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Maureen Dowd Dishes on the Presidential Campaign with Arianna Huffington

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 23:45

“Now Trump is realizing that you become what you say on the microphone. His image wasn’t that bad before the campaign. But when he returns to New York after this race his brand won’t recover”, said New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.

Arianna Huffington interviewed Dowd about her latest book, The Year of Voting Dangerously: the Derangement of American Politics, at New York’s 92Y on Monday evening. Dowd critiqued Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as well as the media coverage of their campaigns. “Both candidates need scrutiny, not a free pass,” she noted.

Trump still provided more irresistible fodder, given his involvement with various media outlets and his latest venture, Trump Tower Live. “Tonight they launched Trump TV, with an interview of Kellyanne Conway”, who Dowd described as ‘Trump’s lion tamer’. “For Trump the trap door in the upcoming election is that the system is rigged”, she added.

Like many others, Dowd has found herself the target of Trump’s twitter tirades, though she said she was “disappointed that Trump insulted me generically.” She asked infamous SNL Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin for his reaction to Trump’s recent twitter putdown. Baldwin’s reply: “I don’t feel bad because Trump is our best writer.”

Trump’s tiff with the New York Times over their story about women accusing him of unwanted sexual advances also hit close to home. Dowd said when New York Times lawyer David McCraw walked through the newsroom after he wrote the reply letter to Trump, he got an ovation.

On the Clinton side, Huffington asked Dowd about Bill Clinton’s role in Trump deciding to be a candidate. “Bill Clinton encouraged Trump to enter the race, but he’s not Frank Underwood,” said Dowd, referring to the conniving main character on Netflix’s House of Cards series. “Not even Bill could’ve predicted Trump would rise to the top of the Republican field”, Dowd added.

As for Hillary Clinton, “having the first woman running on the major party ticket has clearly unleashed sexism,” said Dowd. Her book summary describes this presidential race as “one of the nastiest and significant battles of the sexes ever.” Indeed, the word ‘nasty’ has gotten a lot of play since Trump’s “nasty woman” comment at the third debate.

“Hillary has issues, too: she doesn’t apologize, and as the recent Wikileaks emails show, her campaign staff scripted even her ‘off the record’ comments”, said Dowd. “Donald is the king of winging it and Hillary is the queen of homework,” she added.

Trump should’ve done more detailed prep on the etiquette at last week’s Al Smith charity dinner. “He was too harsh, and the New York society media elite were booing him,” said Dowd. “Then it hit him that his brand was damaged, and he left soon after the event ended.” Her post election forecast: “I think he’ll disappear like a fiery orange comet.”

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State of Emergency Forces Ethiopian Magazine to Suspend Print Operations

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 23:00

In a letter to subscribers that was also shared today on Facebook, the management of Addis Monthly, a magazine launched in Ethiopia in February 2011, inform that they can no longer manage the print side of things. Per our item headline, this is due to anything but the usual industry downsizing.


From the letter:

In the wake of Ethiopia’s recently introduced State of Emergency, sustaining the regular monthly publication of the magazine has become impossible. It is therefore with a sense of unease that management announces the indefinite suspension of the print edition as of Oct. 2016.

The letter goes on to promise that the digital side of things will be beefed up. In the Facebook comments, BilOro Tumsa strikes a note of cautious optimism and in so doing, also bangs the gong for freedom of the press:

Sorry to heare the termination of AS print edition which is and was ever leading magazine published from the Ethiopia. I am Optimistic that the AS print edition would resume its service in the near future. Repression will never stop the struggle for freedom. Thank you Addis Standard!!!?

H/T: Associated Press; image via Facebook

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Fusion Digs Up Trump Cartoon Series Drawings

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 21:30

Freelance journalist Penn Bullock, who is based in Brooklyn, has uncorked a pair of fun Trump pieces for Fusion. The first examines how The Donald’s partnership with a magazine publisher may have abetted a classic pump-and-dump penny stock scheme in 2007. The second is all about a prospective cartoon series that was envisioned during that same period. Bullock for this second piece worked with Fusion investigative reporter Deirdra Funcheon.


The TV show was tentatively titled Trump Takeover. It was conceived by Mitchell Schultz together with pal Louis Cimino:

Schultz went so far as to have some drawings commissioned by a Long Island advertising agency called Creativity Zone, which sketched images of Trump on the Capitol steps.

