Matthew BelloniOctober 25, 2021
An Early Frontrunner Has Emerged for the Academy’s Next C.E.O
Bill Kramer and Dawn Hudson
The Dawn Hudson haters were out in force this week after the motion picture Academy C.E.O. announced that she’ll step down when her contract ends in 2023. Hudson is one of the most controversial figures in town, thanks in part to the outsized role the Academy plays as Hollywood’s de facto town counsel and proprietor […]
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Dylan ByersOctober 22, 2021
The New York Times Succession Sweepstakes Is Probably Settled
New York Times succession drama
Last month, Dean Baquet turned 65, the age when the executive editor of The New York Times traditionally relinquishes his title. Given the challenges of Covid, Baquet graciously opted to extend his stay, but handicapping his successor has returned to the fore as one of media’s favorite parlour games.  And in many ways, it’s an […]
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William D. CohanOctober 24, 2021
Inside the Trump Meme-SPAC Clown Car
Trump in New York
Just when you thought Donald Trump had no more outrageous tricks up his sleeve, he delivers his latest stunner: the proposed merger of a fantasy social media company—what he is calling Trump Media & Technology Group—with Digital World Acquisition Corp., a SPAC, or special purpose acquisition company, started in September by Patrick Orlando, a former […]
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Baratunde ThurstonOctober 22, 2021
After the Tide, Part 2: Breaking White Fear
Proud Boys demonstration
I used to imagine Nazis, white supremacists and other white power activists were all minted in a grimy factory crammed with KKK paraphernalia, Hitler newsreels and spoiled beer, plus some personal hangups that had been weaponized into group grievance. But it’s not that simple. In fact, sometimes those of us who profess to be anti-racist […]
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