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Betabeat has long harbored a not-so-secret suspicion that Jeff Bezos might actually be Lex Luthor. Well, fire up your word processor and get ready to write some crossover fanfic, because a new profile in Bloomberg Businessweek, excerpted from a coming book by writer Brad Stone, essentially confirms at least one major overlap: Jeff Bezos loves pitching a good fit at his henchmen.
Apparently some of his employees call his angry fits “nutters.” Take this anecdote of his response to a poorly planned-out update: “He called me a ‘complete f------ idiot’ and said he had no idea why he hired idiots like me at the company, and said, ‘I need you to clean up your organization.”
Last night, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis filibustered an anti-abortion bill in the Texas legislature. CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News did not cover the filibuster; CNN instead showed Piers Morgan discussing blueberry muffins. Earlier, the networks had been criticized for barely covering President Obama’s major climate speech, which only The Weather Channel broadcast in full. (The Hollywood Reporter/Politico)
The cover of the new issue of Bloomberg Businessweek offers a terrifying glimpse of what photoshop can do to illustrate how the presidency can do to the appearence. And it’s not pretty.
In 2016, Barack Obama will have more wrinkles, more grey hair and what appears to be larger ears (or maybe they are just floppier?), according to the Businessweek art department. And that’s just on the outside. On the inside, it may even be worse. Because the photoshop job is actually a metaphor for the difficulties that the president-elect faces.
Bloomberg Businessweek, the magazine known for its provocative and striking covers, has dropped another one today: “IT’S GLOBAL WARMING, STUPID,” reads the (huge) text, with an illustration of a flooded city street after Hurricane Sandy.
“Our cover story this week may generate controversy,” wrote editor Josh Tyrangiel on Twitter. “But only among the Read More
Ever-progressive world policy journal The Economist ran a piece about the tragic state of sobriety in the workplace. Their argument boiled down to: Everyone is boring without booze, which while often true, isn’t necessarily something you’d expect to find in The Economist.
Neither is the correction at the bottom of the piece.
The American Society of Magazine Editors named New York‘s Demi Moore-referencing, pregnant after 50 photoillustration the best cover of the year. It’s certainly burned into our skull.
If they were giving out prizes for best ledes, the same issue of New York would be our top pick as well. Remember?
The Social Network
Apparently Bloomberg BusinessWeek has a severe beef with the very idea of any future government bailouts of U.S. financial firms. Readers who use an RSS reader have seen Chris Farrell’s Monday evening missive titled “End Bailouts — No Ifs, Ands, or Buts” cycle before their eyes untold times today.
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Jilted identical twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss attended a screening of “The Social Network” yesterday with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, to pick apart the facts from the fiction in the retelling of the Facebook creation myth. Unsurprisingly, the two Olympic rowers — who, after claiming ownership of the Facebook idea, successfully sued Mark Zuckerberg for $65 million Read More
“The genre of corporate Twitter writing does not, as a rule, lend itself to brilliance. Noteworthiness is not the goal. Diligence and volume tend to be the yardsticks by which one’s opus is measured. The prolific Scott Monty, head of social media at Ford, is often cited by his peers as a luminary of the Read More
New York Times technology correspondent and Bits blogger Brad Stone has been scooped up by Bloomberg BusinessWeek editor Josh Tyrangiel.
Mr. Stone launched his career at Newsweek in 1996, taking up coverage of Silicon Velly for the newsweekly two years later. He will work out of Bloomberg’s San Francisco bureau.
He has a piece in Read More