Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Adbusters taking on Bloomberg Businessweek.
Adbusters’ latest accurately describes what a lot of people are feeling about President Trump.
Businessweek’s double cover, meanwhile, features the winners and the losers. Side note: Just how punchable is that guy’s face? On a scale of 1-10. Like, a 25?
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment, or do both.
As the following visualization attests, 2016 has been a vertiginous year for Business Insider clicks, shares, page views and video plays.
In the post that accompanies this enviable graphic, president and COO Julie Hansen reveals that October was the best traffic month yet for Business Insider U.S. Per the company’s internal Google Analytics tools, the site welcomed some 82 million unique visitors last month. Once traffic from international sites is added, the number of uniques for October tops 113 million.
Another interesting bit of highlighting in Hansen’s State of the BI Union is her listing of some of the stories that garnered impressive traction last month. These items include Biz Carson and Alex Heath’s article about what it’s like to work within the secretive confines of Snapchat and an assessment from Oliver Darcy and Pamela Engel of how Conservative media figures like Matt Drudge and Russ Limbaugh might benefit from the President Trump administration. From Hansen’s post:
This month marks the one-year anniversary of Business Insider becoming part of the Axel Springer family. It’s been a great year, capped off by a series of new records and other accomplishments which we are highlighting below.
As the newsroom knows since it’s a frequent Henry Blodget directive, its mission should never be for Business Insider to be the biggest business news source. It’s to be the best – to our readers.
We want to consistently produce exciting journalism that attracts readers and viewers. The thinking is simple: if we can create stories that really inform, surprise, provoke, and illuminate, the audience will follow. And grow.
The audience certainly followed last month on the video side. Total views on that end in October across all BI platforms and sites were 2.2 billion. Read Hansen’s full post here.
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Politico has a good roundup of 11 media heavyweights giving their takes on the presidential election. They cover what went wrong in the industry and any lessons to be learned. Here are just a few highlights.
NY Times executive editor Dean Baquet (pictured):
I think one of the biggest stories we all have to take on in the coming years is to understand that world better — the working class voters who feel like the forces of globalization and the rise of technology have left them behind. We need to understand that world better before there’s another election.
Gawker Media founder Nick Denton:
An adversarial media did not persuade during this election campaign; in fact it may have reinforced the resentment of Trump voters.
The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel
There was important coverage of his lies. They were holding him accountable for refusing to release his tax returns, for abuse of his foundation. But too often there was a false equivalence, often a symmetry drawn between Clinton and Trump as equal liars, which is wrong.
People magazine’s latest issue features Donald Trump’s “life, family and astonishing journey to the White House.” It’s a nice cover. It’s a nice puff piece. As long as you do what People hopes, and forget.
Forget that Trump called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “criminals.”
Forget that Trump sexually assaulted a People reporter and then said he couldn’t have because she wasn’t attractive enough.
Forget that Trump bragged about sexually assaulting (other) women.
Forget that Trump mocked a physically disabled person.
Forget that Trump wants to ban an entire religion from the country.
Forget that Trump criticized John McCain for being a POW.
Forget that Trump started the racist birtherism movement.
Forget that Trump lied about opposing the Iraq war.
Forget that Trump said he’d like to date his own daughter.
Forge that Trump suggested Russia should interfere with the election.
Forget that Trump’s company was sued twice by the Justice Department for discriminating against black tenants.
Fortune has named Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg 2016’s Businessperson of the Year.
“What makes him so effective as a businessperson? An examination of Zuckerberg’s management approach reveals that his success rests on three pillars: his unique ability to look into the future, his otherworldly consistency, and the business discipline he has nurtured in an industry quite often enamored of bright, shiny objects,” wrote Fortune editor Adam Lashinsky.
In hindsight, members of the New York media would have been well-served to have spent more time during the 2016 U.S. election campaign in Staten Island.
The New York borough, which has been resolutely Republican since the 1960s, voted 57% in favor of Donald Trump in Tuesday’s election. New York Daily News columnist Gersh Kuntzman alighted there Wednesday and his report is full of anecdotal information about why Trump struck a nationwide chord. From his piece:
“There are five reasons I voted for Trump,” said Mike Frange, 63, of Oakwood. “One, Obamacare is a disaster. Two, regulations are killing business. Three, the economy should be growing at 4%. Four, he’s against free trade, you know, Napster, so that companies like Carrier can’t move to Mexico.”
