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New Catholic Religion Site Features Very Appropriately Titled Advice Column

CruxLogoThe column, “OMG!”, belongs to New York magazine contributor Lisa Miller. It can be found at Crux, a site from Boston Globe Media Partners that heralds as its mission “Covering all things Catholic.”

It definitely makes for a different kind of advice-column read. Here’s part of Miller’s answer to “OMG!” query #1, from someone wondering what to do about the discovery of a friend’s adulterous relationship:

There is no question where Catholic teaching stands on the question of adultery. Marriage is a sacrament and fidelity is required of those who undertake that union before God. But your friend is the adulterer here, not you, and it is he who needs to make amends before God and to his spouse. You are not your friend’s priest or confessor, nor are you his intercessor or his wife. You are merely a nice person who tried to help him out of a tech jam.

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Fortunate Barbara | Pontifex Typo | Shaw Selfie

barbara waltersTVNewser: In between Monday’s dedication of an ABC News Upper West Side building and tonight’s special tribute event at the Four Seasons, Barbara Walters spoke with our sister site. The word that she feels most accurately describes her legendary career? “Lucky.”

PRNewser: What kind of Twitter user replies to an innocent Pope mistake with NSFW vitriol? The kind, we’re guessing, that won’t be joining him in the big social media network in the sky.

AppNewser: Since My Fair Lady was, in turn, based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, it’s perhaps splitting Eliza Doolitle hairs to cry foul over the re-purposing of the musical by ABC-TV as a fall 2014 series called Selfie. So, we’ll just leave it to your and our imagination with regards to the zinger Shaw would have come up with here.

Paramount Denial Leads to Immaculate Re-Conception of Variety Headline

ShutterstockRussellCroweHWoF_FeaturedIt’s one of the oldest tricks in the digital journalism playbook. Adjust the headline without letting readers know that such an adjustment has been made.

At press time, there is no Editor’s Note or Correction to indicate that a March 17 item by Variety New York film editor Ramin Setoodeh was originally headlined “Pope Cancels Tentative ‘Noah’ Meeting With Russell Crowe (EXCLUSIVE).” From a related report in The Hollywood Reporter:

Although Crowe had hoped to meet Pope Francis at the Pontiff’s weekly gathering in St. Peter’s Square, Paramount Pictures is denying a report that the Vatican canceled a planned meeting.

“A meeting was never scheduled,” a Paramount spokesman said. A story posted today by Variety ran under the headline: “Pope Cancels Tentative ‘Noah’ Meeting With Russell Crowe.” The original headline did not include the word “Tentative,” which was added after the studio objected.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Ferns Plugs Obamacare | Sweeney Steps Down | Reporter Dies in Uganda

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White House: Obama’s Between Two Ferns Cameo Driving Traffic to HealthCare.gov (The Washington Post / Post Politics)
The White House said in a tweet early Tuesday afternoon that President Obama’s appearance on the Funny or Die Web series Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis has made that website the top referrer to HealthCare.gov. Politico As of 1 p.m. ET Tuesday, the website had racked up more than 19,000 referral visits from Obama’s Between Two Ferns video, which was posted around 7 a.m., Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesman Aaron Albright said. But those who clicked through from the video to HealthCare.gov represent just a small percentage of those who watched the video. Around 1 p.m., the video had drawn about 3 million views through Funny or Die’s video player. By 6 p.m., the total was around 7 million. Reuters In the video, Obama got the chance to urge the youth of America to get health insurance, but not until he’d been subjected to questions like “What is it like to be the last black president?” and “What should be done about North Ikea?” Youth participation is crucial to the success of the program, but U.S. government data released on Tuesday showed that while the number of people enrolled in private insurance under Obamacare reached 4.2 million by March 1, the proportion of adults aged 18-34 remained unchanged from January at 25 percent of total enrollment in private Obamacare plans. Variety At Tuesday’s briefing, White House press secretary Jay Carney was grilled by the White House press corps on whether the video demeaned the dignity of the office. “I think we made the right call here,” Carney said. “I think what it says is gone are the days when your broadcasts can reach everybody we need to reach.” He noted that Between Two Ferns videos average 6 million views, and that he expected the Obama interview would exceed that. He declined to say exactly which parts of the interview were scripted and which ones were not. THR During Obama’s six-and-a-half-minute back-and-forth with Galifianakis, the president played the role of a stern, sometimes irritated straight man as the comedian deadpanned a series of questions that were alternately outrageous and inane. “This is a perfect example of a great partnership with Funny or Die stepping up in a big way,” said Between Two Ferns producer Eric Ortner. “The site has a very robust traffic base of young men and women who are on the edge of the cultural zeitgeist.” PRNewser Will the people who hate the president’s health care law see this clip and change their minds? Of course not. The point, really, is that this appearance was far more valuable than any Sunday morning show discussion could be, no matter what Obama’s opponents think. We all know that the key to successful communication is to deliver the message to the right audience in the best possible format, which for young people is not Sunday morning on NBC with David Gregory.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Flipboard Buys Zite | BBC3 to Go Online-Only | Egypt Tries AJ Staff

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CNN Sells Zite to Flipboard (CNNMoney)
CNN has sold its news reader app, Zite, to Flipboard, a social magazine application. As part of the deal, Flipboard has also teamed up with CNN to launch custom magazines for CNN shows anchored by Fareed Zakaria, Jake Tapper and John King. The deal could be valued as high as $60 million over time, taking into account future advertising revenue, said a source familiar with the deal. TVNewser The sale occurred less than three years after CNN acquired Zite for $20 million. CNN and Flipboard’s partnership will allow CNN to expand its mobile reach and take advantage of Flipboard’s technology and mobile sales strategy. Re/code Zite itself will shut down, but CNN says most of its 20 employees will go to work for Flipboard. Zite CEO Mark Johnson will not be joining them. Forbes / Jeff Bercovici The deal merges two apps that let users aggregate news stories from all over into a single magazine-like experience. Of the two, Flipboard has been considerably more successful: It’s currently ranked No. 5 among free iPad news apps in Apple’s App Store, while Zite is No. 39. Flipboard will absorb the machine-learning technology that Zite uses to personalize news feeds for its users. Mashable The move also divests CNN of one of its most high-profile acquisitions while putting it in front of Flipboard’s users, which according to Johnson number more than 100 million.

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Pope Francis Gets a Magazine

Pope Francis is one rad dude. He’s been named Time’s Person of the Year and he’s graced the cover of Rolling Stone. But Francis is much cooler than that. He’s so hip that he’s even getting his own magazine. Forget being considered important because you lead an organization founded on fairy tales — you know you’ve made it when you get your own fanzine.

Titled Il Mio Papa (“My Pope”), the glossy is being produced by Italian publishing house Mondadori. Each issue will feature photos of Francis, some quotes, and insights into his daily life. Aldo Vitali, My Pope’s editor, told The New York Times that the magazine won’t be sensationalistic. “We aim to be more respectful, more noble [than gossip magazines],” he explained.

Nice try, Vitali, but My Pope is definitely trying to get a rise out of people. How do we know? Because the thing comes with a centerfold poster of Francis! How amazing is that? We can just picture a future spread: Francis is shown laying seductively in front of a fireplace, eating grapes. Copy reads “There’s nothing sexy about sin.”

It might be a tough climate for print, but My Pope has a recipe for success.

Pope Francis Graces Cover of Rolling Stone

Pope Francis is officially a rock star. The white duds rockin’ 77 year old had already been named Time’s Person of The Year, but grabbing the cover of Rolling Stone has cemented his status in pop culture.

The nearly 8,000 word profile inside Rolling Stone paints the religious leader as “Cool Pope Francis,” playing up the Bob Dylan reference on the cover.

