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Suicide Girls' Boston Moderator Fired for Quotes in the Phoenix

"I'm sure that 90 percent of what's out there that's negative is true," Dan Wherren told the Boston Phoenix about his employer, SuicideGirls.com, in last week's cover story. He was immediately removed from his position as moderator of SGBoston, a regional SuicideGirls group, and a model for the "punk rock" porn site who disagreed with that decision was removed as well. In the Phoenix's update posted yesterday, Wherren said he stands behind the statement, adding that Suicide Girls "is the Microsoft of the Alt-Erotica industry."
05-04-2006  9:40 am  |  Industry News

Keith Olbermann Weighs Boston Phoenix's '100 Unsexiest Men' List

"The 100 Unsexiest Men in the World," published in the April 18 issue of the Boston Phoenix, was the number-one story on MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" yesterday. (Transcript available here; scroll way down.) Associate Editor Bill Jensen was on hand to defend his choices, from Gilbert Gottfried at #1 to Brad Pitt at #100. Of course, Olbermann was most interested in #58, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, with whom he has been feuding. Jensen explained that O'Reilly made the list because of his "splotchiness" and "bullying," and the falafel affair: "I think, any time you are going to, you know, talk to a woman on the phone and say you want to rub her with a sandwich full of chickpeas in the shower is -- is not going to help your sexual quotient."
04-18-2006  1:08 pm  |  Industry News

Boston Phoenix Film Critic: Job Has Interesting Advantages

"Everyone has their opinions. But I get paid for mine," film critic Peter Keough told students at Brandeis University last weekend. The Justice, the university's student newspaper, recounts Keough's description of job perks such as publicity swag and press junkets, as well as techniques to have your review quoted in a film's advertising: "Any time you use the word 'best,' or any other superlative other than the word 'worst,' you have a chance," Keough told the students.
04-04-2006  9:10 am  |  Industry News

Boston Phoenix Writer Is 'Fair and Balanced'

Harvey Silverglate, who is also a civil rights attorney, appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor" on Dec. 11 to discuss National Security Agency leaks. At first the conversation was surprisingly civil, with Silverglate even ribbing O'Reilly by saying, "Fair and balanced, that's my motto." Silverglate mentioned his recent Phoenix article suggesting that New York Times staff could be indicted for publishing the domestic wiretapping story: he told O'Reilly, "I received more phone calls and e-mail, hostile e-mail, about that from my friends in the news media saying, 'Don't give the Department of Justice any ideas!'" However, as discussion turned to whether exposing the wiretapping could have undermined the war on terror, the segment ended with a brief shouting match. A summary of Silverglate's appearance can be found on O'Reilly's Web site.
01-12-2006  8:40 am  |  Industry News

Pop Star's Musical Tribute to Boston Phoenix Columnist

Kay Hanley, the former frontwoman of Letters to Cleo (of "Here & Now" fame), has written a new song for Phoenix contributer Brett Milano. The catchy single is titled "Cellars by Starlight," which also happens to be the name of the Phoenix music column that Milano wrote for several years. On her Web site, Hanley said of Milano, "Sure, it could be perceived as pandering, but I adore him and he's a freak and he deserves to have a song written for him." The hand-clapping tune is available in MP3 format on the Phoenix Web site.
01-05-2006  4:22 pm  |  Industry News

Phoenix Media Plans Web Site Overhaulnew

The owner of alt-weeklies in Boston, Providence and Portland, Maine, will launch new sites for each paper on Jan. 1, according to the Boston Business Journal. Phoenix Media executive vice president Bradley Mindich says the $200,000 upgrade is a smart investment in light of the growth of Internet advertising. "In five years, it is highly probable that, as a converged media company, the Web could be the largest ad revenue generator for us," says Mindich. The Business Journal also reports that Phoenix competitor The Weekly Dig will launch a new site in March modeled after Boston.com but targeting the 18- to 34-year-old demographic.
Boston Business Journal via MSNBC  |  12-27-2005  12:29 pm  |  Industry News