Obviously, Frange meant NAFTA, not Napster, which is a long-gone file sharing system, but I decided to ask him if he realized that free trade helps consumers like him when they buy, say, one of those Carrier air conditioners.
Kuntzman ism separately, one of the few New York journalists calling out the inanity of the Trump protests. For a paper that has continually fried Trump on its front page. Ballsy. He begins his piece about that topic with the lede, ‘Enough with the tantrums, children,’ followed by this second-paragraph observation:
I didn’t want Donald Trump, either, but he’s my president now — and he’s yours, and your neighbors’, and that guy in Iowa’s, and that guy in Florida’s.
Image via: @StatenIsleNews
Twitter’s chief operating officer Adam Bain is leaving the company. Bain had been with Twitter since 2010.
Anthony Noto, Twitter’s CFO, will take on the COO role until the company finds Bain’s successor. Noto joined Twitter in 2014.
“The past six years have been incredible, and I’m inspired by what Twitter has become and what it will be in the future,” said Bain, in a statement. “Anthony and I have worked side by side since he joined Twitter in July 2014 and I have full faith in what he and the teams will accomplish in the future.”
From the bleachers at Reno High School, nine visiting journalists from Africa watched the U.S. election process Tuesday. Per Rebecca Kitchen, a reporter for local ABC affiliate Channel 8, the group was impressed by what they witnessed.
The Election Day watching is part of a broader set of activities for the visiting journalists under the auspices of the State Department’s International Leadership Visitor Program (ILVP). From Kitchen’s piece:
“We’re the Biggest Little City in the World so people can come here, feel like they’re in a great, warm, receptive community, get a good sense of things, but not be overwhelmed like a New York City or a San Francisco,” said Michael Graf, program coordinator for the International Visitor Programs at the University of Nevada, Reno. “They can get in touch with the people and have access to our politicians.”
This area was also chosen because of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the university. During their time, they will learn from faculty at the school, and speak with political leaders. But they came specifically during elections to see how journalism and politics coexist during an election.
One journalist from Nigeria also took the time to explain how, if and when the system is “rigged” in their country, things operate.
The mood was positively funereal at Michael’s today. I dare say it was very unsettling making my way up Fifth Avenue only to be met with a squadron of heavily armed police officers lining the corner at 55th Street. With nary a media maven in sight, I settled in at my regular perch (Table 27) and waited for my date, BBC television presenter Richard Bacon to arrive. We were meeting to talk about his gig as host of the newly retooled version of the long-running National Geographic Explorer series, which has morphed into something of a 60 Minutes for millennials, as an interesting hybrid of talk show and documentary series that’s taped in front of a live studio audience.
About 15 minutes after the appointed hour (“Sorry, the traffic is so bad!”), Richard was all smiles as he extended his hand when he bounded over to the table and immediately ordered some tea and honey to soothe his raspy voice. “I hosted 30 friends at the SoHo House to watch the election,” he explained as he sipped the soothing brew. “We were screaming at the screen all night.” Then he added, “I’m having dinner with my friend Piers Morgan tonight. I hope I’ll have a voice by then.”
Having landed in New York just eight weeks ago with his wife and two small children, Richard is still trying to make sense of Manhattan’s social mores. Born in Britain, he spent the last year and a half living in Los Angeles (“The people are so easy there. The kids loved it.”) and confessed that he is a bit shell-shocked by New Yorkers’ outspokenness. “People here can go from one to 10 pretty easily, can’t they?” he said after we’d both ordered the Dover sole and settled in for our chat. “I learned that recently from my real estate agent when I was a day late with a check. He texted me, ‘Get me my f—ing money.” Welcome to New York.
He was interested in talking about one New Yorker in particular, President-elect Donald Trump, and the aftershocks in the wake of last night’s stunning upset in the presidential race. “What do we do now? He doesn’t represent the version of America I see and not the one I bought into,” he said.
