Harried Potter

Harried Potter: Last week, on November 13, I pointed to a Keith Kelly article in the NY Post that was headlined, “Brewster’s Fortunes Look Less Rosie After Trail Loss”. That link will likely die soon, but in it, Kelly reports the obvious speculation of job insecurity for Dan Brewster, who pursued the ridiculous lawsuit against Rosie, oversaw the circulation-cooking scandal and engineered the purchase of two magazines for what is acknowledged to be, well, inflated prices.

Today, Diane Potter, senior vice president and director of consumer marketing at G+J, offered her resignation “because she believes it in the best interests of the company,” according to the AP. One doesn’t have to be a herder to know a scapegoat when you see one.

As I serve as editor and publisher of a magazine that competes directly with a G+J title, I feel somewhat awkward in commending Ms. Potter for doing the right thing. However, I do for she is. To have previously displayed such a cavalier attitude towards the importance of circulation integrity and the audit process was not only a disservice to G+J USA but to the entire magazine industry.

I will stop my comments there, but I’m sure it is apparent that I think there are others at G+J USA who should do the right thing.

Samir on Jacko

Samir on Jacko: While I never say “never” (at least, I try never to), I am really hoping to never again link to anything related even remotely to this topic, however, for those of you who come to this weblog to track Samir Husni quotes, here’s one from today’s USA Today in a story about how the media is (are) bumping world affairs to cover news of the weird:

University of Mississippi journalism professor Samir Husni agrees. “We have become a celebrity-driven society. Their misery is our delight.”

I’m feel sure Mr. Magazine used the word schadenfreude, but the McReporter translated it for the USA Today reader.