“This is over pussy and bullshit”

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And thus is the atmosphere at the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com this week.

We won’t bother with a lengthy tale about the legal battle going on between owners of Interstate General Media. But know this: It’s one owner, George Norcross, whose 25-year-old daughter runs Philly.com (not well), and publisher Bob Hall vs. owners Gerry Lenfest, Lewis Katz and his girlfriend, Inquirer reporter Nancy Phillips, in a battle of over the firing of Inquirer editor Bob Marimow. And it’s producing glorious, hilarious and slightly sad stories and quotes like this:

Who will win the slugfest? On one side, we have Katz, who made a fortune in parking, banking and billboards and used to own the New Jersey Nets, and his longtime companion, Nancy Phillips. She’s a 40-something former investigative reporter who considers Marimow her mentor and is now the city editor of the Inquirer. The joke around the Inky newsroom was that after Katz bought the paper, it was Nancy who hired Marimow as editor.

On the other side, it’s George Norcross, the Democratic boss of South Jersey, and his daughter, Lexie. She’s the 25-year-old VP of digital operations and corporate services who calls the shots at philly.com. The Katz crew says Lexie is to blame for a website that prefers trashy stories about Miley Cyrus and Jenna Jameson to serious news. It’s the Norcross faction that wants to put Marimow out to pasture. The former editor of the Inquirer may be a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, but according to the Norcross side, he’s an old print dinosaur stuck in a 1970s tarpit.

One veteran political handicapper who knows all the players says his money’s on Norcross, because he’s the better in-fighter. “This is not his kind of battle,” the handicapper said of Katz. “This is over pussy and bullshit, not money.”

In other words: IT’S THE PERFECT PHILLY.COM STORY.

H/T to (@christopherwink)

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3 Comments

  • dr. love October 23, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    It is sad what is happening to our once great paper. The .com is scooping the reporters. The political honchos can’t take the heat that goes with owning a paper and cut the Op-Ed page in half (with printed reports that Norcross wanted it gone entirely). It is almost impossible to be on anyone’s side here.

  • Mark Casey October 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Even the Friday eagles coverage in the Daily news is half-assed anymore. I miss the days when I would be on the shitter reading the paper. Now

  • Airedale October 23, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Sad stuff. But the columnists were so lame. They deserved to go just for being trivial.

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