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A lot of my idealism was frustrated by the end of the '60s because of the way things went with the assassinations and the sense that the political establishment was so fixed in its ways you couldn't change anything.
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After Watergate, which happened when I was in college, I became increasingly inspired by journalism as a way to change the world. It sounds corny, but to wake the public up, to serve a higher cause.
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Do I regret taking the company public? Yes and no. Yes, because it put us under enormous pressure for a young company to go public at that point in its history, something you never could have done in the old days.
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Even more important maybe, or equally more important at least, is they don't have to scrap for a living.
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Everyone talks about the wild and woolly business practices in the Internet world. Companies who have spent themselves out of existence. Of course that was probably the main phenomenon on the Internet because there was too much venture being pumped into the Internet.
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He was an old Hollywood veteran. His name was Lyle Talbot. He's dead now. But there was a sense of putting on a show everyday, particularly when you did theater with a group of your colleagues.
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I came at age in the '60s, and initially my hopes and dreams were invested in politics and the movements of the time - the anti-war movement, the civil rights movement. I worked on Bobby Kennedy's campaign for president as a teenager in California and the night he was killed.
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I don't think Fox News or Rush Limbaugh need Clinton it turns out. I think there's a hunger out there for - whether it's on the left or right - a more lively and provocative type of political journalism. I think Salon and Fox on the other side have both benefited from that.
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I don't think we would still be here if we hadn't gone public.
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I felt that if I didn't do that, then Salon's editorial mission would always be in jeopardy. So it's important that I continue to do it. And it's not the most fun part of my job.
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I got kicked out of high school, so I couldn't get into very many colleges.
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I guess it's the closest to being in show business, which is my original background. My dad was an actor, and I used to hang out with him behind the scenes when he was making TV shows or movies. He was co-founder of the Screen Actors Guild, and served on the guild board with Ronald Reagan.
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I have enormous respect for Steve Johnson, and as I've told him, Feed was one of the inspirations for Salon. They were up there before we were. And also for Joey and the Suck people.
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I have no regrets about launching Salon. For the life of me, I can't imagine doing anything else.
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I knew I wanted to be a journalist ever since I was a teenager. While it is interesting and gratifying to be on the business side and to see how that all works, the main reason I kept a business role here was to protect the editorial integrity of Salon.
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I know that doesn't sound very radical and webby of me to say that but I think the New York Times is important. I also think there's an occasional piece that will pop out.
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I think our reporting on Ken Starr and his Whitewater investigation was historically important. I think our coverage of the drug war was important, and again, cuts against the grain.
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I think there is a difference between Slate and Salon. I think we both serve important functions on the Internet. As more and more Websites disappear, I'm thankful Slate is still around because it makes things less lonely.
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I think they tried to change their path at some point but maybe it was too late. They didn't raise enough money; they didn't become seen as a commercially viable advertising vehicle in New York, and they just weren't able to get high enough revenues. So you can crash by being too small.
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I think they were the earliest pioneers and showed how the Web could be used. I think they did great work; I think they're bright people, but I think their business ambitions were too modest.
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I think we're really getting it right the last few months and hopefully we'll get better and better at it.
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I think we've broken story after story that the rest of the media refused to break even when they had the story because they were scared of the story, or they just didn't think it was appropriate.
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In other ways I think it actually takes some of the lights out of your publication because you don't have to be as enterprising and as scrappy.
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It showed how they came from these radically different family backgrounds, but they were the products of single mother families.
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It's like a cast of actors; you're all working together closely under pressure to produce something everyday. And when we put up an issue, it's like the curtains opening on a new play. I really like that daily sense of surprise.
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Journalism is not just a cause, it's also a wacky profession.
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Many people come to Salon for the sort of the alternative, aggressive, and more critical take on the Bush administration.
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Most magazines have become wallpaper, they're all the same, all the same celebrities. It's really an abysmal time in American journalism right now. But occasionally one story or two will pop out.
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Most Sunday magazines, with the New York Times as an exception, are kind of sleepy, weekend service vehicles to move living room products.
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My favorite thing is still journalism. I'm almost 50. This has been my life ever since I was in college.
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On the other hand, we raised $25 million by going public. It's that money that we used to build this company, to build the circulation, to build a high profile and to hire staff that made Salon what it is today.
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Other than that one year, Salon has been very cautious about the way it spends money. For instance, since last year, we've had virtually no marketing budget. It's just word of mouth. And our circulation continues to grow that way by breaking news stories.
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Our goal is to get 50,000 subscribers in our first year, and we're running ahead of that goal after two months. If we succeed in getting 50,000, that's $1.5 million in revenue for the company.
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People sort of take it for granted, but the more you see of the media world the more you appreciate a paper like the Times where its family continues to invest in editorial quality and I think it's the truly is the best paper in the world.
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Salon was on the verge of profitability in the December quarter before the recession hit, and we will get there again, whether it's at the end of this year or sometime early next year. It's just a matter of time.
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Slate, by the way, also had a story about Chandra Levy on its June 22 cover.
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The challenge for Salon at this point is: How can we continue to be attractive to advertisers, continue growing our circulation without spending too much? It's enormously harsh discipline that you have to operate under.
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The companies that do come out of it in the media world and the Internet world will be in great shape because for one thing our weaker competitors will be weeded out, there will be less competition, and we know how to run our businesses better and better. We know how to run them leanly.
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The entire American media apparatus bought into the drug war - which is an enormously damaging and costly undertaking for this country - and there wasn't enough critical reporting about it and that's why it's gotten out of hand.
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The entire economy, of course, is locked in a down cycle right now. Last time we weathered this was during another Bush presidency in '90. We were locked in it for a year and a half and everyone came out of it.
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The good news is that we're completing our latest round of investment that will ensure Salon's survival and get us through what's been a very tough year not only for us but for everyone in the media world.
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The Internet, of course allowed us to show the world what we can do. It was a way to have a national if not international platform.
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The only school that let me in was U.C. Santa Cruz, which is where I went. They didn't have a journalism program, so I took sociology, which is the closest thing to journalism.
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The rule of thumb in the print world is that it takes between five to 10 years for a new media brand to become established.
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Then we hit all new heights in terms of advertising revenue and everything else over the last 10 years. So, this is a cyclical thing. Salon will come out of it.
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There are certain elephant in the room stories that the media for some reason has refused to cover or has not covered sufficiently, and I'm proud that Salon has done that.
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There are not that many new media brands you can say that about nowadays.
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There was a story in Sports Illustrated about a month or so ago. It was a joint portrait of Allen Iverson's mother and Larry Brown's mother. It was great.
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They may be a little more high brow than we are.
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We were fleshing out a prototype for the show when the advertising market started to tank. We pulled back for now, but I could see us doing it next year.
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What we tried to do was just the opposite, which was to provoke the Bay Area on the weekend with political and cultural stories that made people think. And we were doing it, as we are doing with Salon, during a recession.
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When you're kept by a patron you don't have to duke it out in the media marketplace for dollars and for readers. In some ways that's a blessing because it takes a lot of pressure off you.
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While I'm critical to the Bush presidency, it's been enormously beneficial for Salon because we're seen as kind of an aggressive watchdog on the Bush White House. Particularly since Florida, our readership hit a whole new level, and we held onto those readers.
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You can crash on one set of rocks or the other set of rocks, and they crashed on the other set of rocks, which was probably being too little to be commercially viable.
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