Matt Taibbi said in February after being hired by Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media: “This is clearly the future, and this was an opportunity for me to be part of helping to found something and create something that might carry us into the next generation.”
Now it’s not clear whether he’ll be creating anything at First Look; Taibbi has taken a leave from the site after disagreements with bosses, according to New York’s Andrew Rice.
Taibbi’s abrupt disappearance from the company’s Fifth Avenue headquarters has cast doubt on the fate of his highly anticipated digital publication, reportedly to be called Racket, which First Look executives had previously said would launch sometime this autumn. …
The confrontational approach that made Taibbi’s name at Rolling Stone — and before that, as the founding editor of the gonzo Moscow expatriate magazine The eXile — appears to have contributed to internal trouble at First Look.
John Temple, First Look Media President of Audience and Products, tells Rice that “I don’t comment about internal matters and I don’t comment on personnel matters.” I’m guessing reporters will approach Taibbi at tonight’s Books and Booze Fundraiser tonight.
* Matt Taibbi disappears from Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media (nymag.com)
* The near future of First Look Media’s next site looks fuzzy (niemanlab.org)
* February 2014: First Look Media hires critic of Wall Street (nytimes.com)