The Economist executive editor Daniel Franklin and Portfolio “founding editor in chief” Joanne Lipman (the Ghost of Magazines Present and the Ghost of Magazines Past?) were on WNYC’s The Takeaway this morning with lots of interesting predictions for 2010 (Ghana is gonna be huge.).
Our takeaway is of course the “silly questions” closer, when Lipman was asked about Conan O’Brien.
“I hate to say it, but I think that the best publicity he ever got was for being fired, and I think he’s peaked.”
Lipman is best known for running the very expensive and very short-lived Conde Nast Portfolio, and penning an essay about sexism in the magazine industry for The New York Times six months after Porfolio closed. It was not good publicity and sparked a non-stop snark-fest.
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