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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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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Dan Sinker, Founder of Punk Planet, Was @MayorEmanuel Twitter; Andrew Sullivan Leaving The Atlantic For Tina Brown

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Just about everyone on the internet (including us) has already praised the Twitter account @MayorEmanuel, which ended its journey when the real Emanuel won last week's election for Chicago mayor. That fanfare makes today's victory lap and collective celebration entertaining on a number of levels, not the least of which is the revealing of the account's creator as Dan Sinker, something of a media hero already in some circles for his creation of Punk Planet. Also on this busy media Monday, all-star blogger Andrew Sullivan is taking his ball and going to play with Tina Brown, Salon can't sell itself and Keith Olbermann moves to the internet. Details on all of it inside Press Clips, our daily media round-up.

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Newsweek Hit With Buyouts in the Wake of Tina Brown and The Daily Beast Takeover

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Newsweek, the long-suffering magazine, was purchased by audio equipment billionaire Sidney Harman way back in mid-2010 and hobbled on, losing employees along the way, but impressively still managing to put out a product every seven days. Then, after months of rumor, Tina Brown came along, joining her own website The Daily Beast with Harmon's print product and promising "Vanity Fair meets the New Yorker," quite conveniently considering she once ran both. (Update: Brown, through a representative denies making this characterization.) Unfortunately, as a Newsweek spokesperson put it today, "In any merger, there are potential overlapping functions," and today the long-expected cutbacks began. Find out how bad the damage is below in Press Clips, our daily media round-up. Have more from the inside? Tips go here.

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Gawker Media Rolling Out Redesign, The Daily Coming Tomorrow and NewsBeast Merged

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New Jalopnik, Gawker's Car Blog
Gawker, The Daily and NewsBeast, oh my. Three of the year's biggest media launches so far have landed, albeit in different stages, on or around February 1, 2011, making for some vaguely exciting times on the internet, if you're into that sort of thing. Taken together, the shifts indicate a committed move toward the web (which, duh) but also toward tablet readers specifically, as pictures are set to be bigger, and some even in 3D, while a historic newsweekly, treading water for years, pins its hopes to a young website, which inflates its readership numbers as one of those dreaded aggregators. But aside from What It All Means, how do the new or revamped publications look and work in practice? With Gawker we now know in part, with The Daily we'll know soon enough and the new Newsweek is at least setting itself up to succeed. More inside Press Clips, our daily media round-up.

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Who Is the Media Person of the Year? (or 'This Discussion Panel Is On Fire, A Play in One Act.')

At 12 p.m. today at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute -- less than a block away from the Village Voice offices -- a panel discussion sponsored by I Want Media convened to discuss their 9th Media Person of the Year award. The panel -- featuring the New York Times' David Carr, Mediaite's Rachel Sklar, Business Insider's Henry Blodget, and The Daily Beast's Lloyd Grove -- ended with the building being evacuated. We've got the highlights. Press Clips, Day 26, The Best Media Panel Ever Edition, right here.

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Press Clips: Mediaite Loses Foot Soldier Glynnis MacNicol to Business Insider

Dan Abrams' news operation Mediaite loses a founding staff member. New York Magazine snubs New York Magazine. Alec Baldwin is New York's hot new media critic -- Guest of a Guest? Not so much. -- and Emily Smith at Page Six is having some growing pains sans-Richard Johnson, it'd appear. Press Clips, Day 14, Happy Hour Edition, right here:

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