|Phil Mushnick remains unapologetic about "New York N-----s" column.|
|Mayor Mike Bloomberg responding to reporters' questions at a press conference today.|
While on the defense about a controversial issue, Bloomberg seems to enjoy taking a combative stance with reporters at press conferences by directly bringing the newspaper industry into the discussion. Last month, he defended the barricades at Zuccotti Park by telling the Voice that we should go around thanking police officers for protecting our right to ask the mayor questions. In February, he told reporters that the surveillance of Muslims is necessary to protect them and free press in general.
At a press conference today, he used this technique (maybe he wanted to make sure reporters were really listening?) to defend his administration's position on two controversial issues: his refusal to release a 9-1-1 report and his persistence on releasing teacher evaluation data.More »
A hurricane warning has been issued for New York City. Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency for New York. We hear there is a line at Trader Joe's 100 people long. People are buying off-brand water! Our relatives are stocking up on heirloom tomatoes! And the media is reporting, reporting, reporting, or REPORTING, REPORTING, REPORTING!
In this late Tuesday edition of Press Clips, our daily media column, every New Yorker's favorite (or at least second favorite -- any News fans out there?) trashy tabloid is now going to cost 75 cents more than Metro and AM New York combined. In other small losses for the media-centric public, a judge ruled that a whole article reposted without permission was still within the "fair use" rules, but the court had its reasons. Elsewhere, a journalism student evangelizes on the evils of the internship and some folks at the New York Times dress even snazzier than usual. Get all the good dirt inside.
|The cover photo for "I Got the Fever."|
Bernie Madoff gave his first interview for publication since December 2008 to the New York Times, published in today's paper, but you wouldn't know it was an exclusive from reading the New York Post, which also happens to include a curiously similar Madoff interview today. Then, of course, it becomes clear that the Post whittled down Madoff's words from Diana Henriques's Times interview, giving Henriques credit as an "author...who is writing a book on the scandal." And yet the Post manages to more or less reprint all of the good parts without once using the words "exclusive" or "New York Times." Newspaper wars! More on Madoff's own words after the jump.
Officially known as "reassignment centers," the New York City Department of Education sticks teachers accused of misconduct into "rubber rooms," where they wait, paid and with no responsibility other than to show up, until their cases are resolved. This particular bureaucratic nightmare has been the subject of countless reports, including an extensive examination in The New Yorker, and an entire documentary featured on This American Life. But today's New York Post features one particularly maddening story: Roland Pierre, 75, makes $97,101 a year. Rubber rooms used to be the problem of Joel Klein, the city's schools chancellor, but there's a new woman in charge. Let's hope she read today's paper.
Elaine Kaufman, referred to by the New York Times as the "salty den mother" of exclusive New York City restaurant Elaine's, died on Friday in Manhattan at the age of 81. The cause of death, perhaps darkly appropriate with regards to the period of New York City that Kaufman represented, was complications from emphysema. If that seems brash, recognize that this is a woman who once spent a night in jail for shoving a customer. When asked if she had fought any other patrons since, she told Vanity Fair, "Time was when men were men. Now they call a lawyer and sue you." After the jump, the locals and the regulars remember:More »