My apologies to my loyal readers and friends who were caught by surprise by the news that I’m now a columnist for Mediaite, which launched yesterday. I never got the go-ahead to announce, as my new chief Rachel Sklar was super-busy, so I had to wait until I was published there.
Speaking of the Mediaite launch, Gawker did a nice little write-up on it:
Gawker: Well, it probably just seems as though you’ve been talking about it for months, so forgive me.
Now, there’s been plenty of criticism launched in the direction of your boss, Dan Abrams, for what many, Gawker included, see as a conflict of interest in having a media advisory firm attached to a media website. Obviously, you feel differently. How have Gawker and other critics of Abrams Research/Mediaite been wrong about this?
The implication, of course, is that Mediaite’s journalists would sit by and let Abrams kill stories he didn’t like because he runs a consulting firm. I couldn’t get ahold of Abrams (here’s what he said about it at Mediaite), but I was lucky enough to get ahold of one of Mediaite’s columnists.
In an exclusive interview, I sat down with Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher and asked him about the criticism that Gawker, among others, has leveled at the new site. To be clear, Tommy is not a spokesman for Mediaite, so the opinions expressed are his own, and do not represent those of Mediaite.com.
Daily Dose’s Tommy Christopher: You must be pretty stoked about the new site.
Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher: Definitely, and I also love reading DailyDose.us.
Daily Dose’s Tommy Christopher: Thanks, Tommy, and we all really loved your first column.
Asylum’s Tommy Christopher: What the frick? Am I chopped liver? What about my latest on the 5 best movie shootouts?
Daily Dose’s Tommy Christopher: Hey, dickbag, I’m working here!
Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher: What a relentless attention-whore. Anyway, on the whole Gawker thing, I gotta say, I can’t speak for Dan Abrams, but this pissed me off a little. What they’re basically saying is that I’m a capitulating toady with no integrity. Now, it’s hard enough to take that from Howard Kurtz, but from Gawker? Eff that!
Daily Dose’s Tommy Christopher: But how are they supposed to know different?
Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher: Exactly. As my Editor-at-Large put it, “Someone could make the same argument about advertisers (insert Bloodcopy joke here!).” Short of randomly trashing Dan Abrams, how am I supposed to disprove that?
Daily Dose’s Tommy Christopher: Well, do you have anything to say about Abrams? Here’s your chance.
Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher: I’ve never met him. I really liked his MSNBC show, though.
Daily Dose’s Tommy Christopher: Make something up.
Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher: You want me to prove my integrity by making something up?
Daily Dose’s Tommy Christopher: Did I say that?
Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher: Yes! Just 2 seconds ago! This interview is over.
Asylum’s Tommy Christopher: Wanna see my list of the 10 best side-boob shots evah?