Michael Eisner's Unerring Media Instincts

from the Daily News’ Lloyd Grove, who recently wrote about last week’s dinner for fifty or so at the Four Seasons with Michael Eisner:

Then someone asked Eisner what he thought of the late Martin Davis, former chairman of Paramount Communications, who died of a heart attack in 1999.

“He was the worst man that ever lived,” said Eisner, who was a Paramount exec before joining Disney. “In fact, when he died, I was talking to Barry Diller, and he said, ‘I hope it was painful.’”

The genius thing about this story is that it has Eisner going after someone rather viciously, but also leaves him on the high road in this exchange by putting the most egregious remark in Diller’s mouth.(Which Diller denies ever making, by the way.)