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Should NYTOnIt Be Forced to Change Its Logo?

Claiming an infringement on its trademark rights, NYT had a parody Twitter account suspended this morning.

NYTOnIt, known for mocking needlessly in-depth stories produced by NYT, was reactivated shortly after its creator Benjamin Kabok made an appeal to Twitter. But in the brief time that the account disappeared, there was an outpouring of tweets by journalists bemoaning the loss:

  • “Noooo!”– CBS News producer Sarah Boxer
  • “Noooooooo.”– HuffPost‘s Elise Foley
  • “We didn’t want the NYT to be THIS on it :( “– BuzzFeed‘s Rebecca Berg.
  • “Guys, corporate media lawyers have no sense of humor and the Times is on it!”– Mother Jones Senior Editor Dave Gilson
  • “I love that it took NYT several months to get angry about @NYTOnIt.”– HuffPost‘s Ryan Grim

NYT Spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told Poynter that NYT did request Twitter disable the account. She said the company wanted to ensure its trademark “T” logo was protected. When the parody account account was reactivated, the profile image was removed.

Kabok is now hosting a contest for followers to design and submit an original logo, but is it really necessary?

To the left are both logos side by side. The one with the white background and ink smudge at the top of the “T” was the one used by NYTOnIt.

Cornell’s Legal Information Institute lays out the definition of trademark infringement: “Trademark law protects a trademark owner’s exclusive right to use a trademark when use of the mark by another would be likely to cause consumer confusion as to the source or origin of goods.”

It’s possible the parody account’s “T,” written with the same font as NYT‘s trademark, could cause confusion among some media incompetent fool. Also, the parody account does almost exclusively link to NYT material, which might lead some to think the two are interrelated. So we ask you: Should NYTOnIt be forced to change its profile image?

Answer our Fish Poll. We’ll post the results tomorrow. Read more

Fish Poll: Why Did Petraeus Cheat?

This week we asked readers to help us figure out why now former CIA Director David Petraeus cheated on his wife of 37 years with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

The largest response ironically received 37.6 percent of the vote. It was: “This always happens with men in powerful positions. Think Bill Clinton, John Edwards and that idiot Gary Condit, who slept with an intern who was then murdered.”

Next up with 23 percent: “Broadwell’s a hottie and Petraeus got lucky. It’s as simple as that.” Rolling in at 2.5 percent was this response: “His affair clearly stems from a post-traumatic stress disorder from his time in Iraq.”

Why Did Petraeus Cheat?

It’s always startling when people in high-profile positions engage in risky behavior. It’s an age old question, especially in Washington: Why mess around when they have so much to lose?

When the news broke Friday that now-former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus had been having an extramarital affair, it was no less shocking. He’s a man respected by both Democrats and Republicans. It was even rumored earlier this year that he might be GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney‘s V.P. choice. Despite having national admiration, Petraeus gave it up when he confessed that he’d been cheating on his wife of 38 years Holly with his biographer Paula Broadwell.

So what drove Petraeus to stray? Answer our Fish Poll below. We’ll post the results tomorrow.

Fish Poll: 10% Thought About Paying For Sex

Following a report of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) stiffing a couple Dominican prostitutes, it was only appropriate to ask D.C. media professionals: “Have you ever paid for sex?”

The overwhelming majority (71.72 percent) of respondents in our non-scientific Fish Poll said “No, I get it for free.” Tied for the second most-selected answer at 10.1 percent were “Define ‘sex’” and “No, though I’ve thought about it– twice.”

Coming in third with 7.07 percent was “Yes and I probably will again.” The answer with the least amount of votes (1.01 percent) was “Yes, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”

Have You Ever Paid For Sex?

In the spring there were reports of Secret Service agents retaining prostitutes in Colombia. Now Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) has his own pay-for-sex scandal playing out, according to The Daily Caller. In both cases, the prostitutes were allegedly stiffed (meaning they weren’t paid).

Assuming the reports are true, it’s a little odd the customers wouldn’t pay up. U.S. senators and Secret Service agents aren’t exactly living at the bottom of the economic food chain.  Many journalists, however, are. And if Washington really is what everyone says — Hollywood for ugly people — paying for sex might be a necessity.

That brings us to a Fish Poll. Have you ever paid for sex? Answer in the poll below. We’ll post the results tomorrow.

 

Who Covered the Superstorm Best?

For those who had power on Monday night, it was some great TV. Dramatic waves crashing into NYC. Winds toppling a crane that perched dangerously over the city. Idiot anchors flailing around in the hurricane. Who did it better? Now’s your chance to vote in today’s Fish Poll.

 

Schieffer Went Unmolested Because ‘He’s Awesome’

The results of our Fish Poll are in and it was a nail biter.

Yesterday we asked readers why CBS News’s Bob Schieffer went so unscathed by both the chattering media and the candidates during Monday’s presidential debate.

The explanation most selected was that… Read more

CBS’ Bob Schieffer: Most Unmolested Mod?

Of the four debate moderators this election year, CBS News’s Bob Schieffer by far has been the least criticized.

PBS’s Jim Lehrer was thrown to the dogs by Democrats and their supporters for coming off as a pushover and seeming to let GOP Candidate Mitt Romney call the shots in the first debate. ABC News’ Martha Raddatz was hit by the right for not putting a muzzle on Veep Joe Biden‘s toothy grin. And for several days CNN’s Candy Crowley was blasted by Team Romney for her real-time fact checking in the second presidential debate.

With Schieffer, Romney didn’t do the tit-for-tat rule rattling he gained a reputation for in previous debates. (Though he tried once and backed down immediately when Schieffer told him he’d already had his turn.) President Obama wasn’t heard repeating, “Bob. Bob. Bob” as he did with Crowley’s name while trying to interrupt her.

So what gives? Is Schieffer just that awesome of a moderator? Did he outclass the others in pedigree?

Take our Fish Poll below. We’ll post the results tomorrow.

What Kind of Candy Best Reps Candy?

This week we asked readers to choose between different types of candy to describe the performance of debate moderator CNN’s Candy Crowley on Tuesday night. (Why can’t all polls be this brilliant?) We asked readers to choose among the Jolly Rancher (sweet, sour and an all around ass kicker), Milk Duds (a dud, unfair), the Blow Pop (hard on outside, gum on inside, ie. all things to all people) and Snow Caps (black and white and pro-Obama).

And here’s what you told us.

A predominant 42.2 percent of you declared that Snow Caps best reflect Crowley’s debate behavior. In other words, you said, she’s in the tank for President Obama. Second place goes to the Jolly Rancher — 30.37 percent of you think the world of her. The lowest score (11.8 percent) was for the Blow Pop, which indicated she was imminently fair and all things to all people.

Pick the Candy That Fits the Moderator

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