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Former Ms. Magazine Editor Mary Thom Dead at 68 (AP / Huffington Post)
Prominent feminist Mary Thom, a writer and former editor of Ms. magazine who also was an avid motorcyclist, crashed while riding on a highway and was killed, her nephew said Saturday. She was 68. NYT Thom joined Ms. magazine in 1972 as an editor, rising to become executive editor in 1990. She was known as a journalistic virtuoso who shaped the writing of many of the feminist movement’s luminaries, including Gloria Steinem.  Ms. “We who are Mary’s friends and family haven’t absorbed her loss yet; it’s too sudden,” said Women’s Media Center co-founders Robin Morgan, Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda in a statement over the weekend. “Ms. magazine, the Women’s Media Center, the women’s movement and American journalism have suffered an enormous blow. Mary was and will always be our moral compass and steady heart.” FishbowlNY Thom lived for decades in New York City and served as an editor for Ms. for nearly 20 years before leaving the feminist magazine in 1992. The glossy, which began as an insert in New York magazine, became a feminist powerhouse read in the 1970s but struggled to leverage commercial success with its ideological voice.

HuffPost Live in Deal With AXS to Put Show on Cable (NYT)
The Huffington Post has found a partial home on cable television for its eight-month-old Internet channel, HuffPost Live, courtesy of Mark Cuban. The company announced Sunday night that Cuban’s cable channel AXS TV, previously known as HDNet, would soon carry HuffPost Live’s programming for six hours a day. THR “Given its focus on becoming the premier cable destination for live programming, AXS TV is a perfect fit for HuffPost Live’s real-time coverage of the day’s news and a great opportunity to bring social engagement to TV,” said Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. Lost Remote At the Lost Remote Show last week, Huff Post Live co-creator Roy Sekoff said that “social TV is at the core of what we do,” explaining that the vast majority of the guests for its Boston bombing coverage were booked via social media. Since HuffPost Live began, more than 8,000 people have appeared on air.

AOL Music Shuttered, Staff Laid Off (FishbowlNY)
AOL has shuttered its AOL Music division and laid off its staff, according to pink-slipped employees on Twitter., a rock-music news site under the AOL Music banner, announced suddenly on Thursday afternoon that it was shutting down. Minutes later, it said in a tweet that the entire music editorial division of the media giant, which owns The Huffington Post, was closing, too. Variety The move to shutter music sites shows the company is refocusing on higher-growth areas — including original video content, which will be on display at AOL’s Digital Content NewFront presentation next week. As of Saturday morning, the company had not issued a statement on the actions and had not responded to a request for information.

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Obama Slings Arrows and Jokes at White House Correspondents’ Dinner 2013 (Politico)
The White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday night gave President Barack Obama a chance to take humor-laced shots at those things in Washington that rub him the wrong way – Republicans in Congress, the media, his critics – and he also directed plenty of friendly fire at himself. TVNewser In his remarks, Obama poked fun at CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. “I know CNN has taken some knocks lately, but I admire their commitment to cover all sides of the story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate,” he said. Gawker How dumb is the White House Correspondents Dinner? This dumb. You’re looking at The Politico’s White House Correspondents Dinner memo, left behind at a party last night and obtained by Gawker. Salon Sarah Palin is no fan of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner: The former Alaska governor took to Facebook and Twitter to mock the “DC assclowns” who attended the festivities. FishbowlDC The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi gave us an impromptu review of Conan O’Brien’s performance Sunday at the Thomson-Reuters/Yahoo! News post prom night brunch at Hay Adams, where a variety of journalists were buzzing around the room.

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