The Information launches an accelerator for subscription news startups, with investments starting at $25K

Jessica Lessin, founder and editor-in-chief of the subscription tech news site The Information, gets a lot of questions on how to create a news business like hers, and over the roughly four years that The Information — which costs $399 a year (less for students, and $10,000 for an extra-premium product) — has been in business, she’s provided casual advice to those who want to follow in her footsteps. Now she’s coupling formal advice with money: The Information announced Friday that it is launching The Information Accelerator, “a vehicle to invest in and advise up-and-coming subscription news startups.” “We’re doing this because the existing VC model just isn’t aligned with news entrepreneurs,” Lessin said. “It values scale over sustainability.” Startups that specialize in subscription-based news — and that, importantly, have not“already raised a lot of venture capital” — can apply to participate, by Continue reading "The Information launches an accelerator for subscription news startups, with investments starting at $25K"

Bret Stephens: President Trump’s Lies Leading Us to a ‘World of Anthony Weiners’

New York Times’ columnist Bret Stephens joined Morning Joe on Friday, where he said President Trump‘s “shamelessness” was creating an environment that cultivates the kind of behavior seen from disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner. The panel was holding a discussion about the Trump Administration’s tendency to lie, and whether these falsehoods could permanently damage the credibility and standards of American politics. Donny Deutsch was optimistic Trump wouldn’t ruin the integrity of the presidency, but Stephens said he was concerned because Trump rode to the White House by acting braggadocios and refusing to acknowledge he was ever wrong about anything.
“The tragedy of Trump’s victory and everything he’s done as president is he demonstrates that shamelessness works. He sold his shamelessness to the american people as fearlessness, and they believed it. if you don’t say ‘I made a mistake,’ if you don’t acknowledge error, if you kind of move forward, Continue reading "Bret Stephens: President Trump’s Lies Leading Us to a ‘World of Anthony Weiners’"

Geraldo Defends Scaramucci: West Wing ‘Riddled With Rats,’ Priebus Comes from ‘Deep State’

If you thought we were done talking about Anthony Scaramucci‘s unique communications style you were woefully wrong. In light of last night’s stunning New Yorker report in which Ryan Lizza revealed colorful language put forth by the newly appointed White House Communications Director, Geraldo Rivera appeared on Fox & Friends and gave a very frank assessment of his former Fox News colleague. Rivera opened by explained the “locker room” language Scaramucci used with Lizza, saying that that’s the way people communicate in section of Long Island where he and Scaramucci (among other Fox News personalities) hail. But it was his defense of what Scaramucci said (not how he said it) that should raise the most eyebrows. “The West Wing is absolutely riddled with rats,” Geraldo explained, adding that the reason why President Donald Trump surrounds himself with family is because he won’t trust anyone in a “building filled with Continue reading "Geraldo Defends Scaramucci: West Wing ‘Riddled With Rats,’ Priebus Comes from ‘Deep State’"

John McCain Betrays Republicans… and His Own Legacy

Like most Republicans, I have had a complicated relationship with Sen. John McCain. Make no mistake, I have nothing but love, honor, respect and gratitude for his service, suffering and sacrifice in the Vietnam War.  He is a true American hero and any suggestion otherwise is a slander not just against him but against every other American who wears a uniform of the United States military. John McCain, as they say, is a great American. The complication arises when one contemplates John McCain the Republican and, more specifically, John McCain the Senator. His devotion to the D.C. media elites and the smart-set in Manhattan has been stronger than his desire to deliver on his campaign promises to the people of Arizona who continued to send him to Washington for the past several decades, and last night’s betrayal on the fundamental issue of our times, government-run health insurance, was the Continue reading "John McCain Betrays Republicans… and His Own Legacy"

The New Yorker is Sitting on Unreleased Recordings of the Scaramucci Meltdown

Yesterday, New Yorker writer, Ryan Lizza published an extraordinary account of a call he had with White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci. During the call, the newly installed comms chief denounced — in very vulgar terms — his chief West Wing rivals, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. On CNN’s New Day, Lizza said there were recordings of the call and — get this — the magazine is apparently sitting on even more stuff which the two men agreed would be officially “off the record.” The news was buried in the bottom of Axios’ indispensable morning email. Per Axios:
A New Yorker spokesperson tells us: “Late in the conversation, Scaramucci requested that one part be off the record, and we respected that. The rest was on the record. Today (Thursday), Ryan and Scaramucci had another conversation and Scaramucci was clear and agreed that Continue reading "The New Yorker is Sitting on Unreleased Recordings of the Scaramucci Meltdown"