Talk:The Beast (newspaper)
Articles for Deletion debate
Sourcing and fact checking
Okay, I did a major edit- the last version of the article was very fan-pagey and lacked neutrality. Moreover, the frequent "humorous" asides were encyclopedic and made it difficult to tell facts from fiction. That said, the page still needs major work in producing sources. Moreover, it's not entirely clear that everything on the page is factual. ChrisStansfield 05:56, 15 April 2007 (UTC)
I am Chris Riordan. Everything on here is factualy true, it's just not worded in order of importance. For example, the emphasis on Lee and Langenfeld's role in making The BEAST what is today is ridiculous. That being said, it's been kind of an ongoing joke that those two knuckleheads are still under the impression they own part of The BEAST because they donated an old computer to Matt Taibbi after the second issue came out. Lee and Langendeld are funny dudes, and the fact that they wikepedied themselves into history proves it. But, from an unbiased perspective, there is way too much talk about them on here and nary a mention of Ian Murphy who has been hugely instrumental in the magazine for the last few years. And I would love someone to mention how Paul Fallon is making a lot of money of The BEAST but crying poverty to every staff member who wants to be compensated for their efforts. Paul is awesome, totally awesome, but he's been manipulating dumbasses like me for five years now just so he can promote his law firm and send his kid to Harvard. In the name of progressive politics, of course.
I am still Chris Riordan but I was on beer when I wrote the above passage. www.totallyawesomemagazine.com in the house!
Hi, Chris- thanks for the info. But you're posting here just brings up a larger issue that I've pointed out on other pages- if individuals can't write about themselves in individual articles, I think members of institutions should be strongly discouraged from writing about those institutions. I've no doubt you have some great insider info, but that's exactly the point- the info on a page should be things that can be easily checked against real, printed/Internet sources, not just anecdotal stuff from staff members. ChrisStansfield 09:07, 29 May 2007 (UTC)
There was an alternative weekly in Buffalo called Buffalo Beat which was ok but to some degree laughed at, and not all that successful. About a year before the Beast started, it was sold to a glitzy upscale-advertising-as-content company that publishes the inane conservo-sumer-yuppie Buffalo Spree, and was moved out of Buffalo into Amherst (a.k.a. hell). It is no longer published. The "Buffalo Beast" came along around that time, and the name was in part a snide reference to that other paper. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 19:38, 9 May 2008 (UTC)
Out of business?
It's a week into January of 2008 and their website still doesn't have their new issue posted, which is out of character. Especially at the top of the year, when they post their "50 Most Loathsome People" list. Usually they have that up on New Year's Eve. Anyone know what their financial situation is? Their current opening page asks for donations. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 22:47, 7 January 2009 (UTC)
They've always been broke.
Article now a stub
I took out almost all the content of the article because none of it was sourced and the sourcing issue had been tagged since 2008. At the same time, I added a stub template, but I removed the other templates (references, etc.) because in light of the stub, they no longer made sense. Another editor - no doubt well-intentioned - put in references and notability templates. I'm going to remove them, although the editor can disagree with me here, because they are irrelevant for an article that has an infobox and one line of text, and because they are misleading as one might mistakenly think the references issue has existed only since this month.--Bbb23 (talk) 22:24, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Updated "About Us"
I note that at the very bottom of The Beast's homepage, the "About Us" section has been updated:
The BEAST was founded in 2002 by Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi, his eXile comrade Kevin McElwee and Buffalo attorney Paul Fallon, as a free biweekly newspaper. In 2007, under the leadership of its longest-serving editor, Allan Uthman, The BEAST changed to a pay/monthly format, distributed nationally, with international subscriptions. In late 2009, The BEAST ceased its print edition and is now billed as "The World's Only Website." The current editor is Ian Murphy.