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Andrew Sullivan Splits from The Daily Beast, Charges for Content [Update]

Andrew Sullivan, one of The Daily Beast’s biggest names, is leaving. Sullivan explained today that he and his blogging team are leaving the company and setting up their own (Dish Publishing LLC) and will ask readers to pay to view the content.

From now until February 1, The Dish will remain under The Daily Beast’s umbrella. After that it will shift to andrewsullivan.com and the posts will be subscriber only. The rate will be $19.99 per year, although Sullivan notes that people can pay more if they want. The new site will also be completely dependent on reader support, which is a pretty daring thing to do.

“Here’s the core principle: we want to create a place where readers — and readers alone — sustain the site,” wrote Sullivan. “No bigger media companies will be subsidizing us; no venture capital will be sought to cushion our transition (unless my savings count as venture capital); and, most critically, no advertising will be getting in the way.”

“If this model works,” continued Sullivan, “We’ll have proof of principle that a small group of writers and editors can be paid directly by readers, and that an independent site, if tended to diligently, can grow an audience large enough to sustain it indefinitely.”

That’s a gigantic “if.”

Update (1:55 pm):
The new site will be a “metered” system, like the New York Times. Readers will be able to view a certain amount of articles per month for free, and then be asked to pay. The system will be triggered by those readers clicking on “the jump.” Inbound links to his site won’t count toward the total.

Why Didn’t Anderson Cooper Come Out as Gay Sooner? Journalism.

The big news today is that Anderson Cooper has finally stepped out of the glass closet. While the newsman has never denied his homosexuality, until now he’d never publicly acknowledged it either.

His reasons for staying mum on the subject, despite being out to friends, family, and colleagues, went beyond a basic desire for privacy. Cooper felt that keeping a low profile helped him be a better journalist. As he explains to Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Beast:

Since I started as a reporter in war zones 20 years ago, I’ve often found myself in some very dangerous places. For my safety and the safety of those I work with, I try to blend in as much as possible, and prefer to stick to my job of telling other people’s stories, and not my own. I have found that sometimes the less an interview subject knows about me, the better I can safely and effectively do my job as a journalist.

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Anderson Cooper: ‘I’m Gay’

Anderson Cooper has come out. In an email to his friend Andrew Sullivan, Cooper said “The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”

Cooper explained that he had not said anything on the subject before because he felt it would negatively impact his ability to cover some stories. His feelings, however, recently began to change:

It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something — something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.

“In a perfect world, I don’t think it’s anyone else’s business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted,” added Cooper.

Somewhere, Rachel Maddow is probably smiling.

Baldwin, Cooper and Republican Strategist Blaze July Media Trail

In the space of just a few hours today, all media hell has broken loose. On what was supposed to be a lazy holiday-week Monday.

Via Daily Beast email-share exclusive, Andrew Sullivan has officially confirmed CNN newsman Anderson Cooper’s sexual orientation. In a tease for their August issue interview cover story by Todd S. Purdum, Vanity Fair dangles a hellacious quote from Alec Baldwin about TMZ’s Harvey Levin. And on the front page of the LA Times, Republican TV ad guru Fred Davis reveals to reporter Mark Barabak that Obama regrets, he’s had a few.

Add in the Cruise-Holmes mess and this is about the wackiest July media kickoff in recent memory. Without even counting New York-based Susan Candiotti’s weekend CNN bomshell about some apparent Penn State, e-mail cover-up orchestration.

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Newsweek Calls Obama ‘The First Gay President’

There’s no boob on the cover of the latest Newsweek (though Republican’s might disagree), so it’s not as attention-grabbing as Time’s recent work, but still, calling President Barack Obama “The First Gay President” will likely cause some drama.

