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America’s Most Elitist Crossword Puzzle Uses ‘Fo’ Shizzle’

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Yes, my nizzles. That’s the New York Times, fo’ rizzle!

In case you have absolutely no clue what that cutline says, no worries. I speak “Snoop Dogg.” According to the Urban Dictionary, “-izzle” is ”a suffix, often used by gangsters, used to cut off a word when one’s brain cannot process words with greater than three syllables.”

“Izzle” was basically a cutsy lingo developed by the Snoop D-O-double-G. It was such a popular way to speak, screwing up anyone advocate of AP-style, that the New York Times covered it in 2004. I suppose since that day in almost a decade ago, editors at the “Old Grey (White) Lady” thought they accrued street swagger … so they included “Fo’ Shizzle” in their nationally respected crossword puzzle.

What the fizzle?!

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SELF Mag in Trouble for Mocking Cancer Survivor’s Tutu

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Magazines have to apologize too. Last week SELF landed itself in hot water thanks to what we’ll call overeager editorializing on the fashion front.

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Los Angeles Times Writer ‘Screws’ Up Reporting Job for a Source

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We understand. Before the fall, you just get crapped on.

Meet Jason Felch. 

He was a star investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times. A guy whose credits stood on their own. That is, before he was “dismissed” after editors discovered he had an inappropriate relationship with someone who was a source for a front-page story that the newspaper says contained an error.

A double screw job, me thinks… *golf clap*

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Pope Francis Gets His Own Weekly Magazine, Complete with Centerfold

POPE-master495Since his election to the highest post in Catholicism about a year ago, Pope Francis has captured both the hearts of his followers and plenty of worldwide attention for his progressive ways and social savvy. So, like those of any self-respecting international celebrity, his fans hunger for regular inspiration and inside access to the life of their favorite star.

Now, here to satiate that need is Mio Papa (My Pope), the pope’s very own magazine, which hit Italian newsstands on Ash Wednesday.

The magazine’s editor, Aldo Vitali, told The New York Times, “It’s a sort of fanzine, but of course it can’t be like something you’d do for One Direction…We aim to be more respectful, more noble.”

But with 68 glossy pages boasting photos, papal pronouncements, sneak peeks into his holiness’ personal life, and a pullout centerfold, it’s pretty much exactly like what you’d do for One Direction. Read more

Howard Bragman on the PR Value of the New LinkedIn ‘Influencers’

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One of this week’s more intriguing stories is LinkedIn’s decision to allow more writers and thinkers to self-publish long-form pieces and follow others who aren’t in their networks. As part of this update, the network will also expand the ranks of its “Influencers.”

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Should You Pitch to Dr. Oz’s New Women’s Magazine?

shutterstock_144522389Oh hey: a brand-new publication from Hearst will soon hit newsstands, offering “diet, health and fitness tips” to American women!

Wait, why are you yawning? This one involves Dr. Oz!

Capital New York tells us that Dr. Oz The Good Life will include plenty of the doctor’s signature clinical recommendations as well as his “wellness-minded approaches to finance.”

So how will The Good Life differ from pretty much every other magazine out there? The King of TMI himself explains:

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‘Goldman Sachs Elevator’ Feed Scores Book Deal, Ruffles Some Platinum Feathers

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That’s GS on the far left. Go Jersey!

It’s a little odd to score a book deal on the strength of a Twitter feed, but stranger things have happened: remember Sh*t My Dad Says with William Shatner? (It’s probably better that you don’t.)

Today’s news that Simon & Schuster will publish a book based on the “Goldman Sachs Elevator” Twitter feed isn’t too terribly surprising, but anyone who thinks this will create a big dent in the firm’s already dubious reputation should probably calm down.

The anonymously authored tome will be called Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance and Excess in the World of Investment Banking, and a press release spins it as both a semi-memoir and “the definitive exposure of investment banking culture.”

Really, though: come on.

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