Morning Media Newsfeed: Snowden’s Empty Seat | Deen’s First Interview | McGrath Joins Sony

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Journalists Tracking Edward Snowden Tricked Into Flying to Cuba (TVNewser)
Since NSA leaker Edward Snowden apparently left Hong Kong, journalists have been trying to track his whereabouts. He supposedly flew to Moscow, Russia (though no reporter saw him there) and Russian state media reported that he would be flying to Cuba, before moving on to Venezuela and likely Ecuador. A slew of reporters, believing the Russian media report, booked tickets on the Aeroflot flight to Havana. When they boarded, it became clear that Snowden was not going to be joining them. The Washington Post / WorldViews More than two dozen reporters and photographers reportedly tried to board that Aeroflot SU-150 from Moscow to Havana on Monday morning. It’s not clear how many of them made it on, but they made clear in a flurry of tweets as the plane pulled away from the gate that the man they were after wasn’t on the plane. Reuters All eyes were on seat 17A as a planeload of journalists strapped themselves in for an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Cuba with former U.S. intelligence contractor Snowden. Their first disappointment was that Snowden didn’t show up. The second was that it was a booze-free flight — all 11 hours and 35 minutes of it. HuffPost / The Backstory For years, Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald has argued that journalists in Washington often seem too cozy with the political figures they’re supposed to hold accountable and too quick to amplify the government’s perspective on national security. Meet the Press host David Gregory’s suggestion Sunday that Greenwald “aided and abetted” Snowden, his source for a series of bombshell stories, only seemed to validate that viewpoint. NYT Until he re-emerged this week as an ally for Snowden, Julian Assange looked like a forgotten man. WikiLeaks had not had a major release of information in several years, its funds had dwindled and several senior architects of its systems left, citing internal disputes. Assange himself is holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he fled to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning on allegations of sexual abuse.

Paula Deen Booked to Appear on Today Wednesday (TVNewser)
There is no going back now. After ditching her planned interview with Matt Lauer on Today last week, Paula Deen‘s career quickly spiraled. A handful of hastily edited apology videos later, and Food Network announced that it would not be renewing the southern cook’s contract. Now, Deen has been booked to appear on Today Wednesday morning in an “exclusive live interview.” NYT Paula Deen’s troubles intensified on Monday as she scrambled to cope with allegations that she and people in her restaurants have been insensitive or worse to blacks, women and other groups. Smithfield Foods, whose hams and other products Deen has endorsed since 2006, severed its relationship with her Monday.

Ex-MTV Guru Judy McGrath Joins Sony Music (NY Post)
Judy McGrath is back. The former MTV Networks chief — who pioneered the reality-TV boom at MTV — is joining forces with Sony Music to create an entertainment production division inside the music major. In keeping with her reputation as a media maverick, McGrath has dubbed her venture Astronauts Wanted: No Experience Necessary. The unit will focus on creating content for young viewers, so-called “millenials,” across all platforms, including TV and the Web.

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More Details on Hearst’s Dr. Oz Magazine (FishbowlNY)
Dr. Oz fans rejoice — we now have more details on his magazine, which is being published by Hearst. The glossy is expected to hit newsstands in the first quarter of next year, followed by another issue shortly after that. Initial numbers for the Dr. Oz title: 350,000 copies available on the newsstand, plus an additional 450,000 copies that are being shipped to people who subscribe to other Hearst brands.