Carmen del Toro, who worked as Regan’s temporary assistant for one week, heard the conversation and also recounts the use of the word cabal, but agrees that the word Jewish was not used.In response Butch said, “We stand by Mark Jackson’s memory and his detailed notes.” [  .] Her lawyer, Brian C.We’re not quite sure what, if anything, Regan was trying to promote, aside from her Sirius radio show. But, as she explained in her interview with Grove, “I tried to give them as few opportunities as I could to edit it and to make me [look like] the most miserable bitch on earth.” Basically, it worked. Judith Regan is the world's most successful and influential publisher - but her critics say she is foul-mouthed, tyrannical and utterly ruthless.Tom Leonard meets the executive who will probably decide what you'll be reading next year In a country that usually celebrates success so unreservedly, Americans still seem to have a lot of difficulty in praising Judith Regan.Friday 01/07/1994 Fernando Mateo, a 35-year-old carpet entrepreneur, talks about "Operation Toys for Guns"—his plan to get weapons off the streets.Judith Regan, an editor at Simon & Schuster, defends publishing best-selling, easily accessible books, including "Private Parts" by Howard Stern and "See, I Told You So" by Rush Limbaugh.
She says she would like to discuss the "true story of Judith Regan" - a rags-to-riches melodrama of how a woman raised on a small farm in Massachusetts went through a succession of unhappy relationships with men, built up a successful business from nothing and raised two lovely children on her own. She'd like to talk about it, I'd like to talk about it, but first there is the sensitive subject of a long article in Vanity Fair's January issue to deal with.
It was Regan who first realized that talk-radio audiences and others who seemed entirely outside the reach of literary culture would, in fact, buy books, and signed up Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, and the guys from the World Wrestling Federation, all of whom became best-selling phenomenons. As one woman who'd worked in both publishing and television production told me, "She has a pathological personality that's totally appropriate in the film business.
While she professes no personal right-wing leanings (close friends roll their eyes—"She's to the right of Genghis Khan," says one), she has endeared herself to Harper Collins owner Rupert Murdoch with her successful publishing of right-wingers such as Robert Bork and Sean Hannity and tough guys such as former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik and Iraq-war majordomo General Tommy Franks. But it doesn't exist in publishing." Several prominent agents I talked to will not take their projects to her; even some of her admirers didn't want to talk on the record, because they don't want to be anywhere on her radar.
Former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar discusses a film he's produced, "The Vernon Johns Story," about an unsung hero of the civil rights movement.
Journalist Lynn Hirschberg of Vanity Fair recounts her interview with the Hollywood Madam, Heidi Fleiss.
But she goes where the money and interest are, which means she has also published Michael Moore, left-leaning Alan Colmes, and, startlingly, right before the election, Glenn W. When it comes to picking books, "Judith doesn't listen to anything or anybody," says brand-identity designer Jeff Stone, who is also the companion of Harper Collins C. Her friends, several of whom were prompted by Judith to contact me for this article, argue that it's not so much anger as passion—for the books, for winning—that drives her.