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Daily News Source Reaffirms Rivers Biopsy Claim

ShutterstockJoanRivers2011On Tuesday, New York Daily News TV editor Don Kaplan dropped a bombshell. According to his unnamed source, an impromptu biopsy was performed at Yorkville Endoscopy on Joan Rivers by a physician who accompanied the comedienne, and it was that procedure that sent her into cardiac arrest.

Wednesday, via Reuters and CNN, the clinic fired back, insisting that such a procedure has never been performed at the clinic. On Rivers or any other patient. However, today, Kaplan informed TV Week that his source remains adamant:

“Yes, our source is standing by the story,” said Kaplan via email, “as are others who have come forward with the same information.”

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Writer Thoroughly Commits to Matchmaking Service Story

TawkifyLogoWe were not familiar with the gilded matchmaking service Tawkify before reading Maggie Lange‘s fantastic first-person New York magazine narrative.

Lange agreed to give the company’s XY chromosome concierge-ing a whirl, and despite the failure of her chosen mate to identify himself by holding either a copy of the New York Times or New York Times Magazine, the date was headline-worthy. That’s because, to spice things up from the usual Starbucks drill, Lange and the guy went to Tiffany’s on their first date and pretended they were recently engaged!:

E. Jean [Carroll] is selling this Tiffany’s idea. She has given it an impressive title: “The Most Dangerous Date in New York.” It writes its own headline, she seems to indicate. Do I dare to shop dangerously at Tiffany’s with a man I’ve never met?…

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Once Again | Sad Tales | 100 Books

Barack Obama GTVNewser: President Obama said we’re going to bomb Iraq. Because that’s pretty much what all of our presidents do.

GalleyCat: If you’re in the mood for something depressing, there’s a book featuring stories from 20 children who lost a parent and one parent who lost a child during 9/11.

AllFacebook: Here are the top 100 books on Facebook. Unsurprisingly, Harry Potter kicks everyone’s ass.

Lena Dunham Makes Like a Statue

The headlines rolling out of the online preview of this weekend’s New York Times Magazine “Culture Issue” cover story by Meghan Daum have been pun-tastic. Perez Hilton thinks the Girls star is “Totally STONED,” while Refinery29 contributor Lauren Le Vine notes that Dunham got “Busted.”

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The New York Times has a more civilized way of describing this weekend’s cover. Most of the credit for this one belongs to the publication’s design director:

Jake Silverstein, the magazine’s editor, wanted to evoke classical art. The magazine’s design director, Gail Bichler, suggested turning Dunham into a sculpture, and Joanna Milter, deputy photo editor, had an idea for the artist to take that on: Victoria Diehl, a Spanish photographer who creates haunting hybrids of flesh and stone by melding images of human models and classical marble statues.

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Cover Battle: Elle or The New Republic

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Elle taking on The New Republic.

Elle’s latest issue features Lorde, who we hear is still searching for the Keymaster.

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WABC Colleagues Will #NeverForget Engineer Donald DiFranco

There remains a prominent place in the 9/11 anniversary thoughts of ABC 7 anchor Bill Ritter and station colleagues for the late Donald DiFranco. Here for example is how Ritter remembered DiFranco in a 2010 anniversary essay, re-published this week on the station’s website:

DiFranco, a member of the Eyewitness News team, was on the top of one of the towers when it was attacked. Don was an engineer – and his first thought after the plane crashed into the building 20 floors below him, was to call us and tell us we might be off the air because of the crash. That was what he worried about.

I hope only that Don didn’t suffer.

DiFranco is also front and center in the Twitter feeds of Ritter and others at ABC 7. This touching photo montage created by Kellie Tarsia was re-tweeted by Ritter:

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Time Promotes Two, Adds Three

Time_magazine_logoTime has promoted two staffers and added three. Details are below.

  • Lily Rothman has been promoted to archive editor. She most recently covered pop culture for the magazine and its website.
  • Reno Ong has been promoted to audience engagement and homepage editor in Hong Kong. For the past two years Ong has served as a copy editor in Hong Kong.
  • Alice Gabriner rejoins Time as international photo editor. She previously worked for Time’s photo department from 1999 to 2009. She left the magazine to become director of photography at the White House.
  • Mandy Oaklander joins Time’s health team as a writer and editor. She was most recently worked at Prevention.
  • Jack Linshi has been named a breaking news reporter and homepage editor. He graduated from Yale in May.

SpinMedia Cuts 19, Folds Vibe

The tumultuous times at SpinMedia continue. According to Capital New York, the company has laid off 19 staffers and has decided to fold Vibe.

Stephen Blackwell, SpinMedia’s CEO, said the cuts came mostly from the company’s video, photo, and sales divisions. On Monday, the company let go of Tom Morrissy, its chief revenue officer, after only five months.

The decision to fold Vibe comes almost exactly one year after SpinMedia’s previous CEO — Steve Hansen — announced he was resurrecting the title by printing four issues per year.

Blackwell said vibe.com will continue as a digital-only publication. ”When I look at what was going on here prior to my tenure, I think that some of the resources… if we’re directing resources toward print, that intrinsically means that we’re directing resources away from digital,” he told Capital New York. “I’m here to commit to directing all of our resources toward the digital side of Vibe.”

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Kate Lanphear Named Editor of Maxim

maxim logo GKate Lanphear — yes, a woman — has been named the new editor-in-chief of Maxim. Lanphear comes to the magazine from T: The New York Times Style Magazine, where she served as style director. Prior to her time at T, Lanphear served as Elle’s style director for four years.

The decision to hire Lanphear to run the most dude bro magazine of all time is interesting, to say the least. According to WWD, during her time at Elle, Lanphear “became a recognizable street style star.” What does that mean for Maxim? Well, we’re not quite sure, since we’re not really clear on what a “street style star” is or does. However! WWD makes it sound important, so perhaps Lanphear is going to try and class the joint up a bit.

This is just the latest noteworthy addition to the glossy since Sardar Biglari purchased it in March. In July, Kevin Martinez left Details to join Maxim as its publisher.

Is Maxim as we know it dead? And what will the new Maxim look like? Keep an eye out for its March issue. That will be the first one under Lanphear’s leadership.

CBS LA’s Jackie Johnson Channels The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

In 1964, Catherine Deneuve announced herself to the film world via the French musical drama The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. This month, CBS LA meteorologist Jackie Johnson and photographer Cliff Lipson have teamed for a playful, 50th-year anniversary tribute to the movie for a feature in CBS’ Watch! magazine. Here’s an exclusive first look at one of the article’s seven photos.

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The issue and this piece (“Ain’t No Sunshine Until She’s On”) is on its way to magazine subscribers this week and will hit newsstands September 23. Johnson is a woman of many talents, often sharing via Twitter and Instagram her latest painting and artful photo efforts.

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