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?
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.
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.
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.