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How the Chips Fell At Human Events

Higher-ups at Human Events warned staff on Tuesday that there would be a big announcement at a 10:30 a.m. meeting the next day. Many employees had a feeling it would be bad news, possibly more layoffs.

Workers who showed up at the office before the meeting went to their desks and computers as usual. Then they gathered in the conference room where V.P. and Group Publisher Joe Guerriero announced that the last payday for nearly all staff members would be this Friday. After the meeting, employees returned to their computers, only to find they couldn’t use them. While the bad news was delivered, the log-in information had been changed.

Employees were told if they needed to retrieve any personal information from what was now their former computers, management would watch them while they did so. Today will be their last day in the office. Human Events will no longer be available in print. Feb. 18th was their last issue.

Guerriero would not comment on the record for this story.

What happened in the meeting…Despite the somber news, no negative energy was felt inside the conference room, a source who was present for the meeting told FBDC. Read more

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Legalities Behind ‘Cloakroom’

Since Taegan Goddard started his “Cloakroom” blog at The Week, it has come to our attention that there are now at least three “Cloakroom” politics blogs.

The first was apparently started by writers at the conservative Family Research Council. The second is more of an online and print column by Human EventsNeil W. McCabe, whose came before Goddard’s but, contrary to McCabe’s original belief, was not the first “Cloakroom.”

Not one of the three is legally trademarked. But Erik Pelton, an intellectual property rights attorney in Virginia, told FishbowlDC that doesn’t mean one of the blogs couldn’t lay more claim to “Cloakroom” than the others… Read more

Three ‘Cloakroom’s: Is it Thievery?

After news broke last week that Taegan Goddard of CQ Roll Call would be starting a new “Cloakroom” politics blog at The Week, the name ruffled some feathers.

“Some guy at CQ Roll Call took the name of my ‘The Cloakroom’ column? Bullshit, right?” wrote Human EventsNeil W. McCabe.

Anyone who knows McCabe knows that he’s a goofy fellow with a taste for theatrics, as far as the news media world is concerned. But indeed, McCabe has been writing a column he titled “The Cloakroom” that appears in the print and online edition of Human Events. He started the column in November 2012 and not unlike Goddard’s blog, it deals with political news figures.

“Hey, I understand there are lapses in research, but come on,” McCabe said. “Why can’t he call it ‘The Coatroom’ or ‘The Room Name Not Taken Yet.’”

Unfortunately for McCabe, he is not the first to have a politics-oriented “Cloakroom” column or blog… Read more

Coulter on Alter: ‘Is he considered a journalist?’

Conservative author Ann Coulter showed up to her book signing at the Americans for Tax Reform headquarters 30 minutes late. “I blame it all on Human Events,” she announced when she arrived.

Coulter was interviewed by Human Events prior to the signing and it ran long. Thomas Winter, the paper’s editor, told FishbowlDC Coulter alerted him she was going to return to her hotel to change clothes before heading to ATR. “Having a wife… I know what it’s like when a woman says she’s going to be somewhere as soon as she can,” he said.

Some 70 people showed up at the event to have Coulter sign copies of her new book Mugged. She signed all of them before heading to the “First Friday” monthly gathering of young conservatives near Capitol Hill.

On CSPAN Friday morning, Coulter, known for attacking the news media, said “the entire mainstream media is pretending” her new book “doesn’t exist.” On her way out we asked her to name the most fair national reporter. “[Fox News'] Brit Hume,” she said without skipping a beat. When asked to name the least fair reporter, she said “Everyone on MSNBC.” How about one specific reporter? She named former Newsweek editor Jonathan Alter. “Is he considered a journalist? Probably not,” she said.

With that, Coulter exited the building, cup of wine in hand.

Alter responded to Coulter’s comments in an email to FBDC. He said she named him “because we appeared on television many times together before she was famous and she insisted on going on alone, and each time I owned her.”

Coulter must have struck a chord. Alter sent another email immediate after: “P.S: Does she even know what the word ‘fair’ means?” he said. “We know that if she does, she doesn’t consider it a compliment.  That means she must be saying something nice about me. Thanks, Ann!”

Notables: TWT‘s Kerry Picket; GOProud Co-Founder Jimmy LaSalvia; Town Hall‘s Derek Hunter; Human Event‘s Cathy Taylor, Neil W. McCabe and Audrey Hudson; and WMAL’s Chris Plante.

Quotable: “So we had to sit there in the cab right next to each other in complete silence.”– Picket, describing her latest troubles flying into D.C. from Denver, Colo. at 2 a.m. She said the line to hail a cab outside of Reagan National Airport was long and when she finally flagged one down, a woman jumped the line to hop in. “I guess the New York in me came out,” Picket said. The two females argued over who was going to take the cab before the driver told them he could take them both. The last time we saw Picket at a book-related event, she sported a black and blue banged up leg — the result of a mountain biking accident.