[Michael] Jacobson, the Trump magazine publisher, loved the concept so much that he paid Schultz for the rights to develop it, Schultz says. They turned to another illustrator to create a pilot for the TV show. That artist—Elizabeth Koshy of California-in turn hired artists in her home country, India.

Koshy says the project hit a wall [pun intended] when Jacobson paid only two-thirds of the $9,000 agreed upon for the initial work. Although her firm did not keep any of the artwork they created, Fusion has a bunch of the Creativity Zone stills. Check them all here.

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National Geographic Partners Adds 2 Execs

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 20:48

National Geographic Partners (NGP) has named Jill Cress CMO and Rachel Webber executive vp of digital product.

Cress most recently served as executive vice president of global consumer marketing at MasterCard. She had been with the company since 1994.

Webber comes to NGP from Fox Television Group, where she served as senior vp. Previously, Webber served as vp of video and head of North America business development for Rovio Entertainment.

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A Bevy of Baseball Headlines

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 19:00

One of the questions FishbowlNY had ahead of Game 1 is which Midwestern newspaper wore the anticipation of the 2016 World Series best? The Cubs last won their sport’s championship in 1908; the Indians in 1968.

Free Tribune publication Red Eye transformed the Cubs’ trademark “W” (which flies at Wrigley after each victory) into the simplest and most powerful of pastiches. It’s not often that a newspaper can get away with a front-page headline that is but one letter. This is definitely one of those times.


On the Ohio side, our favorite front page belongs to the Akron Beacon Journal. A full line-up of city-to-city comparisons are listed, including what fans at Wrigley and Progressive Field respectively prefer on their dogs (Bertman mustard, the works).


Finally, the idea of Cubs fans having to wait until “next year” was mined with great effectiveness on Sunday by Chicago’s Daily Herald after the Cubs won Game 6 of the NLCS. Today, it reverberates once again on the front page of Iowa’s Quad-City Times.


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Money Names Adam Auriemma Digital Editor

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 18:27

Money has named Adam Auriemma editor of Money Digital. Auriemma most recently served as deputy editor of Fusion.

Auriemma previously worked for The Wall Street Journal and The Daily Beast.

“Adam is an entrepreneurial journalist with a track record of building innovative newsrooms, growing audience, and producing high-quality journalism,” wrote Money Editor Diane Harris and Edward Felsenthal, digital director for Time Inc.’s News and Lifestyle groups, in a memo.

Auriemma is succeeding editor Scott Medintz, who is leaving the company later this year.

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Bloomberg Moves Sites to HTTPS

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 18:00

Bloomberg Media is making the switch from HTTP to HTTPS for all its sites. The transfer began about a year ago and is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

What, exactly, does this mean? We have no idea. However, Eric Schvimmer, Bloomberg Media’s head of engineering, does. Schivmmer explained that basically, HTTPS sites are much more secure than HTTP sites.

“Having an encrypted session between the user and us via HTTPS it insures that no one can intercept the session and monitor what the user is seeing – this is often called a man in the middle attack,” said Schvimmer. Using HTTPS sites also “provides assurance that our content is not altered between the time we served it and the users’ browsers receive it.”

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Magazine Publisher Walks Back Swastika on the Cover

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 17:30

ModelAviationOctober2016CoverForbes contributor John Goglia has a fascination summary of a content controversy swirling in a corner of the world of specialty magazines.

For the October 2016 issue of Model Aviation, the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) featured a replica of a German Messerschmitt Bf 109 on the cover. On the tail is a German swastika, and that did not sit well with many. Goglia got the following comment from AMA:

“AMA understands the concerns raised by some of our members regarding the cover photo of the October issue of Model Aviation. We regret that the photo of a scale model aircraft inadvertently upset some of our members. AMA recognizes the sensitivity of the issue and our intent was never to offend anyone. We have removed all photos that existed on social media and our website wherever we can.”

Goglia for his piece also interviewed Peter Sachs, a lawyer who publishes Drone Law Journal, about the cover controversy and how it possibly entangles the FAA. The Academy, which is based in Muncie, Ind., is by all indications officially recognized by the FAA, even though the reporter got a strange statement from that end.

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NY Times Deputy Publisher A.G. Sulzberger Talks Shop

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 16:12

In an interview with Poynter, A.G. Sulzbergerthe New York Times’ new deputy publisher—discussed everything from ad revenue to layoffs to his biggest concern about the company.

