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Norm Pearlstine Dismisses Spreadsheet Furor [Updated]

Time__Inc_-logo-2ED06AA15C-seeklogo.com_Sometimes, Time-ing can be everything. New York contributing editor Gabriel Sherman has been working on a big feature article about Time Inc. that is due next week.

So… When Gawker fanned the flames of the Sponsored Content Apocalypse with its Monday report about a controversial Sports Illustrated spreadsheet, Sherman was in a perfect warm-phone position to get comment from a top executive. He spoke today with Time Inc. chief content officer Norm Pearlstine:

Pearlstine pushed back hard against the criticism of the document. He said the controversy has been drummed up by the [Newspaper] Guild as part of a tense contract negotiation.

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Dick Cavett, Keith Olbermann Stir NYDN ‘Yellow Journalism’ Debate

During an interview today with HuffPost Live, Dick Cavett told host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani that he holds, ultimately, New York Daily News readers accountable for the Robin Williams August 13 front page derided around the world:

“This is the kind of crap that sells tabloid newspapers and there isn’t much you can do about it because the public rewards it by buying it and eating it up,” Cavett said. “It’s none of your damn business what his details were but it’s something we must live with.”

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Meanwhile, Daily News sports media columnist Bob Raissman labeled Keith Olbermann a “hypocrite” for Twitter-raging about the front page and deeming his newspaper colleagues “heartless bastards.” From his column:

Like a lover scorned, Olbermann is obsessed with the Daily News. And when he rips us, viewers actually awake from their slumber and listen. Olbermann needs to keep his base engaged. His audience has shrunk by 21,000 viewers since the end of April.

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Trial-by-Twitter Commences for Boston Radio Host Kirk Minihane [Updated]

Dennis&CallahanBannerCommenting on the erupting controversy stemming from a Boston radio host’s on-air description of Erin Andrews as a “gutless bitch,” Mediaite’s Joe Concha writes:

So what will happen to Kirk Minihane? He not only attacked a female reporter and called her a bitch twice, but it was Erin Andrews — she of filmed-through-a-hotel-room-peep-hole-infamy. Rest assured that trial-by-Twitter will now commence, and it won’t be pretty by the time the mob gets done with Minihane and those who employ him.

For the latest real-time Twitter testimony and cross-examination, click here. At press time, the social reaction includes:

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Et Tu, Journalists Who Wrote That Bogus George Clooney Item?

As we reported Wednesday, George Clooney rarely calls out the media. But when he does, be it over a 2013 item about the delayed release of Monuments Men or a 2014 item about his future wife, it’s duly noted.

With criticism of the Daily Mail continuing for a piece that has since been deleted (a Slate op-ed by Will Oremus for example is headlined “George Clooney is Right About the Daily Mail“), we wondered about the reporters caught in the middle.

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The single source for the article is a “Lebanese friend of the [Alamuddin] family in London” (also later identified by the Mail as a “reputable and trusted freelance journalist”). The byline lists as authors Hannah Roberts, a freelance journalist in Rome, and Sara Nathan, New York-geo-tagged showbiz editor-at-large for MailOnline US. Although there is no sign of an apology on either writer’s Twitter feed, Roberts has been silent there since this Clooney business broke. Nathan, at her end, has moved on to other topics like the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations.

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Greenwich Village Newspaper Publisher Defends N-Word Obama Headline

The article by James Lincoln Collier in the latest edition of 20,000-circulation monthly WestView News is actually pro-Obama. But as New York Post writers Kevin Fasick and Laura Italiano accurately suggest, many readers – especially since the article is not presently online – will never get past the shock of a very debatable headline: “The N***** in the White House”.

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From the Post article:

The shocking headline sits at the top of page 15 above an opinion piece that criticizes what it calls the anti-black “racism” of far-right voters…

Columnist Alvin Hall wrote a piece called “This Headline Offends Me,” which ran below Collier’s column. Said one West Villager, Eugene May: “It’s disrespectful in any context to refer to the President of the United States as the N-word.”

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Joan Rivers Follows Gay Wedding with Transphobic Slur

On Monday, during a book signing event at the Union Square Barnes & Noble, Joan Rivers married a male couple. For those who don’t know, the performer is also an ordained minister.

All good, right? Not so fast. On Tuesday, the 81-year-old comedienne spoke briefly on the street with a video reporter and added a throwaway one-liner that has her in hot water this July 4 holiday weekend. She called Michelle Obama a “tranny” after suggesting the sitting President is gay:

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Page Six: Shia LaBeouf’s Night Quickly Went from Weird to Worse

The details of Shia LaBeouf‘s strange behavior at last night’s performance of Broadway play Cabaret are all over the Internet and TV morning shows. However, it is what happened afterwards that, if confirmed, is going to land the actor in more perilous Mel Gibson territory.

From a Page Six report by Larry Celona and C.J. Sullivan:

At the Midtown North station house, LaBeouf allegedly became belligerent, demanding the cuffs be removed. “F**k you. I’ll f**k you up!” the 28-year-old LaBeouf said, according to the sources.

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Columnist: Lacey Spears Was Never a Mommy Blogger

Can someone be termed a “mommy blogger” if, over the span of 13 years, they posted just two blog items? And how about the tag “social media mom”? For that moniker, shouldn’t someone require thousands of Twitter followers rather than ten’s. And a tweet more recent than February 2010?

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According to Daily Beast contributor Andy Hinds, if you’re today’s media, the answers to these questions are no, and, hell no! Hinds takes major media outlets, including the New York Times, to task for carelessly running with the Journal-News‘s original description as such of Lacey Spears, an upstate New York mother now charged with the second-degree murder of her son.

He also reached out to an actual mommy blogger, Liz Gumbinner (Mom 101), who very much agreed with him:

“I feel like we’ve really reached rock-bottom as a society when the story of a sick woman hurting her son isn’t enough shock value for the mainstream media to get the page views they need any more,” she said. “We now have to make it more salacious by adding in some sort of zeitgeist-y pop culture reference to social media and blogging…”

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Observer Checks In with Disgraced Page Six Reporter

All these years later, Jared Paul Stern maintains that this clothing venture was at the heart of his discussions with Ron Burkle about money. Not some sort of scandalous payola to ensure that the billionaire would receive favorable Page Six coverage.

UrbanDaddyDrivenLogoToday, Stern is the editor of Urban Daddy’s auto blog Driven. He also freelances. If one goes by Observer contributor Ben Widdicombe‘s Kennebunkport impressions, the former Post writer’s demeanor does not quite sync up with the bravado:

Today, Stern, 43, describes his life as being at “a new pinnacle.” He has toned down the film noir wardrobe and attitude – no more fedoras – but maintains a flair for haberdashery.

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Kim Kardashian Breastfeeds the Media

FameflynetLogoWho needs The Onion’s ClickHole when BuzzFeed gives you things like this?

Below the headline “Kim Kardashian’s Boobs Take North West For A Walk,” writer Whitney Jefferson has embedded a half-dozen truly jaw-dropping pictures of Kim Kardashian. For a recent walk with her just-turned-one-year-old daughter, Ms. K chose to wear what looks like one of Kanye’s smoking jackets. With next-to-nothing underneath.

The plunging-neckline throw-together fully exposed a large portion of Kardashian’s voluptuous assets. At the end of the BuzzFeed item, Jefferson adds and then enlarges one more snap from Fame Flynet Pictures. That one shows, in a rare moment of conflicted judgment, a photographer seemingly glaring his disapproval in the direction of the sexily dressed mom.

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