And it’s a doozy:
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Lots of ins, outs and what-have-yous in the fallout from Rupert Murdoch‘s surprise $5 billion bid to buy Dow Jones & Co. earlier this week.
News Corp., launching a two-pronged offensive, is planning to take its case for buying Dow Jones & Co. to the media company’s controlling shareholders, the Bancroft family, and directly to the newsroom of the Wall Street Journal.
Murdoch insists this isn’t about turning the Journal into the Post or “slashing-and-burning” the staff:
“We’re not coming in with a bunch of cost-cutters,” he said, but added: “I’m not saying it’s going to be a holiday camp for everybody.”
The staff, meanwhile, has been asked to show support for the Bancroft fam.
While just about everybody who has watched Fox News or picked up a Post has an opinion on the matter, perhaps none are more poetic than those of this media consultant guy, who weighs in — poetically — on Rupe’s pre-Grape Nuts thoughts:
“Rupert wakes up in the morning and thinks about how he can change the media world and where there are white spaces.”
The Economist asks a rhetorical question: Is Murdoch’s bid for Dow Jones just about vanity?
We ask one we hope isn’t: Would you want Rupert Murdoch as your boss?
Ballers, BET’s attempt at The Best Damn Sports Show Period, premieres tonight and features special guest John Amaechi. We’ve been on the edge of our seats for almost two weeks, and the amazing poster — Guy Torry‘s gonna have some kind of Napoleon complex — clinches it: We’ll be on our couch at 10:00PM tonight.
One of the more intriguing questions about tonight’s Larry King 50th anniversary party in New York has already been answered. Beleaguered radio host Don Imus, a longtime friend of King’s, was on the invitee list for tonight’s bash, but don’t expect to see him.
“He’s not coming,” our inside source says.
Here’s who is: Fox News chief Roger Ailes, Tom Brokaw, Donald Trump, Tina Brown and Ron Howard.
Planned co-hosting duties were to be done by King’s fellow CNNers Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Soledad O’Brien and Paula Zahn, but they are all in Blacksburg covering the Virginia Tech shooting.
Good old Rosie O is up to her old tricks again, antagonizing nemesis Bill O’Reilly with a poem on her Web site that accuses him of being “big brother” Rupert Murdoch‘s lap dog.
Rosie writes that when she and View co-host Joy Behar mentioned an O’Reilly sex scandal on the air, they were told “that we couldn’t bring it up anymore / or else bill o / would “go after” all the hosts of the view.”
Rosie signs off by writing “we r awake.” Here at FBNY, we r confused.
“Bob can read a teleprompter better than he can read a newspaper.”
That was one of the quotes from yet another media event held in honor of Bob Woodruff. Over a breakfast of fresh seasonal fruit, poached egg and banana crepes (organized by Ladies’ Home Journal on the Upper West Side) 20 or so gathered to hear Bob, his doctors and his wife, Lee, speak of his recovery from injuries sustained in Iraq last January, his newfound advocacy for better healthcare for the wounded soldiers when they return home and the importance of family in the recovery process.
Another NYC-centric media debate, courtesy of CNN’s Reliable Sources:
HOWARD KURTZ: Michael Goodwin, you wrote, “Voters will never give the White House to a man who has caused such pain to his children.” Did you feel uncomfortable writing about this and getting into [Rudy] Giuliani‘s private life?
GOODWIN: No. I mean, I think that’s the theory about why this could matter to some people. I don’t personally share that feeling. I do think though that it is fair game for voters to know pretty much everything about a presidential candidate, and particularly in this case. As you cited, Andrew Giuliani is 21. So although I had some qualms about writing about the story, because it is kind of an icky story, I think ultimately the voters do have a right to know this. And I think it’s got to be something that voters everywhere will kind of put in the hopper and weigh it with other things and decide, you know, how to vote.
KURTZ: Adam Nagourney, this was not your story in “The New York Times,” but, you know, kids have problems with parents and stepparents all the time. So, why is this worthy of media scrutiny?
NAGOURNEY: I have to echo Michael on this. I think that when it comes to someone who is running for president, pretty much everything is fair game. I don’t mean invasion of privacy, but I think that for newspapers to do their jobs correctly, you want to tell voters, prospective voters, everything you can about these men or women who want to be president, and that includes details of their family life. You know, again, Andrew is 21, and as far as I know, he spoke to the paper totally voluntarily. I think this is a very appropriate story, and it’s just one of many things that I think voters should know about in trying to assess whether or not they want to vote for Rudy Giuliani to be president.
Via Revolving Door:
Cleo Glyde has been named style director at Marie Claire. She had formerly been with Vogue Australia and most recently was a panelist on the Australian show Beauty and the Beast. (release)
Glyde was also formerly a couture model in the early 1990s for, oh, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Karl Lagerfeld, Vivienne Westwood, Dior, GianFranco Ferre, Comme des Garcon, Yohji Yamamoto, Armani and Christian Lacroix, to name a few. She later went on to become one of New York City’s top DJs — New York mag even voted her regular party night “Best of the Year.”