Eat The Press

knuts for knut.JPG

from vanityfair.de

Outdoing Time's recent cover for arctic cuteness, Vanity Fair Deutschland has devoted its most recent cover story to Knut (pronounced "k'noot"), the baby polar bear that's been making headlines in his native Germany and beyond since being rejected by its mother and bottle-fed to survival. Knut went public to huge crowds at the Berlin Zoo on March 23 (aka "Knut Day"). The runup to Knut's debut saw plenty of drama, with animal rights activist Frank Albrecht demanding that Knut be put to sleep because he had been raised to rely upon humans too much (leading Germany's conservative tabloid Bild to ask "Will Sweet Knut Be Killed by Injection?" and the UK's Sun to put it more bluntly: "Killl tame bear, say animal nuts"). Happily, Knut survived this early brush with death. Not so lucky: the Berlin's Zoo other celebrity-in-residence, 22-year old Chinese-born panda Yan Yan, who died shortly after Knut's debut. The backlash was swift, blaming Knut for the swarming crowds that stressed her to death. some say as a result of stress induced by the frenzy knut's too sexy for this knut.JPGof visitors (a post-mortem revealed that Yan-Yan had died of heart failure triggered by constipation). The mourning over the passing of Yan Yan has done nothing, however, to dampen Knut's rise to the top of Germany's celebrity firmament (including, most recently, a song called "Knut Ist Gut") (though people have yet to go so far as to make a serious proposal to have Knut replace the black bear in Berlin's coast of arms). The issue of VF also features Patrick Dempsey looking dreamy. Der Spiegel has more, plus a cute video ("There's no one who can say that he's not cute, that he's not nice"). That's all; this seemed sort of appropriate for April 1st.

Knut Makes The Cover of German Vanity Fair [Gridskipper]
Related:Another Video Featuring Polar Bears [YouTube]

Update: The New York Post brings news that Knut will be hitting the states next month, when he shares the cover of Vanity Fair's upcoming green issue with Leonardo Dicaprio. Synergie in Effekt!


Media Blogroll

Chatter

Romenesko Gawker TVNewser Wonkette Crooks & Liars CJR Daily Drudge Dealbreaker Dealbook Defamer Deadline Hollywood Daily Mickey Kaus Jeff Jarvis Radosh James Wolcott IWantMedia The Slot Bloggermann Jake Tapper Blogging Baghdad Russert Watch Jossip Mediabistro The Media Mob at the NY Observer The Transom FishbowlNY FishbowlDC FishbowlLA GalleyCat Reference Tone Panopticist The Minor Fall, The Major Lift Penguins On the Equator Gelf Magazine- Gelflog Animal (New York) White House Press Briefings Altercation
Page Six Liz & Cindy NYDN Gossip Intelligencer Reliable Source Patrick McMullan

Analysis

Jack Shafer Howard Kurtz WWD Memo Pad NYO Off The Record Broadsheet Gail Shister Keith Kelly NYT Business/Media Jay Rosen’s PressThink Fine on Media Simon Dumenco’s Media Guy Jon Friedman Media Matters The Guardian (Media) NRO Media Blog Columbia Journalism Review On The Media The Public Eye The Daily Nightly Today’s Papers Regret the Error Dan Froomkin David Folkenflik

Commentary

Slate Salon New York Magazine The New Yorker The New York Review of Books The New Republic The Nation Harper’s The Atlantic Monthly The Virginia Quarterly Review Vanity Fair Esquire n+1 The Believer

News

The New York Times The Washington Post The New York Observer The LA Times Time Newsweek US News & World Report Wall Street Journal Editor & Publisher NY Daily News NY Post USA Today NY Sun Times of London Financial Times The Smoking Gun McClatchy
NBC ABC CBS CNN Fox News MSNBC NPR Air America BBC C-SPAN Al Jazeera
AdAge Broadcasting & Cable MediaPost MediaWeek Variety Entertainment Weekly Folio:
HuffPo Home