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Morning Media Newsfeed: Diller Regrets Newsweek | SI‘s Gay Player Scoop | Vieira Snubs Stelter

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Barry Diller Admits Buying Newsweek Was A Mistake (FishbowlNY)
The “Most Honest And Unintentionally Depressing Answer Of The Day” award goes to Barry Diller, IAC’s chairman. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Diller admits that buying Newsweek was a mistake, and even adds that the all-digital NewsBeast isn’t likely to succeed: “For a news magazine, which is a bit of an odd phrase today, it was not possible to print it any longer. We said we will offer digital products. We have a very solid newsroom. We will see. I do not have great expectations. I wish I had not bought Newsweek. It was a mistake.” Bloomberg Businessweek IAC doesn’t officially disclose financial figures for the Newsweek/Daily Beast unit. A person with direct knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg News in July the business would probably lose as much as $22 million in 2012. The publisher cut editorial jobs in December in an effort to hold down expenses.

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Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women List Loaded With Media Figures

Last evening, Forbes released their annual ranking of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women on their official website,  The list included 18 media and publishing personalities and made it clear that the women controlling the industry have no shortage of creativity, wealth, and executive power.  Take a look at the major players that Forbes recognized this year:

Oprah Winfrey, talk show host and media mogul, #3
Arianna Huffington, editor and co-Founder, Huffington Post, #28
Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief, Vogue, #56
Tina Brown, The Daily Beast, #34
Cathleen Black, chair, Hearst Magazines, #67
Janet Robinson, CEO, The New York Times, #85
Nikki Finke, founder, Deadline Hollywood Daily, #79
Suze Orman, author, CNBC host, #61
Rachael Ray, talk show host and author, #78
Meredith Viera, co-anchor, The Today Show, #40
Ellen DeGeneres, talk show host,  #10
Christiane Amanpour, news anchor, ABC’s This Week, #73
Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks; President,Disney/ABC TV Group #69
Katie Couric, anchor, CBS Evening News, #22
Diane Sawyer, news anchor, ABC’s World News, #46
Sarah Palin, television commentator, Fox News, #16
Rachel Maddow,  anchor, The Rachel Maddow Show, #50
Martha Stewart, talk show host, author, #99

The full list can be viewed in the Forbes October 25 issue, on newsstands today. 

Watch the Box: Investigate!


MSNBC rings in the holiday season with the Doc Block, but don’t expect any heartwarming programming about Toys for Tots campaigns or shopping-mall Santas with incurable diseases.

Meredith Viera hosts MSNBC Undercover: Sex Slaves in America. Dec. 3, at 11 p.m.

Gladiator Days: Anatomy of a Prison Murder Dec. 12 at 11 p.m. and examines the stabbing of a black inmate by a white supremacist in the Utah State Prison.

Discovery Times Channel becomes Investigation Discovery (ID), which makes sense as there’s no Times part left. The network will offer more fact-based investigative reporting to its current affairs content (meaning The FBI Files and Most Evil). Alas, no more Amanda Hesser and her painful delivery.

Cocktail Playdate Story Drives Meredith Vieira to Drink/Melissa Summers Tells FBLA Why


Meredith Vieira must regret the day she agreed to do the cocktail playdate segment. Based on a NY Times story about mothers who have a glass of wine while their kids play, the segment included a field piece, shot in Encino, with Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, author of Sippy Cups are not for Chardonnay. The in-studio guests were Dr. Janet Taylor, a pyschiatrist, and blogger Melissa Summers, inventor of the momtini.
Once in the studio, Vieira really went after Summers, who responded with a lot of eye rolling–she sounded fine, but looked pissed. Dr. Taylor, quite the professional guest, told the folks at home that moms who drink in front of their children are raising alcoholics. We exaggerate, but you get the idea. Vieira really should be ashamed of herself–not just for sandbagging Summers, but for doing such a feeble segment.

Producer Alicia Ybarbo, as well as Vieira, had worked on The View, where yelling and screaming spell tv magic. (Come to think of it, mommies who tipple would be a great show for The View.) Vieira, a founder of, asked Summers if she’d let a baby-sitter drink while on the job. Remember when Meredith Vieira used to be a journalist?

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