George Soros Bailing on Democrats Before Midterm 'Avalanche'

Jim Newell · 10/11/10 05:23PM

Be scared, Democrats, because Daddy's taking the credit card away. That's right: George Soros, the billionaire financier who's bankrolled many Democratic victories in previous years, isn't donating to them this year, saying that even he can't stop the Republican "avalanche."

At Least You're Not Haitian

Hamilton Nolan · 01/13/10 03:53PM

The Way We Live Now: Putting things in perspective. It works like this: we think our lives are fucked because of the recession. Then we contemplate Haiti's circumstances. A few minutes later we're like, whatever, it still sucks here, too.

The Steve Wars

Hamilton Nolan · 07/23/09 02:15PM

In your inexplicable Thursday media column: picturing the New York Times' printing presses, Porsche's CEO pays off old reporters, a 174-year-old newspaper folds, and Steve vs. Steve. Steve?

Things To Do With $100 Million

Hamilton Nolan · 10/22/08 01:59PM

Three years ahead of schedule, Columbia J-School has met its goal of raising $100 million, thanks in part to a $20 million donation from John Kluge, a rich man who values Ivy League schools over starving children in Africa. The school plans to increase scholarships, start an "academic center focused on the coverage of race and ethnicity," and also get started on the big "Center for Internet Journalism," which will finally teach young people how to write things online. A worthy use of $100 million if there ever was one. Nick Lemann can afford to buy enough paper for his long memos, with enough cash left over to Make it Rain on Them Hoes, if he so chooses. Meanwhile, less upscale schools are forced to do things like this to raise money: The alumni office at Framingham State University recently sent out a fundraising letter that attempted to be cool and appeal to "Generation X" by using the word "blah" 137 times.

Obama 'Tainted' By Gay Porn

Hamilton Nolan · 10/10/08 09:01AM

Hot naked man-on-man pornography supports Obama! Not that there's anything wrong with that. But Page Six would like you to know that one of Obama's big donation "bundlers" is Terrence Bean—a real estate developer who owns a holding company that receives revenue from the sale of a gay porn company. Why, Obama himself is practically sucking cocks on camera, with connections like that! The important thing to remember in the midst of this pornographic—and gay—journalistic bombshell, is that the word "taint" must always receive prominent placement: