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NY Post Exclusive: Mayor de Blasio Has ‘Groundhog Blood on His Hands’

The New York Post is on top of its game today. In an “exclusive,” the Post reported that “Mayor Bill de Blasio has groundhog blood on his hands!” You might recall that earlier this year, de Blasio dropped Charlotte — a groundhog from the Staten Island Zoo — during that annual Groundhog Day ritual that surely makes people wonder what the f*ck is wrong with Americans.

Sadly for Charlotte, she died a week later. While the zoo said the animal died of natural causes, the Post’s “sources” revealed the dirty, scandalous truth: That Charlotte died from “acute internal injuries” that were “consistent with a fall.”

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Big Changes Come to NY Times Masthead

Dean Baquet, the New York Times’ executive editor, has officially revamped the paper’s masthead. Gone is the “managing editor” title; it’s being replaced by four “deputy executive editors,” who “have already proven they can run stories that take on big institutions, who have covered a world of war, and proven they can lead with humanity.”

Here are the Times’ new deputy executive editors: Susan Chira, Janet Elder, Matt Purdy and Ian Fisher. Chira will oversee news reporting; Elder will manage talent, budget and operations; Purdy will lead investigations and enterprise coverage; and Fisher will oversee digital operations. Tom Bodkin has been named creative director, and “will be equal to the deputy editors,” according to Baquet’s memo.

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Water in NY Times Building is Contaminated

NYtimes buildingShould you need to visit The New York Times building today, we’d suggest bringing a bottle of water or five. According to a memo obtained by Gawker, the water in the building is contaminated:

Until further notice, please refrain from drinking the water in the pantries at 620 Eighth Avenue, as well as using the ice and coffee machines on floors 2-28. The water, coffee and soda machines in the cafeteria are also being temporarily shut down.

If you drank water from any of these areas this morning and feel ill, please call [internal extension]. We have had two cases of illness this morning.

Gross.

Could this be the work of a saboteur??? We’re guessing it’s probably not. But go ahead and say “saboteur” out loud. We suggest doing it in a French accent. Fun, right?

NY Times Launches Politics Site, Newsletter

The New York Times has gone all in on politics with the debut of First Draft, a new site and newsletter dedicated to analyzing politics, elections and policies.

The Times is touting First Draft as “highly visual” and interactive. Readers will get a shot at asking Times editors anything from their take on the latest news to fact checking a bold claim.

The site will feature breaking news, highlights of the paper’s political coverage, and interviews with experts and big whigs. Speaking of important people, First Draft’s initial newsletter comes packing an interview with Vice President Joe Biden.

First Draft is overseen by Times Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan. Carl Hulse serves as chief Washington correspondent and managing editor of the site. His team is rounded out by reporter Alan Rappeport, and editors Nicholas Corasaniti and Paul Volpe.

You can sign up for First Draft’s newsletter here.

NY Times Exec Editor Dean Baquet Explains His Biggest Fear

dean baquetAs executive editor of The New York Times, Dean Baquet has a lot on his mind. But what bothers him the most? What worry swirls in his head? Baquet told The Daily Beast his primary fear is how the Times reports on dangerous areas.

“My biggest concern is how to cover the world right now when it’s really dangerous,” explained Baquet. “How the hell are we going to cover what is a new, heightened U.S. intervention in a region in which the enemies of the U.S. have proven that they do really bad things to journalists? That’s the thing that keeps me most awake at night.”

Baquet also said that he worried about President Obama’s attempts to stop any reporting on national security subjects. He described Obama’s attitude toward the press as “disturbing.”

For more from Baquet, check out the full interview.

NY Daily News Proclaims Diddy Dead Since 1996

Sean Combs — aka Puffy, aka Puff Daddy, aka Guy Who Blessed The World with Da Band, aka P. Diddy, aka Diddy — is dead.

The New York Daily News reported that despite plenty of evidence to the contrary, Combs has been dead for the past 18 years. He was killed in a 1996 shooting, which — sadly enough — was the same year Tupac Shakur was murdered.

We would like to thank the Daily News for alerting us to Combs’ death.

To our dearly departed Diddy, please know that it’s kinda hard with you not around. Know you in heaven, smilin’ down. Watching us while we pray for you; every day we pray for you. Till the day we meet again, in my heart is where I keep you friend.

Financial Times Debuts New Look

Say hello to the brand new Financial Times, featuring a new typeface (called “Financier,” of course), new color graphics and a lot less clutter. We’re just glad it’s still pink. Or salmon. Or whatever.

Here’s what Lionel Barber, the FT’s editor, had to say about the revamp:

The refreshed newspaper is an agenda-setting slice of the best of the FT. It complements FT.com and other channels, providing the definitive global perspective on what readers need to know each day. The new FT has visual impact and is easy to navigate, highlighting trends and providing original news, insight, analysis and context.

We think that about covers it.

NY Times Baghdad Bureau Chief Talks Iraq

Tim Arango has been The New York Times’ Baghdad bureau chief since 2010. He recently took part in a Reddit AMA, and below we’ve gathered some of the highlights.

On if America’s influence on Iraq was negative:

Yes, there is no other way to see it. Everything that is occurring in Iraq today is related the American legacy there. The forerunner of ISIS was created to oppose the American occupation, and many of its leaders were in American detention facilities in Iraq. On the other side of the ledger, as it pertains to Iraqi politics, you see the American legacy. The U.S. basically chose Maliki, whose sectarian politics alienated many Sunnis, creating the fertile ground for ISIS to sweep in to these areas. And many of those Maliki policies that have pushed aside the Sunnis were started by the Americans. Excluding Sunnis from political life? that has its origins in the American De-Baathification policy. Maliki’s security policy of conducting mass arrests of Sunni men in the name of fighting terrorism? the U.S. did that too.

On the Times’ Baghdad bureau:

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WSJ Cuts Awards Coordinator

wall_street_journal_logo_01The Wall Street Journal has cut its awards coordinator Debbie Luczak Hoffman. Hoffman — whose role was to nominate the Journal for various honors, including the Pulitzers — had been with the paper since 1992.

As Jim Romenesko notes, Gerard Baker, the Journal’s editor, recently told Der Spiegel that winning Pulitzers wasn’t important. “I don’t judge the success of the Journal by the number of Pulitzer prizes,” said Baker. “It doesn’t say anything about the quality of our journalism.”

One wonders if Baker still feels that way.

Source: Rupert Murdoch Downsized Post Joan Rivers Coverage

According to Capital New York’s Joe Pompeo, the original mock-up for today’s New York Post front page featured Joan Rivers across the full bottom half of the page. So what happened?

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If you believe the reporter’s source, it was none other than the boss-of-all-bosses who decided half the front was too much:

This is the story being relayed in some corners of the Post‘s Sixth Avenue offices: Yesterday happened to be one of those days when Rupert Murdoch, chairman of the Post‘s parent company, News Corp, was passing through the newsroom. (He’s been back in town since at least September 2.) And apparently, when Murdoch saw the mock-up, he wasn’t having it.

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