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NY Post Settles ‘Bag Men’ Lawsuit

NY_NYP122-277x300The New York Post has finally paid for its idiotic and disgusting decision to imply that Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi were responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing. The two men sued the Post after it published a cover labeling them “Bag Men.” That lawsuit was just settled, according to The Associated Press.

When the Post cover hit newsstands, little information was known about who committed the terrorist attack. Barhoum and Zaimi immediately felt the wrath of people who wrongfully blamed them after seeing their faces plastered on the cover of the paper.

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Cover Battle: Sports Illustrated Wins

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. Typically, we ask you to choose which magazine covers you like best, but this week we’re doing this differently.

The above is Sports Illustrated’s Boston Strong cover, which included about  3,000 Boston residents. When we learned that SI was asking the city’s residents to show up at the Boston Marathon finish line for a cover shoot, we figured it’d be a good one. It is, and that’s why we’re crowning SI this week’s champ.

Sports Illustrated to Shoot Next Cover at Boston Marathon Finish Line

This is pretty cool: Sports Illustrated is inviting Boston residents to be part of its next cover shoot. The magazine will be conducting the shoot this Saturday at 7:00 am, on the corner of Boylston and Dartmouth, the finish line of the 2014 Boston Marathon.

The SI cover will hit newsstands April 16, one day after the year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. The 2014 Boston Marathon will take place on April 21.

The magazine is encouraging people who come to the shoot to wear Boston-centric clothing. Boston first responders and Mayor Marty Walsh will also be part of the event.

“Boston Strong is a story about people, ordinary people doing extraordinary things, ordinary people doing ordinary things,” said the magazine’s managing editor, Chris Stone. “SI’s creative director, Chris Hercik, believed the best way to tell this story a year later was to bring all those people, or as many as possible, into a single photo at the finish line. If you look at last year’s cover photo, you see all that empty space all the way down Boylston Street filled by smoke and that backdrop of chaos and destruction. This year’s photo fills those spaces with the Bostonians who wrote the Boston Strong story.”

NY Times on Rolling Stone Cover: Everyone Chill, Yo

The New York Times’ editorial board is sticking up for the Rolling Stone cover featuring the alleged Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. In an editorial, the paper essentially says that everyone needs to chill out.

Since Rolling Stone’s cover (which shows Tsarnaev looking very Jim Morrison-like) hit the Internet, the outrage has been increasing. Walgreens even came out and said they wouldn’t sell the issue. Walgreens sells Campbell’s Chunky Soup. That’s much more dangerous than a Tsarnaev selfie.

The Times says as much, and adds that the same photo used by Rolling Stone appeared plenty of other places, including the Times:

…Singling out one magazine issue for shunning is over the top, especially since the photo has already appeared in a lot of prominent places, including the front page of this newspaper, without an outcry. As any seasoned reader should know, magazine covers are not endorsements.

The paper also notes that “Thanks to the outcry on social media and the reactions of a few timid merchants, this issue should sell quite well.”

Rolling Stone Boston Marathon Bombing Cover Ignites Controversy [Update]

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, rock star? That’s what some people are wondering after seeing the latest cover of Rolling Stone. Tsarnaev appears on the front, and we must admit, the photo does remind us a little of Jim Morrison.

The reaction to the glossy seemingly knowingly portraying an accused terrorist as a celebrity has been swift and intense. Many people on Twitter chimed in that the cover was extremely offensive and said that they would never buy another issue of Rolling Stone. Countless more blasted the title for minimizing the victims and the families of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Of course this isn’t the first time Rolling Stone has featured an (alleged) mass murderer on its cover. In 1970, Charles Manson graced the front of the magazine with copy labeling him as “The Most Dangerous Man Alive:”

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Keith Olbermann Will Return to ESPN (NYT)
ESPN is expected to announce on Wednesday that the former network mainstay Keith Olbermann, who contentiously departed in 1997, will return to host a one-hour, nightly show for ESPN2 later this year, according to three executives with knowledge of the deal but not authorized to speak about it publicly. Olbermann, 54, became renowned for co-anchoring ESPN’s SportsCenter with Dan Patrick — arguably the most auspicious pairing in the history of the show or the network. THR The show will originate from the ABC News Nightline studio overlooking Times Square. The two-year contract returns the erstwhile SportsCenter anchor to the network where he rose to stardom as an erudite and skilled sports commentator. His pairing with Dan Patrick on SportsCenter was among the most popular and memorable in the long history of the franchise. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Olbermann had expressed interest in returning to ESPN as early as March, though network president John Skipper said at the time he was not “prepared” to bring the commentator back. HuffPost Olbermann recently signed a deal to host TBS’ studio coverage of Major League Baseball alongside Hall of Fame pitcher and analyst Dennis Eckersley in Atlanta; it’s unclear if that gig will be affected by his new one. Variety Olbermann has been out of work for 15 months since parting with Current (receiving a substantial severance package), an exit that fueled the perception of him as someone with a penchant for leaving jobs rather abruptly, and often under acrimonious circumstances. Still, he has maintained ties to his admirers via outlets such as social media, where he still commands close to 450,000 followers on Twitter.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: NY Post Sued | Greenwald in Spotlight | Drama During Today Show


