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In just the last few months, he notes, the list of former high-profile Timesmen and women has swelled to include:
Nate Silver (now at ESPN/ABC), Brian Stelter (CNN), Matt Bai (Yahoo News), Megan Liberman (Yahoo News), David Pogue (Yahoo News), Jeff Zeleny (ABC), Susan Saulny (ABC), Lisa Tozzi (BuzzFeed), Judy Battista (NFL/NFL.com), Howard Beck (Bleacher Report), Rick Berke (Politico), and Eric Wilson (InStyle)
From Calderone’s article:
The Times has long enjoyed a position atop the media pecking order and the cachet of working at the “Paper of Record” remains both a draw for recruiting talent and keeping it. But it’s no longer the case that the Times can rely on prestige alone as talent fields competitive offers from both TV networks and also online sites that can pay significantly more money, provide greater journalistic freedom and offer multi-platform visibility — or some combination of the three.
Read the whole thing here.
1. No stone unturned: In what we horribly call a “longread” these days, the Washington Monthly has a really fascinating story out today about a woman who declared that she’d been gang raped in Iraq. The story takes you from the beginning of the ordeal to the absolute bitter end. The reporter, Stephanie Mencimer, admits her own involvement in a film in which the woman appears. She also admits to writing a number of sympathetic stories on the woman for Mother Jones, her former employer. At one point she says her former editor there “cringed” and not so subtly tried to talk her out of writing this piece, but she wasn’t persuaded.
Why you should read it: The story explores every possible angle and makes you ultimately question nearly every person involved. She shows how lawmakers and the media came to the woman’s defense and didn’t bother to follow through on the wildly unexpected conclusion to the ordeal. Stop whatever you’re doing. If any story deserves a prize it’s this one. Read the story here.
2. The firing of AP’s Bob Lewis: This story by HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone gives a full overview of the firing of the AP reporter for misreporting news relating to gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe.The story includes an interesting detail by reporting the reaction of McAuliffe’s communications director, who said the campaign did not request for any action, such as a dismissal, to happen.
Why you should read it: It’s free of opinion. How many stories are free of that these days? Read the story here.
HuffPost‘s contingency plans? — NYT had some trouble with their website yesterday. In fact, the entire website was down for several hours. As The Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher reports, NYT staff editor Juliet Lapidos took the opportunity to take a jab HuffPost, tweeting “How is the Huffington Post handling the NYT outage? Do they have contingency plans?” This struck a nerve in HuffPost’s Sam Stein, who fired back with a tweet of his own. The exchange eventually devolved into an ordeal among TNR’s Marc Tracy and HuffPost’s Michael Calderone. Lapidos eventually apologized by tweeting “Did not mean to wound. It was just a dumb joke.” Stein immediately forgave her, writing that it’s all “water under the bridge.”
Why you should read it: Just seeing Stein’s childlike retort makes reading this worth it.
The world without NYT — Also spawned by NYT’s online troubles was a hilariously satirical piece by WaPo’s Alexandra Petri. Following the lede of “OH MY GOD, THEY’VE DONE IT, THEY’VE ACTUALLY DONE IT,” Petri writes that “chaos erupted in the streets.” Petri also describes NYT digital subscribers who didn’t know what Paul Krugman was thinking and wondered if skinny jeans were still in style. They “became baffled and disoriented when they were allowed to read the entire paper without a notice popping up in the lower corner of the screen to tell them they had reached their article limits.” The piece closes with a desperate plea to read WaPo, which “is a lovely paper, with lots of award-winning video content, available in print in online editions!”
Why you should read it: Petri does an excellent job satirizing NYT culture. Also there’s a picture of a groundhog.
We’re taking Separated at Birth to new, deeper and ridiculous heights today. We liked BuzzFeed‘s rendition of this with members of Congress so much that we decided to steal the idea for our own fishy purposes. Enjoy!
10. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and a Wooley sheep.
9. Slate‘s Dave Weigel and a sloth.
8. Katrina vanden Heuvel and an Afghan breed of dog.
7. Breitbart News‘ Matthew Boyle and a chipmunk. Hey, they don’t call those chipmunk cheeks for nothing right? We’re talking about the chipmunk, of course.
6. HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone and these exaggerated versions of his dark eyes in some cool cats we found online.
5. ABC’s Martha Raddatz and a blonde Afghan breed of dog.
4. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and a dog with reading glasses.
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It’s a done deal.
