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Announced: The Best and Worst Identities of 2016, Part 3: The Worst Reviewed

Brand new - Fri, 12/23/2016 - 14:24
Contrary to what you might think, it's not exactly fun making this list and I'll admit that each year it gets harder, in part because the work isn't that bad as the quality of work at the top levels has improved across the board in... Armin
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Pravda Columnist Excoriates Daily News Columnist

Unbeige - Fri, 12/23/2016 - 06:00

PravdaLogoIt’s been a rough year for the New York Daily News. The man the paper mercilessly mocked on its front page is now officially President-elect; many of the staffers who helped with the mocking are gone via layoff or buyout; and a Pravda columnist is today wondering if one of the paper’s columnists ‘really thinks his readers are that stupid [that] they believe the crap he writes?’

The Pravda takedown, written by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey, is long and scathing. The journalist, who oversees the Portuguese version of Pravda, takes great issue with this week’s Daily News opinion piece by Gersh Kuntzman suggesting that the Russian ambassador assassinated Dec. 19 in Ankara,Turkey had it coming:

For a start, how dare Kuntzman insinuate that a murder is deserved, then how dare he compare Russia to Nazi Germany. I suppose for Kuntzman and the rag he writes for, the twenty-six million souls that the USSR lost fighting against Nazi Germany freeing the world of and protecting the world from fascism does not count. By his own token, if Kuntzman was gunned down tomorrow by someone who had lost a relative in an attack by a U.S. war plane, his own newspaper could write a piece saying the killing was justified because the USA has perpetrated war crimes across the globe. That wiped the smile off his snout, did it not?

Bancroft-Hinchey goes on to challenge Kuntzman to prove Putin’s war crimes in Syria and suggests his fellow columnist needs to apologize to the Russian leader. At one point, Bancroft-Hinchey reels off three extended paragraphs of questions for Kuntzman, the Daily News and the paper’s readers. Here’s just part of one of the paragraphs:

Did Vladimir Putin or Russia carry out a twin atomic terrorist attack against Japan? After the Japanese had offered the same terms of surrender which were then approved days after Nagasaki? Did Vladimir Putin or Russia carry out massacres in Vietnam? Did Vladimir Putin or Russia strafe kids with napalm? Did Vladimir Putin or Russia invade dozens of states and drop hundreds of thousands of bombs on people? Did Vladimir Putin cavort with Albanian terrorists perpetrating massacres against Serbian civilians and security forces in Kosovo? Did Vladimir Putin invade Iraq illegally, committing breaches of the Geneva Conventions?

Also taking issue with Kuntzman’s reporting: Bryan MacDonald, an Irish journalist based in Russia. His take in Zimbabwe’s The Herald is a bit more measured:

While Kuntzman might be entitled to a small dose of forgiveness because Russia is not his regular beat, and he’s probably swallowed an immense amount of “fake news” and propaganda about the country, [Brian] Whitmore has no such leeway. A guy who worked in Moscow ought to know better. And Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, which employs him, needs to take a long hard look at his status.

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Katie Couric Will Kick Off New Year With Online Cooking Show

Unbeige - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 23:00

People magazine associate food editor Ana Calderone has crowned this her holiday week with tasty embargoed exclusive.

Starting Jan. 1, via, Katie Couric will be appear in a limited-run weekly online cooking show titled Full Plate With Katie & John. Her husband John Molner accounts for the other half of the title:

“John and I love cooking at home but can rarely find the time, so we are thrilled to partner with Sur La Table and chef Joel Gamoran in creating these fast gourmet recipes,” Couric says in a press release of the show co-produced by Katie Couric Media and sponsored by GreenPan and Hansgrohe. “We look forward to sharing them with our busy viewers and showing them that they can do the same.”

Filmed at the couple’s New York apartment, the series will run for five consecutive weeks, premiering Sundays at 7 p.m. ET. Couric will also return to the Today show the week of Jan. 2 to fill in for Savannah Guthrie. All in all, a hell of a first 2017 week.

Photo via: Facebook

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Mobile Users Power Forbes to Record U.S. Traffic

Unbeige - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 21:30

We all know how largely the smartphone looms when it comes to online content consumption. Nevertheless, the numbers remain staggering.


