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Media Rivals Meet|Preliminary Mag Newsstand Sales Numbers Roll In|Another Look At Olbermann-O’Reilly Truce|Dan Rather Calls For Pres Commission On Media

TVNewser: Media rivals met at Columbia University to discuss the challenges of the industry.

WWD: Preliminary newsstand sales numbers are in for the first half of 2009 — and they’re not good. Just take a look at these women’s magazines numbers: In Style‘s single copy sales dropped 20 percent decline while Vogue reported a 2 percent decrease, although it got a lift for its March issue that featured Michelle Obama on the cover. Elle, Glamour and Marie Claire all dropped 12 percent Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair saw decreases of 12.5 and 11 percent, respectively, Lucky is down 18 percent and Self dropped 9 percent. Official numbers from the Audit Bureau of Circulation will be out later this month.

New York Times: Brian Stelter revisits his story about the alleged truce between Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly orchestrated by News Corp. and GE officials.

Washington Post: Dan Rather calls on President Barack Obama to form a commission to save the American news media. “This is a crisis that, with no exaggeration, threatens our democratic republic at its core,” Rather said. “But you won’t hear about it on your evening news, unless the message can be delivered in a way that corporate media have little choice but to report — such as, say, the findings of a presidential commission.

Video: Arianna Huffington makes a cameo appearance on the upcoming “Family Guy” spin-off “The Cleveland Show.”

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