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Magazine Cover of the Week: Theo Padnos Details ‘My Captivity’ in New York Times Magazine

02cover_type-blog480It’s Friday, almost the weekend, and therefore, time to gather up your reading list…everything you saw this week but didn’t have time to actually read.

This week, FishbowlDC presents the latest issue of New York Times Magazine and its cover story “My Captivity” by Theo Padnos, who in August 2014 was released after 22 months by Islamic militants after being kidnapped in Syria.

Padnos writes:

The F.S.A., it turned out, had given me to the Nusra Front, or Jebhat al Nusra, which was using the Children’s Hospital in Aleppo as a headquarters and a prison. During my first days there, I couldn’t believe that what was happening to me was actually happening to me. My mind kept replaying the hours just before and after the young men I met in Turkey attacked me. It seemed to me that I had been walking calmly through an olive grove with Syrian friends, that a rent in the earth had opened, that I had fallen into the darkness and woken in a netherworld, the kind found in myths or nightmares. I knew there was a kind of logic to this place, and I could tell that my captors wanted me to learn it. But what exactly they wished to teach me, and why they couldn’t say it straight out but preferred to speak through their special language of pain, I couldn’t understand. When the emirs came to my cell, they often stood in a semicircle over my mattress, muttered among themselves, dropped a candy wrapper or a used tissue on the floor, spit and then left without saying a word.

One afternoon during the first week of my imprisonment, a group of younger fighters gathered in my cell. I was in handcuffs and lying with my face to the wall, as an interrogator had instructed. During the beating that followed, one fighter, apparently disturbed by the violence, asked, “Have there been orders to do this to the prisoner?” No one answered.

A must read, online, or on newsstands Sunday.

Hey Isn’t That…Chris Wallace in Womens Wear Daily??

BUMP_300DPI_wallacepromoHey, isn’t that “FOX News Sunday” host Chris Wallace in the latest issue of Women’s Wear Daily?

The FOX News host recently spoke with Alexandra Steigrad on his career in journalism and where the industry is headed and the upcoming midterm elections.

On how journalism has changed in the past 50 years, Wallace offered:

It’s completely different because the platforms are different. When I started out as a 16-year-old high school senior, it was a very hierarchical system. There were three networks, a half dozen major newspapers, and that was about it. There was a very small universe at the top of the pyramid. Now, it’s much more diffuse. I don’t think that’s a bad thing. A thousand flowers bloom — and the idea that there are more avenues to get out information and more platforms for reporters to give information and more competing views out there, on the one hand, it allows you to have access to a lot more perspectives. The flip side is it puts the burden on the news consumer to be more informed and to be able to distinguish between a legitimate news source with a serious news process as opposed to a blog where there is some guy in his pajamas in his mother’s basement.

For the full Q&A, click here. Wallace also recently offered three career lessons to And ICYMI – check out our behind the scenes of “FOX News Sunday” with Chris Wallace from last month.

The Atlantic, ‘PBS NewsHour’ Launch Programming Partnership

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 13.51.08The Atlantic and “PBS NewsHour” have launched a new partnership, bringing Atlantic reporting to NewsHour programming. Over the next six months, PBS NewsHour will produce segments for air on the monthly magazine’s cover story as well as other feature stories.

The partnership launches during tonight’s broadcast of “PBS NewsHour” with The Atlantic’s national correspondent Hanna Rosin joining NewsHour co-anchor Judy Woodruff to explore Rosin’s November cover story on teenage sexting and its implications in a central Virginia town.

The Atlantic’s partnership with NewsHour marks the magazine’s first ongoing broadcast venture.

Inside New York Magazine’s Fashion Closet


Cubes, the MediabistroTV series that takes you inside top media companies, got a tour of New York magazine recently. The chronicler of all things NYC, which now boasts some of the top news, food, fashion and culture sites around, includes a wellness room, fashion closet, and an area affectionately known as Scriberia.

Stella Bugbee, editorial director of The Cut, also shows us the very first issue of the venerable magazine.

Magazine Cover of the Week: Bloomberg Businessweek

unnamedIt’s Friday, almost the weekend, and therefore, time to gather up your reading list…everything you saw this week but didn’t have time to actually read.

This week, FishbowlDC presents the latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek and its cover story “Obama Is Too Cool for Crisis Management,” by Josh Green.

Green writes in the article’s opening:

“By the time President Obama gave in and appointed an Ebola czar on Oct. 17, the White House response to this latest national crisis had already run a familiar course: the initial assurance that everything was under control; the subsequent realization that it wasn’t; the delay as administration officials appeared conflicted about what to do; and the growing frustration with a president who seemed a step or two behind each new development. Meanwhile, public anxiety mounted as cable news hysteria filled the vacuum and shaped the perception of the unfolding crisis.”

