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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.

Bill Strickland Named EIC of Bicycling

bill strickland GRodale has named Bill Strickland editor-in-chief of Bicycling. Strickland has served as interim editor since Peter Flax left the magazine in April.

This is Strickland’s second stint as editor of Bicycling; he served as its top editor from 1999 to 2003.

“Bicycling is a terrific example of how an enthusiast brand can thrive in a changing media landscape,” said Rodale’s president, Scott Schulman, in a statement. “As an experienced, passionate cyclist, Bill will bring the brand’s multi-platform capabilities to an even wider readership and create more growth opportunities across digital, events, e-tailing, and other platforms.”

Strickland has been with Bicycling since 1991.

BuzzFeed Attempts to Explain Why 4,000 Posts Were Deleted

BuzzFeedLogoJonah Peretti, BuzzFeed’s CEO, has a non-explanation explanation for why his site secretly deleted more than 4,000 posts. In an interview with Slate, Peretti admitted that “We probably could have communicated better, or handled it better,” but the reason they didn’t is because BuzzFeed used to be a tech company, and now it’s a media company.

Peretti said that BuzzFeed became a media company when it hired Ben Smith, and that the posts were deleted because they were “technically broken, not sourced to our current standards, not worth improving or saving because the content isn’t very good.”

Another way of saying this is “We deleted the posts once we realized someone would notice the rampant plagiarism that we used to become a popular site.” If you’re a media company, you don’t just get to delete articles whenever you want.

Why did it take until 2014 to get rid of these “broken” articles, when Smith was hired in 2011? Also, BuzzFeed just got $50 million from an investor who said “We think of BuzzFeed as more of a technology company.” Peretti might want to inform them that they’re a media company now. Or is his description of BuzzFeed dependent on who’s asking?

Thomas Claybaugh Named Publisher of Gannett Central New York Media

gannett_logo_200x200Gannett has named Thomas Claybaugh the new president and publisher of Gannett Central New York Media, which includes the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, the Star-Gazette in Elmira and The Ithaca Journal.

Claybaugh most recently served as the general manager of the Delmarva Media Group, which publishes nine papers and their respective websites.

“Thomas is an outstanding leader and has strong sales experience, mostly in upstate New York, which gives him a deep understanding of the region,” said Robert Dickey, president of Gannett Community Publishing, in a statement. “We look forward to Thomas taking this next step in his career and using his unique skills to achieve great things in Central New York.”

Claybaugh begins September 1. He is succeeding Gannett veteran Sherman Bodner, who is retiring.

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Clouding the Issue | Two Bad Things | Not Alone

Al Jazeera America GTVNewser: Let’s highlight some more great work by the police in Ferguson — an Al Jazeera America crew was hit with tear gas as they set up a live shot.

AgencySpy: Please, do not get the Reebok logo tattooed on your body just so you can win a CrossFit membership. Please.

TVSpy: A mother is suing a Houston network for falsely accusing her of leaving her child alone in a hot car. This is why it’s a smart idea to fact check.

NY Times Names Alex MacCallum Assistant Managing Editor

NYtimes buildingThe New York Times has named Alex MacCallum assistant managing editor for audience development. MacCallum was most recently a business side exec overseeing NYT Cooking, the Times’ cooking site and app.

According to a memo from executive editor Dean Baquet and editorial page Andy Rosenthal, in her new role, MacCallum will ”build a team devoted to using search, social and other strategies to draw more people to our news articles and editorials.”

“The Audience Development department will be a shared resource, like photography, video and news design,” added Baquet and Rosenthal. “She will start sometime in September and will be making the rounds of news and editorial to meet all of you. Obviously, more changes are in the offing for the newsroom’s masthead, and this is a big step toward bringing in more editors with deep digital experience.”

Baquet and Rosenthal’s full memo is below.

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Moms are Not Pleased with GQ

Moms who shop at Lands’ End are not fans of GQ’s July issue, which featured a topless Emily Ratajkowski. According to The New York Times, Lands’ End sent the magazine as a gift to its most loyal customers, who are now telling the company how outraged they are by the female body.

The moms took to Lands’ End’s Facebook page to show their disgust. “My 14-year-old son brought in the mail today & was quite disturbed & fascinated by a ‘gift’ Lands’ End sent us — a copy of GQ magazine with an absolutely OBSCENE cover!!!” wrote one mom, who will surely find that issue under her son’s mattress one day.

Another mom marveled at the porn empire that is GQ. “I ordered Christian private school children’s uniforms from your company and you sold my home address to a magazine company that peddles in soft porn for men???”

The backlash was so severe that Edgar Huber, the CEO of Lands’ End, issued an apology. In the email, he informed the customers that GQ had been replaced with Condé Nast Traveler.

Here’s hoping Lands’ End moms don’t have an aversion to photos of rich people standing on beaches.

Cover Battle: Wired or Vanity Fair

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This edition features Wired versus Vanity Fair.

Wired’s latest cover features Edward Snowden doing what he does best: Annoy every possible person, even those who support him. We think that Snowden should avoid any punishment if he promises to get over himself.

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Josh Tyrangiel Promoted at Bloomberg

Josh Tyrangiel has been promoted to oversee all consumer content at Bloomberg Media.

Tyrangiel will serve as “the editorial lead for everything we do from magazines to TV to radio, digital and live events and continue to oversee Bloomberg News’s Projects team and the Data Viz and Rankings teams,” according to a memo from Justin Smith, Bloomberg Media’s CEO.

Tyrangiel, editor of Businessweek since 2009, has been working closely with Smith as the pair prepare to launch a series of new Bloomberg sites with specific focuses, like politics.

Thought Catalog is Thoughtful

We thought we’d highlight this Thought Catalog tweet in case you needed a reminder that the site is terrible.

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