Yes, it is quite the day for American journalism. Citizen Barbey, of the vast VF fortune, has whipped out his checkbook and purchased the iconic New York alt-weekly for an undisclosed amount of chicken feed. It is a match made in heaven, or hell, or somewhere betwixt, This is sure to be a remarkable romance...especially once the next batch of layoffs come, sans severance pay.
Scott Tobias, the chief executive of the media group, released a statement praising Mr. Barbey.
“During a time of great challenges and great opportunities in the industry, we’re thrilled that we’ve found an experienced journalist and operator with such considerable resources to take the reins at The Voice,” Mr. Tobias said.
"You mean the Voice still exists?" [former film critic J] Hoberman sniffed when asked for his thoughts on the sale. Seriously though: "Even if the new owners are inclined to spend money, they'll have a near impossible time restoring any credibility."
Will Sir Peter the Little contribute some of his journalism pizzazz to the pages of the Voice? One can surely dream. Here is a link to Petey's most recent ink-on-paper scribbling in the Eagle-Beagle, a rant that suggests the Voice will stand up mightily for mandatory legal notices, truth, justice, and the American way.