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May252012

Fiscal Plunge of New York Times Financial Fortunes | Will Chaos at Vatican Make A Pink Smoke Bonfire?

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Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty (Sulzberger, Robinson); Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photos/New York Magazine (all backgrounds). Illustration by John Ritter.In an astounding new low for American journalism, Fox News top guy Roger Ailes called New York Times reporters a “lying bunch of scum” and the Times itself a “cess pool of bias” in a speech to journalism students at Ohio University last week.

Clearly, those comments hit way below the belt — a real kick in the balls if you will — coming at Ochs-Sulzberger family members who control the New York Times and chairman/publisher Arthur Sulzberger, who leads the organization. 

Joe Hagan’s New York Magazine in-depth expose on the New York Times organization is more gentile but equally high-impact.

At the center of Hagan’s story is former Times CEO Janet Robinson who abruptly left the organization last December with a $24 million payout that represented half the company’s dismal profits for 2011. Writing ‘A New York Times Whodunnit’, this in-depth piece interviews more than 30 people intimately familiar with the Times business, but always off the record.

Who slew Times CEO Janet Robinson? Was it Arthur Sulzberger’s new girl friend? The advertising market? The frustrated web guru? Or the ambitious Sulzberger cousin?

It’s impossible to ignore the romantic entanglements: Robinson and Sulzberger as the platonic power couple ‘married’ to the Times empire. Yet the publisher was ‘available’ after separating from his wife in 2008.

When Sulzberger met Claudia Gonzalez, he fell hard and remains a man very much in love, writes Hagan. In the midst of Janet Robinson’s fall publicity tour to promote the Times, Capital New York picked up a story on the new romance from Mexico’s Quién calling Gonzalez “the Mexican woman who moves the New York Times.

Writing about Robinson, Hagan writes a not so pretty picture, saying that she earned a reputation for “ruthlessness” and pushing out anyone who was disloyal. 

By 1999, one of Robinson’s most trusted protégés was a woman named Jyll Holzman, whom she had plucked from the magazine world and elevated to senior vice-president for advertising  … During a period of tension between the newsroom and the advertising division, the Times’ then–deputy managing editor, John Geddes, represented the news and Holzman the advertising side. Robinson believed Holzman was championing their cause—until she discovered that Holzman had begun dating Geddes.

In a stunning admission of just how financially unsuccessful the Times organization has become uner the Robinson-Sulzberger union, the once wide-ranging media empire of newspapers, TV stations, websites and a baseball team worth almost $7 billion is now two newspapers and a website valued at less than $1 billion. 

It almost makes one nervous that family members could vote a buyout by Ruperb Murdoch, if the price is high enough.

FRN Pope Under Pressure

Paolo Gabriele rides in the “Popemobile” with Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square in March 2011. via CNNVatican Denies Cardinal in Heist

CNN reports today that Pope Benedict XVI’s spokesman denied today that a cardinal or a woman were being investigated for potentially devasting leaks, along with the pope’s butler Paolo Gabriele, who remains “imprisoned” at the Vatican and formally charged with “aggravated theft for allegedly stealing private documents.”

Last month, the Vatican gave Cardinal Julian Herranz a “pontifical mandate” to uncover the source of hundreds of personal letters and confidential documents that have been released to Gianluigi Nuzzi, an Italian journalist and author of “Sua Santita,” a book that translates to “His Holiness” and includes the documents.

National Catholic Reporter reports that Vatican Bank president Ettore Gotti Tedeschi resigned last week. Tedeschi, along with the bank’s general director Paolo Cipriani has been under investigation for alleged money laundering.

Nuns Convene in DC

Women march in support of Catholic nuns Wednesday near St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York via CNNAmerica’s largest group of Catholic nuns will meet for three days in Washington this week to draft a response to the Vatican’s reprimand that they group embraces “radical feminist themes.’

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious “plans to move slowly, not rushing to judgment” when the group’s 21-member board meets Tuesday, writes CNN

“The board will conduct its meeting in an atmosphere of prayer, contemplation and dialogue and will develop a plan to involve LCWR membership in similar processes,” the group said in a statement. “We will engage in dialogue where possible and be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit. We ask your prayer for us and for the Church in this critical time.”