Pictured above is a comScore tabulation of mobile U.S. traffic for the month of November. In the case of, the figure of 44.4 million unique visitors is a big reason the month as a whole represents a new U.S. traffic record. Once desktop and tablet traffic is added, the Forbes comScore total in the U.S. last month is 56.5 million unique visitors.

That’s a 30% increase compared to the same period in 2015. Meanwhile, the November mobile traffic is up 17.5% for Forbes from a month earlier.

“Next year’s focus is about taking Forbes off domain and monetizing those experiences,” chief product officer Lewis D’Vorkin tells FishbowlNY. “There’s life beyond and life beyond Forbes magazine. And that life extends to everything people are doing with their mobile phones to access information, like new kinds of mobile experiences, podcasting, virtual reality, messenger services, Snapchat and many others. That’s the path we’re pursuing as we march forward.”

One of the most-read Forbes November pieces was Steven Bertoni’s exclusive interview with Jared Kushner. The site’s coverage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday generated a total of 6.6 million page views, while various lists accounted for another 2.3 million page views.

D’Vorkin remains one of the most astute readers of digital-content tea leaves. Or, if you want to put it another 2016 way, one of the few people apparently not calling up Shane Smith and begging the Vice co-founder to buy his company.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Hearst Magazines Notch Record November Traffic

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Cover of the Year: Bloomberg Businessweek

Unbeige - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 19:30

CmwW69PWgAA32QHBloomberg Businessweek’s July 11-17 issue, featuring a tiny Anna Wintour, is FishbowlNY’s Cover of The Year.

Businessweek received 27 percent of the votes in our Cover of The Year poll. The runner-up was Time with 20 percent, followed by Vanity Fair (17 percent) and Sports Illustrated (nine percent).

This is Businessweek’s second win in our Cover of The Year contest. The magazine previously won the top spot in 2013. Congrats to the magazine and its creative team, which we’ve listed below. Hopefully that mini Wintour didn’t boss you around too much.

Robert Vargas, creative director
Clinton Cargill, director of photography
Aeriel Brown, deputy photo editor
Steven Brahms, photographer

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Florida Grocery Store Blocks Out Trump Cover

Unbeige - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 18:30

On the one hand, this is a pretty low-level situation for which to seek assistance from a local TV consumer-watchdog reporter. On the other hand, it’s one of the most hilarious things we can pass on as the year winds down.


A male shopper at a Publix supermarket in Cape Coral, Fl. turned to his local FOX-TV affiliate’s “Four in Your Corner” after glimpsing a recent National Enquirer issue with President-elect Donald Trump on the cover. And… in front of the shelf-stack of Enquirer issues, near the supermarket checkout area, a solid white plastic shield similar to ones used to block out Cosmopolitan and men’s magazines.

Here’s the statement WFTX-TV reporter Lisa Greenberg got from Publix HQ:

“The National Enquirer receives the most customer complaints about front page content, so they were added to the list of magazines required to be covered, just last week.”

The shopper who started all this, Walter Indyk, is convinced the complaints are due to Trump. The Enquirer consistently features The Donald on its front.

The plastic shield was removed as a result of Greenberg’s inquiry and report from the Cape Coral Publix location. But those remain according to reporter at several of the chain’s other area grocer stores.

Cape Coral is part of Lee County, which voted 58.1% in favor of Trump. However, some of the 37.8% that preferred Hillary evidently also shop at this Publix.

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The Fader Adds to Team

Unbeige - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 18:00

The Fader has made some changes to its social media team. Details are below.

Juliana Pache, most recently with Okayplayer, joins as a social media editor. Ali Suliman also joins as a social media editor. She previously interned at The Fader. Nazuk Kochar has been promoted from social media editor to associate editor.
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AP: US Election Was Top News Story of 2016

Unbeige - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 16:30

The Associated Press has named our presidential election shitshow as the top news story of 2016.

The election beat out other notable stories like Brexit and Syria to take home the top spot in the AP’s Top News poll. The poll—which debuted in 1936—asks AP editors and news directors to vote on the 10 biggest stories of the year.

