Musings —01.06.2015 09:08 AM—
Assorted Now employees and friends of its owner swarmed this wee web site yesterday, taking umbrage with what I had to say about the magazine’s boss (Hollett has no pony tail!) and approach (we think it’s okay to run ads trafficking in girls!).
So, as expected, various other correspondents provided useful tidbits about the situational ethics of Now and its svengali – among them, the fun photo above with Now‘s boss, chumming with Rob Ford in the US, where fewer folks were around to point out how decidedly less-chummy he was with Mayor On Crack when back home. Here they are, with linkage. There’s more to come.
- Now’s boss apparently worked as unregistered lobbyist at City Hall.
- Now makes stuff up, and gets stuff wrong, to attack folks for doing the very thing its owner does (viz., photo above).
- Folks like the Torontoist, no corporate lackeys, call Now “petty,” “self righteous,” a paper that believes it is “morally superior” to everyone else.
- They claim to be feminist in their orientation, but they make lots of money running “display ads which pigeonhole all women into one category and degrade them,” says MediaWatch.
- Their pro-union claims notwithstanding, Now‘s owners “have consciously been making editorial cutbacks, and the news section has suffered the most,” “Now‘s news department has only two full-time staff members and a couple of interns,” their “credibility is strained,” and the result is journalism that is “sloppy” and a “paper has gone from being a left-wing hippie rag to a slick corporate money-making machine…more concerned with real estate, reviews, and running its restaurant.”
That stuff isn’t from me: it’s what others have said. Unregistered lobbying? Chumming with the far Right? Corporate hypocrisy? Making a fortune out of ads which degrade women? Cutting news staff to fund non-news corporate ventures?
All that sounds pretty corporate, to me, but what do I know? I don’t make the kind of dough Michael Hollett does.
And, what’s more, there’s no photos of me around, hugging Rob Ford.