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Newt Gingrich ‘Sad’ About Human Events

Eagle Publishing, parent company of Human Events, hosted its biennial Congressional Open House champagne celebration last night to welcome the 113th Congress (the Republican members at least).

Unfortunately, the party comes just a week after massive layoffs and the closure of Human Events‘ print product.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich attended with his wife Callista. Asked about Human Events, he said he was “very sad because it was historically a remarkable institution that had a big impact on American history going all the way back to 1944.” He added: “But I also recognize that we live in an age where you’re The Nation magazine or you’re Newsweek or a whole range of institutions — that the pressures of traditional print publication are enormous. And I think that Eagle had to take a serious look at reality in that sense.”

Regarding Conservative Political Action Conference organizers excluding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) as a speaker at their event next week, while inviting Donald Trump, Gingrich said… Read more

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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

Human Events Gets 26-Year-Old Editor

Mattera Publicity Photo.jpg Eagle Publishing today announced that Jason Mattera is the new Editor of Human Events. The release said Mattera, 26, is “believed to be the youngest editor of any major national publication”.

“Given his youth, we recognize Jason’s appointment may seem a bit surprising, but only if you don’t know him,” stated Joe Guerriero, VP/Group Publisher of Eagle Publishing’s GeoPolitical Division, which includes Human Events. Guerriero went on, “Jason’s ability to understand what is truly important, not just repeat DC’s echo chamber, plus his unique ability to put facts into understandable, interesting-and even fun-stories and videos is remarkable. His wisdom and talents are far beyond his years.”

Even Ann Coulter gives him a nod: Coulter, best-selling author and conservative commentator, had a one-word comment when asked what she thought of Mattera, ‘Brilliant!’”

Find out more about Mattera after the jump…

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Human Events Says “We’re In Trouble”

From an email sent to “Friends of Human Events” by Editor in Chief and President Tom Winter:

    It’s been many years since I’ve written a letter like this, but a crisis unlike any other in our 63-year history – one that threatens our very existence – forces me to ask for your help.

    Just recently, the federal government’s taxpayer-subsidized mail-delivery monopoly, aka the United States Postal Service, hit us with a one-two punch of postal-rate and fee increases that have driven up our delivery costs by over 20 percent.

    First, our per-copy postal rate will rise 16.86 percent. Second, we’re being hit with a brand-new “container fee” (don’t ask – it’s absurd) that will hike our total increase to 20.3 percent.

    To put it in dollars and cents: it will now cost us an extra $120,000 per year to deliver HUMAN EVENTS – a staggering sum for us that we simply can’t afford.

    It’s outrageous enough that the U.S.P.S. can jack up our rates like this without fearing any loss of our business to more cost-efficient competitors – something it can do ONLY because federal law effectively protects it from private competition.

    But what really burns me up is that the new rate system was designed in part by lobbyists for liberal media giant Time Warner and other large publishers to benefit themselves at the expense of smaller competitors such as HUMAN EVENTS.

    So instead of Time Warner’s mailing costs ratcheting up like ours, the cost of delivering liberal Time magazine and other Big Media publications will barely increase at all – even decrease in some cases. Meanwhile, smaller publications such as ours, which can’t afford expensive lobbyists, get hammered. Some will be forced out of business altogether.

What’s at stake? “Free speech, and the right of conservatives to get their message out on the same terms as liberals, is also at stake.” The conservative publication is asking for your help.