Morning Links: Corruption or Censorship?

If you expect people to pay for print magazines, every issue better be a precious art object, a la David Chang’s Lucky Peach or McSweeney’s, whose team helped produce Lucky Peach, David Carr wrote today. He did not write that alt-celebrity chef Mr. Chang turned a profit on the run of 40,000 followed by a reprint of 12,000 (there was no advertising and its newsstand price was $10) so it sounds more like a well-executed vanity project for chefs and foodies who consider themselves upmarket from Food Network than an imitable business model.  

“The guiding ethic was that the important movers in the project cared less about the business success than making something that is good and interesting,” contributor Anthony Bourdain said.

New York magazine‘s Murdoch package–anchored by a common sense-heavy News Corp. history by Franch Rich and a one act play by Aaron Sorkin–will likely reignite some of the News Corp. animosity that had abated during the also-infuriating debt negotiations. New York’s take focused mostly on their former owners at News. Corp’s influence on elections and politics.

But not every country’s government need get in bed with the media mafia–some just censor them! China’s Communist Party publicity department has forbidden newspapers from covering last week’s high speed rail crash except with information released by the government, reported the New York Times, forcing editors to replace front page features with cartoons.

Al Jazeera English launched on Time Warner Cable in New York at midnight, reported Huffington Post. During the Bush administration the U.S. fired missiles at Al Jazeera Arabic stations in Afghanistan and Iraq, but after the feel-good Arab Spring even John McCain is on board.

” What Al Jazeera has done is achieved something that all of us I think want to achieve, particularly as we grow older, and that is to make a contribution that will last and will be brought to future generations that lie ahead of us,” he said an event.