Julia Ioffe, a contributor to Politico, had her contract cut short after she tweeted about Donald Trump giving Ivanka Trump the White House office reserved for the First Lady.
Yesterday afternoon, Ioffe tweeted “Either Trump is fucking his daughter or he’s shirking nepotism laws. Which is worse?” and then deleted it. The damage, of course, had already been done.
In a memo to staffers obtained by Poynter, Politico’s editor in chief John Harris and editor Carrie Budoff Brown addresssed the situation.
“Gratuitous opinion has no place, anywhere, at any time – not on your Facebook feed, your Twitter feed or any place else. It has absolutely zero value for our readers and should have zero place in our work Julia Ioffe’s tweet this afternoon about President-elect Trump – currently and understandably racing across social media – is a clear example of the opposite of what we were talking about.”
“Julia had previously announced she is taking her work to the Atlantic,” continued the note from Harris and Brown. “We have accelerated the close of her Politico contributor contract, effective immediately.”
The New York Times has named Rachel Dry editor of its Sunday Review section.
Dry most recently worked as a op-ed staff editor. She previously worked for The Washington Post.
“Anyone who attends our morning meetings knows what an amazing idea generator Rachel Dry is,” wrote op-ed editor Jim Dao in a memo obtained by Politico. “She has always read up on the latest political outrage in Washington, celebrity controversy in LA and oddball occurrence in podunk USA.”
To the Hive newsletter and Cocktail Hour, an editor’s selection of Vanity Fair stories across all subjects, the magazine this week has added a third weekday email blast.
In today’s edition, former Los Angeles Times staffer Rebecca Keegan is already in fine, breezy form. At one point, she reveals a trait that we also happen to share:
When I thought I was the only dork to arrive at AFI Fest’s opening night on time this year, sitting alone in the theater with my popcorn while Warren Beatty slowly worked the red carpet outside, I saw a familiar shock of white hair out of the corner of my eye. It was Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, also clutching his popcorn, also embarrassingly punctual, in L.A. to promote his new movie Julieta.
Keegan’s newsletter follows the launch of the online HWD section earlier this fall. She is part of a Hollywood team that also includes senior staff writers Julie Miller, Joanna Robinson and executive West Coast editor Krista Smith.
Subscribe to Keegan’s newsletter at the bottom of the page here.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Vanity Fair Swoops Up L.A. Times Film Writer
Joanna Coles and the Hearst 100; Plus, Gretchen Carlson Is Writing a ‘Playbook’ on Dealing With Sexual Harassment
We’re serving up an extra dishy ‘Lunch’ this week with a supersized portion of news. Monday was the new Wednesday — at least for this week — when Hearst’s high priestess of content Joanna Coles (that’s not her official title, but you get the picture) hosted ‘The Hearst 100,’ her fourth annual such gathering of influential and inspirational women in media, business, politics and the arts. Formerly known as the ‘The Cosmo 100’ when Joanna was editrix at the title, the luncheon held at Michael’s is a celebration of sisterhood of both the personal and professional variety. This year was also something of a political call to arms — and no one can rally the troops like Joanna can.
“I’ve been told that Mike Pence starts every meeting with a prayer,” said Joanna when she addressed the crowd in the jam-packed Garden Room before we tucked into our salads. “So Dear God, protect us from Mike Pence!” Standing among a sea of tables filled with boldface names that included Gayle King, Diane Sawyer, Norah O’Donnell, Cynthia McFadden, Arianna Huffington, Tina Brown, Glenda Bailey, Robbie Myers, Christine Quinn, Diane Von Furstenberg, Cindi Berger, Leslie Sloane, Peggy Siegal and Aerin Lauder, she began by saying, “This was not quite the year we were anticipating, but there is going to be a woman in the White House — I just hope Ivanka knows what she’s doing.”
As is the case every year, Joanna invites someone everyone wants to hear from and gives them the floor for a few minutes. This year, that person was Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, who laid out in stark terms just how imperiled access to women’s health care could become under the incoming administration.
“Come January, women will be targets first up.” On the future of Roe v. Wade she said. “[Abortion] has been a right for more than 40 years and is now in danger of being overturned. We had a 900 percent increase in requests for IUDs the day after the election.” But, she explained, the threat of defunding the organization has far greater implications than the politicians want to acknowledge. “Defunding Planned Parenthood is about cutting off access for millions of women on Medicaid to routine healthcare and preventative, life saving screenings. It has nothing to do with abortion.”
She wrapped up her remarks by saluting the editors in the room for doing “an heroic job” advocating for women’s rights and issuing her own call to action. “People come up to me all the time and ask, ‘What can I do?’ I tell them don’t wait to be asked before you do something.”
Women’s rights of another sort were very much on the mind of Gretchen Carlson, a first timer at the luncheon. When I asked my Greenwich neighbor to sum up the year she’s had she said, “It’s been a surreal experience.” But, she added, “Now I’ve got all these new buckets to fill in my life.” The former Fox News anchor reached a $20 million settlement with 21st Century Fox in September after suing former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, alleging sexual harassment and retaliation.
