New York Post Fries Wolff

Tabloid up in tell-all author's business

Michael Wolff, who literally wrote the book on Rupert Murdoch, became a regular on the talk-show set during the New York Post chimp cartoon circus. Since then Wolff has become a regular on the tabloid's Page Six gossip column.

In today's Post, Wolff, author of "The Man Who Owes the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch," is described as a "bald, trout-lipped Vanity Fair writer" who caused his mother-in-law to have a heart attack by trying to evict her from her home.

On March 2 and 3, Wolff was the target of Page Six speculation that he was having an affair with 28-year-old Vanity Fair intern Victoria Floethe. The first of those items ended with a dig about the disappointing sales of his Murdoch bio.

A search of the Post's online archives shows that before this month, Wolff had never appeared in the paper's virtual pages. It almost seems as though Wolff is being punished for predicting the demise of editor-in-chief Col Allen.

Wolff,  was asked on "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" to opine on the impending fallout of the Post's publication of the infamous dead chimp cartoon.

"The person who is in trouble is the editor of the paper, Col Allen ... (he) has pushed it too far. I think this is a serious moment in the history of the New York Post," Wolff told Olbermann.

Wolff then went on to suggest that Murdoch's feelings about President Obama had driven a wedge between the publisher and his editor-in-chief.

"I think Col has been deeply frustrated with the fact that Murdoch likes Barack Obama ... I think it exploded here ... This cartoon came in ... He looked at it and probably said, you know, I should probably send this back because this is—but he said I‘m going to go with it.  It was just one of those moments that an editor makes a call that‘s career defining."

And now Allen seems to be defining Wolff.

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