The complete interview is well worth a read, but below are some highlights.

On the realities of ad revenue:

We know our journalistic ambitions are expensive — for example, sending reporters to cover the fighting in Mosul or enlisting a team to dig into a presidential candidate’s finances — and that reality requires that we continue to focus on aggressively growing digital revenue.

On the possibility of folding the print edition of the Times:

The landscape is changing so fast these days that it’s wise to stay away from predictions. But I don’t think many newspapers can say this: We would still be profitable on subscriber revenue alone.

On layoffs:

The path to excellence requires us to make choices. And if we’re being honest, we still do a lot of things that no longer serve today’s readers as well as they served readers in the past. My colleagues make the case regularly that we’re doing too many things simply because we’ve always done them.

On his biggest worry:

Ensuring the news report is living up to the very high expectations we set for ourselves and making sure that we’re building a digital business large enough to sustain those ambitions.

Categories: News Launches Tech Site

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 15:30 has expanded its offerings once again with the launch of, a tech solutions site.

Lifewire’s content is organized into four main verticals: How To, Fix, Buy and Do More. The goal of the site is to offer readers clear, easily understandable answers to the many questions that arise from using technology.

“Lifewire’s distinct voice is a strong differentiator in the market. We ditch the tech-speak and give users solutions in an understandable, personal and approachable way,” said CEO Neil Vogel, in an announcement.

Lifewire is’s third standalone brand. The company previously launched The Balance, a personal finance site, and Verywell, a health and wellness site.

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Gannett to Cut More Than 350 Staffers

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 15:15

Today in Media Companies Are Cutting Workers to Save Money, Gannett has announced it is reducing its workforce by two percent.

The company said the cuts will wrap up by the end of the week. More than 350 staffers are expected to be let go.

As you know, this is the same Gannett that has been trying to buy Tronc for months now. Funny how it can somehow find the funds to acquire a major company, but struggles when it comes time to keep its workforce intact.

“Actions like these are difficult, but I remain steadfastly committed to reinvesting in our employees and the capabilities required to sustain and grow our company so that we may continue to serve our customers with excellence,” said Gannett president and CEO Bob Dickey, in a statement.

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Bustle Names VP of Business Development

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 15:00

Bustle, the women’s site founded in 2013 by Bryan Goldberg, has named Kate Robinson senior vp of business development.

Robinson most recently worked for Viacom as vp of digital business development. She had been with Viacom since 2007.

“We’re starting to feel like a traditional media company, and I can’t think of anyone better than Kate, who knows how traditional media companies and cable networks operate, to help us move forward,” Goldberg told Variety.

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BuzzFeed Adds to Team

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 14:50

BuzzFeed has added two to its politics team: Alexis Levinson and Lissandra Villa.

Levinson, who most recently worked as a senior political reporter for National Review, will cover the House Republicans after the election.

Villa most recently worked for NPR as a politics reporter. She’ll serve in the same role at BuzzFeed.

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Quick Draw

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 14:30


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Alissa Rubin Accepts 2016 Lovejoy Award

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 14:00

AlissaRubinTwitterPicIt’s been a remarkable year for New York Times Paris bureau chief Alissa J. Rubin. In April, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. And last night, she was at Maine’s Colby College to accept the 2016 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism.

Dan Shea, director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby and a member of the selection committee, told Morning Sentinel reporter Rachel Ohm that Rubin was a textbook candidate:

“Her work in so many war zones and her willingness to put herself in so many dangerous situations made it an easy selection for the committee,” Shea said. “In order for her to get these stories, she had to be right there in very difficult places.”

The award is named after another courageous journalist who lost his life for expressing unpopular views. Lovejoy, in a short amount of time, faced the destruction of multiple printing presses, first in Missouri and then Illinois. From the Colby website:

Lovejoy’s position on slavery hardened, and on July 6, 1837, he published another editorial condemning the practice. That night his press was again destroyed. He bought another, which was also destroyed. Friends then organized a militia and secretly bought and installed another press.

On the night of Nov. 7, 1837, a mob attacked the new press. The militia fought back, killing one. The mob eventually set fire to the building, drove out the militia. Lovejoy was shot and killed as he attempted to extinguish the blaze.

