Kerry Meets With 35 Hearst Honchos

By: Joe Strupp

Sen. John Kerry may have taken the traditional editorial board meeting to new heights on Monday, meeting with an unusually large 35-person contingent from The Hearst Corp., including representatives of the company’s television, newspaper and magazine divisions.

In an on-the-record gathering, Kerry took questions from a group that included Hearst Corp. President and CEO Victor F. Ganzi, Hearst Newspaper President George B. Irish, Hearst-Argyle Television President and CEO David J. Barrett, and editors and news directors from five Hearst newspapers, 10 Hearst-Argyle TV stations, and three magazines.

“This is certainly the first time the Kerry camp has reached out to one media group all at once,” said Paul Luthringer, a company spokesman, who discussed the Boston-based gathering. “It is totally on the record, so my guess is you will see a lot of stories filed on it.”

Editors in attendance included those from the San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, San Antonio (Texas) Express-News and the Times-Union of Albany, N.Y. Also on hand were Hearst News Service Washington Bureau Chief Chuck Lewis and White House Correspondent Stewart Powell.

“Victor Ganzi extended the invitation and the different components of the Hearst Corporation gathered together,” Lewis said about the 90-minute event at Boston’s Four Seasons hotel. “It gave everyone a chance to size up the man and discuss issues with him. This is not something that happens every day so it was a great opportunity.”

Hearst Corp. owns 18 magazines, 12 newspapers, 27 TV stations, and the New England Cable Network.

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