Happy July Fifth. Thursday fireworks, BBQs and beer make for an even less productive Summer Friday than most (assuming one has to even bother with the pretense of productivity today) but things still happen in the news and there are a few hours until it’s socially acceptable to call it quits.
Rupert Murdoch, fresh off the news of a bunch of splits (marital, corporate) was caught on tape revealing his real opinions to the staff of The Sun about phone hacking and succession plans and such. Turns out, it isn’t all that fun to get secretly recorded, is it? (Gawker/The Guardian)
The Daily Caller wrote about Vice CEO Shane Smith and guess what? It’s not that positive. Was Mr. Smith really a Bosnia correspondent for Reuters? Maybe not. Do people care? Guess it depends who you ask. (The Daily Caller)
The 1980s were a simpler, maybe better time when people (or in this case, the staff of The New Yorker) still wrote actual, typewritten letters to express their disapproval with the new boss instead of just getting fired for tweeting about it. (The Awl)
Christopher Buckley’s favorite novelist? Evelyn Waugh. Second favorite? God. (The New York Times Book Review)
Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington were spotted having tea in Paris, but not together. (The New York Post)