“This year’s top story traces back to June 2015, when Donald Trump descended an escalator in Trump Tower, his bastion in New York City, to announce he would run for president,” read the AP’s announcement. “Widely viewed as a long shot, with an unconventional campaign featuring raucous rallies and pugnacious tweets, he outlasted 16 Republican rivals. Among the Democrats, Hillary Clinton beat back an unexpectedly strong challenge from Bernie Sanders, and won the popular vote over Trump. But he won key Rust Belt states to get the most electoral votes, and will enter the White House with Republicans maintaining control of both houses of Congress.”

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Vice Media COO Shifts To A+E

Unbeige - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 16:10

Alyssa Mastromanco has been named A+E Networks’ president of global communications strategy and talent, a new role at the company.

Deadline reports that Mastromanco will remain involved with Vice, acting as a liaison with Viceland, the cable network shared by A+E and Vice Media.

Mastromanco will now report to Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO of A+E Networks.

“In this rapidly changing media environment, business transformations need to be closely linked to communications strategies,” Dubuc said. “With an emphasis on building brands in this evolved media landscape and transforming corporate culture, Alyssa’s experience in coalition building at the highest level in both the public and Private sectors will be invaluable.”

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Matt Rosoff Named CNBC Digital Editorial Director

Unbeige - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 15:45

CNBC has named Matt Rosoff editorial director of CNBC Digital, a new role at the company.

Rosoff most recently served as Business Insider’s executive editor. He had been with BI since 2010.

Prior to BI, Rosoff worked for IDG Enterprise, and from 1995 to 2000, Rosoff was a founding editor at

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AMI Doesn’t Want To Buy the Observer

Unbeige - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 15:02

Anyone looking to buy a newspaper (well, now it’s just a website) should probably get in touch with Jared Kushner, who is rumored to be looking to ditch The Observer.

According to WWD, Kushner—who bought The Observer in 2006 for $10 million—has been “quietly shopping” the paper to potential buyers, including American Media Inc (AMI). That, however, appears to news to AMI.

“There are absolutely no discussions regarding an acquisition of the Observer,” an AMI spokesperson told Politico.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Kushner is trying to sell the paper. After all, papers are expensive to own and—more importantly—his moronic dad-in-law is our president-elect. Kushner likely wants a role at the White House, and you better believer Donald Trump will give him one.

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Changes at Recode, Vox

Unbeige - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 14:50

A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving Recode and Vox. Details are below.

Tess Townsend is joining Recode as a reporter covering Google, Alphabet and artificial intelligence. She previously worked for Inc. Talking Biz News reports that Jim Tankersley, who previously served as an economic policy correspondent for WaPo, has been hired by Vox.
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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Little Left

Unbeige - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 14:30

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The Razzamatazz World of Cindy Adams

Unbeige - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 06:00

Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a Trump-y ride.

CindyAdams_FeaturedKatherine Rosman’s profile of tireless New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams (pictured), which appears on page D1 of today’s New York Times print editions, is centered on the 86-year-old journalist’s longstanding professional relationship with President-elect Donald Trump. It’s well worth reading for those details.

Along the way, Rosman also sprinkles in zippy remarks from Adams about other topics. For example, to a couple of La La Land contributors, with Rosman listening in, Adams exclaims, “For Chrissakes, I hope you write better than you talk!” And when framing the variety of circumstances from which she has filed, the older reporter notes, “I’ve done it on the back of a donkey in Borneo.” Rosman also includes some nice quotes from recently retired Post editor Col Allan, New York Yankees president Randy Levine and Judith Sheindlin (a.k.a. Judge Judy), a personal friend of Adams.

Another intriguing article wrinkle is the difference in print and online headlines. In the paper, the Times cleverly riffs on Adams’ famous tagline with “Only in New York, Kids. And Washington.” Online, where nearly everything associated with the keyword Trump is traffic gold, the headline reads “Want the Scoop on Team Trump? Pay Attention to Cindy Adams.”

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Florida Columnist Fact-Checks Cindy Adams

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Magic Button Wipes Away Weiner, Trashes Trump

Unbeige - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 02:00

For a great many folks this Christmas, especially those living in the states of New York and California, there is a deep desire to pretend like the 2016 U.S. election never happened. This can be achieved using a favorite alcoholic beverage or, if you prefer, by pulling up The New York Times list of its “Most-Read Stories of 2016” and applying a certain filter.

