New York Post scribe Jeanne MacIntosh reports today that she—and not her editor, Col Allan—is the paper’s connection with alleged Mommy Madam Anna Gristina. Her story contained a false assertion, namely that we claimed “that the editor in chief of the New York Post, Col Allan, had a close friendship with Gristina and suggested that he had allowed that relationship to interfere with his professional responsibilities as the paper’s top editor.”
Yesterday, in a rally held in Cooper Square, the 33-year-old son of Village Voice co-founder Norman Mailer got up on the podium, reported Capital New York’s Joe Pompeo.
“It’s hard for me to be up on this podium today,” Mr. Mailer, who was there for a protest to shut down BackPages.com, the part of the Village Voice that’s been accused of sex trafficking in underage women, “because I’ve always loved the paper and what it stood for…to see them now, justifying their actions for this profit is heartbreaking.” Read More
Today’s front page of the New York Post is sure to whip the public into a frenzy: showing a photo of three of the six Democratic senators (Kevin Parker, Bill Perkins, and Eric Adams) who chose to wear hoodies in Albany yesterday in solidarity of the family of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who was shot in Florida for wearing suspicious clothing.
Of course, the Post chose to leave out two other senators who wore hoodies that day, because they were Caucasian. Because the argument that the lawmakers were using Mr. Martin’s death to push their own agenda that racial profile should be outlawed (yeah, what a terrible idea) wouldn’t have that extra oomph in the headline. Read More
The Observer was sitting at Hooters, in one of the establishment’s “finest booths” (our request), daintily sipping a Banana-Rama piña colata, and watching Vice‘s notorious co-founder Gavin McInnes imploding. “Why would I have gone all the way upstate to eat piss-covered cornflakes??” he screamed into our cell phone, drawing stares from the lunch crowd of really sad-looking single men. Beneath his dirty blonde beard, Mr. McInnes was turning beet red. “Why wouldn’t I have ate the piss cornflakes in my house? Or in the office???”
We couldn’t hear what the person on the other end of the line is saying, but whatever it was, the author of the new memoir of How to Piss in Public (Scribner, March 20) started to foam at the mouth in response. “I just told you why I pissed in the cornflakes! It was for the DVD! It matched with the card up your ass trick in the movie!”
Another pause, and Mr. McInnes (pronounced, for the last time, like McGuinness but with no “G,”) started to stress points at an incoherent, rambling speed.
“I don’t lie, dude! You got duped by your own prank!” he yelled at one point.
“I had already done it two weeks before the Gawker thing!” he said at another. Before hanging up, he has been reduced to schoolyard insults:
“Whatever, you’re stupid, bye.”
He looked at us. “I’m not going to give you a check for $1,000.”
Before his semi-meltdown, the inflammatory jokester who once referred to Jesus as a gay Jew on Bill Maher’s show, had told me two things: He couldn’t remember anytime someone had “got him” with a good prank, and that as he’s grown older and raised a family, he’s really mellowed out.
We were happy to prove him wrong on both points. Read More
Interesting: Most soon-to-be parents squabble for months over baby names. But if you work at Tina Brown‘s Newsweek, one of the nice perks is that you can just put the question to your magazine’s 1,500,000+ Twitter and Tumblr followers and let them decide for you! At least, that’s what Deputy Editor Paula Szuchman was forced by Tina Brown to do in an attempt to boost the company’s image as a warm, friendly work environment chose to do. Read More
Richard Lawson, Gawker’s entertainment writer and TV recapper extraordinaire, has taken his leave of Nick Denton‘s media conglomerate for the second time in the past two years. He will be joining another Gawker ex-pat, former editor in chief Gabriel Snyder at The Atlantic Wire, where Mr. Lawson will be a senior writer for entertainment and culture. Read More
There was an awkward moment last night at the premiere of Gus Van Sant’s new movie Restless. Mr. Van Sant was giving an interview to an AOL/HuffPo reporter.
Working from memory, the conversation went something like this:
Reporter: So what cars do you drive?
Gus Van Sant: A Volkswagen Passat.
Reporter: A 2012 Passat or Read More
In today’s New York Post, a variety of scandals play themselves out (most prominently, the unveiling of the maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of rape), but the ongoing saga of Rupert Murdoch is dealt with only obliquely, and deep within the book. A Page 26 review of various magazines out this week deals first Read More
In the Arena, formerly known as Parker Spitzer and as the CNN star vehicle that would bring Eliot Spitzer back into the good graces of Americans, was canceled today. It premiered on October 4, 2010.
“Ask Ashley,” in which onetime gubernatorial good-time gal Ashley Dupre answers readers’ questions in the pages of the Read More
Arianna Huffington has made her triumphant return to the country where she spent her salad days and Huffington Post UK went live this morning.
“In so many ways my time in Britain set the course of my life,” writes Ms. Huffington in her first editor’s note, “I started (and finished) college here. I started Read More