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Forget Illusion of Integrity: Bring Brian Williams Back

His job is essentially to be a 'front man,' and he's good at it: Michael Wolff

(Newser) - The allegations against Brian Williams may be piling up, but it's time for NBC to take a closer look at what matters. Media types may care deeply about the accusations, but it's not clear that those who really matter—the audience—really do, writes Michael Wolff in USA ... More »

Art Auctions Are Just Money Laundering

Michael Wolff sees something sinister behind ever-rising prices for fine art

(Newser) - High art's auction seasons have become celebrated events, and "most of the hyperventilating commentary has been about the exhilaration" of the soaring prices works are fetching—just last week Christie's set a new record . What hardly anyone's talking about is just how sketchy all this is,... More »

Obama, Like Most CEOs, Just Doesn't Get Tech

Michael Wolff: They're out of touch with digital culture

(Newser) - When it comes to HealthCare.gov, President Obama is blind to a key tenet of the tech world. He tells us the product, ObamaCare, is good, but the process for getting it is broken . Truth is, "For most Americans steeped in digital behavior, the product is the process,"... More »

Scandal Didn't Break Weiner; It Made Him

Michael Wolff doesn't think anyone else has the savvy to replace Bloomberg

(Newser) - Believe it or not, a guy who showed off his bulging manhood on Twitter is destined to become mayor of New York City. Or at least, that's the bet Michael Wolff is making. The rest of the field vying to replace the "irreplaceable" Michael Bloomberg is made up... More »

No One Will Touch Margaret Thatcher's Real Story

Michael Wolff says we should be talking about the Iron Lady's dementia

(Newser) - Margaret Thatcher had dementia. She had it for longer than she was prime minister. Yet few of her obituaries mention it or "regard it as a meaningful part of her story," complains USA Today columnist Michael Wolff, whose own mother died at the same age as Thatcher fairly... More »

Face It, Cable: You're on the Way Out

Michael Wolff: Execs haven't wised up to industry's demise

(Newser) - Cable TV is "on the fast train to oblivion," but you won't hear that from its executives. The latest financial results from Time Warner and News Corp are upbeat, and Comcast has decided to snap up the rest of NBCUniversal ahead of schedule. But the disastrous future... More »

Boring Current TV Won't Help Boring Al Jazeera

Michael Wolff thinks the Qatari network is too dull to defend

(Newser) - What to do if your cable network has all the money in the world, but pretty much no ability to draw American eyeballs? If you're Al Jazeera, apparently you buy Al Gore's crappy cable network . Sure, Current TV hasn't made much of an impression on viewers either,... More »

So David Petraeus Had an Affair—Who Cares?

Michael Wolff writes that affairs are everywhere in the halls of power

(Newser) - No one is saying what everyone's thinking about David Petraeus' sex scandal, which is: "Hey, what the hell? The man had an affair," writes Michael Wolff in the Guardian . For some reason "we have to pretend that sexual scandal is, well, a scandal." In politics,... More »

Want to Save the Media? Get Ad Writers Who Can Write

Michael Wolff thinks crappy writing is to blame for the persuasion industry's failures

(Newser) - People often blame disruptive technologies for the decline of the advertising industry, and the media industry that relies on it. But the real problem, Michael Wolff writes in USA Today , is that ads in every medium have become less persuasive, and Wolff thinks he knows why: "There are no... More »

Media World Freaks Over Newsweek Cover

Editor Tina Brown does it again

(Newser) - Chalk up one more for Newsweek in the magazine cover wars: Their latest headline, "Muslim Rage," runs in big black font over a photo of furious Muslim protesters. The cover article by activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali recounts her tale of emancipation from Muslim fundamentalism, but also makes an... More »

Why Obama's Bain Attacks Are Actually Working

They illustrate 'stark divide between capital and the rest of us': Michael Wolff

(Newser) - Barack Obama's attacks on Mitt Romney's Bain Capital tenure are working, especially in swing states, according to a recent New York Times article—even though Democrats' populist attacks tend to flop, and even though many Democrats, like Cory Booker, oppose them. Their thinking is simple, Michael Wolff explains... More »

Why I Want My Mother to Die

Michael Wolff on the horrors of the 'no-exit state'

(Newser) - Brace yourself: In a remarkable cover piece for New York , Newser founder Michael Wolff invites us into his "unimaginable life"—a reality that's as ubiquitous as it is heart-wrenching. Wolff, in his 50s, has had a front-row seat to his 86-year-old mother's "horror show" for... More »

Facebook Could Kill the Web

Michael Wolff points out that, in the end, Facebook is just an ad-driven site

(Newser) - "Facebook is not only on course to go bust, but will take the rest of the ad-supported Web with it." That's the bold statement Michael Wolff makes in the MIT Technology Review today, and he insists he's not exaggerating. In the end, Facebook is just another... More »

How HBO Became Uncool

We don't care about platforms, Michael Wolff argues, we care about shows

(Newser) - Sunday should have been a banner night for HBO, with Game of Thrones and the premiere of its latest "zeitgeist-courting" show Girls. But Michael Wolff didn't tune in—though not for lack of trying. Wolff and his companion "don't have HBO. And, it turns out, after... More »

Rupert Murdoch Stumbles in Twitter Debut

News Corp CEO deletes tweet about British holidays

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch's big Twitter debut hasn't gone too smoothly, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The chief executive of News Corporation joined Twitter less than 48 hours ago and started with a message that he quickly deleted: "Maybe Brits have too many holidays for broke country!"—... More »

Michael Wolff to Lead Adweek Magazines

Don't worry, he'll keep Newser gig

(Newser) - Michael Wolff has accepted a new job as editorial director of e5's AdweekMedia, whose trade publications include Adweek, Brandweek, and Mediaweek. The Vanity Fair columnist and Newser co-founder says he plans to bring his signature iconoclastic streak to the gig. "This is the opportunity we have—to not only... More »

The Web Is Dead. The Internet Rules

Forget the open WWW—it's all about apps now

(Newser) - As the World Wide Web turns 18, Wired declares it dead—even as the Internet continues to rule. Chris Anderson takes us through a typical user's day: email checked and Facebook browsed on an iPad; podcasts and Pandora listened to; Skype and IM conversations held. "You’ve spent the... More »

Wolff to Waxman: 'Sue Us, Anytime'

Unrepentant founder insists Newser sources properly

(Newser) - Newser founder Michael Wolff and Sharon Waxman of The Wrap took their feud from cyberspace to the airwaves today, facing off on CNN's Reliable Sources over Newser's sourcing practices. She slammed Newser for "scant linkage" and said, "Just give us proper credit." "Bull," retorted Wolff.... More »

The Wrap to Newser: Stop Summarizing Our Stuff

Lawyer's letter complains that source links are not 'prominent' enough

(Newser) - The Wrap ratcheted up its feud with Newser yesterday, firing off a "cease and desist" letter demanding that we stop using the Wrap as a source for Newser stories. In her blog , Sharon Waxman quotes from the letter, which charges Newser with "intentionally misleading consumers/users at the expense... More »

Sorry, Sharon: Newser Proves Shorter Can Be Better

It may be painful to long-form writers, but Newser is 'a smart idea'

(Newser) - Jack Shafer doesn't like Michael Wolff—he really, really doesn't like him—but he has to admit that in the battle of Wolff (for Newser) vs Sharon Waxman (for the Wrap), he's on Wolff's side. That's because Newser has something to teach Waxman and other news purists, he writes on... More »

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