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Glossy Mag Ignores Lindsay Lohan’s Rep

ShutterstockLindsayLohan2013Last week, we wrote about OK! magazine’s inventive Jennifer Aniston cover story. This week, once again per Gossip Cop, it’s deja voodoo all over again as the magazine is making up more great stories. With yet another noteworthy twist.

It’s one thing to falsely allege that Tom Cruise and Lindsay Lohan hooked up in London. It’s quite another to race towards deadline with that fable after a rep for one of celebrities has confirmed that “Tom & Lindsay: IT’S ON!” is way off. From associate editor Shari Weissreport:

The entire OK! dating premise was a “lie,” Lohan’s rep told Gossip Cop exclusively. Lohan’s spokesperson even revealed to us that she told the tabloid that its story was wrong and laughable, and yet the magazine still chose to run it.

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Cover Battle: Details or Billboard

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Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s Cover Battle. This week we have Details taking on Billboard.

Details features a photo of Brad Pitt wearing an outfit that only he could pull off. Somehow, we view this cover and don’t think, “Why is this guy dressed like an eccentric and perhaps intoxicated 1920s airline baron?” Instead, we think “Silk yellow shirts with giant collars are great looking.” Behold the power of Pitt.

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NY Times Posts $12.5 Million Loss

NYtimes buildingThe third quarter was rough for The New York Times, as it posted a net loss of $12.5 million. Total revenue increased barely — by 0.8 percent — from $361.7 million to $364.7 million. Circulation revenues also ticked slightly upward at an increase of 1.3 percent.

The main reason for the decline was all the money the Times had tied up in buyout packages. Print advertising also keeps declining, dropping five percent in the third quarter.

The one bright spot for the Times continues to be its digital subscriptions. The paper added 44,000 during the third quarter, its best quarterly increase in two years. The Times now boasts 875,000 digital-only subscribers.

Released and Writing Again, Theo Padnos Keeps a Promise

NYT_Twitter_MagazineIn the interminable hours, days and months of his Syrian torture and captivity, journalist Theo Padnos hoped and prayed that he would one day report again. For readers of the New York Times Magazine, that miraculous moment has arrived, punctuated by this deceptively straightforward footnote:

Theo Padnos has written for The London Review of Books, The New Republic and other publications. This is his first article for the magazine.

In the piece, titled “My Captivity,” Padnos details his odd relationship with Abu Mariya al-Qahtani, a.k.a. an individual known as the Al Qaeda fighter group’s “Man of Learning.” When Padnos was finally, without much warning, allowed to go free, he was asked improbably for a favor from his captor:

The Man of Learning asked me to approach the truck he was driving. “Hey Bitar,” he said. “Don’t say bad things about us in the press.”

“I’ll just say what’s true,” I said.

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Tim Cook Comes Out as Gay in Businessweek Essay

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, just came out as gay in a moving essay he penned for Bloomberg Businessweek. Cook writes that while he has never publicly discussed his sexuality before, he felt now was the right time because he realized doing so could help others:

I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.

“I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice,” adds Cook. “Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it.”

The piece is raw and honest, and well worth a read. We were taken aback by how humble Cook — one of the most powerful people in business — seemed. The essay is not grandstanding. It’s simply Cook explaining who he is, for whatever it is worth.

“We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick,” Cook writes. “This is my brick.”

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The Atlantic Partners With PBS NewsHour (FishbowlNY)
The Atlantic is partnering with PBS’ NewsHour to produce broadcast adaptations of the magazine’s work. 10,000 Words In a statement, the two news organizations said: NewsHour and The Atlantic plan to broadcast reports on a wide range of topics over the next six months. The partnership combines the strengths and sensibilities of both brands: The Atlantic’s ideas-driven journalism on issues of import, and the editorial depth and broadcast expertise of PBS NewsHour. FishbowlDC The Atlantic’s partnership with NewsHour marks the magazine’s first ongoing broadcast venture. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The first report, which aired Wednesday night, is based on the Atlantic’s November-issue cover story about the spread of teenage sexting and its societal and legal consequences. The Atlantic’s Hanna Rosin reported the NewsHour piece with anchor Judy Woodruff. Variety The stories will run online at PBS.org/NewsHour and TheAtlantic.com. Sara Just, a veteran of ABC News, joined PBS NewsHour as its executive producer earlier this year.

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Rosanne Cash, Donald Trump’s Latest Nemesis & Lessons in PR From Tina Brown’s Landlord

LunchAtMichaelsWe missed Judy Collins by a day, but I spotted Rosanne Cash deep in conversation with bookseller-to-the-1-percent Glenn Horowitz. While the celeb wattage at Michael’s was uncharacteristically low today (hunky actor Chris Pine’s dad was there, though), the usual suspects — all stars in their own lives, don’t you know — were out in force making the Wednesday lunch scene to see and be seen.

I was joined today by Tom Goodman, founder of Goodman Media International, the New York City-based public relations firm he founded in 1996 after 20 years in corporate PR for CBS, ABC and J.Walter Thompson. Just before hanging out his own shingle, he toiled as head of communications for CBS News and CBS Inc. “I was out in the Westinghouse merger,” Tom told me, between bites of chicken paillard. “The timing was perfect — and so much of life depends on luck and timing.” Don’t I know it. “I had some good contacts at CBS, and they helped so much.” I bet. He started with three very high-profile clients — British Airways, Sony and MSNBC — and since opening his office (which now has very swanky digs with a stunning view of Times Square) has “represented every major network and cable network at one time or another.”

Diane Clehane and Tom Goodman

Diane Clehane and Tom Goodman

I met Tom (where else?) in this very dining room and have always been impressed by the diverse roster of machers, moguls and media mavens his firm represents. His staff of 25 handles the media relations, social media, product launches and event publicity (among other services) for media bigwigs like PBS and Reader’s Digest, iconic institutions and organizations, including The Hospital for Special Surgery and Joe Torre‘s Safe at Home Foundation.

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No End | Good Luck | Scary Sarah

downloadLost Remote: Each season of The Walking Dead has been worse than the previous one, and yet, the show is more popular than ever. One could say it is impossible to kill.

Inside Mobile Apps: You can now order Taco Bell’s complete garbage food via an app. God is good.

TVNewser: Sarah Palin is threatening America with running for office. God is not good.

Quartz Makes Two Moves

There have been a lot of Revolving Door items today, so why not add one more? Quartz has made two moves. Details are below.

  • Paul Smalera is joining as ideas editor. Smalera was most recently with The New York Times, where he served as founding editor of its Op-Talk site. He previously worked as technology editor for Reuters. Smalera starts November 5.
  • Mitra Kalita has been named executive editor-at-large. She most recently served as ideas editor. In her new role, Kalita will “spearhead projects that stretch Quartz further and build up our readership and journalism globally,” write Quartz’s editor, Kevin Delaney, in a memo. “These include new initiatives focused outside of the US.”

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