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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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Highlights from Jill Abramson’s Q & A

Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times, took some time out of her day to answer readers’ questions. There were a variety of subjects covered, but we selected a few of our favorite questions and answers. Check them out below.

What’s your advice for a young female journalist who hopes to climb the ranks to a leadership role in the news media someday? 

Abramson: Learn how to report, listen to people and ferret out what is really interesting and important. Read Maureen Dowd.

How can you guarantee The New York Times’s objectivity in this age of “infotainment” and claims of bias?

Abramson: Our standards for accuracy and quality journalism include the separation of news and opinion, and articles are clearly labeled. A legendary executive editor named Abe Rosenthal once said he wanted his tombstone to read “he kept the paper straight.” This, too, is my standard for the news report.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. New York Times reporter Leaks Maureen Dowd Column to CIA, August 28
  2. Cover Battle: The New Yorker or Vice, August 30
  3. New York Live Makes Another Programming Switch to 12:30 p.m.; Jane Hanson (left) to Exit Show Friday, August 27
  4. News Corp. Either Loves Obama or Really Hates Romney, August 23
  5. Bloomberg Insider Calls Reagan a ‘Socialist,’ Waits for Republicans to Burn Convention to the Ground, August 28
  6. Weekend Weathercaster Domenica Davis Out at WNBC; Steve Villaneuva Bolts WPIX to Fill Slot, August 24
  7. Howard Stern Marks 30th Anniversary of New York Debut at WNBC, August 30

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New York Times Reporter Says Column He Purposely Sent to CIA Was a Mistake

Well we finally heard from Mark Mazzetti, the New York Times reporter who leaked a Maureen Dowd column to the CIA. In Arthur Brisbane’s piece on the incident, Mazzetti apologizes for sending Dowd’s article and explains what happened:

I did make a bunch of calls and was doing this on deadline. As part of the process, I also did send the column. It was definitely a mistake to do. I have never done it before and I will never do it again.

As you might recall, in his correspondence with the CIA, Mazzetti wrote, “This didn’t come from me… and please delete after you read. See, nothing to worry about.” That doesn’t really sound like a “mistake” to us.

In fact, it sounds like someone purposely doing something they know they’re not supposed to and trying to cover up their tracks. But we all see things differently in life, right?

New York Times Says Reporter Leaking Dowd Column Was a ‘Mistake’

The New York Times is doing its best to sweep a bit of internal controversy under the rug. A spokesperson for the paper said that Mark Mazzetti, the reporter who leaked a Maureen Dowd column to the CIA, simply made a “mistake” that “is not consistent with New York Times standards.” More from the spokesperson, via the Times:

Last August, Maureen Dowd asked Mark Mazzetti to help check a fact for her column. In the course of doing so, he sent the entire column to a C.I.A. spokeswoman shortly before her deadline. He did this without the knowledge of Ms. Dowd.

That’s it. No word on any sort of punishment for Mazzetti, no apology from Mazzetti, nothing.

We do expect Mazzetti to comment eventually, but what we’d really like to hear is what Dowd thinks of all this. We’re sure she’s got some interesting/profane thoughts on the matter.

New York Times Reporter Leaks Maureen Dowd Column to CIA

Mark Mazzetti, a reporter with The New York Times, must need to brush up on journalism ethics. That’s the only reason we can come up with to explain why he leaked a Maureen Dowd column to the CIA.

According to Politico, Mazzetti’s communication with Marie Harf, a CIA spokesperson, was regarding Dowd’s op-ed that criticized the White House for not making a bigger deal out of President Barack Obama’s handling of the mission that eventually led to Osama bin Laden being killed. Dowd’s piece was set to run after a movie about the mission — Zero Dark Thirty — hit theaters. In an email, Mazzetti writes, “This didn’t come from me… and please delete after you read. See, nothing to worry about.”

One would think Mazzetti has plenty to worry about now, but nope. Dean Baquet, the managing editor of the Times, thinks all is well. “I know the circumstances, and if you knew everything that’s going on, you’d know it’s much ado about nothing,” Baquet told Politico. “I can’t go into in detail. But I’m confident after talking to Mark that it’s much ado about nothing.” Hmmm… Maybe it’s us who need to brush up on ethics?

The New York Times Embeds Video Game in Article on Gaming

 

The New York Times has given all of its haters the opportunity of a lifetime: An easy way to destroy it. Well, sort of. The New York Times Magazine’s cover piece this week is about the addictive nature of “stupid games,” and for the online version, Jon Huang, a multimedia producer at the Times, modified a simple game to allow users to shoot apart the page.

It’s gimmicky, but dammit, it’s fun. We just spent 10 minutes shooting up the “Most Emailed” section. Poor Maureen Dowd, her avatar was the first to feel our wrath.

Give the game a try if you have a few minutes to waste today. Or just be boring and read the article.

The Four Kinds of New York Times Headlines

Writer Alex Leo has nimbly detected the fact that it’s not just the New York Post and Huffington Post that have headlines you can call from a mile away. The New York Times is equally as guilty.

While you can count on every HuffPost headline starting with WATCH or PHOTOS and every NY Post screamer being a pun your grandfather would have found hilarious, the Times has its own headline ruts that seem to have gotten deeper over the years.

She notes the four most common kinds of Times‘ headlines, from “The Equivocator” (e.g., “Job Hunting Is, and Isn’t, What It Used to Be”) to the aptly named “Maureen Dowd,” defined as:

Simply mush together a bunch of slangy, pop-culture references into a semi-sensical pseudo-sentence that vaguely reminds you of a commercial jingle or movie title from the latter half of the 20th century.

Her full and hilarious classification system is available at her site. FishbowlNY has been checking to see how many we can spot on the front page of the Times‘ website. How are these for some “Maureen Dowds”?

It’s true!

A Look Back at ‘Mission Accomplished’

On Sunday, it will be eight years since George Bush stood on an aircraft carrier and proudly declared “Mission Accomplished.” Bush – to put it in the nicest way possible – was being an idiot, because the Iraq war continues to rage on, 4,000 U.S. casualties (not to mention thousands of Iraqi deaths) later.

But Bush wasn’t the only one to join in the stupidity. The media was quick to jump on the bandwagon too. On the Huffington Post today, Greg Mitchell, a contributor to The Nation, explains how virtually every major media outlet jumped at the chance to announce that the Iraq war was over, and that the United States prevailed.

There was Chris Matthews, who got weird with this quote:

Women like a guy who’s president. Check it out. The women like this war. I think we like having a hero as our president. It’s simple.

Then Brian Williams told us all how “beautiful” the event was and USA Today ran a column titled “Relax, Celebrate Victory.” But perhaps no reaction was as ridiculous as the Op-Ed by Maureen Dowd, who took Top Gun references to an all time high:

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LA Weekly Coverage of Lara Logan Assault Criticized by CNN, NY Times

It’s not just local readers who are offended by LA Weekly blogger Simone Wilson‘s coverage of the horrific assault on CBS reporter Lara Logan. On Saturday, Maureen Dowd of the NY Times included Wilson in her criticism of “vile bodies online” that “began beating up on the brave war correspondent” soon after news of the attack broke:

On her LA Weekly blog, Simone Wilson dredged up Logan’s romantic exploits and quoted a Feb. 3 snipe from the conservative blog Mofo Politics, after Logan was detained by the Egyptian police: “OMG if I were her captors and there were no sanctions for doing so, I would totally rape her.”

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