Here’s what the Times default ranking looks like:


Here’s what it becomes once the “No Politics” button is clicked:


Thank you New York Times. Anything that raises up the memory of David Bowie and the Jan. 12 obituary written by Jon Pareles will forever earn our plaudits. From that piece:

Angst and apocalypse, media and paranoia, distance and yearning were among Mr. Bowie’s lifelong themes. So was a penchant for transgression coupled with a determination to push cult tastes toward the mainstream.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
On Bowie, ‘Starman’ and Top of the Pops
A Great Description of David Bowie
Bryan Adams’ First Concert Was David Bowie

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Kathie Lee Gifford: ‘Trump Is Going to Surprise a Lot of People’

Unbeige - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 00:10

DianeClehaneLunch_Featured‘Tis the season to be lunching and the crowd at Michael’s turned out in force today for the home stretch of 2016 tête-à-têtes before packing off to their country houses or some exotic port of call. I hadn’t scheduled my usual weekly interview today in the hopes of doing a quick once around the dining room and dashing off to finish some very last minute Christmas shopping, but you know what they say about the best laid plans. Kathie Lee Gifford, who was meeting her good friends Eva Mohr and Lisa Schiff, was one of the first to arrive in the dining room, so when she had settled in and ordered a glass of wine, I had to go over to say hello. When I asked her if she had any predictions for 2017 she told me, “I think great things are going to happen in 2017. Donald Trump is going to surprise a lot people.” Kathie Lee and her late husband, Frank Gifford, were longtime friends of the President-elect. “He and Marla [Maples] got engaged at our farm house in Connecticut.”

(Front)Judy Twersky and Diane Clehane; (Standing) Kathy Levine and Dr. Robi Ludwig

(Front)Judy Twersky and Diane Clehane; (Standing) Kathy Levine and Dr. Robi Ludwig

“He’s a doer and a fixer,” continued Kathie Lee, who recalled it was Trump who swooped in and successfully took over the long dormant renovation and restoration of Wollman Rink in Central Park in 1986. The city had spent six years and $13 million and still hadn’t finished fixing the public ice rink when Trump convinced Mayor Koch to let him finish the project in four months at the cost of $2.5 million. Trump agreed to fund the project in exchange for taking over the operation of the new rink to recoup his costs. Wollman Rink opened on time and under budget. “Nothing was being done for years, and then he took it over and it was fixed in no time.”

She continued, “I believe he will do all he can to fulfill his promises. He has said he wants to be the president of all the people. He loves his country. Those of us who know Donald know he is not a heartless man and he is not a bigot.”

“It’s time to get behind the next president,” said Kathie Lee. “All of this hate towards one another has got to stop. No matter who you voted for, we have to come together.” As for the naysayers, Kathie warned, “Discount Donald at your peril.”

I was just about to wrap things up when I ran into Kathy Levine, who I lunched with earlier this year along with Judy Twersky and Dr. Robi Ludwig. Kathy told me she was meeting them here today for their annual Hanukkah lunch and invited me to join them. I couldn’t resist. These gals really know how to enjoy themselves — much to the chagrin of some fellow diners seated nearby who raised a few eyebrows when our laughter threatened to overtake their lunch. Sorry — but it’s the holidays! And these woman have earned a little R&R.

Kathy, who was one of QVC’s most popular personalities and worked on-air with Joan Rivers, is now working as a sales consultant for Amazon’s Style Code, writing clever copy to woo holiday shoppers. She dazzled us with some descriptions of a few items you couldn’t possibly know you needed like a ‘puppy portal’ that you can install in fences with a view of the outside world to make Fido less anxious about being penned in. Robi is preparing to appear on Nightline tonight to talk about “amiable divorces” since the holidays usually are a time with spouses start to question if ’til death do us part’ is really an option. (So buy that expensive present for pete’s sake!) Judy, who is responsible for setting me up with some of my all-time favorite ‘Lunch’ dates, told me she is currently fielding calls from potential clients who know that if you’ve got a book to promote, she’s the woman for the job.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. John Sykes and a gal we didn’t recognize in a fab faux fur vest. Anyone?

