New York Post Headline Truly Tit-allating

Tops Headless Body in Topless Bar

Imagine New Yorkers disappointment two weeks ago when Osama bin Laden was finally captured and killed. The city that waited nearly 10 years for justice to be done awoke on Monday morning, May 2, to the tepid New York Post headline “Got ‘Em!” What!? No “Headless Body Found in Topless Bar”-style blast that would keep people talking for decades to come (and possibly breathe much needed life back into the newspaper business).

Let’s face it, we read headlines all day long online – all kinds of crazy things – but nothing sizzles and pops like a juicy (and occasional laughable) tabloid headline. This morning, New Yorkers and (by virtue of the Interwebs) the rest of us got our fix. Apparently, Osama bin Laden’s condo was laden with porn DVDs. We’ll let Mediaite tell you the rest. (Click here)

Hat tip to Mediaite for the story and the photo. Other notes: Yes, we know the “Headless Body Found in Topless Bar” headline was in the New York Daily News, not the Post. We grew up in the New York Metro area – and can prove it. How? Well, what other baseball team goes by the tabloid nickname the “Amazin’s” other than our beloved New York Mets!

Video: Comedian Chelsea Handler ‘Critiques’ Jenna Bush’s Reporting Skills

A “tasty dumbass treat” is how comedian Chelsea Handler describes Jenna Bush Hager’s on-camera journalistic “skills” this week. Jenna “the blonde Bush twin” daughter of ex-President George W. Bush has come a long way since her Daddy’s first term in office, when she regularly picked up citations for underage drinking that led to headlines in the New York Post like “Jenna and Tonic”. She’s graduated from college, gotten married, written a children’s book and now has scored a cushy gig on the ‘Today’ show as a special correspondent. We won’t say any more, we’ll leave that to the fabulous Chelsea Handler (who has her own sweet gig as the host of E’s Chelsea Lately and has penned the book with the best title of the 21st century – “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea”. For more Jenna bashing, see Perez Hilton’s site (natch).

‘Editor & Publisher’ to Cease Publication After 125 Years

A sign of the times (sigh). Here’s the official obit: ‘Editor & Publisher’ to Cease Publication After 125 Years

For something a little more in depth, please see Will Bunch’s piece in the Huffington Post, “While Dying, Editor & Publisher Showed Journalism How to Live”. In the “shrug, oh well, life goes on” category, Bunch reports:

For much of today, “Editor & Publisher” was a top trending topic on Twitter — ironically, a symbol of both its impact and of the massive technological changes that conspired to kill it.

There’s much more here. E&P was a publication (both print and online, since 2003) that ran stories that reminded those of us who write to also think. All of us who have left behind the old school for the new media pastures this decade has abundantly provided — and those who never knew the old school especially — should take pause. Take 30 seconds before we hit that “Publish” or “Update” button. Think of how much more we can contribute the ongoing universal dialog that has replaced “news” by doing so.

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The Death of Censorship

This is a difficult video to watch. It is the death of a teenage girl, known as Neda, who was shot by a sniper on the streets of Tehran a few days ago, amid the political unrest and the desperate attempts of the Iranian government to censor it. My source for this is PR Squared, and I refer you to their excellent commentary on the video and the changes in the way we now get our information. As PR Squared writes, “The filters are off. The collective is self-aware. The masses are the media.” (Read more)