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Royal Baby Prince George Lands Vanity Fair Cover

Prince George hasn’t even celebrated his first birthday yet, but he’s already snagged his first Vanity Fair cover. This is quite an achievement, because it’s not like VF has an unnatural obsession with the British monarchy.

The cover promises “exclusive” articles inside, such as “How the future king spent year one.” We don’t have the exclusive access VF does, but have a rough idea what George was doing: eating, crying, sleeping, shitting and peeing. That’s it. We’re sure the piece is riveting though.

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José Díaz-Balart Named MSNBC’s 10 A.M. Host (TVNewser)
Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart has been named MSNBC’s 10 a.m. anchor, replacing Chris Jansing, who is leaving MSNBC to become NBC’s senior White House correspondent. HuffPost He will host his MSNBC show from Miami and take over when Jansing departs in June. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Díaz-Balart will continue to co-anchor Telemundo’s Noticiero Telemundo and host Enfoque Con José Díaz-Balart. Ari Melber, a co-host on MSNBC’s afternoon program The Cycle, had been in the running against Díaz-Balart for the 10 a.m. slot, several sources said in recent weeks. The Associated Press MSNBC president Phil Griffin said Tuesday the deal has been in the works for some nine months. Griffin says he’s wanted to snag Díaz-Balart for years but had to find a time slot that wouldn’t conflict with the nightly news on Telemundo, which is also a division of NBC Universal. Díaz-Balart is the brother of U.S. Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart and former Rep. Lincoln Díaz-Balart. His aunt was the first wife of Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Variety Díaz-Balart began his career in 1983 and has reported historic events and interviewed major political figures for prestigious news outlets including NBC News and Telemundo. His achievements include being the first journalist to serve as news anchor on two national television networks in Spanish and English on the same day for an entire season.

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Arthur Sulzberger Jr.: ‘The Question is, Am I Doing a Bad Job of Picking Leaders for the New York Times?’

VanityFairLogoThe statement in the headline was volunteered Sunday by Sulzberger during his first post-Ambramson interview with Vanity Fair‘s Sarah Ellison. When she asked him what the terminations of Jill Abramson in 2014, president/CEO Janet Robinson in 2011 and executive editor Howell Raines in 2004 signify, the New York Times publisher chose to read between her interview lines. He goes on to answer his own question with, “I don’t think so.”

This is the second time Ellison has interviewed Sulzberger for the magazine; the first was for the 2010 cover story “Two Men and a Newsstand.” She reminds off the top that the framed Winston Churchill quote in Sulzberger’s office is incorrect and later, ponders a strange metaphor from the 62-year-old publisher about not wanting to wait to cut off the other arm after the first arm has been chopped.

Ellison covered a lot of solid ground during Sunday’s interview with a series of well thought-out questions. Sulzberger’s answer to this one suggests Abramson ultimately may have been undone by changing Times:

When I pointed out that other executive editors of the Times had possessed the very traits that some have attributed to Abramson —that she could be aloof or autocratic — he countered that times had changed. Sure, he said, Abe Rosenthal, who edited the Times through the Pentagon Papers and Watergate, was famously difficult. Rosenthal could also focus simply on gathering and publishing the news.

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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for the Week

Here’s a look at the FishbowlNY posts that made the most buzz this week.

1) Journos React to Shocking Jill Abramson Announcement

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2) Alison Brower Rejoins The Hollywood Reporter

3) People StyleWatch Promotes, Vanity Fair Adds Online Editor

4) Deconstructing Jill Abramson’s Sudden Departure

5) Major Moves at AP, Money Magazine and Business Insider

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People StyleWatch Promotes, Vanity Fair Adds Online Editor

PeopleStyleWatchLogoAn intrepid FishbowlNY tipster alerted us about this last week. Today, it’s official, via the sharing of an internal People memo:

I am happy to announce the promotions of Leah Ginsburg to executive editor and Kristen Maxwell to deputy editor of People StyleWatch.

