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BATTLE OF THE WEEKLIES: Remember when New York magazine published its story about David and Charles Koch back in July and then about a month later, The New Yorker came out with its own story about the Kochs? At the time, it was said the family got wind of the latter magazine’s profile so they reached out to New York and engineered a story, with the hope that its uptown rival would walk away. Well, The New Yorker obviously didn’t do that and it appears that the same kind of situation is coming to a head again, but this time it’s regarding Gawker Media’s Nick Denton.
In the new issue of New York, Michael Idov has written a 4,000 word piece about Denton, who he says “isn’t just an heir to Rupert Murdoch, Anna Wintour, Harry Evans, Tina Brown and other ostensible Gawker targets; he’s become their peer.” To anyone that pays attention to the media blogs, it’s no secret that The New Yorker’s Ben McGrath has been working on a story about Denton for some time, so what happens to his piece? Will it be published? Sources on the inside of the magazine said yes, but as always, it’s difficult to nail down a publication date. A spokeswoman for The New Yorker said the magazine does not confirm upcoming stories or issues. — Amy Wicks