Read the rest of Ohm’s report here.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
NYT Correspondent Injured in Iraq Helicopter Crash

Photo via: Twitter

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Boston Herald Endorses None of the Above

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 23:00

Here’s something you don’t see every four years. Over the weekend, the right-leaning Boston Herald went one step further than some of its historically conservative U.S. newspaper brethren. Rather than endorsing Hillary Clinton for President, they suggest that neither one of the two major 2016 candidates deserves a ballot check.

From the editorial:

With all the great talent this nation has produced, the voters are left with a choice between two of the most distrusted presidential candidates ever to share space on one political ballot. Fully two-thirds of American voters have said they distrust both Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her Republican counterpart Donald Trump. And frankly we can’t blame them.

The paper goes on to itemize the perceived failings of each candidate, and when they get to Trump, there is a reminder of just how critical the diminishing returns of his debate performances were:

Trump showed in the course of three debates, especially the one this week, that he lacks anything resembling self-discipline, is prone to temper tantrums and appears utterly unable to focus on matters of policy. And the policies he has espoused bear no resemblance to traditional Republican values or positions.

Intriguingly, the Herald states that if the Libertarian ticket of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld were reversed, it would probably have received their recommendation. The paper ends some possible write-in options.

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Keith Olbermann Ponders the Possibility of Newsflix

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 21:30

Keith Olbermann might be on to something.

Chatting with The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir about his current short-term gig as a GQ magazine special correspondent, he says that the freedom and no-frills confines of his web broadcast environment reminds him of the earliest days of CNN and middle period at ESPN. Olbermann also thinks we’re at the beginning of a revolution that will bring much broader changes to the way  TV news and commentary is delivered:

“This is where it’s going,” Olbermann said. “There will be a garage-band quality to news, particularly video news, in the years to come, and I think it’ll be limitless. Maybe there will be a Newsflix in the future, with 37 options—with Olbermann’s commentaries and a three-minute Al Roker forecast.”

More like 3700 options–with maybe a three-minute Billy Bush showbiz report on the menu as well. Olbermann’s The Closer GQ gig is set to wrap up around Election Day, and he states in the Times piece that he is donating all proceeds from this gig to various charities.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Keith Olbermann on Moderating Presidential Debates: ‘You Can’t Win’

Pictured: Netflix logo

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NY Times Buys The Wirecutter and The Sweethome

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 20:45

The New York Times Company has purchased The Wirecutter and its sister site The Sweethome in an all-cash transaction.

The Wirecutter was founded in 2011 by former Gizmodo editor Brian Lam. Both The Wirecutter and The Sweethome are product-recommendation sites — the former for tech; the latter for the home.

Lam will stay on in an advisory role, with Jacqui Cheng, editor-in-chief, and Christopher Mascari, product director, continuing in their respective roles. 

Ben French, vice president of NYT Beta, will serve as interim general manager while the Times integrates The Wirecutter and The Sweethome.

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CBS Radio Names Information Tech Exec

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 19:30

CBS Radio has named Brian McHale senior vp, information technology, a new role at the company.

McHale most recently served as senior vp and chief information officer for American Apparel. Prior to that, he was the chief technology officer for the Journal Broadcast Group.

“In today’s hyper digital world, the flow, security and enhancement of information technology is the backbone of any company,” said CBS Radio president Andre Fernandez, in a statement. “Brian has vast experience with developing and implementing world-class IT infrastructures and will lead CBS Radio to create a superior system that supports every function of our business.”


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A New York Freelance Journalist’s Tale of Woe

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 19:00

Think you have it bad? Any problems will likely fade into the fall sunset once you read Michael Luongo’s piece in Guardian US.

Luongo, an award-winning freelance journalist and photographer, details his mistreatment by editors as well as a series of recent medical mishaps that have spiraled him into debt. He incurred the first of two major injuries around this time a few years ago:

In 2014, I was beaten unconscious on New York’s 6th Avenue, while photographing the Halloween Parade. I had a concussion and muscular and nerve pain in my neck, shoulders, arms and other areas. This severely restricted my ability to work while my body healed.

I renegotiated a deadline with an editor, but then she suggested giving my work to another writer. I quickly realized that telling editors about my injuries would leave me impoverished. Ironically, my parade photos received a New York Press Association journalism award.

On the plus side, Luongo has maintained perfect credit and owns his apartment. He reveals that he will take out a lower interest loan using the apartment as collateral to pay off his accumulated debt.

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