The unrest at the Denver Post continues, with the paper’s journalists staging a protest in front of the New York City building where the hedge fund that owns the paper is located. Alden Capital, which acquired the paper in 2010, has made the newspaper business a profitable one by cutting costs and laying off staff. Last week, the editorial page editor resigned after an article critical of Alden was blocked by ownership. According to the New York Times, one of the protestors, Elizabeth Hernandez, wore a pin that said “I am a certified pest.” She told the Times, “I don’t like being the story. But if we don’t tell our own story now, I don’t know how long we’ll able to tell our community’s.”
The Onion has started a satirical protest website, ResistanceHole. In the first post, the site channels the self-righteous fury of angry anti-Trump bloggers: “ResistanceHole is here to take a courageous stand against you by pumping out enough shareable content to topple you and the craven liars and incompetent mouth-breathers you surround yourself with.”
Tonight at the City University of New York (CUNY), Anne Carson will discuss “Envisioning the Classics.”
At the Washington Post, Erik Wemple writes about the White House Correspondents’ Association’s responses to Trump. As the president continues to threaten press freedoms, the WHCA has a mixed track record in condemning his provocations. After a tweet in which the president suggested revoking press credentials for journalists who are “negative (Fake),” the Association released a statement strongly condemning Trump’s words: “A free press must be able to report on the good, the bad, the momentous and the mundane, without fear or favor. And a president preventing a free and independent press from covering the workings of our republic would be an unconscionable assault on the First Amendment.”
FX, Hulu, and the New York Times are teaming up on a new TV show, The Weekly, a news-driven series modeled on the paper’s successful podcast, The Daily. The show will premiere later this year.