Women seeking an abortion might disagree with Francis’ level of coolness, but never mind them. They’re just silly women! Let’s keep our focus on how rad Pope Francis is.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Time‘s Person of The Year | Curry to Leave NBC News? | Maddow Joins WaPo

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Time Criticized for Choosing Pope Francis Over Edward Snowden as Person of The Year (HuffPost)
Time chose the widely popular Pope Francis as its Person of the Year for 2013, sparking criticism from many who thought that the magazine’s choice for runner-up, Edward Snowden, deserved the top prize. Snowden was undeniably a figure of major consequence during the year, as Time itself acknowledged in its piece on him. In the months since The Guardian published the first round of revelations from the documents Snowden leaked, newspapers and websites in countries around the world have run article after article detailing the stunning breadth and depth of the global surveillance networks tracking the movements of seemingly everyone on Earth. Time / Person of The Year For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest church to confronting its deepest needs and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is Time’s 2013 Person of the Year. Capital New York Time managing editor Nancy Gibbs made the announcement Wednesday morning on the Today show in a well-hyped segment hosted by Matt Lauer. “He really stood out to us as someone who has changed the tone and the perception and the focus of one of the world’s largest institutions,” the Roman Catholic Church, “in an extraordinary way,” Gibbs told Lauer. TPM / LiveWire In an email to TPM, Glenn Greenwald, who has reported extensively on the National Security Agency’s top secret surveillance programs revealed by Snowden, said that the selection was motivated by Time‘s desire to be “relevant” — if only for a moment. Mashable Of the 86 “Person of the Year” issues Time has published since 1927, only five featured a woman. It’s not about naming a female for the sake of the gender equality. It’s about recognizing people beyond the status quo, such as Mother Teresa, Golda Meir, Helen Keller, Maya Angelou, Madeleine Albright, Sally Ride, Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton — all of whom the publication has overlooked. FishbowlDC In November, we ran a poll asking readers to pick Time’s Person of the Year and you chose (The Cool) Pope Francis. Well Time officially announced the selection of “The People’s Pope” Wednesday. This is great, as it indicates that the FishbowlDC readership is a very savvy and “in-the-know” demographic — which means we can charge advertisers more money! Hooray Pope Francis!

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Pope Francis Named Time Person of The Year

Well, this isn’t that surprising. Pope Francis has been chosen (no pun intended religious bros!) as Time’s Person of The Year. The runner-up — Edward Snowden — was our choice. But hey, that’s life. Snowden was followed by Edith Windsor, Bashar Assad and Ted Cruz. Let’s all be thankful that although Miley Cyrus was in the top 10, she didn’t crack the top five.

In the latest issue of TimeNancy Gibbs, managing editor of the magazine, writes:

Rarely has a new player on the world stage captured so much attention so quickly—young and old, faithful and cynical—as has Pope Francis. In his nine months in office, he has placed himself at the very center of the central conversations of our time: about wealth and poverty, fairness and justice, transparency, modernity, globalization, the role of women, the nature of marriage, the temptations of power…. He is embracing complexity and acknowledging the risk that a church obsessed with its own rights and righteousness could inflict more wounds than it heals…. For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest church to confronting its deepest needs, and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is Time’s 2013 Person of the Year.

Maybe next year Time will pick someone who thinks women can make decisions about their own bodies and doesn’t think gay marriage is wrong. But until then, congrats Pope Francis.

AskMen Makes Room for the ‘Almost-Influencers’

Top49MenLogoOnce upon a time, AskMen decided to put together the annual list “Top 99 Most Desirable Women.” The success of that compilation spawned, in 2006, the spin-off “Top 49 Most Influential Men” and this week it’s time to peruse the 2013 edition.

To AskMen’s credit, they didn’t stop at encompassing the likes of Robin Thicke (#7), Pope Francis (#25) and Shane Smith (#46). They also share the names of some of the dudes who *almost* made the list:

Rapper Kendrick Lamar not only burned bridges, he set fire to the two connecting towns, using lyrics as lighter fluid. The Compton, CA lyricist played arsonist on Big Sean’s song “Control” by crowning himself the king of rap and throwing shade on past and present collaborators like Drake, A$AP Rocky and even Big Sean himself.

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