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Election Day 2008: The Palin Media Doctrine and Other While-You-Wait Links

While we wait for the results to start rolling in here’s some vids from SNL‘s Election special last night — not the funniest we’ve seen this season, but Sarah Palin made a surprise appearance and we may not be seeing much of her after tomorrow, so there’s that. Also, New Yorkers should check out Gothamist for great election day coverage, including pics, from across the city (apparently Tim Robbins had a small voting fiasco on W 14th St). Those of you who continue to suffer from the sudden disappearance of Radaronline will probably enjoy this (“It’s like they were born on third base and forgot that the Supreme Court waved them home.”) And, after the jump, Chris Matthews loves Obama, and Hillary Clinton’s future plans, the SNL version.

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Radar Folding? [Updated] Magazine Folds, AMI Purchases Website

radarfold.pngGawker is reporting (and FBNY has also heard separately from sources within) that Maer Roshan‘s multiply-launched magazine Radar is folding. The magazine, which pubbed at varying degrees of frequency, and was rumored to have been funded (at least in its later incarnations) by Ron Burkle, never really gave the impression that it was on solid ground. So in the current economic environment the news comes as no real suprise.

However! The Website (a completely different animal run by former Gawker Alex Balk) was, in our modest opinion, a must-read. And we not only will be sorry to see its demise but are amazed that the powers that be are shutting it down. The NYO is reporting “there might a business arrangement to keep the web site afloat and that it will be sold to AMI.” One can hope. Stay tuned.

Update: Hooray! (We think). Looks like the NYO had it right and AMI is indeed purchasing radaronline. Full press release after the jump. But wait! On second glance this part of the press release is quite worrisome for those of us who enjoy our Daily Intelligence just the way it is:

Chairman and CEO David Pecker said that David Perel, Executive Vice President of AMI News, will leave that position to become managing editor of RadarOnline. At AMI, Mr. Perel was responsible for breaking many of the biggest celebrity stories of the past two decades.

Also, the release makes it sound like they are interested in turning the site into some sort of online National Enquirer (also owned by AMI). One imagines if The Daily Beast has their wits about them they will quickly go on some sort of hiring spree.

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The NYT Tightens Its Belt, Adds Bono to the Masthead

NYT annual reportgg-1.jpgLots of New York Times news to discuss today! You may recall, way back in the early days of August before Sarah Palin was even a glimmer in John McCain‘s eye, that we told you how the NYT Co. was under increases pressure to cut its dividends (simply put: “it has to stop paying its shareholders so much money and use some of its finite cash to pay off its bonds”). Bloomberg is now reporting the company is considering doing just that, or perhaps even dropping dividends altogether(!) after “reporting a loss on severance costs and a steeper drop in advertising sales.” Keep in mind that the NYT Co. has a $1.1 billion debt and pays the controlling Ochs-Sulzberger family a $25.1 million a year dividend. Time for some belt-tightening we thinks!

But that is not all, by a long shot. Because if you were the national paper of record, as well as (by far), the best example of how a newspaper should go about transitioning to the online world, and you found yourself struggling, what would you do? Hire a celebrity for your op-ed pages, of course!

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Sarah Palin Meets the Real East Coast, Liberal, (Jewish), Media Elite

There is a good chance that we only have two weeks left to enjoy Sarah Palin, because after Nov. 4 she will either disappear into the Alaskan woodwork for four years, or(!), she will move into the White House and strike such fear in our hearts that we will maybe be unable to laugh ever again. So let’s enjoy her while we can, yes? Per Radaronline.


Sarah Palin Meets Woody Allen from RADAR on Vimeo.

Anthrax to NYT Office?

new_yorkggtimes_building.jpgSo basically we are assuming that over the next two weeks things will just proceed to get crazier as the reality of a Barack Obama presidency, helped along no doubt by the Liberal media elite(!), begins to sink in to a certain portion of the population. To wit: Radaronline is reporting that the NYT office received an envelope today containing a “white granular substance.” Per the in-house email:

At about 11:30 a.m. today an employee on the 13th floor of our headquarters building in New York opened an envelope addressed to The New York Times. A white granular substance was in the envelope. The New York City police were called and are now on site investigating. The 41st Street side of the lobby is closed but people are able to get in and out of the building. We will keep you updated on any developments.

RNC ‘O8: At Times Just a Big Familiar Media Party

100gg3132.jpgSo, by this point you know that FBNY is here in St. Paul-Minneapolis for the RNC along with FishbowlDC, and TVNewser. But that is not the limit of familiar faces! Here’s a short round-up of people who we seem to be spending a lot of time with, be it at the buffet, the CNN Grill, Sammy Hagar concerts, or extended walks around the ever-shifting Xcel barricade.

  • Rachel Sklar has been interviewing media conventioners about their first convention: Laura Ingraham has some choice words about Chris Rock dating back to 1996.
  • Ana Marie Cox is doing triple duty, covering both conventions for Swampland, CQ, and (the not to be missed) Twitter (“John McCain PUT DOWN the White House!”).
  • Tim Carney, our favorite Conservative Libertarian (also the “new Robert Novak“) has posted a convention preview (Palin pick: “a high-risk/high-reward decision.”)
  • Rex Sorgatz, former Minneapolite and current FBNY direction giver, is Radaronline‘s RNC correspondent. Did you know there’s a statue of Mary Tyler Moore here…spinning!