Is PhillyMag's Lipson Going After 'Poor People, Democrats, the Handicapped, Minorities'?

By Joel Mathis
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Interesting story in the Boston Globe this morning about Boston magazine, a sister publication to Philadelphia magazine, and their owner, Philly's D. Herbert Lipson. An excerpt:

Stories about turmoil at Boston magazine almost always invoke the name of its owner, D. Herbert Lipson, who is a looming presence on the Philadelphia scene, and well known for trumpeting his conservative politics. Even at 80 years old, Lipson remains in charge of Metrocorp and does not hesitate to voice his opinion about the magazines.

Both Metrocorp magazines, and several ancillary publications, have won a host of awards over the years and generated a steady stream of advertising dollars, making Lipson wealthy. At a company Christmas party five years ago at the Charles Hotel, Lipson proclaimed he was “backstroking in green,’’ according to someone who was there.

David Rosenbaum, editor of Boston from 1986 to 1991, said Lipson did not care much for editors, but tolerated them when profits were robust. “When the economy turns and it [the magazine] gets skinny, he figures the editor is an idiot,’’ he said.

And they often paid a price: A dozen editors came and went between 1975 and 2000.

Rosenbaum said Lipson frequently pushed him to be irreverent, “going after poor people, Democrats, the handicapped, minorities,’’ he said. “He’s to the right of Attila the Hun. At least he was. I haven’t spoken to him since the day he fired me.’’

Metrocorp’s 2009 revenues have fallen 10 percent to 15 percent from last year, according to David Lipson Jr., president of Metrocorp and Herb Lipson’s son.

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1. Anonymous said... on Jul 6, 2009 at 09:59AM

“Rosenbaum said Lipson frequently pushed him to be irreverent, “going after poor people, Democrats, the handicapped, minorities,’’

Going after how? quite a staement with zero information.”

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2. Joanne Howard, Ph.D. said... on Dec 30, 2013 at 09:44PM

“I have been a subscriber of Philadelphia Magazine for some time and I have given a gift subscription to my sister and best friend. We are from the Philadelphia area (Coatsville and Bordentown, NJ) and enjoy getting a "letter from home" when we read the magazine. The least enjoyable section of the magazine is the Off the Cuff column by D. Herbert Lipson. I find him to be insufferably racist, bigoted, bombastic and so out of touch with today's reality. What is this man's problem. There is not a generous bone in his body. He's 80 years old. Why doesn't this man go some place and sit down. His columns are full of rants and complaints. His time has come and gone; now, if he would only go the magazine would be wonderful!”

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3. Anonymous said... on Jan 3, 2014 at 12:48PM

“We have considered cancelling our subscription because of the caustic writing of D. Herbert Lipson. Has anyone ever tried to organize some type of protest or mass-cancellation effort?”

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