What matters to media minds
We also awoke to the news that a Paris gunman opened fire at the French paper Liberation. "A gunman just walked into Paris office of left wing newspaper Liberation and opened fire," detailed Ben Cubby at the Sydney Morning Herald. "Press under fire - literally - in Paris," KPCC's Kitty Felde observed.
Some frustrating news also from Bloomberg that the news service has suspended a journalist over leaking information on a squelched piece on China's wealthiest man. Wall Street Journal's Wei Gu details, "Bloomberg suspends reporter Michael Forsythe for telling others about the quashed China investigative story." But Financial Times' Peter Spiegel wonders, "How soon til someone hires him?" Good question.
And in yet more bad news from Bloomberg, it appears they are preparing to lay off about 50 people, which translates to roughly 2% of the newsroom. Including? Part of its investigative unit. Newsweek's Jim Impoco tellingly responded, "Et tous, Brute?" And from Washington Post's Mark Berman: "Damn, how many people there are writing articles about China?"
Also, Annie Lowrey with the New York Times brings us an elegant if distressing longform piece on Americans caught in unemployment's revolving door. "If you think US long-term unemployment isn't a crisis, let @annielowrey disabuse you of that notion," Stateline's Jake Grovum implored readers. "People out of work for 6 months or more have a 1 in 10 chance of finding a job," shared Amy Martinez with the Seattle Times. "20 years of schooling, 30 years of working and they throw you out like trash," HuffPo's Eleazar David Melendez tweeted in disbelief.
And finally, don't miss this other piece from the Times, an ethereally mysterious profile of the man at the heart of the Nazi art scandal. NYT's Scott Heller explained, "Cornelius Gurlitt, who lived with trove of confiscated art, never went online but did talk to his pictures." Also at the Times, Danielle Ivory observed, "'When asked if he had ever been in love with a fellow human being, he giggled and said, "Oh, no."' What a story." Variety's Cynthia Littleton concluded, "This has HBO movie written all over it."