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What People Are Saying About Newsweek Ending Print Edition

As you know, Newsweek has decided to end its print edition. We’re sad about it, but not everyone is. Below is a sampling of what people are saying about an icon going dark.

Howard Fineman, The Huffington Post:

I tweeted earlier today that I was going to be “ruminating” about the death of Newsweek and someone suggested that I ‘ruminate’ instead on the decline of ”News with a capital ‘N.”Well I have, and I don’t believe for a minute that one equals the other. We want to do excellent reporting and writing; the best way to honor a place such as Newsweek is to seek to match what it did in both.

Kevin Lincoln, BuzzFeed:

Critics suggested that Brown had lost her touch, but in fact the game had changed, and she was trying to do the impossible. Brown realized that the media ecosystem favored viral images, and her covers spread on blogs and the social web. But they failed to carry the cover stories, or the magazine, with them.

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The Huffington Post Fetes iPad Magazine ‘Huffington.’ At New York Shindig

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The Huffington Post held a garden party to celebrate the launch of its new iPad magazine, “Huffington,” Last night. FishbowlNY was there at the Gramercy Park Hotel rooftop bar, along with a few hundred of Arianna Huffington‘s friends, staffers and a few famous faces.

We spotted Huffington Post Media Group editorial director Howard Fineman, Huffington Post editor Roy Sekoff, HuffPost’s Pulitzer Prize winning reporter David Wood and NBC News president Steve Capus in the crowd, among other well-dressed and well-heeled guests.

Huffington and Tim O’Brien, who is overseeing the venture for the company, made brief remarks:

“You may be asking ‘why a magazine?’ well the answer is that now The Huffington Post has 1,500 stories a day, about 70 to 80 of them original, and we found that we needed to pull the best, and put them in a beautiful setting like jewels, so that you could enjoy them when you had time over the weekend,” Huffington said. “It is the difference between a one-night stand and a long getaway weekend where you really get to know someone.”

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33 New Patch Sites to Launch in Preparation for Upcoming Election

AOL’s hyperlocal news website – Patch – is going to take advantage of the 2012 presidential election. AOL plans to add 33 sites, including ones in Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire, states where voting starts earlier. It’s also expanding the Huffington Post’s Washington, D.C. site.

According to Bloomberg, Howard Fineman, Editorial Director for The Huffington Post, even added that the site might sponsor a presidential debate. “We’re talking about it, and we’re talking to potential partners,” he said.

There are currently over 800 Patch sites, and that’s without counting the 33 new ones. And all the sites have been losing tons of money. So we have to wonder when the expansion is going to stop. Sure there’s some press to be had from the election, but at what cost?

Andrew Breitbart, Among Others, Now Writing for Huffington Post

Huffington Post announced a bunch of huge hires today. First off, former LA Times features editor John Montorio is now HuffPo‘s new editor of culture and entertainment. Howard Fineman has been named editorial director of the newly formed Huffington Post Media Group. And out of left field, Twitter founder Biz Stone will now officially work with HuffPo/AOL to “advise on social impact and cause-based initiatives, develop a platform to facilitate people doing service in their communities, rally other companies to invest in and deploy best corporate practices, and create and develop a video series spotlighting leading companies and executives at the forefront of philanthropy and corporate responsibility.”

Big news. But we want to talk about something else. Andrew Breitbart is now blogging for Huffington Post. Here’s the first graph of his very first post.

The latest James O’Keefe success story against NPR has taken a predictable pattern — panicked press releases and firings, followed by denunciation of O’Keefe in a belated attempt to discredit him. Naturally, conservatives are crowing about it, but I wanted to give a little perspective to those Huffington Post readers — whatever your political stripe — who share my passion for free speech, honest debate, and fairness in the media.

Yes, not only is the conservative agitator now blogging on the formerly iconographic liberal website, he’s using the site to credit his propensity for “honest debate.”

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Howard Kurtz Leaves Washington Post For The Daily Beast

Our sister site TVNewser is reporting that Howard Kurtz is leaving the Washington Post for… wait for it… The Daily Beast. Kurtz will become Washington bureau chief for the site in addition to his current duties as the host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources”.

An interesting note on media clusterfudgery: The Daily Beast, founded by Tina Brown, is backed by IAC. IAC has been rumored to be in talks with Newsweek, which was recently purchased by audio mogul Sidney Harman from The Washingonton Post Co, the parent company, of course, of the Washington Post.

Kurtz is the latest star reporter to make the shift from print to new media, with Howard Fineman, formerly of Newsweek, recently leaving the news magazine to become The Huffington Post’s senior political editor.

Mickey Kaus Moves to Newsweek

480kausnnnnlao.jpgOn the same day we find out that Howard Fineman is leaving Newsweek after 30 years for Huffpo we find out that former Slate blogger turned failed Senate candidate Mickey Kaus is moving to Newsweek.

