Going to the highest bidder? Breaking news release: 

“Out-of-state money is buying Maine’s U.S. Senate seat”
Cynthia Dill says opponents are beholden to special interest groups

CAPE ELIZABETH (Friday, October 19, 2012) — Cynthia Dill, Democratic nominee for the U.S.  Senate, today released the following statement regarding the enormous amount of out-of-state money funneling into the Maine U.S. Senate race:

“Despite their so-called differences, my two opponents have one key, disturbing trait in common – they love getting out-of-state money from special interest groups and powerful individuals.

“Angus King, who likes to tout his independence, will be anything but, thanks to the millions of dollars he is getting from players like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Money comes with strings attached. Always. It is no wonder Mr. King doesn’t support the Dodd-Frank financial reforms – its implementation might hurt his newly found buddies.

“And Charlie Summers, the Republican candidate, is reaping the benefits of the National Rifle Association – and its fat checkbook. Its president, David Keene, came up to Maine this week just to endorse Mr. Summers and to say this about Angus King’s recent windfall from New York: ‘Michael Bloomberg is an investor,’ Keene said. ‘They put up $500,000 because they expect a return.’

“Guess what? They all expect a return – the NRA, Mr. Keene, the Bloombergs of the world, the Super PACs, the out-of-state millionaires.

“Out-of-state money is buying Maine’s U.S. Senate seat. It is going to the highest bidder, right before our eyes. To my opponents, I say: ‘Really, gentlemen?’ Is this how you go about showing the people of Maine your stature and your independence? By being at the beck and call of national figures and polarizing special interest groups?

“Maine needs a U.S. Senator who comes with no strings attached, who is beholden to no one’s checkbook. I urge Maine voters to support the candidate who matches your values and who will best serve our state, unfettered by past financial obligations, for the U.S. Senate.

“We can win this thing.”


October 19, 2012
Contact: Jeannine Guttman 202-760-1448

Will everything in print cease to exist? The end of an era - drip, drip, drip. It is heartbreaking to watch…. -JG

October 18, 2012

Newsweek to Cease Print Publication at End of Year

Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Tina Brown, founder of the Daily Beast Web site and the driving force behind its merger with Newsweek, announced the move on the Daily Beast site.

1:17 p.m. | Updated Newsweek, the weekly magazine that for decades summarized the news for households across the United States but struggled to maintain relevance in the Internet era, announced on Thursday that it would cease print publication at the end of the year.

Tina Brown, founder of the Daily Beast Web site and the driving force behind its merger with Newsweek, announced the move on Thursday in a message on the Daily Beast.

“We are announcing this morning an important development at Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Newsweek will transition to an all-digital format in early 2013. As part of this transition, the last print edition in the United States will be our Dec. 31 issue,” Ms. Brown said in a message co-written with Baba Shetty, the recently hired chief executive.

The all-digital version of the magazine will be called Newsweek Global and operate on a paid subscription model. The name Newsweek, in spite of its trouble in print, still has value in terms of international licensing, as well as several conferences Ms. Brown has created.

Readers and media analysts have been puzzled by some of the covers Ms. Brown had chosen in an effort to distinguish Newsweek from other magazines and make it a talked-about publication again. Last November, she featured a cover story about sex addiction, and in May President Obama was shown wearing a rainbow-colored halo with a headline that read ”The First Gay President.”

But Ms. Brown defends her choice of covers.

“The magazine was incredibly moribund when we came in,” she said in a phone interview Thursday. “It had taken so many knocks. We have been able to bring Newsweek back to relevance. I have always felt that the covers are about a conversation. The covers become a conversation starter.”

Founded in 1933, Newsweek established a venerable place in the American media landscape, competing ferociously with Time magazine week in and week out to bring news to several million readers. In the pre-Internet era, before a constant stream of real-time information was available, the two magazines were viewed as among the best sources of news and analysis — an attractive product on the newsstand and a highly anticipated arrival in the mailboxes of subscribers.

But as the weekly publication cycle became outdated, both magazines struggled to adapt to the Internet age and establish a digital presence, while facing a decline in advertising and circulation.

In 2001, Newsweek had a total paid circulation of 3,158,480, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation. But as of June of this year, circulation had fallen by more than half, to 1,527,157.

Losses at the weekly continued to mount even after the sale in 2010 to Sidney Harman, a 92-year-old audio magnate. He bought the property from the Washington Post for a dollar and eventually, with Ms. Brown, merged it with the The Daily Beast, the Web site owned by IAC/InterActiveCorp.

The future grew grimmer still after Mr. Harman died in the spring of 2011. His heirs had said they would continue to support the ailing weekly, but last summer the family announced it would no longer invest in the magazine.

Ms. Brown also says that even with her past experience in magazines — as editor of Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and the failed Talk magazine — she had little control over what was happening in the broader industry.

“You can not actually change an era of enormous disruptive innovation,” she said. “No one single person can reverse that trend.”

Losses at the magazine have been reported to be about $40 million a year, and Barry Diller, the chairman of IAC, which owns both The Daily Beast and Newsweek, made it clear he would not underwrite the losses forever.

“Our offices have been filled with consultants running around with lists of people, so we knew something was about to happen,” said one staff member, who insisted on anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak and was worried about potential layoffs. One of the consultants, the person said, was Jack Griffin, a former head of Time Inc.

“Regrettably we anticipate staff reductions and the streamlining of our editorial and business operations both here in the U.S. and internationally,” Ms. Brown wrote.

The announcement was timed, staff members said, to get ahead of next week’s earnings call for IAC, when Mr. Diller was expected to be peppered with questions about Newsweek’s losses.

In an interview with public radio’s Marketplace, Mr. Diller made it clear he was not sentimentalist when it comes to business, saying if one doesn’t work out, “Sell it, write it off, go on to the next thing.”
Boss Media unveils political video campaign for Cynthia Dill

Dill unveils ‘On the Campaign Trail’ video stumps, and more

Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate takes voters on real-time campaign

CAPE ELIZABETH (Thursday, August 16, 2012) — Cynthia Dill, Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, is launching a twin digital video campaign she says will provide voters with constant multimedia access to her positions and thoughts on major issues.

“The videos are weekly snapshots of what I’ve learned from people I’m meeting and talking with while on the road, from Kittery to Fort Kent, and from Eastport to Bridgton,” Dill said. “They’re the ones I see every day on the campaign trail; they are who I represent.”

The videos, produced by campaign media adviser Patricia Wiggins, are unlike traditional campaign advertising on TV. “The videos are longer and more detailed,” Wiggins said, “dealing with real issues and real people in real time.”

The video campaign “offers an intimate format in which voters can make their decisions about sending Cynthia to the U.S. Senate,” Wiggins said.

The videos are being produced in two formats: “On the Campaign Trail,” a weekly installment that captures the previous week’s campaign events; and “Conversations with Cynthia,” a more personal, up-close look at the U.S. Senate Democratic nominee.

Wiggins said the campaign will produce one new episode of each per week, posting first to every Monday. The videos will then appear later in the week at the Dill for U.S. Senate campaign Facebook page, Google+, tumblr and the campaign’s other digital properties on a regular schedule. Dill also will Tweet about the videos’ content on her two Twitter accounts - @dillesquire and @DillforUSSenate.

“We live in a visual world. The videos are stories and ways for Cynthia to tell her story - to share her experiences. The videos allow her to share what she has come to know in her life that positions her to be the next Senator from Maine,” Wiggins said. “The ‘Conversations with Cynthia’ series will allow viewers to hear and see a more relaxed thoughtful and reflective Cynthia at her home, just off the campaign trail.”



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