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Chris O'Shea is a freelance writer. His work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, New York's Vulture, The Awl, The Village Voice and more. He wishes Carmelo Anthony would pass the damn ball.

Jill Abramson: ‘I Was Fired Because of My Quote-Unquote Management Skills’

Jill Abramson — the former executive editor of The New York Times who was abruptly cut by the paper months ago — will never go for long periods of time without being asked about the incident. It’s a shame, but it’s difficult to move on from drama that takes place at the world’s best newspaper.

This is why, during a speech about the Times national security coverage at the Chautauqua Institution, Abramson was once again asked why she was fired.

“I was fired because of my quote-unquote management skills — and to be honest with you, I’m still trying to figure out exactly what that means,” Abramson replied.

This doesn’t shed any new light on the situation, because there isn’t really anything left to be said. But if you’re Abramson, people will always want you to talk about it anyway.

News Corp Might Bid on Tribune Newspapers

Tribune logo GThe big media rumor of the week is that News Corp. is putting together a bid for Tribune Publishing. According to Poynter’s Rick Edmonds, News Corp would be interested in buying the company, but only after it is spun off from Tribune, a move that is expected to happen in the next few months.

Tribune Publishing publishes several newspapers, including heavyweights like The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun and The Sun-Sentinel.

News Corp buying the publisher, according to Edmonds, would make sense for a few reasons. Murdoch has always been a big fan of the LA Times and his desire to own it has been chronicled in the past; News Corp was spun off with plenty of cash, cash that investors will want to see do something; and relating to that last point — Tribune Publishing would be easy for News Corp to afford.

Would Rupert Murdoch really buy more newspapers even though print is clearly on the decline? It doesn’t seem to make much sense. But if there’s one person we wouldn’t count out, it’s Murdoch.

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Stimulating Entertainment | Baby Party | Madeline’s Art

PRNewser: The Weather Channel has a new reality show titled Fat Guys in The Woods, just in case you were wondering how America is doing.

TVNewser: The Today show anchors threw Savannah Guthrie a baby shower. You weren’t invited because you can’t be trusted around all-you-can-drink mimosas.

GalleyCat: Fun stuff for the kid in all of us — the New York Historical Society’s Madeline-inspired art exhibition is now open.

Mashable, Parade Add to Teams

A couple Revolving Door items for you this afternoon, involving Mashable and Parade Media. Details are below.

  • Mashable has added Rebecca Ruiz as a features writer. Ruiz has served as a contributor for Al Jazeera America, The Atlantic, Slate, The Verge, and MSNBC.com and more. She joins Mashable July 14.
  • Janet Haire has been hired by Parade Media to manage all ad sales in its Northwestern region. Haire — who most recently was founder of Haire Business Solutions — was a 20 year veteran of Time Inc., having served as integrated sales manager at Time and West Coast manager for Life.

George Clooney Blasts Daily Mail

George Clooney has had it with The Daily Mail. In a letter posted by USA Today, the actor blasted the Daily Mail for publishing a story (which originally appear on its site) about him, his fiancee Amal Alamuddin, and her mother. The Daily Mail article said that Alamuddin’s mother was against the two getting married based on religious beliefs.

Clooney explained that the article was completely false, and called out the Daily Mail for being reckless. ”The irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous,” wrote Clooney. “We have family members all over the world, and the idea that someone would inflame any part of that world for the sole reason of selling papers should be criminal.”

When the Great Clooney speaks, the world listens. Or at least, a paper that published an erroneous article listens. Not long after Clooney’s article was published, the Daily Mail issued a statement apologizing for the incident:

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Royal Baby Prince George Lands Vanity Fair Cover

Prince George hasn’t even celebrated his first birthday yet, but he’s already snagged his first Vanity Fair cover. This is quite an achievement, because it’s not like VF has an unnatural obsession with the British monarchy.

The cover promises “exclusive” articles inside, such as “How the future king spent year one.” We don’t have the exclusive access VF does, but have a rough idea what George was doing: eating, crying, sleeping, shitting and peeing. That’s it. We’re sure the piece is riveting though.

The New Yorker to Launch New Paywall

Beginning July 21, The New Yorker’s content — dating back to 2007 — will be available for all to read online. We suggest you take advantage of this, because in three months, the glossy is closing everything back up; sealed behind a new, metered paywall.

The New York Times reports that the motivation behind opening up newyorker.com was to find out how readers interacted with the site, and then use that data to construct the revamped paywall. The magazine also hopes to add subscribers via the promotion.

We’re excited about this idea, because in the past, it was almost pointless to go to The New Yorker’s site unless you were a subscriber. You never really knew which articles would be available to non-subscribers, and the selection was always minimal.

David Remnick, the magazine’s editor, admitted as much. He told the Times that their method for selecting magazine content that was available online was “awkward” and had “long since outlived its conception.”

Niche Media Sold to Greengale Publishing

niche media logo GNiche Media — publisher of regional magazines like Aspen PeakGotham, Hamptons, Los Angeles Confidential, Ocean Drive and more — has been acquired by Greengale Publishing from Greenspun Media Group.

Greengale Publishing is owned by Jane Greenspan Gale and her husband, Jeff Gale. Greenspun Media is a family company, held by Greenspan Gale and her siblings.

Niche Media was founded in 1998 by Jason Binn, currently the CEO and founder of DuJour Media. In 2006, Binn sold Niche to Greenspun.

“These magazines are stronger and more relevant than ever,” Greenspan Gale said in a statement. “They deliver beautiful and inspiring editorial content while playing an important role in their communities and in the marketing plans for brands who seek to reach our audience.”

As part of the deal, Katherine Nicholls was named CEO of Niche Media. She previously served as president and COO.

Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

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