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The furor over Janet Reitman’s Rolling Stone cover story on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, which reached a fever pitch last week when stores including Walgreens and CVS announced they wouldn’t sell the issue of the magazine, has mostly subsided. But that doesn’t mean everybody has moved on.
On Monday, a very small group gathered outside of Rolling Stone’s Avenue of the Americas offices, bullhorn in hand, ready to protest the story.
The protesters were led by A.J. Weberman, a Hawaiian-shirt-clad former Yippie who became famous for going through Bob Dylan’s trash and is a current activist with the Jewish Defense Organization, a militant Zionist group.
Assemblyman Joseph Borelli is thoroughly fed up with Rolling Stone‘s new controversial cover featuring “Boston Bomber” Dzhohkar Tsarnaev. In fact, the South Shore official is calling for all of Staten Island’s stores to boycott the issue, which he claims is purely a cry for attention.
“They must think the American people are fools. They knew this would cause people once again to talk about a magazine that hasn’t been edgy since the ‘60s,” Mr. Borelli fumed this afternoon.
Jann Wenner has fired Rolling Stone publisher Matt Mastrangelo, Ad Week reports. Mr. Mastrangelo had been in the position since 2010, when he was moved over from the same role at Wenner Media-owned Men’s Journal. All in all, Mr. Mastrangelo had been at Wenner Media for 12 years.
“It is what it is,” Mr. Mastrangelo diplomatically told Ad Week. ”It’s the right of the owner to make those decisions, and I can’t dwell on it. I’ve been here 12 years. I’ve learned a lot on the digital side and branded content side.”
Talk The Talkhouse
A few months ago, a music website called The Talkhouse was unleashed on the Internet. It might have gone unnoticed amid the detritus of blogs and online startups that litter the cyber-commons were it not for its unique mission: to revolutionize music reviewing as we know it.
Edited by legendary rock journalist Michael Read More
When Jann and Jane Wenner split in 1995, the coupled stayed married, putting off the legal wrangling that would inevitably arise when they split their publishing empire. Mr. Wenner borrowed $7,500 from his own family and from the family of his wife to found Rolling Stone, and once it grew into an empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars and includes Men’s Journal and Us Weekly, it would be understandable if the vagaries of divorce just didn’t seem worth it.
Until, that is, 2011. Mr. Wenner had been living with his partner, Matt Nye, a former Calvin Klein model 19 years his junior with whom he’s raising three kids, and Ms. Wenner finally wanted out. (There was speculation that the divorce was finalized because Mr. Wenner and Mr. Nye wanted to formally marry each other, but despite the legalization of gay marriage in New York, that never came to pass.) There was a little acrimony in the divorce, including a lawsuit filed by Ms. Wenner’s Amagansett groundskeeper, but things seem to have gone as smoothly as a divorce can be expected to go and Jane Wenner got to keep the couple’s Upper West Side townhouse, at 37 West 70th Street.
Michael Hastings will cover President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign for post-meme social news site BuzzFeed, the company announced today.
“Social publishing is the future of journalism, or at least huge part of its future. By joining BuzzFeed, I’ll be at the front and center of that world,” Mr. Hastings said in the announcement. “It will give me the chance to be part of a media organization that’s breaking new journalistic ground, finding innovative and fresh ways to report the story.”
“Two years ago, Michael showed up on our doorstep,” said Rolling Stone executive editor Eric Bates of his star writer Michael Hastings. The viability of the profile Mr. Hastings had pitched, Mr. Bates said speaking in retrospect, “really depends on what kind of access you can get.”The audience erupted in laughter.
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RollingStone.com senior editor Doree Shafrir has been named executive editor of BuzzFeed, the company announced today. She will oversee the social news site’s expanding pop culture coverage, joining CEO Jonah Peretti, managing editor Scott Lamb and editor in chief Ben Smith (whose politics team is currently enjoying a glittery debut on the GOP campaign trail) at the top of the masthead.
Larry David’s publicly wondering if he has another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm left in him–again. In a Rolling Stone cover story previewed this morning in the Daily News, Mr. David also says he’d move to New York full-time were he able to golf year-round (sounds very much like a typical Read More
Justin Bieber’s forthcoming Rolling Stone cover has already merited a correction; the teen star’s stance on abortion, definitely an important thing about which to know, is not quite as absolutist as it initially appeared! The quote from the initial interview, via Popdust:
“I really don’t believe in abortion,” Bieber says. “It’s like killing Read More