We’re not really sure what to make of New York magazine blog Daily Intel’s headline, “Even in Dismal Print Climate, New York Post and Daily News Couldn’t Get Along.” Doesn’t the first part kind of necessitate the second?
The history between the New York Post and the New York Daily News has been mired in bloodshed from the get-go, and the recent economic downturn has done nothing except give the Daily News some room to catch up with Rupert Murdoch’s title. Obviously: there will be blood. So when juicy gossip escaped that there were talks of a Mort Zuckerman-Murdoch collaboration in 2008, it was easy enough to chalk it up to hot air, though the PR boost gave the duo some room to publicly swipe at each other like Statler and Waldorf in the balcony of “The Muppet Show.”
Zuckerman called the talks — which reportedly continued until a few months ago — “sporadic and occasional” and added “it’s not surprising they have gone nowhere.” Col Allan, the Post‘s top editor, refused to even acknowledge the talks existed, calling them “Wishful thinking at the Daily News.” Aw, get a room, you two!
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