Matthew Winkler was down under last week, and on top of the world. The Bloomberg co-founder interviewed the Aussie prime minister, and gushed in a laudatory Australian profile that "it's really an extraordinary time to be around, to be alive, to be a journalist — to be at Bloomberg News.'' One of his reporters very much disagreed. (Or not — see her statement in the update below.)
We fully copped to the fact that some of our bad boss stories were sometimes a little lame, but they were lame for good reasons. For one thing: lawyers. For two things: even more lawyers. When the Post undertook a similar effort today, they did things a little differently: they didn't name names. Maybe they thought that would help them get the juicy stuff! Did it work, though? Well, here's this story from Person X, who worked for a mean magazine editor. "She had a big red pencil, and when they'd give your manuscript back to you your heart just exploded from fear, because her comments were completely evil... She used to make sure we were at our desks every night until 6. I remember New Year's Eve, sitting at my desk at 5:59, knowing she'd be watching. It was a very sick work culture." Appalling. Who could this insane slavedriver be?
The polls are now closed! Big congratulations to "cultural producer" Scott Rudin, who has officially been declared New York's worst boss. (This is not shocking.) He edged out blog overseer Nick Denton and third runner up 'Your very own boss,' whoever that is. (We'd still like to hear about him/her!) Anyway, congratulations to Rudin, who will soon be resting his largish head on the 'I AM THE WORST BOSS'-embroidered pillow that is his prize. And condolences to Denton, Faith Popcorn, Richard Beckman, Mireille Giuliano, Claudine Gumbel, Robin Cembalest, Emily Whitfield, and Barry Diller, who should all use this defeat as inspiration to oppress their employees harder. Except Denton.
Earlier: New York's Worst Bosses Poll
After the jump, please help us figure out who the worst boss in New York is. The winner of this contest will receive a pillow that the Gawker editors have collaboratively hand-embroidered with the words "I AM THE WORST BOSS." The pillow is stuffed with eco-friendly shredded cease and desist letters.
Yesterday, we nominated ACLU spokeswoman Emily Whitfield for our "worst bosses of New York" tournament, and though we noted she was a weak contender, we admit that we had no idea just how weak. Though we were thanked by one commenter—"There is justice in this world, and it begins with this article"—we also received an impassioned missive from a reader who was determined to clear Whitfield's name. It's both compelling and exhaustive!
We felt it was our responsibility to bring you just one more story about purportedly nasty adman Peter Arnell. This one dates from his pre-slimdown days, like this (admittedly crappy) photo. According to our tipster, Arnell used to like to demonstrate his loyalty to his clients by publicly using their wares. Commendable preach/practice ratio, right? Except when it allegedly involved binge-eating food-related clients' products—from M&Ms to Campbell's microwave dinners—voraciously in front of a captive audience. "How did he lose the weight?" our tipster wonders. "He was one of those guys who sweats when he eats." Mm-mm good!