2. In this week’s ‘It’s a Small World’ department: Mickey Ateyeh with former editor Stephen Silverman. When I worked at People for many years, Steven edited all my stories for ‘the dot’ — People’s then-fledgling website. I never met him until today! Steven, who has moved on to writing books, jokingly told me he’s left “a library” of obituaries of the famous and infamous for the site to run. “Zsa Zsa’s just ran,” he told me. “The best one I ever wrote.”

3. Dr. Robi Ludwig, Judy TwerskyKathy Levine and yours truly

4. Donald Marron

5. Kathie Lee Gifford, Eva Mohr and Lisa Schiff

6. Andrew Stein

7. Glenn Horowitz

8. Jolie Hunt

9. Barry Frey

11. Bobby Friedman and Cathy Black

12. Random House’s Susan Mercandetti

14. Literary agent Frederica Friedman

16. Nick Verbitsky

17. Ron Insana

18. LAK PR CEO David Simpson and Lisa Linden

20. Amy Kliger

21. Jack Kliger

23. Ed Powers and John Nitti

27. Jesse Kornbluth, Marshall Cohen and Wendy Goldberg

81. Beverly Camhe

This is my last ‘Lunch’ of 2016. Thanks to everyone who dined and dished with me this year! I wish everyone the happiest of holidays. See you back at Michael’s next year.

Send comments and corrections on this column to LUNCH at MEDIABISTRO dot COM.


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Food Styling Tips and Tricks - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 00:00

There is no single right (or wrong) way to style food, but there are some things that many food stylists and photographers do to make the food look its best. Nicole S. Young shares some tips.

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Find a Great Design Job: Prepare for Your Presentation - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 00:00

When you’re called upon to present your portfolio in an interview, you have to become your story’s living, breathing narrator and your brand’s most enthusiastic advocate. It’s time to paint a rich and accurate picture of who you are. The story of your portfolio is the soul and spirit that drives your projects.

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New from TASCHEN: de Lempicka - Thu, 12/22/2016 - 00:00

Through some of de Lempicka’s finest, most compelling portraits, this introduction explores the artist’s unique visual language and its privileged place not only in the annals of interwar art but also in the history of female artists and our collective consciousness of the Roaring Twenties.

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Hearst Magazines Notch Record November Traffic

Unbeige - Wed, 12/21/2016 - 21:50

As media companies wind down the year, for a great majority it’s all about traffic. How good were this year’s numbers? What does 2017 look like? How many readers relied on ad-blocking software? And so on.

In the case of Hearst Magazines, traffic was through the roof in November. All told, the digital side notched a combined record of 197.5 million unique visitors, an increase of 26% over the same period in 2015.


What’s more, per Adobe Analytics figures shared with FishbowlNY, six Hearst Magazines portals registered in November individual brand-records:

Country Living surpassed 17.7 million unique visitors, up 27%;
Esquire broke 16 million, up 33%;
Harper’s Bazaar earned 12.2 million, up 26%;
Marie Claire climbed to 9.2 million, up 24%;
Town & Country broke 2.2 million, up 113%;
Best Products hit 7.4 million unique visitors, up 10,946%.

Regardless of the fact that the digital-only Best Products was launched just 13 months ago, let’s briefly imagine how fun the holidays are going to be for staffers associated with that end. Here’s one side of how an eggnog bowl-adjacent conversation might go: “Oh, cool. Yeah, I know a lot of publishers now have product recommendation sites. How’s your traffic?… What? Did you just say your traffic went up by more than ten thousand percent?… Honey, you’ve got to hear this!”

Among the most-read Hearst magazine stories in November were a Harper’s Bazaar interview with actress Gabrielle Union, who spoke candidly about race and sexual assault; Country Living’s coverage of the 2016 Country Music Awards, which included a piece for which eight past CMA winners reflected on their triumphs; and Esquire’s ranking by Nick Schager of the 25 best films of 2016. La La land is nowhere to be found on Schager’s list, while his No. 1 pick stretches the very definition of “film.”

Finally, if you’re like us, one particular headline in the screen grab above stands out. To read the magazine’s exclusive excerpt from Valley of the Gods, Alexandra Wolfe’s forthcoming book about the culture of Silicon Valley, go here.

Previously on Adweek:
How Hearst Magazine’s Executives of the Year Are Building a Magazine Company for the Future

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