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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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Tina Brown Learns to Keep Her Opinions About War to Herself

Tina Brown recently learned the hard way that when speaking to veterans of the armed forces, it’s wise to just keep your opinions about war to yourself. Brown had just attended a screening of Lone Survivor, a film about Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who (spoiler!) was the only survivor after a mission in Afghanistan went wrong. As NPR reports, a pivotal part of the movie is when Luttrell and his team decide to let a group of goat herders go. In the end, those same goat herders alert Taliban forces, who attack and murder everyone aside from Luttrell.

Brown, being the inquisitive type, approached Luttrell after the screening, and made the mistake of offering up her opinion:

I actually talked to [Luttrell] after a screener in an interview, and I asked him, you know, how does he feel today about that decision to let the goat herds go, which I said at the time, was probably the right moral decision to do. And he exploded. He said he really resented that it was ‘the right thing to do.’ He said, ‘How do you know what was the right thing to do? Nobody but us who was on that mountainside, in that conflict, in that war zone, knows what was the right thing to do.’

We have the feeling that from now on, Brown will withhold commenting on veterans’ deeply personal, and often quite traumatic, experiences.

Hopefully.

Tina Brown is Grumpy

Tina Brown thinks magazines are lame. The Hindustan Times reports that during a festival in India, Brown was asked about the state of journalism, and the former Newsweek/Daily Beast editor admitted that she doesn’t read magazines anymore. “The habit has gone,” Brown explained, which is sort of a dramatic way of putting it.

Brown went on to say that the digital revolution is ruining pretty much everything. “The digital explosion has been so explosive, there isn’t a single place where the digital thing is a profit thing,” noted Brown. “The disruption hasn’t brought a business model.” While we agree that explosions are often explosive, we don’t agree that there’s no positives to digital journalism.

As if that wasn’t enough, Brown added that she doesn’t even read much nowadays. “I think you can have more satisfaction from live conversations,” she said. Why the dour outlook? Brown said news sites are too often blurring editorial with advertising. “Journalists have not been aggressive enough about fighting back; it’s a very, very pathetic moment in journalism.”

With that, Brown blew a handful of magic dust into the sky, laughed maniacally, and disappeared into thin air.

The Daily Beast to Continue Publishing

The Daily Beast lives on. According to well, The Daily Beast, the site will continue publishing, despite many rumors to the contrary. “The Daily Beast is not for sale and is not closing,” wrote Rhona Murphy, interim CEO of The Daily Beast, in a memo to staffers. “IAC has approved in concept the operating budget for 2014.”

When the news broke that Tina Brown was departing the site, many people — including us — thought that the Daily Beast might be sold or shut down. However, things are apparently all good. And there were many statements to remind us of that.

Here’s one from managing director Deidre Depke: “The Daily Beast continues to grow at a robust rate and we are committed to bringing the business into a new era of strength and stability.” And another from John Avlon, The Daily Beast’s executive editor: “Our great team of writers and reporters keeps The Daily Beast on the cutting edge of digital news, delivering print quality at web speed.”

However, our favorite by far was from Barry Diller, who couldn’t help but stick another fork in Newsweek during his praise of The Daily Beast:

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Tina Brown to Write Book About Tina Brown

Tina Brown, two days after announcing she was leaving The Daily Beast to bless the world with her new company, Tina Brown Media, has decided we need even more Tina Brown, so she’s writing a book about being Tina Brown. The New York Times reports that Brown has signed a book deal with Metropolitan Books to write a memoir tentatively titled Media Beast.

Brown told the Times that she decided to write Media Beast because “I’ve seen a great deal, I’ve seen so much change, so much up close, amazing forces at work in the media business; it’s been a pretty interesting world.” Metropolitan Books described the memoir as “a unique perspective to the forces driving and disrupting publishing in the last three decades as well as keen observation of the worlds of media, Hollywood, Washington and Wall Street through which Tina Brown moved as an editor whose mission was to break news.”

Media Beast will be published in 2016. You have three years to mentally prepare yourself.

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IAC And Daily Beast Editor Tina Brown to Part Ways (BuzzFeed / Business)
Tina Brown, who sought to reinvent buzzy magazine journalism on the Internet in the form of The Daily Beast, and IAC have agreed to part ways. According to a source with direct knowledge of the situation, The Daily Beast parent company IAC, owned by media mogul Barry Diller, does not plan to renew Brown’s contract when it expires in January. The decision has been made for the two sides to part ways, said the source, but precise details of the separation are still being worked out. Brown confirmed her departure in both a meeting with staff and in an email sent to friends and contacts after BuzzFeed broke the news on Wednesday. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Brown will split with parent-company IAC next year and launch her own company, Tina Brown Live Media, according to sources with knowledge of her plans. The contract negotiations have been going on for the last few months, according to a source familiar with the discussions, and the split has been a “long time coming.” Daily Beast Brown is optimistic about the future of The Daily Beast. “The great thing about change is that you get influxes of new energy and you get different ideas,” she said. “I will be one click away from you every morning,” she told staffers, and added, “I will continue to see you grow.” Capital New York Brown, who was once editor of The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, told Daily Beast staff she will take her successful Women in the World Conference, and its staff, with her, according to a source who was present at the newsroom gathering. Rhona Murphy, The Daily Beast’s CEO, said during the meeting that there are currently no plans to close the site, which is still in the process of extricating itself from Newsweek, and that a budget was being planned through 2014, the source said. Mashable A source claiming to be close to the negotiations emphasized that Brown — not IAC — “ultimately made the decision to walk away from The Daily Beast” and that it’s “more of a mutual separating of ways.” The source added that Brown’s relationship with IAC Chairman Barry Diller is “not strained” and she continues to have “a ton of respect” for him. FishbowlNY Brown’s departure will surely kick “The Daily Beast is dead” rumors into high gear. The site is on pace to lose $12 million this year, so don’t be shocked if IAC decides to sell or completely shut it down.

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