in the form of a modified holiday song sheet. This is no sing-along; more like a shock-along.

On the first day of Cosby, my newsfeed sent to me.
An angry ex-attorney.

On the second day of Cosby, my newsfeed sent to me.
A double shot of stand-down comedy.

On the third day of Cosby, my newsfeed sent to me.
Three thousand meme mockeries.

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Fusion Reporter Live Streams the NYPD Tragedy on His Block

This is absolutely the last thing Fusion reporter Tim Pool wanted to be sharing on the Saturday before Christmas. But because he lives on a Brooklyn block next to the intersection where two NYPD cops were brazenly and fatally ambushed this afternoon, he is live streaming at press time via YouTube as he reacts and investigates.

A friend texted Pool this afternoon when the horrific news of the shooting first broke, asking if Pool lived near the incident scene. Pool, via the stream above, explained that once he looked out his window, he realized the shooting had occurred very close to his Myrtle Avenue front doorstep in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

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Sam Biddle Sits Down with His Twitter Prey

IACLogoThis is without a doubt one of the best things Sam Biddle has ever written. Prolific Twitter user Adam Penenberg retweeted this line from today’s article:

Twitter disasters are the quickest source of outrage, and outrage is traffic.

But the one that resonated immediately with us comes a little later:

Justine Sacco had a face that wasn’t made up of pixels.

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Elizabeth Chan Cracks the WLTW-FM Christmas Rotation

Every holiday season, New York radio station WLTW (a.k.a. 106.7 Lite FM) tinkers ever so slightly with its rotation of 24/7 Christmas music. If at all.

This season, a new voice is getting airplay alongside the three other artists added for 2014. Joining Band Aid 30, Seth MacFarlane and Idina Menzel is none other than Mediabistro success story Elizabeth Chan, the former Conde Nast employee who we wrote about this time last year.

“Just even learning that WLTW was going to add one of my songs, three years into writing Christmas music but really only two years into starting my company and songwriting business in earnest,” Chan tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “I was floored.”

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Diane von Furstenberg Revisits Infamous New York Magazine Interview

NewsweekMarch1976FurstenbergIn her new memoir The Woman I Wanted to Be, she writes about it. And in a piece in the current issue of Harper’s Bazaar to go along with a Fashion Icon of the Year award from the magazine presented in November, she talks about it.

Diane von Furstenberg‘s 1973 New York magazine interview with then-husband Prince Eduard Egon von Furstenberg today would set off a thousand and one Twitter storms. Although Ms. von Furstenberg famously never has any regrets, she admits this one still belongs on the runway of youthful indiscretions:

The story [of Egon and Diane] was a media dream. But like all dreams, not everything was based in reality. In 1973, Diane and Egon gave an interview to New York magazine in which they tried to talk with sophistication about their ‘open’ marriage. Their words read ludicrously – even to her.

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BBC Gets This Week’s Big Martina Navratilova Story

The circumstances of Martina Navratilova‘s public coming out were messy. Despite a hold request from the tennis star, the New York Daily News jumped the gun with a July 30, 1981 article, prompting a follow-up piece in the Dallas Morning News by Skip Bayless and, eventually, Navratilova’s coming out as fully gay rather than, as then, bisexual.

This week, Navratilova’s courageous and trailblazing personal story came full circle right here in New York. On Monday, as reported by D.C.-based BBC anchor Katty Kay and seemingly overshadowed by all that Sony hack business, Navratilova, at age 58, married her partner Julia Lemagova. Our belated congratulations to the radiantly happy couple.

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Here’s an Example of How Comedians Are Joking About Cosby

The set-up, shared Monday night December 15 by veteran stand-up comic Dom Irrera from the stage of The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles: “I was raped by Bill.”

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And for those interested, here is the rest of the gag, courtesy of a tipster who was in attendance and showed us the Smartphone video.

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Fallout Continues Over Retracted Boston.com Item

SichuanGardenLogoA juicy deconstruction has been shared today by Boston magazine contributing editor David S. Bernstein.

As many of you have already heard and read, Boston.com last week published and then retracted a follow-up item suggesting that a Harvard Business School professor had sent an email with racist overtones to a local Chinese restaurant. Incredibly, a subsequent editorial meeting about all this on Thursday December 11 was secretly recorded and leaked. Bernstein, under the headline “What the Hell Happened to Boston.com?“, offers a full-course primer about the chronology of this journalistic debacle. Events that are still percolating and progressing a week later:

According to a report this morning on BostInno, the [Boston.com] editorial reins, at least in the interim, will be put in the hands of someone with no apparent newsroom editing experience at all: Eleanor Cleverly, Globe Media’s director of content for digital marketplaces. The same report suggests that [editor, retracted item co-author Hilary] Sargent is going to move into a senior writer’s role.

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Purch Acquires Tech Blog AnandTech

AnandTechLogoIt’s getting harder out there for an independent blog. Even one that has been profitable since inception.

And so, following this summer’s move to Apple by founding EIC Anand Shimpi, the site has decided to join the Purch tech publishing family. The NYC-based acquirer’s numerous other brands include Laptopmag, LiveScience and SPACE. From a blog post by AnandTech EIC Ryan Smith:

Before his departure, Anand spent almost a year meeting with all of the big names in the publishing space, both traditional and new media players. The goal was to find AnandTech a home with a partner that had a sustainable business model (similar to AnandTech’s), but could add the investment and existing reach to allow the site to better realize its potential. That search led to a number of interesting potential partners; it was a refreshing experience to say the least knowing that there are groups in the world who really value good content. Ultimately that search brought AnandTech to Purch.

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Two Seconds of Deafening Bill Simmons Silence

ShutterstockLarryDavidDumDumberToDuring a recent B.S. Report, Bill Simmons didn’t just curb his enthusiasm for a fellow ESPN-er. He brought that sentiment to a screeching halt.

Or so thinks Colin Cowherd, hilariously, commenting this morning to his viewers and listeners “how jealous” Simmons sounded when guest Larry David revealed that he likes to watch ESPN “studio shows” while working out. When Simmons asked which ones, the funnyman replied: “I love Colin…”

Once David confirmed he was talking about Cowherd, there were two full seconds of stunned silence at the Simmons end. Followed by a puzzled, “Interesting?!”

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