In some truly absurd spin, Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post fawns over a gossip/news website backed by Barry Diller, even though Diller "doesn't expect to make a dime on the venture for two to three years, if then." But that's ok, Diller says he is "quite surprised" at the sites "success" to date: "I thought we would take six months to get to the point where you could actually even say, 'Look at us.' I thought there would be a very long incubation period. What I discounted, stupidly, is that I'm dealing with a pitch-perfect editor who knew exactly what she was doing."
Coincidentally, I actually received a spam email from the site's PR person today. She thought I might be interested in their hot new article about chest hair. Seriously. Obviously, when I made up some parody lists in October, I didn't aim quite low enough.
Barry, you're doing it wrong. My site's profitable now. And I don't even need some absurd promotion from a reporter who is obviously hoping you'll pay him to blog about celebrities with chest hair when his newspaper lays him off.
*See also: Time magazine's Washington bureau chief hired to be Joe Biden press aide.
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