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Odd Person Makes Odd Claim About Wendi Murdoch

Clive Palmer, an Australian businessman and certified odd ball, says he’s suing Rupert Murdoch and that his estranged wife, Wendi Murdoch, is a spy. Palmer is upset because The Australian — a newspaper that Murdoch owns — ran a story criticizing him. So Palmer, being the peculiar type, went ahead and said something peculiar:

You know, Rupert Murdoch’s wife Wendi Deng is a Chinese spy, and that’s been right across the world. She’s been spying on Rupert for years, giving money back to Chinese intelligence. She was trained in southern China. I’m telling you the truth. Wendi Deng is a Chinese spy and that’s why Rupert got rid of her.

Right.

Well, just for some context, here are some things you should know about Palmer before taking this allegation seriously:

  • He is building an exact replica of the Titanic.
  • He says things like “We’ve all been in love, I’ve been in love, I’m in love at the moment. And if you’re not in love you long to be in love. What’s wrong with love?”
  • He’s building an amusement park full of robot dinosaurs. One of the T-Rex’s has already been named Jeff.
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Amidst Shakeups, ForbesLife Promotes New Editor

Cover_November 2009.jpgDespite recent layoffs, Forbes Media is still moving forward.

ForbesLife, the bimonthly Forbes‘ spin-off focused on culture and lifestyle, has put Lorraine Cademartori at the helm of the publication in the role of executive editor. She has spent the previous 11 years as managing editor at the luxury magazine and worked as managing editor at Spy before that.

Who said luxury magazines were dead?

Full press release after the jump.

Previously: Forbes Layoffs Decimate Staff

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Colbert’s Newsweek Ripe For Criticism

colbert.png Newsweek‘s latest issue, which was guest edited by political satirist Stephen Colbert, tried to escape being called a publicity stunt, but it’s not immune from being labeled a rip-off.

After only a couple days on newsstands, the Colbert issue has already been called out by AOL Daily Finance’s Jeff Bercovici for mimicking a cover of satirical mag Spy from 1989.

“It’s probably impossible to commit satire in magazine form without echoing Spy,” Bercovici said. “But you’d think Colbert, as a comedian, might have a little more professional pride than this; Newsweek editor Jon Meacham says the cover treatment was Colbert’s idea.”

The issue is also getting heat from Esquire for seemingly copying a gimmick the magazine used eight years ago for an interview with Colbert’s Comedy Central lead in Jon Stewart.

What do you think? Do you think Newsweek is getting extra (and unfair) scrutiny because of its attempt to do something to draw publicity? Or do you believe Colbert could have been more original?