Another Monday, another condemning profile of a lady editor in Adweek. Today, the magazine's Lucia Moses reports what everybody already knew: Tina Brown is hard to work for. The kicker quote from an unnamed, recently departed web staffer in the article sounds like something whispered between friends at a cocktail party: "She literally will order up double what she needs, so the cutting-roomfloor is getting very cluttered," said the source. Adweek couldn't reach Tina for comment--she's on vacation--but they got something second-hand: "Oh, I’m causing all sorts of trouble. I’m changing all the features in the last hour!" a current staffer overheard Tina saying as she stormed into the office.
If you follow media news, the "classic Tina" or "Tina being Tina" narrative is nothing new. Adweek identifies how Tina's newsroom is "in a constant state of turmoil, uncertainty, and confusion" and how her "extravagances," "her constantly changing demands" wear the staff thin. This isn't off base at all from other recent reports about life in Tina's newsroom. In their more comprehensive profile on the Newsweek Daily Beast editor, The New York Times Magazine quotes more of Tina's former staffers calling her names like "vulgarian" and "a force of nature."