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CNN founder and philanthropist Ted Turner, while ostensibly moving into his éminence grise phase, still occassionally pulls the spotlight in his direction to talk up the United Nations and the future of the world, as he did last night as part of Reuters’ “Newsmakers” series. Turner, who nine years ago pledged $1 billion over ten years to the U.N., spoke about the need to strengthen the international body, alleviate suffering around the world, and control nuclear proliferation. He also took the opportunity to suggest that only women should be allowed to hold public office around the world for the next 100 years.
“If we had women holding all the public offices, the amount of money on the military would be immediately cut way back and more would be spent on healthcare and education,” Turner said. “There wouldn’t be lack of family planning or birth control if the women ran things.”
Of late, we can barely be bothered to read the ever-thinning New York Press, which has become a shadow of its former self. But it was hard not to pick up this week’s issue, with its three somewhat-naked people on the cover and the tagline “The New Underground Monogamy.” Had we missed a major trend here? Since when has monogamy had to go into hiding?
A look inside at the article assured us we hadn’t been missing out on the “next cool thing” by gleefully flitting from one New Yorker to the next these past months. Turns out the piece is really not about monogamy at all, but a contrived trend piece about sex parties that are allegedly attracting “faithful” monogamous couples. And (whew!) near the bottom we find out that “rigid monogamy is as outdated as homophobia.”
Despite its poor case that swinging is any more a trend today than it was in the past (um, Plato’s pimpage?), the cover will likely generate a little single-issue bump for the Press — a couple fewer bales of unread papers to send back to pulp — as the city’s undersexed pore through the article to try and find out how to get to said parties. And hey, maybe it’ll even attract some more hooker ads.
Highlighting the occassional pitfalls of being a monthly political magazine during a 24-hour news cycle, the July/August issue of the Atlantic was delivered to readers over the past weekend with a cover story about Abu Musab al-Zarqawi written before the Al Qaeda terror leader in Iraq was killed late last week.
But looking past the slight embarassment of having a cover and article with incorrect tensing from the moment it hits the newsstands, the lengthy profile actually arrives at the perfect moment for Americans looking for in-depth information on the recently deceased Jihadist. The mag’s Web site has quickly edited up the article and made it free for non-subscribers.
We’re not sure if there is a greater market for this year’s World Cup soccer coverage than in previous years, but it seems that nytimes.com and its affliated international iht.com have decided to go to town when the international tournament kicks off tomorrow. Not only will there be video and daily commentary on the sites, but the news sites have commissioned an IHT editor-at-large to write a blog about the various matches as they take place.
In addition, TimesSelect, the premium tier Web site of The New York Times, will offer a blog called “Kicking and Screaming: Watching World Cup Soccer in Six Countries,” featuring observations by fans in Angola, Argentina, England, Iran, Japan and Mexico.
This marks one of the first chances for the newly revamped Times Web site to truly flex its multimedia capabilities. The paper has never expended so much online effort for a sports event before, and perhaps it portends a new style of coverage for major events (sports and not) in the future.
The full release: