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Reporter Reads About Himself in Alan Cumming’s New Book

AlanCummingBookCoverPresently, Tim Teeman writes for The Daily Beast. But back in 2010, his byline could be found in The London Times, and it was during that time that had a very large impact on actor Alan Cumming‘s life.

As Teeman discovered and recounted this week for The Daily Beast:

Journalists generally shouldn’t be part of the stories they cover. But today, sitting with Alan Cumming in the Union Square vegan restaurant Peacefood Café, it’s unavoidable. I am part of the story, a key one, it turns out; when I reached page 31 of The Good Wife star’s memoir, Not My Father’s Son, the color drained from my face when I discovered why.

“Isn’t it funny? You’re actually integral to this book,” Cumming says, taking off his lovely, fitted checkered coat and scarf and liberating a curtain of dark floppy hair from under a jaunty hat. “If it hadn’t been for us meeting and doing that interview my dad would never have told me — at that time anyway… and maybe not ever.”

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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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Chelsea Hotel Extends Blondie Exhibit

You’ve got a few more days to check out the “Blondie 40th Anniversary” show at the Chelsea Hotel, curated by band members Deborah Harry and Chris Stein with help from art dealer Jeffrey Deitch. The collection of photographs, T-shirts and concert memorabilia was scheduled to come down this past Monday, September 29. But due to popular demand, the exhibit has been extended through next Monday, October 6.

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The Daily Beast’s Tim Teeman recently checked out the show at the Storefront Gallery on West 23rd Street. He says a large part of the attraction is the crowd and people-watching:

The [Chelsea Hotel] staff have heard “countless” stories from gallery visitors of drug-taking, drinking and sexual relations back in the day “that don’t sound credible.” One lady claimed she had a “magical connection” to Harry after a video of Blondie played in a Swiss chalet she was staying in. Another lady pressed a gift into the staff member’s hands to pass on to Harry, saying she had promised to pass it on to her when they had a chat 14 years before.

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Chloe Sevigny Exits Greenwich Village

ShutterstockChloeSevignyA couple of fun media strands to note in Marlow Stern‘s solid Daily Beast Q&A with actress Chloe Sevigny, whose Amazon series The Cosmopolitans debuts August 28.

Shortly after departing SoHo restaurant Balthazar, where she had sat down last week for lunch with the reporter, Sevigny was snapped and her outfit turned into a Daily Mail summer item. Meanwhile, the woman whose personal New York scene was once celebrated in the pages of The New Yorker by Jay McInerney has made a decision on that front; one that some other media coverage didn’t quite prepare her for:

“[I moved to Brooklyn] two weeks ago. I just sold my apartment a year ago. After ten years of living in the East Village, I was on 10th St. between 2nd and 3rd, I was like, “Get me the fuck out of here.”

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Kevin Sessums: From Food Stamps to FourTwoNine

One great advantage of profiling a wordsmith like Kevin Sessums, formerly among Tina Brown‘s marquee writers at Vanity Fair, is that he can be counted on to deliver marquee quotes.

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Here for example is how he describes, to New York Times reporter Laura M. Holson, what he deems to be a signature Brown talent. Sampled after Sessums made an infamous remark about a Roseanne Barr VF cover in the post-Brown era:

He recalled being seated at a booth at the Royalton Hotel soon after when Ms. Brown stopped by. “‘I heard what you said about that cover!’” Mr. Sessums said she told him. “‘Oh! You are the Oscar Wilde of New York!’,” Mr. Sessums nodded at her. “That is her way of complimenting me and denigrating me at the same time,” he said. “She was really good at that.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: News Crews Witness Airstrike | Time Warner Stock Surges

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NBC News Crew Witnesses Gaza Airstrike (TVNewser)
NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin and his crew witnessed an Israeli airstrike that killed four children at a port in Gaza Wednesday. Mohyeldin, who was also caught in the crossfire as Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets on crowds in East Jerusalem earlier this month, called in to the West Coast edition of Today to describe what he saw, saying it was “a chaotic scene.” TVNewser Hours later, it was chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel who reported the story for Nightly News. FishbowlDC On Wednesday afternoon’s The Lead With Jake Tapper, the CNN host spoke over the phone with the Wall Street Journal’s Middle East correspondent Nick Casey for what proved to be a very intense interview. Casey was located near where the strike took place. Mashable The four children were killed by Israeli airstrikes that hit in close proximity to al-Deira Hotel, a Gaza City hotel full of foreign journalists. The attack came at around 4 p.m. local time and appeared to be the result of a naval shell. At least two additional children were injured, according to local reports. THR The BBC has defended its coverage of the latest Israeli air strikes in Gaza among accusations that the British public broadcaster is too pro-Israeli in its reporting on the region’s escalating conflict. The conflict has been the subject of extensive BBC news coverage, but a prominent pro-Palestine group claims the broadcaster’s programs have been systematically “entirely devoid of context or background.” The Palestine Solidarity Campaign posted an online open letter to BBC director general Tony Hall criticizing the broadcaster for not illustrating what it considers key aspects of the conflict.

