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Cover Battle: Mental Floss or Time Out New York

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features Mental Floss taking on Time Out New York. Mental Floss’ latest issue features several ice cubes that made us think of bourbon. Yes, we realize that probably means we’re alcoholics.

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Howard Stern Calls In to Jenny McCarthy’s SiriusXM Debut

With Perez Hilton sitting in-studio as Jenny McCarthy‘s guest, Howard Stern called in from the car to help kick-start the first edition of her new program Dirty, Sexy, Funny. Fyi, the audio below is Not Safe for Work.

Stern loves to give others wise ratings advice. Off the top, he told McCarthy that instead of debating whether every man is a “little bit gay,” she should be talking about her days with Jim Carrey.

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Airbnb Logo Makes the Wrong Kind of Headlines

According to BBC News, a seven-member team at London’s DesignStudio worked on the new Airbnb logo for a period of a year.

Surely, during that time, the agency group was not hoping to generate headlines of reaction to “Bélo” like these:

Everyone Thinks Airbnb’s New Logo Looks Like A Vagina (Except Airbnb)

The New Airbnb Logo is a Sexual Rorschach Test for Our Times

Yes, Airbnb’s New Logo Looks Like a Butt. That’s Kind of the Point

Is Airbnb’s New Logo a Vagina? No, But In a Way Yes

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Daily News Calls Mayor an ‘Ass’

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The New York Daily News has had it with Mayor de Blasio. The paper — along with Liam Neeson — desperately (and sort of weirdly) wants the mayor to allow the carriage horses to continue their work in Central Park. De Blasio, meanwhile, wants to replace them with electric cars.

To prove how many people care about the horses, the Daily News dropped 40,000 signed petitions at the mayor’s office. When de Blasio sent an aide to pick them up instead of doing so himself, the staff at the Daily News lost their minds. The result? Today’s front page.

Hey, at least they called him “Mr. Mayor.” Could have been worse.

THR Adds Staffer, NY Times Expands Editorial Board

A couple moves to note this morning, involving The Hollywood Reporter and The New York Times. Details are below.

  • Chris Gardner is joining THR as a staff writer. He’ll contribute to the magazine’s Rambling Reporter section. He comes to the magazine from MSN.
  • Ernesto Londoño is joining the New York Times editorial board. He most recently worked for The Washington Post as a Pentagon correspondent. At the Times, Londoño will write about foreign affairs.

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Morning Media Newsfeed: News Crews Witness Airstrike | Time Warner Stock Surges

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NBC News Crew Witnesses Gaza Airstrike (TVNewser)
NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin and his crew witnessed an Israeli airstrike that killed four children at a port in Gaza Wednesday. Mohyeldin, who was also caught in the crossfire as Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets on crowds in East Jerusalem earlier this month, called in to the West Coast edition of Today to describe what he saw, saying it was “a chaotic scene.” TVNewser Hours later, it was chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel who reported the story for Nightly News. FishbowlDC On Wednesday afternoon’s The Lead With Jake Tapper, the CNN host spoke over the phone with the Wall Street Journal’s Middle East correspondent Nick Casey for what proved to be a very intense interview. Casey was located near where the strike took place. Mashable The four children were killed by Israeli airstrikes that hit in close proximity to al-Deira Hotel, a Gaza City hotel full of foreign journalists. The attack came at around 4 p.m. local time and appeared to be the result of a naval shell. At least two additional children were injured, according to local reports. THR The BBC has defended its coverage of the latest Israeli air strikes in Gaza among accusations that the British public broadcaster is too pro-Israeli in its reporting on the region’s escalating conflict. The conflict has been the subject of extensive BBC news coverage, but a prominent pro-Palestine group claims the broadcaster’s programs have been systematically “entirely devoid of context or background.” The Palestine Solidarity Campaign posted an online open letter to BBC director general Tony Hall criticizing the broadcaster for not illustrating what it considers key aspects of the conflict.

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The Media Mob Featuring Bob Barnett and Jack Kliger | Disney’s Fabulous New Foodie

Lunch At MichaelsIf you were to find the appropriate food metaphor for a Wednesdays at Michael’s I’d say it’s a tasty stew served hot with a number of surprise ingredients that can spice things up at a moment’s notice. That’s precisely what happened today when I was joined by passionate foodie and patron saint of farmers everywhere Tessa Edick, founder of FarmOn!, a 501 (c)3 organization, which she launched in 2011 and which was recently featured on Forbes.com. She describes FarmOn! as ”a social responsibility that supports the local food system and funds educational opportunities in agricultural for students pursuing farm-related careers.” In short, Tessa’s mission through FarmOn! is to get the world — or at least all of New York — starting with the Hudson Valley — to recognize the important role farmers (who she calls “starmers” — get it?). My pal, the tireless and terrific Judy Twersky brought us together along with Beyond PR Group’s partner Beth Feldman today and believe me, I learned more about where the food we eat comes from than I could ever hope to tell you in the time allotted to write this column. My head was spinning like never before by the time we said our goodbyes. Trust me, I’ll never buy a container of hard-boiled eggs while driving on the New Jersey Turnpike again.

Tessa Edick and Diane Clehane

Tessa Edick and Diane Clehane

Dynamic Tessa is a one-woman empire who has an exciting new deal with Disney (more on that later), has a new book out in September (ditto) and is sure to be a name you’ll know, if you don’t already, very soon. Born and raised in upstate New York, Tessa told me she was born with a passion for food that was nurtured by her Italian-born mother (her great grandparents owned a dairy farm). Despite growing up in an economically depressed area, she and her siblings were “happy and healthy” due in large part, she says, to the way they ate food purchased from local farmers. But, she explained, as she grew older she wanted a life away from the country and went off in search of ”glamour and success” in the big city. At 27, she returned to her roots and started her own food company, Sauces n’ Love with her ex-husband (she sold the company to him in 2010). Just as Tessa was extolling the many virtues of buying from your local farmer (or, at the very least, knowing where the food you are eating comes from), proprietor Michael McCarty sauntered over to our table. When I introduced him to Tessa and told him about her mission on behalf of the farmers, he told us he was once a duck farmer way back when in 1976 when he had the first foie gras farm in the United States. Small world, no?

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Lively Levi’s | Keep Trying | New Guy

levi's logoAgencySpy: Levi’s latest campaign asks that you lead an interesting life so your jeans don’t get bored. Wouldn’t denim be pleased with basically anything beyond sitting and going unwashed for seven years?

AllFacebook: You can now use any name you want when signing up for Google Plus. You have to admit, Google is pretty cute trying to keep that social network alive.

UnBeige: MoMA has a new chief curator of architecture and design.

Trial-by-Twitter Commences for Boston Radio Host Kirk Minihane [Updated]

Dennis&CallahanBannerCommenting on the erupting controversy stemming from a Boston radio host’s on-air description of Erin Andrews as a “gutless bitch,” Mediaite’s Joe Concha writes:

So what will happen to Kirk Minihane? He not only attacked a female reporter and called her a bitch twice, but it was Erin Andrews — she of filmed-through-a-hotel-room-peep-hole-infamy. Rest assured that trial-by-Twitter will now commence, and it won’t be pretty by the time the mob gets done with Minihane and those who employ him.

For the latest real-time Twitter testimony and cross-examination, click here. At press time, the social reaction includes:

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