Newsweek and Time: Two Kinds of Mommy Porn

Yup, this sure is a 3-year-old breastfeeding on the cover of Time Magazine.

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Michele Bachmann's Newsweek Cover is Out!

We have obtained a very high-resolution copy of Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann's upcoming Newsweek cover. As you can see, the resolution is so high we had to crop out a lot of the image. The issue, which hits newsstands this week, features a profile on Bachmann titled, "The Queen of Rage," with the subhead, "Michele Bachmann on God, the Tea Party, and the evils of government." Full, high-resolution image after the jump!

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Nafissatou Diallo, Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Accuser, Has Granted Interviews to ABC, Newsweek

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This week's Newsweek cover.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn's accuser has emerged from anonymity and granted interviews to ABC and Newsweek; she is pictured and named in both. Her name is Nafissatou Diallo, she is 32, and she moved to the U.S. from Guinea in 2003. According to the Newsweek piece, she gave a three-hour-long interview in the offices of her lawyers. The ABC interview will air on Tuesday on "Nightline." The Newsweek article contains the lengthiest and most detailed description yet of what allegedly happened at the Sofitel. It also drops a couple new bombs, like the possibility that the "Don't worry, this guy has a lot of money. I know what I'm doing" quote from a phone conversation between Diallo and a friend, a conversation that did much to hamstring the prosecution's case, could be a mistranslation or misquote.

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Princess Diana Covers Newsweek Because Tina Brown Said So; David Carr Pisses Off America

The newish editor-in-chief of Newsweek is the very famous and talented Tina Brown, who took over when her floundering web project The Daily Beast partnered with the floundering newsweekly. During her editorship, Brown famously made both Vanity Fair and the New Yorker sharper and flashier, and even more famously she wrote a big book about Princess Diana, and so as Newsweek continues to clamor for relevance, Brown made a big sandwich of all her interests and expertise, sticking Diana (strong woman, check!) on the cover with Kate Middleton (topical celebrity, check! British, double check!) for a story that imagines Diana "If She Were Here Now" (kind of controversial, check!). The art is felonious and the writing is... not news. More inside Press Clips, our daily media column.

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Sidney Harman Dead at 92: Does His Politician Wife Own Newsweek Now?

Sidney Harman, the audio equipment billionaire, philanthropist and Executive Chairman of Newsweek since purchasing the struggling weekly magazine about six months ago, died on Tuesday after a brief fight with acute myeloid leukemia, his family announced today in a brief statement. He was 92. "I was intrigued by Sidney's ideas and, like so many who encountered him, soon enough impressed at his charm and astonishing vigor," writes recently departed Newsweek veteran Jonathan Alter in remembrance. But though the body is barely cold, the media world is already buzzing with speculation about Harman's magazine, which has been called "embattled" for quite a while now and featured only six ads in its latest issue, not exactly promising news for a big-name glossy after a big-name merger with Barry Diller, Tina Brown and The Daily Beast. "The family's commitment to the magazine he loved so much is solidly continuing, in partnership with Barry Diller and IAC," Brown says in Alter's obit. But it might be more complicated than that. Details inside Press Clips, our daily media column.

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Huffington Post Hit With $105 Million Lawsuit By 9,000 Angry Unpaid Bloggers

In its intermittent battles with unpaid writers, The Huffington Post and its (often reluctant) defenders have trotted out a number of arguments, including most commonly the assertion that the bloggers write without compensation for attention, and most like it just fine that way. Others have argued that in fact, the unpaid, sometimes amateur bloggers are not very valuable to the site and should maybe even be paying HuffPo for the honor. But Jonatahn Tasini, a labor advocate, is taking his counterpoints to the forefront today, having filed a class action lawsuit looking to squeeze a minimum of $105 million dollars from Arianna Huffington's Greek fists of fury. All of the details inside Press Clips, our daily media column.

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Katie Couric Out at CBS News; Engadget Crew Ditches AOL For SB Nation

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Every time we turn around there's a switch-up at the newly Arianna Huffington-helmed AOL and Huffington Post hybrid, with the boss simultaneously cleaning house and sprucing up, by kicking AOL-ers to the curb and hiring up a handful of big names. The Huffington reign has left a large number scrambling, with some staking out new land and others unsure where to head next. More on the upheaval inside Press Clips, our daily media column. Plus, Katie Couric's long-expected exit from the nightly news, Andrew Sullivan's new home and (almost) a big scam at Condé Nast.

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Republican Secret Camera Scam Artist Fools NPR, But Also Muslim-Hating Bloggers

James O'Keefe, the same Republican operative/twerp/'investigative journalist' behind such secret stings as the undercover ACORN videos (yeah, the pimp costume guy) and the attempted tapping of U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu's phones went at it again today with a new video project. This time, O'Keefe got NPR executive Ron Schiller to say disparaging things about the Tea Party and Republicans by pretending to be from a group of radical Muslims with money to donate. But O'Keefe's latest stunt, in turn, got Republicans to speak badly of Muslims. Everyone wins! (Loses?) More inside Press Clips, our daily media round-up.

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New Newsweek Discussion Same as the Old Newsweek Discussion: Lots of Dentist Jokes!

Today is the day: the first issue of the new Newsweek is for sale, redesigned under editor-in-chief Tina Brown, whose website The Daily Beast paired off with the struggling weekly magazine after billionaire Sidney Harman bought it for $1. The issue has Hillary Clinton on the cover, just like Brown's first issue of Talk, which failed sometime after its legendary launch party. But no one wants to talk too much about what's inside new Newsweek because, as we guessed, the hype was more fun than the actual magazine. "Jokes about the waiting room at a doctor's office aside, when was the last time anyone cared about Newsweek in a serious, watch-their-every-move way?" we wondered last week ahead of the re-launch. It turns out that our frame of reference was wrong, but not totally off: the conversation surrounding Newsweek is all about the dentist's office, not the doctor's. Even before Tina Brown! Observe, in what is quite literally Press Clips, our daily media column.

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Tina Brown Excites Staff With Redesign, Still Riding New Newsweek Hype Wave

If there's one word to describe the media news narrative so far in 2011, it's probably "reinvention," or something like it, what with all of the relaunches, redesigns and restructuring, from AOL and the Huffington Post to Gawker, the New York Times (plus Magazine), New York Observer and Tina Brown's Newsweek and The Daily Beast hybrid. The latter is the subject of even more speculation today, with the magazine she's remaking preparing to drop maybe as soon as Monday (or maybe later). But while Gawker, HuffPo and the Times have thrived recently or otherwise maintained next-level relevance, earning the breathless analysis of their switch-ups, Brown has revitalized Newsweek, at least in certain conversation circles, through the sheer power of her leadership presence and celebrity, based not at all on any editorial product. Let's talk more about it inside Press Clips, our daily media round-up.

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