Archive for the ‘newspapers’ Category

Man trashes cable company with awesomely demented newspaper ad

May 27, 2011

Thursday, a man named Eugene Mirman took out a full page ad in two New York newspapers to trash Time Warner Cable. This could be the most demented piece of advertising in the history of the english language. Here’s the ad in its entirety for your reading pleasure:

Just as awesome: A New York UHF tv station let Mirman come on the air and read his letter as performance art.

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Monday’s New York Daily News cover

May 2, 2011

College newspaper sportswriter proves he’s a “Bad Motherf****r”

March 8, 2011

Monday’s issue of the student newspaper for Western Illinois University will go down in history. For all the wrong reasons. That particular issue of The Western Courier is hardly earth shattering. Nor is an article by student sportswriter Mick Vaught.

What is historic is the byline of Vaught’s article. It reads: “Bad Motherfucker.” The campus paper’s editor explains how the typo accidentally got printed by pointing out that the “bad mo fo” byline has been part of the paper’s template for years. It’s simply edited out and replaced with the actual author’s byline every issue. This time the school simply forgot to take out the “Bad Motherfucker.” Ooops!

The paper says it’s changing its template.

Seattle Times comes out in favor of marijuana legalization

March 4, 2011

The largest newspaper in the state of Washington has endorsed House Bill 1550. If passed, that bill would legalize marijuana throughout the entire state. In a recent editorial, the Seattle Times stated categorically stated, “Marijuana should be legalized, regulated, and taxed.”

In 1998, Washington was one of the first states to pass medical marijuana legislation. In 2003, Seattle voted to make simple marijuana possession “the lowest police priority.” Last year, Seattle’s City Attorney stopped all prosecutions of simple marijuana possession.

The Times estimates that Washington could raise $300 million each year by legalizing pot.

WHY STUPID PEOPLE SHOULD REFRAIN FROM WRITING SATIRE

April 20, 2010

Thomas Mitchell

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Thomas Mitchell, the editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, is apparently in trouble for a tongue-in-cheek article column he penned for his newspaper entitled, “Time to repeal the 19th Amendment?”

In the article, Mitchell makes the argument that women shouldn’t be allowed to remain having the right to vote because they are too illogical. Mitchell then cites a number of polls to back up his point.

Mitchell was forced to apologize for the column within 24 hours. According to Mitchell, R-J readers were quick to respond:

“I was called an idiot, an (expletive deleted) moron, an ignorant redneck male chauvinist, a racist, a sexist, a narrow minded and crude douchebag, unsophisticated, ignorant, a flat earther, a fool, a Neanderthal and a misogynist.”

Mitchell apologized for not being “a good enough writer to attempt satire. Apparently.”

Apparently, not many people got the joke. Several organizations apparently took Mitchell seriously. Others blasted Mitchell just for being stupid.

AMERICA’S FAVORITE WHORE GETS JOB AS ADVICE COLUMNIST

December 15, 2009

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ASHLEY DUPRE: FROM PROSTITUTE TO NEW YORK POST ADVICE COLUMNIST

It only fair. The New York Post made a lot of money off  prostitute Ashley Dupree. Now, they’ve actually given her a job.

After being a Post cover girl for being revealed as former New York governor Eliot Spitzer’s top hooker, Dupre has found herself virtually unemployable. She’s now too old and used up for Charlie Sheen and Girls Gone Wild. She’s too ugly for Penthouse. And, after all the filthy (*seriously disgusting-check out this post) things she did for money, NO business in New York, New Jersey or Pennsylvania will let her in the building, much less hire her.

Not a problem. The Post is actually giving Dupre her own column in the paper. She’s been hired as an advice columnist. Since the last reported paying job Dupre had was having men pay her to eat her used, dirty tampons, working for the New York Post is only slightly more demeaning. The promotional video for the Post (below) touts Dupre as the perfect person to give advice to young women in New York. Beautiful, since she’s a former (?) prostitute and drug addict.

The Post’s rival NewYork Daily News is having a field day over Dupre’s hiring. One of their columnists said Dupre’s advice on sex is about “as useless as Bernie Madoff money tips.”

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AT LEAST ASHLEY DUPREE DRINKS LIKE A REAL JOURNALIST

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WHY OLD, WHITE, POLITICAL WRITERS SHOULDN’T MAKE HIP HOP REFERENCES

December 5, 2009

Jesus!

It turns out Flavor Flav isn’t unamerican after all. In another example of why newspapers are dying, the Washington Post had to run the embarrassing correction pictured above after an article referring to the old hip hop group Public Enemy said,

“Public Enemy has earned notoriety with more than 20 years of politically charged music about fighting the power, challenging racism and declaring that 9/11 was a joke.”

Of course, Chuck D, Flavor Flav et al wrote their 1990 hit “911 is a Joke” about dialing the 9-1-1 emergency telephone number. NOT the 9/11 attacks on America.

TRANSEXUAL SPORTSWRITER COMMITS SUICIDE

November 28, 2009

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The transexual Los Angeles Times writer, who made news in 2007 by announcing that he was becoming a woman, has been found dead. Mike Penner apparently commited suicide.

Penner announced, in a 2007 LA Times column, that he was a transexual and was going to become a woman. Penner then began a column entitled, “Woman in Progress” under the byline Christine Daniels. However, in late 2008, Penner switched back to being a man.

THOMAS BOSWELL: POSTERBOY OF WHY NEWSPAPERS QUIT SENDING PEOPLE TO THE WORLD SERIES

November 4, 2009

Times are tough. Virtually every newspaper in the country is in trouble financially.

In response, those newspapers have cut back on costs. One of those costs is paying local writers to travel and cover major sporting events. It’s far cheaper to run wire service copy.

Much was made about a recent item where it was revealed that 29 of the 60 newspapers that have reporters covering baseball on a daily basis DIDN’T send anyone to cover the Yankees/Phillies World Series. Here would be an example why:

Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post is a legendary baseball writer and columnist. Unfortunately, Boswell was recently HAMMERED by the Post’s ombudsman, Andrew Alexander. According to Alexander, Boswell’s Sunday column on Game Four of the World Series contained “at least 20 typos, grammatical errors or misspellings.” Thomas Boswell sure can write. He apparently just can’t type accurately under severe deadline pressure.

The World Series game Boswell covered ended at midnight. He filed his story at 12:07. The paper’s deadline is 12:30. Apparently nobody edited Boswell’s piece (Hey, he’s Thomas Boswell!)

Nevertheless, the ombudsman wasn’t the only one who picked up on Boswell’s (or rather his editors) incompetence.  The sea of typos prompted one letter to the Post that said, “I’d like my 75 cents back, please.”

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WASHINGTON POST REPORTER GETS ASS KICKED BY NEAR-70-YEAR-OLD EDITOR

November 2, 2009

Washingtonan.com is reporting that one of the Style editors of the Washington Post “punched out” a reporter last Friday. In the paper’s newsroom.

Post editor  Henry Allen was reaming two writers for a piece he called “total crap” and “the second worst story I have seen in Style in 43 years.” Manuel Roig-Franzia defended himself, concluding,”Oh, Henry, don’t be such a c***sucker!”

Whereupon Allen, a former Marine in Vietnam, threw Roig-Franzia to the floor, raining punches on him. Allen is nearly 70-years-old,


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