MarketWatch media guru Jon Friedman just doesn't get the deal with that Anderson Cooper fellow. You know the one, right? Infinite blue eyes, enveloping gaze, powerful (but gentle) arms, distinguished and shimmering silver hair? Works on CNN? Well Friedman thinks he's the bunk! People just like Anderson 'cause he's adorable, and warm, and kind, and earnest! Not for any good reasons! Or, as Friedman puts it: "Yes, CNN's Anderson Cooper has heart. He oozes empathy. He's clearly a good-hearted fellow and, by all accounts, as likeable as all get-out." YES, YES, BUT WHY IS HE SO POPULAR? And, more importantly, why don't people feel the same way about Jon Friedman?? (Click thru to see the t-shirt we just bought for Jon, btw.)
Adrian Moeller, publisher of Mass Appeal magazine, emails us to confirm that the hip hop lifestyle mag is in fact shutting down, as we reported yesterday: "After 12 years of publishing Mass Appeal Magazine we've decided to call it quits on the print edition," he writes "We're putting our resources into our faster growing properties, Missbehave Magazine and Colossal Media. We're in talks to sell Mass Appeal, and it may resume publishing in the future. We'll continue the website and special event productions." So, not as bad as a sharp stick in the eye.
A tipster tells us that Mass Appeal, the Brooklyn-based hipsterish hip hop/ graffiti culture magazine, has folded. Editors and designers were laid off last week, and no more issues will be forthcoming, the tipster says. It's not known whether the mag will seek a buyer, or how its sister title MissBehave will be affected. If you have any information, email us. Sucks, if true—Mass Appeal was a quality rag. And to think that Cat Fancy soldiers on unscathed. What kind of world do we live in?
• Mass Appeal mag turns 10 and launches a spinoff, presumably for even masser appeal. [Folio:]
• Emeril says Cindy Adams fabricated a quote from him. Only in New Orleans, kids, only in New Orleans. [Times-Picayune]
• Reporters go out in the snow to tell us it's snowing, and a CNN hero wonders why. [NYT]