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Cliff Levy to head "New York Times" metro desk; Vulture creates weekly cable show

Clifford J. Levy. Photo: James Hill

The New York Times has chosen Clifford J. Levy as its next metro editor. Levy was most recently the paper’s deputy managing editor, and had been heavily involved in the Times’s digital expansion. “The position will take him off the print masthead, but it may offer a more positive long-term outcome,” Vanity Fair’s Joe Pompeo explains. “In fact, according to Times sources familiar with the process, the move was pitched to Levy as an important gesture, and one that would make him a stronger candidate for executive editor when the time comes.”

The Washington Post profiles A.G. Sulzberger. The thirty-eight-year-old Times publisher, they write, “sits in direct contrast to the president of the United States: demure, private, vegetarian, self-effacing, and reliant on proving himself through hard work rather than trading on his famous surname.”

Facebook has found another coordinated campaign to influence US politics ahead of the midterm elections, the New York Times reports. FiveThirtyEight has compiled an archive of three million tweets linked to Russia’s Internet Research Agency.

The Cut’s Anna Silman reflects on Stephen Colbert’s decision to speak out against Les Moonves on CBS. “For so long, women have faced devastating consequences — to their careers, to their personal safety — as a result of speaking out about abusive men,” she writes. “It’s encouraging to see men speaking out as well, especially those who have a little bit of their own skin in the game.”

Ian Allen explores the disturbing world of white supremacist science fiction.

Book cover designers Charlotte Strick and Claire Williams Martinez discuss their work on the covers for Rachel Cusk’s Outline trilogy.

Vulture is working with cable channel TruTV to develop an unscripted weekly show to highlight pop culture events of the past week. “Two hosts will hand out awards to the people, places, and things everyone can’t stop talking about,” the website explained in a statement. “Each episode will include the show’s version of all the awards show traditions you know and love (or love to be annoyed by), be it a big opening number, speeches from the given academy’s president, or ‘In Memoriam’ packages.”