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The Man Behind @SavedYouAClick

JakeBeckmanTwitterPicIf you’re not yet familiar with the Twitter account @SavedYouAClick, Emily Shire‘s Daily Beast chat with Jake Beckman, the stream’s creator, is a good place to start. The project is a sideline for Beckman, who by day authors, edits content for Rebel Mouse.

The idea of the account is simple: In lieu of click-bait Web article headlines, the stream re-tweets the headline along with the short, brief answer to that headline, saving you the time and aggravation of having to click through. From Shire’s piece:

In its few months of existence, @SavedYouAClick has amassed 125,000 followers, a sign of increasing frustration. And @SavedYouAClick is hardly the only fighter in the anti-clickbait crusade. It follows on the heels of other Twitter accounts, like @HuffPostSpoilers and @UpworthySpoiler, designed to call out and mock click-bait culture…

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Anthony Cumia: ‘The FCC is Nothing Compared to the PC Police’

AnthonyCumiaTwitterProfilePicFired Opie & Anthony host Anthony Cumia is wasting no time moving on. He’s launching, in August, a subscription podcast from his home-studio in Long Island; he’s hired a lawyer to try and get SirusXM to pay out the remainder of his through-October 2014 contract; and he’s explained to The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove that he saw this coming a mile away:

“There were plenty of lawyers that were always at the guard, waiting to strike down something we wanted to do on the Opie & Anthony Show,” Cumia said. “It just got worse and worse over there.”

“Look how I got fired. It had nothing to do with the FCC” – the Federal Communications Commission, which in any case has no authority over subscription-based satellite radio. “It had nothing to do with government regulations. It had to do with the people who run the company. The FCC is nothing compared to the PC police.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Al Jazeera Journos Sentenced | Post-Dispatch Defends Decision

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Jailed Al Jazeera Journalists Convicted in Egypt (CNN)
Three Al Jazeera English journalists were convicted Monday of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood in a ruling that immediately outraged journalists and activists around the world. The Guardian Former BBC correspondent Peter Greste, from Australia, ex-CNN journalist Mohamed Fahmy and local producer Baher Mohammed were jailed for seven, seven and 10 years, respectively. Four students and activists indicted in the case were sentenced to seven years. NYT Prosecutors accused the three journalists of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to broadcast false reports of civil strife in order to bring down Egypt’s military-backed government. But the prosecutors have not publicly disclosed any evidence that the journalists either conspired with the Brotherhood or broadcast false news. HuffPost / AP “I swear they will pay for this,” Fahmy, who was Al Jazeera English’s acting Cairo bureau chief, shouted angrily from the defendants’ cage after the sentences were announced in the Cairo court Monday. Greste, a correspondent, raised his fists in the air. “They just ruined a family,” said Fahmy’s brother Adel, who was attending the session. He said they would appeal the verdict but added that he had little faith in the system. “Everything is corrupt,” he said. Al Jazeera Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstey said the verdicts defied “logic, sense and any semblance of justice,” adding, “[Monday] three colleagues and friends were sentenced, and will continue to be kept behind bars for doing a brilliant job of being great journalists. ‘Guilty’ of covering stories with great skill and integrity. ‘Guilty’ of defending people’s right to know what is going on in their world.” The Washington Post The verdict was delivered in a brief session at a courtroom in the Tora prison complex, where the detainees have been imprisoned for nearly six months.

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Columnist: Lacey Spears Was Never a Mommy Blogger

Can someone be termed a “mommy blogger” if, over the span of 13 years, they posted just two blog items? And how about the tag “social media mom”? For that moniker, shouldn’t someone require thousands of Twitter followers rather than ten’s. And a tweet more recent than February 2010?

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According to Daily Beast contributor Andy Hinds, if you’re today’s media, the answers to these questions are no, and, hell no! Hinds takes major media outlets, including the New York Times, to task for carelessly running with the Journal-News‘s original description as such of Lacey Spears, an upstate New York mother now charged with the second-degree murder of her son.

He also reached out to an actual mommy blogger, Liz Gumbinner (Mom 101), who very much agreed with him:

“I feel like we’ve really reached rock-bottom as a society when the story of a sick woman hurting her son isn’t enough shock value for the mainstream media to get the page views they need any more,” she said. “We now have to make it more salacious by adding in some sort of zeitgeist-y pop culture reference to social media and blogging…”

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