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Archives: May 2011

Man Threatens to Blow Up WPIX-11 Over Two and a Half Men Reruns

You ever have one of those days when you briefly consider murdering another human being? Not that you would. But in a moment of weakness on a packed train or something, the thought, “If this guy doesn’t stop digging his elbow into my back and that woman doesn’t figure out that a three letter word for ‘good times’ is fun – fun dammit, you already have the ‘f’ – I will kill them both and the only thing I will regret is that I didn’t leave enough food for my dog this morning” can flash through your mind.

For a Bronx resident, that moment of rage, of briefly losing sanity, was inspired by WPIX-11 airing too many reruns of Two and a Half Men. According to The New York Post, yesterday a man called the station and said that he’d blow the building up if it kept showing the program.

Cops quickly arrived at his home and charged him with “falsely reporting an incident and aggravated harassment,” but FishbowlNY sympathizes with him.

(hat tip to Vulture)

The Wall Street Journal Names Editorial Director for Blogs

Christopher Farley has been named Editorial Director for The Wall Street Journal’s blog network. Talking Biz News reports that Robert Thomson announced the move this morning. Farley was most recently editor of Speakeasy, and prior to that worked on the Marketplace and Weekend sections for the paper.

Thomson said that under Farley’s leadership, Speakeasy – where Farley will continue to contribute – became one of the most popular sections of the Journal’s website.

Big Government Unleashes Latest Contribution to the Journalistic World: Weinergate

The Woodward and Bernstein wannabes at Big Government just broke their latest story of import: Weinergate. Wildly important, we assure you. An anonymous BG blogger posting under the handle Publius somehow got hold of a private tweet sent from New York Representative Anthony Weiner‘s account to a young lady Twitter follower of the Congressman. That tweet contained an image of an underwear-clad man sporting what appears to be a generous stiffy. Potentially big news, considering Weiner recently married longtime Hillary Clinton aid Huma Abedin.

Weiner claims his Twitter account was hacked, as was his Facebook account. Which seems pretty plausible, because as dumb as our politicians are these days, the majority of them have the sense not to tweet pictures of their junk to random girls they don’t know. That’s what email is for.

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AP Reporter Blasts Leadership in Resignation Letter

Apparently hell hath no fury like a departing Associated Press business reporter. In a resignation letter obtained by PoynterJanna Herron, an AP reporter for the past five years, blasts leadership:

I’m the 56th person to leave since the newsroom’s management style turned negative and mean-spirited three years ago. And I’m sure I’m not the last. I just couldn’t do it anymore.

So, best wishes to everyone. You’re all better editors, reporters and writers than what you’ve been told, and you deserve better leadership.

Well, consider that bridge burned.

And in case you were wondering, Hal Ritter is the AP’s Business Editor.

Jack Nicholson Doctoral Debut Flies Below Media Radar

The only thing Brown University did wrong with its 2011 Commencement ceremonies was to schedule them smack dab in the middle of Memorial Day weekend. As a result, Jack Nicholson‘s Sunday acceptance of an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree is getting nowhere near the media coverage that it should.

The best account of what went down at Brown this weekend comes from fellow honoree Arianna Huffington. She blogs that Nicholson brought the house down with the line, “Particle research is one of my special hobbies,” but that’s actually a bit of an exaggeration.

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Tupac Lives!!!? No, PBS Was Just Hacked

Apparently upset with a recent Frontline documentary on WikiLeaks, the hacker group LulzSec hacked into PBS’ website and posted a fake story that Tupac was alive and well and living alongside Biggie Smalls in a small, unnamed New Zealand town. Despite the ridiculousness of the story and several grammatical errors, the post went viral before PBS could take it down.

Frontline issued a statement in response to the hack, in which Executive Producer David Fanning called the attack “irresponsible and chilling.

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Latest Vanity Fair Cover Features Prince William and Kate Middleton

This is the cover of the July Vanity Fair, and as you can tell, it’s all Prince William and Kate Middleton, all the time. The magazine hits newsstands nationally on June 7th, but here’s a spoiler: Even though William is now technically a duke, he’s insisting that everyone keeps referring to him as “prince.”

FishbowlNY is outraged by this because it seems like a fun thing to do.

Atlas Headbanged: Mark Ames on How Ayn Rand’s Growing Influence Is Like Handing the Country to Megadeath

The eXiled‘s Mark Ames was on the Boulder, Colorado radio station KGNU over the weekend, talking about novelist/sociopathic philosopher Ayn Rand‘s ascendance in American intellectual life–which he likened to “Megadeath running the country.”

Ha.
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Jann Wenner is Not a Fan of The iPad

Jann Wenner spoke with Ad Age yesterday and didn’t hesitate to show his distaste for Apple, and more specifically the iPad. He said that publishers who support the iPad migration are “crazy,” that using an iPad is difficult, and that it would be decades before most people use an iPad as the primary way to read magazines.

Of course we all realize that this is Wenner, a guy who loves print almost to a fault, so everything he said needs to be taken with a grain – actually, make that a cup full – of salt. But beneath the iPad bashing he does have a good point: Publishers who are letting Apple dictate the terms will probably end up regretting it.

Just how long Wenner holds out on Apple is anyone’s guess, but judging by this interview, it’s going to be quite some time before people see Rolling Stone on their iPad.

Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure: Wenner uses a walkman. Hopefully it’s one of the cool yellow ones.

LA Times Profiles 91-Year-Old ‘Suicide Kit’ Lady

Her name is Sharlotte Hydorn. With the help of her adopted son, she toils in back of her house in the El Cajon area east of San Diego to fill mail orders for asphyxiation kits consisting of medical-grade tubing and a clear plastic bag. The idea is for the recipient to connect the contraption to a helium canister and permanently fall asleep within minutes.

As we all know by now, people with lethal intentions come in all shapes and sizes. LA Times reporter Richard Marosi makes great use of this convention about halfway through his May 30th article:

“Do I look like a criminal?” Hydorn said, standing on her manicured front lawn.

Her critics would say yes. Even people who believe in assisted-suicide said she peddles the product without knowing the circumstances or identities of the buyers. While some suicidal people are rational, others are not, said Alan Berman, executive director of the American Association for Suicidology, a suicide-prevention organization.

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