Texas Monthly Wants $1 Million From the New York Times for Poaching Editor Jake Silverstein

Texas Monthly editor Jake Silverstein had several reasons to celebrate on March 28. The last installment of an exhaustive five-part, 25,000-word series on a botched triple homicide investigation was live online; the day before, a big Texas Monthly-branded barbecue event had gone off without a hitch in Brooklyn... and, after an extensive search, the New York Times was finally ready to announce it would be naming Silverstein the new editor of its Sunday magazine.

The news, announced on the Times' website that Friday came as a surprise -- Silverstein's name had not been mentioned in speculative articles leading up to the announcement -- and a nasty one for Ian Arnold, vice president of Emmis Publishing, the owner of Texas Monthly.

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New York Post: City Government Is "Too Generous" With Homeless Families

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The Auburn Family Residence, the shelter described in the NYT series.
Is the latest New York Post editorial a parody of a New York Post editorial? Written by an angry libertarian teenager who doesn't understand why poor people can't "just get a job," like the afternoon gig he's got at Wingstop that helps pay for his Xbox games? That's seemingly the only way to parse this demented masterpiece, written in response to the New York Times's heartbreaking five-part series on the city's homeless families, "Invisible Children."

The NYT series focused on one 11-year-old girl, Dasani, who makes her home in Fort Greene's Auburn Family Residence, a falling-down shelter that houses nearly 300 other homeless children and their families. The series is a painstaking, precise look at how Dasani's family got there; her mother, Chanel, and stepfather, Supreme, are both unemployed drug addicts who struggle to provide for Dasani and her seven siblings. But the series also lays some serious blame with the city and the Bloomberg administration:

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Glorious NYT Correction Warns Jackass Fans: "Do Not, We Repeat, Do Not" Show Up at Temple Emanu-El

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This is almost funnier without context: On its City Room blog this morning, the New York Times had to emphatically warn Bad Grandpa fans not to show up at Temple Emanu-El on East 65th Street. They are not showing movies there this week, or ever.

The Forward spotted the mistake first: the address of the very famous, very old synagogue listed in the NYT's online movie listings as the location of a theater. Several people have apparently arrived at the synagogue and had their whole evening ruined when Thor was definitely not playing.

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"No One Threw Coins at the Fuckin' Jews:" Pine Bush Reacts to Being Called Anti-Semitic

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Pine Bush High School.
On Friday, the New York Times lobbed a bombshell upstate: a story about allegations of anti-Semitism in the Pine Bush Central School District, an hour and a half north of the city, spanning across several small towns. Three Jewish families are suing the district, alleging widespread and fairly nasty harassment against their kids and other Jewish children, harassment they say the district knew about and did virtually nothing to stop.

Several children gave testimony in the lawsuit last year, and the incidents they described and which the NYT recounted are disturbing: swastikas drawn everywhere, including on a seventh-grade girl's face as she was held down by two boys. Middle school students being called "Christ killer," "stupid Jew," "disgusting Jew," and being subjected to jokes about the Holocaust. Several students also alleged that they'd had coins thrown at them, a practically medieval form of insult. According to the suit, some students were given detention or sent to counseling, and some weren't disciplined at all. (In reporting the story, the NYT was given a fun bonus in the form of one John Barker, mechanic and proud civic booster, who said of Jewish families, "We don't want them in our town.")

The article had an immediate effect: Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a joint statement with New York Congressman Patrick Maloney, pledging "a full state and federal response" to the allegations. Governor Andrew Cuomo sent a letter/press release to State Education Commissioner Dr. John King, asking if his department had heard about these incidents, and informing him that the state police and the Division of Human Rights would be investigating.

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New York Times Hacked By Syrian Electronic Army, Publishes Adorably Defensive Article About It

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A little after 3pm on Tuesday afternoon, the New York Times website stopped working. This wasn't like a couple weeks ago when the Times' website went down and everyone lost their shit. That was just a technical glitch. The Times' chief information officer Marc Frons told... er... the Times, this outage was "the result of a malicious external attack" by "the Syrian Electronic Army, or someone trying very hard to be them."

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The New York Times's Website Is Down, and Everyone Is Losing Their Shit

Around noon today, the New York Times's website went down. It's still down. Nobody seems to know what's causing the outage, except for FOX Business, who claim "sources" told them it was a major cyber attack. (The big news there is that FOX is pretending to have sources. Adorable.) The Times tweeted a little while ago that they believed the outage was the result of "an internal issue," which they're saying will be resolved soon. According to the AP, e-mails sent to NYT addresses are also being returned as undeliverable.

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Arthur Sulzberger Jr. Sells New York Times Stock One Day After Declaring the Paper Is Not for Sale

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Remember last week when Arthur Sulzberger Jr. "emphatically declared," according to the New York Times' own coverage, that the newspaper was not for sale?

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Who Writes for the Times's Front Page? Mostly Dudes, As It Turns Out

On any given day, when you visit the New York Times's homepage, you'll likely click on an article, any article, that has two specific qualities: It will mostly quote men, and it will have been written by a man. You might have sensed those facts long ago using a combination of your eyeballs and general situational awareness about the disastrous gender gap in journalism, but now there's a handy Tumblr to break the problem down day by day. For the last few weeks, Who Writes for the New York Times? has tracked that gender gap in real time, using an algorithm to show just how many dicks are on the main-page dancefloor at the paper of record.

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Thomas Friedman, Still the Worst

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At this point, it is hardly a novel observation that Thomas Friedman, the mustachioed gentleman sitting atop some of the loftiest real estate in all of journalism (and also some pretty swanky residential real estate), is The Worst.

We know. We know about his simpering defense of the Iraq invasion, about his comical taxicab journalism, about his techno-triumphalism and snake-oil jargony neologisms and the relentless and vapid celebration of globalized capitalism. We know because of the hilarious work of Belén Fernández, and the dogged antagonism of Hamilton Nolan and Matt Taibbi, and the world-flattening technological triumph that is the Friedman column-generating algorithm. Jesus, it is 2013. Fish. Barrels. We know. And yet ...

Did you know that Thomas Friedman is convening a Global Forum for the New York Times called Thomas L. Friedman's The Next New World?

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The New York Times's Gun Owner Database Access Gets Shut Down In Appellate Court

As we said the last time this happened, we're still a bit afraid that this would become a "thing."

Remember, at the end of December, when the Journal News published the names and addresses of gun owners outside the City? And then that angry blogger posted the Journal News' staff names and addresses online in response? And then Gawker editor-in-chief John Cook of Gawker followed suit with a list of all the gun owners in the City?

Well, looks like the New York Times crew tried to jump on board of this ultra-transparency bandwagon. Except they didn't have as much luck.

Yesterday, a state appellate court struck down the media company's attempt to access the names and addresses of New York City's gun permit holders and hate crime victims. In 2010, before this gun control debate really took off, the Times tried to get a hold of the data through a Freedom of Information request to the NYPD. A year later, a state court upheld the request but that decision was reversed by the said appellate decision.

The SAFE Act passed by Governor Cuomo gives several exemptions to permit holders for withholding their information from public view. But, after this decision, looks like 'the media' will also fall into that category.

Maybe that'll prevent this story from continuing. Fingers crossed.