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Barry Diller Admits Buying Newsweek Was A Mistake (FishbowlNY)
The “Most Honest And Unintentionally Depressing Answer Of The Day” award goes to Barry Diller, IAC’s chairman. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Diller admits that buying Newsweek was a mistake, and even adds that the all-digital NewsBeast isn’t likely to succeed: “For a news magazine, which is a bit of an odd phrase today, it was not possible to print it any longer. We said we will offer digital products. We have a very solid newsroom. We will see. I do not have great expectations. I wish I had not bought Newsweek. It was a mistake.” Bloomberg Businessweek IAC doesn’t officially disclose financial figures for the Newsweek/Daily Beast unit. A person with direct knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg News in July the business would probably lose as much as $22 million in 2012. The publisher cut editorial jobs in December in an effort to hold down expenses.

How Sports Illustrated Broke The Jason Collins Story (NYT)
The anticipation that a male in a major team sport would announce he was gay had been building for weeks, along with the frenzy among sportswriters trying to break the story.Sports Illustrated knew it had the story; it just did not know the identity of the athlete. Three weeks ago, Arn Tellem, agent to Jason Collins, called a Sports Illustrated writer, Franz Lidz, and offered him an exclusive story about how a major athlete was about to publicly announce that he was gay. Tellem did not give Lidz the name of the athlete. He just told him that the athlete would be meeting Lidz and an editor at an address in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 24. LA Times / Show Tracker Chris Broussard usually offers expertise on fast breaks and zone defense, but on Monday he drove right into America’s culture wars by calling homosexuality “an open rebellion to God” and implying that gay people can’t be Christians. “I’m a Christian. I don’t agree with homosexuality,” Broussard said. “I think it’s a sin, as I think all sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman is. If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin… that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ,” he added. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Collins announced on Monday that he is gay, making him, by his own description, the “first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport.” This is a historic moment in the history of American sport, at least according to Sports Illustrated, which put the exclusive on the cover of this week’s issue; to users of social media, where traffic to the story has eclipsed that of the New York Jets’ decision to waive quarterback Tim Tebow; and to ABC News, which has just booked Collins for an interview that will air Tuesday on Good Morning America. It seems to be of less significance to ESPN, which buried the story on its website with a small link on the sidebar. Deadspin How did ESPN cover it? An active NBA player coming out of the closet? And doing so in the pages of a rival outlet? That could wait. FishbowlNY If you haven’t read the Collins/Lidz piece yet, you should. Just don’t bother with the comments. Trust us.

Meredith Vieira: NBC ‘Blew It’ on Matt Lauer (NY Post / Page Six)
Former Today show anchor Meredith Vieira won’t be reading Brian Stelter’s dishy new book on her old morning show, Top of the Morning, any time soon. “I’m not interested,” Vieira, who’s included in the tome, recently told Page Six. “I’m over it… I’ve kind of been-there-done-that, and I don’t know what the interest is.” TVNewser Though the critics have skewered his first book, Stelter chooses to see the coffee cup as half full. “Honestly, I appreciate the feedback,” he says. Business Insider We had Stelter in for an interview and asked him who deserves the blame for Today‘s loss in ratings. He said NBC executives, who let the show “get stale” amidst its winning streak. He also said fired co-host Ann Curry didn’t help. “She wasn’t good at the job.”