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Posts Tagged ‘New York Daily News’

Young Naturists America Scolds Journalists for Krazy Kidz Adult Party Coverage

It’s unlikely very many journalists are going to be quaking in their winter boots over this.

But for the February record, here is the gauntlet that has been thrown down this morning by Young Naturists America co-founder Jordan Blum after investigating the media’s sensational coverage of a nighttime event at Long Island children’s romper room Krazy Kidz. The gathering featured pajama-clad adults and, at one point, a nude flash mob:

“The media coverage which focused on the nudity, has distorted the facts and relied on overly dramatic reporting. We would like to officially admonish those journalists who reported about the ‘Naked Adult Pajama Party.’”

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Daily News Beats Competitors to Cuddle Scoop

Oh boy… Where to begin.

For starters, the all-caps EXCLUSIVE Web headline for this New York Daily News article seems largely unnecessary. Without even Google-checking, we’re pretty sure no one else tried to beat the paper to this anti-Super Bowl week punch.

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Mike Lupica: This is Still a New York City Super Bowl

It’s going to be a topic of conversation all the way through Super Bowl XLVIII post-game analysis. For now, Daily News columnist Mike Lupica‘s column about the lapping of New Jersey by New York during the NFL season’s big final week is the most-read article on the newspaper’s website.

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Lupica has no problem terming #48 a “New York Super Bowl.” In fact, when he ran into Seattle TV reporter Eric Johnson in Times Square (re-GPSed starting today with Super Bowl Boulevard) and framed the big game as such, the Pacific Northwest visitor couldn’t agree more. From Lupica’s piece:

The Super Bowl is here because of New York City, even if the game is being played over at the place the late Sonny Werblin, when running the Meadowlands and enticing the Giants across the Hudson, used to call “13th Avenue.”

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Retired French Crime Reporter Spirals to the Other Side of the Beat

This wild story was first detailed by Stephane Pair, a radio reporter with France Info. From there, it was translated into English by The Local and has been picked up by the New York Daily NewsDavid Harding.

NouvelleRepubliqueLogoHowever, for those who read French, the article de grace is without a doubt an earlier January 23 item in regional newspaper La Nouvelle Republique. You see, that’s the paper that the following unnamed criminal used to write for; and the report about his arrest for a series of armed robberies was written by the journalist who succeeded him. From the translated The Local write-up:

The 63-year-old former hack for French regional newspaper La Nouvelle Republique allegedly donned a wig, fake mustache, gloves and a hefty ‘Clint Eastwood’ revolver and began holding up stores in the [Bois] area.

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Daily News Summons Horrific Voice from the Grave: Adam Lanza

It’s currently the most-read article on the New York Daily News website, a ranking that will likely remain in place for some time.  The front-page-bannered report by Matthew Lysiak , Joe Kemp and Corky Siemaszko, published online yesterday afternoon, showcases a 2011 radio show call-in segment featuring Sandy Hook Elementary mass murderer Adam Lanza.

The intelligence and articulateness of the Lanza December 11, 2011 call suggest that Lanza may have subsequently quickly devolved mentally. Or, that he had a “personality switch” and that this was the more balanced side of his psyche mouthing the words. The News spoke with Anarchy Radio host John Zerzan about this newly revealed information:

“We remember the call,” Zerzan, 70, of Eugene, Oregon told The News. “The only thing that seemed odd was his voice seemed kind of robotic… but what he was saying made sense.”

But 21-year-old Kyle Kromberg, who attended Latin class with Lanza from freshman to junior year at Newtown High School, recognized his voice instantly. “It’s him,” said Kromberg. “I talked to him every day for about an hour each day from freshman to junior year, so I know his voice. He’s a very soft-spoken kid, but very articulate.”

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New York Media Go to Town with #Forkgate

GoodfellasLogoLet’s start with a journalist stationed in the borough where this all went down Friday. Staten Island Advance reporter Jillian Jorgensen, in her first few paragraphs, cuts right to the cheese:

As a pizza was placed in front of the new mayor, he made a fateful move: He picked up a fork and knife.

The press corps noticed almost immediately. Within moments, there was a Twitter hashtag: #forkgate.

Mayor Bill de Blasio didn’t stick strictly to utensils – he sampled three slices (one margherita, two “Smoking Goodfellas”) and began with utensils for each, before switching to the more conventional New York handheld style for finishing.

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Daily News for the NYE Story Win

Shutterstock_DalaiLamaIf the following plot elements were scripted in a Hollywood romcom, they would likely have critics rolling their bleary eyes. A couple meets on New Year’s Eve, 2008. Five years later, their second child arrives one second after midnight local time January 1 and is christened with a name suggested to the parents by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

That’s the gist of Ben Chapman‘s item today in the New York Daily News. If there is such a thing as a charmed New York life, Metok and Dorjee Choet­so‘s daughter Tenjin would seem to have a screaming head start:

To get the Dalai Lama’s recommendation for a name, the Queens couple phoned a secretary for His Holiness, who then asked the spiritual leader for a suitable moniker.

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Daily News Secretary Earns Kudos for Handling of Newspaper’s Advertorials

iMediaEthicsRibbonRhonda Roland Shearer, publisher and editor-in-chief of iMediaEthics.org, has announced the inaugural winners of the site’s Ethical Acts in Journalism Awards. The goal, this year and beyond, is to highlight worthy behind-the-scenes actions by editors and administrative employees.

All six 2013 winners are impressive, but the one that caught FishbowlNY’s eye is New York Daily News confidential secretary Miranda Walker. iMediaEthics went to her after they got no response from the paper’s advertising department about the lack of proper labeling of advertorial content:

Walker obviously took action and worked behind the scenes after our complaints (we can not say nor do we know how; she only told us she would look into the problem and sounded concerned). The GIF below shows an example of a Daily News ad that had no label to distinguish it from news, a violation of FTC rules, which is later slapped with a bold font “Advertisement” label.

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Coming Soon: A Movie About The Upper West Side’s ‘Tree Man’

Shutterstock_XmasTreeThe details are rich. And this time next year, many more people besides Francois’ loyal, regular customers will get to bask in the glow of the Quebec-born Christmas tree vendor who sets up shop each holiday season at 102nd Street and Broadway.

A movie about Francois and, peripherally, several other seasonal Manhattan street vendors is being made by low West 100s resident Jon Reiner and low West 90s pal Brad Rothschild. From a recent article by Daily News reporter Joe Dziemianowicz:

The takeaway of the movie “is about relationships and rituals,” says Rothschild. “A number of people we’ve interviewed have told us that it’s not the holidays until they see Francois.”

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Alexis Grenell: Lis Smith Latest Victim of ‘Slut-Shaming’

In the world of news, it’s never the man who is the “bimbo.” So argues political strategist and columnist Alexis Grenell in today’s New York Daily News.

DailyNewsFront_12_24On Sunday, incoming mayor Bill de Blasio‘s communications chief Lis Smith was revealed to be dating Eliot Spitzer. The ensuing coverage, suggests Grenell, has been all too familiar:

Regardless of her taste in men, Smith has the right to make her own decisions. Her relationship with Spitzer is entirely irrelevant to her qualifications as de Blasio’s spokeswoman.

Yet in news reports, Smith has been transformed from an accomplished adult into a “leggy” sexpot and her professional future called into question because her choice of romantic partner raises eyebrows.

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