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Mass. Pair Sues New York Post Over Marathon Bombing Portrayal
(Boston Globe)
A Massachusetts teenager and his 24-year-old friend filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Post Wednesday in Boston, accusing the tabloid of falsely portraying them as suspects in the deadly Marathon bombings by plastering their photograph on the front page under the headline, “Bag Men.” The lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court said the photographs and articles published three days after the bombings made it appear that FBI agents were pursuing Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi, avid runners watching the Marathon. Poynter / MediaWire Barhoum is a 16-year-old high school student in Revere, Mass., the Globe reports, and Zaimi “works at a financial services firm while studying business part time.” Both men enjoy running. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer The Post, well practiced in strongly suggesting things without coming right out and saying them, was deliberate in its wording, which could make the case hard to win: The story read, “Investigators probing the deadly Boston Marathon bombings are circulating photos of two men spotted chatting near the packed finish line… Meanwhile, officials have identified two potential suspects who were captured on surveillance videos taken shortly before the deadly blasts… It was not immediately clear if the men in the law-enforcement photos are the same men in the surveillance videos.” FishbowlNY The pair are accusing the Post of libel, but also “negligent infliction of emotional distress,” and invasion of privacy. Barhoum and Zaimi seek damages and an unknown monetary compensation. We hope they’re asking for a lot and they get every penny. Read more

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Mass. Pair Sues New York Post Over Marathon Bombing Portrayal
(Boston Globe)
A Massachusetts teenager and his 24-year-old friend filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Post Wednesday in Boston, accusing the tabloid of falsely portraying them as suspects in the deadly Marathon bombings by plastering their photograph on the front page under the headline, “Bag Men.” The lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court said the photographs and articles published three days after the bombings made it appear that FBI agents were pursuing Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi, avid runners watching the Marathon. Poynter / MediaWire Barhoum is a 16-year-old high school student in Revere, Mass., the Globe reports, and Zaimi “works at a financial services firm while studying business part time.” Both men enjoy running. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer The Post, well practiced in strongly suggesting things without coming right out and saying them, was deliberate in its wording, which could make the case hard to win: The story read, “Investigators probing the deadly Boston Marathon bombings are circulating photos of two men spotted chatting near the packed finish line… Meanwhile, officials have identified two potential suspects who were captured on surveillance videos taken shortly before the deadly blasts… It was not immediately clear if the men in the law-enforcement photos are the same men in the surveillance videos.” FishbowlNY The pair are accusing the Post of libel, but also “negligent infliction of emotional distress,” and invasion of privacy. Barhoum and Zaimi seek damages and an unknown monetary compensation. We hope they’re asking for a lot and they get every penny.

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New York Post ‘Bag Men’ Suing Paper

Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi — the two people The New York Post stupidly labeled “Bag Men” and wrongly suspected Boston Marathon bombing suspects — are suing the newspaper for libel. We figured it was only a matter of time, considering shortly after the incident, Barhoum’s father lawyered up.

According to The Boston Globe, the court filing against the tabloid explains, “The front page would lead a reasonable reader to believe that plaintiffs had bombs in their bags, that they were involved in causing the Boston Marathon bombing,” which then subjected Barhoum and Zaimi to “scorn, hatred, ridicule, or contempt in the minds of a considerable and respectable segment of the community.”

The pair are accusing the Post of libel, but also “negligent infliction of emotional distress,” and invasion of privacy.

Barhoum and Zaimi seek damages and an unknown monetary compensation. We hope they’re asking for a lot and they get every penny.

A Lot of Media Companies Posted Record Web Traffic Last Month

As of right now, we know of four media companies that posted record web traffic numbers last month. This is entirely due to the Boston Marathon bombings. FishbowlNY saw traffic spike too!

See, when big news happens, people want to read about it. So they hop on the information superhighway and cruise for sites. It’s not as sexy as it sounds. Then, after the traffic slows down, media companies want to brag about their traffic, as if they were the only one who saw increases. But they weren’t! Companies can be so silly.

Sometimes web traffic is worth noting; most times it isn’t. Because we’ve been getting flooded with companies boasting about their numbers last month, we created a generic, blanket statement congratulating them. If you’re a media reporter, feel free to copy this and use it.

Hello web reader. Last month, [MEDIA COMPANY] posted record web traffic numbers. [MEDIA COMPANY'S WEBSITE] received [VERY HIGH NUMBER] unique visitors and [ANOTHER VERY HIGH NUMBER] page views, which represented a [VERY HIGH PERCENTAGE HOPEFULLY BUT IT DOESN'T MATTER BECAUSE THIS IS RELATIVE] increase over last April.

[IMPORTANT PERSON AT MEDIA COMPANY] said that the traffic was a result of [SOMETHING VAGUE BUT SORT OF INTERESTING SOUNDING]. “[BORING QUOTE FROM IMPORTANT PERSON THAT NO ONE WILL READ].”

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