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Archives: September 2011

Once Again, The eXiled Exposes Koch Hypocrisy

eXiled editors Mark Ames and Yasha Levine were on the Dylan Ratigan Show yesterday, talking about their latest scoop for The Nation. The pair uncovered a series of letters from billionaire libertarian robber baron Charles Koch to the free-market economics guru Friedrich Hayek, urging the latter to come to America and take advantage of America’s generous Social Security and Medicare programs–the same programs that Koch and his brother are now pushing to obliterate for the rest of us.

The letters are an amazing find, revealing once again just how morally and ethically bankrupt the philosophy of the ruling elite truly is.

Fortune Lists 50 Most Powerful Women in Business

It’s Friday and it’s lunch time, so you’re probably done with the heavy work load and already thinking about watching the most illegal move in wrestling history. Or maybe that’s just us. Either way, it’s a good time for a list, and Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business for 2011 is worth checking out.

The issue hits newsstands Monday, but here’s a couple quick notes: Oprah Winfrey is an unfamiliar spot, having fallen 10 slots to number 16 because OWN hasn’t worked out yet, and one-third of the newcomers on the list are from India or China. Interesting, right?

Check out the top 10 most powerful women in business below, and head over to Fortune — or better yet, pick up the print version — for the rest.

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Public Agency Crows About LA Times Corrections

In the online world, which is where the LA Times today is of course firmly anchored, article corrections are even easier to miss. Such amendments may be noted at the bottom of a story or sit in a separate little area, but the bottom line is that within the expanding web even more so than dwindling print, you really have to look for these notations.

So it’s no surprise that to highlight this week’s fixes by the paper of a September 14 story by Sam Allen, the Central Basin Municipal Water District has issued a big, fat press release. The agency is taking no chances here and, quite honestly, if they had not done this, FishbowlLA probably would not be writing about it. Per the release:

The Times corrected a headline that accused the District of financing a website to create promotional stories. Additionally, the Times addressed factual errors that had the District paying$200,000 for online media, when in reality the agency paid $70,000 for outreach services, an industry standard. Finally, the Times admitted that Central Basin had no contract with and that the website had not been created by Central Basin’s consultant to tout the water agency, as previously reported.

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Hugh Hefner’s Ex to Auction Off Ring

(Via Christie's)


Remember Crystal Harris? She’s the ex fiancee of Hugh Hefner, and she made news by dumping poor Hef five days before their wedding, back in June. Hefner then got a little revenge by pasting a huge “Runaway Bride” sticker on the Playboy issue that featured Harris on the cover. Now it appears that it’s Harris’ turn for some fun.

According to TMZ, she’s auctioning off her engagement ring at Christie’s next month. The ring, which features a huge 3.39 carat diamond, is expected to get Harris anywhere between $20,000 and $30,000. Hefner might not have the best taste in clothes, but clearly the guy knows how to buy a ring.

Twilight Fans Get Ready to Dance a Mean Fandango

Shortly after midnight tonight, throngs of “Twihards” will be pounding their iPads, Smartphones and laptops to book advance tickets to see the next franchise installment Breaking Dawn: Part 1. A full seven weeks before the movie opens on November 18.

Although there won’t be any traditional crazed-fan line-ups around LA tonight at the vampire hour, trust us, the Twilight gang will be there, lurking in the virtual shadows. And come Monday morning, there will also almost certainly be news quantifying the frenetic pace with which this group visited the website of Santa Monica based online ticket behemoth

Fan site Twilight Lexicon told FishbowlLA they expect this weekend’s activity to easily surpass that of 2010′s Eclipse but not necessarily the advance excitement triggered by the original movie in the series, 2009′s New Moon. The latter stands as Fandango’s all-time record-holder for advance ticket sales.

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KCRW Traffic Reporter Wrangles a Golden Pylon

Upon hearing that KCRW traffic reporter Kajon Cermak (pictured) was the recipient of a 2011 Golden Pylon Award from the MTA, station manager Jennifer Ferro tweeted a thought that FishbowlLA also had. Namely, is the statuette molded in the form of a miniaturized, golden pylon?

Alas, most likely due to budgetary reasons (and the fact that the annual Golden Pylons ceremony engenders a lot less “Who are you wearing?” queries), the keepsake is a translucent plaque with but the image of a cone. Which leaves FishbowlLA’s other question–what is Cermak’s own daily commute like?

KCRW’s Sarah Spitz tells FishbowlLA that Cermak travels daily to Santa Monica 89.9 FM HQ from Thousand Oaks. That’s a 44-mile return trip, either by way of the 101 & 405, the Sepulveda Pass or perhaps, occasionally, a strategically chosen canyon road together with the PCH.

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More Michael Wolff, Adweek Rumors

The New York Post has some more gossip regarding Michael Wolff and Adweek. Apparently one of the magazine’s investors, Jimmy Finkelstein, is leading the charge to get rid of Wolff, so much so that even Wolff is expecting to be fired soon. Finkelstein is looking to return Adweek to its advertising roots, so word is he’s looking directly at Ad AgeAdweek’s biggest rival — for Wolff’s replacement.

Wolff is still scheduled to speak at a number of events starting on Monday (which, cruelly, is his one year anniversary at Adweek) for Advertising Week, so perhaps he’ll be around for a little bit longer.

There’s also some buzz that Wolff might not be the only one getting the axe. Adweek’s Publisher, Erica Bartman, is getting flak for ad sales dropping after the redesign launched.

Happy Friday everyone?

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Former Borders Bookstore Employees Let Loose on Former Borders Customers

Workers of the now defunct Border’s bookstore chain reportedly created this poster-sized list of gripes and revelations. A few of our favorites:

  • We always knew when you were intently reading Better Homes and Gardens, it was really a hidden Playboy.
  • It confused us when we were asked where the non-fiction section is.
  • Most of the time when you returned books you read them already — and we were onto you.
  • We were never a daycare. Letting your children run free and destroy our section destroyed a piece of our souls.

Via our sister blog Galleycat.

Breaking: Jim Watkins Fired From WPIX

Veteran WPIX/Channel 11 anchor Jim Watkins has been fired from the station, FishbowlNY has learned exclusively.

Sources with knowledge of the situation say Watkins, the station’s solo weekend anchor, was abruptly terminated Tuesday by news director Bill Carey.

We’re told that Watkins is no longer permitted in the WPIX building on 42nd Street.

Watkins, who joined WPIX in 1998, was part of the long-running evening anchor tandem with Kaity Tong. However, with the arrival of Jodi Applegate in October 2010, Watkins was relegated to weekend anchor.

Before arriving at WPIX, Watkins anchored various newscasts for WNBC/Channel 4. 

There’s no word of who will replace Watkins on weekends.

Update: WPIX news director Bill Carey says Watkins “remains employed by WPIX.”