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Same Beat, Different Boss: New York Post Media Reporter Peter Lauria Jumps to The Daily Beast

Here’s yet another journalist leaving a big-time perch covering the media business.

The twist is that while Peter Lauria is leaving his gig at the New York Post where he covered media moguls, he’s staying in the business. He’s moving across town to The Daily Beast, where he’ll become a senior correspondent with the same beat.

There are two big differences here. Instead of working for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. (NWS)–which also owns this Web site–Lauria will be working for Barry Diller, via his IAC (IACI) conglomerate. The more important change is that he’ll have the ability to publish more than once a day, which the Post has been loath to do on its Web site (which makes no sense).

Asked for comment about the move, Daily Beast Managing Editor Edward Felsenthal sent me a link to this item from the Post’s Page Six gossip section:

Harvey Weinstein doesn’t like everything written about him in The Post. Peter Lauria, who covers media for our business section, has gotten under the movie mogul’s delicate skin. When a reporter for another publication mentioned “Inglourious Basterds,” the hit replenishing the Weinstein Co. coffers, Harvey joked, “Peter Lauria. He’s the inspiration for ‘Inglourious Basterds’…we were thinking who were the bastards that we know, and he was the No. 1 bastard.”

High praise!


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