October 4, 2009

Nikki Fincke "witnessed how The New Yorker really bent over for Hollywood."

"NYC power publicist Steven Rubenstein succeeded in deleting every reference to Paramount's Brad Grey. Warner Bros and Universal and DreamWorks and William Morris/Endeavor and Summit Entertainment execs and flacks and consultants also had their way with the mag. (They were even laughing about it. When I asked one PR person what it took to convince Tad to take out whole portions of the article, the response was, 'I swallowed.') At Harvey Weinstein's personal behest, his description of me as a 'cunt' became 'jerk'. (Then the article would have contained two references to me as a 'cunt' in addition to its four uses of 'fuck'. Si Newhouse must be so proud...) And so on. Now remember, readers: you, too, can make The New Yorker your buttboy. Just act like a cunt and treat Remnick like a putz and don't give a fuck."

See, Nikki Fincke does not like The New Yorker. That's because, in her words, she's "too superficial" and "it's so unrelentingly boring." There are different writing styles. To each his/her own. I chose to quote Nikki, because it wasn't boring. It was hilarious.

21 comments:

Jeff with one 'f' said...

Harold Ross continues to spin in his grave.

"Where it all will end, knows God!"

BJM said...

Nikki Fincke is a hot mess.

However, I really LOL at Fincke's commenter F:

"Oh so right on so many counts. The NYer is one of the most dull reads ever. Agreed it is so thick with “wisdom & wit” that it’s a rock to read. Give me EW any week!"

Riiight.

Maxine Weiss said...

Admit it: You dig her, and want to be her !



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ironrailsironweights said...

Jerk was a poor choice of euphemism because the term is used almost exclusively for men. Skank or ho would have been better choices.

Peter

Fred4Pres said...

Not everyonne in Hollywood is insane.

Maxine Weiss said...

The original story is much better than her response:

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/10/12/091012fa_fact_friend?currentPage=all


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rhhardin said...

Thurber, in the New Yorker, published an account of the operations of the New Yorker in which every fact was wrong.

I don't know the title or I could find it.

rhhardin said...

Unrelentingly boring is right. I can't make it a paragraph into any story.

That's why there were squib fillers and cartoons.

The article style might be dubbed "pays by the word literary style."

knox said...

What cracked me up recently was coming across a Newsweek in a waiting room. Flipping through, here's a big headline and photo about the future of North Korea. Turn the page, and ... the article is 2 pages long!! LOL

lucid said...

The New Yorker has become almost unbearable to read. The density of liberal cliches and agitprop discourages browsing. The mag is so political these days, and simultaneously so banal and like every other liberal media outlet that there seems little point in opening it. Their piece on Ted Kennedy's death seemed to come out of a high school essay contest.

AJ Lynch said...

1969 - Don't trust anyone over 30.
2008 - Don't trust anything printed on paper.

MadisonMan said...

Give me EW any week!

Ditto. The problem with EW is that I read it online when I'm bored at work, so when the copy comes in the mail, it's all old news!

EW has Idolatry. 'Nuff said.

Alan M. said...

Is there ever a day in your life when you don't put yourself above others?

knox said...

Used to like EW. Then, in the Bush Era, like so many others, its writers couldn't resist infusing everything with politics. Really sad.

Jason (the commenter) said...

If The New Yorker likes the position, who are we to criticize?

Joe said...

You're not supposed to read the New Yorker! You're supposed to just pretend you have by quoting things you heard from someone else.

XWL said...

Like your sly way of referencing the famous George M. Cohan quote, "I don't care what you say about me, as long as you say something about me, and as long as you spell my name right."

(I'm pretty sure there's no "c" in Finke, unless you meant to add the "c" as a reference to the curse word directed her way)

rhhardin said...

It's 10pm and there's a thousand killdeer flying around in the dark, for some reason.

real audio.

rcocean said...

Does anyone read it anymore except for little old ladies in Dubuque Iowa?

30 years ago the magazine still had some pretensions to intellectual respectability - now its Newsweek with better writers.

Fred4Pres said...

Ann, did The New Yorker consider using the word pooter to describe Nikki Fincke? Perhaps Harvey Weinstein should use the word pooter too. As a substitute for a different word.

somecamerunning said...

XWL is correct: no "c."

I may be the only loser blogger in history who has had dustups with BOTH Althouse and Finke. Just saying.