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Jay Leno’s Decision to Cancel on Newtown Group Sparks Further Outrage

ShutterstockJayLenoJuly2014Media Matters For America has a good summary of the social and Conservative media blowback sparked by Jay Leno‘s decision to cancel out of a commitment with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). The former Tonight Show host was set to MC a dinner in late January as part of the group’s annual SHOT convention in Las Vegas.

The NSSF stated that it looks forward to finding a replacement performer “that respects the contributions of our industry and the customers it supports.” Meanwhile, a spokesman for Leno insisted to the New York Daily News that it was a matter of clarification:

“Jay was asked to do what was positioned as a sportsman show, and when he found out it was a pro-gun lobby show, he cancelled,” Bruce Bobbins said. “There was no money involved at this point, and if there was any, he would return it.”

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Daily News Gives Dan Snyder a New Team Logo

It’s not just the name of the Washington franchise that will be absent from tomorrow’s Daily News NFL 2014 season preview. The paper has also created a modified version of the team’s logo for use in the paper, one that loses the illustration of a feathered Native American:

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From the paper’s editorial:

Henceforth, in The News’ sports coverage, the team that has been known as the Redskins since 1933 will simply be called Washington.

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Joan Rivers Remarries Gay Couple

The video of Joan Rivers marrying Jed and Joe – for the second overall and first legal time - at the Plaza Athenee New York is pretty great.

But the descriptive text for the video posted by a wedding guest is even better:

A week ago we got an invitation to clear Friday August 15, 2014 for an event. The following day we were told there was going to be a second wedding ceremony hosted by Joan Rivers at 6 p.m. with the location to be determined.

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Freddie Mercury Then, Adam Lambert Now

Interesting interview with Adam Lambert by Curtis M. Wong, deputy editor of HuffPo Gay Voices. Framed by the fact that in six, vertiginous years, Lambert has gone from auditioning on American Idol with “Bohemian Rhapsody” to fronting this summer’s Queen tour.

The bulk of the article is about how it was basically impossible for Mercury to talk publicly about his sexuality:

“From what I understand, it took Freddie a bit of time to come to terms with his sexuality, and once he did… He was living in a time when, as a celebrity or a rock star, it was something that was kind of off-limits,” said Lambert…

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Update: Jose Antonio Vargas’ Arrest is Trending in NYC

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Jose Antonio Vargas, the journalist who outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in The New York Times, has been arrested and detained. The news quickly spread through Twitter, and is trending in New York, according to Trendsmap.

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Village Voice Contract Negotiations Down to the Wire

It started with a June 13 fundraiser, and continued today with a lunchtime staged walkout by employees in front of The Village Voice headquarters. In between, there was a Strike Bulletin featuring a Beyonce GIF (“I Can’t With These Basic Bitches”).

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It’s all part of some effective in-their-face media outreach by the Village Voice employees union. The group’s three-year contract expires tomorrow, July 1, and at press time, negotiations with management had resumed.

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Contract-less Good Day New York Staff Petition Their Bosses

MyFoxNYLogoNegotiations for a new WGA East contract covering segment producers at WNYW Fox 5′s Good Day New York have been open for two years now. The previous Collective Bargaining Agreement ran from 2008 to May 2012.

This week, frustrated segment producers delivered a petition to management urging WNYW to resolve this situation. The petition, featuring 41 signatures, was emailed to Fox Local Station Group CEO Jack Abernethy and CFO Betsy Swanson, and personally handed to WNYW assistant news director Emad Asghar. Here’s how it, powerfully, begins:

Our last raise was in 2011. Inflation has increased significantly since then and the cost of living and working in New York City has increased even more.

At the same time, the company has realized cost savings by shutting down the WWOR evening news program and then eliminating the WNYW investigative unit. Similarly, our productivity has increased as we have taken on new duties.

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Ellen Page Credits Dan Savage with Helping Her Finally Come Out

Only in Hollywood. Before Ellen Page revealed her true self, spectacularly this past Valentine’s Day in Las Vegas, she would have conversations about such a move with her publicist. And each time, per Seth Abramovitch‘s Hollywood Reporter cover story, publicist Kelly Bush, a lesbian mom to two daughters, would argue the time was not yet right.

And if Page hadn’t caught a certain episode of a long-running TV talk show in her native land, she and Bush might still be having that same conversation. From the THR article:

Although no single incident led to her decision, Page does reference a Dan Savage appearance in July 2013 on the Canadian talk show George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight as having had a profound effect on her. Savage, the in-your-face columnist behind the “It Gets Better” campaign, laid out his argument for coming out in very plain terms.

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ESPN Analyst Details How He Was Racially Profiled… in His Own Driveway

DougGlanvillePicPowerful stuff today, via The Atlantic, from former MLB player and current ESPN baseball analyst Doug Glanville. The athlete-turned-author-turned-broadcaster details a very unpleasant recent encounter with a wayward patrol cop, who assumed the black man shoveling snow in front of a certain West Hartford residence must be hustling for bucks.

From Glanville’s piece:

After getting legal advice from my neighbor and my wife, I ruled out any immediate action. In fact, I was hesitant to impulsively share my story with anyone I knew, let alone my media friends at ESPN or the New York Times. I hoped to have a meaningful, productive conversation with West Hartford leaders – something that might be hard to achieve if my story turned into a high-profile controversy. Instead, I asked my neighbor to help me arrange a meeting with the West Hartford officials. I arrived at Town Hall, I was flanked by my neighbor and my wife. They came as supporters, but it helped that they were also attorneys…

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Author Chuck Klosterman Backs Up R-Word Apology with $25,000 Charity Donation

The website disabilityscoop.com was co-founded in 2008 by journalist Michelle Diament and photographer Shaun Heasley. Today, Heasley has a heartwarming item about the recent actions of author and New York Times columnist Chuck Klosterman.

Picking up on some local TV coverage late last week in Portland, Maine by Tim Goff, Heasley recaps what happened when Kari Wagner-Peck – the mother of a seven-year-old with Down syndrome – wrote about the author-journalist’s use in past work like this 2008 New York magazine article of the words “retards,” “retard” and “non-retarded:”

Wagner-Peck told WCSH-TV that days later she was overwhelmed when Klosterman not only replied, but owned up.

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