Blake Hounshell, who resigned from FP last week, is going to work for Politico as his former boss’s deputy. That’s right, Susan Glasser was his boss at FP. She, too, recently resigned to go to work for Politico to head up an aggressive longform journalism operation.
HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone got his paws on the memo first from Editor-in-Chief John Harris. FishbowlDC first hinted at the news a few days ago. “He’s a wonderful editor, a nonstop ideas machine — and a round-the-clock tweeter: basically the perfect metabolism for POLITICO,” said Glasser in the memo.
Hounshell begins his new job Monday.
See the full memo.
“Jim Vandehei says to be healthy, wealthy, and wise you need six hours a night, so I try for at least that,” Allen said. Sage advice, indeed. But what else does VandeHei say? Luckily, a new Q&A with him published in PaidContent is chock-full of Vande-isms.
On Politico staying relevant in the media realm:
“Anyone who thinks that because they have success today, they’ll have success tomorrow I think is a fool.”
There’s definitely more…
Who is Michele Bachman, anyway? — An “exponent of the anti-tax Tea Party movement”; a “conservative firebrand and a favorite of tea party Republicans”; “Tea Party Darling.” These are just a few of the ways Rep. Michele Bachman (R-Minn.) has been described by the press. In a listicle rivaling Buzzfeed, Politico’s Patrick Gavin listed 13 of the descriptions, citing everyone from Matt Drudge to WaPo and Bloomberg. Gavin himself calls the congresswoman “one of the more colorful characters in Congress.”
Reporter let go for being ‘painful to watch’ — Think you’re having a bad day? In an internal email sent to staff, CBS Harrisburg news director David Baer said Kirk Wilson, a reporter for the station, had resigned. But, as Mediaite’s Andrew Kerill reported, Wilson says he was forced out because Baer said he was “painful to watch.” Originally trying not to share the detail of his split with the station, Wilson, after learning what was being said, took to Facebook to set the record straight. “The news director told me I didn’t meet the reporting standards of SBG TV,” Wilson said in the post. I was “painful to watch,” neither me nor my stories were conversational. I’ll stop there. It got worse.” He went on to describe his stop at a convenience store on his way home the day he was let go. The clerk recognized him as a reporter from the station, and after Wilson told her that he wasn’t with the station anymore, she was heartbroken. “She said to me, ‘You’re my favorite reporter. I think I’m going to cry.”
Molly Ball, Maggie Haberman considered for NYT posts — Last week, NYT announced the hire of Politico’s Jonathan Martin as a national political correspondent for the newspaper. HuffPost’s Michael Calderone reported that, along with Martin, the Times was also considering The Atlantic’s Molly Ball for the storied position, according to sources. Ball is a former reporter at Politico. Haberman, for her part, reportedly extended her contract with Politico following the 2012 election and will be staying with the publication.
HuffPost media writer Michael Calderone investigated the writing habits of Howard Kurtz and something curious has emerged. Some of Kurtz’ Daily Beast colleagues are baffled about why he’s spending so much time promoting another Daily site. This one, the Daily Download, where Kurtz sits on the board, instead of his other employers, Newsweek-The Daily Beast and CNN. Lauren Asburn is Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Download. She’s also a Daily Beast contributor and appears often on Kurtz’ CNN program. Are things getting just a tad incestuous?
Three weeks after moving into 529 9th St. in Chinatown, The New Republic officially celebrated its new office space on Friday.
“The convenience of the location played a big part,” Chief Operating Officer Sloan Eddleston told FishbowlDC. The office, which sits over the International Spy Museum, features a newsroom with some 30 computers, a library for reporters seeking a quiet respite and a spacious roof deck with a view of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (another selling point).
Eddleston said the space was renovated before the TNR crew could move in and that changes to the office were paid for by the owners of the building. He said TNR has signed a multi-year lease, but declined to say how many years.
Notably, most of the computers in the office are desktop PCs with only two or three Macs. Asked if any of the staffers gripe over who uses which computer, TNR Editor-in-Chief Franklin Foer said no. Actually, most of the computers go unused. “I think you find that most people have laptops,” Foer said, “and they’re working off Macs.”
Foer said it’s “very sweet to be in a place that is our home and will be our home for a long time.” Previously, TNR was taking up shelter in an office sublet by the American Grain Council.
The party featured two fully-stocked open bars and another bar where attendees could sample different liquors. WaPo‘s media reporter Erik Wemple was spotted taking a shot of something dark before heading out onto the deck. Catering included copious amounts of humus and cheese, veggie spreads and an assortment of chips.
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