Confusing Mailers Almost Make It Look Like the New Yorker and the Times Endorsed Cuomo

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It's Primary Day, and Governor Andrew Cuomo has emerged at long last from hibernation. The governor is facing off in today's Democratic primaries against Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham law professor who, though she has a very slim chance at victory, has still given Cuomo a surprisingly uncomfortable few months. In the last week, the governor has finally begun actively campaigning, appearing in the last couple days at a rally in Times Square and at the Labor Day parade with Kathy Hochul, his pick for lieutenant governor, where they awkwardly tried to avoid making eye contact with Teachout or her running mate, Tim Wu, who were cheerily and persistently trying to introduce themselves, even as one of the governor's aides threw himself in their path, human shield-style. (After a video of the incident was widely circulated, Cuomo told a group of reporters the incident had been misinterpreted: "I never saw her.")

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Meet Ben Kiel, the Man Behind The New Yorker's Recent Typeface Redesign

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Note: This was originally published by our sister paper in St. Louis, The Riverfront Times

There's been a minor media brouhaha over the fact that The New Yorker just launched a redesign for the first time in 13 years. The news was featured in the New York Times, New York magazine, tech blog Gizmodo, and various other design-centric blogs. The 88-year-old magazine itself produced a lovely little video with its creative director explaining to readers what they can expect to see in their next issue.

What all these accounts do not mention, however, is that the most "significant" component of the redesign--the fonts, or typeface--were worked on by St. Louis' Ben Kiel.

"I had not seen The New Yorker until today, I finally found one," he tells Daily RFT. "It looks great."

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The New Yorker Launches Strongbox, a Project Developed by Aaron Swartz

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It's at once terribly exciting and infinitely sad: This morning, the New Yorker announced the arrival of Strongbox, a new tool for receiving sensitive documents and messages from readers. Commissioned by Kevin Poulsen, the investigations editor at Wired, Strongbox was one of the projects that Aaron Swartz had developed before he committed suicide in January.

Swartz and Poulsen met in 2006, when Swartz, along with the other co-founders of Reddit, sold the online platform to Condé Nast and took root in a conference room at Wired's headquarters. Swartz wrote a piece for Poulsen about Kahle v. Gonzales, one of Lawrence Lessig's legal battles in the larger fight for copyright freedom, after which Poulsen asked Swartz to develop a secure-submission tool.

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Andy Carvin Tweets 1200 Times In One Weekend; Drinks (Not) On Bill Keller; Eliot Spitzer Sued For $60 Million

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Today in Press Clips, people in media are doing what they do: tweeting, e-booking, getting sued, and drinking, though not together and certainly not on Bill Keller's dime. NPR's prolific tweeter Andy Carvin got even more prolific, the New Yorker is entering the e-book game, Eliot Spitzer may have done a little defaming, and Bill Keller will not stand his employees a drink. More »

Donald Trump Reads Vanity Fair's Blog (About Himself); Google, New York Times Team Up

"From the office of Donald J. Trump" reads the accompanying card clipped to a printed-out blog post from, mailed to that magazine's editor-in-chief Graydon Carter. A veteran of covering (and mocking) the rich and famous, some his friends and some less so, Carter and Trump go way back, with the magazine baron's old Spy magazine counting the billionaire among its favorite targets. (Vanity Fair recommends the May 1989 issue.) Today, the fake presidential candidate won himself even more press -- but how can we ignore this, really -- by mailing Carter his handwritten edits targeting Vanity Fair's young, hilarious blogger Juli Weiner. Again: that's one of the richest (and most obnoxious) men in the world devoting ink, of both the pen and printer cartridge variety, to a blogger. More inside Press Clips, our daily media column.

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Women Building Bridge Over Media Gender Gap; NY Times Quotes Anonymous Commenter

At the beginning of 2011, the writer and reader Anne Hays published a much-discussed open letter to The New Yorker, decrying the lack of female voices in recent issues and demanding a refund should the gender imbalance not at least move toward righting itself. In the weeks since, the women's literary group Vida published a report detailing "the truth of publishing disparities" across the media landscape at magazines and journals like The Atlantic, Harper's and the New York Review of Books. (In short: women are criminally unrepresented.) But the growing chorus of voices, especially online, hit a rather pleasant high note today when it comes to intelligent discussion on the matter, as writer and editor Megan Carpentier writes fairly on "the media glass ceiling," while another editor launches a new blog called Lady Journos, which "highlights the work of journalists who happen to be women." More positivity -- plus, how Britney Spears and homosexuals combined to confuse journalists (and much more!) -- inside Press Clips, our daily media round-up.

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Scientology Gets Fact Checked, Huffington Post Gets Overrated, Tea Party Gets a Magazine

Yesterday, we praised Lawrence Wright's cover story in The New Yorker, a 24,195-word mega-exposé about Hollywood writer/producer/director Paul Haggis' defection from the corrupt and crazy Church of Scientology after 35 years. Today, NPR's Fresh Air has a behind-the-scenes look at the magazine's journalistic process, including just how many fact checkers were required and how many queries the Church was given to make sure the notoriously litigious group could be reported on accurately. Meanwhile, The Huffington Post, newly in the money, is way more reader-friendly than the New York Times, over-argues one media writer. Paywall politics, the Tea Party's new magazine and more, inside Press Clips, our daily media round-up. (Tips about media goings on? Talk here.)

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Bloomberg Totally Cool With Bloomberg New Yorker Cover

"It was great," Mayor Mike Bloomberg told reporters on Thursday about a new cover of The New Yorker, which mocks him. "I thought it was cute looking into the mirror." Barry Blitt's "Bloom in Love" features New York City's long-time mayor gazing longingly at himself, hands coyly resting on his chin, while champagne and chocolates sit by his elbows on a vanity. "It was a Valentine idea before it was a Bloomberg idea," the artist assured the New York Times' City Room blog. But we're still proud of the guy! He should tag himself on Facebook.

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Does The New Yorker Have Girl Problems? Reader Demands Gender Balance or a Refund

Anne Hays is not happy with her subscription to The New Yorker. Hays, a Brooklyn resident, Sarah Lawrence MFA graduate and the founding editor of Storyscape Journal, posted yesterday, as a Facebook note, a letter she sent to the magazine's editors at 4 Times Square, complaining of a gender imbalance in recent issues and demanding a refund or replacement. "You may either extend our subscription by one month, or you can replace this issue with a back issue containing a more equitable ratio of male to female voices," she wrote. "I plan to return every issue that contains fewer than five women writers." Check out the full text after the jump. (Plus an update from Hays below.)

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The Daily Kill Dossier: A Hit List of News Corp's Freshest Poaches

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As it's been noted, News Corp's daily newspaper built just for the iPad -- The Daily -- is on the way. It is Rupert Murdoch's newest child, the Draco Malfoy to his Voldemort. As such, they're hiring or trying to hire every editorial staffer this side of the Bangkok Bugle Tribune, which I just invented. Who made the list? Who gave them the cold shoulder? Press Clips, Day 23, News Corp's Kill Dossier of The Daily Edition. It's time to name names.More »