SULLIVAN TAKES NYT OMBUDSMAN POST
Margaret Sullivan, editor and VP at The Buffalo Post, takes the public editor post at the New York Times on Sept. 1. She succeeds Arthur Brisbane, who assumed that slot in June 2010.
As the NYT's fifth public editor, Sullivan will comment on the paper's journalism and serve as the paper's liaison to its readers.
She is to be the paper's "initiator, orchestrator and moderator of an ongoing conversation about The Times' journalism," according to the release announcing Sullivan's hiring.
Sullivan has edited the Post for a dozen years. She began as a reporter there in 1980. The Post is owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire-Hathaway.
COOK BECOMES CHIEF OF MOTORCYCLIST
Marc Cook is the new editor-of-chief of Motorcyclist, which is owned by Source Interlink Media.
He held the e-i-c post at Kitplanes, the journal of amateur-built airplanes, from 2004-2012 and senior editor/executive editor at Motorcyclist from 1999-2002.
Cook has contributed articles to Motorcycle Cruiser, Sport Rider and Motorcycle Escape and began a journalism career in 1982 at Cycle Guide.
Motorcyclist is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
CHICK-FIL-A TRIES TO DIFFUSE COO REMARKS
Fast food chicken chain Chick-fil-A took to Facebook July 19 in an attempt to diffuse remarks by the company’s president deriding gay marriage.
Chick-fil-A president and COO Dan Cathy, speaking to a religious news agency and talk show last week, said the company supports “family – the biblical definition of a family unit.”
Cathy said “we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” he said.
The remarks came as media focused on the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to keep its ban on gay scouts and leaders in place. The $4B-a-year Chick-fil-A released a statement on Facebook saying that all customers are welcome.
“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” the company said. “We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”
Don Perry heads corporate PR for Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A. Jackson Spalding is the company’s PR agency.
In its statement, Chick-fil-A noted the company’s founder, Cathy’s father Truett, applied “biblically based