Boston Magazine Counters Rolling Stone‘s Boston Bomber Cover: ‘This Is The Real Face of Terror’ (TheWrap / MediaAlley)
Boston Magazine published never-before-seen photos of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Thursday in response to Rolling Stone‘s controversial cover that critics felt depicted the accused murderer as a rock star. The photos, supplied by Mass. state police sergeant Sean Murphy, were intended to show the “real face of terror.” In one, a bloodied Tsarnaev emerges from his boat hideout while a sniper rifle trains its laser sight on his head. Boston Magazine Sean Murphy: “As a professional law-enforcement officer of 25 years, I believe that the image that was portrayed by Rolling Stone magazine was an insult to any person who has ever worn a uniform of any color or any police organization or military branch, and the family members who have ever lost a loved one serving in the line of duty. The truth is that glamorizing the face of terror is not just insulting to the family members of those killed in the line of duty, it also could be an incentive to those who may be unstable to do something to get their face on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The Atlantic Wire While Murphy’s photographs certainly put some distance between Tsarnaev and the audience, both physically and emotionally, they will, like nearly any photograph, depend on the interpretation of the viewer to complete their message. Rolling Stone‘s image’s normalcy is uncomfortable, but its eeriness speaks volumes. The new images depict a man, at a distance, defeated. But in them, he is also seen at his most vulnerable. CNN John Wolfson, Boston Magazine‘s editor-in-chief, said the magazine has hundreds of similar photos and will publish more in its September issue. Boston Globe / MetroDesk A state police spokesman said Thursday night that Murphy had been relieved of duty for one day and will be subject to an internal investigation. “His duty status will be determined at a hearing in the near future,” said spokesman David Procopio. “[Thursday’s] dissemination to Boston Magazine of photographs of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and police activity related to his capture was not authorized by the Massachusetts State Police,” Procopio said in a statement. Boston Magazine Just one day after the curtain was raised on the Rolling Stone cover featuring Tsarnaev, one day before it hit newsstands, there were several copies of the magazine selling on eBay for around $20.
Netflix Makes History With First Emmy Nominations (Ad Age / Media News)
Netflix has received nine Emmy nods for House of Cards and three for Arrested Development, marking the first time a series that originated on non-traditional TV landed any nominations in a major category. PRNewser The one-time snail mail DVD service (and Qwikster… remember that?) has made history with a best drama nomination for its original series House of Cards. In fact, it earned a total of nine nominations, including recognition for acting. It helps when you’ve got Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in the cast. Forbes / Dorothy Pomerantz There’s no question that Thursday was a huge win for Netflix. But it’s a little early to break out the champagne and toast the company as the next coming of HBO. Netflix earned more nominations than Starz (which only raked up three nods) but way fewer than Showtime and HBO, which earned 31 and 108 respectively. BuzzFeed Unlike the Oscars or Grammys, which provide an immediate sales boost for nominees, the impact the Emmys has on an individual show’s ratings is debatable, negligible and fleeting. No matter, though, as the end game for Netflix isn’t to get more people to watch House of Cards or Arrested Development or its latest, much-hyped offering, Orange is the New Black. Rather, it is to get more people to agree to pay $7.99 per month for either its streaming video or DVD-by-mail service or $15.98 for both. Its original programming is just a means to an end. TVNewser HBO’s VICE TV program received a nomination in the “Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series” category, an impressive showing in its first season. It is up against American Masters and The Abolitionists on PBS, The Men Who Built America on History and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman on Science Channel. NYT / Arts Beat On Thursday, Kerry Washington became the first African-American actress to be nominated for best actress in a drama since 1995, when Cicely Tyson was nominated (and lost) for Sweet Justice.
Condé Nast Touts Biggest September in Five Years (Adweek)
Fashion bible Vogue is taking the top spot in the closely watched September ad page contest, which is widely seen as a yardstick of the health of the industry. The Condé Nast book weighed in last year at 658 ad pages; this year, publisher Susan Plagemann added 1 percentage point for a total of 665 total ad pages. That marks four issues in a row of growth and Vogue’s third largest issue ever. WWD / Memo Pad There’s few places that can match the fashion magazine industry’s preoccupation with size. And so with the disclosure of September’s advertising page totals came the usual hyperbolic boasts from publishers eager to wow female readers, advertisers and the press.
David Zinczenko Joins ABC News (FishbowlNY)
David Zinczenko has another gig: He’s joining ABC News as a nutrition and wellness editor. Zinczenko will continue to serve as editorial director of Men’s Fitness. At ABC News, Zinczenko will “appear on all our programs and platforms, helping our audience understand the whole picture of healthy living, from diet to exercise to sleep,” according to a memo from Ben Sherwood, president of ABC News. FishbowlDC Zinczenko is the author of NYT bestsellers The Abs Diet and The 8-Hour Diet. His company recently announced a major deal with Random House for a new series of healthy lifestyle books. For 12 years he was the editor-in-chief of Men’s Health and editorial director of Women’s Health and Prevention magazines.
New York Post Looks Thinner After News Corporation Split (The Daily Beast)
These have been trying times in the newsroom on the Avenue of the Americas. Last month, the paper downsized, laying off about a dozen members of the editorial staff. Cuts have become a grim ritual in newsrooms around the country but are almost unheard of at the Post, which has relied on Rupert Murdoch’s largesse and his desire to shape the narrative of New York City. Now, with the layoffs and a number of editorial positions not being replaced, the newsroom “is like a ghost town,” said one Postie who, as did all the current and former Post staffers interviewed for this story, requested anonymity to avoid antagonizing the powers that be.
