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Rosanne Cash, Donald Trump’s Latest Nemesis & Lessons in PR From Tina Brown’s Landlord

LunchAtMichaelsWe missed Judy Collins by a day, but I spotted Rosanne Cash deep in conversation with bookseller-to-the-1-percent Glenn Horowitz. While the celeb wattage at Michael’s was uncharacteristically low today (hunky actor Chris Pine’s dad was there, though), the usual suspects — all stars in their own lives, don’t you know — were out in force making the Wednesday lunch scene to see and be seen.

I was joined today by Tom Goodman, founder of Goodman Media International, the New York City-based public relations firm he founded in 1996 after 20 years in corporate PR for CBS, ABC and J.Walter Thompson. Just before hanging out his own shingle, he toiled as head of communications for CBS News and CBS Inc. “I was out in the Westinghouse merger,” Tom told me, between bites of chicken paillard. “The timing was perfect — and so much of life depends on luck and timing.” Don’t I know it. “I had some good contacts at CBS, and they helped so much.” I bet. He started with three very high-profile clients — British Airways, Sony and MSNBC — and since opening his office (which now has very swanky digs with a stunning view of Times Square) has “represented every major network and cable network at one time or another.”

Diane Clehane and Tom Goodman

Diane Clehane and Tom Goodman

I met Tom (where else?) in this very dining room and have always been impressed by the diverse roster of machers, moguls and media mavens his firm represents. His staff of 25 handles the media relations, social media, product launches and event publicity (among other services) for media bigwigs like PBS and Reader’s Digest, iconic institutions and organizations, including The Hospital for Special Surgery and Joe Torre‘s Safe at Home Foundation.

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New ISIS Video Shows Hostage John Cantlie Allegedly Reporting From Kobani (Vice News)
In a new video published Monday, British photojournalist John Cantlie, who is now being held hostage by the Islamic State after being kidnapped in Syria in 2012, appears to be reporting from the city of Kobani on the Syrian-Turkish border, which has been the stage to an ongoing battle between the militants and Kurdish forces. HuffPost The five-minute video, which is titled “Inside Ayn al-Islam,” shows Cantlie walking in front of destroyed buildings in what appears to be Kobani. After mentioning international reports of Islamic State losses in the battle for the town, Cantlie says Kobani is about to fall completely into the militants’ hands. NBC News But U.S. counterterrorism officials said that while the undated video apparently was shot in Kobani, Cantlie’s assertion that ISIS controls large swathes of the city is false. “We don’t know when this was recorded,” said one official, who like the others spoke on condition of anonymity. “But to suggest that the ISIL (another acronym for ISIS) is in control of the city now is not accurate.” Mashable It’s widely assumed that Cantlie, who’s appeared in at least five propaganda videos since he disappeared, is reading from remarks that were prepared by his captors. Having rid the region of all independent journalists, it appears the group is now attempting to broadcast its own twisted form of journalism. The Guardian The video comes two days after the release of another video, in which Cantlie said that captives have been waterboarded for trying to escape.

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Tina Brown Partners with Vice, Marshall Project for ‘American Justice Summit’

Tina Brown Live Media, the event company run by Tina Brown, has announced a new event — The American Justice Summit.  Vice and The Marshall Project are partnering with Brown on the event, which will “explore the personal, social, and financial inequities of a prison system.”

Speakers include Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, Orange is The New Black author Piper Kerman, Harry Belafonte, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Ford Foundation president Darren Walker, and CNN and The New Yorker legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

“Criminal justice reform is a burning national issue,” said Brown, in a statement. “The mission of this Summit is to shine a light on an accelerating crisis and showcase the people who offer creative new solutions.”

The event is free and will be held November 10, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on 59th Street.

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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Is Tina Brown’s Favorite Shakespeare Quote a Nudge-Nudge, Wink-Wink?

In the bios, he is known as Sir Harold. But more informally in NYC, London and elsewhere,  Tina Brown‘s husband Harold Evans is quite often referred to or tagged as “Harry.”

Which got us wondering today about the favorite Shakespeare quote provided to blogger Bill Lucey by the head of Tina Brown Live Media, for his fun item tied to the 450th anniversary of The Bard’s birthday. He asked journalists to share their favorite line of stage dialogue, and, well… You be the second judge:

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Toby Young Ponders Tina Brown’s ‘Galactic Chutzpah’

TheSpectatorLogoSome of the contextualizing is questionable. But overall, Toby Young‘s The Spectator essay about the money-losing media trail trodden by Tina Brown and his companion commentary for The Daily Telegraph are thrillingly thought-provoking.

From The Spectator piece:

Take the case of Tina Brown, a New Yorker whose business ventures have lost far more than L’Wren Scott’s ever did, but who is completely inured to these setbacks because of her posh English upbringing… You won’t find Tina retiring to a darkened room with a bottle of whiskey and a revolver. On the contrary, she’s just signed a contract with Doubleday to write her memoirs — the appropriately titled Media Beast. Failure is just another career opportunity for her, which has always been the British way. As Winston Churchill said, ‘Success is going from one failure to the next with no loss of enthusiasm.’

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Tina Brown on Newsweek: ‘I’m so Glad I’m Not the Editor’

Tina Brown was routinely criticized during her time as Newsweek’s editor, so it’s not surprising to hear that she’s happy she doesn’t have to deal with the magazine’s Bitcoin story fiasco.

In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Brown was asked what would happen if Newsweek’s story was proven wrong. “That would be rough,” replied Brown. “All I can think of is I’m so glad I’m not the editor.”

Brown also commented on the challenges Newsweek faces, which have been echoed by many:

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Former AOL Editor Joins Tina Brown’s Company

Cyndi Stivers, who was ousted as AOL’s editor-in-chief after only eight months on the job, has joined Tina Brown Live Media, her event company.

The New York Post reports that at Tina Brown Live Media, Stivers will oversee digital strategy.

No doubt Stivers will have her hands full in the next few months, as Brown’s big event, the Women in The World Summit, is set for April.

Tina Brown Doesn’t Like Pot

Screen Shot 2014-01-03 at 9.59.01 AMEarlier this morning, Tina Brown tweeted a link to David Brooks’ New York Times piece declaring that smoking weed is bad. The article rehashes (pun totally intended, bruh!) the same old anti-pot arguments and ignores the fact that imprisoning people for smoking weed is — at the very least — ridiculous.

Brown thought Brooks’ article was “too polite,” so she added her own take on pot:

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‘Media Person of The Year’ Finalists Unveiled

It’s almost the end of the year, and you know what that means: Lots of “best of/worst of” lists and many, many awards. One honor that typically grabs the attention of the media centric is I Want Media’s annual Media Person of The Year contest, which celebrates “2013′s most memorable figure — for good or ill — in the media industry.”

I Want Media has just opened up voting, so get to it. The polls will close Sunday, December 8, and the winner will be announced the next day. After you’re done logging your thoughts for I Want Media, we suggest you start considering who should win FishbowlNY’s Best Award Award. Voting for that is always close.

Below are the finalists for Media Person of The Year.

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