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NYT Readers React to Adrian Peterson Op-Ed

MED_DebatingRaceCoverIn short order, Georgetown University sociology professor and esteemed author Michael Eric Dyson‘s New York Times op-ed “Punishment or Child Abuse?” started appearing in the paper’s “Most Viewed” and “Most Emailed” lists. Helped in that regard by ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd, who urged his listeners this morning to take the time to read the piece.

Another sign of just how provocatively Dyson has cut into the raging debate about the scandal surrounding Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is the churning quantity of reader comments. At press time, feedback had zoomed past the 600-mark to remind once more that real-time reaction is so much more compelling than the snail-mailed Letters-to-the-Editor of yore.

Here’s one of the scholarly points made by Dyson, who says he vividly remembers being violently punished by his father as a teenager:

Like many biblical literalists, lots of black believers are fond of quoting Scriptures to justify corporal punishment, particularly the verse in Proverbs 13:24 that says, “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.” But in Hebrew, the word translated as “rod” is the same word used in Psalms 23:4, “thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.” The shepherd’s rod was used to guide the sheep, not to beat them.

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Clay Aiken Works the New York Room

ClayAikenCampaignLogoAmerican Idol alum Clay Aiken is currently trailing North Carolina 2nd District Congressional opponent Renee Ellmers in an area that matters most: money available to burn.

Per Vocativ’s Mike Spies, a campaign fundraiser was held Monday at the Manhattan home of banker Donald Dye. The best part of Spies’ write-up are the various strands of seen-and-heard:

The guests are uniformly attractive and svelte, almost a parody of chic. I step out onto a porch and encounter Guto Bittencourt, a young Brazilian opera singer wearing thick-framed glasses, a skinny tie and a gray blazer. He’s talking to a blond woman who looks like Ivanka Trump.

“We were at this castle last week,” Bittencourt says. “It was amazing.”

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Lorne Michaels Engineers Another Inspired Succession

ShutterstockDarrellHammondHarlem2012The choice of Jimmy Fallon to take over for Jay Leno will rank as one of the best decisions comedy impresario Lorne Michaels has ever made. As if that weren’t enough for the current calendar year, there is now news of an equally inspired move in the SNL announcer department.

Taking over in this 40th season of SNL for the late Don Pardo will be Darrell Hammond. From Andrea Romano‘s Mashable item:

Hammond, who was a cast member from 1995 to 2009, also occasionally sat in for Pardo when he was sick.

“I sat in for Don when he had laryngitis several times over the years,” Hammond told USA Today. “When he passed, they wanted me; it felt right for me to be the one to replace him.”

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Cover Battle: Time Out New York or W

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features Time Out New York taking on W.

TONY‘s latest features a giant, melting popsicle. It looks like one you might buy from Mister Softee because you remember loving it as a kid. However, once you try it as an adult, it makes you want to vomit.

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Outed by TMZ, New York Doctor Scrubs Her Facebook Page

Facebook is where TMZ grabbed a pair of large photos to run with its Wednesday exclusive identifying a New York ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist as the doctor allegedly responsible for initiating an unauthorized biopsy procedure on Joan Rivers at Yorkville Endoscopy. Today, that same Facebook page is blank.

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The 24/7 drumbeat of online gossip sites and social media has pushed us into a new phase of American jurisprudence – “Guilty Until Proven Innocent.” Even though there is still much to be determined and confirmed by investigators, half the world is calling for this individual’s head. People can still comment to the blanked-out Facebook page and one California doctor is espousing the minority view:

Michio Abe: I’m here for you Dr. Gwen Korovin. I’m simply here to stand beside you because there is zero evidence that you did anything to cause Joan Rivers’ death but yet your FB page has been so full of hatred towards doctors in general. We, doctors, do not deserve that kind of treatment. No, not at all.

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Dan Aykroyd on the City That Never Blinks

GhostbustersStillIf Dan Aykroyd had partied the night before his British GQ interview with a vodka brand other than the one he is responsible for, his answers would likely have been groggier. But as he explains to Aice Howarth, there’s no hangover from Crystal Head because he’s cut out the glyceride.

The actor also had a great answer when asked for some of his fondest memories from the Ghostbusters shoot:

“I always remember walking down Madison Avenue in the full Ghostbusters costumes and stealing shots with the crowds, in other words not filing a permit to shoot in New York but just going in and getting the shots but people’s reactions were so funny.”

“First they looked at us, you know, with the packs and everything, and were like “what?” and then there was this kind of acceptance “oh, that must be some new kind of exterminator or sanitation guy or something” [laughs], in the way that New Yorkers sort of accept everything and move on. It was really, really funny to see their reactions. I’ll never forget that.”

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Fortune Lists 50 ‘Most Powerful Women in Business’

unnamedFortune’s annual list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business is here. Somehow, Iggy Azalea didn’t make the cut. Ginni Rometty, IBM’s chairman and CEO, did though. For the third year in a row, she held down first place. The runner-up was Mary Barra, GM’s CEO.

The top 10:

1) Ginni Rometty
2) Mary Barra
3) Indra Nooyi – PepsiCo’s chairman and CEO
4) Marilyn Hewson – Lockhead Martin’s chairman and CEO
5) Ellen Kullman – DuPont’s chairman and CEO
6) Meg Whitman – HP’s chairman and CEO
7) Irene Rosenfeld – Mondelez International’s chairman and CEO
8) Pat Woertz – Archer Daniels Midland’s chairman, CEO and president
9) Abigail Johnson – FMR’s president
10) Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook’s COO

For the entire list, click through.

Food + Wine Cuts Six Staffers

Food + Wine has let go of six editorial staffers in an attempt to cut costs. WWD reports that the restructuring will allow Food + Wine’s editor, Dana Cowin, to focus more on the digital side of the glossy.

The cuts are just the latest moves by Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp to turn around the now independent publishing house. Time Inc.’s first quarterly report since being shed by Time Warner wasn’t pretty — it came with a net loss of $32 million. Obviously things have to change, and one easy way (well, not exactly easy) to do that is trim staffers across the board.

When Ripp was recently asked about layoffs, he responded like a politician. “It’s not about downsizing, it’s about are we making the appropriate investments in our products,” said Ripp at the time. In other words, there are more layoffs to come.

Huffington Post to Launch HuffPost Greece

Huffington Post Logo 1-18The Huffington Post Media Group is preparing a homecoming of sorts. Well, at least for Arianna Huffington. The company is launching a Greek-language edition of HuffPost in collaboration with 24Media, Greece’s largest digital publisher.

“For me personally, it’s the ultimate homecoming, not only because of my Greek heritage, but because HuffPost is, not coincidentally, very much rooted in a Greek tradition of bringing people together and facilitating interesting conversations,” Huffington said, in a statement.

HuffPost has had a busy couple of months. The company announced an Arabic-launguage site, followed by HuffPost India. Huffington also declared the collection of sites had passed 100 million unique views in August. All that and the company even suckered readers into paying one of its reporters salaries! Well done, HuffPost. Well done.

Layoffs Coming to Parade

Now that Parade has been purchased by Atlhon Media, the bad news comes — about 85 staffers are likely to get cut. The New York Post reports that the layoffs will come as Athlon moves operations to its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.

Only about 20 Parade staffers are expected to be offered jobs. The glossy’s editor Maggie Murphy and CEO Jack Haire will not be among them.

“I was honored to have had this job,” Murphy, who had been with Parade since 2010, told the Post. “I just want people to know I have an amazing staff here.”

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