In homegrown goods, designers Yvonne LaFleur and Tracy Thomson have donated to the cause, and there are Muses shoes galore. Perhaps coolest of all, though, is Times-Picayune food editor Judy Walker's handmade quilt (pictured) made of T-shirts, many of which feature the paper's most famous front pages.
Tickets to the Sept. 29 benefit, "Black, White and Red All Over," are $30. The night will feature entertainment by David Torkanowsky, Charmaine Neville, The Pfister Sisters and John Rankin, among others, and food will be provided by several area restaurants. There will also be a silent auction that night, but bidding is already open on the online auction.
In other news, it seems that 60 Minutes is going ahead with a segment about the paper's move to digital. Correspondent Morley Safer is in town this week, and he's interviewed Mayor Mitch Landrieu and T-P editor Jim Amoss, along with several community leaders. (Landrieu even tweeted a picture.) The segment is scheduled to air Sept. 30 — the last day for the fired employees.
Michael Brown, who bounced from a job as an incompetent FEMA chief to a job in Denver as Mainstream Media Radio Host Who is Well-Compensated for Railing Against Mainstream Media, used that mighty brainpan of his over the weekend and ferreted out Mainstream Media Bias when it came to Hurricane Isaac:
... which might have made a better point if CNN and Anderson Cooper weren't here, or if CNN hadn't done the story on power outages before Brownie raised the question, and followed it with another one today.
As for O'Brien, she had already been covering Isaac for more than a week. Here's O'Brien in Plaquemines Parish interviewing parish president Billy Nungesser two days before Encyclopedia Brownie tweeted his question:
Note to Brownie: When complaining that the Biased Mainstream Media is not reporting something, it's usually best not to illustrate that point by linking to a story in the Los Angeles Times that's actually reporting it.
WWL-TV has obtained a copy of the letter sent to Steven Newhouse yesterday by Tom Benson — owner of the New Orleans Saints, the New Orleans Hornets and WVUE-TV — indicating Benson's interest in purchasing The Times-Picayune.
In the letter, Benson writes, "I would welcome the opportunity to speak to you about my interest in purchasing The Times-Picayune, with others. If this is something that is an option, we can initiate this at your earliest convenience."
Past attempts to discuss potential purchase of the paper have been rebuffed by the Newhouse family.
Benson is one of the two potential buyers alluded to by Gambit in a story yesterday, which included this photo of a "Save the Picayune" sign that Benson and his wife Gayle are now displaying on their lawn:
Sources in the newsroom say those reporters who were un-laid off in recent days include Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, Paul Purpura and Mark Waller. At least two have indicated they will accept the new company’s offer. A fourth veteran reporter, who had been offered a job on the digital side of the operation, will likely continue in a traditional reporting role.
Explaining the change of plans, a newsroom source told Gambit, “We’re losing a lot of institutional memory.” Two weeks ago, another source had described the mood in the executive suite as "shitting bricks" due to the number of people who had found other jobs, and how soon they were leaving.
Nineteen reporters from downtown and The Times-Picayune’s various bureaus — most of which have been decimated — have been summoned to the newsroom on Howard Avenue tomorrow for a meeting where they expect to learn the details of their new beats.
A few of those changes that will be announced in the near future:
When it comes to his vice-presidential ambitions, Gov. Bobby Jindal's standard response is "I have the job I want" — even as he's traveled the country raising millions for himself. Most political watchers expected Jindal to pivot on that position eventually, and that moment came this morning on Meet the Press with David Gregory, when Gregory asked if Jindal might be GOP candidate Mitt Romney's veep.
Jindal glossed over the question — "We're not speculating; we're not talking about that" — and then went back to talking about the Affordable Care Act. It wasn't much, but it was a change from his long-held position that he already has the job he wants:
Rob Nelson worked at The Times-Picayune for seven years before moving to WWL-TV and then ABC World News Now. This morning, during World News Now's "Morning Papers" segment, he talked about the upcoming cutbacks at the T-P, calling them "a hurtful and damaging decision for the city" and slamming the Newhouse "corporate beancounters" as he got more and more wound up about the fate of the paper.
"You need a drink, Rob," says his co-anchor.
News website redesigns are all the rage these days, from this much-discussed "improvement" to The Lens' makeover (nice!) and, today, a new WDSU.com (good job). And then there's our new mobile site. But none of them are a patch on what The Baltimore Sun did today to commemorate its 175th anniversary. Check it out.
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