Newsweek/Daily Beast

Luke O’Brien writes about Sidney Harman’s family’s decision to stop investing in Newsweek after he died. It’s but one can’t-miss moment in O’Brien’s story about Tina Brown’s reign at the magazine:

When I asked [former U.S. Rep. and Sidney's widow] Jane Harman recently if the content of the magazine had anything to do with the Harman family’s decision, Harman replied, “Tina had editorial control.” When asked if tasteless covers had anything to do with the Harman family decision, Harman replied again, “Tina had editorial control.” When asked if Jane Harman, personally, has any opinion at all about covers like crazy-eyes Bachmann or zombie Diana, Harman replied a third time, a bit more adamantly, “Tina had editorial control!”

Luke O'Brien, Politico Magazine


Tina Brown: ‘I’m so glad I’m not the editor’ of Newsweek

Bloomberg Television

Tina Brown appeared on Bloomberg Television’s “Market Makers” Friday, and the former Newsweek editor said she’s supportive of the venerable title’s return to print.

But if its big Bitcoin story turns out to be a dud, “That would be rough. All I can think of is I’m so glad I’m not the editor,” Brown said.

She also said that while she “actually always thought there should have been a print component to the digital Newsweek,” the “ship has sailed.”

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Newsweek’s ‘Muslim Rage’ cover coincides with critique of Tina Brown

USA Today
USA Today columnist Michael Wolff, a big name brought in to stoke much-needed buzz at a legacy publication trumpeting its reinvention as an Internet-age news organization, slams Newsweek Editor Tina Brown for bringing in big names and trying to stoke much-needed buzz at the legacy publication she’s trying to reinvent as an Internet-age news organization.

She is, in a sink hole of cost, trying to use old-media tricks to meld The Daily Beast and Newsweek into the kind of zeitgeist-shaping, buzz-creating, cocktail-party-fueling package that the media has, for so long, been built around — part craft, part culture, part snobbery.

As if on cue, Newsweek announced its new print cover Monday, one that fronts a story by Ayaan Hirsi Ali with the coverline “Muslim Rage.” (Ali, I guess I should note, is married to Niall Ferguson, author of Newsweek’s most recent cover controversy.)

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Huffington Post, Newsweek use coat-hanger imagery for GOP platform

On Tuesday the Republican Party approved a plank to its convention platform opposing abortion in all cases.

The Huffington Post responded with an arresting homepage image:

As Erik Wemple reported first, HuffPost front-page editor Whitney Snyder and senior editor Danny Shea conceived the idea, which Arianna Huffington “loved.” Reached by phone, founding editor Roy Sekoff said the image “went right up to the line of offensive” and reminded him of George Lois’ classic Esquire covers and that he wants the site’s “tops” to have “the same power.” Read more


Newsweek’s asparagus cover the latest recycling for magazine

Eater | Politico

This cover photo has been used as a stock image for several years; Eater traced its origins to a shoot for Harper’s Bazaar six years ago.

Newsweek’s cover image showing two asparagus stalks pointed at a woman’s upturned mouth ran in Harper’s Bazaar in 2006, Raphael Brion writes in Eater. On Tuesday, Brion found the same image on a 2008 cover of Observer Food Monthly in Great Britain. Newsweek’s PR directed Politico reporter Dylan Byers to a tweet giving the Observer’s food mag credit and apologizing for the “crudite.” Newsweek also points out that it ran a similar cover in 2003. Read more


Report: Barry Diller thinking of taking Newsweek online-only

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IAC/InterActiveCorp., which controls Newsweek, plans to announce a digital plan for the magazine this fall, though it’s unclear how that will affect the print publication.

Bloomberg reporter Edmund Lee, who listened to IAC/InterActiveCorp’s earning call, tweeted, “Barry Diller says there will be a plan in place later this year to take Newsweek digital only.” He tweeted later that he had confirmed this with a public relations representative.

All Things D’s Peter Kafka has a different take, saying his understanding is that Diller is “thinking about going Web-only with Newsweek, but hasn’t committed to it.” Kafka says he confirmed that understanding with a public relations rep.

Politico’s Dylan Byers has a similar take as Kafka, based in part on an email from the same person Kafka talked to. Read more


Daily Mail removes story lifted from Newsweek/Daily Beast as new accusations emerge

Following my report earlier this week about a Newsweek/Daily Beast writer who said the Daily Mail stole her story and only offered the “tiniest fig leaf of attribution,” it appears the U.K. tabloid removed the offending story from its website.

The URL for the Mail piece now leads to an error page that says “The page you have requested does not exist or is no longer available.”

“The Daily Mail basically reprinted the entirety of my 700-word piece,” Abigail Pesta had written in an email to Poynter.

After publishing my post I heard from a colleague of Pesta’s, Jesse Ellison, who said the Mail did the same thing to her by lifting a 2011 article about a U.S. soldier who said he was gang raped by other soldiers while in the Army. Read more