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michelle obama GFishbowlDC: Let the record show that this Instagram by Michelle Obama was what ultimately destroyed America.

PRNewser: Sears and Amazon are selling rings with Swastikas imprinted on them. The rings are a fashionable way to say you’re an idiot.

TVSpy: Nothing mixes better than a live report and drunk sports fans.

Martha Stewart Partners with Meredith

Two big “M’s” of the media world are teaming up. And, if all goes well, for at least ten years starting November 1.

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Under the arrangement, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia will continue to handle print and digital content creation, while Meredith Corporation will be responsible for North American ad sales, circulation and production of Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings magazines. From this afternoon’s announcement:

“We are very excited to partner with a great company like Meredith,” said MSLO founder and non-executive chairman Martha Stewart. “Our editorial team can focus entirely on what we do best: the creation of inspirational, original, practical, useful and trusted content for our superb publications and digital properties – content that continually enhances and improves consumers’ lives.”

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The Long Lineage of Garry Marshall and The Medill School

When Garry Marshall recently guested on Late Night with Seth Meyers, he joked with the fellow Northwestern alum that his comedy writing days began when he was sports editor for the school’s newspaper. The football team was so bad, Marshall recalled, that it became a matter of article ledes like, ‘By the time “The Star Spangled Banner” was over, the team was 14 points behind.’

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Marshall has been busy talking up Billy & Ray, a play about the collaboration of Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler for the filmmaker’s 1946 classic Double Indemnity. Directed by Marshall and written by WABC-TV editor-producer Mike Bencivenga, it’s in previews through October 20 at the Vineyard Theatre in Union Square.

The Medill School also came up during Marshall’s conversation with American Theatre magazine editor Suzy Evans. This time, a little more formally:

“I went to the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern, which is a great school — I learned a lot, but mostly I learned how to meet a deadline. So I’m never late. My three kids went to Northwestern, and it was the highlight of my life just a month ago when my first grandchild, Charlotte, started at Northwestern. She’s in media studies. She’s a whiz on the Internet. I don’t even have a computer.”

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Newspapers are Really Excited About 2016 Election

Editors at America’s top 15 newspapers are losing their minds with excitement about the 2016 presidential election. According to a new Pew study, in the first nine months of the year there have been 541 articles written about the election. That’s already double the amount of articles that were written about the 2012 presidential election during the same period in 2010.

Unsurprisingly, the two people who get covered the most are Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton. Newspapers surveyed by Pew have already featured 82 articles each about the potential candidates. Keep in mind that neither has officially said they will run. Just imagine what will happen when (not if!) they do.

It’s only 2014, but there is no escape. You must read about the 2016 election. You must read about the 2016 election. YOU MUST READ ABOUT THE 2016 ELECTION.

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Raphael Brion Named Editor of Bonappetit.com

Raphael Brion has been named editor of Bonappetit.com. Brion most recently served as editor of Eater’s national site. During his time there, the site earned James Beard Foundation Journalism Award nominations in 2013 and 2014.

“Raphael not only has a firm grasp on the workings of the Web, he knows the food world inside and out,” Adam Rapoport, editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit said, in a statement. “To land someone of his caliber is a coup. We are fired up to welcome him aboard.”

Brion begins November 10.

HBO to Launch Stand-Alone Streaming Service

hboAfter years of watching Netflix gain popularity, HBO has finally decided to fight fire with fire. The network has announced it’s launching a stand-alone streaming service next year.

“We will work with our current partners,” HBO’s CEO Richard Plepler said, in a statement. “And, we will explore models with new partners.  All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.”

Plepler didn’t give many details about the service. Instead, he described it as “over-the-top” and insisted “It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO.”

The man is a goddamn hero.

Shrimp and Grits Helped Seal Deal for Elmore Leonard Collection

UniversitySouthCarolinaLogoAll five of late novelist Elmore Leonard‘s children are in Columbia, South Carolina today together with Otto Penzler, owner of New York City’s Mysterious Book Shop and several other invited guests. The occasion? The announcement by the University of South Carolina that it has acquired a large collection of Leonard’s papers and personal items.

Detroit News reporter Susan Whitall has a colorful account of how and why the Detroit-indebted Leonard chose this Southern institution over the University of Michigan. The collection includes a number of items the university is referring to as “realia” (typewriters, desk, Hawaiian shirts, etc.) and will reside alongside another collection connecting to a formative Leonard influence:

At one point in May 2013 [during Leonard's one and only visit to the University of South Carolina], gingerly holding a Hemingway first edition, Elmore told son Peter how he used to rewrite Hemingway stories “the way I’d want to do it,” with more of the humor he felt was lacking in his hero’s prose.

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Hearst Names Esquire.com and PopularMechanics.com Directors

Hearst Logo GHearst Magazines Digital Media has named John Sellers site director of Esquire.com and Thomas Houston site director of PopularMechanics.com.

Sellers most recently worked for New York as senior editor of Vulture.com. Prior to his time at New York, he worked at Time Out New York, The Wrap and more. Houston was a founding editor of The Verge. Most recently he served as assistant managing editor.

Sellers begins October 20 and Houston starts today. Both report to Kate Lewis, VP, content operations and editorial director of Hearst Magazines Digital Media.

HuffPost Partners with Leo Burnett

huffington postThe line between editorial and advertising continues to be blurred. Recognizing that, The Huffington Post has decided to just go ahead and cut to the chase by partnering with ad agency Leo Burnett.

Under the deal, staffers at HuffPost Partner Studio — the company’s in-house sponsored content team — will meet with Leo Burnett staffers to create ads, which will be used by the agency’s clients. The ads will also be featured on HuffPost and other AOL sites.

A recent survey found that 75 percent of US marketers intend to increase their content marketing spend, but that 70 percent found content creation a key challenge,” said Jimmy Maymann, HuffPost’s CEO, in a statement. “This partnership between The Huffington Post and Leo Burnett answers that clear market need. Together we will be able to offer brands a unique combination of award-winning creative talent and unparalleled expertise in developing, distributing and amplifying highly shareable brand content.”

Feel the excitement!

Condé Nast to Cut Between 70 and 80 Staffers

CondeNastLogoThe next few weeks are going to be a little tense at Condé Nast. According to the Wall Street Journal, 70 to 80 staffers — mostly on the publishing house’s ad side — are getting pink slips between now and the end of October.

The cuts are coming as Edward Menicheschi — who was named CMO and president in August — tries to tighten Condé’s belt. Menicheschi had previously served as Vanity Fair’s VP and publisher.

Menicheschi sure knows how to make his mark. This many layoffs would be the biggest round of cuts to hit Condé since 2012.

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