Christopher Columbus Was Both a Crusader and a Villain
October 13, 2014

Yes, he did terrible things. Here's the full story. 

The Financial Times Wrote a Tina Brown Puff Piece. We've Annotated It.
September 18, 2013

John Gapper of The Financial Times has a story on Tina Brown which gives new meaning to the term "puff piece." The title, "Tina Brown Leaves Journalism in Her Wake," does an adequate job of summarizing the flavor of Gapper's article, which essentiall

On Newsweek's Historical Legacy
November 04, 2012

The story Newsweek's demise is not just a story about Tina Brown. A 20th century historian explains why the magazine itself was so significant.

Buzz Changed. Tina Brown Didn't.
October 19, 2012

Assessing the Newsweek editor as its print edition bites the dust.

The Cranky Wisdom of Peter Kaplan
September 14, 2012

New York’s last romantic gets his own magazine.

Ayn Rand's Long Journey to the Heart of American Politics
August 14, 2012

In her heyday, Ayn Rand was called a kook. Fifty years later, she's the house intellectual of the GOP. What happened?

Vogue's Suck-Up to Assad: Blame the Editor, Not the Writer
July 30, 2012

The latest Newsweek features an insider-y read by Joan Juliet Buck, the magazine writer who wrote the infamous 2011 Vogue puff piece on Asma al-Assad, wife of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. I’m tempted to call it a cautionary tale for journalists—and that’s clearly how it is presented, with the headline “Mrs. Assad Duped Me.” But to read Buck’s account that way, to assume that anyone could have found themselves in her shoes, would be an insult to most journalists. Unless Buck omitted a boatload of admirable details about Mrs.

Why Obama’s Apologetic Defense Of Gay Marriage Isn’t All It Was Cracked Up To Be
May 17, 2012

The results are in: The electorate on the whole regards Barack Obama’s proclamation of personal support for gay marriage as a political maneuver, rather than an expression of heartfelt belief. Unfortunately, if Obama’s heavily hyped interview last week was in fact a political calculation, it was a bad bet—from a purely strategic standpoint, that is, not a moral one—since it seems to have hurt him in the polls.

How Will Tina Brown Illustrate Obama’s Gay Marriage Announcement?
May 11, 2012

Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage on Wednesday afternoon was, first and foremost, a moment to rejoice and appreciate years of civil rights progress. But it also gave us a smaller pleasure to look forward to: opening our mailbox next week to discover how the cover of Newsweek depicts this historic occasion. Since Tina Brown became editor of the newsweekly a year ago, it has earned something of a reputation for producing attention-grabbing covers. We can imagine Brown now, sitting in her office and mulling the options.

Santorum and the Idiocy of Home Schooling
March 03, 2012

No sooner had Mitt Romney triumphed in the Michigan primary than Rick Santorum edged into his victory by succeeding in winning an equal number of delegates. Romney polled 3 percent higher than Santorum in the popular vote. But that meant nothing in the arcana of counting at the polls that will be translated into 15 delegates each at the Tampa convention in August.