Leaked Files Show How the Heritage Foundation Navigates the Reactionary Views of Wealthy Donors 

J.K. Trotter · 09/09/15 02:20PM

Late last month, a strange file appeared on an Amazon server belonging to the Heritage Foundation, an influential Washington, D.C.-based think tank that remains widely regarded as one of the country’s most serious and respectable conservative institutions. The file—which appears to have been unintentionally uploaded by a Heritage staffer, rather than obtained by an intruder—offers a remarkable window into how Heritage maintains this reputation. It contains hundreds of emails and thousands of pages of internal fundraising reports documenting how the foundation navigated the flood of conservative conspiracy-mongering that followed Obama’s election in 2008, and how its staffers discussed the increasingly bizarre ideologies of its donor class with puzzlement and occasional derision.

Lazy Tom Sizemore to Magazines: Cover Me, I Guess

Kyle Buchanan · 10/30/08 04:56PM

There's a certain, overbearing art to the publicist pitch, especially when the flack is emailing an editor to suggest that a client receive coverage in their magazine. Not every thespian is a cover-worthy Angelina Jolie, but most publicists tout their C- and D-listers as though they are, filling their pitches with paragraph upon paragraph of that actor's multiple, stunning achievements (often bolded, capitalized, and punctuated with several exclamation points for emphasis). By the time you finished reading them, you'd be convinced that an actor's upcoming, three-episode arc on Brothers & Sisters deserved no less than Time's "Person of the Year." So, that's one way to do it. Then again, if you're Tom Sizemore's partner and you're pitching to one of the biggest publications in town, there's this way:

DreamWorks Assistant Thinks 'Rosh Hashanah' Is Newest Hollywood Power Broker

Kyle Buchanan · 09/25/08 01:20PM

As connoisseurs of Hollywood and its related spiritual practices, we at Defamer would expect you to be familiar with the traditions of American Jewry, so here's a pop quiz: is Rosh Hashanah a multi-day event commemorating the start of the Jewish New Year, meant to celebrate the creation of the world? Or is it what this DreamWorks assistant thinks it is? Her leaked email (embarrassing goyem all over the industry), after the jump: