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Journalists Tracking Edward Snowden Tricked Into Flying to Cuba (TVNewser)
Since NSA leaker Edward Snowden apparently left Hong Kong, journalists have been trying to track his whereabouts. He supposedly flew to Moscow, Russia (though no reporter saw him there) and Russian state media reported that he would be flying to Cuba, before moving on to Venezuela and likely Ecuador. A slew of reporters, believing the Russian media report, booked tickets on the Aeroflot flight to Havana. When they boarded, it became clear that Snowden was not going to be joining them. The Washington Post / WorldViews More than two dozen reporters and photographers reportedly tried to board that Aeroflot SU-150 from Moscow to Havana on Monday morning. It’s not clear how many of them made it on, but they made clear in a flurry of tweets as the plane pulled away from the gate that the man they were after wasn’t on the plane. Reuters All eyes were on seat 17A as a planeload of journalists strapped themselves in for an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Cuba with former U.S. intelligence contractor Snowden. Their first disappointment was that Snowden didn’t show up. The second was that it was a booze-free flight — all 11 hours and 35 minutes of it. HuffPost / The Backstory For years, Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald has argued that journalists in Washington often seem too cozy with the political figures they’re supposed to hold accountable and too quick to amplify the government’s perspective on national security. Meet the Press host David Gregory’s suggestion Sunday that Greenwald “aided and abetted” Snowden, his source for a series of bombshell stories, only seemed to validate that viewpoint. NYT Until he re-emerged this week as an ally for Snowden, Julian Assange looked like a forgotten man. WikiLeaks had not had a major release of information in several years, its funds had dwindled and several senior architects of its systems left, citing internal disputes. Assange himself is holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he fled to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning on allegations of sexual abuse.

Paula Deen Booked to Appear on Today Wednesday (TVNewser)
There is no going back now. After ditching her planned interview with Matt Lauer on Today last week, Paula Deen‘s career quickly spiraled. A handful of hastily edited apology videos later, and Food Network announced that it would not be renewing the southern cook’s contract. Now, Deen has been booked to appear on Today Wednesday morning in an “exclusive live interview.” NYT Paula Deen’s troubles intensified on Monday as she scrambled to cope with allegations that she and people in her restaurants have been insensitive or worse to blacks, women and other groups. Smithfield Foods, whose hams and other products Deen has endorsed since 2006, severed its relationship with her Monday.

Ex-MTV Guru Judy McGrath Joins Sony Music (NY Post)
Judy McGrath is back. The former MTV Networks chief — who pioneered the reality-TV boom at MTV — is joining forces with Sony Music to create an entertainment production division inside the music major. In keeping with her reputation as a media maverick, McGrath has dubbed her venture Astronauts Wanted: No Experience Necessary. The unit will focus on creating content for young viewers, so-called “millenials,” across all platforms, including TV and the Web.

More Details on Hearst’s Dr. Oz Magazine (FishbowlNY)
Dr. Oz fans rejoice — we now have more details on his magazine, which is being published by Hearst. The glossy is expected to hit newsstands in the first quarter of next year, followed by another issue shortly after that. Initial numbers for the Dr. Oz title: 350,000 copies available on the newsstand, plus an additional 450,000 copies that are being shipped to people who subscribe to other Hearst brands.

Bonnie Fuller on Women’s Magazine Bias: Female Editors-in-Chief Have ‘Thrown Up Their Hands’ (HuffPost)
Many women’s magazines are producing serious journalism, but they are slow to gain public recognition for it — an issue that editors have long raised. Editor-in-chief of HollywoodLife.com Bonnie Fuller joined HuffPost Live’s Abby Huntsman to discuss the bias against women’s magazines. “I think there is incredible bias against women’s magazines,” says Fuller, who has also worked as an editor at Marie Claire, Glamour and Cosmo.

Mitt Romney Rehashes 2012 for Two Books (Politico)
Mitt Romney, who has largely avoided the public spotlight since his presidential election defeat last November, has granted interviews to the authors of two forthcoming books about the 2012 campaign, according to two sources familiar with the conversations. The former Massachusetts governor has given interviews for Dan Balz’s Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America, and Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s Double Down: Game Change 2012, the sources said.

