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Post Headline Mangles Hillary Clinton Remarks

The Web headline for today’s New York Post pick-up of Hillary Clinton‘s interview with The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg gets it a little less wrong. It reads: “Hillary Slams Obama for ‘Stupid’ Foreign Policies.”


But per Brooklyn-based Business Insider politics reporter Colin Campbell, the front page of today’s print editions (above) is completely off the transcription track:

The phrase “stupid policy” doesn’t appear anywhere in The Atlantic‘s 6,200-word transcript of the Clinton interview where she criticized President Barack Obama.

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Nicholas Kristof Apologizes For ‘Low Blow’ Tweet After Boston Marathon Bombing

Nicholas Kristof apologized on Monday night for a “low blow” after bashing Senate Republicans in a tweet after two bombs killed two and injured up to 100 at the Boston Marathon finish line.

Soon after Twitter exploded with updates and speculation on the dual blasts near Boston’s Copley Square, the New York Times op-ed columnist, who was in town to give a lecture at Northeastern University, wrote: “Explosion is a reminder that ATF needs a director. Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking apptment.”

Kristof linked to a Feb. 1 Washington Post story suggesting GOP lawmakers in the U.S. Senate would try to block President Obama’s appointment of B. Todd Jones to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The criticism came swiftly.

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California Prison Bans Inmate from Reading The Atlantic

Our cousins over at FishbowlDC caught this interesting story in The Atlantic. It seems a female inmate serving 20-to-life for second degree murder at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, was barred by prison officials from reading the December 2011 issue of the magazine. Why, you ask? Apparently, according to a letter the prison sent to The Atlantic‘s editorial department, the issue’s cover depiction of a Pakastani man holding an assault rifle violates “California Code of Regulations, Section 3134.1 (d,e), which states in part, ‘no warefare [sic] or weaponary [sic].”

Whatever that means.

The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg, who co-wrote the cover story on Pakistan, wrote a letter to the prison in protest–which he posted on the mag’s website.

It reads in part:

I am writing on behalf of The Atlantic to appeal this decision. The Atlantic is a national magazine of ideas, news and opinion. It was founded over 150 years ago. The goal of our magazine is to provide its readers with responsible, deeply researched journalism about the pressing issues of the day. Writers published in The Atlantic include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain, Martin Luther King, Jr., and James Fallows. The cover story of the December 2011 issue, co-authored by me, concerns the U.S. relationship with Pakistan. The article posits that Pakistan should be a foremost foreign policy concern of the United States, in part because it sponsors and harbors anti-American terrorists. The picture on the cover, taken by one of America’s most illustrious photographers, Lynsey Addario, is of a member of an anti-American terror group.

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Atlantic Editor On Pay Walls: “Can’t Afford To Be Ideological”


Last night The Atlantic hosted a discussion titled “Money, Media, and the Future of HBO” with network co-president Richard Plepler and the magazine’s Jeffrey Goldberg. Also on hand were Michael Hirschorn, Stephen Colvin of The Daily Beast, and Senator Michael Bennet.

Plepler discussed the success of HBOGo, which allows subscribers to view their favorite episodes of Entourage or True Blood from any computer, and eventually on portable devices like the iPad or Blackberry. The theme of the evening seemed to be, “Piracy will always be an issue, but people will always pay for quality.”

Looking to expand this theory to print publications, FishbowlNY talked to Atlantic editor James Bennet. The magazine was one of the earliest users of a pay wall on its Web site, but like The New York Times, it eventually took it down in 2008 to allow readers to view the content for free. Now that the Times is planning on charging again, would Bennet’s magazine follow suit?

“It’s an idea we’re constantly revisiting,” Bennet told us. “But we can’t afford to be ideological about it. The New York Times‘ announcement does not affect our decision at all.” The magazine has no current plans to reinstate a pay system, he added.

When asked how The Atlantic plans to monetize in new media, Bennet pointed to The Atlantic Fiction For Kindle, created exclusively for the e-reader, which provides a series of never-before-published fiction for $3.99 a month. This is one of the few genuinely novel ideas we’ve heard about in terms of regulating content. Since it’s virtually impossible to copy and disseminate (unless you feel like all that retyping), and since it’s an original product (unlike news, which users can get from a variety of sources), it may be one of the few types of word-based media people will still shell out money for.

Previously: So What Do You Do James Bennet, Editor of The Atlantic?, The Atlantic Tears Down Their Paywall

The Atlantic Redesign Featuring…Bloggers!

new atlantic cover.jpgWe mentioned last week that our favorite online magazine, the 150 year-old Atlantic, had re-branded and re-designed itself. At the launch party the other night at the Exit art gallery on the west side of Manhattan (which included an art installation of “provocative” questions like: Why do presidents lie?) we managed to get our hands on the new print issue. And it looks good, though the new cover does overwhelm a bit with information.

What was equally interesting to note was the lineup of writers they had chosen to feature in their newly designed issue. Not surprisingly the first name that caught our eye was Andrew Sullivan who writes a feature piece titled “Why I Blog” (more on that later), but along with Sullivan we noted James Fallows and Jeffrey Goldberg both of whom are part of The Atlantic‘s stellar lineup of bloggers. Does this signify some sort of sea change to come? As in, perhaps we’ve reaching some tipping point where in order for a print magazine to be relevant it has to plumb the big names of the online world. We will see. In the meantime, after the jump, why Andrew Sullivan blogs…the print version.

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NYT: What Would You Ask the VP Candidates Tonight?

shouggting.jpgShould Gwen Ifill suddenly find herself at a loss for questions tonight the NYT and friends are here to help! The Times has rounded up the punditry troops and asked them what they would like to hear from Palin and Biden tonight. There’s some good and practical questions, some of which will hopefully get addressed tonight. But these are our two favorites:

Per Andrew Sullivan: Governor Palin, since you were selected as a vice presidential candidate, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has given more press conferences to American reporters than you have. Why do you have less confidence in the American press and people than the president of Iran does? And when will you dare to face the press for real?

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The New York Times Discovers a New ‘N’ Word

nut_splash.jpgSo Jesse Jackson. Pretty awful (also, unbelievably stupid), and offensive on so many levels. But language-wise? We’re pretty sure six-year-olds in Kansas have heard worse on school playground. However, on the off chance this is not the case we’re fortunate enough to have The New York Times here to save us from the vulgarity of hot mics everywhere! Over at The Atlantic Jeffrey Goldberg is highlighting the newspaper of record’s refusal to subject its readers to the word “nuts.” Maybe they’re worried it will will curve our spine, grow hair on our hands maybe, even bring us…peace without honor, or a bourbon. Nuts! Our virgin ears! But seriously, they publish Bill Kristol for God’s sake, how can “nuts” even compete the twice-weekly offense of that?

For those of you keeping count this is the second time in recent weeks that the Times has been taken to task for its choice of words. Last month CJR pointed out the paper’s apparent aversion to addressing rappers by their stage names. But back to nuts, Those are the ones that will curve your spine, grow hair on your hands maybe, even bring us, God help us, peace without honor um, and a bourbon.