Mohr has worked in the past as Variety‘s box office reporter and The Hollywood Reporter‘s New York bureau chief. At Page Six, he will be working with current editor Emily Smith, as well as reporters Stephanie Smith and Tara Palmeri.
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Is the New York Post‘s column about Governor David Paterson maybe, possibly having an affair becoming more believable the more it gets passed around? That would be the thesis of yesterday’s New York Observer column by John Koblin, who argues that the “fake news cycle” – that can only exist thanks to the wonders of the Internet and story forwarding – has allowed media to “enter a moment where even the process of journalismâ€”getting a storyâ€”is news in and of itself.” This is based on the fact that Paterson actually had to address the issues of his affair, and a timeline of all the blogs and news media that reported the news (Koblin first broke the rumor of the NYT story on Twitter).
But the truth is, politicians’ sexual scandals have always been ripe fodder for both tabloids and legitimate journalism outlets, and it’s not like Page Six suddenly started existing when Web 2.0 developed. It is not a new development that reporting on a story suddenly makes it true to a vast majority of readers, only that the Internet provides outlets allowing anyone to discuss and debate these salacious items, creating more “hype” for what may turn out to be a total non-story.
Be careful what you write about Rupert Murdoch or his various entities: not only will you inevitably suffer the full backlash from The New York Post or Fox News (as Michael Wolff found out last year, when his affair with Victoria Floethe was revealed in Page Six shortly after his book The Man Who Owns The News was released), but you’ll also have to contend with the litany of newspaper articles that crib the information from your book without giving you any credit (again Wolff, complaining that last Sunday’s profile of Fox New chief Roger Ailes in The New York Times was directly taken from his book).
Sarah Ellison is taking an obvious gamble with her new book, War at The Wall Street Journal: Inside the Struggle to Control an American Business Empire. Not only is the subject matter covering almost the exact same trajectory as Wolff’s book — the Bancroft family’s selling of The Wall Street Journal to Murdoch for $60-a-share — but, according to the David Carr review of the book on today’s Times Media Decoder blog, it’s a much more intimate portrait of the man than the “ethereal” presence we’re used to reading about.
We’ve been hearing for months now about how Bonnie Fuller, formerly of Star and Us Weekly, was planning a media comeback with her new gossip blog HollywoodLife.com, poaching Corrynne Steindler from Page Six and Laura Schreffler from New York Daily News along the way.
Now the day has finally arrived: the launch of the “female-focused” blog HollywoodLife.
Billed as a Web site that crosses traditional magazine coverage with “interactive conversation” for women — as well as “feminine bling” from Fuller herself — HollywoodLife has already drawn in huge advertisers (Sony, We television, Old Navy) for the big names it promises to deliver. Of course, their first (and largest) post up right now is about the New Moon premiere in L.A. last night with a streaming video of Taylor Lautner, Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson walking the red carpet.
Full press release after the jump (It’s a must-read, trust us)
Read More: HollywoodLife.com
Vice Magazine was once a staple of the New York late 90s/early millennial underground scene, featuring articles on shooting up heroin, interviews with up-and-comers Chloë Sevigny, and pics of naked people from Ryan McGinley. They also had the severely un-P.C. Do’s and Don’ts thanks to co-founder Gavin McInnes, who left the mag in 2007 when big corporate bought Vice away from its grime roots with VBS.TV (Vice‘s web station), and made it into a glossy product with lots of advertising.
And hey, that’s not entirely a bad thing. According to Page Six, Vice still has money to burn, thanks in no small part to the success of spin-off projects like their record label, clothing company, and naturally, VBS.
Now in a time when everyone is talking about frugality and cutbacks, the New York-based Vice headquarters is throwing a gigantic Halloween party in Brooklyn, which will either “be the final gentrification nail in the coffin of what was once Williamsburg, or it will just be an insane extravaganza of decadence and fun.” Which sort of sounds like two sides of the same bougie coin, and as far away from what Vice‘s original mission was as humanely possible. Expect tons of corporate sponsorship on everything from the beer (PBR?) to the costumes (Where the Wild Things Are?), and if not exactly reminiscent of the old Vice parties, than the old Si Newhouse-sponsored ones.
After reporting on the newest hire at New York Post gossip column Page Six last week, The Wrap and Gawker noticed yesterday that longtime contributor Bill Hoffman has been taken off the column’s masthead (at left).
At the time, Stern told FishbowlNY: “Bill’s a nice guy. And he’s been writing about stupid celebrities and sparring with publicists for years.”
As for why Hoffman decided to leave his post after more than three years, one insider told Gawker, “Hoffman, who’s in his 50s, may have just outgrown caring about the celebrity detritus that made up his beat on P6.”
In his column this week, New York Times media critic David Carr took on News Corp. head honcho Rupert Murdoch and his recent pronouncement that all of his newspaper and television news channels would soon charge for access to their online content.
“Quality journalism is not cheap, and an industry that gives away its content is simply cannibalizing its ability to produce good reporting,” Murdoch said during News Corp.’s earnings call last week. “The digital revolution has opened many new and inexpensive distribution channels but it has not made content free. We intend to charge for all our news Web sites.”
Although Murdoch boasted that, if his model was successful, other media companies would follow his lead, Carr pointed out that many publications have already tried pay models, with varying levels of success. Instead, Carr questioned Murdoch’s level of commitment to his plan:
“Setting aside the execution risk of such a plan, it’s difficult to tell how serious Mr. Murdoch is, given his history of grand statements that were only that. Perhaps he was making an unsubtle effort to change the subject during a bleak earnings call for News Corporation…”
Smith told Gawker the Page Six gig is her “dream job.”
Good luck, Emily. Drop us a line sometime.
The Wrap: Page Six Names New No. 2
Yesterday during News Corp.‘s fourth quarter and year-end earning conference call, CEO Rupert Murdoch said the Web sites for his newspapers, which include The New York Post, would start to follow a pay model similar to the Wall Street Journal‘s in the coming year.
“The digital revolution has created many new and inexpensive ways of distribution,” Murdoch said. The Journal, which is also owned by News Corp., has had success with its pay model by giving away some information for free and displaying the first few paragraphs of certain stories to non-subscribers, but requiring readers to sign in for access to the rest.
This model seems to work for the Journal because the quality of its work is respected by the business community and readers in general, so they are willing to pay rather than lose access to the paper’s information and insight. But, will this model translate to News Corp.’s other properties like the Post, which is best known for its punning front cover headlines and Page Six gossip column?
Read on for earnings release details
Michael M. Thomas, New York Observer columnist, Forbes.com and Daily Beast contributor and author of several books including the recently published “Love & Money,” has decided to leave the salmon-colored paper after 22 years.
Thomas, a recent Morning Media Menu podcast guest, wrote about his decision to leave the Observer on his personal blog Midas Watch (which has the same name as his Observer column) on Sunday, and sent a letter out to friends.
“It looks as if the NY Observer and I are parting company for good,” he said. “The new owner stands pretty much squarely on the side of those whom I consider the bad guys in the great civic and financial equations that govern our parlous existence. That his prospective father-in-law is Donald Trump, a person known to earlier readers of the NYO ‘Midas Watch’ as ‘the Prince of Swine,’ only adds to the confusion.”
Thomas said he’ll stick to blogging, about “books, food, the media, golf, music, Wall Street, manners, the writer’s trade, Brooklyn, local politics, the Hamptons,” and anything else that interests him.