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Blog Mogul Backlash

April 4, 2005

The New York Press, a weekly handout that one New York gossip columnist says “is best used to line birdcages,” has just published its “50 Most Loathsome New Yorkers” issue, an annual evisceration of 50 high-profile Gothamites. In yet another sign that blogs have arrived, the rag calls to the mat the two most successful entrepreneurs in blog publishing, Jason Calacanis of Weblogs Inc. (ranked #23) and Gawker Media’s Nick Denton (ranked #38).
Denton has long-predicted a media backlash against those who are successful in the blogosphere, but we doubt he could have imagined how ugly it could get. The attacks against Calacanis and Denton are not only personal and vicious, they also appear to be the work of complete idiots. In one diatribe, the NYPress complains of Denton’s “Birkenau pay rates” for his writers. However, despite admittedly low pay, Denton has had enormous success in attracting talent because he makes many of his writers stars. You won’t hear his Wonkette writer, Ana Marie Cox, complain. Thanks to Denton’s blog platform she has a six-figure book advance, an MTV gig, and more – all this just one year after going to work for Denton.
And what’s up with the tasteless Birkenau reference? Invoking the Holocaust to improve the snark-quotient of your article is pathetic, but we wonder if the low-lifes at the NY Press also know that Denton is a Hungarian Jew. Then again, what can you expect from a publication that recently ran the following cover story: “The 52 Funniest Things About the Upcoming Death of the Pope.”
Of that stunt, Senator Chuck Schumer said: “This is the most disgusting thing I’ve seen in 30 years of public life.”
Read – 50 MOST LOATHSOME NEW YORKERS (The New York Press)

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