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Tina Brown Adds Peter Boyer and Wayne Barrett

Sidney Deane, the hustler charachter from White Men Can’t Jump, once said,  “I don’t mean to brag, but I’m the greatest!” After today, FishbowlNY imagines Tina Brown might want to add that quote to her repertoire as well.

The Newsweek/Daily Beast venture she’s in charge of keeps adding elite talent, showing that Brown knows how to put together a winning squad. The latest additions include Peter Boyer from The New Yorker and Wayne Barrett, most recently from The Village Voice.

According to Jeremy Peters at Media Decoder, Boyer will be a correspondent for news and politics, and Barrett will do what he does best – investigative reporting.

Once the Newsweek/Daily Beast entity gets launched we fully expect Brown to send out an email to competitors with the subject, “It’s hard work makin’ you look this bad.”

Newsweek Names Chelstowski as Publisher

Ray Chelstowski, formerly with Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly, has been named Publisher at Newsweek. According to Jeremy Peters at Media Decoder, one of Chelstowski’s first steps will be unifying the sales teams at The Daily Beast and Newsweek, which he insists won’t lead to more chaos:

Right now there are two separate sales staffs, two separate operations. I think the best way to go to market is in an integrated capacity.

Chelstowski told Peters he was optimistic that he and Tina Brown could turn around Newsweek, but then, perhaps realizing that looking on the bright side of things isn’t very in vogue these days, added, “I don’t think that any kind of media proposition is easy today.”

Newsweek Continues to Lose Staff

Adweek is reporting that Tina Brown will not stop until she conquers the world. Or something close to that, at least. The latest rumor to emerge out of the Newsweek/Daily Beast merger is that as time goes on, it’s looking less like a merger and more like a takeover. Newsweek has already lost a lot of its staff, and now those that are still there are being offered buyouts. The result, according to an unnamed source at the magazine, is chaos:

Everyone is sitting around waiting for the buyout money. The place is like a ghost ship [with] nobody at the rudder. Beast people aren’t running it yet, and Newsweek people have mentally checked out.

Not exactly the best way to start.

Newsweek/Daily Beast Deal Still In The Works

Most companies witness a slowdown in operations around the holiday season and Newsweek and The Daily Beast are no exception to the rule.  After announcing plans for a merger in November the two brands have not yet finalized their partnership and, according to Keith Kelly, Newsweek owner Sidney Harman is aiming for mid-January as the date to seal the deal.

The main culprits for the delay are legal issues and paperwork, two factors that are taking their toll on the Newsweek staff.  Even though they both have signed book deals with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, interim co-editors Dan Klaidman and Nisid Hajari will remain with the magazine until the end of the month

Tina Brown Snags First “NewsBeast” Staffer Away From Lucky

Tina Brown is wasting no time in building her team at the newly formed Newsweek Daily Beast Company.  NYPost.com’s Keith Kelly reports that Brown has tapped Dirk Barnett as new creative director — a move that comes just two days after Barnett joined Lucky magazine.

With Brown moving so aggressively and the ink still yet to dry on the Newsweek-Daily Beast merger deal, many publishers must be wondering just how loyal their staffers will be when the “NewsBeast” comes calling.

Christine Pelisek Finds a New Serial Killer On the Loose

New job, same Christine Pelisek. The former LA Weekly writer, who now writes for The Daily Beast, discovered the existence of the “Grim Sleeper” serial killer on the loose in Los Angeles two years ago. Now she’s written about a new serial killer roaming the Southland.

From Pelisek’s story in the Daily Beast:

The first body was found in a patch of weeds in L.A.’s industrial wastelands. The victim, a woman, was naked; her feet and wrists had been bound.

The second body was discovered in a vacant field near a school sixty miles east of the city. The woman, also naked, lay facedown, in a semi-fetal position.

The third body was found, partially clothed, in a dirt gulley of a desolate area miles away in the county of Riverside. She, like the others, had been strangled.

The murders were 20 years apart yet police believe they were committed by the same person—a serial killer still on the loose.

It should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway. Creepy.

Previously on FBLA: Christine Pelisek Leaves LA Weekly for the Daily Beast

Winter Olympic Winners Icy With Press | National Enquirer Gets Legit | Toobin In Trouble | Buzzed to Death

• Olympic Gold Medal speedskater Sven Kramer get grumpy with reporters.

Huffington Post: Who would have seen this day coming? The National Enquirer is up for a Pulitzer Prize for its breaking of the John Edwards/Rielle Hunter sex scandal. Hey, when they’re right, they’re right.

FishbowlDC: Perhaps the Daily News will win a Pulitzer for its coverage of CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin‘s secret love child as well.

TVWeek: No one ever said Oprah shies away from her gimmicks: On March 3rd the queen of daytime TV will have past and future Academy Award nominees interviewing each other on her show. Too bad Katherine Bigelow won’t be there so she and James Cameron could quiz each other on their former relationship.

Mashable: Quick, everyone jump onto this class action lawsuit against Google Buzz!

CJR: The Daily Beast‘s list of Most Influential Journalists include very few actual, uh, journalists.

Zachery Kouwe Resigns From New York Times Over Plagiary Charges

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This has not been a good month for looking over your shoulder and copying your classmates work: Just last week, Gerald Posner from The Daily Beast resigned after he was caught by Jack Shafer copying portions of The Miami Herald in his columns.

Now New York Times writer Zachery Kouwe has resigned from his business beat over at the newspaper after it was discovered that his role at Dealbook involved at least six instances of copying of press releases and other news sources word for word.

So what was Kouwe’s excuse for the misdeed? Apparently they keep him so busy at Dealbook that he didn’t have time to realize that he was inadvertently stealing other people’s words.

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Leno Punching Bag | Conan’s Justified | Imagining Stern | Posner Resigns

Vulture: Conan O’Brien’s contract: revealed (sort of)!

FishbowlLA: Here’s what might have been if Howard Stern had made it to American Idol‘s judging table.

Mashable: In Britain, they’re actually making their journalists use Twitter and Facebook. It’s like Bizarroland.

Romenesko Gerald Posner leaves The Daily Beast after he admitted to plagiarizing content from The Miami Herald. And <a href="“>some other places.

Gerald Posner Plagiarized Miami Herald

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Gerald Posner, an investigative journalist and contributor to Tina Brown‘s The Daily Beast (not to mention a frequent guest on MSNBC’s Hardball), has admitted to plagiarizing a juicy celebrity death story straight from the pages of The Miami Herald. Jack Shafer at Slate was the first one to notice the…well…lack of discrepancy. Here’s Posner’s article on Fontainebleau heir Ben Novak and his suspicious death for The Daily Beast on February 4th:

There is little doubt the Novacks had a volatile relationship. In 2002, 11 years into their marriage, Narcy and two others tied Ben Jr. to a chair, threatened to kill him and took money from his safe, according to the police report filed at the time.

“If I can’t have you, no one else will,” she told him, according to a divorce petition Ben Jr. filed and then dropped.

Narcy told police investigators at the time that the entire episode was part of a sex game. And she also showed them porno snapshots of women with artificial limbs having sex, claiming her husband had a fetish for them.

And here is the Herald article, written by Julie Brown only two days before:

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