It’s expected that there will be no major announcements this week. Rather the sisters are expected to prepare a plan that will be reviewed by their entire membership in August.

CNN senior Vatican analyst and senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter John Allen says the nuns could do one of three options this week: they could go along with the Vatican’s demands; they might offer to work and negotiate with the Vatican in an effort to promote dialogue or the nuns coud say “we’re not going to play ball and we’re going to walk away.”

The last option would involve disbanding the LCWR.

Pink Smoke Over the Vatican

The documentary Pink Smoke Over the Vatican (featured above) will screen June 2, 2012 in Lexington, Ky;June 7, 2012 in Albany, NY and June 22 in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Julia Dunstall and Daniela Mirzac | Txema Yeste | Marie Claire US June 2012 | Summer School

Florence Welch | Tesh | Marie Claire US June 2012 | Rock Goddess

Lise Olsen | Steven Chee | Cosmopolitan Australia June 2012 | ‘Ray of Sunshine’

Olivia Palermo | David Burton | Elle France May 2012 | Beauty Queen

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Alyssa Miller, Anouck Lepere, Christina Kruse, Constance Jablonski + | Yelena Yemchuk | TAR | Retro Pin-ups

Sara Sampaio | Xavi Gordo | Elle Spain June 2012 | Verano a la Habana

Eniko Mihalik | Glen Luchford | Vogue China June 2012 | ‘Natural Lines’

Iris Egbers | Philip Riches | Tush Summer 2012 | Klima Wechseln

Martha Hunt | Enrique Badulescu | Elle UK June 2012 | The Nature Of Things

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Jessica Hart | Benny Horne | Maison Scotch “Été Blanc” | ‘Summer Essentials’

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Wednesday
May232012

We Stand with S.E. Cupp Against Larry Flynt In Spite of Her Anti-Women's Health, Anti Planned Parenthood Views

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Larry Flynt’s Hustler magazine has published an image of conservative pundit S.E. Cupp with a Photoshopped penis in her mouth.

Writes the Daily Beast, Cupp says the protest isn’t loud enough; Flynt says the protest is too loud.

The headline on the Hustler piece poses the question, “What Would S.E. Cupp Look Like With a Dick in Her Mouth?” The magazine goes on to criticize Cupp, a conservative columnist for The New York Daily News and author of the book Why You’re Wrong About the Right, for her political views. “Her hotness is diminished,” the magazine says, “when she espouses dumb ideas like defunding Planned Parenthood.”

There’s no doubt that the piece demeans Cupp. Gloria Steinem, of the Women’s Media Center, is launching an online petition at change.org in protest of the piece, saying that Hustler “seeks to deny her participation in public dialogue entirely, in a way that crosses all boundaries of taste and conscience.”

Anne has signed that petition with comment.

We do not equate Larry Flynt’s influence as a Democratic spokesperson with Rush Limbaugh’s as a Republican. Like Gloria Steinem, NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund,  we condemn this overt sexualization of women.

Progressives Side w /S.E. Cupp

Progressive Weigh In

You May not Agree With Conservative Pundit S.E. Cupp, But Hustler Photoshopping an Explicit Image of Her Is Not OK AlterNet

Hustler’s denigrating S.E. Cupp “satire” Salon

Really, No One Supports Photoshopped Porn of Female Pundits Atlantic Wire

We could see this turning into a play-by-play recalling the outrage that followed Rush Limbaugh’s attack on Sandra Fluke, with people constantly wondering whether the condemnation has reached or should reach the same level. Perhaps Fluke and Planned Parenthood will take the wind out of the sails of those who want this to be a story about hypocrisy in the media and instead it can remain one about condemning sexist treatment of women who express political opinions no matter if its coming from a radio host or a porn rag. Surely that’s something sane liberals and conservatives can agree on.

Wednesday
May232012

Will PA Defund Planned Parenthood? | Sudan Stoning Sentence for Young Woman Moves To Supreme Court 

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State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) introduces The Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priorities Act.PA Republican State Representative Daryl Metcalfe introduced the Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priorities Act today, with the objective to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

Existing state law already prohibits taxpayer funding of abortions but Metcalfe is not satisfied.

