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Why I Followed Andrew Sullivan to the Financial District

It’s sort of fitting that my last FBNY post should be about The Atlantic dinner/conversation I attended earlier this evening, which featured Michael Hirschorn and Andrew Sullivan, since this post was actually my first foray into this whole blogging thing (and remains my top Google result).

The talk — the dinner part included chili, cornbread, and brownies — was billed in the invite as “A Conversation on the Future of Media” and the crowd that packed Justin Smith‘s downtown apartment included a whole lot of very recognizable New York Media names who will no doubt be heavily involved in that very Future. Here’s a non-exhaustive list: Bonnie Fuller, Harry Smith, Richard Perez-Pena, Nick Denton, Tad Friend, Duff McDonald, Gabriel Snyder, Jeff Bercovici, Matt Haber, Danny Shea, Brian Stelter, Rachel Sklar, Jon Fine, Dylan Stableford, Laurel Touby, James Bennett…and also, strangely(?), (the very tall) Sigourney Weaver.

Alas, neither Sullivan nor Hirschorn appeared to have any definite ideas about what ‘Media’ might look in the future other than that it would probably be very different from what we currently have, but also that the New York Times is in a lot of trouble. For those of you keeping score Andrew Sullivan still reads the dead tree edition of the Times every morning and does not Twitter. @LaurelTouby, @BrianStelter, and @RachelSklar, however, all have nice tweets from the party. Now(!), before I sign off for good here’s a couple of other interesting things I read today:

  • Choire speculating on, among other things, the equality of words.
  • Chris Lehmann talking about his “crash course in the staggering unselfawareness of Manhattan class privilege.”
  • Gay Talese, who is described solely in this article as “an author who writes on the sex trade.” Ahem.

  • Garry Trudeau on journos “Smitten With The Idea Of A Personal Broadcasting System” Also, Twitter’s greatest hits…and misses.

  • This, for reasons which will become clear at some point tomorrow.
  • And this, because it’s had me laughing all day. The video in the top corner of this post, by the way, is purely for the enjoyment of my managing editor Rebecca Fox, and for the edification of my Menu cohort Steve Krakauer.
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    Huffpo Questions LAT’s Journalistic Integrity for Publishing Rihanna’s Name as an Assault Victim – Then Publishes Photo of Her as an Assault Victim

    huffporian.jpgMedia Editor at Huffington Post Danny Shea called LAT staffer Andrew Blankstein out by name questioning the ethics (stating that other publications ‘wouldn’t go there’) of naming an assault victim. Namely singer Rihanna – allegedly beat up by her boyfriend Chris Brown.

    The whole saga is here.

    So because Huffington Post is a stalwart of journalistic principles today they published the photo of Rihanna’s injuries. Then they took it down and just linked to the leaked photo.

    When asked about why they came down so hard on the LAT for something they’re clearly guilty of too, Shea told FBLA,”We didn’t give the LA Times a hard time. We just presented the facts. We didn’t make any judgments.”

    Uh huh.

    Neither do we.

    Previous stuff on the case. And here.

    FBLA Exclusive Interview With Andrew Blankstein

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    Media Editor the Huffington Post, Danny Shea, taking a tip from Jossip‘s David Hauslaib, decided that naming singer Rihanna as an assault victim of Chris Brown‘s wasn’t journalistic. Wasn’t ethical? Wasn’t what they teach in the ol’ j-school. So Shea called the staffer than penned the piece Andrew Blankstein, and he actually picked up the phone.

    Blankstein attempted to explain the LAT policy and said something to the effect that it’s sexual assault victims aren’t usually named to protect their privacy. This translated into a ‘look she wasn’t raped’ type quote – put succinctly in the phrase “fair game” and put in 70-point print at the top of the Media Section on Huffington Post.

    As for what one learns in j-school, Blankstein said,”They teach you not to re-report other people’s stories.” And continued,”Look, I’m not an internet snob.”

    As for naming the assault victim – famous and adored or not – that’s the way news is reported.

    “He obviously doesn’t read the metro section.” Blankstein said of Shea.

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    Lunch: Special Post-Inauguration Edition

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    — DIANE CLEHANE

    The mood was festive at Michael’s today, with plenty of Obama buttons on display and lots of talk about the president’s stirring inaugural address. Jack Kliger told me, “I thought the whole thing was inspiring. His speech was terrific.” Jack had a good laugh about Barack Obama‘s heartfelt thanks to George W. Bush for his “years of service,” only to then turn around and basically rip the departing administration to shreds — in the nicest possible way. A speech for the ages, indeed.

    While everyone agreed the president was near perfection in every possible way, the verdict was somewhat mixed on the First Lady’s fashion sense. A few media mavens told me they were less than thrilled with Michelle Obama‘s Isabel Toledo dress and coat (“A little dowdy,” sniped one stylista), but gave her higher marks for her Jason Wu ivory gown. I admit, I didn’t love the “lemongrass” lace daytime look at first, but by day’s end it had grown on me. I will say that Sasha and Malia looked darling in their custom J.Crew Crewcuts coats. When my good pal Fern Mallis, looking sleek and chic in her Tracy Reese Obama shirt, stopped at the bar for a chat, I asked her what she thought about Michelle’s fashion choices for the big day. “I’d give her a 10,” said Fern. “I could not think of a better ambassador for the fashion industry right now. She looked great.”

    Today I was lunching with Lisa Silhanek and Justin Brown, CEO of First Global Xpress. Lisa, who knows everyone in the fashion biz, is working with Justin as his relationship manager, helping to broaden the business within the industry. Justin, whose clients include HBO, ICM and Conde Nast, has built an impressive business (that will be profiled in next month’s Business Week and the March issue of Inc.) by catering to companies that care about reducing their carbon footprint with smart shipping that lops off miles using direct flights. And, perhaps just as important, Justin says: “We deal with divas very well.” He’s shipped everything from a helicopter (New York to Eastern Europe) to Marilyn Monroe’s velvet headboard bought at auction by an adoring fan, so chances are he can handle whatever daunting task Seventh Avenue can serve up.

    Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

    1. The Imber Gang: Dr. Gerry Imber, Jeff Greenfield, Andy Bergman and Jerry Della Femina. I asked Jerry about the awful news about the demise of Full Frontal Fashion. His wife, the tireless Judy Licht, made the show a must-see for fashionistas and civilians alike with its wall-to-wall coverage of Fashion Week. (Truth be told, I’ve skipped a show or two knowing that I could watch the whole shebang from my living room without having to battle the crowds). “It’s true,” reports Jerry. “But Judy has a lot of things going and will be covering Fashion Week for The Huffington Post.” You heard it here first, folks. Smart move, Arianna.

    2. Peggy Siegal dining with a mystery gal. Clever Peggy ordered her lunch in advance so as not to waste a minute.

    3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and uber-agent Ed Victor

    4. Jack Kliger, Tom Donahue and a gent named Nick, so we’re told.

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    David Gregory All but Certain for Meet the Press

    According to TVNewser it seems all but a certainty that David Gregory is the new Meet the Press host. HuffPo’s Danny Shea got wind of the choice last night, and even though it was mostly denied by everyone involved it now looks like Gregory’s it. If so it’s an interesting choice considering Gregory’s not so spectacular run with his MSNBC show 1600 Pennsylvania Ave (formerly Race for the White House). One wonders if this is just the sort of decision that might turn the George Stephanopoulos – hosted This Week into the Sunday morning go-to (the show just had its best sweeps month ever). Anyway! What say you readers? Are you in favor of Gregory? (The “other” option allows you to enter your own suggestions).

    Do You Think David Gregory is a Good Choice for MTP?
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