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Morning Media Newsfeed: Palin Eyes The View | Rolling Stone Appoints Publisher

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Is Sarah Palin Pitching Herself to The View? (THR / The Live Feed)
Sportsman Channel has picked up a second season of Amazing America With Sarah Palin, the network announced Monday. Palin’s program, which has her introducing viewers to the great outdoors as well as the country’s unsung heroes, has brought significant attention to the niche cable channel, propelling Sportsman to triple-digit year-over-year growth in households and key male demographics. In an interview with THR, Palin names The View as a show that might “need a punch of reality and a voice of reason from America’s heartland to knock some humble sense into [its] scripts.” TVNewser The rumor mill on who will replace ousted View hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy is in full force, and former Vice Presidential candidate Palin seems to be throwing her hat in the ring. In the interview, Palin mentioned that The View might be better if it goes “rogue.” FishbowlDC Palin said, “Maybe. But the politics would have to be interspersed with a whole lot of fun and real life and inspiration showcasing American work ethic, because those topics are all pretty much the antithesis of today’s politics, which I find incorrigibly disastrous!” She went on to add, “It’d be so much fun to shake it up taking on issues that make audiences objectively consider all sides, and I’d do it with my own real-life groundedness, candor and commonsense that I’m known for.” Mediaite With Barbara Walters’ semi-retirement underway and the pending departures of Shepherd and McCarthy, The View is actively looking for new co-hosts. MSNBC The program’s women co-hosts discuss a variety of political and social issues. Moderator Whoopi Goldberg is the only host not departing the daytime show. The series also previously included journalist Lisa Ling, television personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and comedians Rosie O’Donnell and Joy Behar as co-hosts.

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Michael Provus Named Rolling Stone Publisher

Rolling-Stone-LOGO-2Michael Provus has been promoted from associate publisher to publisher of Rolling Stone. Provus had served as associate publisher since 2010.

Provus is succeeding Chris McLoughlin, who announced he was leaving amid some chaos at the magazine. The reports were that Gus Wenner forced COO John Gruber to fire an exec over the phone, and that led to Gruber leaving the title as well.

Provus’ appointment is effective immediately.

Anything But a (Star-Spangled) Banner Week at Wenner Media

WennerMediaLogoHoly cow. According to Lisa Granatstein, managing editor at Mediabistro’s very-soon-to-be sister publication Adweek, this happened at Wenner Media:

[COO John] Gruber was ordered to fire Rolling Stone‘s head of brand and content and marketing solutions over the phone while the exec was on vacation after newly promoted Wenner Media digital chief Gus Wenner was said to have told his father that he didn’t like him, the sources added.

Not surprisingly, Gruber has bolted. Granatstein notes that this is the highest-ranking shuffle at Wenner Media since Gruber took over for Kent Brownridge in 2005. She also got confirmation of another major departure – Rolling Stone publisher Chris McLoughlin.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Amazon Unveils Fire Phone | Carney’s Final Briefing

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Amazon Launches Smartphone (GalleyCat)
Amazon has gotten into the smartphone business with the launch of the Fire, Amazon’s first smartphone. NYT Though the device is called the Fire phone, Amazon’s new gadget is less a phone than a pocketable cash register hooked directly into the retailer’s intelligent warehouses. And it’s not cheap. The Fire phone sells for $199 with a two-year AT&T contract. Although it also comes with a free one-year subscription to Amazon’s Prime membership, the Fire phone is essentially the same price as high-end phones made by Apple and Samsung. For Amazon, a company whose previous devices have had innovative pricing plans that often involved selling devices at cost, the Fire phone’s uninspired price tag is a surprising disappointment. The Washington Post / The Switch The phone lets you scan products in stores, so that you can buy things directly from Amazon, using a new service called “Firefly.” Users can even use the phone to “listen” to songs or videos, and link users to places to buy them. It can also recognize art, and scan text such as phone numbers and then immediately place a call. The Verge There’s one big difference here: the Fire phone’s interface changes based on how you’re looking at it and how you orient the device. Amazon calls the feature “Dynamic Perspective,” which basically means that some apps on the phone will have a three-dimensional depth to them, and tilting the phone will let you peer around edges, just as you can with real objects. Mashable The history of 3D-type screens in mobile suggests consumers aren’t interested in the feature. The two most notable devices, the HTC Evo 3D and the LG Optimus 3D, both flopped. The only real 3D success in mobile so far has been the Nintendo 3DS, which is explicitly a game console.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Risen Appeal Rejected | Top Social TV Shows

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Supreme Court Will Not Review Risen Case (The Guardian)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a lower court’s order requiring a New York Times reporter to testify in a criminal case against a former source, deepening the court’s silence on the question of protections for journalists and confidential sources. FishbowlDC The issue dates back to a May 2011 subpoena received by James Risen to identify a source for his 2006 book State of War: The Secret History of The CIA and the Bush Administration. NYT The court’s one-line order gave no reasons but effectively sided with the government in a confrontation between what prosecutors said was an imperative to secure evidence in a national security prosecution and what journalists said was an intolerable infringement of press freedom. NPR / The Two-Way Risen has said he would refuse to testify in order to protect the identity of his source. Federal prosecutors argued that they need him to testify to pursue their criminal case against Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer. WSJ A divided U.S. appeals court based in Richmond, Va., sided with the government last year, ruling that Risen didn’t have a reporter’s privilege allowing him to refuse to testify about the source and scope of classified information allegedly disclosed to him. The court said there is no privilege in criminal cases that protects a reporter from testifying about conduct the reporter allegedly witnessed or participated in. USA Today Since Obama took office, federal authorities have filed at least seven leak-related criminal cases, including against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for leaks about government surveillance programs and Army Pfc. Bradley Manning for giving classified information to the website Wikileaks.

