New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet threw out his original speech for the Arthur W. Page Center Larry Foster Awards dinner Wednesday night to respond to President Donald Trump’s tweet calling the Times "a true enemy of the people." In his revised remarks, Baquet noted that the phrase had been "so embraced by dictators and despots" that even Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev had discarded it. "No president has ever uttered those words in public," Baquet said.
Baquet was one of three honorees at the awards dinner held at Grand Hyatt - Midtown Manhattan Hotel in New York. The center also posthumously honored AT&T’s Marilyn Laurie, the highest-ranking woman in AT&T history, and Dr. Jack Rowe, former chair of Aetna.
Well that was fast. In an ESPN broadcast basketball game between Duke and North Carolina Wednesday night, Duke freshman Zion Williamson had one of his Nike shoes fall apart mid game. On Twitter people joked about how nervous Nike execs must be after the public failure. Then Nike competitor Puma chimed in from its basketball Twitter account tweeting: "Wouldn't have happened in the pumas."
The only problem? Williamson, a presumed No. 1 NBA draft pick, had fallen to the court in pain when it happened from a game-ending injury. It took Puma about 30 minutes to delete the tweet. (USA Today)
Reading those annual reports closely. Reuters reports that Johnson & Johnson, in its annual report Wednesday, acknowledged it has been subpoenaed by the U.S. Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission over litigation concerning alleged asbestos contamination. According to Reuters, it’s the first public disclosure of the subpoenas.
In December, a Reuters investigative story alleged that Johnson & Johnson had known small amounts of asbestos were sometimes found in its talc and powder products but did not tell regulators or the public.
A USA Today editor was caught up in a USA Today investigation into blackface yearbook pictures. In a review of 900 yearbooks USA Today discovered that one of its own editors, Nicole Carroll, had edited a 1988-89 Arizona State University yearbook that included a photo of two people dressed as Mike Tyson and Robin Givens at a Halloween party. Carroll posted a column Wednesday apologizing for her actions. (USA Today)
In a case of ‘gramming gone bad, Roger Stone will face a judge today over a recent post he made showing Judge Amy Berman Jackson with gun crosshairs behind her. Stone has since deleted the post and his legal team sent the judge in a "notice of apology."
It’s not just a matter of poor taste. Stone is out on bail after being charged by the Justice Department for lying to congressional investigators and the post may violate the conditions of his release. (CNN)