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Veteran Journalist Objects to NYT Nairobi Photos

MichaelDiebertTwitterProfilePicMichael Deibert (pictured) is currently based in Miami. But for much of the time in recent years, he has covered conflict in Congo and the troubles in Haiti.

In response to the New York Timespublication over the weekend of a series of photos taken of the Nairobi, Kenya shopping mall massacre by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Tyler Hicks and Hicks’ wife, who found themselves by chance in the vicinity when the violence erupted, Deibert took to his personal blog. In an open letter to the paper’s public editor Margaret Sullivan, Deibert objects to the fact that the paper displayed in several of the pictures the faces of victims:

Quite honestly, as a journalist who has reported on conflict for going on quite a number of years, I was shocked and dismayed by this. Would the New York Times run photos of blood-soaked dead white Americans after one of the many mass shootings that occur in the United States? I doubt it. That they did so after the mass killings in Nairobi yesterday is very troubling, not just to me, but also to many other journalists, academics and analysts who focus on Africa.

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Vladimir Putin: Unpaid Journalist

Everyone is talking about Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in The New York Timesso we’re glad that the paper has disclosed how it went down. According to Margaret Sullivan, the Times’ public editor, it wasn’t exactly the most exciting collection of events:

The Times editorial department was approached Wednesday by an American public relations firm that represents Mr. Putin, offering the piece. Also on Wednesday, Mr. Putin’s spokesman, in the course of an interview about Syria, mentioned to The Times’s Moscow bureau chief Steven Lee Myers that an article was in the works.

Huh. For a guy that drives Formula One cars, dives for archeological treasures, takes Judo classes and more, this is pretty boring stuff. In fact, the most notable item about how Putin ended up in the Times was that he won’t be paid. We like to imagine the Andrew Rosenthal, the Times’ op-ed editor, sent Putin’s team an email promising Putin exposure via a byline, but no payment.

Poor Putin. Maybe he could start a blog?

Nate Silver Made Enemies at The NY Times

By now you know that Nate Silver is leaving The New York Times for ESPN. And you’ve probably read 73 articles about why he left. Well, courtesy of Margaret Sullivan, the Times public editor, we have more information on his departure. Apparently, quite a few people at the Times didn’t like ol’ Nate.

In a column, Sullivan writes that Silver’s method of covering politics — an emphasis on numbers, not blabbering — rubbed some staffers the wrong way:

A number of traditional and well-respected Times journalists disliked his work. The first time I wrote about him I suggested that print readers should have the same access to his writing that online readers were getting. I was surprised to quickly hear by e-mail from three high-profile Times political journalists, criticizing him and his work.

Not only that, but when Silver’s status began to rise, several Times staffers became jealous teens:

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New York Times Says Fashion Photos Can Be Altered

Some drama occurred recently when Deborah Needleman, editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, said she considered adding some fat to a cover model she thought was too thin. Naturally some people were outraged, because they apparently have never picked up a magazine. Margaret Sullivan, the Times’ public editor, followed up on the situation, and found that the Times holds fashion photos to a different standard than news photos.

Michele McNally, the Times’ assistant managing editor for photography, explained, “Fashion is fantasy. Readers understand this. It’s totally manipulated, with everything done for aesthetics.” Philip Corbett, associate managing editor for standards, added, “This is a different genre of photography [than news]. It has different goals, different tools and techniques, and there is a different expectation on the part of the reader.”

In other words: Don’t be an idiot. Of course fashion photos are altered. If you’re upset by this, consider taking photos meant to sell material goods a little less seriously.

Group Plans Protest of New York Times for Use of ‘Illegal Immigrant’

The tide against the use of “illegal immigrant” has been swelling for weeks. Now, a giant wave of protest is about to come crashing down on the New York Times. Tomorrow at 12:00 pm, a group of activists led by Fernando Chavez and Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas, will protest in front of the Times building, demanding that the paper stop using “illegal immigrant.”

The group will have with it a petition from the Applied Research Center’s “Drop the I-Word” campaign featuring over 70,000 signatures that support the mission.

After the Associated Press announced it would no longer use “illegal immigrant,” the Times’ public editor wrote that the paper was considering dropping the phrase. Maybe this protest will make them act a little faster.

Everyone Loves Margaret Sullivan

We think Margaret Sullivan, the New York Times’ public editor, is great. In The Nation’s new profile of her, that sentiment gets echoed. Over and over again. In fact, Sullivan might be the most beloved person in media right now. Think we’re crazy? Maybe we are. Or maybe we’re so sane we just blew your mind. See below for some Sullivan love from The Nation’s piece.

Greg Mitchell, author of the profile:

Sullivan, on the other hand [compared to previous public editors], is able to cover so much, so often, because unlike her predecessors, she has used her blog at the paper’s main website regularly—making good on one of her first promises to readers after taking the job.

Jay Rosen:

What strikes me is that she’s determined to participate in the online conversation about the Times and its brand of journalism. The previous public editors did not see this as important. One result: she is on top of things a lot more quickly.

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New York Times Treats Its Jerusalem Bureau Chief Like a Child

The New York Times has taken the embarrassing step of providing Jodi Rudoren — the paper’s Jerusalem bureau chief — with a social media watchdog. According to the Times’ public editor, Margaret Sullivan, the move was necessary because Rudoren had used Twitter and Facebook to post some things that got people upset:

…During the Gaza conflict, she wrote one Facebook post in which she described Palestinians as ‘ho-hum’ about the death of loved ones, wrote of their ‘limited lives’ and, in another, said she shed her first tears in Gaza over a letter from an Israeli family. The comments came off as insensitive and the reaction was sharp, not only from media pundits, but also from dismayed readers.

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Twitter Suspends New York Times Parody Account [Update]

Apparently the execs at The New York Times do not have a sense of humor. The paper complained to Twitter about a parody account, called @NYTOnIt, which posted many ridiculous and obviously stupid trend stories published by the Times. The account is now suspended. A sample tweet from NYTOnIt was “Guys, boys want muscles and the Times is ON IT.”

According to Poynter, the paper said that the account’s use of the Times “T” is a violation of its trademark. Never mind that the NYTOnIt account, written by Benjamin Kabak, has an altered logo and even includes “This is a parody account clearly not associated with any newspaper” in its bio.

Eileen Murphy, spokesperson for the Times, admitted to Poynter that the paper had complained.

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Rupert Murdoch Makes a Good Point

Maybe Rupert Murdoch is jealous about all the press Margaret Sullivan gets, but you have to admit, he makes a good point.

New York Times Public Editor Gets it Wrong

Margaret Sullivan, the New York Times’ public editor, has been great since taking on the role, but when she attacked Nate Silver, she was wrong. Silver, the author of the political blog FiveThirtyEight, has become a target for Republicans lately because his prediction model has President Barack Obama easily beating Mitt Romney next Tuesday.

Joe Scarborough recently called Silver and his work out, and so Silver asked Scarboroguh to bet on the election results. “If you think it’s a toss-up, let’s bet,” tweeted Silver, to Scarborough. “If Obama wins, you donate $1,000 to the American Red Cross. If Romney wins, I do. Deal?”

Sullivan caught wind of the bet and called out Silver:

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