Media Minutiae, Meet Your New Chief Justice Edition

  • Ladies and Gentlemen, the Roberts court: It’s official – John G. Roberts is the latest Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Scalia must be plotzing. Vote was 78-22 (55 Republicans and 23 Dems yes; 22 Dems voted no, including Clinton, Schumer, Biden, Kennedy, Durbin, Feinstein, Corzine and Kerry. Hey look, Kerry! Forgot about him). It’s all water under the bench by now though – for better or for worse, Roberts is in, and frankly he’s just eager to get started without DeLay. Hee hee, puns’re funny.
  • Slate scores Penenberg: Wired tech guru Adam Penenberg has jumped to Slate in a nice coup for the smarty-pants site. According to Slate EIC Jacob Weisberg, Penenberg’s “fresh take” on tech matches Slate’s “fresh take” on stories (though perhaps not on alternatives ways of saying “fresh take”). [Romenesko]
  • Romenesko letters: Four-letter words for Geraldo and ruminations on diversity hiring Even I can’t find a showtune to adequately express that. But Romenesko letters is lively today: Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me” invites suggested four-letter words for Geraldo Rivera as per Barney Calame (for the record, Geraldo suggested “hero”; I’m gonna go with “nerf” or maybe “emu”); on the flip side, there’s a thoughtful debate about diversity hiring based on the Jeffrey Goldberg/WaPo “doomed by diversity” issue, including comments from Jayson Blair (who doesn’t love the scrutiny but sure respects the scrutinizers) and Goldberg’s onetime rooommate Malcolm Gladwell, who recalls that he got his own start at the Post as an affirmative action hire.
  • Love and Mercy: This is kind of amazing: former Beach Boy Brian Wilson is helping raise money for hurricane relief by pledging to call everyone who gives $100 or more. He’ll also match it. Apparently he’s helped raise $100,00. Outstanding. Not really media but wanted to share. God only Knows what we’d do without you, Brian! [BoingBoing]
  • Come on, feel the noisemakers: Paper Magazine hosts a panel this evening celebrating five up-and-coming “noisemakers” under 25, including Fashion Week Daily’s Faran Krentcil, College Humor’s Jakob Lodwick, designers Baruch Shemtov and Ali Kay, and Paper’s own marketing/promotions director Drew Elliott (putting yourself on your own panel? That IS good promotion!). Go on and make some noise with them tonight at the School of Visual Arts, 209 E. 23rd St. at 7 p.m. but remember to always be courteous when someone else is speaking.