'Post' editor Col Allan being sent to Australia to guide News Corp. papers there
Here is every vibrator gag (sorry) from The New York Post’s story about Trojan’s botched vibrator giveaway, as compiled by Tom McGeveran in his The Front column:
On the front page of the print edition, the headline was "BUZZ KILL!"
The lead-in text read “Hundreds of New Yorkers lined up for free vibrators from promotional pushcarts yesterday—until the nanny city hit below the belt and pulled the plug.
Inside, the caption on a photo of a line of customers at Pearl Street read: CAN’T GET NO SATISFACTION.
The headline was “CITY KOs GOOD VIBRATIONS.”
Into the article!
They must have rubbed Mayor Bloomberg the wrong way.
City officials pulled the plug on a vibrator giveaway by the Trojan condom company yesterday …
Trojan sent tingles of excitement across the city …
But instead of climaxing in a successful giveaway, the promotion was prematurely interrupted …
A dark-suited representative … put the squeeze on Trojan’s “Pleasure Carts.”
The decision to nix the giveaway clearly caused the mayor’s voter satisfaction ratings to plummet ….
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Here is every vibrator gag (sorry) from The New York Post’s story about Trojan’s botched vibrator giveaway, as compiled by Tom McGeveran in his The Front column:

  • On the front page of the print edition, the headline was "BUZZ KILL!"
  • The lead-in text read “Hundreds of New Yorkers lined up for free vibrators from promotional pushcarts yesterday—until the nanny city hit below the belt and pulled the plug.
  • Inside, the caption on a photo of a line of customers at Pearl Street read: CAN’T GET NO SATISFACTION.
  • The headline was “CITY KOs GOOD VIBRATIONS.”

Into the article!

  • They must have rubbed Mayor Bloomberg the wrong way.
  • City officials pulled the plug on a vibrator giveaway by the Trojan condom company yesterday …
  • Trojan sent tingles of excitement across the city
  • But instead of climaxing in a successful giveaway, the promotion was prematurely interrupted
  • A dark-suited representative … put the squeeze on Trojan’s “Pleasure Carts.”
  • The decision to nix the giveaway clearly caused the mayor’s voter satisfaction ratings to plummet ….

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Groaners are good. Today’s main news hed on the Post is a groaner, one of those puns that strains so hard that it elicits a groan, and an idea of a chuckle, and stays in your head all day like a tune you hear at Duane Reade in the morning and find yourself humming in your head on the way to bed.
It wasn’t always this way, but American humor has moved toward bad or overtaxed punning. You see bad puns as punchlines in all the smart sitcoms. The unreconstructed bad Post pun is “in” again. - Tom McGeveran at Capital New York

Groaners are good. Today’s main news hed on the Post is a groaner, one of those puns that strains so hard that it elicits a groan, and an idea of a chuckle, and stays in your head all day like a tune you hear at Duane Reade in the morning and find yourself humming in your head on the way to bed.

It wasn’t always this way, but American humor has moved toward bad or overtaxed punning. You see bad puns as punchlines in all the smart sitcoms. The unreconstructed bad Post pun is “in” again. - Tom McGeveran at Capital New York

The real story of ‘Headless Body in Topless Bar,’ as argued by veterans of the New York Post

"Hang on, Vinnie, we’re not a hundred per cent sure it’s a topless bar!"
Vinnie jumped on top of his desk and waved his arms.
"It’s gotta be a topless bar!" he cried. "This is the greatest f——— headline of my career!”

The real story of ‘Headless Body in Topless Bar,’ as argued by veterans of the New York Post

"Hang on, Vinnie, we’re not a hundred per cent sure it’s a topless bar!"

Vinnie jumped on top of his desk and waved his arms.

"It’s gotta be a topless bar!" he cried. "This is the greatest f——— headline of my career!”

