12:04 pm Aug. 20, 2012
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Viva la Voice
Two different takes on the current situation at The Village Voice have been circulating since news broke on Friday that the venerable weekly had weathered yet another round of newsroom layoffs.
In a Saturday morning post, former Voice staff writer Rosie Gray, now at BuzzFeed, skewered the paper's Phonenix-based parent company, Village Voice Media, and its top executives:
The staff assumed that Village Voice Media Executive Editor Mike Lacey and his team were interlopers bent on squeezing the last drop of juice out of the paper before leaving it to die. (They took the name of the New York weekly when their chain, New Times, bought it in 2005.) We didn’t think they cared one bit about what happened at their flagship paper, and we had a sinking feeling that they’d be willing to hurt the Voice instead of shuttering or selling other papers in the chain.
But David Carr counters that management isn't killing The Village Voice—"the informational ecosystem is," he writes, adding:
The problem with so-called alternative weeklies is that they were often formed in opposition to the daily newspapers in their respective markets, offering a spicier take on civic events and cultural coverage that reflected what was actually nascent in various places. With dailies limping in almost every American market and the listings and classifieds that were the bread and butter of weeklies now all over the Web, alternatives are just one more alternative among many.
2012's stars of journalistic malfeasance, Jonah Lehrer and Fareed Zakaria, continue to provoke soul-searching among their peers.
David Carr writes: "Because of a quirk of timing, the blogger-author-speaker’s troubles have been conflated with those of Fareed Zakaria, the television host-columnist-author. Both are overhyphenated in a way that makes feeding all those platforms with fresh intellectual scoops a risky enterprise, but that is where the similarities end." [The New York Times]
"The two journalists do share one trait, however: they are not so much journalists as brands," writes former Time managing editor Jim Kelly. [Vanity Fair]
Zakaria, meanwhile, tells Christine Haughney: "This has been a tough week, but it has also been clarifying. You find out what matters to you in life, who your friends are.” [The New York Times]
More bad news for Lehrer: Milton glaser says of the quotes attributed to him in Lehrer's Imagine that, "half of it I know I didn’t say." [WhatIWannaKnow.com]
In other news...
Michael Lewis is profiling President Obama for Vanity Fair. [NYT/The Caucus]
Paul Krugman says Newsweek's Obama cover story this week is inaccurate. [Politico/On Media]
The Obama campaign believes that outlets like People and "Entertainment Tonight" are just as just as important as mainstream political media. [The Washington Post]
A Politico reporter got piled on for his defense of Paul Akin's "legitimate rape" comments. [WaPo/Erik Wemple]
Former Huffington Post C.E.O. Betsy Morgan talks about her "right turn" to The Blaze. [Crain's]
Thomas Roberts will be the first cable news anchor to legally marry someone of the same sex. [TV Newser]
GQ's September issue will include an excerpt of Joe Posnanski's Joe Paterno biography. [WWD]
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