“I’ve moved my blog to Newsweek,” Kaus tells FBLA. “But I said I’d tell you as soon as it was a deal, which it was about an hour ago.”

Yeah, you promised you’d tell us. That was after we overheard you promising Kevin Roderick you’d tell him the news first. Hmph.

Congrats Mickey!

Howard Fineman Goes to Huffpo

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After only 30 years at Newsweek, reporter Howard Fineman is going to Huffington Post.

NYT reports:

Mr. Fineman’s move from a print medium to online news is a sign that The Huffington Post, which has until now heavily relied on young bloggers, is maturing. And it signals that the site, which has become one of the largest news destinations on the Web since it started in 2005, is investing significantly in its growth.

This could explain why Facebook says he has too many friend requests, the equivalent would be a voicemail box being full, so he can’t accept any new requests. Hint.

We don’t know who we should congratulate more – Fineman or Huffpo – but this is no lateral move for Huffpo. This puts the site on a whole new level.

Shots From Today’s Daily Beast Inaugural Brunch

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The Daily Beast and Morning Joe crews jointly hosted a well-attended (though tricky to-get-to courtesy of a myriad of road blocks) brunch this morning at the Council on Foreign Relations building. While plenty of bold-faces mingled the room imbibing “Obamimosas” and quiche, the star of the hour had to be David Axlerod whose hand everyone wanted to shake.

We bumped into Peggy Noonan who told us that after the pilot on her US Airways flight from New York yesterday came on to announce they were departing for Washington D.C. the entire plane had burst into applause.

Jay Carney
, who is departing Time to be Joe Biden‘s director of communications showed us his transition Blackberry (they get a new one next Tuesday) and said that there will be no AIMing in the Vice President’s office, either (Joe will have to give up his Berry, also). He also said that he doesn’t foresee himself coming back to news reporting after his stint in the government, though “maybe as a columnist.” Of course what journalism will look like in four to eight years is anyone’s guess! Pics from the brunch after the jump.

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Jews, Mexicans, Blind Black Musicians: Imus’ History Of Hate Talk

imus_rutgers_hos.jpgThe Imus-’Nappy ‘Hos’ incident on April 4 may have shocked people like Al Sharpton, but it shouldn’t have shocked WFAN, MSNBC or the show’s listeners whatsoever.

A recent history [via Media Matters] of hate-talk:

  • March 27

    Former Imus sports announcer Sid Rosenberg appeared on the program and referenced a story in the New York Daily News headlined “Serena Shocked by Racist Heckler.” Rosenberg commented, “I was on an airplane,” suggesting that he could not have been the one heckling professional tennis player Serena Williams.

  • March 16

    Executive producer Bernard McGuirk, performing as his character “Cardinal Egan,” said that “the whole nation is talking about” reports of a “young colored fellah pretty much deckin’ the old bag from New York and takin’ away some of her money.” McGuirk continued: “I’m speaking, of course, about [Sens.] Barack Obama [D-IL] and Hillary Clinton [D-NY].”

  • March 6

    McGuirk said that Hillary was “trying to sound black in front of a black audience” when she gave a speech on March 4 in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march. McGuirk added that Clinton “will have cornrows and gold teeth before this fight with Obama is over.” Earlier in the program, in reference to Clinton’s speech, McGuirk had said, “Bitch is gonna be wearing cornrows.” McGuirk also said that Clinton will be “giving Crips signs during speeches.” The Crips are a Los Angeles-based street gang.

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    Arianna In Our In Box

    ariannahp.jpgIt’s a rare thing for the HuffPo to pimp one of their columns to us. Rarer, still, for it to be one of Arianna’s own. But this one takes the media to task. And what better place to do that than on mediabistro.com?

    Her column, with its post-modern headline, The Mainstream Media’s Take on Iraq: Right, Left… And Dead Wrong, suggests that the media are too busy trying to frame the Iraq war in terms of partisan politics. Her premise is that journalists believe anti-war sentiment is just the stuff of Prius-driving, sea-turtle lovers, while everyone who spent the morning in church yesterday wants to kill A-rabs with their teeth.

    “Divorced from the reality of what’s going on in Iraq. Wedded to a deluded perception of the war. Unwilling to acknowledge widespread and irrefutable evidence to the contrary. Sound like anyone you know? No, I’m not talking about President Bush — though it’s certainly true of him as well. I’m talking about the mainstream media, and their relentless depiction of the Iraq war as a left/right issue, even as the facts give lie to this hoary framing.”

    Huffington goes after big game: Howard Fineman, Candy Crowley and Judy Woodruff.

    Seriously? You’re surprised that the media are unraveling the very fabric of democracy out of sheer laziness and an unyielding adherence to manufactured story lines? Isn’t that why you started a blog?

    Either you’re playing coy or you’re the one divorced from reality.