This morning, we were directed to a fairly standard item on the New York Post‘s Page Six gossip page about Condé Nast chief Si Newhouse.
“Si Newhouse knows how to hold his liquor, according to Graydon Carter,” Page Six said, referring to an article published Sunday in the British pub The Observer. The item then went on to reprint Carter’s quotes about his boss: “One thing you should know about Si — he’s incapable of getting drunk,” and “We’ve double-dated.”
Those quotes sounded familiar, and so did the other ones pulled from the Observer article. The Page Six item goes on:
One former editor tells the newspaper that Newhouse “loves being surrounded by divas and egomaniacs,” recalling how when one editor called another a “[bleep]ing bitch,” Newhouse didn’t mind, responding, “Yes, but she’s our bitch.” Says the ex-editor: “He believes the best will rise and will not be shivved in the back.” Vogue editrix Anna Wintour also bows down to her boss, insisting, “Si is in control, and if you write anything different, you would be 100 percent wrong.”
After some digging, we discovered where we had heard it all before: The Observer article, written by Steve Fishman, is the same one that ran last month in New York magazine. A magazine spokeswoman tells us that writers frequently license their stories for reprinting overseas, although a standard line is usually included within the article recognizing that it was published in New York first. “We’re investigating why that was not the case in this instance,” the New York publicist said.
But if we noticed that the quotes sounded familiar, how could gossip staple Page Six miss the retread quotes? Just one day after Paula Froelich put in her two week notice and already the gossip page is flagging a bit.