TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Daily Mail Rings Up False NYT Scoop

In terms of Daily Mail run-on headlines, last night’s missive was sensationally minor:

Still, the insinuation that New York Times health and lifestyles writer Julie Scelfo and her husband had grand plans of indecent exposure, via a second-floor shower stall protruding from the back of their Brooklyn townhouse, quickly reverberated through the media. Not so fast.

The Daily News has just shared the statement released by Scelfo’s husband. As we suspected, the shower is still a work-in-progress:

The owners of the $2.1 million Cobble Hill home told the Daily News the hubbub is much ado about nothing. The shower is still under construction and will feature “privacy coverings” when completed, former Manhattan prosecutor James Cavoli said in a statement.

“We are flattered and mildly fascinated that our neighbors have taken an interest in a bathroom that has never been used and is still under construction,” added Cavoli, 46, who is now a partner at white-shoe law firm Milbank. “And we can only hope they will be as friendly when installation of the glass privacy coverings are complete.”

Ha ha, well said; we especially like the sound of “mildly fascinated.” Scelfo seemingly last tweeted in October, but now might be an excellent time to restart, don’t you think? For the record, Gothamist was first to this slippery exterior design story last Friday.

Mediabistro Course

Travel Writing

Travel WritingStarting September 23, learn how to turn your travel stories into published essays and articles! Taught by a former Vanity Fair staff writer, James Sturz will teach you how to report, interview, and find sources, discover story ideas and pitch them successfully, and understand what travel editors look for in a story. Register now!