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Rolling Stone‘s ‘The Bomber’ Issue Banned by CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid And Kmart (HuffPost)
Multiple retailers and drug stores say they won’t be selling this week’s Rolling Stone, which features Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover. “As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones,” CVS wrote in a statement. Boston Herald Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino wrote to the publisher of Rolling Stone, telling him the decision to put accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover “rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment” — treatment the magazine should have given to the survivors. “The survivors of the Boston attacks deserve Rolling Stone cover stories,” Menino wrote in a letter to Jann Wenner, “though I no longer feel that Rolling Stone deserves them.” Rolling Stone Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day. The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens. PRNewser A calm, eloquent response that respectfully explains the publication’s intentions, and defends the cover and article without actually sounding defensive. While this will likely do little to assuage those who are offended — it is not, by any means, an apology — it may at least open the floor for candid and civilized conversation. New Yorker / NewsDesk Just because something sparks outrage doesn’t mean that it is outrageous. The vitriol and closed-mindedness of the Web response to the Rolling Stone cover, before anyone had the chance to read the article itself, is an example of two of the ugly public outcomes of terrorism: hostility toward free expression, and to the collection and examination of factual evidence; and a kind of culture-wide self-censorship encouraged by tragedy, in which certain responses are deemed correct and anything else is dismissed as tasteless or out of bounds. Slate / BrowBeat By depicting a terrorist as sweet and handsome rather than ugly and terrifying, Rolling Stone has subverted our expectations and hinted at a larger truth. The cover presents a stark contrast with our usual image of terrorists. It asks, “What did we expect to see in Tsarnaev? What did we hope to see?” The answer, most likely, is a monster, a brutish dolt with outward manifestations of evil. What we get instead, however, is the most alarming sight of all: A boy who looks like someone we might know. Ad Age / Media News Rolling Stone may take a hit at the newsstands over its cover story, but provocative covers often encourage single-copy sales at the same time as they spark anger.
HuffPost Live’s Abby Huntsman Joining MSNBC’s The Cycle (TVNewser)
MSNBC’s The Cycle is adding HuffPost Live host Abby Huntsman as co-host. Huntsman announced the move on HuffPost Live Wednesday afternoon. She is effectively replacing S.E. Cupp, who left MSNBC to co-host CNN’s revamp of Crossfire last month. HuffPost Huntsman, who was one of HuffPost Live’s original host/producers, will join co-hosts Krystal Ball, Ari Melber and Touré as of July 29. The daughter of former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, she told HuffPost Live’s Ahmed Shihab-Eldin that she’s looking forward to bringing “a dose of moderate rational conservatism” to The Cycle. TheWrap / MediaAlley Huntsman is the second of HuffPost Live’s inaugural hosts to leave the show for greener broadcast pastures — Alicia Menendez departed for ABC and Univision’s upcoming Fusion channel in May. A spokesperson for HuffPost Live told TheWrap that both hosts will be replaced, and the show is currently searching for “the right fit for the HuffPost Live platform.”
Chicago Sun-Times Lays Off 14 Production Staffers (JimRomenesko.com)
The downsizing continues at the Chicago Sun-Times. The paper confirmed that 14 production employees were laid off last Wednesday. The paper released this statement after I asked about the cuts: “The Sun-Times has expanded its relationship with Affinity Express for advertising services after more than two years of partnership with consistently positive results. This decision will help the company to optimize its ad production operation, but has led to the elimination of certain roles. We are working with affected employees on the transition, which will occur over the next few months.”
American Journalism Review to Become Online-Only Publication (AJR)
The American Journalism Review will end production of its print edition and launch a redesigned website in fall 2013 as it becomes an online-only publication, the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism announced Wednesday. The current AJR website will continue to be maintained and new articles uploaded throughout the summer. The revamped site at AJR.org will offer content on news innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as the media criticism on which AJR has built its reputation over the past 36 years.
Lonely Planet to Cut Staff And Relocate Digital Offices to Nashville (Skift)
Four months after buying Lonely Planet from BBC Worldwide, new owner NC2 Media will announce staff reductions and structural changes as soon as this week, Skift has learned. The changes involve layoffs across existing offices in Melbourne, London, and Oakland. They are expected to hit the Melbourne office the hardest, both due to the large staff size and the higher cost of maintaining an office in Australia.
Journalist Who Broke Edward Snowden Story Gets Book Deal (THR)
Glenn Greenwald, the investigative reporter who broke the story on NSA leaker Edward Snowden and the U.S. government’s secret surveillance programs, has inked a deal to write a book on the subject. Sara Bershtel, publisher of Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Henry Holt, made the announcement late Wednesday that the as-yet-untitled book will be published in March.
Sure, We Like Spotify — But Thom Yorke Has A Good Point (Fast Company / FastCoLabs)
In case your Internet’s been down, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has joined his creative co-conspirator Nigel Godrich in decrying Spotify and the economics of streaming services like it. He’s not just being grumpy.
