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Archives: April 2006

"You're Full Of It, Dean."

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 26

It's pretty unusual for the preternaturally sunny McClatchy CEO Gary Pruitt to be as testy as he's described herein....

An Unfortunate Descent Into Rock Criticism: GQ And Editor-Rock

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 25

There is a kind of band and musician that I like to call "editor-rock." They are white, intellectual (or at least semi-intellectual), ineffectual, and generally namby-pamby, albeit with occasional forays...

The Knight Ridder 12: Down To Eight?

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 20

The union bid for the twelve Knight Ridder newspapers McClatchy plans to sell has gotten an awful lot of ink--and not because the guy who runs the backer, Yucaipa Cos.,...

Sopranos Product Placement Watch, Season Six, Episode Six: Hey, These Guys Read, Too, Edition

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 17

Season Five of the Sopranos was all about callouts to cars. Among those lovingly praised on screen: Maserati, Cadillac Escalade, and Nissan Xterra. Thus far Season Six is all about...

Great Moments in Public Relations, Part 452

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 13

A friend forwards the following: It has come to my attention, month after month, that many of you are not receiving your complimentary copies of Penthouse Magazine. This is typically...

Sopranos Product Placement Watch, Season Six, Episode Five

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 12

Just another yawn $425,000 wedding; just another soapy subplot involving one of Tony's underlings. What's more importantly for the Product Placement Watch, though, is the admirable restraint characters are showing...

Social Networking: The Backlash

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 11

That didn't take long, did it? An enterprising guy starts up Snubster....

'Three Levels Of Protection'

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 10

The last time I enjoyed a Daily News story as much as this, it was in 1997, when Frank Gifford was videotaped cheating on his wife Kathie Lee. UPDATE 6:25...

Sopranos Product Placement Watch, Season Six, Episode Four

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 06

The good news is Tony's no longer in a coma. The better news is that Carmella hasn't bragged about her new Porsche since the season's debut. A highly selective guide...

Any Headline Suitable For Felix Dennis Is Inappropriate For BusinessWeek, So This Is What's Going To Go In Its Place

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 05

The New York Post’s Keith Kelly nails down a mag biz story long rumored, long expected, but never confirmed before: Felix Dennis to sell his Dennis Publishing unit in the...

Elle Girl: Canary? Coal Mine?

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 04

Hachette Filipacchi Media US shutters Elle Girl as a print magazine; brand to live on the Web and via mobile content applications. Last year I (and everyone else that covered...

Bob Schieffer's Tenure At CBS Certain To Be Remembered As Being More Significant For Anchordom Than The Ford Presidency Is For . . . Presidencydom

Posted by: Jon Fine on April 04

Boy, this comes (registration required) as a total surprise. (But kudos to TV Week for breaking it.)...


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