In your explosive Thursday media column: Iceland's bad bet, the wienermobile is the future of journalism, more hard times at USA Today, Conde Nast would like to be the new Wonkette, and a scary scene at Fashion Week.
In much the same way that the Cayman Islands became an offshore haven for banking, Iceland is now going to make itself into an offshore haven for investigative journalists. If that don't beat all! Iceland's government is set to enact the "strongest combination of source protection, freedom of speech, and libel-tourism prevention laws in the world." That's nice and all but if you're trying to pull in money from investigative journalists, Iceland, that's strike two for you.
Of the Missouri college kids who turned out to learn more about the exciting job opportunity of driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, most were journalism majors.
A happy 2010 to USA Today staffers: the paper is mandating one-week furloughs for all employees, and extending last year's wage freeze for another year. So retro! The recession lives!
Classic Wonkette Ana Marie Cox has emerged from her brief Air America-induced period of unemployment to become the DC correspondent for GQ. [Shoehorn mandatory unrelated ass-fucking comment into this spot.] And look, current Wonkette staffer Juli Weiner is also heading to a job at the
Vanity Fair internet! Would it be wrong to make hasty assumptions about the bizarre, scary workplace rituals of Wonkette which are driving its staffers into the arms of a suave, "GQ/ Vanity Fair" type of man? We may never know.
Here is like, some people dancing to Lady Gaga songs at Bryant Park while wearing outfits promoting well known magazine Glamour. This is your future, Columbia J-school class of 2011.