The Cutline
  • Some media headlines that managed to evade the full-on blog treatment today:

    • The best- and worst-selling magazine covers of 2010. (MinOnline)

    • Does Dan Rather's reporting matter if no one is watching? (Mother Jones)

    • Henry Blodget reveals his website's finances. (Business Insider)

    • MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell can't imagine hosting his show for another three years. (The Daily Beast)

    Read More »from FINAL CUTS: O’Donnell on MSNBC gig; 2010′s best/worst-selling mag covers
  • Newsweek_3.14.11_cover_thumb_w_580As media critics pored over the pages of her redesigned Newsweek, which arrived on stands Monday, Tina Brown went on ABC's "The View" to talk about the changes she's made to the magazine.

    "Newsweek needed to be really modernized," said Brown, formerly editor of Vanity Fair, the New Yorker and the short-lived Talk. "We've really sort of recharged it, redesigned it, made it much more exciting visually, much more picture-driven, much more expressive of the moment, and also, much more a factor for women."

    Indeed, Brown's first revamped issue includes a package on "150 Women Who Shake the World," with Hillary Clinton on the cover, just as she was for the debut issue of Talk back in 1999. (The Secretary of State is also slated to appear at this weekend's Women in the World Summit, hosted by Newsweek's online companion, The Daily Beast, which Brown has edited since its creation in 2008.)

    Brown officially took the reins of Newsweek on Feb. 1, when the magazine finalized a long-simmering agreement to combine forces with her Daily Beast. But she has slowly been putting her stamp on the embattled newsweekly since November, when the deal was first announced.

    This week's issue marks the culmination of those efforts, with bylines by some of the key hires Brown has made over the past several months gracing its cover (as well as some yanked right out of Brown's Rolodex of famous friends). You can watch part of Brown's discussion of the reinvented Newsweek below:

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  • nprScreen shot 2011-03-07 at 1.06.51 PMFollowing an earnest National Press Club keynote speech Monday focused on NRP's value and integrity as a journalistic institution, NPR boss Vivian Schiller was asked to address a more controversial matter: the firing last October of veteran news analyst Juan Williams.

    "We handled the situation badly," said Schiller, who became chief executive of NPR in 2009. "We acted too hastily and we made some mistakes, and I made some mistakes. The key thing now is to reflect on those mistakes, and to fix some of our systems that fell down on that day and make sure it doesn't happen again."

    Schiller came under fire last fall after NPR terminated its contract with Williams over comments he made to Bill O'Reilly of Fox News Channel, where Williams was (and remains) a paid contributor. During that conversation, the veteran liberal commentator admitted to O'Reilly, a conservative cable news anchor, that he gets nervous when flying in the company of Muslims.

    The remark was initially blasted by liberals and Islamic groups--but in turn, conservative commentators and media watchers attacked NPR's decision to let Williams go as a severe overreaction. The Williams affair prompted the resignation of NPR executive Ellen Weiss, who showed Williams the door--and sparked a decision from NPR's board to strip Schiller of her 2010 bonus.

    Read More »from NPR chief Vivian Schiller on Juan Williams firing: ‘We handled the situation badly’


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  • Michael Sam tells Oprah there are other NFL players who are gay

    (Reuters) - Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, told Oprah Winfrey that he still dreams of playing in a regular season game and that he is not the only homosexual in pro football. In his first interview since disclosing his homosexuality early this year, Sam described childhood abuse by his two brothers, and expressed surprise that other players in the National Football League were not inspired to come out as gay after his announcement. ...

  • Bittersweet feelings for 'sack master' Watt

    (Reuters) - Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt added his name to the NFL record books for sacks on a bittersweet Sunday. Watt became the first player to record two seasons with 20-plus sacks to advance his claims for the league's Most Valuable Player award. But despite Watt having three sacks, including a fourth-quarter safety, in a 23-17 home win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Texans failed to make the playoffs, losing out to Baltimore in their bid for a wild-card spot in the postseason. The sacks gave him 20.5 for the season. He also had 20.5 sacks in 2012. ...

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