She told me she’s currently at work on multiple projects, which include a new book about “female empowerment” which she describes as “a playbook on dealing with sexual harassment.” She is also planning on doing speaking engagements and launching a foundation dedicated to the same mission. Said Gretchen: “It’s about standing up and speaking up.” She said news about the book’s title and publisher are imminent.
Gretchen told me she’s been contacted by “over 10,000 women” since she went public about her experiences. “I responded to every single one of them.”
One of the best things to come out of her ordeal, said Gretchen, is the positive message it sent to her children. The mother of two school-aged children told me, “My daughter said, ‘I’m speaking up for myself more now’ so it’s kind of come full circle for me. I hope I can help other women and girls feel the same way.”
In addition to her newfound advocacy work, Gretchen said she hopes she will land another on-air job. “One of my buckets is getting me back on television. When this first happened, I thought I’d be sitting home.” When I told her that seemed unlikely she said, “I had no idea what to expect. You just never know what your life’s mission is going to be.”
As everyone was saying their good-byes, I grabbed a few minutes with Malin Akerman, who stars opposite Damian Lewis in one of my favorite new shows, Showtime’s Billions, which returns for its second season on Feb. 19. The stunning actress, who came to the luncheon straight from the set, good naturedly posed for selfies with other guests while we chatted. I told her that of all the performances in the show, her knowing portrayal of Lara Axelrod, the street smart wife of Lewis’ Connecticut hedge funder Bobby Axelrod, was my favorite.
“Thank you so much! She’s got a little Lady Macbeth in her. She’s a very layered character. That’s what appealed to me and I think that’s what women relate to,” she said.
I told her what I can’t watch — let alone relate to — on the show were Paul Giamatti’s squirm-inducing scenes as U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades with a dominatrix (who happens to be his wife). “You know, they tried something and they’re going to do a little less of that this season,” she told me. Can’t say I’m sorry. So what’s in store for her character next year? “What I can tell you is she’s more feisty than ever. She’s like the women here. She takes no shit.”
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. Lucianne Goldberg and Bonnie Dudley and a table full of pals
3. Jay McInerney
4. Early show: Jon Corzine; Second seating: People’s Liz McNeil and author Pamela Keogh
5. Herb Siegel
6. Ambassador William Vanden Heuvel
7. Kathleen O’Grady
8. New York Social Diary’s David Patrick Columbia with Alex Hitz and Brooke Hayward
9. Simone Levinson
11. Jay Kanter
14. Bill McCuddy
15. Tom Rogers
16. Jean Shafiroff
17. Jeffrey Parent
18. Mitch Rosenthal
20. Joan Gelman and Lynn Goldberg
21. Euan Rellie
25. Tom Goodman
29. David Sanford and Lewis Stein
Diane Clehane is a FishbowlNY contributor. Follow her on Twitter @DianeClehane. Send comments and corrections on this column to LUNCH at MEDIABISTRO dot COM.
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In the wake of Debra Estock’s death last week at age 61, the paper she worked for during most of her career, the Fairfield Citizen, put together a well-constructed obituary.
The essence of local reporting has often been distilled to a journalist’s ability to parse the minutiae of municipal government meetings. It is through that prism that Cindy Simoneau paints in the article a great picture:
Simoneau, former assistant managing editor of the Connecticut Post, recalled years of working side-by-side with Estock as competitors covering the town of Fairfield.
“Debbie and I often sat through lengthy Town Plan and Zoning and political meetings assessing which officials had the interests of the town in mind, rather than their own self-interests. It was always funny when we would see through the shenanigans of some government leaders at the same time over some issue or comment. The next time we would see each other, we would often remark: ‘I told you so.’ ”
Estock served from 2000 to 2009 as chairwoman of the scholarship committee at the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She was also at one time secretary of the organization, where Simoneau was a president. The Connecticut SPJ will offer a scholarship next year in honor of Estock, who lived in Fairfield her entire life.
More recently, Estock worked for New England Condominium and was subsequently managing editor of The Cooperator New York, which covers matters related to condominiums and coops. RIP.
Screen grab via: fairfieldcitizenonline.com
At the Westin Hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp district, there is a “running concierge.” That employee does not race around the lobby but rather helps coordinate the needs of guests who like to exercise and hike in this fashion.
The amenity greatly delighted Keysha Lleras and her young daughter Hailey when they stayed there recently as part of the cover story shoot for the January/February issue of Women’s Running. The issue hits newsstands Dec. 20.
There were more than 3,000 entries for this year’s Cover Runner cover contest, powered by Jaybird with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series. The editors selected eight finalists and Lleras was the runaway winner.
The cover story written by Julia Polloreno and photographed by John Segesta is a brisk read. Here’s how it begins:
When Keysha Lleras was 8 years old, her parents, Puerto Rican immigrants, took her and her three siblings to watch the New York City Marathon. The course ran through their South Bronx neighborhood, and Lleras stood on the sidewalk wide-eyed with amazement at the athletes striding down the street. “Did I ever think I would someday run it?” she says. “Never!”
