Quote of the Day:
“I know a little something about how newsroom budgets work. By my back-of-the-napkin math, you could pay all of the people fired yesterday by The NY Daily News for 2–3 years for the $15 million pocketed by Tronc chief thief Michael Ferro.”
—Noah Schactman, EIC, The Daily Beast.
Scaramucci in our nightmares…
“One year ago this week we were living in a 10-day period that historians now refer to as ‘The Scaramucci Era-‘” — Joe Perticone, politics reporter, Business Insider.
Two black female White House reporters go to war
American Urban Radio’s April Ryan may sue Daily Mail’s Francesca Chambers.
Ryan wants a public apology from the pub on behalf of what she claims was a racially charged remark from Chambers. The Daily Mail is calling Ryan’s charges “false claims.”
Reporters get free liquor after receiving pink slips
“So the bartender just told us people won’t stop calling them and buying drinks for the Daily News staff. This is amazing.” — John Healy, sports reporter, New York Daily News.
WTF: Stormy Daniels wants privacy
“My client Stormy Daniels and her husband Glen have decided to end their marriage. A petition for divorce was filed last week, the accuracy of which is vehemently disputed. Stormy’s daughter remains her number one priority. She kindly asks for privacy for the sake of her family.” — Michael Avenatti, lawyer for the porn star.
Um, actually no, Stormy DOESN’T want privacy
“I don’t need or want privacy. I want truth. And it will come out. I’m not afraid.” — Stormy Daniels.
Read all about their weirdness here.
Avenatti will be deposed anywhere except Russia
“Mr. Trump now claims through his lawyer Mr. Harder that he wants me deposed under oath. No problem. Let’s schedule Trump’s deposition (which we have been seeking for months) & then mine for the next day. I will go anywhere in the world except Russia. I only need 48 hours notice.” — Avenatti.
Journos react to Daily News layoffs
“Just brutal. A huge blow to accountability journalism in New York.” — Lydia Polgreen, editor, HuffPost.
“Being published in the NY Daily News was probably the most exciting day of my writing life. It’s an NYC institution. More than that, it has relentlessly done hard, necessary work. This is appalling, and terrifying news for a city very much in need of a vigilant free press.” — Glynnis MacNicol, The List.
“The grim news officially arrives at the New York Daily News, where staffers were just informed that Tronc is reducing the ‘size of the editorial team by approximately 50 percent and re-focusing much of our talent on breaking news.’ — Tom Kludt, CNN.
“Feeling uncomfortable as I edit a @lachlan story on ‘BDSM stuff'” — Sam Stein, The Daily Beast, referring to Daily Beast reporter Lachlan Markay.
It wasn’t quite as bad as this…
“@KatyTurNBC just corrected her guest for referring to @DailyCaller reporters as ‘journalists'” — Brent Scher, Washington Free Beacon.
This sprouted from NBC’s Ken Dilanian, appearing on MSNBC Monday afternoon, who said there’s a whole “amen chorus” out there backing President Trump. Tur replied, “Don’t use that term. They’re not journalists if they’re doing that.”
A journo cracked to The Mirror, “Guess he [Ken Dilanian] forgot about all the times he ran his stories by the CIA before publication.” See here.
“Now, more than ever, we need to #DrainTheSwamp.” — Madison Gesiotto, political commentator, columnist for TWT.
The Hill’s ITK column: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is actually not dead. See here.
NYP’s Page Six: Neighbor sues Trump hater comedian Kathy Griffin for invasion of privacy. The neighbors contend Griffin recorded them on video and audio without their consent. See here.