The day Herman Cain canceled on Cindy Adams’ boss

Months ago, back when Herman Cain was still a future ex-front-runner, New York Post society columnist Cindy Adams made a plan  to host the candidate at an intimate sit-down dinner at her Park Avenue  apartment with a group of influential media and political types.
Cain’s Republican-primary moment didn’t last quite long enough for the event to happen.
The  Sunday dinner was to include Barbara Walters, Matt Lauer, Lesley Stahl,  Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren (whose husband, John Coale, is an informal adviser to Herman Cain), New Yorker writer  Rebecca Mead, and even a couple of Democrats: Senator Chuck Schumer and  Democratic National Committeeman Robert Zimmerman.
Another guest who was scheduled to attend, according to two sources, was New York Post editor in chief Col Allan, whose paper afforded Cain relatively gentle treatment yesterday; the rival Daily News gave top billing to Ginger White, the woman who told the press that she  had had a long-term extramarital affair with Cain. (White went public  as the campaign was already grappling with multiple claims of sexual  harassment.)

The day Herman Cain canceled on Cindy Adams’ boss

Months ago, back when Herman Cain was still a future ex-front-runner, New York Post society columnist Cindy Adams made a plan to host the candidate at an intimate sit-down dinner at her Park Avenue apartment with a group of influential media and political types.

Cain’s Republican-primary moment didn’t last quite long enough for the event to happen.

The Sunday dinner was to include Barbara Walters, Matt Lauer, Lesley Stahl, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren (whose husband, John Coale, is an informal adviser to Herman Cain), New Yorker writer Rebecca Mead, and even a couple of Democrats: Senator Chuck Schumer and Democratic National Committeeman Robert Zimmerman.

Another guest who was scheduled to attend, according to two sources, was New York Post editor in chief Col Allan, whose paper afforded Cain relatively gentle treatment yesterday; the rival Daily News gave top billing to Ginger White, the woman who told the press that she had had a long-term extramarital affair with Cain. (White went public as the campaign was already grappling with multiple claims of sexual harassment.)

An ex-cop in a tie manhandling an Occupy Wall Street protester with long hair and a beard.It’s a photo-op made for the New York Post.

An ex-cop in a tie manhandling an Occupy Wall Street protester with long hair and a beard.It’s a photo-op made for the New York Post.

laughingsquid:

Khadafy Killed by Yankee Fan

What irks me is that this bad-faith sale probably will gain readers this  morning; and that even readers who habitually fall for the Post's  tricks never end up quite adding it all up: That the wilder the sale,  the more likely they will start thinking about the 75 cents they just  dished out as soon as they've done reading what's there. It's too bad. - Tom McGeveran on today’s tabloid covers.

laughingsquid:

Khadafy Killed by Yankee Fan

What irks me is that this bad-faith sale probably will gain readers this morning; and that even readers who habitually fall for the Post's tricks never end up quite adding it all up: That the wilder the sale, the more likely they will start thinking about the 75 cents they just dished out as soon as they've done reading what's there. It's too bad. - Tom McGeveran on today’s tabloid covers.


Tom McGeveran: “PUSS ‘N’ BOOTS” reads the headline. (Beyond the fact that the fairytale  character is also a cat I can’t see why this is the headline; why not  CAT WOMAN or CAT’S EYE or CAT SCAN?) Sample sentence from inside: “Does  Squires believe that her country cat has turned sophisticated city kitty  and will miss the bright lights of Broadway?” I think this piece just  should have been written with the word “meow” replacing every other  noun, like the way that cat in Mr. Roger’s Land of Make-Believe talks.

Tom McGeveran: “PUSS ‘N’ BOOTS” reads the headline. (Beyond the fact that the fairytale character is also a cat I can’t see why this is the headline; why not CAT WOMAN or CAT’S EYE or CAT SCAN?) Sample sentence from inside: “Does Squires believe that her country cat has turned sophisticated city kitty and will miss the bright lights of Broadway?” I think this piece just should have been written with the word “meow” replacing every other noun, like the way that cat in Mr. Roger’s Land of Make-Believe talks.

