Media rants, rumors and ruminations

A deluded diatribe in the New York Times isn't going over so well in press circles: "Brunch Is for Jerks," a lamentation for the breakfast/lunch hybrid of yore, falls somewhere in between ranty and tone-deaf (838 shares and rising). Count on Re/code's Peter Kafka to deftly sum it up: "I used to be an asshole but then I had a kid and now I'm better than you." Sounding like The Onion copy, Wall Street Journal's Josh Dawsey quips, "Area man says he faces many bedraggled, hungover people near his West Village abode. He decides brunch is for jerks." At the National Journal, Ron Fournier gently reprimands, "Most Americans don't have brunch to quit, @nytimes." Oh, the Times.

In other media foibles, the Columbia Journalism Review reports on how PBS pulled ads from Harper’s Magazine after a critical essay (613 shares). "It's not all Big Bird and games at the public broadcaster," observes David Uberti at CJR.

Lindsey Bever at The Washington Post regales us with the tale of an unfortunate Ebola joke that rattled passengers on a US Airways flight to the Dominican Republic (378 shares). No one was amused, least of all Mashable's Jim Roberts: "Idiot passenger on USAirways flight makes lame joke about having #Ebola. Hazmat team shows up." Globe and Mail's André Picard helpfully suggests, "Pro tip: Don't crack an #Ebola joke on a plane."  We won't spoil the joke for you, but it's a doozy.

A more useful offering from the NY Times than this morning's brunch piece: Ashley Parker's exploration of voter frustration and fatigue stretching from Mid-Atlantic to Midwest (73 shares). National Journal's Lucia Graves noticed the same amazing quote that we did (care of the gentleman you see at the far left): “'Can I give them a triple F? Is there anything less than an F I can give those guys?' - America on Congress."

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