Rolling Stone Publisher Doesn't See What the Big Deal Is With Giving Sources Quote Approval

Brendan O'Connor · 01/10/16 10:21PM

Some journalists, in the course of their professional lives, will come upon people who, before, during, or after an interview, will ask if they can read the forthcoming piece, once it is written, in order to approve its contents. Most often, they are simply concerned with making sure that they don’t sound like idiots. Understandable! Still, this is a frustrating thing to be asked, because it makes one wonder where these people have gotten this idea—that this is a thing that is done. Now, we know that Jann Wenner, founder and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine, is at least partly to blame, as, in response to criticism over allowing El Chapo final approval over Sean Penn’s 10,000-word article on him, he told the New York Times, “I don’t think it was a meaningful thing in the first place. We have let people in the past approve their quotes in interviews.”

Hamilton Nolan · 06/21/13 02:24PM

After three years on the job, Rolling Stone publisher Matt Mastrangelo has been fired by his boss, Jann Wenner. No word yet on whether he'll be replaced by one of Wenner's children.

AP Reporter Slams Management on the Way Out the Door

Hamilton Nolan · 05/31/11 02:02PM

In your angry Tuesday media column: burning bridges at the AP, Jann Wenner hates iPads, Mental Floss gets a new editor, the Hearst-Lagardere deal is closing, cussing in The New Yorker, dissected.

Disgruntled Copy Editor Strikes Back

Hamilton Nolan · 01/21/11 01:32PM

James Reynolds spent nearly four years as a copy editor at Rolling Stone publisher Wenner Media. Now he's suing the company for failing to pay him overtime for his crappy work, which required no "creativity or imagination."

President Obama Is a Nas and Lil Wayne Fan These Days

Jim Newell · 09/28/10 01:23PM

Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner has published an extremely long interview with Barack Obama, during which he was asked about Rolling Stone's "specialty," popular music. Turns out the president's rap taste is expanding beyond your grandfather's plain old Jay-Z.

Jann Wenner

Remy Stern · 06/30/10 05:00AM

Who: The founder of Rolling Stone, Jann Wenner's publishing empire now also includes Us Weekly and Men's Journal.

Jann Wenner Just Scraping By

Hamilton Nolan · 03/02/10 04:53PM

Facial-haired magazine mogul Jann Wenner's wife has paid him more than $20 million this year to buy his half of two properties the couple once shared, before Jann moved in with a guy 15 years ago. It's a living! [NYT]

Jann Wenner Sells UWS Manse to His Ex

cityfile · 02/02/10 09:26AM

• It looks like Jann Wenner has finally given up his stake in the Upper West Side townhouse that he shared with Jane Wenner up until their marriage dissolved in the mid-'90s. (The Rolling Stone founder and publisher now resides with his longtime partner, Matt Nye.) Property records show that Jane paid Jann $4 million for his share of the five-story townhouse at 37 West 70th Street, which the couple jointly purchased from the estate of Perry Ellis back in 1987. [Cityfile]
• Carol McFadden, the social fixture whose husband George was killed in a plane crash in 2008, has closed on the sale of her penthouse at The Metropolitan on East 90th Street. Nearly a year and a half after first listing the home for $8.9 million, the full-floor spread has been sold to Stewart Satter, the CEO of Consumer Testing Laboratories, for $6.925 million. That's about $1 million less than what Carol and her late husband paid for the place back in 2004. [Cityfile, Corcoran]
• Could Courtney Love be planning to buy a West Village townhouse? That's the rumor, since she was reportedly spotted checking out a townhouse at 56 Bank Street that is currently on the market for $5.998 million. [Curbed, BHS]

Happy Birthday

cityfile · 01/07/10 07:01AM

Katie Couric turns 53 today. Nic Cage is turning 46. Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner is 64. CSI: Miami star David Caruso is turning 54. Professional golfer (and former Celebrity Apprentice contestant) Natalie Gulbis is 27. Singer Kenny Loggins is turning 62. And Dustin Diamond, the man who so memorably played Screech on the TV show Saved by the Bell, celebrates his 33rd birthday today.

Jann Wenner Buys in Montauk; Whitney Lists in Jersey

cityfile · 10/22/09 07:56AM

Jann Wenner and his partner, Matt Nye, will soon be moving into new digs in Montauk. The founder of Rolling Stone and publisher of Us Weekly and Men's Journal is paying $11.9 million for a 6,300-square-foot home on Old Montauk Highway. The waterfront property had been been originally listed for $14.9 million. [NYP, Corcoran]
• Whitney Houston has put her New Jersey home on the market. The 12,561-square-foot manse in Mendham Township is listed for $2.5 million; her guest cottage next door is no longer available, however. [Real Estalker, CB]
• Real estate developer Ara Hovnanian may have found a buyer for his fourth-floor apartment at 820 Fifth Avenue. Five months after the co-op's board rejected Jeff Blau's $31 million offer, the board has reportedly given the go-ahead to Ken Griffin, the CEO of Chicago-based Citadel Investment Group. The hedge fund billionaire is expected to pay "just under" $35 million. [NYP]
• It looks like Katie Lee is getting the West Village townhouse as part of her split from Billy Joel. The cookbook author is paying Joel $3 million for his share of the the Perry Street home, which the couple purchased in 2005 for $5.9 million. [NYO]

Disney Buys Marvel, NBC Gets 'More Colorful'

cityfile · 08/31/09 01:55PM

• Get ready for the Spider-Man ride at Disney World: Walt Disney has agreed to pay $4 billion in cash and stock to acquire Marvel Entertainment. [NYT, WSJ]
• Because she was clearly the very best person for the job, Jenna Bush has signed on with the Today show. The daughter of the former president will be contributing stories "about once a month on issues like education." [THR]
The Final Destination was No. 1 at the box office this weekend with a $28.3 million take; Inglourious Basterds came in No. 2 with $20 million. [THR]
• Newsstand magazine sales continue to fall. Single-copy sales fell 12 percent during the first half of the 2009 compared to the same period in 2008. [AP]
• NBC's new slogan for its fall marketing campaign? "More colorful." [Variety]