Who is matt taibbi dating

13 Dec

Matt Taibbi is taking a "leave of absence" from Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media, according to New York Magazine.

The move comes "after disagreements with higher-ups inside Omidyar's organization, a source close to First Look confirmed today." Over the last year, however, the center of gravity of the organization has shifted, as Omidyar and his Silicon Valley braintrust have exerted control over budgets and vacillated over the journalistic mission.

It suggests PO has no clue how to handle talent and so is retreating back to technology. Here's my reply...] I don't think [Omidyar] took you aside and ordered you not to cover his friends.

I think either you made the decision yourself for reasons of an easier life, or his blog post was the first you heard about the change and he just publicly fucked you over.

Knowing what I do about his management style I'm leaning towards the latter.

But I emailed you because I actually want to understand what's going on. And I replied again...] [Redacted.] If I waited for Pierre and his staffers to respond to questions I’d never publish a thing about First Look.

A follow-up question: What are we to make of the fact that First Look journalists — Greenwald in particular — insist that Pierre has no control over editorial (indeed you’ve insisted similar in this conversation) and yet he’s the one laying out the company’s editorial plan?

Why wouldn’t that be the job of the actual editors?

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I didn't discuss this post with Mark before publishing. [The email thread began with Taibbi's emailing me to deny that Omidyar had changed his strategy.

[Redacted] I’ve told you what I believe, but I’ll humor you — and your enjoyment at playing PR flack — by saying it again, this time line by line… Here’s what I said "No, of course I don't think he took you aside and ordered you not to cover his friends.

[Redacted Taibbi quote] I think it’s unlikely Pierre *ordered* you to stop writing about Wall Street. I think either you made the decision yourself for reasons of an easier life, or his blog post was the first you heard about the change and he just publicly fucked you over.” Here’s my question, which you don’t seem keen to answer: Did you know Pierre was going to leave finance out of his post about what your editorial mission would be? If so, what is the reasoning behind not mentioning the thing that you are best known for but which is likely to make your sole funder and boss the most uncomfortable?

For that reason, I think Omidyar’s announcement yesterday should be terrifying to you, and to anyone else who works at FLM.

He’s lost his nerve — for a combination of reasons — and is retreating to something he understands: Technology and platforms. I honestly can’t tell if you’re being a team player, or if you believe any of this crap.