Lleras had just arrived in New York, her parents seeking a better life than what they could manage in their native country. She was an active kid, jumping into pickup football games and later running track at the public elementary school. “I grew up in a tough neighborhood and was part of a youth program that kept me motivated and out of trouble,” she recalls. When she was in the sixth grade, a teacher took her to her first race, a 5K in Central Park. She loved the thrill of finishing and returned every year to race.
The article title, “A Mighty Will,” refers mainly to some difficult marital circumstances Llelas dealt with after high school (she married young, at age 20). 2016 was a big one for Lleras as a runner. The article also features a nice sidebar with brief profiles of several of this year’s other finalists.
It may seem strange to do a where-are-they-now post about three people who remain extremely well media-located. However, in the case of the principals involved in a Rolling Stone interview that blew up at the very beginning of 2016, it seems year-end warranted.Sean Penn
The “pointy actorvist,” as The Guardian recently labeled him, responded to a challenge from Madonna at the superstar’s Dec. 2 Raising Malawi benefit by bidding $150,000 for a necklace and handcuffing her on stage. Whether there is indeed a second marriage, as promised by Madonna in exchange for that bid, remains to be seen.Kate del Castillo
The actress who accompanied Penn to the El Chapo interview, and helped arrange it, spoke recently with Extra’s Mario Lopez. She just shot a 20-part Netflix series in which she plays the First Lady of Mexico. And for the moment, personally, she cannot safely travel into Mexico because of her El Chapo dealings.El Chapo
The re-imprisoned drug lord and cartel leader made headlines of a different sort in November with a tweet about the results of the U.S. Election. Those thoughts were followed on the newsstand a few weeks later by an issue of Rolling Stone featuring President Obama on the cover, interviewed by Jann Wenner. A safer choice all the way around than El Chapo, by Penn.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) December 14, 2016
It’s already difficult to put into words how ridiculous and yet fitting it was that Kanye West met with Donald Trump, so it’s nice to see the situation got even weirder.
During the powwow, Trump presented West with a Time Person of The Year issue with the inscription “To Kanye, you are a great friend. Thanks, Donald Trump.”
It’s almost impressive the lengths these two narcissistic idiots are going to promote a fake friendship. Almost.
In January, we ran an interview with Lew Harris. After a long managerial run with TheWrap, E! Entertainment and several other high-profile West Coast outlets, he was hired to oversee a new website called GoodEveryDay. The focus, per the name, was good news.
Although the site had a well-heeled financial backer, it did not last long after it was officially launched in March. And now, as we get ready to close out the year, another positive-focused operation, TakePart, has dramatically downscaled, with a number of staffers laid off. In the case of Take Part, the backer is even more well-heeled.
When Variety’s James Rainey broke the news about TakePart, he got this statement from David Linde, CEO of parent company Participant Media:
“This is a continuation of Participant’s strategy to focus on content and social impact, based on the belief that a good story well told can change the world. This decision is not a reflection on the work done by the exceptional TakePart team, but rather a strategic move to shift away from running a standalone site. We are incredibly proud of the TakePart team and its body of work over the past seven years, which has inspired significant engagement and countless individual actions on causes ranging from environmental protection to social justice.”
The struggles of GoodEveryDay and “strategic” changes at TakePart echo the fate of all sorts of media companies in 2016. Although Upworthy has made it work, in retrospect, maybe the best direction for these folks would have been fake good news.
Three current W staffers—and former T: The New York Times Style Magazine employees—are interested in becoming T’s new editor in chief.
According to The New York Post, W editor in chief Stefano Tonchi, deputy editor Armand Limnander and features editor Alix Browne have all been in contact with the Times about the role vacated by Deborah Needleman. All three previously worked at T.
Tonchi, Limnander and Browne’s main competition has quite the leg up: It’s T’s executive editor Whitney Vargas.
Women’s Health has named Marina Khidekel senior deputy editor. Khidekel most recently served as Cosmo’s deputy editor.
Khidekel spent the past four years at Cosmo. She previously served as a senior editor for Glamour.
“Marina has a rich history in covering health and wellness, always seems to be one step ahead of the zeitgeist, and knows how to tell stories off the printed page,” said Women’s Health editor in chief Amy Keller Laird, in a statement. “Her creativity and spark will be a huge asset to the Women’s Health team.”
XoJane.com and Xovain.com could be the latest casualties in Time Inc.’s latest restructuring.
The New York Post reports that Jane Pratt (pictured), who founded the sites, is busy searching for an angel investor or another company to scoop the brands up.
If Time Inc. does move on, it was a short-lived combo. Time Inc. bought Xojane and Xovain just over a year ago.
Vice News is suing the FBI. It doesn’t get much more radical than that.
The outlet has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in conjunction with MIT doctoral candidate Ryan Shapiro that demands “the bureau release records related to its curious disclosures, behind-the-scenes actions, and apparent leaks in the days leading up to the U.S. presidential election.”
“Despite subsequent disclosures of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, since its inception, the FBI staunchly maintained it was a purely apolitical entity,” the complaint notes. “However, numerous leading political and news media figures from across the political spectrum explicitly assert the FBI repeatedly and with significant impact affected the outcome of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.”