“When I dropped my son off at school this morning, I saw this little boy whose family speaks mostly Arabic and I thought, ‘How do these people feel?” And then, “I spent some time living with some Syrian refugees for the show. What happens to them now?”
Richard compared the shock so many people have expressed (“I was getting texts all night”) over Trump’s victory to the reaction many people had over Brexit. “Just like we’re seeing here, a lot of people were in tears and were left feeling pretty unsettled,” he said. His take away on the election results: “America is so diverse, it’s like several countries in one — like Europe.”
But, he added, “I can’t criticize people who voted for Trump because I don’t know them.” He explained that disenfranchised voters who have lost their jobs and think Trump may hold the solution shouldn’t be chastised for their decision. “The problem is there is so much information out there it is so easy to be mislead,” he said. “But job loss is more about technology than about them being shipped out to other countries. When Trump promises to return jobs to the United States, he can’t shut down technological innovators and that’s the real driver. People may have had a good reason behind voting for him, like losing their job, but they’re making a decision [to support him] based on inaccurate information.”
The new version of Explorer, which premieres next Monday night, is more relevant than ever in light of last night’s election, said Richard. “In many ways Trump is a rejection of evidence and facts. Our show is all about facts.” Each episode will feature the short documentary films reported by correspondents in the field including Bryan Christy (National Geographic Explorer, Explorer: Warlords of Ivory), Ryan Duffy (Vice, AOL/Huffington Post), Francesca Fiorentini (AJ+, Al Jazeera Media Network), Tania Rashid (Viceland, Al Jazeera’s 101 East), Tim Samuels (BBC Television) and Baratunde Thurston (The Daily Show With Trevor Noah).
The segments will be discussed by Richard with a rotating roster of panelists. But, he told me, it won’t be political. (I’m assuming all bets are off for the episode where filmmaker Michael Moore is part of the panel discussion.) “I have no interest in debating politics or in changing people’s minds, but with Trump there is an isolationist [approach] and a rejection of facts. We explore big topics like race and surveillance. Stories like this is the age of Trump are less likely to get an airing.”
The creative team charged with tackling timely topics on a global scale include executive producer Lou Wallach, formerly of The Colbert Report and The Talking Dead and showrunners Nick McKinney and Meghan O’Hara, industry veterans who have produced several feature documentaries and were also the co-creators of The IFC Media Project.
Every episode will feature Richard’s one-on-one with newsmakers like Lara Logan, who will shed light on the real story of being a war correspondent in an upcoming episode. “The role of a war correspondent has changed. They are not just telling the story, but the act of reporting can change the war.”
Richard, who has had plenty of television experience in the U.K. in live television on programs like The Big Breakfast, sounded most excited about the aspect of involving the audience in the broadcast. “We taped a show the other day and I went into the audience to talk to them and found it brought a lot of energy to the show. I want to find more ways to involve them,” he said, adding that he’ll also do a monologue he’s calling ‘The Numbers’ on every show.
Before we said our goodbyes, the conversation circled back to Trump and Richard summed up his feelings about the last 24 hours. “It’s the same America today that it was yesterday. It’s diverse and complex and there are plenty of tolerant people,” he said. “I woke up this morning and thought, ‘Should we call it and day and go back? We’ve got Brexit [in Britain] so I’m trapped,” he joked (I think). “We’re going to roll up our sleeves and go to work. If you want to escape Trump-ism and wallow in facts and information, you can run to the comfort of our show.”
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. Steve Ross
2. Author Barbara Taylor Bradford
3. James Cohen
4. Jack Kliger
5. Herb Siegel
6. Andrew Stein
7. Glenn Horowitz
8. New York Social Diary’s David Patrick Columbia
11. Artist Kim McCarty, wife of proprietor Michael McCarty
12. Morris Reid
14. Peter Hunsinger
15. Louis Forster
17. Marc Rey
20. Leesa Rowland
21. Robert Kramer
27. Richard Bacon and yours truly
Diane Clehane is a FishbowlNY contributor. Follow her on Twitter @DianeClehane. Send comments and corrections on this column to LUNCH at MEDIABISTRO dot COM.