Tom McGeveran: It’s not that unusual for a paper to change its front between the  early edition (a copy of which I picked up at a newsstand in Queens a  little before 6) and the late (which is on newsstands now), but every  once in a while the change is significant. Sometimes not so much.
Today, the Post has  retooled both its front and back pages. “SACRED” has taken the place of  “MY SON,” and the Giants’ loss has taken the place of the Jets’ win. (That last is particularly confusing to me. The Jets’ win was much more  dramatic and, the way this season is shaping up, meaningful.)  Read more—->

Tom McGeveran: It’s not that unusual for a paper to change its front between the early edition (a copy of which I picked up at a newsstand in Queens a little before 6) and the late (which is on newsstands now), but every once in a while the change is significant. Sometimes not so much.

Today, the Post has retooled both its front and back pages. “SACRED” has taken the place of “MY SON,” and the Giants’ loss has taken the place of the Jets’ win. (That last is particularly confusing to me. The Jets’ win was much more dramatic and, the way this season is shaping up, meaningful.)  Read more—->

Tom McGeveran: My favorite paragraph in The New York Post's story about PBS issuing a statement saying that Bert and Ernie of “Sesame Street” are not gay is this one:

The  very fact that the producers felt it necessary to educate their viewers  about the non-sex lives of puppets demonstrates the extent of the mad  online debate that captivated bloggers who had nothing better to worry  about while Wall Street was going crazy.

I enjoy it so much because right there, on the front of the Post (which today makes no mention of the Dow’s uptick yesterday) at the  very top of the page is a thick blue bar with a silhouetted picture of  the two muppets (Ernie with his rubber ducky, and his arm around roomate  Bert) alongside text that reads “‘Sesame’ wed furor.” The dek: “Bert  & Ernie just pals, show insists.”
Of course people only “insist” when they are saying something implausible; otherwise they just “say.”

Tom McGeveran: My favorite paragraph in The New York Post's story about PBS issuing a statement saying that Bert and Ernie of “Sesame Street” are not gay is this one:

The very fact that the producers felt it necessary to educate their viewers about the non-sex lives of puppets demonstrates the extent of the mad online debate that captivated bloggers who had nothing better to worry about while Wall Street was going crazy.

I enjoy it so much because right there, on the front of the Post (which today makes no mention of the Dow’s uptick yesterday) at the very top of the page is a thick blue bar with a silhouetted picture of the two muppets (Ernie with his rubber ducky, and his arm around roomate Bert) alongside text that reads “‘Sesame’ wed furor.” The dek: “Bert & Ernie just pals, show insists.”

Of course people only “insist” when they are saying something implausible; otherwise they just “say.”

"ANOTHER dead grandmother found in closet"

maura:

thinking of doing a daily series that highlights the daily news’ most ill-sent tweets. that one just went over the wire.

Truly incredible. Maybe Tom should take a break from The Front and compare Twitter feeds.

"I wasn’t going to go toe to toe with Lady Gaga, because that’s like fighting Jesus."

Ex-girlfriend of Luc Carl, GaGa’s current boy toy. (via villagevoice)

This story was splashes across the New York Post wood this morning. Here’s Tom McGeveran’s take in this morning’s The Front column:

Lady Gaga stole my man,” reads the knockout type in the lower-lefthand blue box, with a head shot of Gaga. It seems a local actress was dating an ex of Gaga’s for about a year, and, according to her, the guy went back to Gaga. Internal gags include a description of the jilted lady, who is an actress, as having run “out of Luc.” (The boyfriend’s name is Luc. Get it?) Anyone else want to come out of the woodwork with their minor connections to the pop star? The Post is all ears!

We imagine the appeal of this story is something like the appeal of Taylor Swift in her new video: Gaga’s evil tricks and, as one commenter put it, her “pig” sexual mores, make her unfair competition for any regular working gal, and these tales of injustice must be told.

Hate the Gaga story as I might, I don’t think anyone needs to actually turn to the Georgina Bloomberg story [in the New York Daily News] after seeing it bugged on the front, whereas the reader will have already plunked down his or her 50 cents before getting hosed by this fame-seeking actress inside the Post.

(via brooklynmutt)