Andrew Sullivan is bringing in some serious cash so far. It’s been just a day since he announced that he was taking The Dish rogue and leaving The Daily Beast to gamble on a support from a direct subscriber model, and he has already gotten a third of a million dollars and close to 12,000 paid subscribers, he wrote on his blog today.
“Basically, we’ve gotten a third of a million dollars in 24 hours, with close to 12,000 paid subscribers (at last count). On average, readers paid almost $8 more than we asked for,” Mr. Sullivan wrote this afternoon. “To say we’re thrilled would obscure the depth of our gratitude and relief.”
Welcome to New York
New year, new business model for Andrew Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan is leaving the office he rarely visited and taking his Dish blog rogue. Instead of the blog living on The Daily Beast, Mr. Sullivan and his band of editors will set up an independent company called Dish Publishing LLC and publish without the benefit of a larger publication’s umbrella, he announced in a blog post today.
Mr. Sullivan, one of The Beast’s highest-profile names, is taking the gamble that his brand is strong enough to strike out on its own.
Andrew Sullivan has never been shy about expressing his opinion and when it comes to New York—where he’s lived for all of two weeks—he’s not pulling any punches.
In a Daily Beast post written today—entitled, what else? “New York Shitty”—Mr. Sullivan tells us just how much he hates this horrible city. He hates it a lot. He hates the crowds, he hates his apartment, he hates the internet here and he even hates his cell phone service. Most of all he hates how much he’s paying to hate all these things.
off the record
Yesterday Newsweek/Daily Beast editor Tina Brown reclaimed her crown as queen of controversial covers. It had been briefly snatched by Rick Stengel, whose Magazine of the Year, TIME, caused a media firestorm Thursday by featuring a hot, young mom breastfeeding a three-year-old on its cover. TIME’s image was more arresting, but the May 21 Read More
As an in-house advertisement in the Halloween issue of Newsweek promised, Tina Brown’s dormant TV career is back from the dead.
Daily Beast TV, the online video channel The Observer first caught wind of in July, has launched on the Beast’s website. Though none of the shows bear the name of Ms. Brown’s erstwhile Read More
Malcolm Gladwell is sick and tired of hearing about the way social media will change the world for the better. In a lengthy article this week comparing online activism to the Civil Rights movement, The New Yorker scribe belittles Web 2.0′s importance as a tool for social change. “A networked, weak-tie world is Read More
Andrew Sullivan weighs in on the rejection of the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Albany yesterday, and sees it not as a setback, but as a victory for marriage advocates:
“It’s demoralizing and dispiriting. But it is my deepest belief that every time this question is thoroughly debated, and each time we Read More
Over the weekend, as protestors raged against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s declared victory in the Iran electon, the Web world watched events unfold online on sites like Twitter where students and activists were sending updates and pictures live from the ground. Some Twitters fueled a trending topic with the hashtag #CNNfail to call out Read More
“What’s the cost of being a nerd?” read the neon sign that greeted guests emerging from the elevator at Justin Smith’s apartment in Tribeca last night.
Provocative though it was, that question was not what had brought Bonnie Fuller, John Stossel, Adam Moss, Nick Denton, Sigourney Weaver, Read More
And now the fun part begins.
The New York Times‘ Elisabeth Bumiller has an A1-promoted story headlined Internal Battles Divided McCain and Palin Camps, in which she reveals all about the Republican candidates’ failed bid for the White House. This comes a day after Newsweek broke new ground on the Governor’s Read More