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wTuesday, April 30, 2002

SLATED FOR DESTRUCTION: In a hurry today but I thought I should spend a few moments pouring cold water on Bill Gates' lame, lame, lame, lame, lame - did I mention it was lame? - decision to pick Jacob Weisberg over Jack Shafer to be the new editor of Slate. Wlady Pleszczynski's column this morning (if you're not interested in the Brock stuff, scroll down) got it exactly right by calling Weisberg "a good conventional corporate liberal" with "about as much sparkle and unpredictability as a year-old open can of Coke."

He judges Shafer, by contrast, to be "brilliant, original, independent, and probably more than a little impossible at times -- but the results, the results! Left to his own devices he'd shake up the gray-flannel suited journalistic world. Microsoft-owned Slate obviously couldn't dare make an interesting choice."

This decision will be Slate's death rattle. Bill Gates should divest himself of his media holdings until he figures out what he thought he had to add to the press in the first place.

posted by Jeremy at 10:21 AM