• June 24, 2016

    “The British are frantically Googling what the E.U. is, hours after voting to leave it” reads a Washington Post headline about Brexit, which passed. In response to the news, British Prime Minister David Cameron said he would resign in October, and the stock market plunged. “Some British voters say they now regret casting a ballot in favor of Brexit. ‘Even though I voted to leave, this morning I woke up and I just—the reality did actually hit me,’ one woman told the news channel ITV News. ‘If I’d had the opportunity to vote again, it would be to stay.’”

    Corey Lewandowski, the recently fired campaign manager for Donald Trump, has been hired by CNN as a political analyst. Lewandowski, a Trump loyalist who has had a number of ugly run-ins with journalists, once threatened CNN reporter Noah Gray for leaving the approved media area at a Trump rally, telling Gray to go “inside the pen, or I will pull your credentials. Media goes in the pen.”  

    In the aftermath of the Peter Thiel–funded campaign to bankrupt Gawker media with a lawsuit, other magazines are anxiously looking over their shoulders for billionaires with a grudge. Mother Jones feels threatened by conservative businessman Frank VanderSloot, who reportedly pledged $1,000,000 to parties interested in suing the magazine after a “three-year quest to punish [Mother Jones] for reporting on his anti-LGBT activities” failed to shut them down.

    Jezebel published a long and sordid history of Maxim, until last year the largest circulation men’s magazine in the country, by one of its former editors. Theodore Ross, now an editor at the New Republic, served at Maxim under Kate Lanphear, a feminist style-icon briefly appointed editor-in-chief  in 2014 by Maxim’s new owner Sardar Biglari, who made a fortune from the restaurant chains Steak ’n Shake and Western Sizzlin’. As Ross recounts, “[S]omeone asked [Biglari] about his strategy for reinvigorating the magazine. Biglari responded with a story about a signature Steak ’n Shake offering, which he said he had created: the Wisconsin Buttery Steakburger, which comes with two patties, cheddar cheese, grilled onions, and butter melted over the top….A buttery bread cheeseburger—that was the magazine.” Lanphear’s edgy and ambitious overhaul of this lad mag was probably doomed from the start.

    Michael Herr

    Michael Herr

    Hundreds of pop stars—among them Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, Selena Gomez, and two Jonas brothers—joined the editors of Billboard in an open letter imploring Congress to pass sensible gun control measures.

    The writer and former war correspondent Michael Herr died. Herr was the author of Dispatches, published in 1977, and the novel Walter Winchell. “Dispatches is one of the seminal works of the twentieth century,” said Knopf Chairman Sonny Mehta, “and the most brilliant treatment of war and men I have ever read.”