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Michael Wolff

I Can Tell You About Steven Rattner's Tell-All

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolff

Steven Rattner, the onetime New York Times reporter, former investment banker, would-be private equity media mogul, Hillary Clinton mega-fundraiser, a...

What Did Rupert Murdoch (and Son James) Know, and When Did They Know It?

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

Don Van Natta Jr., the lead reporter on the New York Times' Sunday Magazine story about the phone hacking scandal that's engulfed some of Rupert Murdo...

The Nutters Are Coming to Town

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolff

There is a fine and peculiar balance here between an establishment which regards tea party-sponsored candidates as ignorant and racist, and them becoming the establishment.

So It's Victory in Iraq

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

This is going to be the talking point, not just that we've won, but that we've done something good: Government, infrastructure, police, incipient democracy, oil business, all up and running because of our dogged persistence.

What Exactly Is Glenn Beck Talking About?

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

That's the tragedy of Roger Ailes. He is so good at picking strange talent that they become bigger than him. Murdoch is afraid of Ailes. But Ailes is afraid of Bill O'Reilly.

Murdoch and the BBC: They Both Lose

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

The MacTaggart lecture is one of the high points of the British media calendar. The climax of the Edinburgh International Television Festival, held ea...

Can Our Business Be Saved? Should I Take the Job?

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

I can confirm the press reports: I'm in talks to take over the Chicago Tribune. It's me, I understand, or Michael Eisner, who once was in the media business.

Afghanistan: The Taliban and Pakistanis? The President Should Be Worried About the Democrats

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolff

The mid-term election is going to be very bad for the Democrats, with one or both houses lost (oh, let's just say it). And the war in Afghanistan is ...

POLL: Is Cable Dead?

Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

With the rise of Hulu, Netflix and other Internet streaming services, some are wondering: is cable television dying? Probably not, according to the N...

Who's Really Giving Away Rupert Murdoch's Money?

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

The notable thing about Rupert Murdoch donating a million bucks to the Republican Governors Association is not that he's risking general censure and o...

Here's Why Dilbert Loves Newser

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

It's often a bitch to explain new media. None of this stuff makes much sense if you don't use it--and if you resist it. It's as irritating as it is opaque.

What's Killing CNN? Live Television

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
MP Nunan

A 24-hour news channel, you see, is a good thing. Live news, more often than not, just blows.

Once Again Into the Breach: Rupert Murdoch Dreams of a Digital Newspaper

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

Murdoch's longest and most cherished effort, the New York Post, has, by some estimates, lost more money than any media enterprise ever--into the billions. It's a vanity project.

Gay Marriage: What Do We Really Mean?

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

The New York Times, in its constant effort to stay ahead of the heckling of the right wing, hired the 31-year-old Ross Douthat to be its No. 2 conserv...

Every Day Sarah Palin Gets Closer to Being President

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolff

The system, meant to filter out the oddballs, has allowed one in. Never before has someone so outside the mainstream of political conventions had such good national prospects as Sarah Palin.

The President Is Playing War Games

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolff

Is it my imagination, or does the president seem less than sincere and quite to be holding his nose as he manages -- not too competently -- a task, our continuing war efforts, for which he has little heart or aptitude?

The Ground Zero Mosque: What's It Mean to You?

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Wolff

Possibly you mix specific causes with inchoate emotions: You're angry and this makes you angrier; you're on guard and this threatens you more.

Bedbugs Are Coming to Get You

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Wolff

It may be the nature of the alliteration, or the cuteness of the nursery rhyme, that makes it hard to discuss bedbugs as a profound urban crisis.

Charlie Rangel Never Had a Chance

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolff

Charlie Rangel, one of the most successful political figures of his generation in New York, is now, in the Washington Post's estimation, a "pariah."

Honk if You Just Can't Get Enough of Chelsea and Marc

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolff

Presidential children's weddings are, in modern history, terrifically ho-hum affairs. So what's with the tizzy over Chelsea? This isn't even an in-office wedding and it's a news blowout.

Conrad Black Is My Hero

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

What happens to a man who has everything taken from him but who utterly continues to believe in himself, no matter how unreasonably? Conrad Black will be a Petri dish of the self.

What's Really Going on Behind Murdoch's Paywall?

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

My sources say that not only is nobody subscribing to the website, but subscribers to the paper itself -- who have free access to the site -- are not going beyond the registration page. It's an empty world.

So the Publishing Business Didn't Die, After All

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

While many traditional publishers still figure on the top 100 publishers list, more than half of the list consists of publishers who didn't exist 10 years ago, half again of which did not exist five years ago.

CNN + CBS = Less than Zero

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

Bill Carter, the New York Times' hoary television reporter, in his story the other day about partnership talks between CNN and CBS, treated both netwo...

NYC Section: Is the WSJ Turning In Its Grave?

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

The Wall Street Journal has been covering New York City with a dedicated metro section and staff for a week now--and boy is it ghastly. Inside what is...