7.JAMES FREY, disgraced author. Back in 2003, eXile editor John Dolan was the first to blast literary fraud James Frey, which led to a series of strange attack letters against Dolan. So when Frey's next book appeared in 2005, Dolan flat-out called him a liar... and eventually was proven right. Result: Frey is the most disgraced author in modern history, and may even have to refund his millions of readers.
8.THOMAS NOLLE. A smalltime communications consultant who annoyed us as the symbol of vile Internet capitalist exploitation, we harassed Nolle in ways petty and criminal and played it back to the world, and this article is now #2 on Google when you type in "Thomas Nolle."
9.PETER EKMAN, former Moscow Times' neo-liberal columnist and economics teacher. In 1999, Ames apparently threatened violence against the hefty walrus-mustached Ekman in response to an attack he wrote against the eXile. The next year, The eXile published a story about how Ekman tried to seduce one of our female employees, causing both the Moscow Times to fire him, and his sugar-mommie wife to divorce him. In 2004, we wrote that Ekman assassinated President Bush in a special issue. To this day, Ekman spends his free time - which is pretty much all of his time, since no one will hire him anymore - writing letters to editors of papers that publish Ames and Taibbi's articles, and vandalizing wiki pages about The eXile and its contributors.
10. VICTOR DAVIS HANSON, columnist and Lewis Libby mentor.
In 2005, War Nerd Gary Brecher ripped apart neocon hero Victor Davis Hanson's idiotic arguments in favor of the Iraq War. In response, Hanson published a column in the National Review accusing Brecher of having set fire to his grapevines at his ranch outside of Fresno, California.
Worst Business Decisions
1.HIRING AMERICAN WOMEN AS SALES DIRECTORS.Our first two sales directors, Americans Kara Deyerin and Nicole Mallo, hated everything about our paper, particularly our allegedly disrespectful attitudes towards American women. We ignored them, mocked their values and their spouses/lovers, and yet entrusted them with our money. Result: both furtively fled Moscow with 5-figure sums of eXile cash, and we never hired an American woman again.
2.OFFENSIVE COVERS. From the start, we started losing distribution points due to our offensive covers and photos, yet gained other points due to reader demand. Then after September 11, 2001, we published a cover showing a boss banging his secretary in the WTC just as a jet is about to crash into their office window, and the secretary cries, "It's so !" We lost about 20 distribution points and thousands of dollars in advertising. Then in 2004, we published a cover showing Putin as a Hitlerjugen midget (left) to go with our "101 Reasons Why Putin Is A Fascist" article, and lost another 20 distribution points.
3.DISSING ADVERTISERS Whereas every other publication uses its listings to make advertorial cash, we set a standard trashing everyone, including sometimes our own advertisers. Result: none of us owns a car.
4.DEATH PORN CORPSE PHOTOS. For years we published gruesome Death Porn corpse photos with zany captions. Once, a photo of a dead woman with a broom handle jammed up her vagina even caused Doug Steele to consider pulling Hungry Duck ads from our paper.