If you’re done gazing at the cover we suggest you check out the inside, where Andrew Sullivan has a powerful piece about Obama’s announcement:

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Sarah Palin and Newsweek Are Perfect for Each Other

Last month, Sarah Palin blasted Newsweek for publishing the article, “Why Are Obama’s Critics So Dumb?” by Andrew Sullivan. She called Sullivan a “kook” and obviously missed the point of the piece. Fine. This is what she does — laments the “lame stream media” without ever understanding what she’s talking about. But today Palin has an article in Newsweek, about raising her son Trig. What changed? Nothing, really.

Palin, who was finally fading from the headlines, had a chance to put herself back in them with an article that someone else most likely wrote for her. One would think that if she was so angry at Newsweek she wouldn’t give the magazine the satisfaction, but that’s not the way she operates. Palin has shown for years now that she will do anything to remain in the press, so why not?

For Newsweek this was a no brainer (pun fully intended). The magazine under Tina Brown has been all about attention-grabbing items, and getting Palin to pen an article for the very magazine she recently attacked is par for the course.

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Sarah Palin Dislikes Newsweek, Kooks

Sarah Palin has joined the masses of people heaving attacks at Newsweek and its cover piece, “Why Are Obama’s Critics So Dumb?” which was written by Andrew Sullivan. The Cutline reports that Palin tweeted to Newsweek, “Know what’s truly ‘dumb’? Giving a cover story to the Trig Truther conspiracy kook writer who thinks I didn’t give birth to my son.”

Palin was referring to Sullivan doubting that she was truly Trig’s mother. Sullivan responded to Palin that he didn’t know what she was talking about:

I have no idea, as I have said time and time again, whether Sarah Palin gave birth to Trig, and have never written such a thing. All I ever asked for a person who could become president was some basic evidence for her insane story, like medical records that most candidates have no problem providing. She never provided any, and preferred to withdraw from seeking public office rather than do so.

Of course, no response to the substance. She doesn’t do substance. Neither, it seems, does much of the rightwing blogosphere.

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Another Newsweek Cover Controversy?

Newsweek’s January 23 cover features President Obama with the accompanying headline:  “Why Are Obama’s Critics So Dumb?”

The piece, written by Andrew Sullivan, examines the middle-of-the-road politics of the President.

Doesn’t really matter though.

It’s the headline that’s got some circles riled up.  Heck, things just wouldn’t be right if Fox News didn’t shoot back on its show The Five with a segment entitled, “Why Are Newsweek Editors So Dumb?

But isn’t attention the purpose of it all? Mission accomplished.

Daily Beast TV to Launch in November

The Daily Beast TV program that we told you about back in July is finally nearing its launch. According to Adweek, the online talk show is debuting in November, and while details are scarce, Tina Brown apparently knows enough to make use of Andrew Sullivan to grab some viewers. He’ll be taking his “Ask Andrew Anything” segment, which is pretty self-explanatory, to the new venture.

Daily Beast TV is being helmed by some TV minds too, with Susie Banikarim and David Wharton — both formerly of ABC News — working behind the scenes.

Other than that, we know that Lexus is going to be a launch sponsor, and Brown is already tired of people referencing her previous failed TV venture, “Topic A with Tina Brown.” Which means she’s probably going to be extremely annoyed if Daily Beast TV tanks.

The Atlantic Does Well Without Andrew Sullivan

When Andrew Sullivan left The Atlantic for The Daily Beast/Newsweek in late February, it was worth wondering just how much it would negatively impact The Atlantic. Sullivan’s writing was a major draw for The Atlantic’s website, but as Forbes notes, he hasn’t been missed that much:

In April — the first full month sans Sullivan — the site had its second-best month yet, traffic wise, says Bob Cohn, editorial director of Atlantic Digital. According to internal data, it drew 5.1 million uniques, more than 25 percent above its 2010 average of 3.9 million.

While that’s good for The Atlantic, we would bet that whatever traffic Sullivan is bringing The Daily Beast has been good for it as well. Essentially, everyone is a winner. And with that, we’ve reached our weekly quota for annoyingly positive thoughts. You’re welcome.

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