Peter Kafka

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Here's a Story About Rupert Murdoch, the New York Post and Michael Wolff

In the trade, this is called a buried lede: At the bottom of today’s item about media bomb-thrower Michael Wolff’s new gig at AdWeek Media Group, the New York Times tells us something really interesting.

It’s the news that this story should have run in the New York Post last week.

NYT reporter Tim Arango reports that Wolff is still feuding with News Corp., which owns the Post, as well as this site, over a 2008 Rupert Murdoch biography. The beef is serious enough, Arango says (he intimates, to be precise), that Post media ace Keith Kelly wasn’t able to publish a scoop about Wolff’s move:

Elsewhere in the tabloid’s pages, Mr. Wolff’s name is not so welcome. Last week Mr. Wolff spoke to Keith J. Kelly, the paper’s media columnist, about his new job, but no article was published.

Ouch. Arango himself is a veteran of the Post’s media desk, so he certainly knows the terrain here. But really? Doesn’t news trump all?

I asked Wolff about it, via e-mail. “You’ll have to ask Keith about that (and I would love to be a fly on the wall for that conversation),” he writes.

Kelly, alas, also declined to comment, and passed me on to Post editor-in-chief Col Allan. I’ve yet to hear back from Allan, and I’ve asked News Corp. PR folks for comment as well, just for good measure. Happy to include their responses if I get them.


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— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus