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Iran spies’ failed attempt to recruit Daily Beast writer

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National security journalist Shane Harris was just going about his normal day when he got the email. He assumed it was spam.

“Honestly,” he told me Monday, “I did think it was spam. It was addressed to me as ‘Sir Shane Harris.’”

When he looked closely, he realized he was being asked to submit a paper for an actual event in Iran. In fact, he was being recruited to assist Iranian government spies at a conference targeting “Zionist State Terrorism Against Iran.”

“I was shocked.”

Harris is a crack writer for The Daily Beast and a fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington. There’s no way his work could be seen as somehow shilling for the Iranians.

“So a state-sponsored propaganda jamboree propped up by Iranian diplomats and spies wanted me to publicly criticize U.S. Read more


Drama at The New Republic, in 11 headlines

Here’s what happened starting yesterday at The New Republic, and here are nine headlines we’ve seen since. (It was originally seven. I’m adding as we go here.)


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Huffington Post:

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New York:

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Muck Rack:

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Daily Beast:

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Capital New York (via Media Pro newsletter, subscription required):

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The Nation:

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Newsweek, Daily Beast together have lost about $30 million

Tina Brown says The Daily Beast website is on track to be profitable this year, but Lucia Moses points out that getting the combined NewsBeast into the black by early 2013 — Daily Beast backer Barry Diller insists that’s possible — will be a daunting task. “If that task takes years and Newsweek can’t find a way to regain the relevance weekly newsmagazines have lost since the explosion of news on the Internet, then Diller and Jane Harman, Sidney Harman’s widow, could reach the point where they finally decide to cut bait,” she writes. “The idea that NewsBeast could ever become a successful operation has always seemed far-fetched.” On the bright side, Newsweek’s newsstand sales are up under Tina Brown, “but newsstand sales are only 3 percent of the magazine’s circulation, and they don’t make it much money,” notes Moses. Read more


Newsweek newsroom ‘in a constant state of turmoil, uncertainty and confusion’

Tina Brown “literally will order up double what she needs, so the cutting-room floor is getting very cluttered,” one recently departed Web staffer tells Lucia Moses. “She has no idea of the ripple effect of the process.” Howard Kurtz defends Brown, calling her a “high-energy editor” whose nonstop pace can be “dizzying” but who brings a “dynamism” to the newsroom. “I think Tina has a realistic sense of how to turn this ship around with the resources she has,” he says. || Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reports Brown has recruited U.K.-born historian, New Yorker magazine critic and Columbia University professor Simon Schama to write for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. “I look forward to writing about everything from politics to Picasso, barbecue to baseball–all in the same article should occasion call for it,” he says in a statement. Read more

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Fletcher resigns as NewsBeast managing editor to join WSJ.

Brekke Fletcher, who quit as Maxim managing editor last December to join Tina Brown‘s operation, is taking a position at the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ. magazine, reports Lucia Moses. Taking Fletcher’s place at Newsweek/Daily Beast is Tom Weber, a former Wall Street Journal columnist and Smart Money online editor. He currently covers technology for NewsBeast.
Fletcher in 2009: I’d like to create magazines for the Kindle Read more

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Solomon quits CPI to join Newsweek/Daily Beast

John Solomon, who joined the Center for Public Integrity as executive editor last November, has resigned to become editor of news and investigations at Newsweek and The Daily Beast. The former Washington Times executive editor met with Tina Brown last fall and gave her some advice on the merger of the publications, reports Keach Hagey. Solomon tells her:

[Brown] gave me a call when she was coming to Washington. I was flattered when she called, and I realized that this is a person who believes that the best days of journalism are ahead of us, not behind us. There are so few people at the top of journalism who believe that.

Howard Kurtz, who has reported on Solomon’s career moves over the years, was also at the meeting with Brown. Read more


Romano quits WP to join Newsweek/Daily Beast

National political correspondent Lois Romano has been at the Washington Post for nearly 29 years. She tells Romenesko:

I’ve had a wonderful ride at the Post, and I feel that I’m not leaving anything but going to a new and different opportunity. The decision was driven by a desire to stretch on another platform, and the chance work with an editor with an extraordinary record – Tina Brown. I will be writing on a wide variety of topics- politics, trends, women’s issues.

The Post memo is after the jump. Read more

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Diller: I’ll know in eight months if Daily Beast-Newsweek experiment works

Barry Diller also complained at South By Southwest about Rupert Murdoch‘s The Daily being “impossible to download” and said he had no plans for a similar, iPad-only product. “I don’t know why you’d do an original product only for anything. || More on Diller’s talk. || Felix Dennis: Tina Brown and people who are like her are indestructible because they don’t care about their failure. Read more