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Joe Piscopo Now Regrets the Muscles Phase

JoePiscopoWNYMIs it saying much that Joel Siegel’s New York Daily News interview with radio host Joe Piscopo is more entertaining than anything on this fall’s run of SNL episodes not involving Jim Carrey and Matthew McConaughey? Maybe not; but you should be sure to read it nonetheless.

The 63-year-old Piscopo is rolling along these days as a morning show host on AM 970′s The Answer (a.k.a. WNYM). He’s a perfect fit for the job, and with this new media success comes an ability to look back very honestly at some of his personal missteps:

His “bad choices,” Piscopo said, include “silly things like running off with the babysitter” — that would be his son’s sitter, Kimberly Driscoll, 18, whom he eventually married and divorced — and bulking up so much, he once did a cover shoot for Muscle & Fitness magazine in 1990.

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Fashion Editor Showcases the Naked Subway Look

Although Instagram quickly took down a photo posted by Peter Davis, group executive editor of The Daily Front Row, the New York tabloids today are all over it. The picture of a naked, drunk man riding the subway wearing only shoes and socks is on the front of the Post and inside the Daily News.

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Report: Yahoo Beauty Duo Hate the Color Purple

Hmmm. We have a couple of problems with today’s New York Daily News item about Joe Zee and Bobbi Brown’s alleged objections to the Yahoo shade of purple.

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Firstly, there’s actually not that much of it at the Yahoo Beauty end. Secondly, while some sort of discussion about the color purple on Yahoo conjuring up the site’s tech origins seems reasonable enough, the hyperbole here does not:

“A particular sticking point for both of them is the overuse of purple on the site,” said our insider. “It looks so old-fashioned. They’ve been trying to get (Yahoo!) to change it and they’ve had huge fights about that and general aesthetic problems.”

A stripe of the color, along with the site’s famous logo (also in purple), follows readers as they move through the pages.

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A Daily News Lede That Was Anything But Championship Caliber

BillMadden1954CoverAs a reminder of how much times and sportswriting have changed, let’s telescope back – courtesy of Bill Madden‘s recent book 1954 – to this date 60 years ago. On September 30, 1954, New York Daily News readers were treated to the following World Series Game One summary lede by famed sportswriter Dick Young:

The story of the Giants 5-2 victory over Cleveland in yesterday’s World Series opener should be written vertically from top to bottom in Chinese hieroglyphics. It was won on a 10th inning homer that was not only sudden death but pure murder… right out of a Charlie Chan yarn.

Ming Toy Rhodes, sometimes called Dusty by his Occidental friends, was the honorable person who, as pinch hitter, delivered a miserable bundle of wet wash to the first row in right field in Polo Grounds some 258 1/2 feet down the block from the laundry.

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Daily News Reporter Goes Elmo Undercover

AdamEdelmanTwitterProfilePicBetter red than dead? Not in this case. For his recent Times Square efforts, New York Daily News political reporter Adam Edelman (pictured) earned a measly total of just one dollar in tips.

As Elmo, Edelman tried several different sidewalk locations. He encountered some well-organized Smurfs before being unwittingly exposed:

Suddenly a woman noticed the tiny camera propped up in my Elmo mouth (we were after all, documenting this experience) and began to warn nearby mascots about my presence. Without warning, a Batman and a Spider-Man were in my face.

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Daily News Gives Dan Snyder a New Team Logo

It’s not just the name of the Washington franchise that will be absent from tomorrow’s Daily News NFL 2014 season preview. The paper has also created a modified version of the team’s logo for use in the paper, one that loses the illustration of a feathered Native American:

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From the paper’s editorial:

Henceforth, in The News’ sports coverage, the team that has been known as the Redskins since 1933 will simply be called Washington.

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Dick Cavett, Keith Olbermann Stir NYDN ‘Yellow Journalism’ Debate

During an interview today with HuffPost Live, Dick Cavett told host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani that he holds, ultimately, New York Daily News readers accountable for the Robin Williams August 13 front page derided around the world:

“This is the kind of crap that sells tabloid newspapers and there isn’t much you can do about it because the public rewards it by buying it and eating it up,” Cavett said. “It’s none of your damn business what his details were but it’s something we must live with.”

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Meanwhile, Daily News sports media columnist Bob Raissman labeled Keith Olbermann a “hypocrite” for Twitter-raging about the front page and deeming his newspaper colleagues “heartless bastards.” From his column:

Like a lover scorned, Olbermann is obsessed with the Daily News. And when he rips us, viewers actually awake from their slumber and listen. Olbermann needs to keep his base engaged. His audience has shrunk by 21,000 viewers since the end of April.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Amazon Halts Disney Titles | Brady’s Death Ruled A Homicide

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Amazon Halts Some Disney Movie Preorders (WSJ)
Amazon.com Inc. has halted preorders for some DVDs and Blu-ray discs from media giant Walt Disney Co., including popular titles such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in an apparent contract dispute. CNET However, preorders of digital versions on Amazon Instant Video are still available. The situation is reminiscent of an apparent dispute between Amazon and Warner Home Video in which preorders of discs for The Lego Movie, Transcendence, and 300: Rise of an Empire vanished from the site earlier this summer. Amazon hasn’t publicly commented on that situation, but it’s thought that the move is intended to apply pressure on Warner to gain greater margin on each sale. Time Amazon has been engaged in an increasingly acrimonious dispute with Hachette over eBook pricing, with Amazon restricting the sale of Hachette books until the two parties arrive at terms. More than 900 authors, including Malcolm Gladwell and Stephen King, have signed an open letter criticizing Amazon’s policies. Amazon hasn’t yet publicly commented on the apparent dispute with Disney. Variety Disney, on its U.S. homevideo site, is directing customers to Walmart and Best Buy for pre-orders of Maleficent and other upcoming releases. Muppets Most Wanted also is available for pre-order from Target. Deadline Hollywood Discussions will be continuing between Amazon and Disney throughout the week to try to resolve the pricing issue.

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Reverend Bud Green Says He Orchestrated Red, White and Blue Flags Switch

RevBudGreenFacebookWow. Per a report today by the New York Daily NewsJill Coffey and Tom Tracy, the news trail about the clandestine July 22 replacement of American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge just veered into Cheech and Chong territory.

From their exclusive:

Reverend Bud Green, 49, called the News on Thursday to say that the flag replacement was actually the first part of what was to be a two-part strategy, with another set of banners going up later. But the increased NYPD surveillance on the bridge put a kibosh on a second switch.

“It was interesting that nobody knew what to make of it,” Green said. “It was interesting that people took it as a terror risk. We believe in non-violent civil disobedience. The government has everybody scared s——s. Was Martin Luther King Jr. a terrorist? Was Abbie Hoffman a terrorist? The government is trying to silence people.”

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Orthodox Jewish Woman Makes Headlines with Facebook Divorce Plea

RivkySteinFacebookPhotoIt’s not so much the 4,800+ likes that 24-year-old Brooklyn resident Rivky Stein (pictured) has accumulated for her Facebook page (Redeem Rivky: Demand that Yoel Weiss Give his Wife a Get) that are notable. It’s the media daisy chain that is taking form and sure to grow over the next few days.

It starts with a story by New York Daily News Brooklyn reporter Reuven Blau. Stein told Blau that she decided to go public with her Orthodox Jewish divorce battle after two years of failed, private efforts:

“I’m trying to open eyes in my community,” she said. “I’ve been getting so much feedback from people thanking me. I’m really here to empower women.”

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