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    STEALTH FIGHTER

    The Dramatic Life of Joy Reid

    Ronan Farrow doesn’t have the monopoly on MSNBC anchors with dramatic life stories. Meet Joy Reid.

    Joy Reid loves the sweet science of boxing because “it’s a sport, even at the turn of the 20th century, where a black man could beat up a white man in front of an entire crowd and not get lynched.”        

    The even-tempered Reid—whose month-old program The Reid Report airs weekday afternoons on MSNBC—describes the Tea Party as a movement that “under the surface is about cross-racial resentment…a great industry in hatred and anger and self-victimization…There’s a lot of money in it.”        

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  • RT

    Hit the Road, Vlad

    RT Anchor: Here’s Why I Quit

    Liz Wahl wasn’t just disgusted by the Kremlin-funded TV network’s handling of Ukraine, she says in an exclusive interview. RT’s coverage “made me feel sick.”

    American journalist Liz Wahl just made Vladimir Putin’s enemies list.

    Wahl, an American anchor for RT-America, a cable news network funded by the Russian government, stunned viewers Wednesday, when, at the end of her 5 PM broadcast, she announced her resignation from the channel.

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    Stop Telling Me To Husband-Hunt

    An open letter to Princeton Mom, whose latest slut-shaming op-ed just soured our Valentine’s Day.

    Hello, Susan Patton aka the endearingly self-named Princeton Mom. It has been far too long since you trolled young, single women with your font of knowledge under the guise of an older, wiser fairy godmother who only wants us to have a life of happiness earning our M.R.S. degrees.

    Thankfully, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for you to take to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to patronize us, slut-shame us, and put the entire blame on your supposed daughters for not being happily married. You write exactly like a woman who has not raised or loved a daughter, which you haven’t, as you have proudly extolled the virtues of your two sons who can have anybody.

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    Why Dads Hate Sochi’s Feel-good Ad

    Procter and Gamble’s heartwarming “Thank You, Mom” ad has gone viral—but some stay-at-home dads are miffed to be left out of the message to future champs.

    The latest tear-jerking commercial in Procter and Gamble’s “Thank You, Mom” series had its TV debut during the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month, but it had already logged millions of views on YouTube and countless shares on social media by then.  The ad, timed to cash in on the growing excitement about the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, features sentimental scenes of mothers helping their children recover from faceplants and yardsales as they progress from first steps to first gates, goals, half-pipes, and camels, and finally to Olympic glory. 

    Titled “Pick Them Back Up,” the ad is reminiscent of “The Best Job,” the 2012 Summer Games version—which garnered 21 million online views and an Emmy Award—wherein moms make sacrifices for decades so their kids can become champions.  These ads are not the kind where athletes tell you to buy specific products because they will make you cleaner and happier.  They are the kind that open your heart with powerful images of motherly love and thrilling feats of sports heroism, and then, in the last few seconds, fill it with half a dozen familiar logos of the parent company’s brands.  I don’t know how advertising alchemists calculate the revenue these feel-good spots generate, but I know from the comments I’ve read on social media that they have been reaping a huge bounty of goodwill.

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    BACKTRACK

    Couric Apologizes for HPV Segment

    “There’s no question that vaccination is highly effective.”

    This is Katie Couric clearing the record. The talk-show host backtracked Tuesday on HPV, writing an op-ed in The Huffington Post nearly one week after the controversial segments aired insisting she is not “anti-vaccine” or “anti-science.” On her talk show, Katie, Couric said she had her own two daughters vaccinated, but she featured two mothers who said their daughters had serious reactions to the vaccine. The segments were roundly criticized by many in the medical community, especially since the rates of HPV occurrence have dropped by 56 percent since the vaccine was first introduced in 2007. “There’s no question that vaccination is highly effective,” Couric writes.

    Read it at The Huffington Post
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    BAD SCIENCE

    Couric Promotes Phony HPV Science

    Asks if vaccine is “deadly dose” for girls.

     When producers of Katie Couric’s talk show approached Seth Mnookin, a science writer and author of a book debunking the supposed link between vaccines and autism, they told him they were working on a segment to “better inform the public that still questions links between vaccination and autism and need to better understand the scientific truth.” The teaser trailer for the show, though, told a different story, with alarmist language calling the vaccine a “deadly dose” and quoting “a mom who claims her daughter died after getting the HPV vaccine.” Mnookin fought back with a blog post laying out the science behind his work: “As I assume Couric and her staff know — they are, after all, literate — here are 'all sides' of the HPV vaccine issue: A study published in the British Medical Journal in October evaluated 997,000 girls, 296,000 of whom had received at least one dose of the HPV vaccine. More than 150,000 of those girls received all three doses. The results? Absolutely no link to short- or long-term health problems.”

    Read it at Salon
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    Silicon Wives and Girlfriends. She’s the CEO of Yahoo.

    Somewhere in Silicone Valley, CA, some of the world’s top female CEOs and executives are crunching through data, commanding boardroom meetings and advising staffs of hundreds—but what are they wearing? British Vogue profiled three of the most influential women in business, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, One Kings Lane cofounder Alison Pincus, and Kleiner Perkins partner Juliet de Baubigny, but called them “swags” a term for the crème de la crème of "Silicon Wives and Girlfriends." In fact, they are described as “more than just arm candy, the Swags are highly educated, public-spirited, stylish, successful and sharp, an independent force to be reckoned with: you're more likely to see them power-walking to a business summit than driving to a spray-tan appointment in the latest Ferrari.” Classy. Apparently to our friends across the pond, female entrepreneurs are great, as long as the Chanel bag is in season.

