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Diane von Furstenberg Revisits Infamous New York Magazine Interview

NewsweekMarch1976FurstenbergIn her new memoir The Woman I Wanted to Be, she writes about it. And in a piece in the current issue of Harper’s Bazaar to go along with a Fashion Icon of the Year award from the magazine presented in November, she talks about it.

Diane von Furstenberg‘s 1973 New York magazine interview with then-husband Prince Eduard Egon von Furstenberg today would set off a thousand and one Twitter storms. Although Ms. von Furstenberg famously never has any regrets, she admits this one still belongs on the runway of youthful indiscretions:

The story [of Egon and Diane] was a media dream. But like all dreams, not everything was based in reality. In 1973, Diane and Egon gave an interview to New York magazine in which they tried to talk with sophistication about their ‘open’ marriage. Their words read ludicrously – even to her.

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Newsweek Adds Seven

Newsweek has added seven staffers to its editorial team. Details, via a memo obtained by Poynter, are below.

  • Matt Cooper has been named politics editor. Cooper previously covered the White House for Time, The New Republic and US News.
  • Ross Schneiderman joins as senior editor. He previously worked for Newsweek from 2010 to 2013. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
  • Jonathan Broder has been named senior writer. He most recently worked for Congressional Quarterly, as a defense and foreign policy editor.
  • Winston Ross has been named national correspondent. He most recently worked as a freelancer. He previously worked for Newsweek and The Daily Beast from 2012 to 2013.
  • Azeen Ghorayshi has been named staff writer. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Guardian, New Scientist and Wired UK.
  • Max Kutner has also been named a staff writer. Kutner most recently served as a contributor to Smithsonian and Boston magazines.
  • Polly Mosendz joins as a breaking news reporter. She most recently worked for the Atlantic Wire.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Hackers Threaten Violence Over Interview | NYT Layoffs Begin

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Sony Hackers Threaten Violence Over The Interview (Re/code)
A new message from the hackers who have infiltrated Sony Pictures Entertainment appeared to threaten violence at or near movie theaters where the studio plans to show The Interview. The group mentioned the film for the first time by name and threatened to take unspecified actions against its premiere, set for Dec. 25, writing, “The world will be full of fear” and “Remember the 11th of September.” WSJ A Department of Homeland Security official said Tuesday afternoon the agency was aware of the threat but added: “at this time there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States.” Variety “We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment,” the message reads. There have been suspicions that the attack may have been launched by North Korea in retaliation for the Interview’s depiction of an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un. The country has denied involvement but praised the attacks. THR The Sony hackers also made good on their promise to release a so-called Christmas gift by posting an eighth batch of documents to the Internet on Tuesday. The documents appear to be the entire email account of Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton. Lynton’s email account contains 12,466 messages, which presumably contains deleted messages, dating from Nov. 12, 2008 to Nov. 21, 2014, three days before the hack was first noticed by the studio. A special screening of the film took place in Los Angeles last week without incident. Deadline Landmark Theatres said Tuesday night that the New York premiere of the film has been canceled. The event was set for Thursday night at the Sunshine Cinema on the Lower East Side. BuzzFeed The film’s stars, Seth Rogen and James Franco, have withdrawn from all media appearances in the lead-up to the release of the film.

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RIP: Lester Bernstein

NewsweekLogoOur most heartfelt condolences go out this holiday weekend to New York Times investigative reporter Nina Bernstein. She has announced that her father Lester Bernstein has passed away at age 94. Eight days after the death of his wife Mimi, Nina’s mother.

The span of Mr. Bernstein’s esteemed journalism career was writ large, encompassing stints as editor of Newsweek, European correspondent for Time and vice president at NBC, where he helped organize the first televised U.S. Presidential debates. Per today’s Times obituary, here’s how it all began:

Lester Bernstein was born in the Bronx on July 18, 1920 to Isidore and Rebecca Axelrod Bernstein, Yiddish-speaking immigrants from Eastern Europe. He graduated in 1936 from DeWitt Clinton High School and in 1940 from Columbia College, where he was the Times campus correspondent.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: FNC Wins Election Night | CBS Launches Digital News Service

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Midterm Election TV Ratings: Fox News Tops Broadcast Nets, Beats Cablers Combined (TVNewser)
Fox News Channel was the most-watched network — on broadcast and on cable — during coverage of the midterm elections. Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC in both total viewers and the adults 25-54 demo, combined during primetime hours. Capital New York FNC, CNN and MSNBC were all down compared to the 2010 midterm elections, and CNN and MSNBC were also down compared to the 2006 midterms, which saw President Bush in his sixth year in office see the Democratic party take control in Congress. All told, an average of just over 10 million people watched the three cable news channels Tuesday night, with an average of nearly 13 million watching on broadcast TV. THR / The Live Feed Fox News Channel boasted a whopping average of 6.3 million viewers for all of primetime. Compared to the last four Tuesdays, FNC’s 1.516 million viewers in the core news demo of adults 25-54 was improved by 303 percent. CNN, which has been solidly in second place for the last six months, was up by 480 percent to 812,000. That left MSNBC in third. Coming off of a middling October, the net still surged 315 percent — albeit only netting 481,000 demo viewers. TVNewser In addition to online coverage, each of the Big 3 broadcast networks produced one-hour primetime midterm election specials at 10 p.m. According to Nielsen overnight time period data, CBS was the clear winner at 10 p.m., averaging 5.367 million viewers to NBC’s 4.270 million and ABC’s 3.507 million. AllFacebook On Election Day, 27 million U.S. Facebook users generated 85 million interactions — likes, shares and comments — including those who used the social network’s “I’m a Voter” feature.