Gawker Hires J.K. Trotter as Gossip Reporter (NY Observer)
Shortly after former gossip reporter John Cook was named editor-in-chief of Gawker, he posted a job listing on the site for a new gossip reporter. Five months later, that position has finally been filled — by J.K. Trotter. “I’m just very, very happy for the opportunity to work with John, whose work I’ve followed for a long time, and everyone else at Gawker, who have been really nice (so far),” Trotter told The Observer in an email.
Daily Caller Sending High Schoolers to Troll The White House Now (NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer)
The Daily Caller, which has a White House press credential for some reason, sent a 16-year-old intern, Gabe Finger, to Wednesday’s daily press briefing to ask Jay Carney whether Obama would personally “take any action” to protect the Zimmermans from Zimmerman-esque vigilantes or whether they were “on their own,” as if that was Obama’s responsibility. Carney called the question “ridiculous,” but, to be fair, he’s the one who called on the Daily Caller. FishbowlDC Finger, who had been standing in a reserved area in the briefing room where he was not supposed to be standing, asked about Zimmerman receiving death threats and then followed up by asking if the family was on their own. Carney snapped, “You can editorialize all you want, and I’m sure that you will, but that’s a ridiculous statement.” Pissing off the White House press secretary. Score?!
BuzzFeed Creates Michael Hastings Reporting Fellowship (FishbowlNY)
In honor of Michael Hastings — who died in a car accident on June 18 — BuzzFeed has created the Michael Hastings National Security Fellowship. According to the site, whoever gets the fellowship will receive a $100,000 stipend for one year of reporting in the example set by Hastings. The reporter will work with BuzzFeed editors, and report to Ben Smith, the site’s editor-in-chief. The person will pen as few as six pieces and as many as “dozens.” Each piece will appear on BuzzFeed.
Apple’s Move Into TV Relies on Cooperation With Industry Leaders (NYT)
When Apple wanted to revolutionize cellphones, it held hands with AT&T. The partners fought endlessly, but the public loved the finished product: the iPhone. Now, as Apple tries to reimagine television, it is taking the partnership route again, collaborating with distributors like Time Warner Cable and programmers like the Walt Disney Company on apps that might eliminate the unpleasant parts of TV watching, like bothersome set-top boxes or clunky remote controls.
New York Post Gears Up for Early August Web Relaunch (Capital New York)
Late last month, Robert Thomson, CEO of the new publishing-focused iteration of News Corp., told The Financial Times that the New York Post was working on a plan to compete nationally with large, well-financed digital media brands like BuzzFeed. “Some of the most successful recent start-ups are basically ersatz tabloid journalism,” said Thomson. “If we can’t do it better than they can, then we’re not as good as we think we are.” We’ll get to judge for ourselves once the Post‘s much-anticipated Web relaunch goes live, which is slated to happen the first week of August, Capital has learned.
NBC Owned Stations Pick Up The Meredith Vieira Show (TVSpy)
The Meredith Vieira Show has been sold to the NBC Owned Television Stations for its fall 2014 debut, NBCUniversal announced Wednesday. It is not a surprise that the NBC Owned Station Group would be the first to pick up the show, which will be produced and distributed by NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution. In a statement announcing the news, NBC Owned Television Stations president Valari Staab said the group “couldn’t be happier to welcome Meredith Vieira to our 10 stations.”
Tumblr Asks iPhone And iPad Users to Update Their Apps And Passwords (SocialTimes)
In response to an issue that may have compromised users’ passwords, Tumblr has released a security update to its apps for iPhone and iPad. The Yahoo!-owned company announced the changes Tuesday on the company blog, instructing users to download the updated apps and to change their passwords on Tumblr and other accounts that use the same passwords.
New York Times Reporter Claims She Had Love Child With Oasis Frontman (Gawker)
Earlier Wednesday, the New York Post reported that Liam Gallagher is being sued for $3 million by a woman claiming to have had a “love child” with the former Oasis frontman. Standard enough tabloid fodder, right? But now comes a report that the woman is New York Times contributor Liza Ghorbani, who wrote about Gallagher for the paper in 2010.
What do you think of Rolling Stone’s latest cover? pic.twitter.com/FqigQqLdoa
louisobrien12 As a resident and native of MA, I am outraged at such a disrespectful act. They should be boycotted!
vonrikkor Unfortunately, it does not shock me. Tasteless…, of course!
2serve Nothing new here Rolling Stone getting much needed publicity and you all fell for it.
Angela Lamendola I wonder what advertisers pulled out of this issue and which ones decided to remain.
Clancy Adams I think it is brilliant marketing. You have readers and non-readers of Rolling Stone both talking about it, and the rest of the msm and non-msm writing about it.
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