Tina Brown on choosing the ‘Gaylo’; Tom Cruise and the hackers

Tom Cruise hacked by 'News of the World'? ()
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Cover coverage

Tina Brown doesn't really need to "explain" the cover of the most recent Newsweek. Arguably, Brown never needed there to be a cover war to believe in the power of a provocative magazine cover; it's a perpetual private war for her whether there are antagonists or not.

Newsweek's "First Gay President" treatment of Barack Obama is also familiar territory for her: remember when Toni Morrison, writing in Brown's New Yorker, called Bill Clinton the first black president?

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But yesterday, she gave the story of the rainbow-colored halo floating over Obama's head (the "Gaylo"), explaining why this image, which is a little reminiscent of those glow-tubes people wear at amusement parks and raves, won out over six other cover options.

"I thought it was the simplest. It communicated the idea in a very smart but at the same time subtle way," she told a Huffington Post reporter who caught up with her outside the Loews Regency Hotel. "I thought this was a chic way of doing it honestly, and I thought it did very well."

More from Brown in the video below:

 

Hanging with the Times

The tumbleweeds are reportedly rolling through Google+, the search giant's so far unsuccessful bid to dethrone Facebook as the king of social media.

But the place isn't a total ghost town: The New York Times this afternoon will host a Google+ Hangout On Air, a feature by which users can share live broadcasts on their profiles, YouTube channels and/or personal websites. It is to be the first in a series of such events brought to you by the Times' opinion pages, and the first to make it onto the homepage of nytimes.com. It will also be accessible via Nicholas D. Kristof’s blog and the Times’ Google+ page.

The hangers?

"Susan E. Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, will join New York Times Op-Ed columnist Nicholas D. Kristof to field questions on foreign affairs, human rights, and international issues from an unlimited number of viewers," according to a Times media alert. "James Correa, an army captain currently stationed in Afghanistan, and Maria Chicuen, a Miami teenager who is interested in Cuban policy, among others, will also participate with Ambassador Rice and Mr. Kristof inside the Hangout."

Hang-time is 2:30.

In other news...

Jack Shafer isn't buying Politico's take on the "sour" (as usual) state of candidate-press relations. [Reuters]

Example: Reporters were kept away from Joe Biden during a campaign event today. [BuzzFeed]

So far, this campaign season has seen a 33-percent drop in coverage from 2008. [Project for Excellence in Journalism]

Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway just bought $142 million worth of newspapers. [Bloomberg]

New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg wants the FCC to probe News Corp. [The Hill]

Was Tom Cruise hacked by News of the World? [The Daily Mail]

Paula Froelich has some HuffPost gossip on her Tumblr. [Paula Froelich]

Greatest hits: Andrea Peyser's top 10 prison-rape fantasies. [The New York Observer]

TNR gets in on the long-reads game. [Adweek]