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Archives: November 2012

Which Tabloid Described Lindsay Lohan’s Latest Arrest Best?

Lindsay Lohan will never go to jail for a long time. It doesn’t matter what she does or how often she does it. She just won’t. The 26-year-old actress could steal a police car, and when the cops show up to arrest her, snort lines of coke off the hood of the vehicle, set it on fire then slap the first two officers that approach her, and she would still get community service.

If you accept that, then you can start to see the humor in her constant stream of arrests. Those stories are great fodder for newspapers, so FishbowlNY thought it’d be fun to see which New York tabloid described Lohan’s latest stumble the best. Below are a couple choice excerpts from The New York Post and The New York Daily News’ coverage of Lohan getting nabbed by cops for allegedly punching another woman. Read them and see if you can pick the better reporting.

The Post:

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Madeleine Brand in Talks to Join KCRW (Updated)

At the end of an interesting Los Angeles Magazine story about Madeleine Brand‘s departure from KPCC comes some uplifting news: Brand may soon return to radio. As the mag explains:

She’s… in talks with KCRW to launch a program in the same 9 a.m. slot as [Alex] Cohen and [A] Martínez. “It will be just like The Madeleine Brand Show, but better,” she says with maybe a hint of something beyond enthusiasm in her voice. Because in the well-mannered world of public radio, those are fighting words.

The news isn’t such a shock – just weeks ago KCRW general manager Jennifer Ferro told the Los Angeles Times that the station had an eye on Brand. But for her to return in direct competition with the co-host that was the catalyst for her leaving KPCC, well, that would add an especially delicious chapter to the melodrama of the last few months.

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FishbowlLA Set Visit: SoCal Connected

The views from the fifth and sixth floors of KCET’s glass-encased offices at The Pointe in Burbank are spectacular, offering panoramic vistas of next-door neighbors NBC LA, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Forest Lawn in the southern distance and more. Another big difference from the station’s previous red-brick HQ on Sunset Boulevard is that employees are now ensconced in an open-cubicle set-up as sleek as that of a Madison Avenue ad agency.

But these are not the only reasons for the renewed sense of excitement at KCET. Thanks to the expansion of SoCal Connected to four nights a week, the addition of Madeleine Brand to the show’s talent ranks, a recent merger with San Francisco’s Link Media and the resulting imminent arrival of new chief strategy officer Paul Mason, this viewer-supported TV station is very clearly and boldly trying to re-invent the jettisoned PBS model.

SoCal Connected shoots two shows on Monday and another two on Wednesday, with a repeat broadcast Fridays. As FishbowlLA sat at the back of the control room yesterday watching the production of tonight’s November 29 broadcast, we were reminded of that scene in Broadcast News where William Hurt’s character shows nervous newbie Albert Brooks how to properly sit on a sports jacket. TV news is all about the smallest of details.

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Cover Battle: Psychology Today or Sports Illustrated

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This time around Psychology Today takes on Sports Illustrated. PT went with a cover that daringly explores the taboo subject of Lone Ranger sex play. In this romping roleplay, yelling “Hi-yo Silver! Away!” takes on a whole new meaning and no one ever — ever — wants to be Tonto.

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Josh Rucci Joins Bloomberg LP

Josh Rucci, a former Getty Images executive, has joined Bloomberg LP as global head of content sales, a new role at the company. Rucci had been with Getty Images for the past five years, most recently serving as senior director of media and broadcast for the company’s London office.

“We are pleased to welcome Josh at this important time for Bloomberg, as we continue to sign important new deals with publishers and clients,” said Susan Vobejda, general manager of Bloomberg Media Licensing and Distribution, in a statement. “Josh’s expertise and strong history in content sales make him an ideal fit as we expand our media licensing and distribution deals globally.”

At Bloomberg, Rucci will continue to be based in London and report to Vobejda.

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Drug-Smuggling Tijuana Architect Tells Local Media He Was Coerced

On Sunday, U-T San Diego border reporter Sandra Dibble conveyed to readers the shocking case of well-known Tijuana architect (and U.S. citizen) Eugenio Velázquez. After being caught at the border trying to smuggle 12 pounds of cocaine into San Diego, he is scheduled for sentencing in December.

The coverage likely had a lot to do with an even more shocking letter, sent on Tuesday by Velázquez to local Tijuana media. Dibble has confirmed with the 51-year-old man’s attorney that the correspondence is from him. Per Dibble’s follow-up item:

“My actions were the result of a situation of high risk, threat and intimidation,” Velázquez writes. “What happened to me at the beginning of March cannot be understood outside of the context of the fight against organized crime and the consequences for citizens. The victims of this situation are not only the dead, who number in the thousands, and those who mourn them, but also those of us who have had the misfortune of calling the attention of those who consider us easy prey for their objectives, which has been devastating for me and (my family).”

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New York Times Treats Its Jerusalem Bureau Chief Like a Child

The New York Times has taken the embarrassing step of providing Jodi Rudoren — the paper’s Jerusalem bureau chief — with a social media watchdog. According to the Times’ public editor, Margaret Sullivan, the move was necessary because Rudoren had used Twitter and Facebook to post some things that got people upset:

…During the Gaza conflict, she wrote one Facebook post in which she described Palestinians as ‘ho-hum’ about the death of loved ones, wrote of their ‘limited lives’ and, in another, said she shed her first tears in Gaza over a letter from an Israeli family. The comments came off as insensitive and the reaction was sharp, not only from media pundits, but also from dismayed readers.

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Nikki Finke Goes Down Newsweek Memory Lane

From her 2012 World Wide Web stronghold, Nikki Finke circles back at to the early 1980s halcyon days of print. Back then, she didn’t call the shots quite the way she does now.

‘I’d specifically told the Newsweek powers-that-be that I didn’t want Washington,’ she writes. ‘So of course they put me in DC.’

Finke goes on to recall a tumultuous four days that began with her flying on Air Force One to the Augusta National golf course and then quickly returning to the White House beat because of some overseas events in Beirut. The real drama however kicked off a few days later, after that week’s issue was put to bed late:

I slept all day Monday. On Tuesday, October 25, I woke up, put on a very slick St John’s skirt suit, broke up at lunch with a married lover (who famously divorced his wife soon afterwards) and prepared to grab the DC-NY air shuttle for a quick dinner in Manhattan when I swung by the Newsweek bureau just to check in. Big Mistake.

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