Are You More Tempted to Buy This Issue of People Because It's Half-Price?

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Ad Age "Media Guy" columnist Simon Dumenco's media roundup for the morning of Friday, May 26:

1. "Remember when Ronald Reagan body slammed a reporter to the cheers of the conservative grassroots? Neither do I," Michelle Fields writes in "Journalism in the Age of the Body Slam," a New York Times guest opinion piece. "Yet in the aftermath of the assault on Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, by Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for a special House election in Montana, too many conservatives are either doubting the event occurred, despite audio evidence and witness testimony by a Fox News crew, or praising Mr. Gianforte for giving the press what it deserves."

Michelle Fields is a former reporter at Breitbart News, who, as she notes, "was grabbed and bruised by one of Donald Trump's campaign managers, Corey Lewandowski, during the Republican primary."

2. This is helpful: "Five takeaways from the Montana special election," by Lisa Hagen and Ben Kamisar. The first on the list is "Gianforte's attack on a reporter made little difference."

3. Because of course: "Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, has come under FBI scrutiny in the Russia investigation, multiple U.S. officials told NBC News," per a post this morning team-reported by Ken Dilanian, Peter Alexander and Courtney Kube. "Investigators believe Kushner has significant information relevant to their inquiry, officials said. That does not mean they suspect him of a crime or intend to charge him."

+ Flashback (to a Vox post by Dara Lind included in Monday's media roundup): "It's becoming increasingly clear that Jared Kushner is part of Trump's Russia problem."

4. Aggregation about aggregation about aggregating: CNN made a stand-alone post -- "Apple News is getting an editor in chief" -- out of a bit of news that was tucked into Joe Pompeo's Politico media column yesterday. Lauren Kern is leaving her executive editor gig at New York Magazine to lead Apple's news-aggregation service.

5. In other magazine-related news, Keith Kelly reports in his New York Post column this morning that People is experimenting by cutting the price of the June 5 issue it currently has on newsstands to $2.99 -- half off. The weekly will also do another single-issue price cut later this year, he adds, noting that the discount makes People temporarily cheaper than In Touch and Life & Style ($3.99), Star and OK! ($5.99) and Us Weekly ($4.99). A telling detail in Kelly's post:

People, which in its glory days was selling an average of 1.4 million copies a week on newsstands, was selling an average of 521,416 single-copy issues for the six months ended Dec. 31, according to the Alliance for Audited Media.

6. Today's "Not The Onion" headline comes to us courtesy of News Corp's (Australia): "British politician wants death penalty for suicide bombers."

7. And finally, to kick off the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a bit of viral media for you: a post titled "More sun please!" that has run up nearly 1.5 million views since it was posted yesterday on image-sharing site Imgur:

More sun please!

Thank you to Ann-Christine Diaz, Nat Ives, Laurel Wentz and Chen Wu for their media roundup suggestions.

Simon Dumenco, aka Media Guy, is an Ad Age editor-at-large. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.

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