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Archives: November 2007

Kuntz Jumps From WSJ To Bloomberg

Bloomberg News has just hired Phil Kuntz as a senior editor focusing on government and political stories. Previously, Kuntz was at the Wall Street Journal as asst. DC bureau chief and deputy Money & Investing editor.

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Sicha, Gould Out At Gawker

We just got word that Gawker managing editor Choire Sicha and editor Emily Gould have severed their ties with the popular website.

Gawker has just posted a help wanted ad for a new managing editor.

It’s true: The most interesting news always does happen right before 5pm on a Friday.

More details as they come in..

Sundown on Sunset


Evel Knievel dies at age 69.

Martin Scorsese’s newest film: La Clave Reserva

Just in time for the holidays! KOST fires Kim Amidon, after 22 years. via Franklin Ave.

Hollywood Bitchslap has an Oscar tote board up. Sasha Stone as well with better commentary but less useful visuals.

EW lists the 50 Smartest People in Hollywood, which is insane as well as inane. They can’t mean book smart, as Spielberg is notorious for never reading anything. They can’t mean career smarts, as Ben Stiller just made another stinker. So what do they mean?

Nikki Finke is now known as Sista Toldja.

Writers Balk in Talks or Talks Hit Pause Button. A little birdie told us that Variety writers are really tired of the emails accusing them of bias. Really, really tired.

Katie Holmes and a little dear and a little deer.

And Gawker has some openings.

Strike Watch: The Unofficial WGA Hip Hop Anthem

In the five days since blogger Cliff Schecter posted this hip hop anthem for the WGA writers strike it has has over 18,000 views. Schecter is a videographer making shorts for Brave New Films. Schecter also wrote a debate column for Knight Ridder News Service on political and international affairs between 2005-6. Enjoy.

Strike Watch: Best Of The Blogs


– The press blackout of the WGA and the AMPTP has been lifted. According to a press release jointly signed by WGA West President Patric M. Verrone and WGA East President Michael Winship, ”Our inability to communicate with our members has left a vacuum of information that has been filled with rumors, both well intentioned and deceptive.”

Conan O’Brien, who is paying nearly 80 non-writing employees out of his own pocket, is growing a strike beard. (link via Popwatch)

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Tuesday: Lunch With Cathie Black


This Tuesday, December 4, ASME is sponsoring a lunch with Hearst Magazines president Cathie Black and editorial director Ellen Levine from 12pm-2pm at San Domenico restaurant (240 Central Park South).

Here’s the word from ASME:

Please join us on December 4 when Ellen Levine will have a one-on-one talk with Cathie Black who will share her thoughts about the essential elements of success for women (and men) anywhere on the corporate ladder; her personal stories about media giants like Rupert Murdoch, Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Francis Ford Coppola, Harvey Weinstein, and Al Neuharth; and the steps (and missteps) that led her to the top. Basic Black, which debuted October 23rd, reached No. 1 on the Wall Street Journal Business Books list (Nov. 6, 2007) and No. 3 on the New York Times Business Books List (Nov. 11, 2007).

Admission is $140 per person ($115 for ASME members; $75 for ASME associate members).

Registration forms may be faxed to (212) 906-0128.

WGA East President Michael Winship


Crain’s New York profiles WGA East President, Michael Winship. The part time position of WGA East president requires the talents of a natural politician. Winship began his television writing career after graduating from Georgetown University. There has always been a strong political flavor in Winship’s choices of projects. From Crain’s New York:

”After graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in government, he thought he’d have a career as a political operative — until he burned out working on the George McGovern campaign in 1972. He then moved into newspaper writing and public relations and landed at Channel 13 in New York City as a publicist for Bill Moyers. He ended up working as a writer on his shows off and on for the next four decades. In 2004, the two of them won a Writers Guild Award in the commentary category for ‘Wall Street Scoundrels,’ an episode of Now With Bill Moyers.”

Winship has also written for National Geographic Explorer, Nova, the television movie My Sergei and Smithsonian World.

(image via crainsnewyork)

Ron Rosenbaum: The Atlantic‘s Party A Portent Of WWIII?!?

We love you, Ron Rosenbaum. We truly, unironically love you.

You see… a few weeks ago we attended the weirdtastic Atlantic 150th Birthday Party. It was kind of great in all its awkward, media party-gone-wrong glory.

But Rosenbaum attended too — and found it to be a portent of World War III in his Slate column chronicling signs of an immenient third world war:

Which brings me to the folk singer at the Atlantic’s anniversary party. The party has become somewhat famous or infamous, but the high point for me was not the attractive contortionist writhing around at the lip of the stage; for me, it was hearing-in the midst of all my World War III maunderings-the folk singer they hired bust out with a World War III ballad.

Only, he didn’t call it “World War III.” He called it “World War Ay Ay Ay” (as in I I I, get it?). It lacked the black humor of Dylan’s Cuban Missile Crisis-era ode, “Talkin’ World War III Blues,” but it was pretty dead-on: perhaps a bit maudlin, but sadly all too appropriate.

Ay, ay, ay, indeed.

That’s right — the folk singer (Josh Ritter) equals the probable fall of Pakistan’s nukes into the hands of jihadis and America’s B-52 nuke faux pas in Rosenbaum’s book.


FBNY’s New Look

As you might have noticed, we now have a new logo courtesy of’s own Kenny Rufino.

Our brother sites got a new look too: Both FishbowlDC and FishbowlLA got makeovers as well.

When Journalists Attack (And Commit “Lewd Acts”)

1130long.jpgTucson, AZ journalist accused of break-in, “committing lewd act”

Every once in a while, you need a good WTF story to break the monotony.

This is one of these.

Levi J. Long, a reporter for the Arizona Daily Star was arrested after breaking in to a Tucson man’s bedroom at 3 in the morning. The unidentified man claims Long punched him before he was able to force him out of his bedroom… He then locked Long in his bedroom and called police.

According to the police, Long is “suspected of committing a lewd act inside the bedroom.” He also refused to leave the house and was bitten by a police dog in the process of being arrested.

According to Long,

“I’m sorry about the situation, and for disappointing the people whom I care about… It’s a mistake that I’m learning from.”

Indeed. No word on Long’s current employment status at the Star &#151 in the meantime, he’s been charged with misdemeanor trespassing and having a truly awkward story to tell future employers.

(Image via Chips Quinn Scholars)