In news we are grateful to receive from the NYT, a journalist abducted by Nusra Front in 2012 has been released by Al Qaeda's official branch in Syria (5,858 shares). American freelance writer Peter Theo Curtis's freedom was won following "extensive mediation by Qatar," which has successfully aided the release of many other Western hostages. "So Al Qaeda is now releasing hostages and ISIS is beheading them. What is going on?" demands Clayton Morris at Fox News. Meanwhile, The New Yorker's Philip Gourevitch reveals, "Curtis mother’s 1st act on his release? Wrote Foleys that she couldn’t rejoice her relief b/c grieving their loss."
Also at the Times, David Carr suddenly has praise for VICE and how it chases hard news with its edge intact (1,122 shares). "After infamous 'poop on the beach' slam on VICE, @Carr2n now says this." Quoting from the piece, Washington Post's Anup Kaphle tweets, “'In a world that is hostile to journalism…you can’t be uppity about where your news comes from.' Great @carr2n piece."
Meanwhile, New York Magazine reports on the uncertain future for TIME Inc. (162 shares). Full Disclosure's Roben Farzad calls it an "[i]ncredibly depressing look at the orphaned parent of People, Time, SI and tons of mags." At Huffington Post, Michael Calderone notices, "Time mag recently considered going biweekly," to which New York Times Magazine's Mark Leibovich replied, "Bi-curious." At Publishers Lunch, Sarah Weinman notes, "'Time Inc. is like Iraq. It’s a dire situation,' says a former senior executive.' Well, that's an analogy."