A compliment recently paid by one top CBS executive to another has been TKO-ed.
From today’s New York Times corrections:
Because of an editing error, an article last Saturday about an agreement by the boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to fight on May 2 omitted, in some editions, passages about the role of Leslie Moonves, chief executive of CBS Corporation, in the negotiations. And because of that error, the article misidentified the person who said that Moonves and Richard Plepler of HBO were \"the adults in the room\" when the details of the bout were worked out. The comment was by Bob Arum, the president of Top Rank Promotions — not by Stephen Espinoza, the executive vice president and general manager at Showtime Sports.
The February 20 article, titled “Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao Showdown Is Finally Set,” was written by Joe DePaolo, who also contributes to SB Nation and Fast Company.
Espinoza is no stranger to the PPV world of boxing. Before joining Showtime in New York, he worked at law firm Ziffren Brittenham LLP on behalf of boxer clients such as Oscar De La Hoya and Mike Tyson.
The New York Observer is dropping the best part of its title — New York — from the paper’s website. The site is now branded as “Observer” for the same reasons The New York Daily News expanded its site in 2012 — to attract a more widespread readership.
“The Observer is no longer simply the web version of the New York Observer newspaper,” wrote Observer Media CEO Joseph Meyer, in a note. “It is a national destination, covering the people and trends transforming our world, and reaching an elite audience by focusing on the topics that they care about —politics, art, style, culture, entertainment, innovation and real estate.”
It’s no accident that Meyer mentioned “elite” in his piece. He’s obviously hoping that describing the Observer as a “national destination” will bring in new, high-end advertisers.
Thankfully, while the Observer’s site is losing its New York, the paper will retain its focus on the greatest city in the world.
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Today in the Louisville Courier-Journal, the paper’s former education editor Charles Whaley jumps back to the post-World War II days. In the summer of 1949, he had just graduated from the University of Kentucky and was looking to spend a useful summer in New York before starting at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Whaley wound up at The School Executive, a now defunct NYC publication where one Nelle Harper Lee had been hired earlier that same year by editor Dr. Walter Cocking, who also engaged Whaley. Intriguingly, when author Charles Shields published his 2006 biography of Lee, titled Mockingbird, there was no mention of her The School Executive days. It was Whaley in fact, post-publication, who made Shields aware. From the Courier-Journal article:
Shields asked me to share my memories of Harper from those days for a future revision of his biography Mockingbird.
\"I remember Lee as being very friendly and outgoing, chipper with a warm smile and friendly greeting as she walked through the office,” I wrote him in part. “I also have a recollection of her being with a young man of her age (name escapes me; was it John?) as they chatted with me. Did he work there, too? Not sure. But this chat did take place in the office on Park Avenue South. Was he a boyfriend or just a friend? He was Southern, I’m pretty sure.”
Shields, I believe, was the first to reveal the huge role that Nelle’s New York friends Michael and Joy Brown, whom I also got to know years later, in the creation of To Kill a Mockingbird. Truman Capote, her hometown friend, had asked them to befriend her when she moved to New York.
Go Set a Watchman, the very belated sequel to Lee’s seminal 1960 novel, will be released July 14. Whaley meanwhile has been working on a biography of Ben Bagley, a New York record producer who spearheaded off-Broadway revues.
[Jacket cover courtesy: HarperCollins]
Jay Carney moves to Amazon, where he’ll be senior vice president for worldwide corporate affairs. The former White House press secretary is only the latest former Obama administration official to jump to Silicon Valley, where, presumably, they all got huge pay raises. It’s good to be in public service for a couple years, apparently. Carney will oversee “the e-commerce giant’s worldwide public relations and public policy shops,” according to Mike Allen, who got the scoop. He’ll report directly to Jeff Bezos, with Paul Misener and Craig Berman running the lobbying and PR efforts, respectively, and serving as Carney’s direct reports…
Former New York Times opinion section writer and editor Juliet Lapidos leaves for the Los Angeles Times, where she’ll be op-ed editor… The Washington Post loses senior correspondent and associate editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran, who’s moving to Seattle to join a media startup affiliated with Starbucks… The New York Post elevates digital managing editor Remy Stern to chief digital officer. He previously worked at Gawker and Radar, and is credited with raising the site’s unique visitors from 10 million to 30 million in the past 18 months… Veranda snags Glamour’s Deena Schacter as luxury director and bumps up Katie Tomlinson to home furnishings manager… Fortune promotes or hires a dozen staffers… Read More
TVNewser: Josh Elliott really wants to cover the Olympics.
