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Business Insider Hires Anthony Weiner

AnthonyWeiner-1Anthony Weiner — everyone’s favorite shirtless, pompous jerk — is now a columnist for Business Insider.

In a (perhaps satirical?) announcement, BI proclaimed that it was “very pleased” that Weiner would be penning a monthly column titled “Weiner!” Yes, the exclamation point is real.

Why, you ask? Why would BI want Weiner writing for them? Well, aside from being what seems to be an awful person, Weiner is famous. Oh, and some other bullshit:

We believe the unique combination of brashness and wonkiness that made Weiner one of last year’s most memorable candidates and one of the most high-profile advocates for health care reform during his time in Congress will make him a perfect fit for Business Insider.

Weiner’s Weiner! column debuts March 28.

Let’s Make Fun of Media Elite’s First Tweets

Twitter has launched a great site — first-tweet.com — that will embarrass any user. Naturally we thought this would be a great opportunity to make fun of some media elite.

First-tweet is self-explanatory — it allows you to see any public users’ first tweet. Most of them are boring, but some — like the ones below — are worth pointing out. Oh, and in case you’re wondering — your FishbowlNY editors’ first tweets were fantastic.

First Tweets from Media Mavens

Rupert Murdoch was still grappling with basic English when he sent his first tweet.

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Starbucks to Give Oprah Her Own Tea Blend

oprah-ownStarting April 29, Oprah fans can get a little closer to the media maven by drinking tea bearing her name. Starbucks has announced that Teavana Oprah Chai Tea will be sold in Starbucks and Teavana locations across the country at the end of next month.

Oprah worked with a teaologist (kids, don’t tell your parents this is what you’re studying at college) to create the blend, which is described as “a bold infusion of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves, blended with loose-leaf black tea and rooibos.” Who doesn’t love rooibos?

A portion of the sales of Teavana Oprah Chai will go to Oprah’s Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation.

If each bag of the tea doesn’t feature Oprah’s face, Starbucks made a big mistake.

[h/t: GrubStreet]

Here’s the NY Times’ Exec Editor Hitching a Ride in a Pickup Truck

South by Southwest to do list:

  • Near constant social media updates praising SXSW
  • Near constant real life disappointment with SXSW
  • Small talk with media types
  • Big talk with local drunks
  • Attend a panel discussion about a trend that isn’t a trend
  • Attend a panel discussion by people who take themselves too seriously
  • See a concert by a terrible band
  • See a concert by an average band
  • Witness Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times, hitching a ride in the back of a pickup truck

[Image via David Carr]

Chuck Townsend Endorses Cindi Leive

Chuck TownsendCEO of Condé Nast, is fan of Cindi LeiveGlamour’s editor-in-chief. Even if (maybe!) Anna Wintour isn’t. Ever since Wintour was named artistic director and immediately began lopping off Condé editors’ heads, rumors have been swirling that Leive was next to get axed.

However, Townsend — speaking to The New York Post — put his full support behind Glamour’s editor. “I’m just about to go down there [Glamour's offices] now to celebrate their 75th anniversary issue and the wonderful job Cindi’s done,” said Townsend. “I’m going to get down on one knee and thank her [Cindi] for the job she’s done on that brand. She’s my girl.”

Not much better than having the CEO refer to you as his “girl.” Though “woman” might have been better.

Even Annie Leibovitz Takes Selfies

Let the record show that even Annie Leibovitz takes selfies. At a party at the Chateau Marmont for her upcoming book (creatively titled Annie Leibovitz), the famed photographer couldn’t resist snapping a picture of herself. Hey, at least she’s including other people.

The gathering was attended by Graydon Carter, David Byrne, Whoopi Goldberg and more. According to Vanity Fair, they all had nothing but good things to say about Leibovitz’s book, which will be released next month.

Two other notable moments from the party included Leibovitz proclaiming that she’s not ready to join Instagram, and Sly Stallone desperately trying to keep 80s fashion alive:

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Paula Deen: I’m Just Like ‘That Black Football Player’

paula-deen-300Paula Deen is back and more ignorant than ever. In an interview with People, Deen compared herself to Michael Sam, the college football player who will soon make history by becoming the first openly gay NFL player. It’s getting to the point where we’re wondering if Deen is just f*cking with us, because no one can be this stupid. Right?

“I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name,” Deen told People. “It’s like that black football player who recently came out. He said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’ I know exactly what he’s saying.”

No, Paula, no you do not know what Sam was saying.

Losing a TV show and endorsement deals because you’re racist isn’t the same thing as being a gay rights pioneer. But keep talking, Paula. We’d love to hear more about your struggle.

Transgender Advocate Janet Mock on What She Learned at People.com

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After writer and former People.com editor Janet Mock came out as transgender woman in a 2011 Marie Claire article, she made it her mission to raise awareness about the social injustices experienced by the trans community and to give young trans women an outlet via social media to share their personal stories.

Mock, whose memoir Redefining Realness was released this month, recently spoke to Mediabistro and discussed what she learned during her early days in digital media:

People.com was a stepchild of People magazine, which was the juggernaut. They were creating… the mold and creating what social media is and communicating [immediacy] to readers… And so that’s how my career was. It was sitting in a cubicle. I wasn’t a features editor. I didn’t write long-form pieces that I thought I would be writing. I was writing smaller blurbs, learning to sharpen language, and communicate what readers actually wanted and how to entice them to click on things without sensationalizing.

To hear more from Mock, including her take on the Piers Morgan controversy, read: So What Do You Do, Janet Mock, Writer,Transgender Advocate And Author?

Teen Arrested After Threatening James Dolan on Twitter

FishbowlNY is not a fan of James Dolan, CEO of Cablevision and Destroyer of The New York Knicks. However we feel about Dolan, one thing we wouldn’t do is threaten him, because the police don’t take that kind of stuff lightly. That’s a lesson Johnny Giamella, a 19-year-old Staten Island resident, has just learned. Albeit a bit too late. The New York Daily News reports that Giamella was arrested after posting scary-sounding tweets regarding Dolan.

In one tweet, Giamella wrote “James Dolan, it’s officially time to die.” He followed that subtle note up with a slightly different version — “Death to James Dolan” — just in case anyone was confused.

Giamella also posted one picture of himself pointing a gun at the camera and another of himself naked, with only a gun covering his groin.

The photos are slightly more creative ways of critiquing Dolan’s impact on the Knicks, but still not recommended.

Here are All The Media People Alec Baldwin Bashed in New York Piece

Alec Baldwin is a self-important baby with anger issues. We know this. But before “bowing out of public life” (which doesn’t really mean anything) via a gigantic New York piece, Baldwin had to remind us of that once again, by ranting and raving about everyone and everything.

Here’s a list of the media people — and media in general — he bashed in the piece:

  • Joe Scarborough and Morning Joe: ”Morning Joe was boring. Scarborough is neither eloquent nor funny. And merely cranky doesn’t always work well in the morning.”
  • Photographers: “Photographers today get right up in your face, my wife’s, my baby’s. They are baiting you. You can tell they want to get into it with you.”
  • MSNBC: “The problem with everybody on MSNBC is none of them are funny, although that doesn’t prevent them from trying to be.”

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