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Revolving Door: Mark Halperin Steps in It, and More Media Changes


Mark Halperin, senior political analyst and editor-at-large for TIME, has been given a time-out of indefinite length after he said President Obama was “kind of a dick” during his presser yesterday.

The comment was made on Morning Joe, and Halperin had actually tried to warn the Morning Joe staff that he was going to say something off-color, asking if the show had prepared its “7-second delay button.” He apologized within minutes (17 to be exact) of making the comment, but the damage was already done.

TVNewser has statements from both MSNBC and Halperin. We have no words for this one.

After the jump, some of this week’s media highlights from mediabistro’s Revolving Door Newsletter.

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‘Time’ 100 Reader Poll Shows Rain is Tops

This week, Time magazine revealed its choices for the 100 most influential people in the world, which was really only as interesting as these countdowns tend to be. The usual suspects (politicians like Germany’s Angela Merkel, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, cultural icons like Justin Bieber and the royals Prince William and Kate Middleton) were on the list along with a couple of curve balls thrown in to make you go hmm… (tennis star Kim Clijsters and actress Mia Wasikowska).

Most interesting perhaps is the reader’s choice selection — Rain, the South Korean pop star and actor who is best known here in the U.S. as the star of the film Ninja Assassin for which he won an MTV award. This is his third year atop this chart.

Above, Rain shows his acting chops and after the jump, a Rain music video. If you’re looking for a spokesperson, maybe you should give him another look.

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Revolving Door: ‘Time,’ RTV 6, TheAtlantic.com, and More

Here are this week’s media highlights from Mediabistro’s Revolving Door Newsletter:

Jessica Winter has been named arts editor at TIME. She had been senior editor at O: The Oprah Magazine. (release)

Kevin Finch has been named news director at RTV 6 in Indianapolis. He had been a documentary writer and producer at Calamari Productions. (release)

Spencer Kornhaber has been named associate editor at TheAtlantic.com. He had been editor at AOL‘s Patch.com. (FishbowlDC)

Matthew Polevoy has been named social media producer at CBS News. He had been in audience development at CNNMoney.com. (TVNewser)

Nicole Price Fasig has been named Web editor at Good Housekeeping. She had been editor at J Walter Thompson. (mb)

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‘Time’ Tracks the Path of the Corporate Logo

The evolution of the KFC logo from 'Time' magazine's slideshow.

Time magazine’s Josh Sanburn tackles “The Evolution of Corporate Logos” in a slideshow that tracks brands including Gap, CBS (which hasn’t changed a bit in 60 years), and KFC. The deck on the slideshow is “What’s behind the trend toward kinder, gentler branding.” We would question whether the logos reveal something kinder and gentler. In fact, one could argue that NBC did away with the kind and gentle peacock when it introduced its new logo.

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Robert Gibbs on New Comm. Strategy: ‘The Only Way to Get Somebody to Stop Crowding the Plate is to Throw a Fastball at Them. They Move.’

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The White House communications team is no longer taking prisoners when it comes to dealing with adversaries in the media. The administration, instead of just working through the media to fact check stories and statements, is going direct to the source.

The president approves the strategy, telling aides to “call ‘em out,” when it comes to “pundits, politicians and outlets that make what the White House believes to be misleading or simply false claims,” writes TIME‘s Michael Scherer in a story today, titled “Calling ‘Em Out: The White House Takes on the Press.”

“The general in this war is [Anita] Dunn, 51, a veteran campaign strategist who arrived at the White House in May. She has been a force in Democratic campaigns since the late 1980s and helmed Obama’s rapid-response operation during his run,” he wrote.

Dunn told TIME, “Here in the White House you are reluctant to feel like you have to go to that place, but we have to be more aggressive rather than just sit back and defend ourselves, because they will say anything. They will take any small thing and distort it.” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs used a baseball analogy. “The only way to get somebody to stop crowding the plate is to throw a fastball at them. They move,” he said.

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