Δυο Κυρίες: Κείμενα Για Την Αριάνα Χάφινγκτον Και Την Τίνα Μπράουν

22 Νοεμβρίου 2011 | Κανένα σχόλιο

Να δυο πρόσφατα πολύ πολύ μεγάλα κείμενα από το New York και από το WWD αντίστοιχα για την Αριάνα Χάφινγκτον Στασινοπούλου του Huffington Post και (πλέον) της AOL, και την Τίνα Μπράουν του Daily Beast και του Newsweek. Ωραία είναι, ειδικά το πρώτο.

For Huffington, who, on the one hand, serves as a glittery Earth Mother and, on the other, is the world’s best bullshit artist, with stagehands and pulleys at work in conversation (although, oddly, she remains intensely enjoyable to be around), AOL is in some respects a ­“magical land.” The company has allowed her access to ­corporate funding for the Huffington Post website, and she seems to believe her new perch will recast her from a protean self-­reinventionist—at various times a Greek immigrant, New York socialite, New Age proponent, political wife, California gubernatorial candidate, and on and on—into something more solid: the Rupert Murdoch of the digital age, helming the world’s most influential “Internet newspaper,” as the Huffington Post is called.

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Last week, Brown — who, as anyone would attest, works incredibly hard — lost her assistant Lena Jensen, who went to work for a start-up. By the end of the week, she was caught up in a small bit of drama. One of her stars, former New Yorker writer Peter Boyer, thought his article on Congress was going to be the cover story. Right before close, he called her and wasn’t thrilled that his piece was on the inside (and the aforementioned Philbin got the cover instead). Brown, in turn, called managing editor Tom Weber and chewed him out for failing to get this communicated to Boyer. By Monday morning, Weber, fed up after dealing with episodes like this on a weekly basis, said he was leaving, according to several people familiar with the incident. By the time she was in a newsroom-wide meeting on Monday, staffers described her as looking and sounding completely wiped.