LostRemote: MSNBC is partnering with 92Y to highlight “Seven Days of Genius.”
GalleyCat: We don’t say this often around these parts, but this is some great poetry.
Julio Ojeda-Zapata, a technology reporter and blogger with St. Paul, Minnesota’s Pioneer Press, dug into his newspaper’s archives today upon learning of the sad news of Leonard Nimoy’s death. He wrote a couple of articles about Spock back in the day, beginning with a locally flavored piece that must be logged at the opposite end of the technology spectrum celebrated in Star Trek.
As the reporter wryly notes in his blog post, the article dates back to a time when the Internet was known as the \"World Wide Web.\" Here’s an excerpt:
Nimoy is among a growing number of photographers who are pursuing a digital strategy for achieving greater [photographer] exposure.
This month, about a dozen of Nimoy’s nudes are being exhibited on a St. Paul-based World Wide Web page dubbed \"F-64\" that is the online equivalent of an art gallery – a site that selectively displays the works of accomplished photographers in a gallery-like environment.
\"Some [photography-oriented] sites sell space like a mall,\" posting the work of any amateur for a fee, says F-64 creator Scott Bourne, a photographer and a former Internet-oriented entrepreneur who recently opened a photo studio in St. Paul’s Lowertown District. \"But they can’t buy their way onto F-64.\" In this regard, f-64 is similar to a \"real-life, street-level gallery,\" Bourne says. \"Its precious retail space wouldn’t be available to just any photographer.\"
F-64 has drawn kudos from the likes of Chuck Delaney, dean of the prestigious New York Institute of Photography, who calls Bourne \"a visionary\" and says, \"Exhibiting photographs in a cyber-gallery is an innovation that is here to stay… Though the sale of fine-art photography (online) is in its infancy, others will follow.\"
Ojeda-Zapata is promising to share the other Nimoy piece he wrote shortly. Read the rest of the first one here.
FYI, the publishing use of the photography lens-aperture term \"F-64\" (or f/64) dates back many more decades. To wit, check out this manifesto published on behalf of a 1932 group that included Ansel Adams.
[Photo: Carla VanWaggoner/Shutterstock.com]
This is sickening and deeply upsetting news.
Per a report in the New York Times, a pair of machete-wielding attackers swooped down Thursday night at a book fair in Bangladesh’s capital on author-blogger Avijit Roy, 42, and his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya, 45. He died as a result of the attack; she remains in critical condition. From the article:
Roy was a prolific writer on secularism and condemned religious extremism, particularly through his blog, Mukto-Mona, the Bengali words for Free Mind. He also wrote on the website of the Center for Inquiry, an organization based in the United States dedicated to humanist thinking and critiques of religion.
The Times report references a ‘recent article’ by Roy for the Center, but that item has in fact not yet been officially published. “The Virus of Faith,” which will appear in the April/May issue of the Center’s Free Inquiry publication and addresses reaction to the release of Roy’s 2014 book Biswasher Virus, is very sadly prophetic:
The death threats started flowing to my email inbox on a regular basis, he wrote, describing reaction after the book came out. One extremist, he wrote, “issued death threats to me through his numerous Facebook statuses.” In one, the extremist wrote: “Avijit Roy lives in America and so it is not possible to kill him right now. But he will be murdered when he comes back.”
Roy, a U.S. citizen, was born in Bangladesh. Read the Center For Inquiry’s statement here.
In December, Roy began a Mukto-Mona blog post with this quote from Salman Rushdie: “Religion, a medieval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms.” RIP.
