Around the town
“It is almost impossible to write about Halperin and Heilemann without finding yourself writing like Halperin and Heilemann,” Marc Tracy goes behind the scenes to show how John Heilemann and Mark Halperin get sources to dish. (The New Republic)
Adventures in Social Media
“OMG @OneDirection’s new song leaked!” might sound like something a giddy tween would tweet, but it was actually tweeted by the Daily News’s official account.
Then there was this gem: “Teacher fired after taking teens for penis piercings. There’s a picture of him going all: ¯\_( )_/¯”
And this one too: “Is this _really_ why @TaylorSwift13 said STFU at the VMAs?”
Like, OMG! If that doesn’t sound exactly how a 93-year-old newspaper ought to talk, the struggle to find a Twitter voice is not unique to @nydailynews.
Susan Rice, Condi Rice—who can tell the difference?
Certainly not The New Republic, who tweeted “With today’s news, our Facebook page is starting to resemble a Condie (sic) Rice photo shoot” earlier this afternoon.
At the time, The New Republic‘s Facebook page featured a large photo and portrait of Susan Rice, President Obama’s new National Security Advisor. There were no photos of Condoleezza Rice, President Bush’s National Security Advisor and later Secretary of State.
HATERS GONNA HATE
Martin Amis has become another soldier in a war against the sub-species known as “Brooklyn Hipsters.”
The London Evening Standard has a new piece about the British author and his apparent attitude toward the young and disaffected.
According to their mysterious source, the writer finds Brooklyn “terribly transactional.”
“He views the Brooklyn hipster scene Read More
off the record
For much of its history, a party for The New Republic might not have brought to mind lobster hors d’oeuvres, custom-printed napkins and tray liners, and a grand Soho apartment just a couple floors below the penthouse that Lenny Kravitz sold to Alicia Keys.
But Chris Hughes has invigorated the venerable old brand, not just with a cash infusion befitting a Facebook co-founder, but with youth, buzz and a vision that he articulated to the hundred or so guests who had landed hard-to-come-by invites to the magazine’s relaunch party Monday night at Mr. Hughes’s home.
Onetime Presidential candidate Wesley Clark, the former NATO Commander, has a new TV gig–ushering demi-celebrities like notional pop singer Nick Lachey and Alaskan husband Todd Palin through intensive military training on the reality show Stars Earn Stripes. And despite the protests from Nobel Peace laureates against the gamification of war, Gen. Clark is unconcerned.
What is a monster? What isn’t a monster? What happened to Rebekah Brooks? What happened to Walter Kirn’s G.Q. story? Why is Buzzfeed so great? Rhetorical questions you never wanted answered, answered. Here are your Tuesday evening Media Briefs.
Things Spy Did First
Our first thought upon glancing at the latest New Republic cover was that new editor-in-chief, Facebook founder and marriage equality activist Chris Hughes was cribbing from Tina Brown‘s playbook. It has all the elements of a latter day Newsweek cover: A royal, buzzy photoshop, canny packaging. (Duchess Kate Middleton is more symbol than subject, as Britain’s royal family is not mentioned in the editorial package.)
Lionel Shriver wrote her latest novel, The New Republic, before the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and, according to the book’s foreword, held it back until both her sales record and the public appetite for a terrorism-themed satire increased. Her first stroke of good fortune came swiftly when her 2003 novel We Need Read More
At 9:55 a.m. this morning, The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz broke the news on Twitter that Frank Foer was stepping down as editor of The New Republic. Twelve minutes later, he posted a micro-obituary of the man’s tenure. “Foer out: His worst moment as New Republic editor was running unproven allegations from soldier in Iraq Read More