2012 September 21
Patrick McCarthy, Back At Fairchild?
(NEW YORK) The Daily has been wondering for the past two years what Patrick McCarthy has been up to since he left his post as editorial director at Fairchild in 2010. Until the answer came this morning in NY Post media scribe Keith Kelly's lead "Media Ink" item in the Post's print edition. Kelly interviews McCarthy at length about the relaunch of luxe quarterly men's mag, M, discussing everything from M's paper stock to the concept to the ink quality, with repeated attributions to McCarthy. Just as tongues were starting to wag and emails began to fly about McCarthy's return to Fairchild, the Post corrected Kelly's article online version at 8:25 a.m. to properly attribute the entire interview to current Fairchild editorial director Peter Kaplan. "Mistakes happen. We are happy that Peter Kaplan is now correctly credited and hope readers will focus on the rest of Keith's great article on the anticipated launch of M," a Fairchild spokesperson told The Daily this morning.
In 1997, "The McCarthy Era" began, as New York coined it, when McCarthy was named editorial director and chairman of Fairchild after decades at the company, beginning with a gig as a reporter in WWD's D.C. bureau circa the seventies. During his 13-year stint as editorial director, McCarthy's reign included rebooting W in 1993 and helming WWD with a relatively more democratic tenor than the notorious tenure of his predecessor and mentor John Fairchild. McCarthy exited his role as editorial director of WWD and W at the end of 2010, after his departure was first reported by The Daily in mid-March of that year. He was last spotted on Patrick McMullan in September 2009. Which leaves us continuing to ponder: Where art thou, Patrick?
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