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Archives: February 2010

UPDATE: Tsunami Warning Canceled. Now We Can All Hate Rick Sanchez Instead Of The Weather.

UPDATE: The tsunami warning has been canceled for all of Hawaii.

To celebrate, here’s some footage of CNN anchor Rick Sanchez teaching us, in English, about weather, physics and the metric system. Don’t worry; he’ll talk slow:

For those of you interested in following the events unfolding right now in Hawaii, “Hawaii News Now” is offering live footage of the islands’ shorelines as well as ongoing newsroom and on-the-scene coverage.

Click here to watch.

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Bari Nan Cohen Leaves Good Housekeeping To Focus On Writing

Bari Nan Cohen has left her post as the entertainment editor for Good Housekeeping to focus on writing. She told FishbowlNY that she will continue to work for the publication on a freelance basis, while also contributing to a variety of publications.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Cortney Pellettieri made the move from InStyle to take on the role of entertainment editor at Good Housekeeping.

Moms: Still Embarrassing | The L and G Trains Run On Snow And Schlitz | Gawkwardness

Crushable: Hey, so, here’s a video of Olympic snow boarder Tyler Jewell’s mom dancing to Barry White in front of a green screen. You’re welcome / apologies.

WebNewser: You might want to try and avoid this movie theater if you’re ever over in Taylor Falls, Minnesota. Unless you like paying money to be rudely berated. In which case, I can recommend some great places near Times Square.

The Brooklyn Paper: The L and G are running normally this weekend since scheduled track work has been canceled due to The Snow. Up is down, black is white.

Gawker: Yes, this post makes for an interesting read. But if you’re in a skimming mood today, at least please read the “update.”

Whitney Museum: Hey, New Yorkers. The Whitney Biennial is a thing that is happening right now.

The Huffington Post: Here’s a list of the most unintentionally funny headlines of all time. Oddly, they are not all from the New York Post.

Tsunami Story Hits Twitter and CNN, Washes Past Times

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About an hour after Twitter began surfacing reports of a 7.0-level earthquake strike off the coast of Okinawa in Japan and CNN placed the story at the top of the site, The New York Times has yet to place a story about the event on its homepage. As of this posting, the Times was still running a story about New York Governor David Paterson‘s announcement that he would not seek a full term as governor following a scandal that broke late Wednesday night. The Times has picked up a Reuters item filed at 4:11 p.m and an AP story filed at 5:08. The words “Okinawa” and “Tsunami” do not appear on the Times‘ front page. One iteration of “Earthquake” appears, in an unrelated story about buildings in Istambul that are vulnerable to tremors.

The earthquake struck at 3:31 p.m. EST, about 50 miles East of Okinawa. According to CNN, Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued a recommendation that people head away from the coastline.

At 4:54, All Headline News reported that there was no significant damage from the earthquake and the tsunami warning had been lifted.

Did the Times show excellent editorial judgment by giving the story a higher placement, or did it let one get by them?

Ad Exec And Former Adweek Bureau Chief Andrew Jaffe Has Died

andrew_jaffe_2.26.10.jpgOur own AgencySpy reports that former Adweek bureau chief Andrew Jaffe has passed away at the age of 71. Jaffe had been battling multiple myeloma for nearly a decade.

After graduating from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Jaffe worked for the Associated Press, where he gained notice for his coverage of the 1965 Watt Riot. Before joining Adweek, Jaffe worked as both a domestic and foreign correspondent for Newsweek, later becoming the magazine’s bureau chief. Jaffe has also acted as head of the international advertising Clio Awards, and worked as an advertising and marketing consultant, opening his own firm, Compass Consulting, in 2003.

His family has requested donations be made to the Andrew Jaffe Scholarship Fund at the Brandcenter, Virginia Commonwealth University or to the Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital in his memory.

Fozzie Bear’s Headline O’ the Day

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Nice job Variety.

WSJ Already Gunning For Times Local Ad Dollars

Looks like Rupert Murdoch has made a small step forward in his effort to bring The Wall Street Journal into an all-out brawl with The New York Times. AdAge reports that the Journal‘s forthcoming New York metro section has secured advertising deals from Bloomingdale’s and Bergdorf Goodman.

According to AdAge, the Bloomingdale’s news is of particular interest, too, because the retailer currently spends much more on Times ads than it does on the Journal. Bergdorf would also be a major plum, because it doesn’t currently spend any money at the Journal.

Plus, with advertising budgets hit hard by the recession, the duel for placements in newspapers is pretty much a zero-sum game; if the Journal makes headway, the Times will probably suffer.

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Sally Quinn Doesn’t Care That You Find Her (Former) Column Irrelevant And, Frankly, Kind Of Embarrassing

Sally Quinn (of the “Sally Quinn” Quinns), the Washington Post columnist whose column, “The Party,” was recently scrapped, says she has “absolutely no regrets” over writing about, like, how her great-aunt’s second cousin’s niece’s friend’s husband’s mother-in-law’s goldish doesn’t know how to use Google Calendar.

Quinn, you may recall, wrote a piece chronicling her family’s scheduling issues in response to a question no one had asked and criticism no one had dealt. “The Party” was then over for Quinn.

When asked about the incident by Politico, Quinn responded “I have absolutely no regrets at all.”

Quinn added that the column was never meant to be a long-term endeavor and was, instead, meant to focus on “holiday entertaining” and faith and “the generosity of the spirit.” And then Sally Quinn turned a mediocre somersault and hissed at a passing car.

Times’ Third Strike a Knockout: Paterson Says He Won’t Seek Full Term

It’s official: The New York Times has taken down the governor. In a televised speech this afternoon, David Paterson announced he would not seek election. His decision, reported earlier today by the New York Post, comes on the heels of a scandalous Times piece that caused allies to waver in their support and editorial boards to call for his resignation.

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Catholic Church to Columbia Pictures: You Break Jesus You Buy Him


Lawyers for the Catholic Church in Brazil are not happy with Columbia Pictures. The complaint: Columbia’s depiction of the destruction of Rio’s famous “Christ the Redeemer” statue in the studio’s 2009 disaster film “2012.”

Jesus, as it turns out, is copyrighted in Brazil.

THR, Esq. has the story:

Brazil uses a variation on U.S. copyright law, granting copyright to the author of a work until his death, then to his estate or heirs for another 70 years. Christ the Redeemer was created in 1931 by French artist Paul Landowski on commission from the Rio archdiocese. Landowski died in 1961, and the archdiocese says it holds copyright until 2032. …

Columbia, on the other hand, tells [THR, esq.] it did get a license, just not from the church.

“Acting on a good faith belief that the estate of the sculptor of the statue held the copyright, we sought and received their permission to use the image in the movie,” a studio rep told us. “We are currently in discussions with the archdiocese in hopes of reaching an agreement in this matter.”