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05 Jul 2011 16:45


U.S.: DSK accuser files libel lawsuit against the New York Post

  • action In an article from July 2nd, the New York Post cited “a source close to the defense investigation” on the rape allegations against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The source said the accuser got very large tips from guests, then the article stated The Post had learned that she worked as a prostitute.
  • reaction The accuser, a Guinean immigrant and maid at the Sofitel Hotel, filed a libel lawsuit against The Post — and five of its reporters —today. It alleges the newspaper acted “falsely, maliciously, and with reckless disregard for the truth” when they published the prostitution claims. source

14 May 2011 12:23


Culture: Front page of the day features headline “Osama bin Wankin’!”

  • Today in newspaper front pages that remind you of the importance of tabloid journalism sometimes. The New York Daily News had a similar idea but with worse execution. (On a side note, Newseum, where we grabbed this page from, finally took the watermarks off their front pages — hopefully for good. We hope our campaign helped change their minds. We’d still like to see newspapers consider releasing their front pages under a Creative Commons license.) source

11 Jan 2011 23:51


U.S.: How major newspaper editors played Jared Loughner’s mug

  • too hot New York Post editor Col Allen, on blowing the photo out: “We felt his leering grin and wild eyes revealed something of his mental state. The image conveyed a sense of madness.”
  • too coldWashington Post editor Marcus Brauchli, who chose to stay local over giving the mugshot big play: “Our community is one of the communities hard hit by this. The photo reflected that.”
  • just rightNew York Times editor Bill Keller, on playing the pic at an effectively large (for them) three columns: “It felt to me like the obvious right choice. This was the picture of the day.” source

30 Dec 2010 10:18


Offbeat: NY Post criticizes NYC for “snow slowdow.” Without the “n.”

  • Dear New York Post: We know it may be hard to edit your graphics and stuff, but come on, it’s big type on your main headline. “Slowdow”? Really? And what’s with the one “t” in Paterson? Who cares if that’s his name? His parents and the rest of his family tree spelled it wrong! (thanks to the awesome hman on Tumblr for this one) source

13 Dec 2010 10:35


Biz: Could Bernie Madoff get out for his son’s funeral? Unlikely.

  • I would question whether they’d grant him a furlough because of heightened publicity. He could be a target. He could be shot.
  • Federal Prisons Consultants managing director Ed Bales • On Bernie Madoff’s chances of being allowed to go to his son’s funeral. Madoff has two things against him here: A handbook that generally only allows furloughs for prisoners with two years or less in their terms, and (since that’s usually waived for white-collar criminals) a level of notoriety that would probably mean an appearance like that would endanger his safety. On a side note, this story is from the New York Post, which used an “end of his rope” pun to explain Mark Madoff’s death on its front page recently. We’re sure they’ve hit lower depths, but we can’t remember when. source

30 Sep 2010 00:49


Politics: Carl Paladino likes to get into shouting matches with NY Post editors

  • Carl Paladino is like the most entertaining shot in the arm for New York politics in a long time. Not that it wasn’t boring before – have you seen David Paterson? – but you just get the feeling that if this dude actually becomes the state’s governor, he’s going to have an encounter like this every single week. This video also looks like it could’ve been shot anytime in the last 30 years. Fred Decker, the NY Post’s state editor, is just a warm-up act. source

27 Aug 2010 14:05


Politics: Is the NY Post complicit in recent anti-Muslim incidents?

  • There’s some perspective. There’s been a bit of disagreement with some about whether the NYC cabbie slasher was part of a larger trend of anti-Muslim hatred (see, he worked for a leftist pro-Islam organization), to which this Colbert clip does a good job of putting it into perspective. The New York Post is willing to call the alleged attacker a “disgrace” on its front page, but it’s also worth noting that they had weeks of anti-Muslim headlines before that. And well, there was another incident which could clearly be connected to the recent anti-Muslim vibe going around NYC. Is it possible that weeks of angry New York Post covers had nothing to do with either of these incidents? Sure. But let’s just say that they didn’t really help, either. source

27 Jun 2010 11:49


Culture: Yo, New York Post, tell us how you really feel about soccer

  • A couple of weeks ago, we debated on a message board with a couple of English soccer fans what the New York Post’s cover about its tie to England really meant. We thought it was brilliant commentary of the fair-weather nature of American soccer fans. This panel, which ran in today’s paper, basically confirms it. The New York Post is making fun of Americans’ anemic love of soccer.

13 Jun 2010 11:44


11 Jan 2010 10:23


Culture: Conan’s talking about walking, reportedly. Good for him!

  • Apparently, he feels burned. Wouldn’t you? After months of doing a bang-up job on “The Tonight Show,” the host is reportedly thinking of leaving the network, according to the New York Post. Word on the street is that he’s being coveted by Fox, which might just be ready to have a late-night talk show that doesn’t suck. Stay tuned to this dial for more on the best drama NBC’s had in years … source