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Archives: January 2009

Adam Gopnik on the Internet: It’s Better than Alcohol, Adultery!

art_gopnik-adam_042007.jpgOver at the NYT‘s Paper Cuts blog Adam Gopnik sums up the Internet experience (except for the hockey part.

Writing is the process of finding something to distract you from writing, and of all the helpful distractions — adultery, alcohol and acedia, all of which aided our writing fathers — none can equal the Internet. Like everyone else, my life now is simply a string of e-mails fueled by caffeine, and when not e-mailing I am hopping from political blog to political Web site to ice-hockey fan “boards,” on one of which I live a second, secret life as an unduly opinionated commentator called “SherbrookeW.”

The Death of Newspapers, Part 15

simmons01.30.09.jpgFor those of you who don’t know, the Super Bowl is this weekend. The Pittsburgh Steelers are playing the Arizona Cardinals, whose feature star wide receiver is Larry Fitzgerald Jr. His father is a sportswriter for the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder who’s been embroiled in some controversy because he won’t sit in the press box during the game. It’s a non-story, honestly, but one that came up during Bill Simmmonsmarathon chat session earlier today with interesting results:

Pete, Mpls: Most overrated SB story?? All of articles of Larry Fitz Sr. not cheering from the press box. I’m 45 yrs old, have lived in the Twin Cities all my life and have never seen or heard of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, the newspaper Larry Sr. writes for. The real story is how Larry Sr. has been able finagle 28 straight SB trips out of this gig.

SportsNation Bill Simmons: (11:48 AM ET ) I’ve gotten multiple e-mails about this. What the hell is the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder? It sounds like one of those fake newspapers that Tom Hanks would work at in a romantic comedy or something… and all you need to know about why newspapers are going out of business is that the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder has sent someone to cover 28 SB’s. Good business plan!

Simmons later recants when he learns that the paper is a “newspaper is a longstanding African-American newspaper,” but his point remains. Isn’t sending a reporter to the Super Bowl every year a fantastic waste of money?

FBLA’s Top 5 Stories Yesterday

We Still Have Three Weeks Until the Oscars….

All is Not Rosy for Rupe: Layoffs at WSJ? News Corp Downgraded

20070629wsj.jpgMuch of the bad news this week has focused on The New York Times, but all is not well over at the Wall Street Journal. Portfolio is reporting that the newsroom will be hit by cuts next week, which may total up to 50 persons (depending who is offered/takes a buyout). There apparently are also rumors of “parallel cuts at Dow Jones Newswires, and that one or more Journal bureaus may be eliminated as part of the cutbacks.”

Meawhile PaidContent is reporting that Pali Research analyst Rich Greenfield has downgraded News Corp. from buy to sell.

His reasons include the usual — decreased earnings per share estimates for fiscal years 2009 and 2010; the possibility that COO Peter Chernin may not renew his contract, which expires midyear, more likely to Greenfield the longer it takes; hesitancy over stock buybacks. But his concerns also go to the heart of the company: Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO, who Greenfield now sees as a visionary without a strategy for many of News Corp.’s core businesses.

Our lack of business-world acumen is no secret around these parts, but since this sounded eerily similar to the Times being downgraded to junk status we thought it might be a good time to check in with Clusterstock‘s John Carney to find out whether this was similarly as dire. Turns out it’s not.

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This is NSFW…if you still have a job that is.

This is from Jack Douglass. Thanks dude.

Vincent De Paul…Describes What It’s Like to Know Mad Men

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Pictured are Vincent De Paul, Tommy Alastra, Jennifer Westfeldt and John Hamm at this year’s SAG Awards.

De Paul is a busy guy and well, it’s really nice to talk to someone that’s super busy working…mainly because they keep us on the phone less than you unemployeds. Geesh.

Anyway, son of Baltimore morticians, De Paul is slated to be in two upcoming films. One called Baby Jane? directed by Billy Clift to film in San Fransisco. The other is a vampire movie titled Raven to be directed by Gregori J. Martin.

People ask De Paul about John Hamm’s success and De Paul told FBLA,”He’s the quintessential all American great guy. He should be on the cover of every magazine.”

You’ve got our vote.

The End of Day to Day: The Video

NPR’s Day to Day is going…do you call it dark? Dead? Silent?…On March 20th. This video features Madeleine Brand and Alex Cohen talking about losing their jobs.

We’re going to go give what we earn for this post to KPCC while we’re thinking about it. Serious.

According to Poll, FBLA Readers Are a Bunch of Emos


When we asked you what was the best thing about the Super Bowl yesterday, very few mentioned ‘football’ as one of them. Not to challenge anyone’s manhood or patriotism…we’re just saying…our readers are a little un-American, proudly apathetic and on a good day elliptical machine hogs.

There. We said it.

Oh and if you care (which we already know the answer to that) our sister blog AgencySpy will be live tweeting the event with the tag #sbads09.

Deadline for L.A. Press Club’s National Entertainment Awards is Soon

This was on Craigslist. Yeah, we had to find it on Craigslist. We must not be on their mailing list. Hmf:

L.A. Press Club’s National Entertainment Awards
The deadline is nearing to enter…

The search is on for the best work by writers, broadcasters, bloggers and critics who cover showbiz.

Now it is more important than ever to show your best work — so enter the National Entertainment Journalism Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Press Club. Entries must be received by Friday, Feb. 6. Entry forms and rules are at

The awards honor the top stories and reviews of 2008 without regard to genre — whether its work about film, TV, music, or local theater. First place and runner-up awards will be given for best entertainment news story, best feature story and critic of the year in the categories of print, online, TV and radio. The entry fee is $35.

Based in the nation’s entertainment capital, the Los Angeles Press Club is a thriving non-profit devoted to excellence in journalism. The club has produced the Southern California Journalism Awards for 50 years.