New York Post
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner?
New report: Circulation is up at most U.S. newspapers, but it's skyrocketed at the 'Times' thanks to paid model
Digital subscriptions helped the U.S. newspaper industry bump up its overall circulation by .68 percent, and its Sunday circulation by 5 percent, for the six-month period that ended on March 31, 2012, according to the latest data from the Audit Bureau of Circulations, released this morning. The digital gains were most visible in the results of The New York Times, which saw its total average weekday circulation skyrocket more than 73 percent from March of 2011, when it started charging for unlimited access to its website and e-reader editions.
The Ray Kelly drumbeat continues in the New York Post, as Fred Dicker, a columnist familiar with Andrew Cuomo's thinking, suggests the governor would back the police commissioner for mayor if he runs.
The Post editorial board strongly supports Kelly, taking criticism of the city's law-enforcement policies as an opportunity to do so all the more stridently.
A New York writer wants a retraction from the New York Post after the tabloid printed an unsigned item accusing him of collaborating with the Koch brothers to publish a profile of them that was meant to blunt the impact of a more negative treatment in The New Yorker; meanwhile, Post editor Col Allan accuses the magazine of publishing fabricated quotes attributed to him by an anonymous source.
The Daily News has lost its executive editor for digital, Scott Cohen, who's headed to a news startup called Vocativ in another few weeks, Capital has learned.(1)
Talk about meta.
Fred Dicker's column today about Republican efforts to draft Ray Kelly into the mayor's race notes that his previous column about Kelly led to the police commissioner being "pressed virtually every day" about whether he was running. It quotes a source talking about the need "to get the drum beat going."
Among the litany of fashion designers, attorneys, and activists who appear on Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's list of first quarter-donors is Wendi Murdoch, who contributed $2,500 dollars toward Gillibrand's re-election on Feb. 29.
Murdoch is the wife of Rupert Murdoch, whose media empire includes Fox News and the New York Post, which regularly savages Gillibrand, and promotes the idea of her electoral "vulnerability" in its reporting, opinion pieces and editorials.
This morning, a Post article said of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn that she was "the only prospective candidate who left the door open for the public to get access to teacher evaluations."
I highlighted that fact in a tweet directed at Randi Weingarten, who is the head of the national teachers' union in Washington and who, for years, held the same position in New York City.(1)
"It's interesting how bad an extemporaneous speaker he is," New York Post state editor Fred Dicker said on his radio show this morning, referring to Barack Obama. "I think people have come to realize that, including a lot of people in the media, that he is very good reading from a prompter. People joke about that. But when he's off the prompter, he is often surprisingly inarticulate."
Tale of the tape: 'Observer' won't retract story about 'Post' editor Col Allan and soccer-mom madam Anna Gristina
“My attorneys are today filing a formal demand of retraction from the Observer and its publisher," Allan said in a report the paper posted on its website late this afternoon. “The Observer’s report is nothing but a smear and a lie.”
But it dosen't look like Allan is going to get what he wants.
"It doesn't make much sense to retract," Observer editor Elizabeth Spiers told Capital.
At the center of the matter are transcripts of interviews and surveillance audio amassed by law enforcement during the five-year investigation of Gristina's alleged prostitution ring.(4)
Coincidence? 'New York Post,' 'Daily,' next-door neighbors at News Corp. HQ, both score big with 'THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN FREAKING' headline
As we noted last week, The New York Post and The Daily are for the most part entirely segregated, though they are siblings with adjacent spaces at News Corp's Sixth Avenue headquarters. They seem, however, to share a brain. Behold the headline about the JetBlue pilot meltdown on the Post's wood today: "THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN FREAKING." And on the cover of today's Daily: "THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN FREAKING."
Looking for answers for nypost.com, Rupert Murdoch and Col Allan rely on a standby general: Jesse Angelo
Sources tell Capital that Jesse Angelo, editor-in-chief of New Corp.'s standalone "tablet tabloid" The Daily, is expected to become "more involved" in the direction of nypost.com, which has long trailed the website of rival tabloid the Daily News in user-friendliness and page-views.
"They want Jesse to steer the Post's digital strategy," said a source familiar with the inner workings of the paper.
"They've been grooming him for a long time and they trust him more and more to do things," said someone who has worked with Angelo.(1)
After the 'Post' loses music critic Dan Aquilante, it also kills an ad he bought for his new venture
Dan Aquilante, the New York Post's longtime music critic, has left the paper to start his own editorial syndicate.
And after 32 years of loyal service, he thought the Post would be an ideal venue in which to advertise his new venture, DanTheManPress.com.
So when he opened up the paper this past Tuesday, the day on which his weekly column would have gone to press, he was surprised that the ad he had purchased the day before to run in the arts section was nowhere to be found.(4)
When told Storobin was claiming a 120-vote lead, Fidler told reporters, "It would be surprising to me.(1)