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Dorian Nakamoto Wants to Sue Newsweek

Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, the man who Newsweek reported had created Bitcoin, wants to sue the magazine over its cover story. According to TechCrunch, Nakamoto is trying to raise the necessary funds to sue the glossy on a site called NewsweekLied.com.

When the Newsweek story ran, Nakamoto told everyone who would listen that he had no involvement in Bitcoin. In fact, he claimed that the only reason he had even heard of the digital currency was because a Newsweek reporter contacted his son about it.

NewsweekLied explains that Nakamoto suffered as a direct result of the Newsweek article:

Dorian’s family was confused by Newsweek’s article. He and his brothers were misquoted. In some cases, words were attributed to them that were never said. In the chaos, his mother believed that the authorities were planning on removing her from her home to put her in a care facility. His estranged wife and children were alienated by the story, which portrayed a person and situation different from their understanding of their husband and father.

Hilariously, donations to Nakamoto’s cause can be made by Bitcoin.

[Image: NewsweekLied.com]

Mark Miller Headed to American Public Media’s Marketplace

MarkMillerPicMark Miller is crossing over from the print side to the public radio side.

Starting next month, the former Hollywood Reporter deputy editorial director and Newsweek-Daily Beast director of editorial operations will be installed as managing editor of American Public Media’s Marketplace. He will be based in the downtown Los Angeles office. From today’s announcement:

“As a longtime listener of Marketplace, I’ve always admired the innovative and smart way it explores and illuminates the world of business, finance and economics,” said Miller. “To be able to join Marketplace, especially as it continues to expand its reach digitally and through live events, and to be able to work with such a talented group of journalists is incredibly exciting.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Leno Set to Launch CNBC Show | NBC Courted Stewart for MTP

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Jay Leno Nears Deal to Launch CNBC Show (THR / The Live Feed)
Jay Leno is lining up his first regular television hosting gig since leaving The Tonight Show in February, and he’s staying in the NBCUniversal family. TVNewser Leno’s new show would air on CNBC in primetime and focus on his longtime love of cars. WSJ / CMO Today A CNBC spokesperson declined to comment. Both NBC and CNBC are units of Comcast Corp. Since he stepped down from The Tonight Show, he has continued to work as a stand-up comic. He is known for his love of automobiles and has a large collection of rare and classic cars. NYT No other details have been released pending completion of the contract, though the executives confirmed the show would not be comedy-based. Leno has been a regular presence on NBC.com with a motor-vehicle-obsessed show called Jay Leno’s Garage. Deadline Hollywood The news comes as the cable business network comes off its lowest-rated quarter of the year in primetime and the lowest-rated quarter in its history in the demo for the business day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CNBC has been looking to broaden its primetime slate with reality TV formats. To date, its most successful such bid has been its reruns of ABC’s Mark Burnett-produced Shark Tank.

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IBT Media Claims Newsweek is Profitable

IBT Media has announced that Newsweek is — for the first time in years — profitable. When IBT bought Newsweek last year, the company said it would relaunch the print edition as a “premium product.” At the time we laughed at this idea, but apparently the plan worked.

The company said that advertising now makes up a third of Newsweek’s overall revenue. And speaking of revenue, it’s up a whopping 400 percent over the last year.

Of course we don’t know how profitable the glossy is, and remember, this is all happening with a drastically reduced staff. Newsweek used to employ hundreds; it now has a total of 50.

But hey, we should applaud IBT Media. Zombie Newsweek’s first issue was pretty embarrassing for them, but they’ve seemed to turn things around.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Kal Penn Joins Fusion for Midterms | SoftBank, DWA Talks Cool

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Kal Penn Named Special Correspondent of Fusion’s Midterm Mayhem (TVNewser)
Actor Kal Penn is joining Fusion as a special correspondent for its midterm election coverage. Fusion’s election coverage plans include a nightly primetime program Midterm Mayhem: The Ultimate Political Smackdown hosted by Fusion’s Nando Vila. FishbowlDC In addition to its television broadcast, the program will be livestreamed. Midterm Mayhem will be hosted by Vila with contributions from anchors Jorge Ramos and Alicia Menendez and Fusion’s Alice Brennan and Romina Puga. Capital New York Fusion is still modestly distributed, with Comcast, Time Warner Cable and DirecTV among the major distributors that don’t yet carry the channel. The livestream — which will only apply to the month-long midterm election series — is a chance for viewers who don’t get Fusion to sample its programming, with the goal of getting them to lobby their pay-TV provider to carry the channel. The channel held a similar stunt tied to its coverage of the 2014 World Cup from Brazil. THR Penn is known for his roles in the Harold And Kumar trilogy, The Namesake, House and How I Met Your Mother. In 2009, he took a break from acting to work as an associate director of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement, serving as the Obama administration’s liaison to young Americans. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The show aims to “bring viewers all the essential political news of the day and answer questions of fundamental importance to Fusion’s audience,” the network said in a release. It premieres Sunday, Oct. 5, at 9:30 p.m. and runs until Election Day.

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