Media Bubble: Is It Zell By A Hair?

  • Sam Zell is the probable winner in the battle for Tribune. News of the end of this fucking story could come as early as this morning. [LAT]
  • Business reporters rarely write about the labor side of things. Also, David Carr gets his electronics at Best Buy. [NYT]
  • The 'Toos will write an op-ed column for Forbes.com every other week. The possibilities are endless. [WWD]
  • "I don't hear the sound of a battleship turning around in a bathtub. I hear the sounds of waves of competition lapping against the shore in more than one newsroom. That's the way it should be in a competitive marketplace, so it doesn't surprise me at all that the race is like Jell-O right now." Brian Williams is not worried about "NBC Nightly News" slipping in the ratings. Brian Williams is also not worried about sounding like he's on the world's greatest acid trip. [USAToday]
  • Will Time Inc. be put up for sale? Probably not, but, hey, we're always happy to read anything by Nat Ives where we're supposed to read between the lines. [AdAge]
  • "Horseradish tastes better when it's mixed than when it's alone." If you guessed Rosie O'Donnell and "The View," give yourself an extra five points. [B&C]
  • This interview of Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger by former British media figure Piers Morgan is so incredibly contentious—and amazing—that we're wondering if it's real. [Independent]