John Bonazzo, New York Observer

John Bonazzo

New York Observer

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Past articles by John:

Silicon Valley Loves Cory Booker—But Still Gives a Lot of Money to the GOP

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who was targeted with a suspicious package today, has raked in over $100,00 from tech workers. Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Google all have PACs so employees can donate. → Read More

The Vatican’s New Game Lets Players Catch Jesus, the Rarest Pokémon of All

In the Vatican's new Follow JC Go game, which has Pope Francis' blessing, players collect saints and other Biblical figures instead of Pokémon. Developed for World Youth Day, the game is trying to bring young people back to church. → Read More

In US, Twitter Focuses on Trump—But Enrique Iglesias Reigns Supreme in Mexico

Travel company Smart Destinations analyzed Twitter data and emoji use to show that President Donald Trump has made American Twitter negative, while other countries are much more positive. → Read More

Megyn Kelly’s Blackface Comments Called ‘Stupid and Racist’ Inside NBC

Megan Kelly said on the 'Today' show that blackface wasn't offensive. Black colleagues like Al Roker and Craig Melvin called her comments 'ignorant.' This open criticism echoes NBC's reaction to Matt Lauer's #MeToo scandal. → Read More

CNN’s Brian Stelter Will Work With Steve Carell on Apple Series About Morning TV

A new untitled Apple series co-starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon will be based on Brian Stelter's book 'Top of the Morning.' Steve Carell will play 'Mitch Kessler,' a thinly veiled version of Matt Lauer. → Read More

NYC Sports Radio Giant Loses MSG Access Over Dolan Rant, Most Popular Host May Leave

NYC sports radio host Maggie Gray trashed James Dolan on air, so he retaliated by limiting WFAN's access to the Knicks and Rangers. WFAN legend Mike Francesa may also leave the station, adding to its troubles. → Read More

Despite Trump Rhetoric, Journalists Are Losing Jobs at a Faster Rate Than Coal Miners

While many coal miners have been laid off, journalists have actually been hit harder. Almost 1,000 reporters get laid off every month, and big cities have lost more than half their news coverage. → Read More

Elon Musk’s Latest Projects Will Benefit Both Tesla Drivers…and Dogs

Musk announced this weekend that his first Boring Company tunnel will open in December. He also hinted that Tesla's Model 3 will have a "dog mode" for concerned pet owners. → Read More

News Outlets Ignore Climate Change as Cause of Mild Winter Weather

The report nor media summaries of it mention climate change. People magazine was the worst offender, ignoring the context that NOAA disagreed with the Farmer's Almanac. → Read More

Apple Drops Hammer on Shady App Developers Who Stole $14M

The tech giant is cracking down on apps with confusing terms of service that charged users high fees without their knowledge. Shady app developers raked in millions of dollars a year using these tactics. → Read More

Fact Checking Gets Its Moment, on the Campaign Trail and on Broadway

The Associated Press is putting more resources into fact checking state and local races. Fact checkers as a whole are getting more recognition lately, including in a Broadway play starring Daniel Radcliffe. → Read More

These Are the Forces Coming After Amazon, From eBay to Bernie Sanders

Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren accused Jeff Bezos of union busting, while eBay claims Amazon is trying to steal its sellers. The company is also in hot water over facial recognition software. → Read More

Here’s How Civil’s Newsrooms Are Affected by Its Failed ICO

The company wanted to bring blockchain to journalism, but its ICO was a bust. Thankfully, its newsrooms can continue to produce content. Civil plans to relaunch and streamline its process. → Read More

PEN America Sues Trump Just as He Renews Attacks on the Media

The free speech group, PEN America, is taking legal action because President Donald Trump 'stifles' free speech and punishes outlets that are critical of him. This week, Trump criticized several news outlets and downplayed Jamal Khashoggi's murder. → Read More

Jason Miller’s Splinter Lawsuit Is Filled With Trumpian Rhetoric

Jason Miller claims a false Splinter story was planted by A.J. Delgado, a former Trump campaign staffer who had an affair with Miller, in order to ruin his life. His lawsuit traffics in Trumpian rhetoric about fake news. → Read More

Amazon’s Alexa and Apple Watch Are Now Digital Doctors

Amazon patented a skill that would allow Alexa to detect medical issues through a person's voice. Apple is working on an app and clinical study for knee and hip replacement patients. → Read More

This Christian Streaming Network for ‘Fun’ Pastors Is Backed by Dan Abrams

On Monday, web entrepreneur Dan Abrams launched Ambo TV, a Christian sermon streaming network aimed at millennials. The site is billed as "unfiltered" with "fun" pastors. → Read More

Donald Trump’s Only ‘Regret’ Is That the Press Treats Him ‘So Badly’

President Donald Trump told Lesley Stahl during his first '60 Minutes' interview since taking office that the media was "dishonest" and "fake news." Such attacks have been a hallmark of his administration. → Read More

Marvel Fires Comic Book Writer Who Called Brett Kavanaugh ‘Grotesque Monster’

Wendig was an outspoken liberal on Twitter, and his Star Wars books often received one-star reviews from trolls. Marvel and Disney have taken a hard line on employees' use of social media. → Read More

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Davos in the Desert’ Is Falling Apart After Journalist’s Murder

A growing number of tech and media companies are backing out of a prominent business conference in Saudi Arabia after the disappearance and apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. → Read More