    Read it at Valleywag
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    GENDER WARS

    National Review Claims ‘War on Men’

    The powerful women’s lobby is fighting a war of attrition against men.’

    According to the National Review, feminism is ruining men’s lives—again. The conservative publication, in partnership with the nonprofit Independent Women’s Forum, hosted a debate Thursday night with the topic: “Is there a war on women? Or is it a war on men?” Panelists included Fox News pundit (and Daily Beast columnist) Kirsten Powers; an editor at Vanity Fair; and Christina Sommers, author of The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men. “The powerful women’s lobby is fighting a war of attrition against men,” according to Sommers, who has also claimed that the game “tag” is being phased-out for the more girl-friendly “circle of friends.” Clearly a tragedy. This is not the first time the National Review has suggested the so-called war on men: the line originated in an election-year column by the magazine’s editor-at-large, Kathryn Jean Lopez, in which she said the church is feminist because “women are in the pope’s prayers" and took issue with the treatment of men such as Rick Santorum.

    Read it at The New Republic
  • Deputy Managing Editor TIME, Nancy Gibbs, and Chief Operating Officer Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg speak at Time Warner's Conversations on the Circle on March 11, 2013 in New York City. (Larry Busacca/Getty)

    New Media

    Time's Woman of the Year

    The magazine’s first female managing editor talks to Lloyd Grove about spinning off and the future of news.

    Time’s Nancy Gibbs, who this week was appointed managing editor, the first woman to run the 90-year-old newsmagazine, formally inaugurated her reign with a cover story on how an Internet giant is launching a new health venture that it hopes will discover ways to slow the aging process. 

“Can Google Solve Death?” the cover line asks.

 But here’s a more pressing question for Gibbs and her colleagues: Can Google—or anyone, for that matter—solve the death of the newsweeklies?

    “That’s not a problem that needs solving,” Gibbs insisted on Thursday, as Time staffers demanding her attention began to accumulate outside her office door. “They’re not dying. At least this one isn’t. I’m always a little bemused by the whole ‘death of newsmagazines’ thing. In his wildest dreams, Henry Luce wouldn’t have had the audience we have. It has never been bigger.”

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    ‘GMA’ contributor Tory Johnson writes of conversation with boss.

    Apparently at Good Morning America, nobody will tell you directly you need to lose weight—but you should get the context, that’s for sure. At least according to GMA contributor Tory Johnson, who says she was taken to lunch by Barbara Fedida, the highest-ranking woman at ABC, to discuss her weight. Johnson marvels now at how “not once did she call me fat, say I had to lose weight, or hint that my job was in jeopardy … but what I did hear was ‘lose your weight, or lose your job.’” Johnson listened: she lost 72 pounds, and has dedicated her book, The Shift, to Fedida—and says, “Since then, friends have said they wish their bosses would tell them to lose weight because so far they haven’t listened to anyone else.” Um, good idea? Aside from anti-discrimination laws, that is, that prevent bosses from firing people for their weight.

    Read it at New York Post
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    NEW ROLE

    Time Magazine Names Nancy Gibbs Top Editor

    First woman to hold the position.

    Time announced on Tuesday that Nancy Gibbs will be the magazine’s next managing editor. Gibbs has served as Times deputy managing editor since 2011 and has written more cover stories—174 in total—for the magazine than anyone else in its history. She will be Time’s 17th managing editor and the first woman to hold the position. Gibbs will take over for Richard Stengel, who was selected to serve as undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs at the State Department.

    Read it at TIME
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    IN THE FIELD

    Majority of Reporters Covering Syria Are Women

    Despite report by feminist blogger to the contrary.

    Feminist blogger Jill Filipovic wrote a post last week asking “Can girls even find Syria on a map” lamenting the lack of coverage of the crisis by women. Offensive headline aside, the report itself is not really accurate: there are actually more women on staff at British and American publications in the Middle East—and the Beirut bureau chiefs of The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Telegraph are all women. There are more male freelancers in the field, which could explain Filipovic’s comments, although some female journalists said it could have come from the lack of women who are honored for their work. Take the Rory Peck Awards, which nominates the work of freelance journalists, but failed to nominate a single woman for this year’s awards. “That’s just shameful,” said one Spanish female reporter. “I know so many talented women who applied, but it seems that they just get overlooked.”

    Read it at BuzzFeed
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    OOPS

    Al.com Apologizes for Football Lede

    Said sport could be “confusing” and “often vexing” for women.

    Guess nobody at Al.com saw Bend It Like Beckham or any other films out there about girls who love sports. The site apologized Tuesday after posting an article that began with the line that football “can be a confusing and often vexing concept.” The website was covering an event called “Girls of Fall: A Night of Food, Fashion and Football,” and it didn’t take long for the story to spread on social media. Al.com food editor David Holloway, who wrote the piece, commented: “The ‘Girls of Fall’ event is not geared toward those women who are experts in football, but those who are not but want to learn more. We apologize for offending readers. The story has been edited to the feedback that we’ve received.” Um, but what about the blatant sexism? Al.com updated the post later, with the note: “This story has been edited to remove incorrect and offensive assumptions about women and football. We apologize for the error.”

    Read it at Romenesko