- Rupert Murdoch: To offer Tony Blair News Corp. post after British PM’s run ends. [Independent]
- Sulzbergers: Tightening grip on Times Co. stock. [Boston Herald]
- AOL: To revamp its video portal. [NYP]
- New York Sun: And other newspapers sign on with news aggregator to link to other newspapers, including competitors. [NYT]
- Moguls: Of new media. [WSJ]
Archives: July 2006
ESPN.com, “Hooping With The Enemy“:
Not everyone has given up hope. A handful of brave and visionary people think the answer may lie, believe it or not, in basketball, specifically a nascent program called Playing for Peace.
Wall Street Journal, Friday:
As missiles fly between Lebanon and Israel, bloggers on both sides are talking to one another, providing live updates, commenting on each other’s writing and sometimes linking to blogs across the border.
Jared Kushner, the new owner of the New York Observer, may have “worked to develop a separate and distinct identity” from his imprisoned father Charles, but it appears the donations he and other members of the Kushner family made to political candidates have been indistinguishable.
According to the Center For Reponsive Politics, since 1992 Jared Kushner has made over $100,000 in political contributions — some 45 — to various causes and candidates — including the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer — under the auspices of at least eight different companies, including BP Devolopers, LP; Kushner Companies; Imperial Gardens; Pheasant Hollow Associates; Quall Ridge Associates; Marine Garden Associates; Florham Associates; Long Brook Associates; 66 WMP Associates.
It’s unclear whether or not these contributions are included among those listed in a 2002 Bergen Record article — “Paying for power: The Kushner network” — the second result you get by Googling “Jared Kushner“:
A close review by The Record of Kushner’s donations in the last five years shows just how grand his largesse really is: In that time, Kushner, his family, and business associates funneled at least $3.1 million to political committees and politicians.
Kushner’s four children gave almost $300,000, some even before they were old enough to vote. On a single day in March last year, Kushner’s contribution network gave $237,000 to the state Democratic Committee.
Via the New York Times:
Jared Kushner, the 25-year-old son of a wealthy New Jersey developer who was sentenced to prison last year, has bought The New York Observer, paying what one person familiar with details of the sale said was nearly $10 million for a majority stake in the weekly newspaper.
Arthur Carter, the current publisher who nearly sold the paper to Robert De Niro‘s Tribeca Film Festival group before the deal broke down, will retain “retaining some interest and will be offering the new owner strategic advice.”
Give senior editor and Off the Record columnist Tom Scocca the quote of the week:
Mr. Scocca also said that Mr. Kushner was not particularly tainted because of his father. “Every pile of money that is enough to buy a newspaper is disturbing if you look closely enough at it,” he said. “But I don’t think he has any reason or need to protect the existing press barons from scrutiny. This is an exciting move.”
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Above, the mock-up comic book cover that Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada prepared for an appearance on Thursday night’s Colbert Report, where he brought Stephen Colbert up to speed on Civil War, the “Marvel Comics Event” that pits superhero against superhero to explore the permeable boundary between homeland security and personal liberty:
“Before the show, Colbert came into the green room and set the tone for me. First he gave me the warmest welcome, shook my hand and told me he’s a huge Marvel fan…As he left he gave me the wag of the finger and said, ‘You know how the show works?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘Remember, I’m an idiot,’ I told him that I was one as well and then he went off to do the show.”
D. Anthony “Chip” Lumar, this week named as a UN ambassador along with Russell Simmons, is wanted for rape in Atlanta.
Via Atlanta’s WSFB-TV:
ATLANTA — The son-in-law of entertainer James Brown is a wanted man in Fulton County. An arrest warrant has been issued for Darren Anthony Lumar — a prominent Atlanta businessman.
Darren Anthony Lumar is the managing partner of Pinnacle International Partners located in the SunTrust building. Today, a Fulton County judge issued an arrest warrant for the man recently inducted as a UN Goodwill Ambassador. He was a no-show in court Thursday where two former employees said he raped one of them and wrote bad checks to both of them.
Our favorite 5’2″ model-turned-Apple Store memoirist, Isobella Jade, informs us that her MySpace was hacked:
I got this email today from a marketing solutions group saying how someone hacked into MYSPACE and deleted some accounts and I checked mine and YUP it is gone. I am curious if you know about this. How come myspace isn’t protecting themselves? Maybe this is just a glich and I wasn’t constantly on Myspace, but still that is kind of weird that my whole account is gone gone gone. My friend said his account is gone as well … so I am curious do you know about this?
A Rupert Murdoch-led conspiracy? That faint sound you hear is of a 5’2″ homeless model in heels banging out another memoir chapter in the Soho Apple Store.
FishbowlNY’s Isobella Jade Coverage:
5’2″ Homeless Model’s Story Generates International Appeal, Publisher Interest
Jesse Oxfeld and Jessica Coen at the Time 100 party in May
Just in, via the Media Mob:
Former Gawker editor Jesse Oxfeld will soon head to New York magazine. He will be a senior editor for the magazine’s website. Oxfeld confirmed that his start date is August 7.
“I’m hugely excited for it,” said Oxfeld by phone today. “That’s not spin or a line. It’s a magazine that I’ve always wanted to work for.”