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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Theodore SchleiferOctober 27, 2021
Will Billionaires Really Get Taxed to Smithereens?
Sanders and Warren
Way back in 2018, in the earliest days of the Democrats’ so-called invisible primary, Joe Biden candidly pitched himself as the type of pro-success Democrat who wouldn’t demonize the wealthy. “I don’t think 500 billionaires are the reason we’re in trouble,” Biden said in a speech that year, drawing a distinction between himself and Bernie […]
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William D. CohanOctober 27, 2021
Portrait of The Zaz as a Young Dealmaker
David Zaslav
Sure, now everyone knows that David Zaslav is one of the most powerful media executives on the planet and the architect of one the most riveting mergers in years—Discovery Communications’s still-pending $43 billion acquisition of WarnerMedia from AT&T—that will transform the media landscape and create a serious rival to Disney and Netflix. But, once upon […]
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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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