Suing Mr. Murdoch

Writer Seeks to Put 'Post' on Trial

A representative for Rubenstein declined to comment. Finke also declined to comment. She now writes a column on media and entertainment for LA Weekly, which is owned by Village Voice Media.

Finke's case is but a footnote to a larger story, which is Rupert Murdoch's Sisyphean goal of making the paper profitable. His son, Post publisher Lachlan Murdoch, recently told Charlie Rose that circulation has risen from 430,000 to 600,000 on his watch. But how many of those copies are free? One source recently saw a truck dropping off 750 free copies at a Lower East Side high school, marked "special school edition." Another source reports that he and his Jersey City neighbors get free home delivery of the Post, and that a bundle of free copies is always available on the bus to Manhattan.

Meanwhile, employees come and go like the weather. Sunday editor Marilyn Matlick, fired last spring, has a complaint pending at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which claims the Post's executive hiring practices shun women and favor Brits and Australians. Business reporter Dan Cox, pushed out last summer, is said to have been uncomfortable reporting unconfirmed tips that came from sources high up on the business side. Last month, business reporter Jessica Sommar was fired for—take your pick—either "not breaking enough stories" or clashing with business editor Jon Elsen.

Clearly, there is more color to the Post than meets the eye.


cc@villagevoice.com

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