The Fourth Estate
The New York Post is now apparently publishing readers’ idle speculation as “tips.”
Post political columnist Michael Goodwin’s last item in today’s piece includes a “scoop, if true” from a reader named Don Reed. It seems that Mr. Reed thinks that comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer’s secret girlfriend is none other than Anthony Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin.
If true, indeed! Here’s the true-or-not-true scoop:
Jay-Z is curating a new concert festival for…Philadelphia. As New Yorkers try to rationalize this inexplicable turn of events—Jay-Z, an investor in the soon-to-be-real Brooklyn Nets, who recently played Carnegie Hall, and who could probably clean sweep the next New York City mayoral election—catering to the needs of the (ahem) sixth borough (as some would have it), Beyonce’s husband recently took the time to speak to Rolling Stone about it.
Buried at the very end interview is Jay-Z, finally bringing a nasty rumor about himself to rest.
Aggregator extraordinaire Matt Drudge briefly linked to Gawker’s story that alleged ABC’s Robin Roberts “wasn’t enthusiastic” about landing her big gay marriage interview with President Obama because she was worried it would call attention to the “near-open secret that Roberts is a lesbian” this afternoon and the site took the opportunity to taunt him with an update.
“Internet behemoth Matt Drudge, who has just directed his readers to this post, is also commonly understood to be gay,” the update said.
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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, in Nevada for the Republican primary caucuses, has scheduled a mysterious press conference in Las Vegas later tonight. Active candidates typically hold a rally regardless of voting results; Mr. Gingrich’s presser has prompted The New York Times to report via its political blog The Caucus that “rumors have been flying” in Nevada that Mr. Gingrich will cease his run for the presidency.
Earlier today, Jemima Khan—an associate editor at The Independent and European editor-at-large for Vanity Fair—Tweeted out a wonderfully juicy rumor: that Rupert Murdoch was refused a table at a posh London restaurant last night.
Back in February, an Apple store in Grand Central was still a twinkle in Steve Jobs’ eye when The Observer took a bite out of the year’s juiciest rumor.
We had whipped out our iPhone and made more than a dozen calls in apparent futility. But, finally, a source close to the M.T.A. oh-so-quietly Read More
Just Go With It
“I don’t know if it’s the worst kept secret in the art world,” said Jessie Washburne-Harris, the director of Harris Lieberman in Chelsea, from a couch in her gallery last Saturday morning. She was referring to the well-documented rumors circulating among dealers and collectors in New York that Frieze Art Fair, the influential showcase of Read More
In the promotional churn for her new film with Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston let slip to Oprah that she’d once weighed taking a role on Saturday Night Live instead of the Friends pilot. Makes sense that she joined the Friends cast–she’s a Los Angeles actress through and through. But was the offer ever Read More
The Taipei-based blog Digitimes is reporting that after some delays the iPad 2 will ship sometime within the next 100 days, hitting stores roughly ten months after the release of the first iPad:
Foxconn Electronics’ (Hon Hai Precision Industry’s) plants in Shenzhen, China have Read More
Late Friday afternoon, media reporter Keith Kelly posted a Tweet that said U.S. News & World Report is shutting down its print publication, but a staffer at the company told The Observer that the report was “a lie”.
Update 4:53PM: Romenesko got his hands on the official memo confirming Kelly’s Tweet. Read More