[Photo via: Center For Inquiry]
Understandably, folks in that Canadian province are going to be less than thrilled with passages like this one (bolding is ours), involving the St. Anthony outpost of restaurant chain Jungle Jim’s:
Several TVs were on with the sound muted, showing a hockey game between Sweden and Russia, a semifinal for the World Junior Championship. Everyone in the place, except the waiter, was fat, some of them so fat that I kept having to look at them. I had never seen people that fat before. The strange thing was that none of them looked as if they were trying to hide their enormous girth; quite the opposite, several people were wearing tight T-shirts with their big bellies sticking out proudly.
So Who is this Knausgaard fellow, who presently calls Sweden home? Per the New York Times footnote, the title of the two-part series (concluding in the March 15 issue) echos this Norwegian-descended vagabond’s six-volume (!) autobiographical novel My Struggle. Volume Four is set to arrive in English this April.
This was definitely a killer assignment. As the article author, he was tasked by the magazine with starting in Newfoundland, where the Vikings once settled, and driving south into the U.S. and then westwards to Minnesota, the settling choice of a great many Norwegian-American immigrants.
Tajikistan holds parliamentary elections on 1 March and Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the toxic climate in which news organizations are forced to work in the country, noting that democratic elections cannot take place unless there is freedom of information.
More than 4 million voters are called to the polls to choose 63 members from among 288 candidates. Although the vote has the appearances of democracy, the dire state of freedom of information surrounding the ballot is indicative of the draconian behaviour of President Emomali Rakhmon, who has been in office since 1992. Tajikistan is ranked 116th of 180 countries in the 2015 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders.
“There can be no democracy without media pluralism and without free access to news and information,” Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk, pointed out.
“It should be noted that freedom of information continues to deteriorate in Tajikistan, to the point where it is a cause of considerable concern on the eve of the elections. We urge the authorities to ensure Tajik citizens have the right to report and receive news and information. We call on the international community to remind Dushanbe of its commitments and hold it to account for the large-scale violations of this basic democratic principle.”Campaign marked by bullying tactics
Several independent journalists have told Reporters Without Borders they have received threats from the intelligence services in the weeks leading up to the vote. They have been warned in emails and text messages to “stop writing critical stories” or face public exposure of their private lives. A smear tactic that points to the existence of a vast surveillance system in the country.
Other independent journalists have been the targets of campaigns to discredit them in the official media and on social networking sites, often also using elements from their private lives. In one recent instance, a report by the State TV station TVT accused some independent news organizations of supporting the mayor of Dushanbe in exchange for benefits in kind, such as apartments or land.
In a joint statement on 16 February, the National Association of Independent Mass Media in Tajikistan (NANSMIT), the Journalists' Union and the Media Council of Tajikistan called for an end to “attacks and moves aimed at intimidating and obstructing the professional activities of journalists”, the manipulation of the media for political ends and repeated intrusions into the private lives of independent journalists.Media pluralism undermined
Given the lack of media pluralism, the election campaign was bound to be dull and political competition one-sided. The authorities control almost all broadcasting outlets. Three campaign spots by the opposition party Islamic Renaissance of Tajikistan were barred from the airwaves on the grounds that they were not made in one of the few officially authorised studios.
The appeal by convicted businessman Zayd Saidov, arrested and tried soon after he set up an opposition party in 2013, is being held in camera. Saidov, a former industry minister, was sentenced to 26 years' imprisonment after being found guilty of sexual offences, polygamy, and fraud and corruption.
The Asia Plus media group, which has a weekly, a news agency, a radio station, a television studio and a news website of record, is one of the few sources of independent news in Tajikistan. Access to its website has been regularly blocked inside the country in recent years. In spring last year, the weekly and its editor Olga Tutubalina were found guilty of insulting the country's intellectuals in a farcical trial and ordered to pay the three plaintiffs 30,000 somoni (4,500 euros). The number of trials of independent journalists has risen in the run-up to the parliamentary electionsFreedom of information targeted by paranoid authorities
The temporary blocking of access to social networks and independent news sites has been a frequent occurrence since 2012, yet in October 2014 access to more than 200 websites was cut off for two weeks, including Facebook, Vkontakte and YouTube, as well as the main Tajik, Russian and Central Asian news sites.