“Regardless of their position on abortion, Pennsylvania taxpayers must no longer be forced to subsidize the loss of innocent lives,” said Metcalfe.  “In reality, women in Pennsylvania will be healthier and the children safer when we permanently defund Planned Parenthood and its anti-family agenda.”

Mallory Quigley, communications director for Susan B Anthony List, called the bill an “upgrade” for women’s health services because it directs money away from Planned Parenthood clinics and toward hospitals and other kinds of family planning clinics that don’t provide abortions.

Six states enacted legislation to defund Planned Parenthood in 2011: Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Texas and Tennessee. District judges in all of those states except Wisconsin have since determined that those laws were unconstitutional and have temporarily blocked them. Similar cases like a new Texas law that has refused all Medicaid funds, are being ruled unconstitutional at a state level.

A federal judge in the Texas case wrote that the state has made no credible case that especially poor women won’t suffer under the new anti-Planned Parenthood legislation.

“In the past our clients would qualify for services for free, but now we have to charge them a fee,” said Jeff Teague, president of Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee. “It’s put a burden on people, obviously. We’ve seen a ten percent decrease in patient numbers, and we’ve worked very closely with health department to see if they’ve seen a corresponding increase, and they have not. We have a serious concern that there are a number of women not receiving or delaying care, which is a bad situation either way.” via Huff Po

Related Reads

A Message to Girls About Religious Men Who Fear You Soraya Chemaly at Huff Po

What You Need to Know About the Law Behind the Catholic Church’s Anti-Birth Control Lawsuit ThinkProgress

California Bill Would Increase Access to Birth Control RH Reality Check

The battle among Catholic bishops E.J. Dionne Jr. at WaPo

Death by Stoning

A detail from Ercole Ferrata’s “Martirio di Santa Emerenziana” (1660), a marble engraving carved to adorn the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone of Rome, Italy. The engraving depicts the stoning St. Emerenziana, martyred at the grave of St. Agnes.Death by Stoning

It’s believed that stoning is the world’s oldest form of execution and is a common death penalty in the Bible, leaving scholars to conclude the Jesus’ famous anti-death penalty statement in John 8.7: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

Today stoning is primarily enforced by Islamic fundamentalist sharia law. In 2004, 13-year-old Zhila Izadyar was sentenced to death by stoning in Iran for the ‘crime’ of being raped by her older brother. International protests saved her life.

How Stoning Works: The prisoner is buried either up to his waist (if male) or up to her shoulders (if female) and then pelted with stones by a crowd of volunteers until obviously battered to death. Under the terms of most fundamentalist courts, the stones must be small enough that death cannot reasonably be expected to result from only one or two blows, but large enough to cause physical harm. The average execution by stoning is extremely painful, lasting at least 10 to 20 minutes. via About.com

Help Us Save Intisar Sharif Abdalla

A young Sudanese woman, who gave birth to a child claimed not to be her husband’s, has been sentenced to death by stoning by Sudanese judge Sami Ibrahim Shabo. AOC will respond to requests for help from activists in Sudan trying to save the young woman from this brutal death.

Intisar Sharif Abdalla, believed to be between 15 and 17 years of age is presently awaiting her fate with her baby, in a jail in Khartoum. Prison authorities, who claim she is 20 years old, say the young mother was sentenced to death in accordance with Article 146 of the Sudanese criminal law. She had no legal representation.

The judgment was made on May 13, 2012 after just one hearing and came after an “admission of guilt” plea following torture and brutal beatings by Sharif’s brother who instigated the case. Her co-accused however remains un-convicted and walks freely.

The sentence must be approved by Sudan’s Supreme Court. To date, no stoning cases have been carried out but the demands for full Islamic shariah laws have escalated since the separation of Islamic Sudan and predominantly Christian South Sudan.

Anne is working with the same team of activists as she did on freeing Lubna Hussein, one of 40,000 Sudanese women who avoided flogging when she was arrested in 2009 for improper dress.

Again in 2010, Anne published a horrific video of a young woman being flogged in Sudan, stabilizing the footage on Vimeo when YouTube repeatedly took it down. She then sent the video files to Bloomberg News. Media contacts will be made regarding this stoning case in the next few days.