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October 22, 2004

A New Twist to the Page Six/HarperCollins Collusion

by Ron Hogan

Since Page Six is a gossip column, it's hardly unusual that they'd be covering the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Bill O'Reilly--nor, given their track record, is it surprising that they never quite get around to mentioning that the guy who pays their salaries also happens to own the network that broadcasts O'Reilly's hit show and the publishing company behind O'Reilly's latest book. What might raise an eyebrow or two, if you're not already totally jaded by their antics, is the extent to which they're lending covert support for their corporate cousin:

  • Today's column: "Fox News employee suing Bill O'Reilly is drowning in debt..."
  • Yesterday: "Andrea Mackris... left CNN and returned to Fox News Channel with a plan to set O'Reilly up..."
  • Tuesday: Actually not particularly supportive, as they speculate on possible confirmation of O'Reilly's alleged proclivities and "porn queen Savanna Samson" says he should have called her for phone sex instead of Mackris; then again, note that Samson is published by ReganBooks, a division of HarperCollins, and that said connection goes unmentioned (as it likely did when O'Reilly had her on his show)

That's what we love about Page Six and the Post: where others might see a conflict of interest, they see powerful synergy.


I'm glad to see you're hitting them on this, too. I've been mentioning it, but only the dozen or so people who visit my blog have noticed.

Posted by: Michael Dietsch at October 22, 2004 01:51 PM
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