Since joining StyleWatch, Leah has seamlessly picked up the StyleWatch voice, produced new pages and overseen the monthly closes. In her new role, she will also be responsible for managing the writing and reporting teams, top editing, packaging stories and further developing integration across all sectors of the StyleWatch brand.

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Curtis Sittenfeld Spends the Afternoon with Barbara Walters

VanityFairLogoThe June 2014 Vanity Fair profile of Barbara Walters just posted online. It’s by all indications only the second time article author Curtis Sittenfeld has had something in VF; she previously, in 2008, shared an excerpt from her novel American Wife.

Sittenfeld’s interview with Walters, who exits The View next week, is one of those delightful VF bonbons. Rather than scrolling through the feature furiously while at work, we recommend bookmarking for later, after-work enjoyment. Preferably with a glass of chilled Chardonnay, so as to savor nuggets like this one:

Walters harbors one regret, which is that she didn’t travel to South Africa in 1994 to personally interview Nelson Mandela. “It was November, which was sweeps,” Walters recalls. “I was just so busy and I didn’t think I could spare that four days traveling, the interview, a week — and I’m kicking myself.”

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Another Month, Another THR Web Traffic Record

JohnOliverILoveNYTHRThis is why Guggenheim Partners pays Janice Min the big bucks.

For the month of March, worldwide Web traffic was up for both Billboard and THR (on the heels, in the case of the latter weekly print-tied operation, of Jimmy Fallon suggesting Tuesday to guest John Oliver that being on the cover of the “New York Issue” was a “giant, giant magazine” honor). Here’s the short-and-sweet memo from Dan Strauss, GM, digital for both sites:

Hi Everyone,

comScore released multi-platform numbers for March 2014 and I’m happy to announce that THR set a new record with 14.288M total worldwide unique visitors. This tops our previous mark of 14.013M from Jan 2014 by 2%.

Billboard also had a strong March jumping from 7.656M in Feb to 9.377M total worldwide unique visitors.

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Cover Battle: Scene or Vanity Fair

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features Scene versus Vanity Fair. Scene went all in with Joe Jonas because apparently it’s still 2008.

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Graydon Carter Named to Magazine Editors Hall of Fame

Graydon Carter, the longtime Vanity Fair editor, has been elected to the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame. He’ll be honored at a ceremony at the Marquis on May 1.

Carter has been in the magazine business for many years. He was a staff writer at Time and Life, and co-founded Spy in 1986. Carter served as the editor of The New York Observer before jumping to what would ultimately cement his legacy — editing VF. He has held that spot since 1992. During Carter’s span as VF’s editor, the title has won 14 National Magazine Awards; two for General Excellence.

“Few journalists are as influential — and as well known — as Graydon Carter,” said Sid Holt, ASME’s CEO, in a statement. “All you have to do is look around in print and online to see the lasting influence of Spy, the magazine he co-founded and edited in the 1980s. As the editor of Vanity Fair for the last two decades, he has continued to have an outsize impact not only on magazine journalism but also on American culture.”

Vanity Fair Interviews Edward Snowden

Vanity Fair’s May issue is officially a must read. The magazine somehow snagged an interview with Edward Snowden, which serves as a starting point for the glossy’s 20,000 word piece on the man who leaked countless NSA documents to the press. Below are some highlights from the Snowden interview.

On the rumor that he has almost 2 million documents:

Look at the language officials use in sworn testimony about these records: ‘could have,’ ‘may have,’ ‘potentially.’ They’re prevaricating. Every single one of those officials knows I don’t have 1.7 million files, but what are they going to say? What senior official is going to go in front of Congress and say, ‘We have no idea what he has, because the N.S.A.’s auditing of systems holding hundreds of millions of Americans’ data is so negligent that any high-school dropout can walk out the door with it?’

On his political leanings:

I’d describe my political thought as moderate.

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