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In 1990, after a successful run as a TV host in France, Antoine Verglas decided to relocate from Paris to New York and pursue a career as a photographer. He found success quickly and has shot, over the course of his spectacular career, everyone from Angelina Jolie to Cindy Crawford.
He also does a lot of swimsuit work and in 2000, crossed paths with another immigrant who had come to New York in 1996. When Verglas photographed Melania Knauss on a beach, as she galavanted in a bikini while embracing a large inflatable Orca, no one could have guessed that this woman, part of the 37th annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, would one day be on the arm of the 45th president of the United States.
The SI assignment was Melania’s highest-profile U.S. modeling job up to that point. She was also featured in a follow-on 2001 SI Swimsuit Calendar, alongside the likes of Heidi Klum and Molly Sims.
Verglas was responsible that same for a British GQ spread featuring Melania that was famously tapped during the primaries by Ted Cruz. To check out some of Verglas’ latest work, scoot on over to his Instagram.
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There is a lot of memorable international front-page newspaper reaction today to the 2016 U.S. election. Including, from south of a border that may soon be demarcated by a new wall, one of the most pointed and succinct headlines of all.
“Upsss!” is an emphatic version of the Mexican slang for “Oops!” While much will be written in the coming days and weeks about how this historic “Oops!” came to be, Karl Rove last night on Fox News had an interesting related observation.
Love Rove or hate him, he turned out to be the perfect panel expert for last night’s tumultuous election events. When Fox News Channel election coverage co-anchor Chris Wallace asked Rove if there was any precedent on the Republican side for someone like Trump, with zero political experience and military service, getting to the White House, Rove replied that he could only think of the brief thoughts P.T. Barnum had of running for president.
P.S. Another no doubt popular sentiment in Mexico today about the U.S. election results can be found on the bottom left-hand side of today’s Vanguardia front page.
InStyle has named Jessie Heyman digital features director. Heyman most recently served as Vogue’s deputy culture editor.
Prior to her time with Vogue, Heyman worked for The Huffington Post and Harper’s Bazaar.
Heyman’s appointment is effective November 28. She’ll report to InStyle’s site director Ruthie Friedlander.
Turner has launched a new digital ventures and innovation division.
Leading the unit is Aksel van der Wal, who most recently served as senior VP and CFO. Van der Wal has been promoted to executive vp, digital ventures and innovation. His appointment is effective January 1, 2017.
Trey Turner, currently senior vp, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, will succeed van der Wall as CFO, international.
It’s a brand new world. One that many Hillary Clinton-favoring U.S. media outlets and pundits could not possibly imagine as a reality.
On the media flip side, Breitbart News Network, whose former chairman Steven Bannon stood on the victory podium last night next to President-Elect Trump, sees much opportunity. It’s not the Trump TV scenario that some outlets were whispering about this fall. Rather, as the site’s U.S. editor in chief Alex Marlow recently told Reuters Trump beat reporter Emily Flitter, his site plans to expand in the U.S. as well as Europe. The interview was conducted last week and published today:
Marlow said he plans to hire more journalists in the United States and increase Breitbart’s multimedia production here, with more podcasts and videos.
“There’s going to be more hiring that goes on – I’m already picturing more tech reporting, more media reporting,” Marlow said. “We do a ton of politics reporting now so I don’t know that we’ll need to do more but we certainly aren’t planning on scaling back with anything.”
Breitbart’s U.S. technology editor Milo Yiannopoulos is meeting with producers outside of Breitbart to explore launching a new television show, Marlow said.
Marlow says interviews have also already begun in Europe with regards to staffing up Breitbart France and Breitbart Germany. To go along with the site’s current U.K. outpost. Read the rest of Flitter’s exclusive here.
The Huffington Post will no longer add an editor’s note to articles about Donald Trump that accurately described him as racist and a liar.
According to a memo obtained by Politico, HuffPost Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim said the removal could be temporary.
“The thinking is that (assuming he wins) that he’s now president and we’re going to start with a clean slate,” wrote Grim. “If he governs in a racist, misogynistic way, we reserve the right to add it back on.”
Here’s the HuffPost note, which was previously attached to all articles about Trump:
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.