Updated after the jump
Last week, The New York Post came out with an incendiary item about the high-flying socialite (and New York Observer Gatsbaby) Tabber Benedict, who had allegedly thrown himself a “going-away” party at Number 8 on the night before he was actually due to be sentenced in court for his 2011 DUI.
But according to the gossip site Scallywag & Vagabond, the attack might have been more personal than just a good tip from Justin Ross Lee…and that the Post‘s author, Tara Palmeri, had it out for Mr. Benedict for another reason.
According to The New York Post’s Fred Dicker, Republicans in the State Senate are considering a secret plan to retain their control of the chamber without cutting a deal with a caucus of four independent Democrats. The plan, according to Mr. Dicker, would require Republicans to hold off seating two new Democrats whose razor-thin victories Read More
The N.Y.P.D. may have a person of interest in the tragic subway homicide that occurred at the 49th Street N/Q/R Midtown station Monday afternoon.
Queens resident Ki-Suck Han died Monday when witnesses say another man pushed him onto the subway tracks after a confrontation. Mr. Han attempted to climb back on the platform but couldn’t make it and died from injuries suffered after he was struck by the Q train.
Richard Johnson, New York Post‘s Page Six veteran editor, is heading back to The New York Post. Mr. Johnson made the high profile jump out west to head up The Daily’s Los Angeles bureau when the app launched in February 2011.
Mr. Johnson will join The Daily’s editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo at the tabloid. Mr. Angelo has Read More
Good Morning America isn’t the first news program that has had to apologize for a factual story and replace it with some implausible copy, but last week proved that they might be the silliest. During Lara Spencer’s segment on this season’s hot new toy, Elf on the Shelf, she inadvertently let it slip that although it is not supposed to be touched by children after they “adopt him” (because giving him a Christian name infuses him with magical powers that are taken away if he is played with), he doesn’t actually go to the North Pole and visit Santa Claus. Rather, her film crew showed parents moving the doll, and in one instance, Spencer actually picked up the toy herself.
Of course, this is the biggest scandal since the Killian Documents, as far as The New York Post is concerned.
New York Post
Hey, New York Post, how are you doing? Everything going okay? You feeling alright? No, no … we’re just calling to check in. Your friends are, well, we’re a little worried about you the last couple days. Do you need to talk to someone?
in the papers
Cindy Adams’s New York Post column today was filed from Sydney, where the gossip columnist has headed on vacation. Ms. Adams, who will be unaffected by Hurricane Sandy and whose column does not mention it, has found plenty to complain about, though:
Law & Order
New York Post reporter Doug Auer allegedly became the target of police ire after he wrote a scandalous story about an illicit Labor Day BBQ on the roof of police headquarters. Apparently, nothing is as sacred to New York’s Finest as roasted meat, fire code be damned.
According to Mr. Auer, current and retired cops responded on an unofficial NYPD message board with jeers, threats and personal details (including the reporter’s home address and personal photos from his Facebook page), Gothamist reported at the time.
Mr. Auer, who said he took down his Facebook page in response, is back–and now he’s commenting on his private Facebook page. He’s also threatening “atomic wedgies” to those who come after him.
When we shamefully tell our grandchildren that yes, we were the generation that gave legitimate attention to arguments over “legitimate rape” (which is when a woman’s body fights the attacker’s sperm with its laser ovaries), at least we’ll be able to say that we were there when Rupert Murdoch’s conservative New York Post finally gave up the ghost and tepidly supported birth control and Plan B for high school students who forgot to put the aspirin between their legs.
It’s a small victory, but a victory nonetheless.
off the record
On August 6, Mandy Stadtmiller started as a deputy editor at Jane Pratt’s women’s-interest site xoJane—the date was marked “Job Starts” in her iCal—but that wasn’t the biggest thing that happened to her that day. XoJane had just lost one of its main attractions in beauty bloggger trainwreck Cat Marnell, but happily Ms. Stadtmiller Read More