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Nick Kristof is Proudest of His Books

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist has the luxury of a full-time columnist’s perch, with all the research and journalistic due diligence that such a position allows for. However, ahead of his Taft Lecture in Cincinnati on Monday, Nicholas Kristof told local freelancer Laura Hobson that his longer-form works are what he is most proud of.

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From the piece for WCPO-TV Channel 9:

“My books with [wife] Sheryl have also been highlights, most recently A Path Appears. The books have been a chance to go beyond what I can say in a column, to sum things up, to really try and move people. I think my books are what I’m proudest of.”

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HuffPo Media Editor Ponders Other Possible NYT ‘Drug’ Columns

ShutterstockEdibleMarijuanaPerhaps the scariest thing about Huffington Post Media senior editor Jack Mirkinson‘s fun little riff on Maureen Dowd‘s instant-classic “Harsh/Mellow” field trip is that a couple of his suggestions for similar Grey Lady op-eds seem completely reasonable.

In fact, if we didn’t know any better, we could have sworn we already had the following pair of items bookmarked:

After consuming the cocaine that he smuggled through a crumbling American airport, Tom Friedman subjects his cab driver in Bangalore to a deeply intense, four-hour monologue about green capitalism.

Paul Krugman explains how his six-month flirtation with LSD in the early 90s changed how he saw the banking industry.

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Harvard Crimson Editor Questions Nicholas Kristof D-cision

HarvardCrimsonLogoEverything about Nicole J. Levin‘s open letter to Class of 1981 grad Nicholas Kristof is spot-on. Right down to the way she signs her missive:

Sincerely,

Nicole J. Levin
Magazine Editor at Large, former Executive Editor, and
future Pulitzer Prize potential nominee.

Levin’s letter strikes just the right tone with respect to where Kristof’s recent decision to drop the “D.” middle-initial from his byline falls in the grand scheme of things:

I’m sorry, but you can’t just drop the D. It goes against everything in The Crimson’s Style Guide. Once you break one rule, what’s next? Maybe you will start writing “first-year’s dean’s office” instead of “Freshman Dean’s Office.” Worse, you might start writing “am” instead of “a.m.” If you set the precedent of no middle initial soon the Crimson Style Guide will have no authority; all 15 pages in our Google Drive will be completely meaningless and arbitrary.

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Nicholas Kristof Writes About Minor Byline Change, Whines When People Read It


We’ve never met The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof, but we imagine he’s a solid dude. If nothing else, he’s done some fantastic work for the Times, so that’s worth something. However, today he wrote a short piece announcing that he was dropping the “D” from his byline, and we cringed.

Penning a 321 word piece about dropping a middle initial is something that maybe — just maybe — you simply shouldn’t do. Why? Because no one cares, “Donabet” is kind of a badass name, and pointing out such a minor thing only makes you look self-centered.

In fact, the only way to top that type of egotistic move is to then whine because people are reading about the egotistic move:

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Chinese Charity Sues Nicholas Kristof for Breach of Agreement

Half the Sky Foundation , a non-profit with offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Berkeley, is going after New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, his wife Sheryl WuDunn and several others for allegedly misappropriating the organization’s trademarked name.

The plaintiffs claim that after all parties worked hard to come to agreement last fall as to when and how their trademarked name Half the Sky could be used for the purposes of a two-part PBS documentary, the agreement was breached in various ways. From Courthouse News Service reporter Dan McCue‘s summary:

The foundation claims the defendants solicited donations for numerous charities using the Half The Sky mark, displayed it prominently on their website and used it for branding on flyers and on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+ and YouTube.

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East Coast Media Figures Reveal Favorite LA Haunts

New York freelance writer and journalist Jeryl Brunner recently book ended her fall 2011 release My City, My New York with a west coast-focused second tome. Among the many fun little snippets in My City, My Los Angeles are various excerpts from NYC media boldface.

The very first passage in the book comes from Nicholas Kristof, who reminisces about meeting his wife in LA back in 1986 and enjoying the benefits of being done by east-coast-deadline time. Others who shared with Brunner their favorite corners of Lalaland include Fred Armisen, Cheryl Tiegs and the bi-coastal Piers Morgan:

“My favorite place in LA is Manhattan Beach… it reminds me of a British seaside resort…”

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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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Village Voice Separates Itself from Backpage.com

A trio of Village Voice Media’s senior management team has purchased all 13 alt-weekly papers and their digital properties, but not backpage.com, the site which was infamously tied to prostitution. The new company is called Voice Media Group, and is led by Scott Tobias, formerly the COO of Village Voice Media; Jeff Mars, formerly executive VP of finance; and Christine Brennan, formerly executive managing editor.

Voice Media will be able to now operate the papers without backlash from ownership of Backpage.com. Village Voice Media was repeatedly criticized for the site’s alleged ties to ads that have been used to buy and sell underage women for sex. Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times was one of Backpage’s biggest critics, often blasting Village Voice Media for publishing ads that might lead to illegal activities.

The new owners are clearly ready to distance themselves and their papers from Backpage. ”We’re excited to continue to focus on professional, curated, hard-hitting journalism, comprehensive entertainment coverage and a continued push to digital,” Tobias told Ad Age.

Goldman Sachs Was Cowardly To Dump Village Voice Media Over Sex Trafficking

When Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times starting asking questions about Goldman Sachs’s partial ownership of Village Voice Media, the investment firm got nervous. Village Voice Media, parent company of the LA Weekly, also owns Backpage.com, a site that’s taken some heat for running “escort ads” selling trafficked women and children. By Friday, Goldman Sachs had sold its 16% stake in the company.

And that, as Yosemite Sam would say, makes them lily-livered cowards.

If Goldman Sachs gave a damn about victims of sex trafficking, they would have used their 16% influence to shut down the adult services ads. Instead, the firm just attempted to cover their own ass by selling as fast as they could.

As Kristof himself noted, Goldman Sachs owned a significant chunk of the company for over six years, and served on the board for four. He writes, “There’s no indication that Goldman or anyone else ever used its ownership to urge Village Voice Media to drop escort ads or verify ages. Elizabeth L. McDougall, chief counsel for Village Voice Media, told me Friday that she was “unaware of any dissent” from owners.”

And why would owners object? The adult services section of Backpage.com takes in approximately $25 million a year. Goldman Sachs pocketed their blood money, then ducked out to avoid bad press.

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Group Plans Protest of The Village Voice

Village Voice Media, which operates Backpage.com, is coming under more fire for maintaining an adult section that allegedly has been used by people to buy and sell minors for sex. A group led by Groundswell, a social action service of the Auburn Seminary, is planning a protest in front of the Voice’s building tomorrow morning at 11 am.

During the protest, a Change.org petition (currently packed with over 220,000 signatures) that calls on the Voice to stop publishing ads on Backpage.com that might lead to child sex trafficking will be delivered.

The cause has been trumpeted by The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof in a pair of columns. In addition to Kristof, 19 Senators have already asked the Voice to shutter the adult services section of Backpage.com.

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