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Former Aerosmith Manager to Boston Magazine: Dream On

JoePerryRocksCoverWhile the first couple of article commenters are questioning the evidence presented by former Aerosmith manager Steve Leber, the editors of Boston magazine are convinced. They’ve changed the online headline of their original October issue article featuring an excerpt from Joe Perry‘s new memoir Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith and posted a correction that will also appear in the December print issue’s Letters to the Editor section.

Leber wrote in to adamantly deny the insinuation, in the excerpted book passage, that a framed copy of a check referenced by Perry suggested his firm had been directly paid proceeds from a Concert for Bangladesh. Leber sent Boston magazine a copy of what he says is the correct check – made out to the concert organizers – and took the publication to task:

I’d like to set the record straight and wish you had called me to check the facts before you printed the piece, which essentially calls me a crook and accuses me of stealing from a charity. A copy of the check Joe Perry refers to in the article is attached. As you and your readers can see, it is not made out to me, as Mr. Perry asserts, but it is, in fact, made out to United Nations Children’s Fund for Relief to Refugee Children of Bangladesh.

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No Women on This Variety ‘Leaders’ List

ShutterstockBoysClubWhat happened here? Did this one not cross the desk of co-EIC Claudia Eller?

The byline says Variety Staff, which means the individual(s) responsible for the October 28 article is(are) avoiding individual flaming. However, in the item comments, on Facebook and beyond, folks are slamming the trade for highlighting seven men and zero women as “Hollywood’s New Leaders: PR/Digital/Management.”

What’s next? Well, among other things, one or more of the featured men will likely be heard over lunch, in the steam room and to female colleagues insisting they had nothing to do with the selection.

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A Very Cute Taylor Swift Typo

Sometimes, a headline mistake isn’t simply a headline mistake. It’s also cause for lexicon celebration.

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Few people have more riding on their perceived cuteness than current pop sensation Taylor Swift. It’s at the very heart of her appeal.

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How to Spot the Banksy BS

BanksyArtIn light of a fake news article being widely shared on social media about the arrest of street artist Banksy, the International Business Times’ Ewan Palmer has some critical advice for Facebook and Twitter users:

All readers need to do is check: A) Does the article appear on National Report? and B) Is Paul Horner mentioned anywhere in it?

Actually, since Horner also likes to attach his Web journalism pranks to the byline Jimmy Rustling at Super Official News, folks need to double up on this front.

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Mel Gibson Catches a Typo-Break

The actor gets no love from the X17 blog item headline, which derisively reads: “Mel Gibson Runs His Sugar Tits Through The Scanner At LAX.”

However, in the first sentence of the third paragraph – to go along with missing mention of The Expendables - an extra “E” has been accidentally added to the word “sexist:”

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Opposing Views Recommends the Wrong Slide Show

The battle being fought by Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz is a serious one. It began with an essay in Time magazine this spring about being raped on the first day of school and has progressed to the senior now carrying around a mattress to protest the school’s handling of her case.

Opposing Views, a website based in Los Angeles that gets gargantuan Web traffic, does a good job of summarizing Sulkowicz’s campaign. But then, all is undone thanks to the following link at the bottom of the article:

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BET Suspends Producer for Blue Ivy Joke

On Monday’s edition of BET countdown show 106 & Park, the hypothetical thoughts of Jay Z and Beyonce‘s daughter were briefly explored. Guest host Karrueche Tran, as the little girl, joked: “I really did wake up like this, because my parents never comb my hair.”

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On Tuesday, the president of the network apologized via Twitter. And, per AP music editor Mesfin Fekadu, further action was also taken:

A source at BET, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to discuss the matter publicly, said the [show] producer was suspended.

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New York Review of Books Issues Retraction

MartinFillerNYRBHedA defamation lawsuit filed last week by world-renowned London-based architect Zaha Hadid certainly got the defendants’ attention. On Monday, the New York Review of Books posted a letter from article author Martin Filler. It reads:

In my review of Rowan Moore’s Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture [NYRB, June 5], I quoted comments by the architect Zaha Hadid, who designed the Al Wakrah stadium in Qatar, when she was asked in London in February 2014 about revelations a week earlier in The Guardian that hundreds of migrant laborers had died while working on construction projects in Qatar. I wrote that an “estimated one thousand laborers… have perished while constructing her project thus far.”

However, work did not begin on the site for the Al Wakrah stadium until two months after Ms. Hadid made those comments; and construction is not scheduled to begin until 2015. There have been no worker deaths on the Al Wakrah project and Ms. Hadid’s comments about Qatar that I quoted in the review had nothing to do with the Al Wakrah site or any of her projects.

I regret the error.

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Sportswriter Catches Up to Major Elle Embarrassment

Collector’s item!

Per Yahoo Canada sportswriter Stephanie Myles, owner of the delightfully titled column “Eh Game,” Elle Québec served it straight into the net with a portion of their August issue. In the print magazine, a pair of photos of Maria Sharapova were used to illustrate the one page of cover notes about Quebec-born tennis player Eugenie Bouchard.

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The good news for Elle PQ is that they displayed Bouchard properly on the cover and elsewhere in the August issue. From Myles’ report:

All kidding aside, it sort of ruins what was a pretty nifty piece of PR for Bouchard on her home turf. But she does look stunning in the pics that are actually of her.

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A Carol Vogel Postscript

ManetLePrintempsOn Friday, the New York Times added the following correction to Carol Vogel‘s August 1 print article “Summer Treats in the Met’s European Galleries:”

Correction: August 8, 2014
A report in the Inside Art column last Friday about plans by Christie’s to auction Manet’s “Le Printemps” in November referred incorrectly to the painting’s history. It was not included in the exhibition “Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity,” which opened at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris in 2012 and traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Somehow, Vogel confused Edouard Manet‘s 1881 painting “Le Printemps” (above) with the fact that “Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity” made use of a photographic reproduction of an 1870s engraving of Paris department store Printemps. From Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide‘s review of the 2012-13 exhibit’s Chicago stop:

The next gallery focuses on the consumer’s role in creating the fashion industry. Because this is a complex, historical topic, the curators and designers chose to set the scene with a wall-sized photo-reproduction of an engraving showing the interior of Le Printemps, one of the most popular department stores in Paris. Against this backdrop were quotations about the rise of the department store and its influence on French consumer culture in the nineteenth century. Emile Zola’s 1883 novel, Au Bonheur des Dames served as a prime example of what was then a new building type, and one that was surprisingly controversial at the time.

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