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Mutual Roast at Inner Circle Show
GRAPHIC New York City political reporters roast Mayor de Blasio (and vice versa) at annual charity review. (photo: Staton Rabin.)

The Associated Press Reviews It

By JONATHAN LEMIRE - Associated Press - Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio poked fun at himself Saturday night - from his liberal policies to his penchant for tardiness - at the annual Inner Circle charity show.

The show is New York's answer to the White House Correspondents Dinner, where politicians, reporters and the city's power brokers rub shoulders during a charity dinner. The highlight each year is the mayor's performance, which serves as a rebuttal of sorts to the reporters' show, which opens the night by skewering the mayor and other city and state elected officials.

In the first act of the evening, reporters poked fun at the year de Blasio had. They ribbed his manhandling last year of Staten Island Chuck, the groundhog that later died, and his issues with the police. In one sketch, actors dressed in NYPD uniforms pretended to moon the mayor.

Much of de Blasio's act mocked his liberal agenda, including universal pre-kindergarten and a new relaxed marijuana policy. He also poked fun at rumors of the mayor's marijuana use, quipping that he and his wife, Chirlane McCray, used celery every day at 4:20 p.m.

Comedian Louis C.K. joined the mayor on stage at the beginning of his skit. The comedian provided a "translation" (often vulgar) of the mayor's comments, making fun of the press, the governor and the voters.

A year ago, in de Blasio's first Inner Circle as mayor, he delivered a winning performance in which he enlisted celebrity friends like Steve Buscemi and Cynthia Nixon to gamely make fun of his tendency to be tardy, his struggle with managing a snowstorm and his reliance on his family during his mayoral campaign.

De Blasio's performance was again a skit-filled, low-frills affair. That stands in stark contrasts to the outlandish performances put on by his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, who used some of his own fortune to hire a Broadway cast each year and put on elaborate, music-filled shows.

One year, Bloomberg wore a harness, flying 20 feet in the air while dressed as Spiderman. Other noteworthy previous mayoral performances included Rudolph Giuliani donning drag and Ed Koch stepping out of the mouth of a man-eating plant.

The black-tie event is expected to raise about $100,000 for various city charities.

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We are being careful about the word “suicide” when reporting about the actions of the Germanwings co-pilot. There are at least two reasons not to use it at this time: (NPR)

‘Favorite’ and ‘meme’ have been added. (Poynter)

The review was commissioned by Rolling Stone editor and publisher Jann Wenner and was submitted by Columbia Journalism School dean Steve Coll. (Politico)

A master of free-form radio who has been a standby on New York radio stations for nearly 50 years, will retire on May 2 with the last installment of his long-running show on WFUV. (New York Times)

And why you should not emulate it. (FastCompany)

Bloomberg and Cignal TV to launch first 24-hour business news channel in the Philippines (Bloomberg)

Everyone gets 100% for 90 days. Then, re-visit rate drops by 75%. (Jim Rememesko)

Facebook is gradually positioning itself to become the data, media-consumption and sharing backbone for the entire digital media industry. (DigiDay)

Al Jazeera America is to increase the number of hours it broadcasts live news with the addition of more resources and broadcasting from more locations starting 30th March. (News on News)

Publishing’s future is Facebook’s past. (TheAwl)

In a significant expansion of its video strategy, Facebook is in discussions with several media firms, including Vice, The Onion and Vox Media, to produce short-form videos for the social network, according to people involved in the project. (The Information)

St. Louis-based videographer Mary Moore was among 13 people taken into custody outside Ferguson police headquarters in early October, and was charged with municipal violations. (Associated Press)

Family says she's been in and out of the hospital this year in connection with injuries sustained from being attacked in 2011. (AOL)

In this excerpt from her forthcoming e-book, Amy Webb outlines a new blueprint for the future of journalism education. (NiemanReports)

In this excerpt from her forthcoming e-book, Amy Webb outlines a new blueprint for the future of journalism education. (LA TIMES)

Contract had been set to run through 2017, has been President of CBS News since 2011. (Deadline Hollywood)

latest numbers suggest the lines between cable and broadcast continue to fade for younger viewers, especially Millennials. (MediaLife)

Industry trade group and a small, Texas-based Internet provider are among the first to mount a legal challenge to the federal government's new net neutrality rules. (Washington Post)

On eve of Iranian new year, US president asks for return of Jason Rezaian, who was ‘unjustly’ taken captive in efforts to undermine Iranian president. (The Guardian)

Ms. Viner will take over from Alan Rusbridger, who will step down in the summer after 20 years as editor. (New York Times)


A study of Millennial media habits claims that young people crave hard news. Do they really? (The Atlantic)

A focus on audience engagement and social media has paid off for the PBS NewsHour website, which relaunched Feb. 1, 2014. (

The numbers are simply staggering. (USA TODAY)

The Washington Post digital partner program now has 245 newspapers participating. (The Washington Post)

NBC continued to lead ABC in terms of overall audience, but even that narrowed significantly for the five days ranging from March 9 to March 13: “NBC Nightly News” led ABC’s “World News” by just 11,000 viewers, according to Nielsen. (Variety)


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