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Rolling Stone Launches Country Music Site

Rolling Stone has — to quote Alan Jacksongone country. Forgive us for that, but we don’t often get the chance to reference horrendous music from the mid 90s, so we just had to take this opportunity.

Today marks the launch of Rolling Stone Country, the glossy’s first site solely dedicated to the genre. It will be overseen by Gus Wenner, rollingstone.com’s director. Beville Dunkerley and Joseph Hudak will serve as senior writers.

“We’re starting Rolling Stone Country out of a deep love for the music,” said Wenner, who pretty much had to say something like that, in a statement. “Country music has always been part of Rolling Stone‘s DNA.”

To coincide with Rolling Stone County’s arrival, the next Rolling Stone that hits newsstands will be its first ever country issue.

The magazine is also throwing a party in Nashville to celebrate the new site. There will be a performance by Keith Urban and guests will be provided custom cocktails by Patrón, in the hopes that consuming the beverages will help them enjoy Urban’s music.

Rolling Stone Profiles a ‘Rock & Roll Willy Wonka’

RSJackWhitecoverJust in time for Memorial Day weekend, Rolling Stone has a pure music play. Hitting newsstands Friday, the latest issue features a cover story on Jack White that led contributing editor Jonah Weiner down to the artist’s Nashville HQ.

White, bannered with “The Strange Life of a Rock & Roll Willy Wonka”, sure does look the cover-part . And judging by today’s online teaser, this is going to be an everlasting gobstopper of a read:

White has a message for the female journalist who wrote he has a “Women Problem” in The Atlantic in 2012, accusing him of having retrograde attitudes regarding gender.

“I’ve worked with more women than anyone you’ll ever meet,” he says, adding there’s a difference between the narrators of his songs and his own beliefs. Referring to Lazaretto opener “Three Women,” which references digital photography, he adds, “If you know anything about me, do you think I like digital photography? No. I don’t.”

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Rolling Stone Cover is Weird, Wrong

On the right is the cover of the latest Rolling Stone.

Two thoughts:

1) It is weird, sexist and sort of pathetic. Why is Julia Louis-Dreyfus naked? What does that have to do with her being “The First Lady of Comedy?” It’s so over-the-top for no reason that it comes across as desperate. Even Rolling Stone’s tweet about the issue — ”Julia Louis-Dreyfus is naked on our new cover” — was sad. Pay attention to us! Please??? We have a naked lady on our cover!

2) It is wrong. John Hancock did not sign the Constitution, he signed the Declaration of Independence.

Justin Bieber Graces Rolling Stone Cover

Justin Bieber is your new Rolling Stone cover dude. The 19-year-old Canadian appears shirtless, alongside copy reading “Why Justin Bieber Just Won’t Behave.” We have a few theories on that:

1) Bieber simply enjoys throwing dairy products at houses too much.

2) Constantly having to pull up your ill-fitting leather pants is taxing; misbehaving alleviates stress.

3) Bieber is a few blocks short of a Jenga tower.

The new issue of Rolling Stone hits newsstands Friday.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Facebook Buys WhatsApp | First Look Hires Taibbi | Greenwald Vows Return

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Facebook’s Latest Acquisition? That’s WhatsApp! (AllFacebook)
After its unsuccessful bid for photo-messaging application Snapchat last November, reportedly valued at more than $3 billion, Facebook opened up the vaults and announced its acquisition of cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp for $4 billion in cash and some $12 billion in Facebook shares, also announcing that WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum will join Facebook’s board of directors. CNNMoney Buying WhatsApp will only bolster Facebook’s already strong position in the crowded messaging world. Messenger, Facebook’s standalone messaging app for mobile devices, is second only to WhatsApp in its share of the smartphone market. The Verge In a press release announcing the monumental buyout, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable.” He also shared news of the deal on his personal Facebook page, saying, “WhatsApp will complement our existing chat and messaging services to provide new tools for our community.” Over 450 million people use WhatsApp each month, according to statistics in the press release, with 70 percent of those users active on a given day. GigaOM Facebook is going to end up competing with apps like Line and WeChat in many markets for the consumer’s mobile minutes and WhatsApp gives the Menlo Park-based company a strong competitive weapon. While potential monetization remains a bit of a head scratcher, there are more options for the company to think about, like new native advertisements in the near future. Forbes Koum picked a meaningful spot to sign the $19 billion deal to sell his company WhatsApp to Facebook Wednesday. Koum, co-founder Brian Acton and venture capitalist Jim Goetz of Sequoia drove a few blocks from WhatsApp’s discreet headquarters in Mountain View to a disused white building across the railroad tracks, the former North County Social Services office where Koum, 37, once stood in line to collect food stamps.

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