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Bloomberg Lands Joseph Weisenthal

JosephWeisenthalTwitterProfilePicLate this Tuesday afternoon, Business Insider executive editor Joseph Weisenthal tweeted. That in itself is not at all unusual, but what he conveyed was. After six years with Business Insider, Weisenthal is moving on.

The hard-working journalist timed his tweets to coincide with a New York Times item by Ravi Somaiya. The BI vet will be tasked at his new Bloomberg Media home with building a markets-finance website and hosting a TV show:

Mr. Weisenthal, in an interview on Tuesday afternoon discussing his new position, said he would be “putting together a team of about 10 people,” adding, “We’re planning to just dominate markets news, make it a must-visit destination.” He said he would hire additional staff for the television show.

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No One Trusts BuzzFeed

sad-smiley-3Another interesting tidbit from that massive Pew Research Center study we mentioned this morning is that no one seems to trust BuzzFeeed [insert LOL and/or :( here].

The site was the only media outlet considered by Pew that received across the board distrust by liberals, conservatives and moderates. BuzzFeed did so poorly that people trust Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck more. If you’re a BuzzFeed staffer, that has got to be a little depressing.

The constant barrage of idiotic quizzes and lists is certainly one reason people do not trust BuzzFeed. However, we imagine the site’s battles with plagiarism and mysteriously deleted posts probably didn’t help its cause either. SMH.

You can see Pew’s chart featuring sad BuzzFeed below.

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Fox News Gets the Zellweger Skinny

Once upon a time, Tom Cruise told Renée Zellweger: “You complete me.” But today, it’s all about Renee’s complete “new” me.

In the wake of Zellweger’s shockingly unfamiliar red carpet face, presented Monday at Elle magazine’s “Women in Hollywood” awards event in Los Angeles, Fox News did a little investigating. Our main takeaway? We’re a long way from Hollywood’s Golden Age:

“It looks like she had eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty, Botox, lip fillers and cheek fillers,” founder and partner of Fountain Medical Group Dr. Todd Schlifstein, who doesn’t treat Zellweger, told FOX 411. “It appears she changed the shape of eye and eyelid. She removed excess skin, tightened skin around the area.”

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CNN Vet Alan Duke Jumps to Radar Online

AlanDukePhotoFor the past five and a half years, for all but one month, Alan Duke‘s byline has been the number one desktop-views attraction at CNN Digital. During that one month in question, Duke went on vacation for three weeks.

More specifically, for the first nine months of 2014, Duke’s byline attracted a staggering 300 million desktop page views. His most notable recent CNN item was a September 18 report, with Susan Candiotti, that Yorkville Endoscopy clinic workers told investigators they saw and heard Joan Rivers‘ personal doctor take a selfie with the unconscious entertainer.

Although Duke was spared in the latest round of CNN layoffs, the journalist – who had been with CNN since 1989 – decided it was time to leave. As of this week, he is the Los Angeles-based national correspondent for revamping AMI website Radar Online.

“Last month, there was an event that really told me this was the time to leave,” Duke tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “We had an internal “huddle” [meeting] for CNN Digital, which was both a pep talk and an update on business affairs. In the executives’ statements and voices, I just picked up panic and chaos.”

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The Guardian Overtakes NY Times as Second Most Visited Newspaper Site

The Guardian logo GThe Guardian has overtaken The New York Times as the second most visited English-language newspaper site. In September, theguardian.com drew 42.6 million unique visits, compared to 41.6 million for nytimes.com. The data comes via comScore.

For the Guardian, that represented a 12 percent month-on-month increase, but it still wasn’t enough to crack the top three slots, which are all occupied by Chinese newspaper sites.

Xinhua News Agency (90.2 million uniques), People’s Daily Online (89.1 million) and China Daily Sites (56.4 million) are the most popular, followed by Mail Online, the most popular English-language site (55.8 million).

ComScore’s numbers take into account desktop traffic only.

Bill Simmons Gets NBA Show

Bill Simmons GLooks like things between Bill Simmons and ESPN are back to normal. At least for now. The company has announced that Simmons is hosting The Grantland Basketball Hour starting this Thursday at 7 pm ET. The weekly show will feature Simmons alongside Jalen Rose. It will also include special guests, like ESPN’s Michelle Beadle and Grantland’s Zach Lowe.

“We are delighted to bring the Grantland brand to television – it’s the natural evolution for our site and for everything Jalen and I have been doing on our video channel,” said Simmons, in a statement. “We want to be creative, we want to be unpredictable and we want to stand out.”

Not too much, of course.

Simmons has just returned from being suspended by ESPN for calling out NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Obviously the show has been in the works for awhile, but we imagine it won’t get that crazy, as there is little doubt ESPN execs will be watching closely.

Rex Reed Questions Birdman’s Broadway Sense

As is Rex Reed‘s wont, the Observer film critic has dumped all over two of this fall’s most acclaimed movies – Gone Girl and Birdman. In the case of the Michael Keaton film, Reed noticed something rather surprising:

The result is a train wreck without a shred of continuity, a hashtag that doesn’t even get the geography right. The action takes place inside a real Broadway theater, the St. James, which is a musical house on West 44th St. But when they leave the stage door, the actors are next door to the Edison Hotel, which is actually on 47th St.

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Revisiting Truman Capote’s Tipsy High Times Cover

The arrival of a new book about the colorful 40-year-history of High Times magazine is refocusing attention on some of the publication’s most memorable covers.

Tommy Chong, who holds the record for most High Times cover appearances over the years (by a human) at eight, started that run in April 1980 with partner Cheech Marin. The pair were shown reading copies of Fortune and Money.

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Then there’s the December 1978 cover featuring Truman Capote and Andy Warhol, to go along with some crazy, pot-rewritten Christmas carols. As the Warhol Museum recently reminded, the plan was initially for something a little different:

Their photo shoot took place on September 26, 1978, and is detailed in Warhol’s entry that day in his book The Andy Warhol Diaries. As he recounted later that day: “[Toni, from High Times] had a Santa costume for me and a little girl outfit for Truman. But Truman wasn’t in the mood to go into drag, he said that he was already dressed like a little boy. Truman was really drunk, hugging around.”

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Pew Study: Little Overlap in Liberals and Conservatives News Sources

This might surprise you, but we feel like you should know: Liberals and conservatives do not go to the same sources for their news. That’s the main takeaway from a new Pew Research report, that found one big reason lefties and righties don’t see news same way is because they’re just not interested in straying from the sources they like.

As for which media companies voters enjoy the most, the results are spread out a bit for liberals, but concentrated for conservatives.

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Jill Abramson Joining Steve Brill on Startup

Jill Abramson, the former New York Times executive editor who was fired last May, has finally shed some light on what her future holds. During WBUR event “Fast Forward,” Abramson said she’s teaming up with Steve Brill on a startup that “will be doing one big story a year.” She also noted that she’s currently pitching the startup to investors, who “sound very interested.”

The pairing would actually be a homecoming of sorts. Brill — who founded American Lawyer in 1979 — made Abramson one of his first hires. Brill’s most recent brush with notoriety came when he penned the massive “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us” cover story for Time.

Abramson already has a teaching job at Harvard lined up. She also had stated that she’d “like to be working at the highest quality kind of magazine,” and if she and Brill are doing only one story per year, perhaps she still wants to do that.

We imagine more details about the duo’s project will emerge soon. We’ll keep you posted, because we’re just as interested as you are.

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