Robert Thomson Isn't Going Anywhere

In your fleeting Wednesday media column: Robert Thomson is staying put, new offices for the HuffPo, ironic union troubles at Harper's, David Pecker is beloved without ever ordering anyone to love him, and A.J. Daulerio, profiled.

  • For the record, "sources" say there's no truth to the rumor that WSJ editor Robert Thomson is leaving the paper to return to Australia, a rumor so unbelievable that no one even tried to float it to us. Hey, he's still in the middle of a feud with the NYT! He likes that shit. Col Allan, on the other hand...well, if he were deported back to Australia for public drunkenness of some such thing, it wouldn't shock us.

  • The Huffington Post is reportedly moving its offices from lower Broadway to Chelsea, at 22nd St. and Sixth Avenue. Their new building also has offices of toy company Mattel. Cheap "things babies like" joke here.

  • Irony alert: Harper's Magazine publisher Rick MacArthur—a rich lefty!—is "locked in a bitter dispute" with the union at his own magazine, which only came about after MacArthur canned editor Roger Hodge and lost the confidence of his own staff. Partly because he is the publisher of a money-losing magazine, yet he believes the internet is dumb! Gabriel Sherman has a terrific rundown of MacArthur's (losing) battle against the union, the short version being: Rich lefties are rich first, lefties second.

  • Oh look, it's a new WWD profile of incredibly sensitive AMI boss David Pecker. He wanted to buy Newsweek and move it to Boca Raton! What else? "Last week, Gawker solicited comment on morale and received several letters from editors praising Pecker. He maintains that he never asked his editors to do this... [AND LATER] several former employees contacted by WWD declined to comment, some expressing fear of repercussions." David Pecker, popular in spite of himself.

  • GQ today profiles our friend, colleague, and spiritual mustache guru A.J. Daulerio, editor of Deadspin, the famous sports site that covers penises and other sporting trends. It's a fine piece of writing and we encourage you to read it. Confidential to the media: when it comes to profiling interesting employees of Gawker Media, it's all been done now.
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