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Bush Push | Keep Buying | No Yolo

bushGalleyCat: George W. Bush is writing a book about his father, George H.W. Bush. Early rumors are that the book will be titled “Isn’t My Dad Great?” and the first chapter will be named “Yes.”

PRNewser: Johnson & Johnson’s new ad campaign summarized: “Sorry your baby keeps getting bathed in carcinogens now buy our stuff.”

SocialTimes: An app called Yo wants Apple to ban an app called Yolo. These are amazing times we live in.

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Fallon Vacation Also Golden for Jamaican Reggae Artist Chronixx

“Synergy, man…. Synn-errrr-geeee.”

That might as well be the new refrain at GoldenEye, the Jamaican luxury resort owned by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. The local hit single of Chronixx, a rapper signed with Island Records, was piping through the resort when Jimmy Fallon recently vacationed there. That product placement led in turn to Chronixx making his American TV debut July 22 on The Tonight Show.

Per an item today by Billboard contributor Patricia Meschino, the rest is Reggae charts history:

Fallon booked Chronixx to perform four days ahead of the artist’s free concert on July 26 as part of Central Park’s annual SummerStage series… Prior to Chronixx’s Tonight Show performance, “Here Comes Trouble” had registered 1,051 downloads; following the broadcast and his Central Park concert, the numbers swelled to 12,476 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, earning a No. 2 position on the Digital Reggae Singles chart.

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Salon Slides Into Larger New York Office

SalonLogoHere’s the first salient number: 65%. According to a rep for Salon Media Group, that’s the year-to-year revenue growth for the company as it crossed 500,000 Facebook likes and 300,000 Twitter followers.

Here’s the second salient number: 6,523 square feet. That’s the size of the company’s new NYC headquarters, into which staff have moved today.* The new digs are double the size of the company’s previous Manhattan office space.

Salon is closing in on its 20th anniversary, a fact that led us – on this #tbt – to browse through the FishbowlNY archives and land on this Rachel Sklar October 2005 item:

Salon’s turning ten next month — which seems crazy, by the way — and they’ve kicked off the celebrations by getting a sleek new look. It’s their first redesign since mid-2000 and as media websites get sleeker, more efficient and easier to navigate with even more content, it’s been overdue for a while. It looks great…

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Renee Peterson Named VP of HR for Hearst Newspapers

hearst-corporation-logo2Hearst has named Renee Peterson vice president of human resources for Hearst Newspapers, which publishes 15 daily and 34 weekly papers. Peterson joined Hearst last year. She came to the site from Hargrove, Inc., where she was director of human resources.

“Renee will bring important tactical and strategic human resources leadership to all of Hearst Newspapers,” said Hearst Newspapers president Mark Aldam, in a statement. “Our newspapers, websites and digital marketing services succeed in serving our audiences and customers because of our diverse, creative and hard-working colleagues. Having Renee provide the HR leadership to recruit, develop and retain the best multimedia talent is key to our continued success.”

Peterson, who recently became the San Francisco Chronicle’s VP of human resources, will continue in that role.

Reverend Bud Green Says He Orchestrated Red, White and Blue Flags Switch

RevBudGreenFacebookWow. Per a report today by the New York Daily NewsJill Coffey and Tom Tracy, the news trail about the clandestine July 22 replacement of American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge just veered into Cheech and Chong territory.

From their exclusive:

Reverend Bud Green, 49, called the News on Thursday to say that the flag replacement was actually the first part of what was to be a two-part strategy, with another set of banners going up later. But the increased NYPD surveillance on the bridge put a kibosh on a second switch.

“It was interesting that nobody knew what to make of it,” Green said. “It was interesting that people took it as a terror risk. We believe in non-violent civil disobedience. The government has everybody scared s——s. Was Martin Luther King Jr. a terrorist? Was Abbie Hoffman a terrorist? The government is trying to silence people.”

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VICE Chats with an Atypical Crack Reporter

RubenCastenedaCoverWe thoroughly enjoyed this week’s interview by VICE staff writer Matt Taylor with Ruben Castaneda, the Washington Post alum who once upon a time covered the crack beat while also, himself, regularly getting high on crack.

Castaneda’s book about this incredible and dangerous odyssey, Street Rising, was published at the beginning of the month. Here’s what Castaneda, who before the Post was with the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, he told Taylor when asked about the first time he tried the addictive drug:

“I was on a reporting assignment on the western edge of downtown LA in a pretty tough neighborhood. This very, very attractive young woman caught my eye. She gestured for me to come over, so I put the reporting aside for a moment and went over to flirt with her. Now, I was already, at this time, drinking heavily. In fact, I had already gotten pretty toasted that afternoon at Corky’s — a dive bar — so I was pretty impaired in judgment.”

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How Steve Hofstetter Went From Writing for Sports Illustrated, to Hosting a TV Show

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Queens-born comic Steve Hofstetter can take the heat. The stand-up comedian has been heckled more times than he can remember. But that doesn’t faze the former Sports Illustrated columnist. “Stand-up, to some people, is a springboard. To me it is my life force,” he tells MediabistroTV.

For his new show “Laughs,” debuting Saturday night on FOX5 and more than 20 other TV stations, Hofstetter has scoured the country to find the best club comedians. “Being a king and a kingmaker at the same time,” he says. And he doesn’t kid around when he predicts “Laughs” will be around for a long time. We caught up with Hofstetter last week at Gotham Comedy Club.

How James Brown Helped a Fledgling Reporter Turn It Loose

ShutterstockJamesBrownThe day before James Brown answered the door at his home in Beech Island, South Carolina in the summer of 2003, reporter Karen Fragala Smith had valiantly rustled up bus fare. From her Huffington Post blog item:

I had withdrawn the last hundred bucks from my checking account and boarded a Greyhound bus for Augusta, Georgia, just over the state line from Beech Island. I was in town to interview James Brown for Newsweek magazine.

Well, sort of. I was an editorial assistant who spent most of my time arranging travel accommodations for the director of the foreign language editions, and making photocopies for an elderly editor who found both the technology of a copy machine and the fact that women in the office weren’t just secretaries anymore, to be equally confounding. I was eager to do something that resembled journalism.

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Cover Battle: Capital New York or Men’s Health

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Capital New York taking on Men’s Health. For Capital’s “Infrastructure Issue,” the magazine went with an illustration that is slightly better than the doodles we make during work. Yes, even the log cabin with the swirly smoke coming out of the chimney!

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Glamour Names Managing Editor, WSJ Loses Tech Reporter

A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving Glamour and The Wall Street Journal. Details are below.

  • LaToya Valmont has been promoted to managing editor of Glamour. Valmont has been with the magazine since 2013. She previously served as production manager for Essence, from 2005 to 2013.
  • Spencer Ante, a senior special writer for the Journal, has announced he’s leaving the paper to join a tech company. Ante had covered tech for the Journal since 2010.

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