Ratings Slump Dings Broadcast Sales (Adweek)
Diluted prime time deliveries and a calendar quirk that moved NCAA Final Four dollars into April contributed to a $317 million decline in first quarter broadcast TV ad expenditures. According to a new report from Kantar Media, clients in Q1 invested $5.77 billion in network TV time, down 5 percent from $6.09 billion in the year-ago period. Prime time ratings in the 18-49 demo plummeted 17 percent in the first quarter of 2013, marking the sharpest rate of decline for the period since Nielsen began measuring TV deliveries.

Scott Lamb Leaves BuzzFeed (paidContent)
Scott Lamb, the man who created BuzzFeed’s infamous listicles — such as “56 Cats Who Are So Excited to See You” — has quietly left the company, a source informed paidContent. Lamb had been with BuzzFeed since almost its inception, holding the title of managing editor from 2007 until he became editorial director in late 2012. Executive editor, Ben Smith, confirmed the departure by email but did not supply any context: “Scott is one of the best journalists, and the most creative editors, I’ve ever worked with, and he laid much of the foundation for what BuzzFeed is now.”

The Newspaper Plunge Slows (CJR / The Audit)
The newspaper industry found an extra $6 billion in its couch cushions last year. That’s not new revenue, unfortunately — just newly measured revenue. But it does help give us a better picture of the overall state of the industry via the latest Newspaper Association of America’s numbers. It’s still dismal. But it’s not all bad, unlike any of the previous six years.

The Anthony Weiner Story The New York Times Didn’t Want You to See (BuzzFeed)
On June 10, The New York Times inadvertently briefly posted an article on the lives of the women involved in Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal. The article, written by reporter Michael Barbaro, was titled “For Women in Weiner Scandal, Indignity Lingers.” It was quickly deleted before being replaced with a production note: “An article was posted on this page inadvertently, before it was ready for publication,” read the note left on the story page. But while the story was deleted from the Times website, large portions of it remained cached by Google.

Magazines’ iPad Editions See 24 Percent Ad Boost in Q1 (Ad Age / Media News)
Magazine publishers are seeing more advertisers warm up to their iPad editions. In the first quarter, the number of ad units in magazines’ iPad editions jumped 23.6 percent from the same period in 2012, according to a report from Kantar Media and the Publishers Information Bureau. The report, which looked at 58 magazines with monitored print and iPad editions, found that the number of ad pages in the titles’ print editions was roughly flat in the first quarter, with 10,707. But the number of iPad ad units climbed to 5,961 in 2013 from 4,824 the year prior. FishbowlNY The same report found that ad pages and ad units combined were up 7.5 percent.

As Supreme Court Rules on Affirmative Action, TV Networks Play It Safe (TVNewser)
As NBC’s Chuck Todd tweeted Monday morning, there are four big decisions coming from the Supreme Court this week — its final week before recess. Those cases are same sex marriage, DOMA, the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action. Unlike last year, when a complicated decision and a rush to be first resulted in incorrect information on the health care decision airing on Fox News and CNN, this time around, the TV networks appeared to be on top of their game.

Our Beef With BuzzFeed’s Viral Article on Eight Dangerous Foods (NPR / The Salt)
So I got an email from a publicist asking me if I was interested in what has become a tremendously titled “8 Foods We Eat in The US That Are Banned in Other Countries.” Curious, I clicked, as have more than 4 million other readers.

USA Today’s New Defense Blog Comes Out Swinging (FishbowlDC)
Trend alert: Defense news is all the rage these days. Atlantic Media says Defense One is set to launch an “unprecedented” site later this summer and they’ve been on a bit of a hiring spree to make good on the promise.

Seattle Times Asks Readers to Help With A Mystery (Poynter / MediaWire)
Seattle-based Social Security Administration investigator Joe Velling is trying to untangle the case of Lori Ruff, who killed herself in Texas in late 2010. She left behind a box that showed she’d stolen the identity of a child who died in a fire in Fife, Wash., then changed her name legally. The paper has put photos of clues to Ruff’s identity online and asked readers for clues. “So far, we’ve gotten a lot of response, but they haven’t cracked the case yet,” reporter Maureen O’Hagan wrote in an email to Poynter.

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