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Rupe: ‘Everything We Do, CNBC Will Copy’; Times Bias; Borat Sequel Coming

murdoch_foreign_policy.jpgPlenty of coverage of yesterday’s candid interview with Rupert Murdoch at the McGraw-Hill summit in New York. Some highlights and soundbites:

  • Sequel to 20th Century Fox’s Borat is coming after Sacha Baron Cohen fulfills a movie contract with another studio. Murdoch saw Borat “about three times.”
  • Judith Regan? “Not a team player.” That Mickey Mantle novel that contributed to her ousting? A “pseudo, pornographic thing.”
  • New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for President? “Really tempting.”
  • Dream Presidential candidate? Newt Gingrich.
  • On the new Fox business channel, announced yesterday: “Everything we do, CNBC will copy.”
  • New York Times‘ political bias? It’s “outrageously biased — just read Page One every day.”
  • Best quote: “I just want to live forever. I enjoy myself too much.”

EARLIER:

  • Fox Finally Announces Biz News Channel
  • Fair And Imbalanced? Murdoch Admits Media Manipulation
  • New York Responds To Brown Family

    nymag-regan-cover.jpgEXCLUSIVE

    As FishbowlNY first reported, lawyers for Denise Brown and Nicole Brown‘s are furious over this week’s New York magazine article by Vanessa Grigoriadis chronicling the O.J. Simpson book debacle and subsequent fall of Judith Regan at News Corp — specifically, the Brown family’s involvement in HarperCollins’ attempts to pay them off with profits from the ill-fated If I Did It book project.

    New York magazine’s response, via spokesperson Serena Torrey:

    New York’s story reflects the facts as we know them. News Corp. executives present at the meeting in Indianapolis say that one of the lawyers there was representing the Brown family in the negotiation. The Brown family maintains that that is not the case. A day after a prospective settlement was hammered out and presented, the Brown family conclusively rejected it. While Vanessa Grigoriadis called the Brown’s lawyer for comment 24 hours before final closing, we are sorry we were not able to represent the Browns’ position fully in the article.

    Torrey adds that the magazine first became aware of the Browns’ complaints via FishbowlNY — when we obtained and posted a faxed letter from Brown family lawyer Natasha Roit to New York — and that it never arrived at New York‘s offices or those of its owner, Bruce Wasserstein:

    Incidentally, the only place we’ve seen this letter is on your site today. It never arrived in any offices associated with New York magazine or Bruce Wasserstein.

    EARLIER:

  • Nicole Brown Family Demands Retraction From New York Mag Over Regan Article
  • Brown Family’s Letter To New York [PDF]
  • Nicole Brown Family Demands Retraction From New York Mag Over Regan Article

    nymag-regan-cover.jpgEXCLUSIVE

    The family of Nicole Brown is demanding a retraction and correction to assertions made by Vanessa Grigoriadis in her article published by New York magazine yesterday chronicling the O.J. Simpson book debacle and subsequent fall of Judith Regan at News Corp.’s HarperCollins.

    In a faxed letter to New York magazine owner Bruce Wasserstein obtained by FishbowlNY yesterday, attorneys for Denise Brown and Nicole Brown’s family claim that the article contains “blatant and intentional factual misrepresentations” about the Brown family’s involvement in HarperCollins’ attempts to assuage them with payout profits from the ill-fated If I Did It book project. [UPDATE: New York tells FishbowlNY that it stands by its story, and contends it never received the letter.]

    The lawyers for the Browns contend that a key part of Grigoriadis’ story — about News Corp. reps flying to Indianapolis to meet with the families to “hash out details of a payout” is “patently untrue”:

    “Neither the Browns nor any representatives of the family participate in any such meeting … they did not fly to Indianapolis, they did not ‘sit down’ with HarperCollins, they did not ‘hash out’ any details.”

    Indianapolis, the lawyers point out, is the hometown of the attorney for Fred Goldman and “has nothing to do with the Brown family.”

