Will Bourne named next editor of the ‘Voice’; Guy Fieri accuses Peter Wells of an ‘agenda’
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A Bourne supremacy at the Voice
A new editor has been named at the embattled Village Voice following the abrupt exit of Tony Ortega back in September.
FishbowlNY reports that Will Bourne, formerly the executive editor of Fast Company, has been given the top masthead slot at the paper, which is grappling with severe cutbacks that have decimated its staff and page-count.
“The Voice is an amazing — and resilient!! — institution and, as the recent election showed, so is liberalism,” Bourne told FishbowlNY. “I plan to reinforce the paper’s position as a showcase for progressive — but balanced, disciplined — journalism, and to make it an even more forceful presence on the culture front.
We'll have more later.
Chances are you came across New York Times dining critic Pete Wells' blistering zero-stars review of celebrity restaurateur Guy Fieri's new Times Square restaurant, Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar.
(Sample passage in case you missed it: "Why is one of the few things on your menu that can be eaten without fear or regret — a lunch-only sandwich of chopped soy-glazed pork with coleslaw and cucumbers — called a Roasted Pork Bahn Mi, when it resembles that item about as much as you resemble Emily Dickinson?)
As of the time of this post Thursday morning, the brutal pan was No. 1 on nytimes.com's "most emailed" list.
The bearish bleach-blond Food Network star is not above reading his own reviews, either. It seems Well's critique gave him a sour stomach.
“I thought it was ridiculous," Fieri told Savannah Guthrie on the "Today" show this morning in his first interview since Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar became the butt of every joke on the Internet yesterday.
“He came in with a different agenda,” Fieri said. “It's a great way to make a name for yourself, go after a celebrity chef who is not a New Yorker.”
Wells is neither the only nor the first reviewer to leave Guy's American Kitchen with a bad taste in his mouth and write about it—just about every other food reviewer in town tore the place to shreds as well.
You can watch the "Today" segment below:
In other news...
David Petraeus has broken his silence by talking to HLN. [The Huffington Post]
Ryan Chittum on "Marcus Brauchli's impossible task." [C.J.R./The Audit]
Outgoing editor Marcus Brauchli's wife: The Washington Post has become a place where "you can't speak truth to power." [Poynter]
Conde Nast is upping the circulation of Wired and The New Yorker on the strength of their tablet subscriptions. [W.W.D.]
White House reporters respond to Obama's first press conference in eight months. [Daily Download]
The Financial Times is backing down on paywalled blogs. [Reuters/Felix Salmon]
The Audit Bureau of Circulations is now called the Alliance for Audited Media. [The New York Times]