Check it out online or on newsstands today.

Playboy Exclusive: Former Dem Governor of Montana Brian Schweitzer on Obama, 2016

playboyIn the latest issue of Playboy, Jeff Greenfield sits down with former Democratic governor of Montana Brian Schweitzer to discuss the current political landscape, from U.S. involvement in the Middle East to a critical evaluation of President Barack Obama and a potential 2016 run for president.

On 2016 aspirations:

“Well, if I decide to run for president, my message has to be very crisp and clear—one, two, three. There’s no four, five and six; it’s one, two, three. And that message has to be what I say each time I’m asked a question. If the question is “Is the window dirty?” then I say, “Yup, and that’s why we have to create jobs for the next generation…But if I’m in a debate with four other people, well, you can’t possibly discuss all the things I’ve thought about and all the ways we can reform. But you can say, “Look, these are the three things we’re going to get done during the first year, and this is why.”

For the full story, click on over to Playboy.

Magazine Cover of the Week: TIME’s ‘Most Interesting Man in Politics’

rand-paul2It’s Friday, almost the weekend, and therefore, time to gather up your reading list…everything you saw this week but didn’t have time to actually read.

This week, FishbowlDC presents the latest issue of TIME magazine, and its cover story, “The Reinventions of Rand Paul.”

Its cover deems the Republican Senator from Kentucky “the most interesting man in politics,” and inside, TIME’s Washington bureau chief Michael Scherer writes:

“He helped lead Republicans in opposition to President Obama’s 2013 request to bomb Syria as punishment for using chemical weapons and supports giving legal work status (and eventual citizenship) to undocumented immigrants in the U.S., as long as the border is first secured and fair-wage rules favored by unions are undone. He opposes longtime Republican efforts to limit ballot access and calls for nonviolent felons to have their voting rights returned after their sentences are served. With each of these positions, he is trying to scramble the math and broaden his party’s appeal, all the while causing headaches for the political consultants preparing for another chaotic Republican nomination fight.”

Check it out on newsstands today or for subscribers, online here.

Benjamin Schwarz Named National Editor of The American Conservative

logo@2xThe American Conservative today announced that Benjamin Schwarz has joined the publication as national editor. Schwarz comes to TAC after 14 years with The Atlantic, where he served as national editor and literary editor.

His position is funded by a grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation in support of TAC’s New Urbanism initiative on sustainable and humane communities.

ICYMI - TAC in August promoted Maisie Allison to executive editor to lead the magazine’s digital and special projects.

Obama Daughters Named to TIME’s ‘Most Influential Teens List’

(Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

TIME magazine today released its list of most influential teens and two not surprising DC sisters were part of the list.

Sasha Obama and Malia Obama are the only two local teens named to the list, which includes Malala Yousafzai, lead rider of the co-ed Afghan National Cycling Team Salam Kakar, Lorde, and Kendall (she dropped her last name) and Kylie Jenner of the Kardashian bunch.

“Social-media followings, cultural accolades, business acumen and more” were analyzed to determine this year’s 25 most influential teens. Read the full list here.

TIME writes of the younger Obama daughter, “Sasha, meanwhile, has become an icon in her own right: after being photographed in a unicorn sweatshirt, the style sold out at ASOS in a matter of days.”

Speaking of that sweater…Last November, FRESH FM morning show host Kelly Collis wrote ‘The Daily Mail Reporters Are Hacks‘ when “the rag” – as Collis refers to the Daily Mail in her post – made mention of the sweater Sasha wore without “crediting the station or myself as the source of the information.” FishbowlDC wrote about the controversy then here.

Magazine Cover of the Week: Newsweek’s ‘Beyond Deep Throat’

unnamed-5It’s Friday, almost the weekend, and therefore, time to gather up your reading list…everything you saw this week but didn’t have time to actually read.

This week, FishbowlDC presents the latest issue of Newsweek and Max Holland‘s cover story “Beyond Deep Throat – The Hidden Sources That Brought Down Nixon in Watergate.”

Referring to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as Woodstein, Holland writes:

“Now a document has surfaced in an unlikely place that sheds sorely needed light on Woodstein’s reporting while providing some perspective on the press’s role in uncovering the scandal…Oddly enough, the document—a draft of a Woodstein story from January 1973—was buried deep within the papers of Alan J. Pakula, director of the eponymous 1976 Hollywood film based on Woodstein’s best-seller…The 15-page draft article is an unprecedented guide to how the Post’s reporting duo utilized the many anonymous sources they had painstakingly cultivated.”

Check it out online or on newsstands today.