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03.31.15 Prachi Gupta

Well, this is sad. Numerous outlets are reporting that Cablevision is putting in a bid of $1 to buy beleaguered New York paper the Daily News. The upcoming bid isn’t, apparently, a joke. Reuters reports that there is at least some financial justification for straight-up trolling: Cablevision’s $1 bid takes into account the New York […]

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03.23.15 Liam Mathews

Media Matters has confirmed a disturbing tendency in late-night news broadcasts to disproportionately cover violent crime stories where the subjects are identified as black. Between August 18 and December 31 of last year, Media Matters tracked stories about murder, theft, and assault on four local news affiliates (WCBS, WNBC, WABC, and WNYW [Fox]), and found […]

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03.17.15 Liam Mathews

James O’Keefe, the right-wing’s garbage answer to both Michael Moore and Punk’d, is drawing attention again, this time for allegedly firing an employee who refused to strong-arm an operative into following a hidden-camera video script that would bait anti-police brutality protestors into making violent statements against police. His “investigative reporting”/propaganda organization Project Veritas recently used […]

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03.10.15 Liam Mathews

New York is famous for its gruff personalities and many subcultures. What do these voices sound like online, where they are anonymized and unfiltered? For a sampling, we’ve ranked the notorious comment sections of ten NYC-centric websites from worst to best. (Racists, it turns out, have many places to go.) Honorable mention goes to the […]

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03.06.15 Bucky Turco

Last month, Caters News Agency published an account about a “drunk” gorilla who punched a photographer, accompanied by some remarkable photos. The story was picked up verbatim by several media outlets and went viral. Here’s how the news agency framed the encounter: “Completely drunk from eating bamboo stems, which ferment in gorillas’ stomachs causing them […]

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01.20.15 Bucky Turco

Associate Press journalist Hal Boyle was a hero. The old school newsman died in 1974 at the age of 63, but not before he churned out 7,680 columns, winning a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting as a war correspondent during WWII. But one of his greatest achievements, in my eyes, were his prescient articles reporting […]

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11.21.14 Bucky Turco

There’s a video currently making the rounds that purports to show a drug deal on live TV, while an oblivious Fox News affiliate in Boston reports on the snowfall. It’s been reported by Gawker, New York Magazine, BuzzFeed, and virtually every other influential media outlet. But it’s a year old. And there’s no evidence to […]

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11.14.14 Bucky Turco

“Regular pot smokers have shrunken brains…” blares a Los Angeles Times headline about new findings regarding weed and the brain. Here’s how reporter Melissa Healy sets up the premise: Experimental mice have been telling us this for years, but pot-smoking humans didn’t want to believe it could happen to them: Compared with a person who […]

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11.05.14 Bucky Turco

There are lots of theories about the identity of world-renowned street artist Banksy, but the latest one being proposed by The Atlantic’s City Lab is not only the worst ever, but also the dumbest. According to writer Kriston Capps, “Banksy is probably a woman.” His evidence? Nothing that’s even remotely convincing or worth debating, because […]

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10.30.14 Bucky Turco

Turhan Gumusdere aka TRIKE1 is an old-school graffiti writer who used to bomb NYC subway trains in the 70s and is now the warden of Rikers’ biggest jail. Although this promotion happened in early June and was announced via an official press release (PDF), the New York Post is just putting it all together now […]

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