Wake-Up Call: Making connections

With just a week to go until InDenverTimes decides whether to pull the plug or revise its business plan, news comes of yet another paid, online newspaper venture. This one is Journalism Online, another brainchild from Steven Brill, who brought us the magazines American Lawyer and Content (a now-defunct journalism mag that, yes, once profiled me), as well as CourtTV. That's when he first got involved with one of his partners in this latest venture, Leo Hindery, the former head of Telecommunications Inc, as detailed in this story.

Hindery, who took the reins at TCI in 1997 and ran the company until AT&T took it over, has stayed busy with a variety of ventures. His name most recently popped up in connection with Tom Daschle.

Hindery is now managing partner of InterMedia Advisors of Englewood, on whose board Daschle served. And as thanks for the former senator's service, Hindery offered up use of a private limo -- an amenity that Daschle had failed to deal with on his original tax returns, prompting an amended filing when the former senator became Barack Obama's choice for Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare.

Ultimately, of course, Daschle withdrew his name from consideration.

Better luck for Hindery and company on this venture. After all, without journalism -- in print or online -- these connections might never be made.

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