    Grigoriadis wrote that “the Browns had been agreeable to the payout of about $5 million” but that Denise Brown went on the Today Show to proclaim the family’s rejection of NewsCorp’s “hush money.” “The Browns did not agree to a payout,” says Brown attorney Natasha Roit.

    “While your writer contends that NewsCorp was grappling with their sense of regret, from the moment the Browns contacted me, both myself and Denise Brown were barraged with phone calls not only insisting we accept a payout, but do so within a time limit, as NewsCorp wanted a press release noting the family’s acceptance and acquiescence to their project moving forward.”

    Roit also claims the magazine did not give her a fair chance to respond to Grigoriadis’ assertions.

    “Specifically, your writer, Vanessa Grigoriadis, contacted me for comment about these items last Friday when I was unavailable in Court. Upon return, I called her back and advised her that her information was untrue and that I could substantiate the same. Having not heard from her over the weekend, I called again today, and, again, received no response. You went to print without making the correction or even including a denial. … Your writer knew at press time that information was available to counter her ‘source’ and intentionally chose not to pursue it.”

    UPDATE: New York Responds To Brown Family

  • Brown Family’s Letter To New York [PDF]
  • Judith Regan | Martha Stewart | CIA | News Corp.’s Newsday Fetish

    • HarperCollins L.A. Staffers: Still sifting through Judith Regan‘s stuff months after her firing. [Rush and Molloy]
    • Martha Stewart: “I spend a lot of time nurturing creativity, thanks to the SEC.” [WWD]
    • Why New Corp.: Wants Newsday. [Forbes]
    • CIA: Recruiting via Facebook. [Wired]
    • New Deals: For Law & Order: SVU stars. [Variety]
    • Flavor Flav: Transcends satire. [NY Press]
    • State of the Union: In HD. [Gizmodo via TVNewser]

    Vanity Fair Obtains, Reviews O.J. Book

    James Wolcott on the unpublished yet increasingly easy-to-find If I Did It:

    The banal horror of this book—apart from the ghoulish sanctimony of Judith Regan‘s entrepreneurial gusto that attended it—is that O.J. Simpson professes to open up and, once open, there’s nobody home, nobody there, nothing inside. It’s a vanishing act in full view.

  • Murder, He Wrote (Sort Of) [Vanity Fair]
  • Judith Regan: ‘I’m Moving to Dublin, Where They Do Have A Sense of Humor Because They Drink Too Much’

    regan_ousted_oj.jpgOn her Sirius radio show, Judith Regan finally addressed the ongoing imbroglio — ripping Bill O’Reilly and the New York Post — but stopping short of naming the “celebrities” who Regan claims wanted a copy of the now infamously killed O.J. book. She also offered this little soundbite that Regan counsel Bert Fields must be thrilled about:

    “I’m moving to Dublin, where they do have a sense of humor because they drink too much. I’m Irish, so I can say that.”

  • Regan Trashes O’Reilly and The Post on Sirius [Radar]

    EARLIER:

  • Reganomics: Rupe Sacked Regan Over Alleged Anti-Semitic Call
  • Ron Hogan Wants Times Sci-Fi Critic Tasered

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    Our two-headed literati known as GalleyCat doesn’t merely exist to be accessories to Judith Regan scandals. They also are well-heeled meta-critics of the New York Times Book Review. Today, co-editor Ron Hogan [above, left] turned his attention to a single writer, sci-fi guy and ex-Spin editor Dave Itzkoff [above, right]. Let’s just say Hogan isn’t exactly impressed with Itzkoff’s criticisms, nor editor Sam Tanenhaus‘ championing thereof:

    It’s a given that the litblogosphere has it in for Sam Tanenhaus and the New York Times Book Review, with this blog counted among the critics. But I like to think that the ‘Cat has been supportive, albeit in a rather tough-love mode, of the changes Tanenhaus has executed in nearly three years on the job. But nestled among such successes is a columnist whose faults have become more glaring with each new effort — science-fiction reviewer Dave Itzkoff.

  • Wanted: Savvy Sci-Fi Critic for NYTBR [GalleyCat]
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