‘Why Working At Bauer Sucks’

intouch_071207.jpgThe shuttering of Cocktail Weekly by Bauer Publishing has caused a bit of a PR nightmare for the Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey-based company. And it’s not because of the embarrassment of pulling the plug on a magazine before its served — that almost seems the industry is a wee bit scary these days for launches, in case you haven’t noticed.

It’s because the moles inside the celebrity rag publisher, who used to anonymously tip off Gawker, Jossip, FishbowlNY and like-minded media gossip sites, are now operating as lovers’ scorned, and taking their corporate tales of woe to the blogosphere.

A couple favorites:

  • Gawker: “They don’t do corporate credit cards. So when a breaking story happens, a reporter is expected to pony up for all expenses, which sometimes can run into the thousands of dollars, like ‘Celeb X may be getting married in Italy. Get on a plane today and knock on some doors.’ That’s not to even mention the natural PR wining and dining that goes with the job. And really, all of that would sometimes even be okay except for the fact that they take MONTHS (literally) to pay expenses and invoices. So you’re constantly stuck with fat bills.”
  • HuffPo: “I arrived at Club Med Turks and Caicos this past Friday.In the past three days, I booked a massage, read in a hammock shaded by palm trees and befriended two lovely twin sisters and a group from L.A. led by a 48-year-old frat guy with a ‘flavor savor’ on his chin who force fed me watermelon shots and tried to get me to sleep with him by pointing out his Japanese ankle cuff tattoo (“it says desire over destiny”). It’s been a good vacation — until yesterday. On Monday, after a day sipping Pina Colada’s and floating in the pool next to Mr. Boston of VH1’s “I Love New York” fame (pack your bags ladies, here’s here!!!), I got a call from my co-worker saying I lost my job; we all did. The magazine’s been scrapped.”