Yesterday FishbowlNY broke the news that The Atlantic pulled an article that detailed an alleged connection between Jay-Z and a sparkling wine that may have lead to the rapper making millions behind closed doors. We reached out to the author, Zack O’Malley Greenburg, as well as The Atlantic for comment, and didn’t hear back from either, which made us even more curious. Natually, instead of going away, we pushed further.
Late last night we finally heard from Greenburg, who encouraged us to speak to someone at Penguin, the publishing house behind his book, Empire State of Mind (the pulled article is an excerpt). We sent them some questions via email, and Penguin President and Publisher Adrian Zackheim responded. He tells FishbowlNY that The Atlantic has kept both Greenburg and Penguin in the dark about its reasons for pulling the piece.
“[We heard] only that the piece was pulled for unspecified editorial reasons. This was an authorized, negotiated arrangement for the publication of the excerpt. We were told after the fact that the excerpt had been removed. We haven’t heard any more.”