Let Tech Blogs Celebrate Start-Ups (NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer)
There has long been a war between those who write for and read tech blogs (by “tech blogs,” I’m referring to a group of publications epitomized by, but not limited to, TechCrunch and PandoDaily) and those who think these blogs are fundamentally compromised and do a terrible job of covering the tech industry in a neutral, objective way. This latter group tends to be composed of people who wish tech blogs contained more criticism — more takedowns of charlatans and frauds, more reports of industry gossip and George Packer-style think-pieces about Silicon Valley’s more pernicious influences.
Print Copies of J.K. Rowling Book Are Super-Scarce, eBay Sellers Cash In (paidContent)
Now that J.K. Rowling has been outed as the author of mystery The Cuckoo’s Calling, everyone wants to read it. But print copies are scarce. eBay sellers are making out well, with one signed copy of the book pulling in nearly $2,000. GalleyCat A first edition of Rowling‘s The Cuckoo’s Calling signed as “Robert Galbraith” sold for $4,453 on AbeBooks marketplace — so far the most expensive copy of the book sold on AbeBooks. The only other signed first-edition of that book on AbeBooks is currently selling for $6,188.72.
Rupert Murdoch Apologizes for ‘Overly Emotional Comments’ in Secret Recording, Denies Wrongdoing (TheWrap / MediaAlley)
Fox and News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch has apologized for some of the “overly emotional” comments he made in a secretly-recorded March meeting with Sun staffers, but repeatedly denied that he had any knowledge of bribery on the part of his newspapers. In the recording, Murdoch called the police investigation into his media empire “incompetent” and made statements that seemed to suggest that he knew his papers participated in bribery and that it was a long-standing practice that pre-dated his ownership of the papers.
Media Diversity: Washington Post Co. Expands Into Industrial Boilers (WSJ / Corporate Intelligence)
Washington Post Co. agreed to buy Forney Corp., a global supplier of products and systems for power and industrial boilers, from United Technologies Corp., as the education and media company continues to take steps toward diversifying from its struggling core businesses. The deal comes after The Washington Post agreed late last year to buy a majority stake in Celtic Healthcare Inc., a closely held provider of hospice and home health care in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
How Watching ‘Unbundled’ ESPN And AMC Could Cost More Than Your Whole Cable Bill (The Atlantic)
ESPN would cost as much as $30 a month if you yanked it out of the cable bundle and made it a standalone service, according to new analysis from Needham Insights. Today, the typical household pays a little under $40 a month in total subscription fees to all of the networks. So, $30 for standalone-ESPN plus $10 for standalone-AMC is already equal to or more than the total programming costs in your cable bill right now. In simpler English: TV just got more expensive with just two a la carte channels.
Soledad O’Brien Hits Washington Post Over Richard Cohen’s Trayvon Martin Column (HuffPost)
Soledad O’Brien hit the Washington Post on Thursday over Richard Cohen’s incendiary column about Trayvon Martin. “Richard Cohen. Wash Post. Seriously? And people tell me docs abt Black in Amer and Latino in Amer are divisive?” she tweeted. In response to someone tweeting, “what’s worse is that Washington Post defended the piece,” O’Brien said that that was in “a whole other category of annoyance.”
Warren Buffett’s Newspaper Company to Buy Atlantic City Paper (Omaha World-Herald)
Warren Buffett’s newspaper company said Thursday it plans to acquire The Press of Atlantic City in New Jersey, for an undisclosed price. The Press is owned by ABARTA, a private holding company in Pittsburgh that is owned by the Bitzer and Taylor families. It has a daily circulation of 67,000 and a Sunday circulation of 77,000 in southern New Jersey.
Here’s Where Your Crackstarter Money Is Going (Gawker)
As you may recall, roughly six weeks ago we succeeded in raising $200,000 from readers in an effort to purchase and publish a video of Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. I’m disappointed to announce definitively that the money won’t be going to purchase and publish a video of Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. Instead, we are pursuing the Plan B we laid out when we began the project: donating the funds to Canadian organizations that address the fallout from substance abuse.
Liam Gallagher Sues New York Post (FishbowlNY)
Liam Gallagher — one of the men responsible for songs like “Champagne Supernova” and “Wonderwall” — is suing the New York Post. Wednesday, the paper ran a piece claiming that Gallagher was being sued by a journalist for fathering her child.
Seaworld’s Unusual Retort to A Critical Documentary (NYT)
In an unusual pre-emptive strike on the documentary Blackfish, set for release on Friday in New York and Los Angeles by Magnolia Pictures, SeaWorld Entertainment startled the film world last weekend by sending a detailed critique of the movie to about 50 critics who were presumably about to review it. It was among the first steps in an aggressive public pushback against the film, which makes the case, sometimes with disturbing film, that orca whales in captivity suffer physical and mental distress because of confinement.
courtmabeus I work in a print newsroom. I found it unrealistic–at least where print is concerned–stopped watching last season.
alexsembra The very 1st episode had iNews on a Mac.
Hillary Fields I had to turn it off after the first few episodes or my head would have exploded in fury at their insulting portrayal of women.
Thomas MooreYa, technical impossibilities are what’s wrong with that pile of crap.