Vanity Fair‘s Michael Wolff, who is writing an authorized biography of Rupert Murdoch due out next fall, takes a shot in today’s New York Post at the Wall Street Journal‘s media reporter Sarah Ellison, who recently announced plans to write a book about the transformation of the news media, using Mr. Murdoch’s takeover of Dow Jones as its centerpiece.
Mr. Wolff told the Post‘s Keith Kelly that Ms. Ellison has no business writing a book about the Murdoch takeover in light of her affiliation with the company that’s being taken over.
"The problem with someone from The Wall Street Journal writing a book is that they are inevitably conflicted," Wolff is quoted as saying. "Either they’re bitter that Murdoch bought the place or they are trying to save their job."
It’s unclear whether Mr. Wolff is suggesting that Ms. Ellison’s coverage of the Dow Jones-News Corp. deal–her beat at The Journal since this past summer–is similarly tainted by conflict of interest.
UPDATE: In an e-mail to the Media Mob, Ms. Ellison said, "I’ll let my book speak for itself."