August 16, 2005

Another New York Press Relaunch

Seems like I do this post every six months... but now there's better news, as the New York Sun reported today that Harry Siegel will take over as the new editor of New York Press, bringing several contributors with him from the New Partisan blog, and generally attempting to bring the paper back to what it was when I first discovered and loved it five years ago- a forum for smart, iconoclastic writers, coming from all different political viewpoints.

Harry, who I discover was a classmate of mine at Brandeis, replaces Alexander Zaitchik, who came to the paper along with previous editor Jeff Koyen in 2003. The paper has since taken a sharp turn towards the bizarre, with virtually all pieces taking on a hard-left political stance, and most of the content appearing virtually indistinguishable from what runs in the paper's competitor, the Village Voice. It all culminated in the publication earlier this year of Matt Taibbi's stupid, unfunny, and generally offensive "52 Funniest Things About the Upcoming Death of the Pope," which resulted in Koyen's departure.

I'm confident in Siegel to restore some of the integrity and gravitas that the paper had when I first came across it five years ago, and I look forward to seeing his version of it.

Posted by Stephen Silver at August 16, 2005 09:13 PM
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