The Washington Post was really asking for it when, for a straight-faced story about paying sources for information, they talked to Gawker media overlord Nick Denton. The conversation consisted of “an exchange of electronic messages.”
“I’m content for the old journalists not to pay for information. It keeps the price down,” Denton electronically messaged Read More
Cable and network television news outfits say they don’t pay for interviews — they say they don’t buy stories. But then there’s Larry Garrison, a proprietor of what Sheelah Kolhatkar calls “dead-white-girl television.”
Ms. Kolhatkar (a former Observer editrix) profiled Mr. Garrison for The Atlantic this month. He gets paid to bring material Read More
Based 100 percent speculation, naturally:
$100,000/ Amount US Weekly paid Bristol Palin and Levy Johnston for their most recent cover [NYP].
$500,000 / Amount Radar paid Mel Gibson’s ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva for tapes of his racist rants [LAT].
LeBron James is all about dollar signs. When we all tune into ESPN at 9 p.m. tonight to find out if Mr. James is going to be a New York Knickerbocker or not — a special hour called “The Decision — Mr. James will be interviewed by a journalist of his choosing. He also picked Read More
To quote Noah Shachtman’s March profile of Andrew Breitbart in Wired, “Breitbart is, in short, expert in making the journalism industry his bitch. ‘The market has forced me to come up with techniques to be noticed,’ Breitbart says. ‘And now that I have them, I’m like, wow, this is actually great. This is fun.’” Read More