Access was blocked soon after the opposition movement Group 24 announced it would hold an anti-government demonstration. It was restored a day after the event, which did not take place.
This unprecedented blackout was accompanied by drastic restrictions on telecoms networks. Text messaging was suspended for several days and Internet access was cut off completely in the northern region of Sughd.
Such disproportionate and oppressive responses stem from the authorities' visceral fear of destabilisation, using the spectre of the civil war that tore the country apart between 1992 and 1997 to justify their fear of the opposition.
Aleksandr Sodiqov, an academic and specialist in conflict prevention arrested in June last year, has paid the price for the authorities' paranoia. The netizen's only offence was to have interviewed an opposition leader in the autonomous south-eastern province of Gorno-Badakhshan as part of his research. The province was the scene of violent clashes in 2012, which were shrouded in secrecy. Accused of spying, he was held in custody for a month and was released only after a massive international campaign.
NANSMIT, a partner organization of Reporters Without Borders, has published recommendations for journalists aimed at ensuring impartial and objective coverage of the elections.
(Photo: AFP Photo / STR)
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Like many others this week, we have been actively hoping and praying that the search for missing 21-year-old Rochester Institute of Technology student Max Maisel has a happy ending. The son of espn.com writer Ivan Maisel was last seen Sunday evening near the shores of Lake Ontario.
From a report by Rochester Democrat & Chronicle staff writer Jeff DiVeronica:
Max was thinking of majoring in history or psychology at RIT, but at the end of his first semester he knew photography was for him. A strong student, he earned a merit scholarship, too, but he’s far from boastful about his work. In fact, he’s quite private, his family said.
His family saw some of his landscape portraits for the first time on Wednesday. They included one of sunlight shining through tall forest trees and a long pier with some wicked clouds over water. The photos are now spread out on a pool table at the Beach Avenue house.
Residents in Fairfield, Connecticut (where Ivan and his wife, Meg Murray, live) have affixed red ribbons to trees as a show of support for the efforts to locate young Max. Dad Ivan has been with ESPN since 2002. He previously wrote for Sports Illustrated, Newsday and the Dallas Morning News.[Photo via: rti.edu]
After men with machetes killed writer and blogger Avijit Roy, founder of mukto-mona.com (« free thinking ») and seriously injured his wife, Rafida Ahmed Banna, on a Dhaka street yesterday, Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to take unprecedented measures to protect bloggers and combat impunity for those who attack them
Roy, who had US and Bangladeshi dual citizenship and normally resided in the United States, had just left a book fair near the University of Dhaka with his wife when they were attacked.
After dealing Roy a mortal blow to the head and severing one his wife's fingers, the attackers dropped their machetes and fled. Roy was rushed to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital where he was pronounced dead on the operating table.
The Islamist militant group Ansar al Islam claimed responsibility for Roy's murder in a series of messages on its Twitter account, Ansar Bangla 7. One of the tweets said: “The target was an American citizen.. 2 in 1. #America recently martyred 2 of our brothers in #Khurasan & #Shaam. #Revenge+#Punishment.”
“We are shocked by this act of barbarity and offer our condolences to his wife and his family,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.
“The measures so far taken have not led to the arrest and trial of the perpetrators and instigators of crimes of violence against journalists and bloggers. The police and judicial authorities need to focus on the right target. It is unacceptable for them to spend so much time searching news outlets, arresting journalists, censoring news and investigating bloggers, when the many attacks on bloggers are still unpunished.”
Nineteen bloggers were openly threatened on Islamist websites and in street demonstrations in February 2013, while several former leaders of Jaamat-E-Islami and other Islamist parties were on trial. The militants accused the bloggers of blasphemy and demanded their execution.
