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Cover Battle: Popular Mechanics or O, The Oprah Magazine

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features two Hearst titles — Popular Mechanics versus O, The Oprah Magazine. We chose PopMech because the cover reminded us of the GI Joe action figures we used to play with as kids. Don’t even get us started on who is better — Snake Eyes or Storm Shadow. Seriously, don’t!

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Old Dan | Your Friend, O | Sound Advice

dan-rather_304x200TVNewser: Dan Rather says journalists have “lost their guts.” He later added, “Get off my lawn,” “Kids these days are lazy,” “In my day we had to walk uphill both to and from work,” etc.

GalleyCat: Oprah will narrate her audio book. That means you can have it on in the background while talking on the phone and just be like “Oh, her? That’s Big O. She stopped by. Again.”

AgencySpy: If a bear tells you to conserve energy, do it.

Oprah Considers Buying LA Clippers

Now that Donald Sterling is banned for life from the NBA for making racist comments, the list of people who want to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers is steadily growing. Of course Sterling won’t go down without a long, annoying legal fight, but nevertheless, everyone seems to have interest in the franchise if and when it gets put up for sale. Our favorite potential owner so far? None other Big O.

According to ESPN, Oprah is considering buying the Clippers. The media maven would be part of a team that includes David Geffen and Larry Ellison. If the trio ends up buying the team, we’re setting the over/under for average number of fans who show up to Clippers games with signs that read “You get a win! You get a win! You get a win!” at 455.

Others interested in buying the Clippers include Diddy (He even created his own hashtag #DiddyBuyTheClippers) and Floyd Mayweather, who for some odd reason felt it was necessary to speak of his interest by stating “Do we want to buy the Clippers? Yes we do.”

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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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Starbucks to Give Oprah Her Own Tea Blend

oprah-ownStarting April 29, Oprah fans can get a little closer to the media maven by drinking tea bearing her name. Starbucks has announced that Teavana Oprah Chai Tea will be sold in Starbucks and Teavana locations across the country at the end of next month.

Oprah worked with a teaologist (kids, don’t tell your parents this is what you’re studying at college) to create the blend, which is described as “a bold infusion of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves, blended with loose-leaf black tea and rooibos.” Who doesn’t love rooibos?

A portion of the sales of Teavana Oprah Chai will go to Oprah’s Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation.

If each bag of the tea doesn’t feature Oprah’s face, Starbucks made a big mistake.

[h/t: GrubStreet]

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Berkshire to Buy TV Station From Graham in $1.1 Billion Swap (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. reached a deal to acquire a Miami television station and some of the company’s own shares in a $1.1 billion swap for Graham Holdings Co. stock that Warren Buffett held for more than four decades. Deadline New York Buffett’s stake accounted for about 23 percent of the voting shares in Graham as of the last proxy, out early last year. He will receive the ABC affiliate plus an unspecified amount of cash and shares that Graham owns in Berkshire Hathaway. Variety The pact marks a turning point for Berkshire and the Graham Holdings, the publicly held firm that changed its name from the Washington Post Co. after it sold its flagship newspaper to Amazon mogul Jeff Bezos last year. Berkshire had been an investor in Washington Post Co. since the 1970s, with Buffett having served as a board member of the publishing and TV station conglomerate. Poynter / MediaWire Berkshire Hathaway purchased most of Media General’s newspapers in 2012, and it’s added lots of newspapers since. Reuters reported in February that Berkshire Hathaway was in talks with Graham Holdings “to trade the shares it owns in the education and media company for control of a yet-to-be-formed unit of Graham.” Graham Holdings still owns TV stations in Detroit and Houston. NYT / DealBook Buffett has embarked on a late-in-life run as a media mogul of sorts, assembling a prospering portfolio that includes his hometown newspaper, The Omaha World-Herald. The deal will bring Berkshire its first television station, whose call sign refers to Philip L. Graham, Katharine Graham’s husband and her predecessor as the publisher of the Post. Perhaps most notably, however, the deal sharply curtails Buffett’s business ties to the Graham family. TVSpy “Warren Buffett’s 40-year association with our company has been extremely good for our shareholders. Naturally, the deal that we have put together is one that will be good for both companies,” said Donald E. Graham, chairman and CEO of Graham Holdings.

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Oprah to Publish Book of Magazine Columns

oprah-ownEach issue of O, The Oprah Magazine closes with the “What I Know for Sure” column penned by Oprah. Readers love them, so Oprah is taking those columns and stuffing them inside a new book by the same name.

What I Know for Sure will be published in September by Macmillan’s new non-fiction imprint, Flatiron Books. The columns inside will be updated and organized around very Oprah-sounding themes like joy, gratitude, awe and possibility.

The new book — the media maven’s fifth — will be further proof that Oprah knows more than you. Or at the very least, is good at faking it.

Oprah Had to Cancel Her Birthday Party Because She’s Too Popular

Oprah turns 60 years old today, but guess what? There will be no celebration. Not that you were invited. And even if you were, you were part of the problem. According to E News, Oprah had something in mind, but ”the guest list was getting out of control,” so she had to call it off.

Don’t be too sad though. Gayle King said there was still some sort of celebration happening, just not the typical blow out bash Big O likes to throw.

Having to cancel a birthday party because you’re too popular is just one way in which we are unlike Oprah.

We’ve had to cancel birthday parties because someone forgot to order the kegs and because midway through one party someone fell down the steps, but never because of an abundance of friends.

The First Issue of Dr. Oz’s Magazine is Here

Dr. Oz’s magazine, The Good Life, is set to launch February 4. As you can see from the magazine’s debut cover, Hearst has learned a thing or two from Oprah, and put Oz front and center.

Though Big O is finally considering letting someone else grace the cover of The Oprah Magazine, we expect Oz’s mug will be beaming back at us from Good Life for a long time. Oz told FishbowlNY that he would do whatever was best for The Good Life, but when a magazine is named after you, readers want more of you, so hopefully Oz has been working on his smize.

There will be 800,000 copies of The Good Life’s debut issue, with 375,000 hitting newsstands at $3.99 a pop, and the remaining being sent for free to subscribers of other Hearst titles.

Oprah is Planning a Massive Birthday Party

Oprah turns 60 in January, but the queen of media is already busy planning the festivities. The New York Post reports that Oprah is having her 42-acre estate in Montecito completely revamped for the party. There will be performances by Tina Turner and Beyoncé, and the guest list — so far, at least — features John Travolta, Julia Roberts and Tom Cruise (if he promises to stay off the furniture).

Because Oprah is Oprah, she’s selling a bunch of items inside her house to make room for new, more party worthy stuff. Think less crystal, more red Solo cups. Kaminski Auctions will be auctioning off Oprah’s boring crap at the Santa Barbara Polo Club.

Richard Mineards, a columnist for the Montecito Journal, said of the auction, “It will be like the Jackie O Sotheby’s auction in New York in 1996. A major feeding frenzy!”

People are f*cking weird.

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