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  • June 09, 2006
    By webteam
    Here's an interesting little item from the New York Post on Times media writer David Carr's apparently successful foray into authorship.

    New York Times media columnist David Carr has sold his memoirs of drug addiction and redemption to Simon & Schuster. "David is doing a book about the nature of memory and storytelling told through his own personal history," said Philippa "Flip" Brophy, his agent at Sterling Lord.



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  • June 08, 2006
    By webteam
    This is the item from Wonkette today parsing the implications of recent events in Iraq.

    You know who the real winner is now that al-Zarqawi’s gone? The people of Iraq? No, they’re pretty much still screwed. It’s the editors of The Atlantic, who have a huge Zarqawi profile in their July/August issue, conveniently added to the website yesterday.

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  • June 08, 2006
    By webteam
    To show you how things have changed in the Boston newspaper market, five years ago, today's lead story on the Globe front page would have probably been relegated to somewhere inside the broadsheet's Metro section and might have been a likely selection as the Herald's top page 1 splash (no pun intended). But the recalibrating Globe has clearly adopted a strategy of going much more local on page 1, and the revamped Herald needs more sex or crime or outrage to catch readers' eyes.

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  • June 08, 2006
    By webteam
    Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
    Well, this knocks the gay marriage debate out of the headlines. And it's certainly the best news for the US since the Saddam capture. Here's the media-related question? Will there be several days of stories speculating on whether the al-Zarqawi hit is a turning point toward stability in Iraq, as the administration would love to see? Or will the follow-ups focus on the theme that the insurgency is far bigger, broader and more dangerous than one man? Public opinion, in a crucial mid-term election season, could hang in the balance.

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  • June 08, 2006
    By webteam
    Slate's Jack Shafer is pretty much on the money in yesterday's column about the media's decision to pay "walk away money" to resolve the Wen Ho Lee mess. It's a Pyrrhic victory at best -- one with long-term implications for the newsgathering biz. Last August, I wrote this Phoenix piece warning that the this Lee case could be more worrisome to First Amendment advocates than the Judy Miller-Scooter Libby drama.

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  • June 07, 2006
    By webteam
    OK. The Herald is back at it today with more lumber puns on page one.
    I give.



  • June 07, 2006
    By webteam
    Somewhere in the middle of all this, there's a moral to the story. Monday's New York Post gossip piece tells of a soon-to-be-released book on ex-CBS anchor Dan Rather in which colleague Morley Safer and others unload on the man who was once the brightest star in the network's news firmament.

    According to the Post piece, here are a few choice quotes:



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  • June 06, 2006
    By webteam
    You don't have to believe her, but in an interview with the Philly Inquirer's hard-working TV reporter Gail Shister, ABC's Elizabeth Vargas insists she's responsible for her decision to leave the anchor desk on the network's nightly newscast -- and is not a poster child for network sexism and anti-mommyism as some have insisted.

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  • June 06, 2006
    By webteam
    And now, at the risk of antagonizing all those Herald supporters who take deep umbrage at any form of criticism, let's conduct a "painful pun alert" on today's front page splash, which is a story about someone stealing wood at a Revere Church that was being used to build a handicapped ramp. (We won't even bother discussing the news judgment issue of whether this belonged on page 1 or not.

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  • June 06, 2006
    By webteam
    While perusing the usual pile of dailies today, I noticed a kind of harmonic convergence of news judgment. First, check out this photo in the lower right hand corner of today's Boston Globe front page. Then this shot in the lower left hand corner of page 1 in the Boston Herald. And now, perhaps most surprising of all, how about this lead photo on the front page of the New York Times.

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  • June 01, 2006
    By webteam
    The Herald is quick off the mark with a piece about CBS4's new miracle worker, uh general manager, Ed Piette. Here's an excerpt:

    Though Piette is focused on boosting CBS4’s ratings, he isn’t ready to outline a strategy yet, except to study the region and talk with staffers.
    But some sources inside the station smell more change in the air.


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  • June 01, 2006
    By webteam
    Maybe I'm reading to much into this appointment, but there's certainly an irony -- if not a stronger message -- in selecting a Washington journalist to edit the Village Voice. In any event, good luck to Erik Wemple as he goes about trying to transform an aging journalistic icon into a more vital and immediate publication while still retaining its core appeal.

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