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The Morning Media Menu With the Voice of MB’s Twitter!

mornmm.gifToday on the Menu we’re joined by the man behind mediabistro.com’s 24,438 person strong Twitter feed Seamus Condron. Condron let us in on what the main themes will be at this year’s Circus and opined on Ashton vs. CNN and Oprah joining the site.

“If you put all the pieces together, this was all kind of pre-determined,” says Condron of the Kutcher stunt. “Oprah on the other hand, she obviously has tremendous reach, when she actually starts using the platform…it will be like her book club. Whatever she says, whatever she does, if she plugs something, whatever product that is, is going to see tremendous growth.”

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321. One note: we’re live all this week an hour later than usual, at 10amET.

Has Jossip Folded?

jossipclose.pngClick on the homepage of Jossip.com and you will find a message that says “We’re on Pause.” Gawker however is reporting that David Hauslaib‘s six-year-old gossip site, which has been up for sale since March — David spoke to us on the Menu about it back in February — has in fact folded and its two editors, Cord Jefferson and Drew Grant, fired.

We emailed Hauslib for clarification and will let you know as soon as we hear back.

American Journalist Saberi Jailed for Eight Years

roxanasaberi1_lowres.jpgOver the weekend American journalist Roxanna Saberi was sentenced, behind closed doors, to eight years in an Iranian prison. Saberi was rushed to trial last week under charges of espionage (she was initially arrested for working without credentials).

News of the arrest elicited an immediate response from a number of news organizations Saberi had worked for here, including NPR and ABC News (in full after the jump), while the White House initially used “cautious language” when addressing the situation. On Sunday President Obama followed up saying: “She is an American citizen, and I have complete confidence that she was not engaging in any sort of espionage,” Obama said. “She is an Iranian American who was interested in the country which her family came from. And it is appropriate for her to be treated as such and to be released.”

Also on Sunday Iranian president Ahmadinejad publicly stated that Sabieri should be allowed to fully defend herself on appeal.

Meanwhile, a Free Roxana twitter feed has been started, and is carrying all the latest updates

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The FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning Glance

US Weekly Draws ASME Fire for Faux Cover

78909-uscovmed.jpgTurns out that even though times are as desperate as they are in the magazine world, you still can’t do whatever you want to make money. ASME has just slapped US Weekly on the wrist for violating the very rules they have set up, which are “designed to protect magazines’ editorial integrity.”

The violation in question is the faux Grey Gardens cover the weekly mag ran on its April 20 edition. The mock cover was part of a five page spread for HBO’s upcoming production starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange (read Gail Sheehy‘s original, and amazing, New York piece here, by the way).

Says Vicci Lasdon Rose, publisher of Us Weekly: “We were very clear by the creative treatment…so there was no miscommunication there. There was no effort to betray or manipulate the reader.”

Says ASME CEO Sid Holt: “ASME firmly believes that advertising cannot obscure the cover in any manner whatsoever, especially advertising that mimics editorial.”

Morning Media Menu With PRNewser’s Jason Chupick

mornmm.gifToday on the Menu we are joined by PRNewser editor Jason Chupick, who talks with us about the big PR story from the week — the Domino’s Pizza YouTube video controversy. This was the first we’d heard of it, and suffice to say we may not be ordering pizza for while.

We also discuss YouTube’s new premium section, cost-cutting at the Times, and the genius of Ashton Kutcher (and also, maybe, CNN). As always on Fridays, we talk about What We Learned This Week (or in today’s case what NYT section loss we are most mourning). You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Redesigned Newsweek Set to Launch in May

newsweek-goldcup.JPGMore details are emerging on the Newsweek redesign (the mag just celebrated its 75th anniversary) set to launch in early May. Per an article in today’s FT:

For more than a year, Thomas Ascheim, the former Nickelodeon cable executive who is Newsweek’s chief executive; Jon Meacham, editor; and Fareed Zakaria, international editor, have plotted the radical remaking of a product that had lost its relevance as a news source years ago as readers turned to the internet and cable news…A prototype of the redesign…is a cleaner take on the old, with more white space and bolder photographs. The launch will coincide with a relaunch of Newsweek.com that will replace wire copy with links to the best sources of online news, even if published by rivals.

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Thrillist Gets Wet, Goes to Dallas

3444768978_3b4d212148.jpgThrillist, the high-flying, daily newsletter for men will be spreading its empire to Dallas in the next few weeks “because Texas needs our nurturing embrace.”

Back in New York City, Thrillist celebrated its third annual pool party with a dip in midtown at the Grace Hotel (for those of you wondering, there hasn’t been a proliferation of pools in midtown, the QT Hotel has apparently just changed its name). Missed it? You can see all the pics here.

The FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning Glance

Conde Taps Time Exec to Head Parade

Minonline is reporting that Conde head Si Newhouse has tapped former Time Inc. executive Jack Haire.

From min: Haire’s 1978-2006 Time Inc. career included 1993-1998 and 1998-2005 stints as Time publisher and Fortune/Money Group president, respectively, and he was Time Inc. executive vp/corporate sales when he left the company in January 2006 following a restructuring by president/ceo Ann Moore.

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