Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Union-Tribune Edits Out Name of Owner
In its "People" feature on page A-2 today (June 23), the Union-Tribune blue-penciled the name of its owner from a gossip item. The paper was reporting on La-La Land celebrities playing unlicensed poker games in upscale Beverly Hills hotels. Lawsuits have been filed against those allegedly involved in the games. Here's the sentence from the Associated Press: "Also being sued is billionaire businessman Alec Gores, who along with his brother, attempted to buy Miramax Films last year." The brother is Tom Gores, whose Platinum Equity owns the Union-Tribune. For the item, the U-T edited out the words "who along with his brother."
Alec and Tom, both billionaires, have an interesting relationship — now cozy. In 2008, the Los Angeles media reported extensively on an alleged love affair between Tom and Alec's then-wife.The information came out in the government's trial against private eye Anthony Pellicano. The ex-wife testified in court on the matter. But soon, Tom and Alec made up and they have done business together. They did bid unsuccessfully for Miramax Films, but were successful recently in their joint purchase of Alliance Entertainment.
(Thanks to Matt Potter for checking the paper edition of the U-T to read me the edited version, which I couldn't find online.)
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