Editors Just Can't Believe Jose Vargas Would Lie to Them

Hamilton Nolan · 06/23/11 02:42PM

In your humid Thursday media column: ridiculous WaPo Twitter uproar of the day, everybody's needlessly peeved at Jose Antonio Vargas, Gothamist is sponsoring long-form journalism, an editor flees New York mag, and the Village Voice could have itself a strike.

Did a Rampaging Mogul Doom the Deal to Buy Gothamist?

Ryan Tate · 05/11/10 03:26PM

Cablevision boss Jim Dolan has created such a PR trainwreck around his supposed acquisition of blog network Gothamist it's hard to imagine the deal ever closing. Dolan's bullying of a journalist may have already killed the shaky-looking deal.

Has the Gothamist Acquisition Fallen Through?

Ryan Tate · 04/27/10 07:17PM

We hear Cablevision's much-heralded acquisition of blog network Gothamist might be imploding. That would certainly help explain why Gothamist is trying to hire its own sales guy, a month after news of its supposed acquisition.

Last Night's Action: Double Downer · 10/24/08 08:01AM
  • Dallas 5 Islanders 3: This one was over quickly and Mike Ribeiro was the chief reason why. Dallas scored just three minutes into the game on the power play as Ribeiro setup Loui Eriksson. Ribeiro setup two more goals in the first period as the Stars jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Bill Guerin briefly gave the Islanders hope with a goal midway through the second, but Ribeiro struck again, getting his fourth assist on a goal just three minutes later. And, to cap off his night, Ribeiro scored a goal of his own to record his fifth point of the night and put Dallas up 5-1.

Parole Board Commissioner Arrested for Setting Up Sex with Children · 10/15/08 08:31AM

Chris Ortloff, state parole board commissioner, was arrested for allegedly arranging to have sex with 11- and 12-year-old girls. The U.S. Attorney's office said Ortloff had been chatting with the girls' "mother" (an undercover state police investigator) online since June and arranged to meet the girls at an Albany hotel on Monday. According to the Times-Union, when the police went to to the hotel room, the 61-year-old father of two was "buck naked" and had "condoms, lubricants, sex toys and a camera." His lawyer suggested his defense may include entrapment and that his client didn't know the girls were underage. And when he was Plattsburgh's assemblyman, Ortloff supported Megan's Law, "Our government must do more to keep dangerous, sexually violent predators away from children and women."

Tabloid Says Madonna, Guy Ritchie Will Divorce · 10/15/08 08:31AM

After months—if not years—of rumors, British tabloid The Sun claims Madonna and Guy Ritchie are getting divorced. Apparently the couple will release a statement about the split because they "can’t bear to live with the pretence any longer." The source says, "Madonna wanted a highly stage-managed separation, with their split being announced when it when it was convenient for her" — she's currently on tour— but apparently the fighting has been too bad for that! The Sun suggests that Madonna has "rekindled a close relationship" with Carlos Leon, who father daughter Lourdes, but our question is whether the Material Girl's next stop is A-Rod.

Barack Obama got at least 10 percent of Google ad spend back in donations

Jackson West · 05/30/08 11:00AM

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama spent $3.5 million on advertising online in the first quarter of 2008, $3 million of which went to Google. Granted, Obama's done well in contributions from Googlers — as of Q4 2007, contributors who listed Google as their employer contributed $338,965 to the Obama campaign. Which means that early investment has already paid off tenfold. Or considered another way, Obama can bank a 10 percent discount on ads from Google. The Clinton campaign? It only received a paltry $79,170. Other companies cashing in on election season? Yahoo got only $350,000, which was still $282,000 more than Microsoft. Even urban blog network Gothamist managed to pull in a direct buy worth $2,800.

City Blog Comments Degenerate Into Lynch Mob

Hamilton Nolan · 05/29/08 02:40PM, the NYC news-about-town blog, today posted a straightforward item about a 19-year-old woman who was raped in her apartment building in Soho last night. They described the suspect: "a black man, about 5'8" and 200 pounds, with a possibly pockmarked face, and he may be between 20-30 years old." Now, we were under the impression that Gothamist's readers are mainly drawn from the broad hipster demographic. So either our impression is way off, or many hipsters are thinly-veiled racist fucks (somewhat true, actually). Because the comments quickly turned into a call to throw black men off buildings: