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Michael Bloomberg is the Best and You Know It

Since his days as our Mayor, Michael Bloomberg has been doing his best to stay busy. Earlier this year he reinserted himself at Bloomberg LP, he funded an African media initiative, and now he’s taking on the NRA. This is a man who doesn’t enjoy idle hands.

According to the New York Times, Bloomberg is dedicating $50 million to motivate gun control advocates to not only vote, but to punish those who don’t support their cause, much like the NRA does. It’s a valiant plan, and Bloomberg knows it. In fact, while we love the idea, it’s Bloomberg’s self-love that is endearing and hilarious at the same time.

When the Times asked Bloomberg if his image as a rich, former Mayor of New York who banned such American staples as too much salt and gigantic soft drinks, he was nonplussed.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Michael Wolff Hates Everything, Volume 7,459

As anyone who follows the media beat knows, Michael Wolff pretty much hates everything, and that’s what makes him sort of fun. He’ll pan anyone and everything having to do with media, no matter who they are or how successful a company has been in the past. Nothing matters, because everything is terrible. Wolff is so grumpy that if given the chance, he’d pen a 2,500 word column on the downfall of ice cream. “The cone strategy is flawed! Sprinkles don’t resonate with today’s youth!”

The latest display of Wolff’s all world hate happened during a talk with Hearst Magazines’ president, David Carey. Here are just some of the people and companies that Wolff blasted, via Digiday:

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Let’s Make Fun of Media Elite’s First Tweets

Twitter has launched a great site — first-tweet.com — that will embarrass any user. Naturally we thought this would be a great opportunity to make fun of some media elite.

First-tweet is self-explanatory — it allows you to see any public users’ first tweet. Most of them are boring, but some — like the ones below — are worth pointing out. Oh, and in case you’re wondering — your FishbowlNY editors’ first tweets were fantastic.

First Tweets from Media Mavens

Rupert Murdoch was still grappling with basic English when he sent his first tweet.

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Dr. Ruth Has a Question for Michael Bloomberg

Katie Couric, via a new Tumblr blog, has been keeping readers posted about tomorrow’s big Yahoo debut. The global anchor solicited questions from readers for her conversation with Michael Bloomberg and today shared this post-taping photo from the United Nations (Bloomberg was recently appointed special envoy for cities and climate change):

Katie Couric/Michael Bloomberg

Couric thanked everyone for the suggested interview questions and has been sharing some of her favorites. Among the highlighted selections is this one from Dr. Ruth Westheimer:

Is he going to keep fighting for more gun control? I’m not a stranger to guns as I was a sniper in the Israeli underground, but too many people are dying from guns in this country.

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Bill Gates Tops Forbes’ ‘Richest People on The Planet’ List

bill-gates-speaks-out-about-windows-8-video-bc90b4f0b8Bill Gates is back on top. Forbes has named the 58-year-old Microsoft founder the richest person on the planet, a spot he had lost to Carlos Slim for the past four years.

Gates is now worth $76 billion. He’s followed closely by Slim, worth $72 billion. Rounding out the top five Richest People on the Planet list are Amancio Ortega ($64 billion), Warren Buffett ($58 b) and Larry Ellison ($48 b).

Below are some other highlights from the Forbes list. Click here for the entire thing. But only do so if you enjoy being jealous.

  • 172 women made the list, the most ever
  • David Thomson, chairman of Reuters, is the richest media person. He’s worth $22 billion. Michael Bloomberg is ranked 16 overall, worth $33 billion. Rupert Murdoch is ranked 78 overall, worth $13 billion.
  • Mark Zuckerberg was the year’s biggest gainer. His net worth jumped from $15 billion to $28 billion.

Bloomberg View Revamps Site, Adds Custom URL

Bloomberg View, the opinion arm of Bloomberg News, is growing up. The site now has its own URL (Bloombergview.com) and a brand new look.

The revamped View features responsive design which David Shipley, senior executive editor of the site, hopes will highlight its columnists.

“This updated website is the natural progression of our growth in the opinion space,” said Shipley, in a statement. “Bloomberg View’s reach has grown steadily since our inception nearly three years ago, and the redesign mirrors our evolution toward a core group of columnists and editorialists exploring and defining the issues of the moment.”

It’s not surprising that Bloomberg View has changed so drastically. When Michael Bloomberg rejoined Bloomberg Media, we noted that his focus would be on growing the site. When the boss man wants something, the boss man gets it.

Bloomberg Media’s CEO Talks Business

Justin Smith GJustin Smith, CEO of Bloomberg Media since late last summer, is speaking up about the company. In an interview with Ad Age, Smith discussed Businessweek, why Bloomberg TV is worth watching, and more. Below are a few highlights.

On Businessweek’s role at Bloomberg:

When we look at the financial performance of Businessweek, we don’t look at it in a silo; we look at in the broader role it plays in Bloomberg L.P. The same is true for a lot of our media assets. It’s a much broader perspective on the role of the Businessweek brand.

On the impact of Josh Tyrangiel, Businessweek’s editor, on Bloomberg TV:

Josh began taking on the TV responsibility, plus Businessweek, one month ago, beginning in January, so we’re sort of in the top of the first inning here. But the answer is yes. We’re looking to bring that kind of storytelling to the TV platform.

On how much he sees of Michael Bloomberg:

It is true that we’re working very near each other and he’s very interested in the media business, as he is his entire business.

Michael Bloomberg Funds African Media Initiative

BloombergC40JohannesburgIt’s called The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa. It’s set to run at least three years and, per a report by SouthAfrica.info, the intent of the $10 million program is to underwrite financial journalism across the continent and advance transparency, accountability and governance within that discpline.

Michael Bloomberg announced the initiative Monday in Johannesburg at the C40 Cities Committee annual conference:

The initiative will provide cross-disciplinary education programs and mid-career fellowships to increase the number of highly trained business and financial journalists, convene pan-African forums to examine worldwide media best practices and support research to stimulate media innovations.

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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for the Past Week

NewYorkDailyNewsForkgatePhoto_FeaturedHere’s a look at the FishbowlNY posts that made the most buzz this week.

1) New York Media Go to Town with #ForkGate

2) Jezebel Offers $10K for Unretouched Lena Dunham Photos to Prove… Something

3) NY Post Editor Calls Newtown Tragedy “Convenient Little Massacre

4) 5 Things Bloomberg LP Staffers Shouldn’t Say to Michael Bloomberg

5) Lena Dunham’s Vogue Cover is Here

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5 Things Bloomberg LP Staffers Shouldn’t Say to Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg is back to his regular, boring old job at Bloomberg LP. The rumor is that he’ll be focusing his efforts on making Bloomberg View more popular. A memo obtained by Capital New York gives that some credence: Bloomberg will be setting up shop on the fifth floor, the same one that houses Bloomberg View, Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg Radio.

Bloomberg staffers are surely freaking out at the prospect of running into Bloomberg in the elevator or at the water cooler. However, little do they know that FishbowlNY is here to save the day. As always.

Below are five conversation starters that Bloomberg staffers should 100 percent avoid. If you happen to know a Bloomberg employee, please feel free to share the list.

What Bloomberg Staffers Shouldn’t Say to Bloomberg:

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