In media and madness
Bow down, media minions--Ira Glass now owns all of This American Life. "Glass is full: It's all Ira's 'American Life' now," quips Robert Feder with Time Out Chicago. "And later, Ira Glass will buy all of you, too," suggests Mark Garrison at Marketplace. On the other end of the spectrum, Bloomberg (like, literally Michael Bloomberg) just fired their top digital editor Josh Topolsky over the epitomization of creative differences. "I would note we have this opening," helpfully tweets Marketwatch's Steve Goldstein. Also, because we can't afford to ignore this trending item any more: Why are the most important people in media reading The Awl? "If you write for the Internet and haven't read this, you really, really should," warns Hilary Sargent at Boston.com. Okay, okay, rub it in. Make it burn. But it can't burn as much as the state of things do right now for Tuscaloosa News, where they're scrambling to recount a report that former Alabama football player Kenny Stabler had died (oops! That link goes nowhere, doesn't it? Wonder why). "Kenny Stabler obit appears to be premature as Tuscaloosanews.com endures !#$%@#$# moment," explains Todd Stone at Houston Chronicle.
Simultaneously filed under communications concerns, ESPN is tightening its belt. "I've said before that regional sports networks are more important than ESPN in terms of slowing cord cutting," points out TIME's Alex Fitzpatrick. Noted. Also, "apparently" the NY Times is keeping Ted Cruz off its bestseller list? "NYT is keeping @TedCruz's book off its bestseller list because 'sales were limited to strategic bulk purchases'," shares BuzzFeed's McKay Coppins. Although Texas Monthly's Erica Grieder argues, "This is true of a LOT of books on the NYT Bestsellers list, including several of the others named." And in the saddest metaphor of all, a crystal ball's view of the WashPost HQ reveals only shards and debris. "Washington Post building soon to be history, rubble. Surely some documents left in there," protests WSJ's James V. Grimaldi.