The authorities responded to the threats by arresting bloggers and closing sites. The blogger Asif Mohiuddin was interrogated by the Dhaka police detective branch on 23 March 2013, two days after the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission blocked access to his blog (http://www.somewhereinblog.net/blog...). Bloggers on Islamist hit-list
The author of such books as “Biswaser Virus” (Virus of Faith) and “Sunyo theke Mahabiswa” (From Vacuum to the Great World), Roy had often been the target of vitriolic criticism from Islamist groups, which had repeatedly threatened to kill him in connection with this writing.
Roy's murder recalls that of Rajib Haider, a blogger who was hacked to death near his home in the Dhaka neighbourhood of Palashnagar on 15 February 2013.
In a Facebook entry on 15 November, Ansar al Islam claimed responsibility for three murders, including Haider's and posted a list of future victims, which included Mohiuddin.
According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, the blogger Subrata Audhikary Shuvo could be the next target of the radical Islamists, who sentenced him to death after he was arrested under the blasphemy law in May 2013 and have been threatening him ever since.
Bangladesh is ranked 146th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.
Reporters Without Borders and Civil-Centre for Freedom strongly condemn the illegal wiretapping of journalists in Macedonia and demand immediate measures to restore justice and the rule of law. According to opposition leader Zoran Zaev, the Macedonian government illegally eavesdropped on some 100 journalists in order to cement control over the media.
“This large-scale spying on journalists constitutes a massive assault on media freedom, threatening every aspect of the rule of law,” said Christian Mihr, executive director of Reporters Without Borders Germany. “If the government's professed desire to join the European Union means anything, those responsible for this massive assault on the fundamental rights of Macedonian journalists and all citizens must be identified and brought to justice without delay.”
At a press conference on 25 February, opposition leader Zaev played six audio recordings to demonstrate the extent of government spying on the media. According to Zaev, those wiretapped included both the editors of pro-government media and critical journalists like the deceased former editor of Fokus magazine, Nikola Mladenov.
Such practices violate Macedonia's constitution and laws, as well as the international standards and laws to which it is bound. They also violate the rights and freedoms of journalists, and call into question such basic principles as media freedom, protection of journalists' sources and the basic rights of Macedonian citizens in general.
Zaev's accusations are the fourth in a series of disclosures since early February in a major scandal allegedly involving the wiretapping of more than 20,000 people in this small country with a population of some two million. According to Zaev, who was charged last month with plotting to bring down the government, the operation was ordered and commanded by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and Gruevski's cousin Saso Mijalkov, the head of the State Security Service.
The prime minister's response has been to accuse Zaev of being used by a foreign intelligence service, which he claimed was itself behind the wiretaps. He declined to name this intelligence service but said the Macedonian intelligence services knew the answer to this question. Gruevski did not deny the authenticity of the recordings.
Media freedom has declined dramatically in recent years in Macedonia, whose ranking in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index has fallen from 34th in 2009 to 117th in the 2015 index. An interim EU report in October on Macedonia's candidacy criticized the media situation, including the misuse of defamation laws and the fact that the state places almost no advertising in independent news media.
Reporters Without Borders and Civil have also condemned the conviction of Macedonian journalist Tomislav Kezarovski, who was sentenced on appeal in mid-January to two years in prison for allegedly revealing the identity of a protected witness in an article published in 2008. Having already spent several months in prison and more than a year under house arrest, Kezarovski has been spared the remaining prison time since the appeal ruling on health grounds.
There are bucket lists. And then there are bucket shopping lists.
Mimi Sheraton, former food critic for the New York Times, is currently on a tour to promote her book 1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die. The book took ten years to compile and, as she recently told Connecticut Post contributor Christina Hennessy, it began with an extremely unusual culinary combo:
“The first two items that I wrote down, that I wanted in the book, was the frozen Milky Way bar and caviar,” Sheraton said. “That kind of describes the range of the book. There are wonderful low-down, very good things that we remember as kids, and then there are the luxuries, each as evocative as they were the first time and as exciting to have again and again.”
Sheraton will be giving a free talk tomorrow afternoon at Connecticut’s Westport Library. Also participating with her in the discussion will be local chef Matt Storch, a Westport native who has a hand in the South Norwalk eatery Match as well as The Chelsea in Fairfield.
[Photo courtesy: Workman Publishing Company]